Ladder shuffle

• Misjudged by all – South Fremantle vs Perth. Photo by Les Everett

WAFL round nine

West Perth has returned to the top of the WAFL ladder and Subiaco is within sight of the five at the half-way stage of a very interesting season.

In the early game played as an AFL curtain raiser at Perth Stadium West Coast gave a hint that things might be turning around. The Eagles matched the Lions for the final three quarters and even kicked three goals in the last. Liam Hickmott was active and effective for Subiaco, Ryan Borchet kicked five goals and Max Walters used the ball well. Josh Rotham enjoyed a run in the ruck and helped West Coast win a number of clean clearances while Ethan Hansen played his best game at WAFL level.

• South’s Haiden Schloithe

Perth began well at Fremantle Oval but six goals to none in the second quarter by the home team put the game to bed early. It was interesting to observe that five of those goals came from free kicks. “Learn to tackle mate,” a helpful South fan yelled at one stage. Toby McQuilkan impressed again, Haiden Schloithe was at his effective best and Jarrad Doney kicked two goals in a strong effort. Jack Avery marked well and provided some spark for the Demons. Injury has slowed the progress of Dylan Main who finally played his 100th game for the Bulldogs.

It was tight all day at the WACA but Claremont kicked four goals to one in the last quarter to knock East Fremantle off the top of the ladder. Tyron Smallwood kicked four goals for Claremont and Jye Bolton was there when needed. Jon Marsh kicked three goals for the Sharks.

Aaron Black led the way for West Perth who recorded a three-goal win over the plucky Swans at Joondalup. Mitch Antonio kicked three goals for the Falcons and Jesse Palmer and Sam Fisher were good for the visitors.

Liam Henry gave a timely reminder of his skills in Peel’s big win over East Perth at Mandurah. Joel Western and Guy Barnes each kicked four goals and Matt Taberner kicked three in a successful return to the field. It was the 100th game for the versatile Blair Bell one of the best one-on-one players in the competition over the past six seasons. Tom Medhat kicked three goals for the Royals.

East Perth did what the rules allowed and denied AFL mid-season draftee Sebit Kuek permission to play in the league game against his old team. He played reserves and kicked the sealer.

East Fremantle 11.13 (79) Claremont 14.11 (95) 

South Fremantle 12.12 (84) Perth 6.9 (45)

West Coast 8.14 (62) Subiaco 14.6 (90)

West Perth 10.8 (68) Swan Districts 7.8 (50)

Peel 18.9 (117) East Perth 7.10 (52)

Ladder: West Perth 28; Claremont 28; South Fremantle 24; East Fremantle 24; Peel 20; Swan Districts 20; Subiaco 16; East Perth 12; Perth 8; West Coast 0.

Round 10: East Fremantle vs Peel; Perth vs West Perth; West Coast vs South Fremantle; Swan Districts vs Subiaco; East Perth vs Claremont.

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