Sharks back on top after another close one

• Lots of close ones in the WAFL this year

Minutes after Fremantle secured victory over Hawthorn at Perth Stadium East Fremantle won a thriller a short walk away at the WACA. The Sharks were two points down at three quarter time and held on in the closing stages. Cody Leggett kicked five goals in his best game for East Fremantle, Matthew Jupp outpointed the dangerous Tyler Keitel and Milan Murdock was lively in the midfield. Keegan Knott kicked four goals for the Falcons.

West Coast fielded 13 AFL-listed players  and made a game of it until three quarter time against Claremont. The Tigers scored five goals to none in the last quarter in a familiar scenario for the WAFL Eagles who have been goal-less in five out of eight last quarters in 2022. Ryan Lim, Bailey Rogers and Jye Bolton were powerful again for Claremont, Dom Sheed was the best for West Coast.

Swans stormed home at Bassendean to beat Peel who had 11 AFL-listed players. Chris Jones kicked five goals for Swan Districts and Jess Turner was again brilliant in the midfield. Lloyd Meek was superb in the ruck for the Thunder.

Stefan Giro was the star for Subiaco who stayed within sight of the finals with a 14-point win over Perth.

In the Sunday game South Fremantle held off an inaccurate East Perth for an 11-point win at Leederville Oval. Defender Toby McQuilkan put in an incredible performance making 42 disposals including 15 in the last quarter as he kept the Royals away. Blake Schlensog was almost as good in the backline. East Perth were willing but sloppy with a tendency to handball to players under pressure a worrying aspect of their game. Angus Scott almost dragged his team over the line.

Swan Districts 12.6 (78)  Peel 11.8 (74)

Subiaco 12.9 (81) Perth 10.7 (67)

Claremont 13.10 (88) West Coast 7.8 (50)

South Fremantle 11.15 (81) East Perth 7.6 (48)

East Fremantle 12.7 (79) West Perth 9.8 (62)

Ladder: East Fremantle 24; West Perth 24; Claremont 24; South Fremantle 20; Swan Districts 20; Peel 16; East Perth 12; Subiaco 12; Perth 8; West Coast 0.

Round nine: East Fremantle vs Claremont; South Fremantle vs Perth; West Coast vs Subiaco; West Perth vs Swan Districts; Peel vs East Perth.

Forty games have been played this year in the WAFL – 11 have been decided by a goal or less.

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