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Scouting notes: WAFL Colts Grand Final

SUBIACO overcame a gallant Swan Districts by just two points at Optus Stadium to take out the 2018 WAFL Colts premiership. Despite being favourites, the Lions were troubled by the Swans throughout the match with the last quarter a see-sawing contest.

Below were the best players from each team.

Subiaco:

# 1 Madoc Plane

The Subiaco skipper was inspirational in defence often setting up his team-mates and helping to intercept a host of the Swans’ attacking forays. He collected nine possessions and took two marks, but he always put his body on the line to try and inspire his teammates.

 #3 Tristan Hobley 

The 2017 WA Under 17s State Academy player took home the Mel Whinnen Medal as best afield after an outstanding display. He accumulated a game-high 28 possessions, took six marks and recorded two inside 50s to be a catalyst for the Lions’ victory. His ball-use especially by foot was exceptional, particularly late in the game when players were fatigued.

#6 Jake McKinnon 

The Maddington product was a serious rival to Hobley for the Mel Whinnen Medal after a sensational performance. He gathered 22 possessions, laid a game-high eight tackles, took four marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal. He also produced the game-saving smother in the middle of the ground to stop a certain goal for the Swans.

#10 Jack Mayo 

The 2018 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker was dynamic up forward for the Lions with 15 possessions, six marks and two goals. His leading patterns combined with his explosive pace and agility made him a nightmare match-up for whoever was playing on him.

#13 Liam Hickmott 

The 2018 Jack Clarke Medallist was his combative self in the midfield for the Lions. He won 18 possessions, laid six tackles, took four marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal. His clearances and contested possessions were crucial in getting the Lions over the line.

#14 Zane Shellabear-Healey 

The 2015 WA U15s State Schoolboys’ representative was powerful in the middle of the ground for Subiaco. He finished with 15 possessions, six inside 50s, five tackles and two marks in an excellent performance.

#15 Wil Hickmott 

The younger son of former Geelong and Carlton player Adrian Hickmott, Wil was sensational on the wing for the Lions. He accumulated 18 possessions, took two marks and laid two tackles in a game that showcased his class. His composure, ball-use and decision-making were all elite, especially when most players were fatigued.

#16 Taj Schofield 

The son of Port Adelaide premiership star Jarrad Schofield, Taj was excellent on the wing for the Lions. He collected 19 possessions, took five marks and laid four tackles in a phenomenal performance. Still only 16 years old, Schofield’s decision-making and ball use are extremely sound for someone his age.

#17 Kyle Stainsby 

The reigning Newton Screaigh Medallist was brilliant off the half-back line, with his penetrating skills and his run-and-carry both on display. He finished with 15 possessions, six tackles and three marks, well and truly putting his stamp on the game.

#20 Josh Leunig 

Stationed at full-back, Leunig was one of the key catalysts for Subiaco’s triumph. He finished with 12 possessions, five tackles and three marks but his statistics do not tell the full story. He was setting up the defence, often intercepting the Swans’ attacking forays and saved many potential goal opportunities from the Swans.

#22 Luke Foley 

The Sorrento-Duncraig junior showed that he is a big-game performer which will enhance his draft stocks. He collected 22 possessions, took seven marks (including a screamer over a pack of players), laid six tackles, recorded six inside 50s and kicked a goal in a near-best afield performance.

#39 Nicholas Martin 

The Noranda junior was a star in the forward line for Subiaco with three goals from 10 touches and four marks. His mobility and his strong aerial presence had the Swans’ defenders nervous.

 

Swan Districts:

#1 Joseph Hinder 

The Bassendean junior was electrifying throughout the match often using his pace to break Subiaco’s defensive zone. He collected 12 possessions, laid four tackles, took three marks and kicked a goal.

#2 Atem Deng 

The Ellenbrook junior was dynamic in the forward half for the Swans, often troubling the Subiaco defenders with his speed, mobility and precise skills. He finished with 18 possessions, four marks, four tackles, four inside 50s and two goals.

#3 Mitchell Bain 

Arguably the Swans’ best player, Bain did everything he could to get the Swans over the line. He gathered a team-high 24 possessions, laid a game-high eight tackles, took two marks and kicked a long-range goal in the last quarter to bring the Swans within just two points. Without doubt the WAFL Colts Player of the Finals.

#7 Patrick Farrant 

The Bunbury product produced a performance that would have seen his draft stocks soar. He was powerful on the lead and in one-on-one contests, he was mobile around the ground and was incredibly skilled. He finished with 14 possessions, six marks, five inside 50s, three tackles and two goals.

#9 Riley Garcia 

The 2017 WA Under 16s State Academy player fought hard in the midfield for the Black Ducks. He finished with 20 possessions, four marks, three inside 50s, two tackles and a goal. His speed, agility and damaging skills were magnificent.

#11 Jackson Beck 

Stationed on the half-back line, Beck proved to be one of the most valuable players for the Swans. His intercept play combined with his decision-making, vision and excellent skills made him extremely damaging. He finished with 18 possessions and seven marks.

#12 Graydon Wilson 

The Centrals FC product was outstanding on the half-back line for the Swans, often using his dash and skills to break down Subiaco’s defensive zone. He finished with 11 possessions, five tackles, three inside 50s and three marks.

#18 Jake Pasini 

The Caversham junior proved why he is one of the highly sought key defenders in next year’s AFL Draft. He only finished with nine possessions, four tackles, three marks and two inside 50s, but his impact was much more significant. He was the chief organiser in defence for the Swans and his ability to halt the Lions’ offensive forays helped keep Swans within fighting distance.

#20 Jarrod Cameron 

The West Coast Academy member showcased why he is one of the best prospects in this year’s Draft pool. He collected 11 possessions, laid four tackles, took two marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked two goals to be one of the very best players on the ground. His speed and evasiveness had the Lions’ defenders on edge all game.

#23 Matthew Germs 

Arguably the best ruckman on the ground, Germs was a key factor in almost helping the Swans get so close to victory. He accumulated 12 possessions, won a game-high 31 hit-outs, recorded four inside 50s and laid three tackles in an inspiring performance.

Subiaco claims third Colts premiership with thrilling victory over Swan Districts

WINNING your way through to the Grand Final is the culmination of a season of considerable progress, but by no means does it mean the job is done. Even though the body is hurting and the mind is tired, a special type of effort is required to get your team over the line.

For some Subiaco and Swan Districts players, Sunday presented a perfect opportunity to taste the ultimate success as they prepare for their potential senior AFL careers.

Read below for all the details on who became the 2018 Premiers.

WAFL Colts Grand Final wrap

Subiaco 9.10 (64) defeated Swan Districts 9.8 (62)

Subiaco have won their first WAFL Colts grand final in 29 years after claiming a thrilling two-point win over Swan Districts in a captivating contest at Optus Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Subiaco came into the contest with confidence on a sky high level after recording twelve straight wins, and were fresh after having the week off following their major semi final win. Swan Districts did not have that luxury, but came in as battle hardened after defeating Peel Thunder twice in this finals series. So the big question was whether Subiaco would keep up that momentum to the final game of the season or if Swan Districts had saved their best performance until last.

Just like their game two weeks ago Swan Districts dominated the early stages of the contest but could not make the most of their opportunities. Subiaco made them pay for their wastefulness with Mitchell Georgiades converting from 45 metres and soon after, Jake McKinnon was in the right spot to goal from a acute angle to give Subiaco the perfect start.

However, some ill-discipline by McKinnon gave Riley Garcia a gift which he duly accepted converting from 15 metres to put Swan Districts on the board. Rebounding defender Joe Hinder then put Swans right back into the contest when he converted from another 50 metre penalty.

It was a fascinating opening term with Swans amassing more than double the inside 50s of Subiaco (17-8) but still trailed by three points. In truth, the two late goals by Garcia and Hinder was what they deserved for their hard work.

Swans started the second quarter with some real purpose courtesy of Atem Deng who set up Jarrod Cameron. The exciting small forward kicked truly to put the underdogs in front for the first time in the contest. Cameron had another chance to extend the lead soon after but missed to the near side.

The overworked Subiaco defence were doing a fine job of keeping their side well and truly in the contest. Their hard work was rewarded at the other end of the ground when Jack Mayo who to that point of time had been well held by Jake Pasini, kicked truly to give the Lions their first goal in over a quarter.

Subiaco looked to have seized some momentum back when Nicolas Martin marked and goaled from close range to give the Lions a seven point lead. Turnovers were now creeping into the play of Swan Districts which would have been a concern to their coaching staff.

Subiaco now sensed a opportunity to take control of the contest when Martin kicked his second for the term and the Lions now had their biggest lead of the game. Needing to respond quickly, some good teamwork by the Black and Whites ended with Deng scoring his first goal from close range which was vital just before the half time interval.

A nine point lead to the Lions only told half the story of a fascinating 50 minutes of action. Swan Districts had 14 more inside 50s (30-16), but lacked a true focal point that Subiaco had with Mayo and French at their disposal.

The key movers for Subiaco were starting to get their hands on the ball with Tristan Hobley (11 disposals), Liam Hickmott and Luke Foley each having ten disposals. Meanwhile Riley Garcia and Mitchell Bain led the way for Swans with 11 and 10 disposals respectively.

Deng gave the black and whites the best possible start to the third quarter with his second major which cut the margin to two points. Once again the pattern of Swans’ amassing a swathe of inside 50s without getting full reward for their efforts looked to be continuing. Martin punished the profligacy of their opponents with a soccer goal and not long after, a pin-point kick by Hobley found Wil Hickmott on the chest and he converted to push the lead out to 12 points once again

A impressive piece of ball movement down the outer wing by Swan Districts saw Patrick Farrant kick truly from 45 metres. Subiaco led by a goal heading into the last change, but this was as close as Swan Districts had been in their four previous meetings in 2018 and were aware that a strong final 25 minutes would give them the flag.

Swans got off to the best possible start when a centre clearance by Cameron set up Farrant who kicked his second. The underdogs were now swarming all over Subiaco and a opportunistic pick-up and goal by Cameron extended their lead to seven points.

With Subiaco needing a goal, it was the key figure of Mayo who stepped up to the plate when his team needed him the most. Nathan French then snapped truly from close range to give us the third lead change of a absorbing fourth term. A frenetic passage of play in the Swans’ forward line caused a collision between Farrant and Cameron which saw the latter taken off with the blood rule at the most inopportune time. It was now end to end action with both teams putting their bodies well and truly on the line.

The calming presence of the likes of Luke Foley and Hobley were proving influential in such a tight contest. Deng missed what looked like Swans’ final chance, but from the resulting kickout Mitchell Bain converted truly with a superb kick from the boundary line.

In grand finals players are remembered for certain acts. It may not always fit the definition of spectacular in the true essence of the word, but its importance cannot be disputed. Subiaco pair Jake McKinnon and Jack Mayo produced such acts in the final few minutes.

With Swan Districts storming out of the the middle and looking to produce another forward 50 entry, McKinnon produced a smother which stopped the Black and Whites in their tracks. Then with Swans looking to clear the ball from their defensive 50 to produce one last scoring thrust, Mayo took a vital mark on the wing and was smart enough to hold onto the ball for his allotted time. Time ticked down and with the final siren came wild celebrations all over the ground for the Subiaco players as their long premiership drought was over.

In contrast, the disappointment on the faces of the Swans players was evident for all to see as they had put absolutely everything into winning a premiership and came incredibly close to doing so. It might be a empty feeling at this point of time, but coach Greg Harding will know that he has a special group of players and they will be heavily favoured to go one better in 2019. Meanwhile, Lions coach Beau Wardman has done a fine job in harnessing the best out of a team which has had a great deal of talent over the years but has underachieved at this level.

It was a game completely befitting of a grand final with no question asked for and none given. Players threw their bodies around like no tomorrow and there will be certainly some sore bodies feeling the effects of a brutal contest.

Not a lot separated the teams in most of the major categories apart from inside 50s which Swan Districts dominated 52-36. That will undoubtedly be a statistic that Swans will rue until they have the opportunity to make amends.

Hobley did his draft prospects a power of good winning the Mel Whinnen Medal for best man on the ground with the midfielder amassing 28 disposals and eight tackles. Foley produced a number of clutch moments in the vital final term finishing with 22 disposals, seven marks and six tackles while the tenacious effort of McKinnon was superb with 23 disposals and eight marks.

For Swan Districts, Deng provided a real spark every time he got his hands on the ball and finished with 18 disposals, four marks four tackles and two goals. Farrant may have been wasteful with the ball in the first half, but he produced some very important moments in the second half and finished with 14 disposals, six marks and two key goals. Bain was the leading possession getter on the day for Swan Districts with 24 disposals and eight tackles.

For many of these youngsters, the attention now switches to the draft combines and the team at AFL Draft Central wishes them all the very best for their future careers.

2018 WAFL Colts Grand Final preview

THIS Sunday it will be Subiaco taking on Swan Districts in the 2018 WAFL Colts Grand Final at Optus Stadium. Both sides have had sensational seasons, with Subiaco taking out the minor premiership and Swan Districts finishing third. The Lions will be looking to win their first WAFL Colts premiership since 1989, while the Swans will be looking to win their seventh Colts premiership and first since they went back-to-back in 2007 and 2008.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

In the four matches they have played each other this year, Subiaco has won all of them by an average 35 points.

In their first encounter in round three, the Lions cruised to a 36-point victory on the back of brilliant performances by the 2018 Jack Clarke Medallist Liam Hickmott (27 possessions and seven tackles) and the 2018 WAFl Colts Leading Goalkicker Jack Mayo (14 possessions and five goals). For the Swans the likes of Graydon Wilson (18 possessions and 10 tackles), and Jackson Beck (17 possessions and nine marks) fought admirably.

In round 12 the Swans sent a scare through the Subiaco line-up when they got within two goals. Ultimately though the Lions prevailed by 21 points, with Jake McKinnon (28 possessions and 13 tackles) leading the way. Livewire forward Jarrod Cameron led the way for the Swans with 26 possessions, six marks, six tackles and five inside 50s.

Then in their final home-and-away encounter in round 18 Kyle Stainsby (26 possessions and 10 tackles), Liam Hickmott (35 possessions and 6 tackles) and Zane Shellabear-Healey (24 possessions and two goals) helped guide the Lions to a 38-point victory. However the likes of Kade Wallrodt (24 possessions and seven marks), Sebastian Bright (15 possessions and 14 tackles) and Joseph Hinder (25 possessions and five marks) never trailed off for the Swans,

In the Second Semi-Final, Subiaco defeated Swan Districts by 46 points on the back of brilliant performances by Luke Foley (22 possessions, five marks, five tackles, three inside 50s and two goals) and Nathan French (25 possessions, five inside 50s and three goals), as well as a host of others. For the Swans Mitchell Bain (24 possessions and six tackles), Wallrodt (15 possessions and four goals) tried hard.

 

KEY STATS

Both Subiaco and Swan Districts rank highly in a number of key categories.

In terms of possessions the Swans rank number one in the competition with a total 6067 possessions at an average of 243 per game, with the likes of Riley Garcia (25 per game), Mitchell Bain (23), Graydon Wilson (20) and Jackson Beck (19 leading the way. While on the other hand, the Lions rank number two in the competition with 6043 at 241 per game. Tristan Hobley (27) and Liam Hickmott (26) rank one and two in the comp while Luke Foley (25), Wil Hickmott (22) and Zane Shellabear-Healey (20) are also prolific ball-winners.

While in terms of firepower inside 50 the Lions are number one after booting 217 goals across the season. Jack Mayo took out the WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Award after booting 48 goals from 19 games, while Jordan Faraone (21) goals) and Nathan French (15) have also proven to be dangerous in the forward half for the Lions. For the Swans, Atem Deng led the way with 22 goals with Patrick Farrant (19) also finishing in the top 10 of the competition.

But both sides have also showcased they are excellent two way running teams with Swan Districts ranking number one for tackles and Lions ranking third. The Swans have the number one tackler in the competition in Sebastian Bright (153 tackles), while for the Lions Liam Hickmott (144) and Jake McKinnon (128) are ranked two and three in the competition.

 

KEY PLAYERS

SUBIACO

LUKE FOLEY

The big-bodied midfielder is one of the premier draft prospects this year and is shaping up as a big-game player already in his career. He is tough around the stoppages, has elite skills and has the ability to run all day. He can also drift forward where he uses his marking prowess to be a key focal point.

LIAM HICKMOTT

The Jack Clarke Medallist is one of the best clearance players in the competition due to his clean hands, footy nous and elite skill. He ranked second in the competition for possessions (484 at an average of 26 per game) and for tackles (144 at eight per game). His contested and clearance work is similar to that of North Melbourne star Ben Cunnington.

TRISTAN HOBLEY

The runner-up in the Jack Clarke Medal, Hobley is one of the best outside midfielders in this year’s competition and it isn’t hard to see why. His dazzling skills, incredible vision and sound decision-making make him a threat for opposition teams when he’s on the outside. He ranked first in the competition for possessions (505 at 27 per game), second for marks (100 at five per game) and was in the top 20 for tackles (68 at four per game).

JACK MAYO

The Carine junior took out the WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Award after booting 48 goals from just 19 games. He is strong in one-on-one contests, powerful on the lead, is agile, has a great shot for goal and possesses an excellent field kick. He has also shown versatility in his ability to play in the ruck as well as in defence when required.

KYLE STAINSBY

The reigning Newton Screaigh Medallist provides excellent run out of defensive half for the Lions and is often a catalyst for their attacking forays. His ability to either weave his way through congestion or break tackles and then spot a team-mate further up the field makes him one of the most damaging players in the competition.

 

SWAN DISTRICTS

MITCHELL BAIN

The High Wycombe junior is a bonafide midfield star and it isn’t hard to see why. He is tough around the stoppages, he’s got pace to burst away from opponents and has penetrating skills to carve the opposition’s defence to ribbons. He ranks third at Swan Districts for possessions (315 at 23 per game), second for total tackles (78), and sixth for marks (56).

JARROD CAMERON

The West Coast Eagles’ Academy member is always dangerous inside the forward 50 due to his blistering speed, dazzling skills and incredible footy nous. Like his older brother Charlie, Cameron also thrives on defensive pressure and expect him to make the Subiaco defenders nervous.

MATTHEW GERMS

Despite only playing 10 games this year, Germs won the fifth-most hit-outs by any ruckman in this year’s WAFL Colts competition (354 at 35 per game). His ability to control the ruck contests and palm the ball to his midfielders is first class.

JAKE PASINI

The Western Australia State Under 18s Academy member will have his hands full when he lines up on Subiaco’s gun key forward Jack Mayo. But Pasini is more than up to the task. A no-nonsense defender, Pasini has proven this year he can shut down any key forward due to his determination, physicality and aggression in the contest.

GRAYDON WILSON

The Centrals product is one of the best attacking half-back flankers due to his explosive pace and reliable kicking skills. More often than not, Wilson will tuck the ball under his arm, take on the opposition defenders and then lace out a teammate further up the field.

2018 WAFL Colts Team of the Year announced

MINOR premiers, Subiaco has been rewarded for a fantastic season thus far, with four Lions named in the Western Australia Football League (WAFL) Colts Team of the Year last night. At the Jack Clarke Medal presentation night, the 23-man side announced saw every WAFL Colts team represented by at least two players, with Subiaco the sole side with four players. East Fremantle, South Fremantle and Peel Thunder all had three representatives in the side, while East Perth, Perth, Swan Districts, West Perth and Claremont all had two players in the team.

Competition leading goal scorer Jack Mayo was not surprisingly named at full-forward in the Team of the Year, joined by Subiaco teammates, potential Carlton father-son prospect and Jack Clarke Medallist Liam Hickmott, top 30 hopeful Luke Foley and the ever consistent Tristan Hobley.

While they lost in the preliminary final on the weekend, Peel Thunder still managed three representatives in the WAFL Colts Team of the Year, with key position forward, Jack Sears and fellow forward James Sturrock, as well as Lachlan Riley all making the team. East Fremantle had three players in the starting line-up with centre half-back Cameron Davidson, ruck Nicholas Watson and half-forward Corey Robinson making the team. Likewise, South Fremantle had back pocket Tom Blechynden, forward pocket Luke Moore, and Matthew Ward named on the interchange bench.

Potential top 20 pick, Claremont’s Jordan Clark earned his spot in the team at half-back after a scintillating back-end of the year, making the team with other draft hopeful, talented forward-mid, Tyron Smallwood. Other top talent, Perth’s Sydney Stack joined a strong midfield on the wing, along with teammate, Luke English who has been a consistent ball winner throughout the season.

Swan Districts’ Graydon Wilson (back pocket), and Mitchell Bain (interchange), West Perth’s Alec Johnson (full-back) and Nathan Murray (rover), and East Perth’s Damon Greaves (half-back) and Thomas Baulch (interchange) were also rewarded for their fine seasons with places in the best 23.

Peel Thunder coach, Brad Dodd was announced as the Coach of the Year for the WAFL Colts Team of the Year.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts Finals – Subiaco vs. Swan Districts

IN the Second Semi-Final of the WAFL Colts competition, Subiaco defeated Swan Districts by 46 points at Leederville Oval.

The result sees Subiaco advance to the Grand Final, while the Swans will take on Peel in a do-or-die preliminary final at Fremantle Oval next week.

Below were the best players.

Subiaco:

#3 Tristan Hobley

The 2016 WA Under 16s State Academy member produced another outstanding performance. He gathered 24 possessions, took eight marks and recorded four inside 50s to be one of the most influential midfielders on the ground. His ability to be the “link-up” player was outstanding, and his elite decision-making and sharp skill set make him a tantalising prospect.

#9 Nathan French

The Kingsway product showcased why he is a big-game player with a scintillating performance against the Swans. He finished with a game-high 25 possessions (11 contested), five inside 50s, three tackles, three marks, two clearances and three goals.

#13 Liam Hickmott

The reigning best and fairest winner was his tough and combative self in the middle, often burying himself into congestion to win the ball for his team. He gathered 21 possessions (11 contested), laid a game-high 12 tackles, and won an equal game-high five clearances in a brutal performance.

#15 Wil Hickmott

The classy wingman displayed all of his magnificent traits against the Black and White. He was polished with his disposal, smart with his decision-making and damaging with his running ability. He finished with 16 possessions, six marks and three inside 50s.

#17 Kyle Stainsbury

The Newton Screaigh Medallist was brilliant yet again for the Lions with another superb game. He collected 15 possessions (10 contested), took six marks and recorded three inside 50s. His ability to shift between half-back and midfield makes him one of the most damaging players in the competition.

#20 Josh Leunig

The Carine junior was sublime in defence for the Lions. He only gathered six possessions, but he took four marks and recorded five spoils to be one of the best defenders on the ground. His role in quelling Swan Districts star Patrick Farrant was crucial to his side’s victory.

#22 Luke Foley

The Sorrento-Duncraig junior produced a performance that highlighted why he is being mentioned as a possible first-round draft selection. In his first game back from a quad injury, Foley accumulated 22 possessions (11 contested), won five clearances, laid five tackles, took five marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked two goals; an impressive outing by anyone’s standards.

#45 Ben Golding

The 17-year-old was simply phenomenal for the Lions with a breath-taking performance. He finished with 17 possessions (nine contested), six tackles, six inside 50s, three clearances and two goals. The way he is able to break the lines with his pace and skill makes him one of the most damaging half-forward flankers in the competition.

 

Swan Districts:

#1 Joseph Hinder

The Bassendean junior was electrifying for the Swans, often using his lightning speed to break through Subiaco’s defensive zone. He finished the game with 11 possessions, two marks and a goal as he tried to will his team to victory.

#3 Mitchell Bain

Fresh off a best afield performance last week, Bain continued to demonstrate why he is a big-time player with another outstanding game. Arguably the best player for the Swans, Bain gathered 24 possessions (17 contested), laid six tackles, won four clearances, took four marks and recorded three inside 50s.

#6 Blake Pescud

The big-bodied midfielder was awesome in the stoppages for the Black Ducks. He gathered 18 possessions (10 contested), won five clearances and laid three tackles to be a force in the middle for the Swans.

#9 Riley Garcia

The 2017 WA Under 16s State Academy member was lively in the midfield for Swan Districts with 16 possessions (seven contested), three clearances, two tackles and two marks. His speed through the midfield worried Subiaco on occasions.

#12 Graydon Wilson

The Centrals Football Club product enhanced his draft stocks with a marvellous performance on the half-back line. He finished with 18 possessions, six marks, two tackles and two inside 50s to be one of the Swans’ best.

#15 Jarrod Cameron

Admittedly it wasn’t Cameron’s best game, but there were glimpses that indicated he is ready for the big stage. He gathered 12 possessions (five contested), recorded five inside 50s, took four marks and won three clearances as he tried to spark some life into the Swans line-up.

#18 Jake Pasini

He may not be the most flamboyant defender, but Pasini is rated as one of the best key defensive prospects for the 2019 AFL Draft. Against Subiaco, Pasini intercepted a lot of attacking forays and rebounded with aplomb. He finished with just nine possessions, but he recorded seven spoils and five marks to be amongst the top Swan’s players for the match.

#39 Kade Wallrodt

The South Bunbury product was dynamic in the forward half for the Swannies. He gathered 15 possessions, took nine marks, recorded seven inside 50s and kicked four goals to be the most dangerous forward for Swans.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Round 21 – Super Sunday

IN round 21 of the WAFL, the Colts had a “Super Round” held at Domain Stadium on Sunday August 26. Up first was East Fremantle v South Fremantle at 10am. Following that was Peel Thunder against East Perth, and Subiaco v Perth was the final game. On Saturday, Swan Districts hosted Claremont at Steel Blue Oval.

The concept was designed to give recruiters an enhanced opportunity to see all of their draft targets. Below were the best players in the three games held at Domain Stadium.

 

East Fremantle vs. South Fremantle

East Fremantle:

#1 MILAN MURDOCK

The East Fremantle Power junior was at his tenacious best for the Sharks through the middle of the ground. Murdock accumulated 28 possessions, laid a game-high 11 tackles, took three marks and recorded three inside 50s in a spirited display. Expect him to play a big role in September.

#9 COREY ROBINSON

The Aquinas College student showcased why he is one of the best midfielders in the competition with another brilliant display. Robinson finished with 30 possessions, five marks and five inside 50s as he tried to will his team to victory. Robinson’s clearance work was a real feature of his game, as were his clean hands, and sharp disposal.

#23 LUKE JACKSON

The AFL Academy member produced a performance that highlighted why he is a potential first-round draft prospect for next year. Impressive against the Bulldogs, he collected 11 possessions, won 25 hit-outs, took three marks, laid three tackles and kicked a goal.

#27 JAI JACKSON

The Chapman Valley junior was again solid in the midfield for the Sharks, with 23 possessions, five tackles, four marks, four inside 50s and two goals. His power to break through tackles is phenomenal for his age and it will not be a surprise to see him dominate in the seniors soon.

#28 NICK WATSON

The 2016 WA State Under 16s Academy player was arguably the best ruckman on the ground. He finished with 14 possessions, 28 hit-outs, six marks and a goal in a true captain’s performance. His ability to cover the ground as a ruckman is superb for someone his age, while his ruck craft is top notch.

 

South Fremantle:

#4 LUKE MOORE

Without doubt the most dynamic forward of the game, Moore was the catalyst for the Bulldogs’ win. Some of his plays throughout the day were breath-taking and were similar to how Alan Didak used to run rings around opposition defenders. In the first quarter, Moore gathered the ball at full pace, drew two defenders and handballed to Jack Musika who goalled. Early in the second quarter, Moore danced his way past a Sharks’ defender and snapped truly, but it was his third quarter which was breath-taking. Within the first five minutes of the quarter, he had kicked two goals and assisted Brodee Knight to score one as well. His finals stats were 10 possessions, five marks and four goals.

#9 KYLE HAMERSLEY

Although this was his first game since round five, Hamersley was arguably the best player on the ground, highlighting his capabilities as a midfielder. He gathered a team-high 23 possessions, laid six tackles, took five marks and kicked a goal as he showcased why he is a highly rated draft prospect.

#11 IRA JETTA

The cousin of Neville and Lewis, Ira Jetta showed why he is a highly rated prospect for the 2020 AFL Draft. Blessed with speed, agility, skill and vision, Jetta used all of his traits to torch the Sharks’ defenders. He finished with 18 possessions, four marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.

#16 TOM BLECHENDYN

The Brookton-Pingelly product continued his fine season with another accomplished display. Against the Sharks Blechendyn accumulated 19 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, took four marks and laid three tackles in a superb outing.

#26 ROBERT WOODS

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member was lively in the forward half for the Bulldogs. A real highlight of his game, was when he used his pace to burn off two East Fremantle defenders to drill through a goal from the flank. He also finished with 14 possessions, six marks and six inside 50s.

 

Peel Thunder vs. East Perth:

Peel:

#2 JAKE HOWES

The Peel Skipper was his usual tough self in the midfield, often burying himself into packs to rip the ball out for his team. He accumulated 16 possessions, laid eight tackles, took two marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked two goals in a magnificent performance.

#9 MICHAEL RANDALL

The South Mandurah product used his big frame to crash and bash his way through congestion to feed the ball to his outside runners. He won an equal team-high 18 possessions, recorded a game-high eight inside 50s, laid three tackles and booted a goal to be a valuable contributor.

#11 JARVIS PINA

The State Combine invitee showcased why he is such a highly touted West Australian draft prospect. Against the Royals, Pina collected 10 possessions, laid six tackles and recorded five inside 50s. His drive off half-back set up a host of the Thunder’s attacking forays.

#28 TYRONE THORNE

The livewire small forward was dynamic for the Thunder, often having the Royals’ defenders extremely nervous. He finished the game with 18 possessions, six tackles, five marks, five inside 50s and three goals (although if he kicked straighter he could have had a bag of six goals). Without doubt the best player on the ground.

#34 BILLY CHAMBERS

The Pinjarra ruckman was his imposing self against the Royals with 11 possessions, 25 hitouts, four marks, two tackles and two inside 50s. He would often give his midfielders first use of the football, but would spread from the contest to make himself a target for his midfielders to kick to.

 

East Perth:

#7 LOUIS MILLER

The Dunsborough junior was yet again solid in defence for the Royals. He finished with 19 possessions and four tackles in an inspiring performance. As well as his exceptional defensive efforts, Miller’s rebounding has improved dramatically and it is little wonder why AFL clubs are rating him highly.

#9 RHAI-ARN COX

The AFL Academy member was dazzling in the forward half for East Perth. He finished with 14 possessions, eight marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and a goal in a performance that highlighted his draft credentials for 2019. The Mount Hawthorn junior has a bright future ahead of him.

#10 TOM BAULCH

The Mackay product was arguably East Perth’s best player with 24 possessions, eight marks, four inside 50s, two tackles and a goal. His attack on the ball is ferocious and his class on the outside makes him a tantalising prospect.

#19 DAMON GREAVES

The Busselton junior showcased why he is one West Australia’s best draft prospects with another scintillating performance. Against the Thunder, he gathered 22 possessions, laid seven tackles and took three marks to be one of the best players on the ground. His dare to take the game on, along with his incredible composure makes him one of the best attacking half-back flankers in this year’s draft pool.

#29 LIAM MARTIN

The Mount Lawley-Inglewood junior went up against Billy Chambers and more than held his own. He finished the game with 17 possessions, 18 hitouts, five marks and a goal in a superb outing. His will to get his midfielders into the game was outstanding.

 

Subiaco vs. Perth

Subiaco:

#3 TRISTAN HOBLEY

The 2016 WA Under 16s State Academy player was phenomenal in the midfield for the Lions with 32 possessions, 10 marks, eight tackles, four inside 50s and a goal. His ability to be a link-up player as well as a metres-gained player is incredible for someone his age.

#10 JACK MAYO

The 2018 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker produced a sensational performance that improved his draft credentials. Originally stationed in defence, Mayo showed an elite ability to read the play and intercept the opposition’s attacking forays. After half-time, he was shifted forward and he starred with his forward craft on full display. He finished the game with 20 possessions, 10 marks, five inside 50s and two goals.

#15 WIL HICKMOTT

The son of former Carlton and Geelong player Adrian Hickmott, Wil showcased his classy and silky outside game against the Demons. He racked up 21 possessions, took eight marks, recorded three inside 50s and laid two tackles in a starring performance.

#16 TAJ SCHOFIELD

The Port Adelaide father-son prospect was phenomenal against the hapless Demons. Stationed on the half-forward flank, Schofield accumulated 23 possessions, recorded eight inside 50s, took seven marks, and laid three tackles.

#18 JACOB PELETIER

The Esperance product was yet again outstanding for the Lions. He collected 24 possessions, grabbed 11 marks, recorded four inside 50s and kicked a goal to be one of the most dangerous midfielders on the ground. The Ports junior has bright future ahead of him.

 

Perth:

#15 NYIKA JOHN

The West Coast Next Generation Academy member tried extremely hard on the half-back line for Perth. He finished with 15 possessions and four marks, as he tried to give his team some drive to score.

#45 NATHAN O’DRISCOLL

The Northam product was superb in the midfield for the Demons with 27 possessions, eight tackles and two marks. On a bleak day for Perth fans, O’Driscoll was a beacon of light with his ball-winning ability, composure, and skill execution all on display.

#50 DEVEN ROBERTSON

The nephew of West Coast great Darren Glass produced a timely performance that indicated he is a first round prospect next year. He accumulated a game-high 36 possessions, took six marks, recorded five inside 50s, laid three tackles and kicked a goal to easily be his team’s best player.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Bulldogs loom large as finals wildcard

THE final round of the home and away season saw a ‘Super Sunday’ of action with three games played at Domain Stadium. While the final five was locked in, a precious double chance was still up for grabs with East Fremantle and Swan Districts jostling for that third position. With Swans playing on Saturday, East Fremantle knew the equation at hand when they met their arch rivals the following day.

Could the Sharks get the job done? Read ahead to find out all the details.

WAFL Wrap Round 21

South Fremantle 13.9 (87) defeated East Fremantle 10.9 (69).

South Fremantle kept up their fine late season form while dealing their bitter rivals a hammer blow in the process with a 18-point win over East Fremantle at Domain Stadium.

East Fremantle got off to the best possible story courtesy of a Tom Wright goal. The Sharks looked more composed in the early stages, but South Fremantle eased their way into the contest and got on the board courtesy of Lachlan Johnson. The Sharks regained the lead courtesy of an opportunistic snap by Jai Jackson, but the inform Bulldogs produced a great piece of team football which was smartly finished off by Jack Musika.

Both teams were really cracking in hard giving no quarter and expecting none in return. Jackson was looming as a key figure in the contest kicking his second of the quarter and helping the Sharks hold a six point lead at quarter time.

South Fremantle were peppering the goals at the start of the second term but were unable to get maximum reward for their effort. Another smooth piece of ball movement involving the likes of Ira Jetta gave Johnson the chance to change that and he kicked truly to level the scores. Jetta was then left unattended inside the forward 50 and the lively 16 year-old made the Sharks pay to give them their biggest lead of the contest.

The game was now being played on South Fremantle’s terms and some clever footwork by Luke Moore outfoxed his opponent and he kicked truly from 40 metres. The Bulldogs were now oozing confidence and some swift ball movement down the outer wing involving Jack Redman ended with Robert Woods who nailed their fourth for the term.

East Fremantle certainly needed a steadier and they got two in as many minutes firstly from Cody Smith and then a good running goal from the very likely bottom age prospect in Luke Jackson. It was a fascinating quarter with the Bulldogs dominating large parts but East Fremantle finished the stronger and only trailed by six points at the long break.

As always, the third quarter shaped as pivotal for the outcome of this captivating contest. It began with a brilliant rundown and tackle by Manfred Kelly who set up Moore for his second of the day to re-establish the two goal margin for the Bulldogs and Jaxon Bellchambers and Moore then set up Brodee Knight for his first.

All the hard work in getting back into the contest was at risk of being washed away and the influential Moore emphasised that point as he kicked his third to give the rampant Bulldogs their biggest lead of the game which was 24 points. East Fremantle then got a much needed response through Dylan Curley, however it was South Fremantle that were just playing better football with their transition from defence into attack which was first class and that was illustrated when Nash Miller set up Kyle Hamersley for his first and the Sharks defence was now close to breaking point.

East Fremantle then made the fatal mistake of over committing in defence leaving Toby Mcquilkin loose out the back to goal from close range. However they quickly regrouped courtesy of a long bomb by Cody Smith which was marked by Nicolas Watson in the goal square just before the three quarter time siren. It gave the Sharks a lifeline heading into the final 25 minutes and they would have known that every goal was vital as they had percentage to protect with third spot on the line.

After some untidy play to start the final term, Moore kicked his fourth of the game to re-establish their five goal lead and make life difficult for the visitors. A costly 50 metre penalty gave hard running defender Neil Irani a shot at goal which he duly converted to ice the game for the Bulldogs. Curley kicked his second of the game for the Sharks and Jackson soon set up the forward for another one soon after to trim the margin back to four goals. The Sharks were certainly playing with renewed energy knowing that every goal mattered in the equation of a double chance.

Cameron Davidson kicked a goal on the final siren to narrow the final margin 18 points but that did not worry the Bulldogs as they continued their fine end to the season which was their third in a row and third victory against top four opponents in as many attempts (also defeating Swans in Round 19 and Peel in Round 16). They are peaking at the right time and loom as a very dangerous opponent against anyone they come up against. Meanwhile the loss proved extremely costly for the Sharks who now slip to fourth and a rematch against their Fremantle rivals next week.

Moore was pivotal in the second half kicking three of his four goals and setting up another while Ira Jetta ran hard all day pressuring his opponents of himself all over the ground with 18 disposals and four tackles while James Russell was fantastic in defence with 17 disposals and three marks. For the Sharks Corey Robinson tried hard all day with 30 disposals while Jai Jackson was a true focal point with 23 disposals five tackles, four marks and two goals.

Peel Thunder 11.15 (81) defeated East Perth 9.8 (62)

Following that clash, Peel Thunder bounced back from last weeks disappointing loss against Claremont with a solid 19-point win over East Perth.

Peel dominated the early stages of the contest racking up four inside 50s in as many minutes and they finally got their reward through a mark and goal by Michael Randall in the square. East Perth barely got the ball past halfway in the first 12 minutes but were lucky to remain in the contest as Peel were not making their overall dominance count.

East Perth’s first scoring attempt came through Jarrad Hamer-Mathew who missed to the near side but they were edging closer to success and their first major came through Thomas Baulch. Then out of nowhere the game completely switched in momentum and East Perth were on the front foot when Egan Bradbury kicked their second of the contest. A third goal soon followed through Hamer-Mathew and remarkably the Royals went to the quarter time break with a six-point lead. Wasteful footy was certainly costly for Peel who finished the quarter with 1.8 but realistically should have been three goals in front.

Peel needed a spark and they got just that to start the second quarter with a brilliant running goal by Jake Howes from the boundary from 45 metres. Hamer-Mathew responded soon after for the Royals and Liam Martin then followed to give them their biggest lead of the contest which was 14 points. Lee Chapman kicked a important goal for Peel to cut the margin to single digits and then Jack Sears marked and goaled to cut it to a single point. When Sears kicked his second of the term, Peel were back in front but Baulch seemed to lock the scores at 40 points a piece at the long break, however it was deemed to be after the siren therefore Peel went into the long break with a six-point lead.

The second placed Peel now looked just like they did to start the contest, but the only difference were they were making their opportunities count outscoring the Royals four goals to one with Jake Howes prominent in their attacking thrusts. When Tyrone Thorne kicked his second for the quarter the margin in a blink of a eye was 31 points and a long way back for East Perth. The Royals were getting smashed out of the centre with the running fleet of Peel in fine form. Harley Sparks cut the margin to four goals but once again it was that man Thorne who gave Peel their five goal margin again and they took that margin to the three-quarter time break.

East Perth started the final quarter with some purpose and the excellent hard running of Baulch set up Rhai-arn Cox for his first of the day. The Royals were now certainly pushing hard but just not converting their opportunities. A strong tackle by Ben McGuire in the forward 50 gave him his first for the day to cut the margin to three goals but the Thunder were not in any immediate danger and saw out the rest of the game with no troubles and they go into their finals clash with Swan Districts next week on a winning note.

Remarkably Peel Thunder only totalled 219 disposals for the game but used them to great effect with 44 inside 50s compared to 31 from East Perth which led to 26 scoring shots compared to 19 from the Royals.

Thorne was the catalyst behind the terrific second half by the Thunder with three goals to go along 18 disposals six tackles and five marks while Jake Howes was in and under all game with eight tackles to go along with 16 disposals and two goals.

For the Royals, it was the hard running of Baulch which was a stand out as the top ager collected 24 disposals and eight marks while Cox kept working hard and looked dangerous collecting 14 disposals eight marks and three tackles along with a goal.

Subiaco 17.15 (117) defeated Perth 4.4 (28)

In the final game of a long day it was Subiaco who recorded their eleventh straight win with a 89-point thrashing over Perth. The team football which have served the Lions so well this season was again on display with eleven goal kickers on the day led by Jordan Faraone with three and Jack Mayo with 20 disposals, 10 marks and two goals while Tristan Hobley rounded out his home and away season in fine style with 32 disposals, ten marks and eight tackles.

The thumping loss consigned Perth to the wooden spoon position dispute going into the game with a 5% advantage over East Perth. They finished the game with a deficit of 0.3 per cent. Two of their youngest players could hold their head high high with Deven Robertson having 36 disposals and six marks while 16 year-old Nathan O’ Driscoll continued his excellent form with 27 disposals and eight tackles.

Swan Districts 10.8 (68) defeated Claremont 5.7 (37)

In the lone game played on Saturday morning, Swan Districts tuned up for finals action with a comprehensive 31 point win over Claremont at Steel Blue Oval in a game where they led throughout the contest.

Swans got off to a strong start leading by 13 points at quarter time courtesy of two goals to Atem Deng. Claremont, who were eliminated from finals calculations last week responded well in the second quarter kicking three goals to two and cutting the margin to seven points at the long break.

Swan Districts who were looking to get some momentum heading into the finals after two straight losses kicked the first two goals of the third term courtesy of Nathan Ireland and Patrick Farrant and once again Claremont failed to register a goal in the third term and had an uphill task heading into last quarter trailing by 19 points.

Bottom ager Liam Henry gave the visitors the best possible start to the final term kicking a goal but Patrick Farrant responded giving them their three goal lead and that was soon followed by Ayden Cartwright’s first major of the game which sealed the four points for the Black and Whites.

Deng sealed a best on ground performance with his third late in the contest and Graydon Wilson topped off a fine second-half performance for the home side to seal a 31 point win and put them in a positive frame of mind as they head into September action looking to make up for their 2017 exit after being bundled out in straight sets after finishing third in the home and away season. With the Sharks loss, it has handed them them a perfect opportunity to do just that. The Lions can now put up their feet and watch the four teams below them put their bodies on the line.

At least they will have the opportunity to atone that disappointment which is more than what Claremont can do as the Premiers from 2015 and 2016 and runners-up from last year reflect on a campaign that never really got any momentum behind it. However with a number of promising youngsters in their ranks, they cannot be written off as a chance to play finals footy next season.

Deng was the player who set the tone for the win with 19 first half disposals and two goals and while he had a much quieter second half, his impact could not be understated finishing with 24 disposals, five marks and three goals. He had strong support from Western Australia Under 18s representative Wilson with 23 disposals, seven marks and a goal and Riley Garcia was at his ball gathering best with 31 disposals. For Claremont, bottom-ager Henry was a willing worker throughout the contest with 18 disposals, four marks and two goals.

 

Week 1 Finals:

Qualifying Final

Peel Thunder vs Swan Districts

Elimination Final

East Fremantle vs South Fremantle

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – East Fremantle vs. Subiaco

IN Round 20 of the Western Australia Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, Subiaco defeated East Fremantle by 13 points at East Fremantle Oval.

The result saw the Lions claim the minor premiership for the first time in the club’s history.

Below are our opinion based summations of the best players from the game.

East Fremantle:

#6 Tom Wright

The Winnacott junior was outstanding in the midfield for the reigning premiers with 16 possessions, eight tackles, four marks and a goal. His tough inside work helped the Sharks almost claw their way to victory.

#8 Dylan Curley

The WAFL Colts excitement machine showed glimpses of why he is such a highly rated prospect. He only finished with nine possessions and seven marks but his impact was enormous. He pulled down several spectacular pack marks and his disposal inside 50 was crisp. The Mullewa junior has an exciting future!

#9 Corey Robinson

The Aquinas College student was his exceptional self in the midfield for the Sharks, with 23 possessions, six inside 50s, three tackles, two marks and a goal. His combination of contested ball-winning ability and his skilful outside game make him an attractive midfield prospect. Currently fourth in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award, expect a late surge from Robinson to potentially snatch the award.

#15 Jake Diggle

Arguably East Fremantle’s most valuable player, Diggle was dynamic on the half-back flank with a team-high 28 possessions, and an equal team-high eight marks. His elite skills, and his smart reading of the play are similar to how Western Bulldogs’ young gun Ed Richards plays.

#22 Trent Rivers

The 17 year-old continued to push his draft stocks for next year with another solid performance against the Lions. Rivers collected 19 possessions, took five marks and laid four tackles in a complete performance.

#23 Luke Jackson 

The AFL Academy member showcased why he is a possible first round selection for next year’s draft. He accumulated 14 possessions, won 11 hitouts and booted two goals in a dazzling display. His ruck craft combined with his endurance make him a leading prospect.

#25 Cameron Davidson

The Collie product continued his fine season with an accomplished performance against Subiaco. He collected 20 possessions and took eight marks in what was another superb performance. His sound decision-making along with his elite skills make him one of the best midfielders in the competition.

#28 Nick Watson

The 2016 WA Under 16s State Academy member showcased why he is one of the premier rucks in the WAFL Colts competition. He finished with 16 possessions, 27 hitouts, five marks, two tackles and two inside 50s to easily be the most valuable ruckman on the ground. His ability to cover he ground is second-to-none and his leadership qualities almost inspired his team to victory.

#30 Cody Smith

One of the best hybrid forwards in the competition, Smith was exceptional in the forward half for the Sharks. He accumulated 19 possessions, laid a team-high nine tackles, recorded three inside 50s, took two marks and kicked a goal in an accomplished performance.

 

Subiaco:

#3 Tristan Hobley

The 2016 WA Under 16s State Academy representative showed why he is the best midfielder in the competition with another polished display. He accumulated 27 possessions, took nine marks, laid two tackles and recorded two inside 50s to be one of the best players on the ground.

#4 Matthew Pannell

The Sorrento-Duncraig junior was back to his best against the Sharks. As an attacking half-back flanker, Pannell caused headaches for East Fremantle’s coaching staff as he willed himself to 26 possessions and nine marks. His explosive run-and-carry, damaging skills, elite vision and sound decision-making make him an exciting prospect.

#10 Jack Mayo

The 2018 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker showed glimpses of why he is the best key forward prospect from Western Australia. He finished with nine possessions, four hit-outs, three marks, three tackles, two inside 50s and a goal (and two behinds). His leading patterns, strong marking ability and excellent skills make him one of the most damaging forward prospects in this year’s draft.

#13 Liam Hickmott

The reigning Best and Fairest winner is putting together another fantastic season and he continued his rich vein of form against East Fremantle. He won a game-high 29 possessions, laid nine tackles, recorded four inside 50s and took two marks in another strong outing. He is eligible to Carlton under the father/son rule and he looks an attractive prospect for the Blues as a big-bodied midfielder.

#15 Wil Hickmott

The younger son of former Carlton and Geelong player Adrian Hickmott, Wil is one of the classiest midfielders in the competition. He gathered 18 possessions, took three marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a goal in another strong performance. His ability to use the footy exceptionally well should have the Blues recruiters smiling.

#16 Taj Schofield

The son of Port Adelaide premiership player Jarrad Schofield, Taj continues to impress his 2020 draft prospects. Arguably the best player on the ground, Schofield finished with 27 possessions, six marks, five tackles, and four inside 50s. Still only 15-years-old, Schofield’s room for improvement is frightening.

#17 Kyle Stainsby

The reigning Newton Screaigh Medallist was his usual busy self for the Lions. He accumulated 17 possessions, laid a game-high 10 tackles, and took two marks in an outstanding display. His ability to weave and break through tackles is similar to Richmond star Reece Conca.

#18 Jacob Peletier

The Esperance product was exceptional for the Lions. He finished with 19 possessions, six marks, five tackles and four inside 50s to be one of the best midfielders on the ground.

#26 Sam West

The Sorrento-Duncraig junior was inspirational at centre half-back for the Lions, often intercepting the Sharks’ attacking forays before rebounding the ball with precision. He finished with 10 possessions, six marks and five tackles.

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.