IN a special Triple Header at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, six of the nine teams took part in a huge day of football in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts. Here is how that day, and the standalone Sunday game unfolded in round five.
Claremont 11.6 (72) defeated South Fremantle 5.7 (37)
Claremont won its second game for the season on the weekend with a comfortable 35-point win over South Fremantle. The Bulldogs sit eighth on the ladder with just the one win, while the Tigers are now fourth overall in what is a close competition outside of Subiaco, who had the bye on the weekend.
Tyron Smallwood topped his team’s disposal count with 25, to go with his five marks, six tackles and two goals, while Jack Monaghan had 18 kicks in his 24 disposals, six marks, nine inside 50s and two goals. Rylie Morgan applied plenty of defensive pressure, laying 12 tackles to go with his 22 disposals, five inside 50s and a goal. Thomas Baldwin and Oliver Henderson both notched up 20 disposals apiece, while Lewis Henry and Will Stockwell laid nine tackles each.
For the losers, four players had 24 disposals in a shared effort. Kyle Hamerseley (three marks, nine tackles), Regan Spooner (six marks, three tackles), Matthew Ward (five marks, seven tackles) and Tom Blechynden (three marks, six tackles) were all prominent on the day. Benjamin Pears had 30 hitouts along with his 12 disposals, two marks and four tackles, while Thomas Weston was a lone hand up forward, booting four of his team’s five goals.
Swan Districts 11.2 (68) defeated by East Fremantle 14.8 (92)
East Fremantle hold onto a narrow spot inside the five with just over five per cent separating the Sharks from West Perth either side of the dividing line. Swan Districts had the opportunity to stay in touch with the top two but fell to the Sharks in a four-goal defeat.
Milan Murdock was East Fremantle’s top ball winner, notching up 24 disposals, four marks and laying a game-high 10 tackles. Joshua Ritchie was also impressive with 24 disposals, nine marks and two tackles, while Aaron Meadowcroft got it done both offensively and defensively with 17 touches, two goals and seven tackles. Nicholas Watson was impressive in the ruck with 40 hitouts from nine disposals and four tackles, while Dillon O’Reilly booted four goals in the Sharks’ win.
For Swan Districts, Riley Garcia had 23 disposals, three marks, two tackles and four inside 50s, while Brenton Hilton had 20 disposals and nine marks, spreading well. Mitchell Bain laid five tackles from 20 disposals, three marks and four inside 50s, while Kade Walldrot booted three goals to go with his 11 disposals and five inside 50s.
Perth 11.15 (81) defeated West Perth 10.9 (69)
A six goal to one second half has propelled Perth to its fourth win, ensuring the Demons hold down second place on the table. The Demons had to do it the hard way, booting five goals to zero in the third term to run over the top of the Falcons and record a memorable 12-point victory.
The top-end talent of the Demons really shone, with Luke English notching up 30 disposals, two marks, seven inside 50s, five tackles and two goals. Sydney Stack had 27 disposals, four marks, six inside 50s, six tackles and two goals, while top West Australian prospect Ian Hill had another magnificent game with 21 disposals, three marks and booting 3.3. Meanwhile Bailey Smith booted two goals from his 14 disposals and four marks.
For the Falcons, Nathan Murray was the clear standout on the day, collecting 27 disposals and booting three goals while laying nine tackles. Alex Johnson had 23 disposals, six marks and three tackles, while Bailey Chalmers was also good with 20 disposals, three marks, four tackles and six inside 50s. Filimone Muavou (18 disposals, four tackles) was another who stood out for Perth.
East Perth 11.13 (79) defeated Peel Thunder 12.6 (78)
East Perth have come from behind at half-time to record the narrowest of victories over Peel Thunder – the Royals’ first win of the 2018 season. In what was a relief for the Royals fans, they had to do it the hard way after conceding six goals to two in the second term to trail by nine points at the main break. A four goal to two third term put them back in front and they held on to win by a point.
Louis Miller was a key leader in the Royals’ victory, amassing 25 disposals, eight marks, three tackles, five inside 50s and booting a goal. Damon Greaves was also impressive with 24 disposals, seven marks and a goal, while Thomas Baulch snagged a goal from 20 disposals, 10 marks and six inside 50s. The next two highest possessions winners Jared Hamer-Mathew (19) and Harley Sparks (15) both booted two goals in the win.
For the Thunder, Andrew Butler was the top possession winner with 21 disposals, six marks and four inside 50s, while James Sturrock was the only other player with 20 or more disposals. Bradley Oldfield was impressive in front of goal, nailing three goals from 19 disposals and four marks, while Jarvis Pina had 18 disposals and nine marks, and Jack Sears booted three goals from six disposals and five marks in an efficient display up forward.