On target Diorites get the job done

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The 43rd Mines Rovers premiership team. All photos by Les Everett.

Boulder spoiled the party earlier this season when they beat their co-tenants on the weekend Mines Rovers had chosen to celebrate their 120th birthday. After close encounters during the year and an eight-point win by Mines in the second semi final everything pointed to an even Goldfields Football League grand final on Saturday. Continue reading

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Dragons soar, Tigers lose their roar by Richard Jones

BFNLLogo1A wrap of Bendigo footy finals, Week 1

Kyneton’s heavy defeat in Saturday’s qualifying final at the hands of Eaglehawk was the talk of Bendigo football at the weekend. The Tigers didn’t give a yelp after quarter-time leading footy fans and journalists wondering what effect the news the club was $200,000 in debt had had on the team. Tiger coach Luke Beattie refused to lay the side’s atrocious performance to the club’s ongoing financial woes. “That information was known to the playing group two weeks ago and the way the players went about it in our final home and away game against Golden Square reflected the buy-in from the group,” he said.“I wouldn’t use it as an excuse for the finals loss at all.” Continue reading

More Tiger excitement. Now for the finals

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Subiaco are two wins away from  becoming the second undefeated premier in WAFL/WANFL history. East Fremantle didn’t lose a game in 1946. Photo by FR Peterson, Fremantle.

WAFL round 21

A goal after the siren from Jye Bolton secured a victory for Claremont at Bassendean Oval and a home final for the Tigers. Swan Districts led at each break, and when the final siren sounded, only to go down by five points. Alex Manuel kicked five goals for Claremont, Bolton was brilliant and youngster Jordan Clark showed signs of things to come. Brayden Noble (four goals) and Tony Notte (three) were influential for Swans. The game was the last in the WAFL for Kirk Ugle.

Claremont 13.13 (91) Swan Districts 13.8 (86)

At Rushton Park Peel and East Perth were playing for a place in the finals. The defending premiers didn’t fire a shot. Hamish Bradshaw was again good for the Royals, Luke Partington was busy and kicked three goals and Patrick McGinnity also played strongly. Danyle Pearce’s last game for Peel was excellent.

East Perth 16.18 (114) Peel 4.6 (30)

Perth need to end Subiaco’s unbeaten run to have a chance of playing in the finals. As it turns out even that wouldn’t have been enough. They didn’t get close. Zac Clarke again dominated for the Lions along with Kyal Horsley while Ben Sokol kicked five goals. Clint Jones finished the season well for Perth.

Subiaco 17.10 (112) Perth 6.4 (40)

The derby went as expected. The Bulldogs scored 3.9 in the first quarter and 20.2 for the last three. Captain Dylan Main had a day-out kicking five goals as did Mason Shaw, Nick Suban performed well in the midfield and Regan Spooner made a strong debut. Jon Marsh was East Fremantle’s best player capping off an impressive season.

South Fremantle 23.11 (149) East Fremantle 5.6 (36)

The ladder: Subiaco 72; South Fremantle 52; West Perth 44; Claremont 36; East Perth 32; Perth 28; Peel 28; Swan Districts 24; East Fremantle 8.

This week: Saturday: South Fremantle vs West Perth (Fremantle Oval, qualifying final). Sunday: Claremont vs East Perth (Claremont Oval, elimination final).