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Western Australia weekly wrap: Final five locked in for September

ROUND 20 loomed as the most important weekend of the Colts season to date with a number of teams fighting for the opportunity to play in September, that special time of year when reputations are made.

Which teams coped best with the pressure?

Read ahead to find out.

Round 20 WAFL Colts wrap.

South Fremantle 11.10 (76) defeated Perth 5.6 (36)

South Fremantle have sealed their spot in the 2018 WAFL Colts finals courtesy of a emphatic 40 point win over Perth at Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs controlled the early stages of the vital contest kicking goals through Nash Miller and Ira Jetta but Perth steadied through Ben Watson. The Bulldogs slightly increased their lead to 13 points at the long break courtesy of a three goal to two second quarter. The third term is widely regarded as the most pivotal of the game and so it proved again with the Bulldogs kicking the first two goals through Jetta and Luke Moore. Although the Demons were striving hard to find a path back into the contest, it was the rock solid defence of the Bulldogs who were repeatedly repelling the visitors. The home side turned for home with a 26 point lead which in all truth felt a lot more and the last quarter finally saw the Bulldogs emphasise their superiority as they kicked four goals to two and completed a 40 point win.

The victory was the third in the last four games for the Bulldogs and while some may say you do not deserve to play finals with a losing record, the Bulldogs can even their season ledger in the last round against old adversaries East Fremantle next Sunday. In truth, the kind of football that the Bulldogs have produced in the last fortnight is what wins games in September so they should not be a team to be taken lightly. The home side won all of the key indicators with a major advantage in disposals (350-267) leading to 18 more inside 50s (55-37) and ten more scoring shots (21-11).

The performance of 16 year-old Jaxon Bellchambers would have been heartwarming to many at the Bulldogs as he had a impact all over the ground with 22 disposals, seven marks, three tackles and topped off his fantastic display with three last quarter goals. At the other age of the age spectrum, Matthew Ward was a diligent four-quarter performer with 29 disposals and nine tackles while the forward pressure of Ira Jetta was first class with nine tackles to go along with 12 disposals and two goals. The second half of the season has been a greatly disappointing one for the Demons although they have certainly improved on their four win season in 2017. Perth are regularly seen as great developers of young talent and the National AFL Draft will likely show that with the names of Luke English, Ian Hill and Sydney Stack likely to be high up on the radar of recruiters. Nathan O’Driscoll is another Demon name to remember for the future with the 16 year-old amassing 28 disposals, eight tackles and a goal.

 

Claremont 9.7 (61) defeated Peel Thunder 6.5 (41)

With Perth’s defeat to Bulldogs, it meant the finals hopes of Claremont disappeared but that did not deter the Tigers as they arguably produced their best performance of the season to defeat high flying Peel Thunder by 20 points at Claremont Oval.

Claremont had been convincingly beaten by the Thunder in each of their meetings in 2018 (78 and 36 points) but the first quarter was a tight affair with Peel leading by five points. Well aware that they required a win to keep their season alive along with needing another result to go in their favour, Claremont arguably played their best quarter of an inconsistent campaign kicking 5.1 to 0.1 and opening up a imposing 25-point lead with Isaac Barton and Angus Longmire each kicking two for the term. The impressive Tigers continued their dominance early in the third with goals to Jacob Dorset-Sawyer and a third to Barton which pushed the lead out beyond six goals and plenty of danger signs for the second placed Thunder. A late goal by Jackson Knight narrowed the gap to 31 points to give them the slightest ray of hope but the game was seemingly well and truly in control of the Tigers.

Peel made a final concerted push to get back into the game in the early stages of the last quarter narrowing the gap to three goals through majors from Killian Rawson and Tyson Powell. The Tigers looked to have gone into their shell for the first time in the game as Peel were piling on the pressure, and Jack Willis kicked their third of the quarter narrowing the gap further to 13 points. From there the Tigers managed to stop the flow of attacks from the Thunder and sealed a meritorious victory when Benjamin Schuhkraft kicked truly just before the final siren.

The key stats showed how much Claremont controlled the nature of the contest with 70 more disposals (331-261) which led to 19 more inside 50s (49-30) and five more scoring shots (16-11). Isaac Barton set the tone of the contest in the first half for the Tigers and the top-ager compiled 18 disposals, six tackles and three goals and he was well supported by the tireless work of ruckman Longmire with 15 disposals, four marks, 38 hit-outs and two goals, while Max Grant finished with 27 disposals. Despite the loss, Peel will finish second on the ladder with their opponent still to be decided, and Lachlan Riley was a true four-quarter performer for the visitors with 28 disposals, six marks and four tackles.

 

Subiaco 9.13 (67) defeated East Fremantle 7.12 (54)

Subiaco kept up their on their winning ways as they claimed their tenth straight win holding off a surging Sharks outfit to win by 13 points at East Fremantle Oval.

Subiaco made a very strong start to the contest kicking three goals to nil to open up a 20 point lead at quarter time. That level of dominance continued in the second term as the league leaders kicked another four goals to one and holding a very healthy 40 point lead at the long break. Successful teams play a strong brand of team football where they do not depend on one player and Subiaco have successfully illustrated that fact throughout the season. To half time they had seven different goalkickers and eight players with double-figure disposals, led by Tristan Hobley with 18 and Taj Schofield and Liam Hickmott with 16 apiece.

While you do not want to have a defeatist mindset during the game, the Sharks brains trust would have been thinking of ways to limit the damage and save their percentage. While they would keep a one game advantage over the dormant Swan Districts, a heavy defeat could have seen percentage come into play in the final round if Swans were to be victorious in their last game against Claremont and if the Sharks slipped up against South Fremantle.

However, those hypotheticals were put on the back burner as the Sharks stemmed the bleeding and played some more composed football in the third term. They won the quarter courtesy of goals through Adam Meadowcroft and the highly promising bottom ager Luke Jackson – who had the tough choice to make between footy and basketball, but the talented and athletic sportsman chose the former. The Sharks had certainly found some impetus and continued their momentum kicking the first two goals of the last term with another major to Jackson and Zach Wilkinson. Nicolas Martin kicked a goal to ease any tension within the Subiaco ranks, but the highly impressive second half by the Sharks continued with further goals to Corey Robinson and Wright. Opportunities were coming thick and fast for the home team, however time ran out as Subiaco made it ten straight wins and with Peel’s loss, the Lions clinched the minor premiership and a bye in the first week of the finals.

While the Lions were outscored six goals to two in the second half, they did enough to show one of their closest challenges for the premiership that you need to play at a high level for the full four quarters if you want to beat them. Hickmott compiled 29 disposals and nine tackles and was well supported by Schofield (27 disposals, six marks and five tackles) andHobley (27 disposals) while Robinson was a solid contributor for the Sharks with 23 disposals.

East Perth 12.7 (79) defeated West Perth 6.9 (45)

East Perth played some of their best football of a very inconsistent 2018 campaign as they registered a 34-point victory against arch-rivals West Perth at a sun-drenched Leederville Oval on Saturday morning.

This contest was all about pride with both teams eliminated from finals contention last week, it was the Royals who started the better opening up a two goal lead in the first term but really got going in the second quarter kicking four goals to one to open up a five goal margin at the long break with the duo of Rhai-arn Cox and Callum McVee looking lively with two goals each.

The Royals were in complete control of the contest in the third term kicking two goals to one and turning for home with a 37 point lead. A West Perth comeback did not look on the cards when you take into account that they had kicked three goals in as many quarter. However they produced a barnstorming first ten minutes of the final term where they had six scoring shots kicking 3.3 and narrowing the gap to 16 points, which suddenly gave them a deal of momentum.

Not wanting their good football in the first three quarters to go to waste, East Perth responded through a second goal to Kyle Robinson which was soon followed by majors to Ashley Willcocks and Kane Hughes as the Royals were able to seal a deserved 34 point win. With the Falcons having the bye in the final round, East Perth can still avoid the wooden spoon if they defeat Peel Thunder next Sunday.

Robinson was a standout all-around performer for the Royals with the bottom ager amassing 23 disposals, seven marks, three tackles and two goals while Damon Greaves continued his highly impressive season with the AFL draft combine invitee amassing 31 disposals and ten tackles. Bailey Chalmers was a tireless worker for the Falcòns with 29 disposals and four tackles while Tyron Hindmarsh was a very serviceable contributor once again with 21 disposals and seven tackles.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Bulldogs one step closer to finals footy

THE five-team race to claim the final spot in the top five was reduced to three after Round 19 in the WAFL Colts, but which two teams crashed out of contention and who kept their hopes alive?

Read ahead to find out the details.

Round 19 WAFL Colts Wrap:

South Fremantle 8.7(55) defeated Swan Districts 3.11(29)

South Fremantle took one big step in securing the final position in the top five with a perfectly executed 26-point win against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

Chilly but clear conditions greeted the teams in this pivotal encounter for both sides. After a promising early couple of minutes by the home team, South Fremantle then dominated field position for the next period of time leading to the first goal of the game by Luke Moore. The forward entries by both teams were on the scrappy side and therefore were not giving their key forwards the best chance to convert, but it was a real contested game of footy with every player made to earn their possessions.

Great forward line pressure by Aiden Cartwright led to a holding the ball decision and the first goal of the game for Swans. While it was a quarter lacking in highlights in the true sense of the word, the closeness of the contest was indisputable with scores locked at 1.1 at quarter time. A pin-point kick by Toby McQuilkin set up Nash Miller for his first to put the visitors back in front. South Fremantle dominated the first five minutes of the term with six inside 50s and Swans not being able to take the ball forward from the centre square.

The scrappy nature of the contest continued in the second term and Swans were clearly striving to get their running game into action but the fantastic pressure of South Fremantle was preventing that from happening. That pressure proved pivotal once again as Callum Narkle was the beneficiary of some great work from his teammates to kick the major from close range. Whenever Swan Districts did bring the ball into their forward line they were forced wide which made scoring goals harder to execute.

The half-time margin of 10 points may have looked slender on paper, but the game was certainly played on South Fremantle’s terms and Swans had plenty of work to do to create some clear goal scoring opportunities. The willingness of the contest continued in the third term, and it was the visitors who took their opportunities when Jack Redman swooped on the loose ball and snapped truly to give the Bulldogs their biggest lead of the game. A rare forward thrust by Swans saw Jack Allen take a mark but when his side needed a goal, he hit the post and South Fremantle raced down the other end where Lachlan Feeney kicked truly and that was the story of the contest in a nutshell.

The game was now at real danger of getting away from Swans as they just could not get any momentum going, while South were growing in confidence by the minute. With a quarter to play, South Fremantle had a 22-point lead which in all honesty felt a whole lot more. The sealer was kicked at the six mark of the final term by Ira Jetta and that was soon followed by a second of the day to Feeney. While their percentage was already strong compared to their rivals chasing the final spot in the top four, this was a added bonus.

The defensive group of South Fremantle led by James RussellJoshua Grant and Jacob Sax were unsung heroes who marshalled the defensive 50 superbly. The icing on a delicious cake was delivered by Braiden Quartermaine who sold the dummy to his opponent and set sail from 40 metres straight through the middle. A belated goal for Swans then arrived through a direct kick into the 50, which set up Atem Deng on the spot to convert from close range which incredibly was their first goal for three quarters. Some further smart and direct play by Swans led to a goal by Denver Grainger-Barras but it was far too little too late for Swan Districts who fell to their eighth defeat of the season.

The pressure of South Fremantle was superb all around the ground highlighted by their advantage in tackles (78-69) and their physical presence led to plenty of turnovers which allowed the Bulldogs to generate a lot more inside 50 entries (53-32). South Fremantle can seal their spot in the finals as soon as next week with a victory against one of their pursuers in Perth and in addition to that, if Peel can defeat Claremont, the Bulldogs will be bound for September action.

Enrique Aitken-Featherstone was a key element of that as one of the leaders of the Bulldogs on-ball brigade had eight tackles to go along 26 disposals while Mcquilkin was important with his powerful running gathering 18 disposals, and Joshua Grant was a rock solid defensive figure with 11 disposals, five tackles and three marks. While his delivery left a bit to be desired in the first half, Deng could held his head high for Swan Districts with his second half display finishing with 23 disposals, three marks and a goal. The versatile 16 year-old Grainger-Barras was solid with 13 disposals, eight marks and a goal.

 

Claremont 8.8 (56) defeated Perth 7.7 (49)

Claremont kept their finals flame flickering with a vital seven-point win. No more than a goal separated both teams throughout the contest and with their season well and truly on the line two late majors saw the Tigers run out seven point winners.

The contributions of 15 year-old Joel Western (20 disposals and two goals) and Jack Monaghan (16 disposals and two goals) were pivotal to the end result. Claremont need to remain in a must win mindset for the final fortnight of the home and away season in their quest to play finals in 2018. Because of their poor percentage (78.8) they need to win both their games (against Peel and Swans) and hope the Bulldogs lose both of their games.

Despite the loss, Perth remain In the hunt to claim the fifth spot and face a early elimination final against the Bulldogs at Fremantle Oval next Saturday. Bailey Smith had 22 disposals and six marks and four tackles and Zac Casey was a tireless worker with 11 tackles to go along with 21 disposals for the Demons.

 

East Fremantle 15.5.(95) defeated East Perth 6.5 (41)

Defending premiers East Fremantle moved one step closer to sealing a double chance with a emphatic 54 point win against East Perth at Leederville Oval. It was a superb performance by the Sharks who won all four quarters and remain a very slim chance of snaring a top two berth with two rounds remaining. The Sharks will have to win both their games against Subiaco and South Fremantle and because of Peel’s big percentage advantage (140-111 per cent) will require the Thunder to drop both their games against Claremont and East Perth which seems highly unlikely on the face of things but funnier things have been known to occur in footy.

Dylan Curley was a great focal point for the Sharks with 19 disposals, nine marks and four goals and was well supported by top ager Cody Smith with three goals along with 20 disposals six tackles and five marks and Tom Wright who racked up a outstanding 18 tackles. With the heavy loss, East Perth have been eliminated from the finals race which will come as a real blow as they were the 2016 Grand Finalists and made the Preliminary Final last year. Thomas Baulch has been a standout performer of the very poor campaign for the Royals and it was illustrated once again on Saturday with 34 disposals and 10 marks.

 

Subiaco 12.12 (84) defeated West Perth 3.5(23)

Subiaco has one and a half hands on the minor premiership after stretching their winning streak their to nine games with a 61-point win over West Perth and also ended the Falcons’ finals hopes. The first half was a relatively even affair with Subiaco leading by 16 points, the second half was a different story as the Lions put West Perth to the sword outscoring their opponents 7.6 to three behinds. While the Lions kicked just the 12 goals, they had four multiple goalkickers with bottom-ager Trey Kennedy and the ever-reliable Jack Mayo kicking three goals while Benjamin Golding had 22 disposals and kicked two goals. The Lions had further strong contributions from Liam Hickmott who was a real ball magnet with 36 disposals and nine tackles and he was well supported by Tristan Hobley with 30 disposals.

Subiaco has a two-game lead plus a 13 per cent advantage over Peel with each team having a couple games left. While the old phrase ‘mathematically possible’ currently comes into play, one more win will completely seal the minor premiership for Subiaco. For West Perth, Daniel Rowe was full of endeavour with 23 disposals and nine tackles.

Western Australian weekly wrap: Lions tame the elements to make it eight straight

IT has been a wet old winter on the west coast and this week was no exception. It is always fascinating to see how individuals adapt in these conditions as it can be a key element of being a good all-round player.

Find out below who excelled in the gloomy conditions and whether South Fremantle took a major step in their quest to seal the final spot in the top five.

Round 18 WAFL Colts Wrap:

Subiaco 9.5 (59) defeated Swan Districts 3.3 (21)

Subiaco underlined their favouritism for the 2018 Colts competition with a very solid 38-point win over Swan Districts at a sodden Leederville Oval on Saturday morning.

The Lions came into the contest on the back of seven straight wins to be sitting pretty with a one game lead over Peel heading into the final month of the season, while Swans had suffered a slight dip in form of late but registered a vital victory against their top four rivals East Fremantle last week.

The players were greeted with a waterlogged ground due to a week of steady rain, topped off by a overnight downpour meaning that it wasn’t necessarily going to be pretty to watch but effective and smart football was the order of the day to get the four points.

The start of the game saw both teams look to adjust to the ground conditions and it was Subiaco who made the stronger start through a mark and goal by ruckman Xavier Peacock. After Swans had a fair bit of play in their forward 50, a very smart piece of play occurred from Nathan French where he soccered the ball from 35 metres and it skidded through for their second goal of the game.

The outer wing was favoured in a attacking sense by both sides due to it being a lot drier than the members side of the ground. Swans were certainly getting their hands to the ball but the only thing missing was their finishing touch in front of goal. However, they remained well in the contest due to the difficulty of kicking a big score because of the conditions.

Scoring was at a premium in the second quarter with only one point registered in the opening 16 minutes. Zane Shellabear Healy broke the drought soon after when he snuck out the back from a stoppage to snap truly and that was soon followed by key forward Jack Mayo picking up a ground ball and kicking a goal from 40 metres.

Swans were being out worked and seemingly lacked any system heading into their forward 50. The Subiaco running fleet of Liam Hickmott, Tristan Hobley and Shellabear Healy were having a field day in the conditions racking up close to 60 possessions between them for the first half. Subiaco went into the long break leading by 23 points and looking on track to push their winning streak to eight games.

The Lions got off to the perfect start in the third term when Hobley continued his fine first half performance with a goal. The Swans finally kicked their first goal of the game five minutes in when Harry Edwards sharked the ball brilliantly to kick truly from 35 and finally gain a bit of momentum. However, Shellabear Healy was once again able to sneak out the back and make himself available to mark and goal from the goalsquare.

Swans were striving to move the ball quickly but the delivery was poor and they were breaking down across half forward where Subiaco were able to mop up and get the ball out of danger. The visitors’ day was summed up when a long bomb was delivered by Hobley deep into the goal square which was dropped on the line by the Swans defender and ever the opportunist, French was on the spot to soccer home his second of the contest. A fine chase down effort by Blake Pescud was one of Swans few highlights in the term but unfortunately his kick on goal did not match his effort. Subiaco turned for home with a very impressive 38-point lead and Swan Districts needed some kind of miracle to stand a chance in the final term.

Some good work to start the final term by Benjamin Taylor saw Max Bradley kick his first and his team’s second of the game. Strong forward line pressure soon set up another chance for the visitors and 16 year-old Ayden Cartwright duly delivered. For the first time in the game, Swans had put Subiaco under a sustained pressure by kicking consecutive goals, but with a commanding lead it was not a case of panic stations for the Lions. The visitors were controlling the possession of the ball and inside 50s but  needed a focal point to make the most of their hard work.

Any doubt over the result was sealed when Kye Barker attempted to switch from defence but his kick was intercepted by Mayo who converted from close range. Another mistake this time from Brenton Hilton soon after gave Mayo his third goal, a fine effort by the key forward given the conditions.

In the end it was a comprehensive win by the Lions as they won their thirteenth game for the 2018 season. The complete performance by the Lions was highlighted by the fact that they won three of the quarters and the fourth term was 2.2 apiece. A main factor behind the Lions victory was 75 more disposals (359-284) which led to 12 more inside 50s (40-28) and eight more scoring shots (14-6).

The Lions were led by Liam Hickmott who thrived in the heavy conditions with 35 disposals and six tackles while Tristan Hobley was a fine partner in crime with 30 disposals and a goal and Zane Shellabear Healy was excellent roaming between wing and half forward with 24 disposals, seven marks and two goals. In a tough day for Swans it was Kade Walldrot who never stopped trying with 24 disposals and seven marks and four tackles while Joseph Hinder provided some great dash from half back with 25 disposals and five marks.

 

Peel Thunder 10.12 (72) defeated East Perth 9.9 (63)

Peel Thunder kept up the pressure on Subiaco by remaining one game behind the Lions with a hard-fought nine point win over East Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

After trailing by three goals at quarter time, Peel hit back to only trail by a point at the long break and then led their opponent by two goals with a quarter to play. The Royals narrowed that gap in the final term but couldn’t get any closer than eight points as Peel sealed their eleventh win for the season and importantly moved two games clear of Swan Districts and East Fremantle in third and fourth.

It was remarkable that East Perth stayed as close as they did as they had 24 less inside 50s for the game (50-26) but were extremely efficient as they generated 18 scoring shots from those entries. Like he has done for a great majority of the season, Lachlan Riley was a key figure for Peel with 25 disposals, four marks and four tackles while Killian Rawson was lively with three goals. Meanwhile, for East Perth, Jarrod Hamer-Mathew was important with three goals from his eleven disposals while Damon Greaves was solid with 20 disposals, four marks and four tackles.

 

West Perth 7.11 (53) defeated South Fremantle 3.7 (25)

West Perth have given themselves renewed hope of playing finals in 2018 after a convincing 28 point win over South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday evening.

The Falcons were never headed throughout the contest leading by 13 points at quarter time, 17 points at half time and 34 points at three-quarter time. The Bulldogs who had kicked just one goal over the first three quarters showed some heart in the final 25 minutes by winning the quarter two goals to one, but the damage was already done as West Perth drew level with the Bulldogs on points although they have played a game more.

You can throw a blanket across the teams sitting from fifth to ninth and there are certainly bound to be plenty of twists and turns in the final three rounds of the home and away season. Bottom ager Tyron Hindmarsh had 24 disposals and five tackles for the Falcons and he was well supported by Bailey Chalmers, whose work ethic was superb with 12 tackles to go along with 23 disposals while Jaxon Prior had 22 disposals and nine tackles.

Due to a superior percentage over their rivals, South Fremantle’s destiny remains in their own hands in terms of claiming the hotly contested fifth spot. However, they surely would view this as a major opportunity wasted especially as they have a difficult finish to the season playing top four sides Swan Districts and arch rivals East Fremantle. Mason Ward was a true leader for the home side with 31 disposals and ten tackles while Lachlan Johnson was a lone hand in front of goal with 2.2.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Claremont vs. Subiaco

IN round 17 of the WAFL Colts competition, Subiaco defeated Claremont by 13 points at Claremont Oval on Saturday morning. Lenny Fogliani was there to capture the action.

Below were the best players in the game.

CLAREMONT

#9 JACK MONAGHAN

Arguably the best player for Claremont, Monaghan showcased why the Tigers are rapt with his development. He racked up 21 possessions, took six marks, recorded four inside 50s, laid two tackles and kicked a goal in a magnificent performance. His skill and running capacity make him a damaging midfielder.

#10 ISAAC BARTON

The crafty small forward was a livewire inside 50 for Claremont, with his speed, skill execution and goal awareness all on display. He finished with 19 possessions, four marks, four inside 50s, and a goal in a lively performance.

#15 OLIVER HENDERSON

The 19-year-old was his busy self in the midfield for the Tigers with 16 possessions, three tackles, two marks and two inside 50s. With such performances, expect Henderson to progress to Claremont’s senior teams.

#17 MAX GRANT

Situated in defence, Grant was exceptional for the Tigers, often thwarting the Lions offence. He collected 16 possessions, laid six tackles, and recorded three inside 50s to be one of the better Claremont players. His balance between defence and offence makes him an outstanding half-back flanker.

#19 JACK COOLEY

Although only draft eligible in 2019, Cooley’s stocks rose with his performance against the Lions. He was Claremont’s leading possession-winner with 22 disposals, and also finished with five marks, and three inside 50s. His upside should have recruiters monitoring him closely.

#25 NATHAN PEARCE

The West Coast junior continued his fine season with a solid display against Subiaco. He accumulated 14 possessions, laid a team-high seven tackles, took two marks and recorded two inside 50s in a fantastic display.

 

SUBIACO

#3 TRISTAN HOBLEY

The 2016 WA U16s State Academy representative was superb for the Lions, often being the link-up player between midfield and attack. His elite vision, combined with his crisp disposal made the Subiaco forwards come into the game a lot easier. Hobley finished with a game-high 34 possessions, a game-high six inside 50s, five marks and five tackles.

#9 NATHAN FRENCH

Against the Tigers, French was excellent on the half-forward flank. He accumulated 19 possessions, took seven marks, recorded five inside 50s, laid two tackles and kicked a goal in a powerful display. His ferociousness at the man and the ball is scary and his vision and skill to set up his team-mates for goal opportunities is outstanding.   

#10 JACK MAYO

The current leader for the WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Award tightened his grip in the lead with another commanding performance. Against Claremont, Mayo booted four goals from 15 possessions, as well as five marks, three tackles and two inside 50s.His smarts inside 50 make him a dangerous player up forward.

#13 LIAM HICKMOTT

The reigning Subiaco Colts’ Best & Fairest winner was arguably best afield with yet another tough performance. He accumulated 28 possessions, laid a game-high nine tackles, recorded three inside 50s, took two marks and kicked a goal in yet another outstanding performance. His tough inside work, along with his ability to spread from the congestion makes him an excellent midfield prospect.

#15 WIL HICKMOTT

The younger son of former Carlton and Geelong player Adrian Hickmott, Wil was excellent again for the Lions, raising his draft stocks. He collected 23 possessions, laid five tackles, recorded three inside 50s, and took two marks in a polished display.

#17 KYLE STAINSBY

The Carine junior demonstrated why he is one of the best attacking half-back flankers in the WAFL Colts competition. He finished with 19 possessions, six marks, four tackles and three inside 50s in a dazzling display. His run and carry, as well as his long kicking is similar to how Richmond star Jayden Short plays.

#25 XAVIER PEACOCK

Arguably the best ruckman on the ground, Peacock showcased why he is one of the most sought after key position players in this year’s draft. Along with Mach Deng (22 hit-outs), Peacock provided a presence in the centre ball-ups and around the ground, often getting the ball down to his midfielders. He finished with 10 possessions, 20 hit-outs, four marks, three tackles and three inside 50s.

Western Australian weekly wrap: Agony and ecstasy in equal measure

ROUND 17 saw the top two teams consolidate their positions on the ladder while third and fourth switched places. However, all the drama was between two teams looking to keep their season alive. There is nothing like breaking a long losing streak with a last minute win and for one club, it may well be the catalyst in their push for finals football.

Round 17 WAFL Colts Wrap:

Swan Districts 8.9 (57) defeated East Fremantle 6.9 (45)

Swan Districts chalked up their ninth win of the season with an important 12-point win over their top four rival East Fremantle, seeing them reclaim third on the ladder.

Swans got off to the better start leading by a goal at quarter time and extending it to 21 points through goals to Atem Deng and Harry Edwards early in the second term. However, East Fremantle responded well with goals to bottom age talents Joshua Harris-Walker and Jai Jackson to only trial by nine points at half time.

It was a tense first ten minutes of the third term but Kade Walldrot kicked Swans’ sixth of the game to give them some breathing space and Edwards kicked his second to give Swans all the momentum in this important top-four clash. Edwards then kicked his third early in the final term to push the lead beyond four goals and seemingly out of reach, but Bailey Tucek booted the reply soon after to give the Sharks a lifeline.

Trent Rivers edged the Sharks a bit closer with his first of the game, but the clock was the enemy of the Sharks and in the end Swans stood strong and sealed a deserved victory which ended their two-game losing run and saw them edge past the Sharks on percentage in a compelling race to get that all-important third spot, which gives you a double chance once September comes around.

While they lost on the scoreboard, a number of East Fremantle’s talented youngsters including Dylan Curley, Corey Robinson, Cameron Davidson and Nicolas Watson got due rewards for their impressive seasons by being promoted to the seniors this weekend.

While East Fremantle held the advantage in the disposals count (319-292) and generated more inside 50s (42-35), it was Swans who were able to generate two more scoring shots (17-15) which was the key story of the contest.

Kade Walldrot was once again a pivotal player in Swans’ win with 21 disposals, 12 tackles four marks and a goal and he was well supported by Joseph Hinder (23 disposals,six marks) and Jackson Beck (22 disposals,six marks) while Edwards was a superb focal point in a low scoring game with three goals to go with 16 disposals and eight marks. Max Murphy was strong in the clinches for the Sharks with 25 disposals, nine marks and six tackles.

 

Subiaco 9.9 (63) defeated Claremont 7.8 (50)

Subiaco survived a searching test of their premiership credentials to emerge with a 13-point win over a gallant Claremont at Claremont Oval on Saturday morning.

The Tigers took a two-point lead into quarter time in a low scoring and scrappy first 25 minutes, but Subiaco looked to break open the game early in the second term through goals to Jordan Faraone and Jack Mayo. Ben Schuhkraft kept the Tigers in it with a late six-pointer which was their only scoring shot of the term to see them trail by 16 points at the long break.

Liam Hickmott got the Lions off to the perfect start in the third term with his first goal, giving the visitors their biggest lead of the game which was a 22 point buffer. Claremont, who were fighting for that highly coveted fifth spot on the ladder, hit back hard with majors through top-ager Jack Monaghan and bottom-ager Ben Elliott to get the margin back under ten points, but Duane Smith gave the Lions a handy 14-point lead going into the final quarter.

Once again the Tigers would not say die and were proving a very pesky opponent with bottom-ager Kade Lines cutting the margin to eight points once again but the Lions’ key forward Mayo kicked his third in this topsy-turvy encounter. The teams traded goals until the end of the contest but it was the figure of Mayo which was pivotal to the result as the key forward kicked four goals for the game which included two in the all-important final term.

These are the wins that teams look back on with pride come the end of the season – when you are not at your best for whatever reason, but still manage to secure the four points. As we enter the final month of the regular season, Subiaco turn for home with a one-game lead on their nearest rival Peel Thunder, who have played an extra game.

The Tigers did extremely well to stay with the ladder leaders despite not winning any of the key statistics. If they play with that kind of enthusiasm for their remaining games, they will certainly a dangerous opponent in the run-in to the finals.

Mayo was superb with 15 disposals, five marks, three tackles and 4.2 while his midfielders played their part in getting the ball down to the key forward with Tristan Hobley (34 disposals, five marks and five tackles) along with Liam Hickmott (28 disposals, nine tackles) highly prominent. Jack Monaghan was very solid throughout the contest for the Tigers with 21 disposals and six marks while Schuhkraft made the most of his opportunities with two goals.

 

Perth 8.7 (55) defeated East Perth 8.5 (53)

A stirring second-half comeback has memorably ended Perth’s seven-game losing streak with a thrilling two-point victory over East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday evening.

East Perth got off to a strong start to the contest kicking three goals to one and leading by 14 points at quarter time. An even spread of goalkickers is a clear sign of good team football and that is exactly what the Royals were displaying as their first-half goals had come from seven different players. The home team had a very comfortable 31-point lead at the long break with Louis Miller having 16 disposals and Darrin Cox 14.

Perth made some notable headway to start the third quarter kicking three goals to one to cut the margin to three goals. Hamish McFarlane became the first multiple goal kicker of the game and was a key factor of Perth’s fight back as they looked dangerous every time they took the ball inside their 50-metre arc.

East Perth went into the last quarter leading by 14 points and needing to regain their momentum that they had for the first two quarters. The early part of the last quarter was a cagey affair with Perth looking to close that gap further and the Royals keeping them at bay.

The first goal of the term took a while in coming but the visitors were able to strike the vital blow through Connor Sing. It was now one-way traffic and in East Perth’s case the clock was stuck in time while for Perth it was ticking too fast, but there was to be one more bit of drama on a thrilling day at Leederville Oval.

In the seniors which was played before the Colts game, East Perth kicked a goal after the siren to claim a victory that kept their season alive. Lightning struck twice but this time it was the Demons who were the beneficiaries when top-ager Austin Davis kicked the goal just before the final siren which gave Perth a priceless victory which edges them to within half a game of South Fremantle in fifth place, although the Bulldogs have a game in hand.

A clear sign of the momentum change was in the inside 50s which saw Perth trail by 13 at halftime (28-15) but they flipped that on its head to win it 48-39. They managed to kick 6.5 to 1.2 after the break to complete their superb victory.

It was the tireless work from the likes of Zac Casey that really turned the tide with the midfielder having 21 disposals, five tackles and a goal while McFarlane was a solid contributor up forward with eleven disposals, three marks and two goals while the workrate of bottom-ager Brodie Gray was immense with eight tackles and a goal from 11 disposals.

Meanwhile it was a crushing blow for East Perth who were in total control in the first half but stopped to a walk and paid the ultimate price. Their pain was doubled by the fact that they could have moved to level points with South Fremantle, but instead, remain in last spot with the 2017 Preliminary finalists now running out of time to make a lasting impression this season. Jacob Msando was a classy contributor with 21 disposals, five tackles and a goal while Louis Miller tried hard all game with 23 disposals, five tackles and a goal.

 

Peel Thunder 11.8 (74) defeated West Perth 5.7 (37)

Peel consolidated second place on the ladder with a strong 37 point win over West Perth at Joondalup Arena on Saturday evening.

Looking to consolidate their top two position, Peel started by far the stronger side, kicking four goals to one and leading by 20 points at quarter time. Having a clear look of intent about their play, Peel continued to put West Perth on the back foot with Lee Chapman and Lachlan Cullen looking dangerous with two goals for the half.

The halftime margin of 39 points was an illustration of the gulf between the two sides and the Falcons had plenty of work to do to get themselves back into the contest. While not hitting the scoreboard as frequently, the dominance of Peel showed no signs of abating as West Perth were unable to make no headway for the majority of the third term until Treak Nannup kicked his and his team’s second goal of the game.

West Perth did well to keep their heads up and managed to win the quarter three goals to two but in reality, the damage was already done in the first three quarters and Peel walked away with a very professional 37-point win. The visitors conceded the hit-outs (26-59) but still managed more disposals (276-262), had more inside 50s (39-27) which led to seven more scoring shots (19-12).

Lachlan Riley was prominent for Peel with 25 disposals and nine marks while James Sturrock returned to the Colts ranks after two games in the seniors and his polish was evident with 17 disposals, five marks and two tackles. Meanwhile, for West Perth, Tyron Hindmarsh was very solid with 22 disposals and three marks whileNannup toiled hard with six tackles to go along with two goals.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Subiaco returns to top spot

ROUND 14 in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts saw the top two teams meet, while a new contender emerged for the last finals berth.

WAFL Colts Round 14 Wrap:

Subiaco 12.8 (80) defeated Peel Thunder 7.11 (53)

A strong second half performance has earned Subiaco their fifth straight win and a return to the top of the ladder for the first time in two months after a 27-point win against their closest rival Peel Thunder at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

The scene was set for a great encounter between the two hottest teams in the WAFL Colts in 2018. After starting the season 1-3, the visitors brought a seven game winning streak into the contest while after a sticky spell, Subiaco had won four games in a row.

A partly cloudy day with little breeze greeted both teams onto the field and the first few minutes saw Subiaco dominate the play. Jordan Faroane kicked the first goal of the game for the Lions but Ben Middleton crumbed well to give Peel the quick reply. Subiaco took back the early initiative with a goal to Jack Mayo from 45 metres from a acute angle. After an extended part of the quarter was defined by strong pressure tackling by both teams, it was Peel who broke the deadlock through key forward Lachlan Cullen. Soon after, Cullen appeared to push his opponent out the contest but the mark was paid and he kicked his second from 15 metres to give Peel their first lead of the game. Cullen was proving a real headache for the Lions defence and he took another mark just before the siren. Although the kick missed, Peel had illustrated their credentials from the 10 minute mark of that quarter.

Zane Shellabear Healey got the home side of to the perfect start in the second term where he was all alone in the forward 50 and able to dribble it through from 30 metres. Not soon after, Jack McIntosh gave the Lions back the lead with a true snap on goal. Just like the early stages of the contest, Subiaco was dictating the terms as Peel has suddenly lost its forward structure and composure in possession. For all Subi’s dominance, they only led by five points so the visitors were well in the contest. With the weight of possession came opportunities for Subiaco’s forwards and Mayo kicked his second for the half with a fine goal from the boundary. Middleton kicked Peel’s first for the second quarter which was vital to take a bit of momentum away from the Lions. The halftime siren saw the Lions lead by five points in an intriguing half of football.

It looked to be a battle of the key forwards with Mayo for Subiaco, and Cullen and Middleton for the Thunder set to have a key say in proceedings in the next 50 minutes. Nicolas Martin gave Subiaco the best possible start after the long break with a mark and goal from 35 metres in front and he backed that up a few minutes later with his second and give Subiaco their biggest lead of the game of 16 points. Some excellent forward pressure from Faroane forced a fumble from his opponent and he took advantage kicking his second of the game. Both teams then had their chances but it was the Lions who went into the final change leading by 24 points. Some great interplay by ball magnets Jacob Peletier and Tristan Hobley set up Martin for his third to take them a massive step closer to icing the four points.

However, good teams like Peel always manage to hit back hard and they did so through a classy goal to James Wiltshire from the boundary and then Cullen took a strong mark and goal to narrow the gap to under three goals with fifteen minutes remaining. It was now Subiaco’s time to reply and some good ball movement saw Duane Oxenham-Smith kick his first and arguably the sealer. Once again the pure determination by Subiaco in their forward 50 was superb as 15 year old Tyler Broughton ripped the hall away from his opponent and snapped truly. Peel bottom-ager Jack Sears kicked a clever goal from a acute angle, but it was Mayo who had the final say in the contest kicking his third which made the final margin 27 points and move the Lions a game and percentage clear of Peel and Swan Districts on the ladder.

In the end it was a very composed performance by the Lions in a hotly contested battle befitting of the two top teams on the ladder. Their pressure around the ball especially in the second half was superb and that was able to force mistakes from their opponents which they were able to seize upon and create opportunities of their own.

To put Subiaco’s 2018 season into perspective, this win was their ninth for the season. In the previous three seasons they had only won 12 games combined (including a one win season in 2016). Their last finals appearance was back in 2013, and while they wouldn’t want to be getting ahead of themselves in any way, it is looking very likely that they will make a long-awaited to September action this year.

Although Peel’s coaching group will be aware they they can play a lot better, they will have lost few friends with their competitive performance. In truth, they lost the contest in the second and third quarters being outscored six goals to one and lost all momentum they had after a very impressive first quarter.

Hobley (28 disposals, six marks and six tackles) and Peletier (24 disposals and seven marks) were strong contributors and the impact of their forwards Mayo (11 disposals, seven marks and three goals) and Nicholas Martin (17 disposals, six marks and three goals) were essential to the victory.

Sturrock (25 disposals, six tackles) and Riley (21 disposals, eight marks) were solid contributors all game for the Thunder while Cullen was a strong target with three goals.

In other games;

South Fremantle put on a emphatic display to defeat Claremont by 82 points at Fremantle Oval and with the win moved into the top five for the first time this season.

The final score was 15.13 (103) to 3.3 (21).

Lachlan Feeney kicked four for the home side and he was well supported by Lachlan Johnson and Thomas Weston each with two. It was a grim old day for the Tigers with Liam Henry and Benjamin Elliott the only goal kickers.

Feeney had 20 disposals and eight marks to go along with his four goals while their on-ball brigade had a field day, as Tom Blechynden had 34 disposals, Enrique Aiken-Featherstone with 28 disposals and Jack Musika 27 disposals to name just three. Liam Henry tried all day with 20 disposals and nine tackles for last years grand finalists who with their poor percentage (71.5) fell to the bottom of the ladder.

Meanwhile, East Fremantle continued their impressive form to defeat West Perth by 43 points at East Fremantle Oval and further entrench themselves in the top five.

The final score was 12.12 (84) to 5.11(41).

Bottom-ager Connor McPartland was the leading goalkicker with four goals while Ethan Brown kicked two. There were five individual goalkickers for the Falcons.

Milan Murdock was irrepressible with 33 disposals but was also superb with 16 tackles while McPartland also had eight tackles, six marks and 16 disposals to go with his four majors. Meanwhile Nathan Murray kept up his superb season with 37 disposals, four marks and four tackles along with a goal.

In the round’s final game, a powerful last quarter display saw Swan Districts consign Perth to their fifth loss in a 39 point win – 9.15 (69) to 4.6 (30).

Bottom-age youngster Nelson White and Matthew Russo each kicked two goals for the home side while Kade Walldrot racked up 29 disposals and seven tackles. Meanwhile for Perth, Zac Casey was their best on the day with 27 disposals, nine marks and eight tackles.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Peel Thunder surges to top of Colts ladder

ROUND 13 saw Friday Night footy take centre stage, while the good old fashioned winter chill was in effect to greet the players on Saturday morning. Peel Thunder displayed their premiership credentials for all to see, while 2017 premiers East Fremantle put their hand up to be a contender once again.

WAFL Colts Round 13 Wrap:

West Perth 6.8 (44) defeated by Subiaco 14.14 (98)

The Friday Night lights shined brightly on Subiaco as they put together four clinical quarters to thrash West Perth by 54 points at Joondalup Arena.

The Lions got off to a start full of purpose by having seven scoring shots to two and led by twenty points at quarter time. Xavier Peacock kicked a early goal to start the second term that extended the visitors’ lead to 26 points. Alec Johnson finally got the Falcons’ first goal of the game ten minutes into the term, however, the rampaging Lions hit back hard with Peacock kicking his second for the quarter and Jack Mayo his second goal for the game. Lachlan Scurria kicked a vital late goal for West Perth to give them a semblance of hope for the second half. Subiaco were sharing the ball around nicely with 52 more disposals (183-131) and eight players in double figures led by Jacob Peletier with 18 disposals.

Noah Clune kept up the late momentum that the Falcons had with a early goal to start the third term to bring the margin within 20 points, but Subiaco had all the answers yet again and responded through two goals each from Jack McIntoshand Sandon Page to give them a match-winning 47 point lead with a quarter to play. In the back of their minds the Lions would have been thinking about rebuilding their percentage which had taken a slight hit after a sizzling start to the season.

The final term was a open affair and despite West Perth playing their best footy for the game just like they had done all evening, Subiaco had the answers kicking four goals to three to seal their fourth straight win and go to the top of the ladder – albeit with a game in hand over Swans and Peel Thunder who were due to meet later in the round. Unsurprisingly, Subiaco led all the major stats in a clear sign that they have their mojo back after their three game skid earlier in the season. What would make this victory even more satisfying for Subiaco is that West Perth thrashed the Lions to the tune of 59 points in round six.

It was a terrific team effort, but Peacock stood out in the ruck with 39 hit-outs, along with six tackles and four goals. Mayo was a superb target with two goals to go along with his 21 disposals while Jordan Faroane was a live wire with three goals from 18 disposals. The midfield contingent were also in fine form with Tristan Hobley (29 disposals) Wil Hickmott (24 disposals), Zane Shellabear Healy (24 disposals) and Liam Hickmott (23 disposals) all finding plenty of the ball. Nathan Murray was once again terrific for the Falcons with 28 disposals which is his average across 12 games this year.

 

Peel Thunder 16.9 (105) defeated Swans 6.7 (43)

Peel Thunder underlined the fact that they are now the team to beat after thrashing Swan Districts by 62 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

In this clash between two of the standout teams of the 2018 season, it was Peel who started the better with early goals through James Wiltshire and Ben Middleton. That was soon followed by majors from Billy Chambers and Jake Howes, leaving Swans in a early hole. Wiltshire then topped off a fine first quarter performance by the home side by kicking his second. Bottom age talent Jax Watson finally got Swans onto the board a few minutes from the quarter time break.

The visitors continued to get into the game early through the second quarter as Sebastian Bright kicked their second goal of the game, and they were right back into it when Blake Pescud narrowed the gap to 11 points. However, Peel hit back hard with interest courtesy of two goals by Lachlan Cullen and another to James Sturrock getting the lead back to 30 points. The half time margin of 35 points pointed to the fact that Swans had a mountain to climb in the second half.

However Peel was in no mood to let their rivals back into the game as they slammed on four goals to end the game as a contest. Wiltshire was proving a real thorn in the side of the Black and Whites, kicking his fourth while being given strong support by Middleton, who kicked two for the term. Incredibly, despite the differential in the score, Swans were still managing to get the ball into their forward 50, but were unable to find anyone to catalyse on the opportunities. In fact, the visitors were held scoreless in the third term as Peel took a 77-point lead into the final term.

Swans managed to wrestle a bit of respectability back in the final term by winning their first quarter of the game, but there is little doubt that with their seventh win in a row Peel Thunder are the team to beat, and they will be ready for another big challenge against second placed Subiaco next week. Meanwhile, Swans will want to get back to winning ways after two defeats in a row when they play a struggling Perth outfit.

A sign of Peel’s efficiency was that they generated 25 scoring shots from their 42 inside 50 entries compared to Swan Districts, who could only muster 13 scoring shots from their 38 entries.

James Wilshire was a clear example of true effective play as he kicked four goals, made three tackles and took two marks all from just eight disposals. Likewise, Lachlan Cullen was just as impactful with five marks and three goals from his ten disposals while Lachlan Riley took seven marks to go along with his 23 disposals and James Sturrock was strong with ten tackles along with 20 disposals. Joseph Hinder was best in a tough day for Swans with 25 disposals, seven marks and six tackles.

 

South Fremantle 5.10 (40) defeated by East Perth 7.4 (46)

East Perth won consecutive games for the first time in 2018 and moved to a game behind Perth in fifth place after defeating South Fremantle in a gritty low scoring encounter at Fremantle Oval.

It was a dour affair in the first quarter with South Fremantle only kicking two behinds despite having nine inside 50s, while East Perth were kept scoreless. Rory Sparks broke the ice with a goal early in the second quarter and he soon followed that with his second of the game as the Royals went into the long break with an 18-point lead which felt a lot more in such a low scoring affair.

Angus McKay finally kicked the Bulldogs’ first goal of the game early in the third term but that was quickly answered by Reuben Pasalich. South Fremantle continued to apply scoreboard pressure on their opponents with goals to Thomas Weston and Brett Pitt, but it was ball magnet in Thomas Baulch who topped off his hard work with a goal to keep the momentum with the visitors.

Although the lead was a handy one under the circumstances, you just wondered whether the weight of inside 50s (31-14) would take its toll in the last 25 minutes as both teams were looking to make a strong push for the top five. Weston shaped as being a decisive figure in the final term and the key forward made a instant impact by kicking two goals to give the Bullldogs the lead for the first time since quarter time. However the Royals were not willing to let the four points slip out of their grasp and hit back with goals to Sebit Kuek and Pasalich. The Royals were then able to stay strong and withstand the Bulldogs’ attacks in the last 15 minutes and grind out a very important victory.

In a statistic that will take a fair bit to top, the Royals won the game with only 19 inside 50s compared to South Fremantle’s 45. A sign of how keenly contested this struggle was is highlighted by the number of tackles in the game which was in East Perth’s advantage (101-92).

Baulch willed his team over the line with 32 disposals, nine marks, six tackles and a goal and he was well supported by Jacob Msando with 29 disposals, seven marks and seven tackles. For the Bulldogs, Weston was terrific with three goals from his 16 disposals along with eight hit-outs. The only blot on his copy book would be the four behinds he kicked.

 

East Fremantle 15.11 (101) defeated Claremont 7.4 (46)

East Fremantle staked its claim in the 2018 premiership race with a highly impressive 55-point win over Claremont at East Fremantle Oval.

The Sharks got off to a blistering start in a rematch of the two top teams from 2017 kicking the first five goals of the game, with Zac Wilkinson kicking two of them. While the forward line was functioning effectively for the Sharks, their defence were coping with a flood of inside 50s from the Tigers (12), but they were able to only generate one scoring shot through Lachlan McKay.

The Tigers started with intent in the second term quick goals to Jye Clark and Callum Jamieson. However, the Sharks were in no mood to let their opponents back in the game and they hit back through goals to Tom Wright and Ethan Brown, seeing them take a 26-point lead into the main break.

East Fremantle put the game well and truly out of reach of their opponents in the third quarter with a seven goal to none quarter pushing the lead out to ten goals. The duo of Wilkinson and Dylan Curley was proving incredibly hard to handle for the Tigers defence as they each kicked three goals to that stage of the contest. Just like Swans did, Claremont managed to get some respectability back in the final term outscoring their opponents four goals to one, but it was another case of a team trying to play catchup after a very sluggish start and falling well short.

East Fremantle now improve their record to 7-5 for the season and are very nicely placed to mount a strong defence of their premiership. Conversely, Claremont are in no-mans-land at 4-8 having struggled to get any momentum into their season so far.

Unsurprisingly, East Fremantle led all the major categories, in particular dominating the inside 50 count 33-14 in the second half after trailing the Tigers by seven in that department after the first two quarters. The Sharks had impressive contributors all over the ground from Curley, Wilkinson and Brown all kicking three majors, to top-ager Cody Smith being strong in the contest with 21 disposals, five tackles and five marks. While for the Tigers, it was bottom ager Clark who could hold his head very high with 24 disposals along with six marks and a goal.

West Australian weekly wrap: Peel Thunder draw closer to top

PEEL Thunder has kept pace with top-of-the-table Swan Districts after a solid victory on the weekend, while Subiaco is not going away either following a 40-point win over East Perth.

Claremont 7.9 (51) defeated West Perth 7.7 (49)

Claremont has survived a close encounter to knock off West Perth by two points on the weekend. Trailing by 11 points at quarter time, the Tigers booted the only three goals of the second term to regain the lead by the main break and take a seven-point advantage into half-time. Both sides managed a goal in the third term and then the Falcons pushed hard in the final quarter, booting three goals to two, falling just short of the Tigers in the end.

Returning from West Australian duty during the National Under 18 Championships bye for the state, Tigers’ Rylie Morgannotched up 26 disposals, three marks, six inside 50s and laid seven tackles. Max Grant also had 26 disposals, while laying four tackles, and Thomas Baldwin had 22 and seven. Nathan Pearce took seven marks to go with his 21 disposals, while Isaac Barton booted two goals from 16 disposals. Angus Longmire and Jordon Reid were influential in the ruck with a combined 47 hitouts.

Nathan Murray racked up 34 disposals, five marks, four tackles, five inside 50s and a goal for the Falcons, while Jaxon Prior also found a heap of the ball with 32 disposals, seven marks, five inside 50s and three tackles. Eamon Gilbert was a standout in the ruck and across the ground, having 26 hitouts to go with 17 disposals, four marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and a goal. Henry Ryan laid a game-high 10 tackles, while Tom Medhat was solid with 23 disposals, four marks and five tackles.

 

Perth 10.5 (65) defeated by East Fremantle 14.9 (93)

A five goals to three final quarter has resulted in East Fremantle racing away from Perth to record a 28-point away win. The Sharks raced out of the blocks to boot five first quarter goals and lead by 20 points at the first change. By half-time they held a 15-point advantage, then put the foot down in the second half to run away with the game. Perth had more disposals than their opponents, but East Fremantle was dominant in the ruck, amassing 63 hitouts to their opposition’s 14.

Corey Robinson and Trent Rivers both had 18 disposals for the winners, while Edward Curley booted three goals up forward from 14 disposals and five marks. Max Murphy took six marks to go with his 17 disposals and two inside 50s, while Cody Smith booted a goal to go with his 16 disposals and six marks. The dominant ruckman on the ground by far was Nicholas Watson, who finished with a whopping 48 hitouts for the game.

Perth had its top-end talent return to the side after West Australian duties but could not get over the line despite some impressive individual performances. Luke English had his best game of the year with 40 disposals, 10 marks, four tackles, seven inside 50s and a goal, while Sydney Stack racked up 33 disposals, five tackles and five inside 50s. Ian Hillbooted three goals from 14 disposals, while Maverick Hamilton had 27 disposals, six marks, six inside 50s, three tackles and a goal. Ethan Hansen was the other major ball winner with 22 disposals, four marks, three inside 50s and a goal.

 

East Perth 6.4 (40) defeated by Subiaco 11.21 (87)

Subiaco has heaped more pressure on cellar dwellers East Perth with a commanding 47-point victory away from home. The Lions restricted their opponents to just four behinds in the first half, before the Royals came out firing to boot five goals in the third term. It was a case of too little, too late, but there was some consolation for East Perth, forcing the Lions to boot 2.12 in the final term and restrict the final margin getting out any more.

In returning from West Australian duties, Luke Foley had 27 touches, three marks, 10 inside 50s and laid nine tackles, while Will Hickmott was also important with 24 disposals, two marks and five tackles. Tristan Hobley was the most prominent ball winner, racking up 32 disposals, five marks, five tackles and four inside 50s, while Zane Shellabear Healey and Jacob Peletier both had 23 disposals. Prominent goal kicker Jack Mayo was limited to 1.3, but instead Nicholas Martin stepped up, booting 3.2 from 16 disposals and four marks.

For the Royals, Louis Miller had 28 disposals, four marks, four inside 50s and three tackles, while Damon Greaves was the other big ball winner with 27 disposals, six marks and five tackles. Rhai-Arn Cox was the only multiple goal kicker with two majors from nine disposals and four marks, while Eric Bashemule and Rory Sparks both recorded 18 disposals and six marks each.

 

South Fremantle 6.6 (42) defeated by Peel Thunder 11.10 (76)

Peel Thunder has moved to within percentage of ladder leaders Swan Districts, albeit with the Black Swans having a game in hand. The Thunder came from behind to power home in the last quarter against South Fremantle, booting six goals to zero and record a comfortable 34-point win. The Bulldogs looked good in the first three quarters, holding a two-point lead at the final break, but a 6.1 to 0.1 final quarter in favour of the visitors put to bed any chance of an upset.

Jackson Perry was the top disposal winner for the Thunder, notching up 23 disposals, four marks, three tackles and five inside 50s. Brad Oldfield was also prolific with 21 disposals, nine tackles and five inside 50s, while Michael Randallbooted a goal from 19 touches and six tackles. James Sturrock also managed 19 disposals and three marks, while Jarrod Fazioli kicked a goal from 15 disposals. Ben Middleton and Lachlan Cullen were the major goal kickers with three majors each. Billy Chambers had a day out in the ruck with 43 hitouts.

For the Bulldogs, Tom Blechynden had 23 touches, nine marks, four tackles and two inside 50s, while Matthew Wardlaid a game-high 10 tackles to go with 20 disposals and four marks. Toby McQuilkinEnrique Aiken-Featherstone and Neil Irani all had 16 touches, while Thomas Weston booted two goals to be the only multiple goal kicker for the home side. Regan Spooner laid six tackles to go with his 13 touches.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Swan Districts survive Claremont scare to retain lead on WAFL Colts

SWAN Districts has overcome a plucky Claremont side, while Subiaco had to fight hard to knock off East Fremantle in a round of mix results for the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition.

Claremont 8.8 (56) defeated by Swan Districts 9.7 (61)

A fadeout in the second half has seen Claremont just miss out on causing one of the upsets of the season, going down to Swan Districts by five points. The Tigers led at the main break, having booted five goals to three in the opening half, but a goalless third term which saw the Black Swans pile on four goals ultimately turned the momentum. While Claremont booted three of the final five goals, the damage was done, just missing out on a memorable win.

Mitchell Bain was the highest disposal winner, notching up 25 touches, one mark, three inside 50s and laying seven tackles for the winners, while Sebastian Bright had 19 disposals, five tackles and booted a goal. Jarrod Brockbend was their only multiple goal kicker with two goals from 10 disposals, three marks and eight tackles, while Kade Wallrodt was frenetic with his tackling, laying nine to go with his 15 disposals, eight marks and a goal.

For the Tigers, Corey Hitchcock found the ball 26 times, took three marks and laid seven tackles as well as booting a goal, while also being in the umpires good books with four free kicks. Thomas Baldwin was prolific with 25 disposals, five marks and seven tackles, while Isaac Barton was one of the best going inside 50, pumping the ball into the forward line six times to go with his 22 disposals, three marks and nine tackles. Jordon Reid was good around the ground in the ruck, amassing 15 disposals and 22 hitouts, while Benjamin Schuhkraft booted three goals to be the key goal scorer on the day.

 

Subiaco 14.11 (95) defeated East Fremantle 12.10 (82)

After losing a string of games following a strong start to the season, Subiaco has held off a brave East Fremantle outfit to record a 13-point win. Trailing at quarter time by four points, the Lions booted five goals to three in the second term to take a nine-point advantage into the main break. The Sharks hit back with three goals to one after the long break to lead by 10 points with a quarter to go. Fearing an upset, Subiaco stormed home with an impressive six goals to three final term, also kicking five behinds in what could have been a larger margin.

With his brother impressing for Western Australia, Liam Hickmott went to work for the Lions, notching up 32 disposals, two marks, six tackles and two inside 50s, while Tristan Hobley recorded 28 disposals, five marks, two tackles and three inside 50s. Subiaco’s best through the midfield was arguably Taj Schofield, who had 24 disposals, three marks, four tackles, six inside 50s and booted 2.2 in a good day out. Up forward it was another day out for Jack Mayo who slammed home six goals from 13 disposals and seven marks in a big game, while Zane Shellabear Healey had 24 disposals, four marks and two inside 50s.

For the Sharks, Trent Rivers was the top disposal winner with 22 disposals, six marks, five tackles, two inside 50s and a goal, while Corey Robinson had 20 disposals, two marks, four tackles, six inside 50s and also booted a goal. Nicholas Watson was prolific in the ruck with 20 hitouts from 14 disposals, while Dane Jenzen had a game-high seven inside 50s, and Ethan Brown was the only multiple goal kicker for East Fremantle.

 

Perth 4.5 (29) defeated by South Fremantle 13.18 (96)

With their top-end talent away on state representative duty, Perth succumbed to bottom four side South Fremantle in a one-sided affair. The Demons failed to score in the opening term and by half-time, the Bulldogs had opened up a 35-point lead. Never looking back, South Fremantle put the foot down in the second half, piling on 6.12 to 2.4 to run away with the match by 67 points. The match was best summarised by the lopsided inside-50 count of 55-21.

Not a huge individual possessions side, Tom Blechynden topped the winners’ disposal list with 20 touches, six marks and four inside 50s. But it was hard to look past Luke Moore for the best on ground, booting a mammoth seven goals from 13 disposals, seven marks and two tackles, while Thomas Weston also had multiple shots on goal, but kicked four behinds from 15 disposals and 15 hitouts. Enrique Aiken-Featherstone had 19 disposals, four marks and laid a match-equal-high tackles with nine, while Jack Fenton was the prolific ruck on the ground with 31 hitouts and six inside 50s.

For Perth, Zac Casey was the clear stand out with 29 disposals, five marks, eight tackles and three inside 50s, while Connor Sing kicked a goal to go with his 19 disposals, three marks and three tackles. Simon Hayward and Austin Davis both had 19 disposals and laid five tackles, while Zak Tanner worked hard in the ruck for 26 hitouts and eight disposals.

 

Peel Thunder 12.16 (88) defeated West Perth 8.6 (54)

Peel Thunder has claimed a comfortable win over West Perth on the back of a solid four-quarter performance. Dominating the inside-50 count, Peel always looked in control and booted six goals to four in each of the halves, including six goals to two in the second and fourth quarters.

James Sturrock had a day out with a round-high 36 disposals, nine marks, eight tackles and six inside 50s for the winners, while Jackson Perry was also prolific with 27 disposals, seven marks, two tackles, two inside 50s and 1.3. Jacob Hewett notched up 20 disposals, six marks, four inside 50s and booted a goal, while Lachlan Cullen was the key man up forward with four goals from nine disposals and six marks. Billy Chambers had 24 hitouts and 13 disposals in the ruck, while Jarvis Pina had five inside 50s and six tackles to go with his 17 disposals.

For the losers, Nathan Murray had the highest disposal tally to go with eight marks and five tackles, while Ben Johnson (23 disposals, four marks) and Brayden Templeton (22 disposals, three marks and eight tackles) were the other big ball winners. Callum Johnson booted three goals from 11 disposals and four inside 50s, while Lachlan Rewell also had multiple goals to go with his eight touches and three marks.

West Australian weekly wrap: Thrillers all round in WAFL Colts

THIS weekend produced the most exciting round of West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts football so far, with every game decided by two goals or less, including three games by a combined nine points.

Peel Thunder 11.4 (70) defeated Subiaco 9.12 (66)

Peel Thunder has upset Subiaco to hand the Lions their second consecutive loss with a narrow four-point win at home. Subiaco looked on top early, booting eight goals to four in the first half, but could only manage one after the main break as the home team piled on seven, to run away with the contest and claim a vital four points and move back into the top five.

Peel’s Lachlan Riley had 23 disposals, seven marks, five inside 50s and three tackles, while Andrew Butler also managed 23 disposals, three marks, four inside 50s and five tackles. Lachlan Cullen played an important role down forward, booting 3.3 from eight disposals, while Jaxon Egan finished with two majors. Jake Howes was the other player over 20 disposals, with 21 touches, three inside 50s and seven tackles.

For the losers, Tristan Hobley topped the disposal count with 26 touches, nine marks, three inside 50s and three tackles, while Zane Shellabear Healey had 23 disposals (all kicks), four marks, seven tackles and four inside 50s, but was inaccurate up forward with three behinds. Jack Mayo was the lone hand up front with four goals from eight scoring shots, 12 disposals, seven marks and 11 hitouts, while Liam Hickmott laid 10 tackles and booted a goal from 17 touches.

 

Claremont 9.8 (62) defeated Perth 8.12 (60)

Claremont has held on for the upset of the round, taking down top-of-the-table Perth in a two-point thriller. The Tigers stormed out of the blocks, booting four goals to one in the first term and led by 17 points at the main break, before the Demons hit back. Perth booted three goals to one in the third term to draw within two points, but the Tigers managed to hang tough in the last term with both sides adding a goal and Claremont celebrating a memorable victory. In fairness to Perth, they were missing their top prospects who had made the Under 18 state squad.

Max Grant won plenty of the footy for the winners, racking up 25 disposals, six marks, four tackles and booted a goal. Jack Monaghan had 22 disposals, five marks and three tackles, while Angus Longmire was strong in the ruck with 34 hitouts and 14 disposals. Lewis Henry and Benjamin Clohessy both booted three majors.

For Perth, Zac Casey had the ball on a string with 31 disposals, six marks, eight tackles, five inside 50s and a goal. Maverick Hamilton (24 disposals, seven marks and four inside 50s) and Bailey Smith (21 disposals, five inside 50s) were the other big ball winners. Alan Narkle was a lone hand up forward with four goals from eight disposals, while Jarrod Schofield laid seven tackles and had four inside 50s from 12 disposals.

 

East Perth 9.4 (58) defeated by South Fremantle 10.10 (70)

In the battle between the bottom two sides, South Fremantle picked up an away win over East Perth – the second for the season. It was a close game for most of the contest before the Bulldogs broke away with a three goals to one third term to lead by 23 points at the final break. A two goals to zero last quarter saw the Royals edge closer, but it was not enough to get the four points.

Tom Blechynden notched up 23 disposals, two marks and four inside 50s, while Manfred Kelly was one of the Bulldogs’ best with 23 disposals, four marks, seven tackles and three inside 50s. Matthew Ward was crucial in transition with eight inside 50s and four marks from 21 disposals, while James Russell laid nine tackles to go with 18 disposals. Thomas Weston did the most damage up forward with three goals.

For the Royals, Jarrod Hamer-Mathew and Eric Bashemule both had 17 disposals, four tackles and booted goals, while Jordan Hayden also had 17 disposals and took four marks. Thomas Baulch and Rory Sparks combined for 13 tackles, while Kyle Robinson was the home side’s only multiple goal kicker with two majors from 10 disposals, four marks and five tackles.

 

West Perth 12.6 (78) defeated by East Fremantle 12.9 (81)

Another thrilling contest saw the game between the Falcons and Sharks decided by less than a goal. After trailing throughout the first half, the home side booted four goals to two in the third term to open up a nine-point lead with a quarter to play. East Fremantle had other ideas than to just shy away from the contest, and booted four goals of their own to the Falcons’ two in the final term, to run over the top of the home side and claim a three-point victory.

Corey Robinson was enormous throughout the game for the Sharks, notching up 29 disposals and 11 marks, while Joshua Ritchie was also impressive with 25 touches, seven marks, five inside 50s and a goal. Nicholas Watson was good in the ruck and worked hard around the ground for 21 hitouts, 17 disposals and seven marks, while his partner in crime, Dylan Curley, also had 13 disposals, 16 hitouts and booted a goal. Mitchell Anderson booted three goals to be one of three multiple goal kickers for the winners, while Jai Jackson booted two from 16 disposals and nine marks.

Nathan Murray was the round’s highest ball winner, leading the Falcons with 34 disposals, three marks, three tackles and five inside 50s. Tyron Hindmarsh was also busy with 23 disposals, three marks, six tackles and four inside 50s, while Alec Johnson (22 disposals, seven marks) and Daniel Rowe (22 disposals, six tackles) were among the best. Jack Burke made an impact up forward with two goals from 19 disposals, six marks and four tackles, while Ben Johnson had a team-high seven inside 50s from 20 disposals and a goal.

Second placed Swan Districts had the bye.