Sharks at home in the bush by Les Everett

• WAFL action at Northampton. Photos by Les Everett

WAFL round three

It’s not often a team scores 10 goals in the first quarter and losses. It’s not often a team doesn’t score a goal in two quarters and wins. At Northampton East Fremantle used the howling wind and blew East Perth away in the first quarter scoring 10.4 (64) to 1.4 (10). For the rest of the afternoon, in front of an enthusiastic country crowd, the Royals chipped away and in the end just ran out of time for the impossible victory.

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As you know, just about everyone from Northampton has played in the AFL – Josh Kennedy was there after kicking his 700th AFL goal the night before, Andrew Lockyer, Paul Hasleby and Daniel Chick were also there. There’s a line-up of AFL stars in the main street. About a year ago Northampton experienced a real breeze when Cyclone Seroja hit town – the clean up continues.

Jono Marsh kicked six goals for East Fremantle, Kyle Baskerville controlled the midfield, Cam Eardley, who had 40 disposals, and Matthew Jupp did enough to keep the Royals away. Northampton local Brynn Teakle, who would have enjoyed pointing out Teakle Road on his way into town, kicked two goals.

Jackson Ramsey and Angus Schumacher led the Royal revival. To get so close was a testament to East Perth’s spirit and improvement.

West Coast and Subiaco are the only winless team after Swans came from 22 points down at half time to beat Perth by five points.

Covid-hit Claremont, remarkably, remain undefeated. The form of Ryan Lim is noteworthy.

NT recruit Wade Derkson kicked four goals for Peel while Freo listed Jye Amiss and Sam Sturt each kicked three in the meeting of the aligned.

West Perth have also endured a Covid hit but easily accounted for Subiaco with Keegan Knott kicking four goals and the returning Tyler Keitel three.

East Fremantle 13.13 (91) East Perth 12.9 (81)

Swan Districts 12.6 (78) Perth 10.13 (73)

Peel 19.6 (120) West Coast 10.5 (65)

West Perth 16.4 (100) Subiaco 10.9 (69)

Claremont 10.10 (70) South Fremantle 8.11 (59)

Ladder: Claremont 12; South Fremantle 8; East Perth 8; Peel 8; West Perth 8; East Fremantle 8; Swan Districts 4; Perth 4; Subiaco 0; West Coast 0.

It’s a mind the gap round for Swans, Subi, Perth and West Coast – upsets are required. The most interesting fixtures are East Fremantle’s first game at their new temporary home the WACA against the Eagles and West Perth vs South Fremantle. The other games: Swan Districts vs Claremont; East Perth vs Subiaco; Peel vs Perth.

• Cam Eardley

Thanks to Rachel Clifford from GWN for some essential information.

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