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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 – Week One Finals

IN the 2018 WAFL Colts’ finals series, East Fremantle thumped arch-rivals South Fremantle to the tune of 62 points at Fremantle Oval in the elimination final, while Swan Districts accounted for Peel Thunder by nine points at Claremont Oval to advance through to the grand final. Lenny Fogliani was at both games and noted down the best players.

East Fremantle vs. South Fremantle

East:

#1 Milan Murdock

The East Fremantle Power junior was at his unrelenting best against the Bulldogs with 26 possessions, 14 tackles, three marks and two inside 50s. His tenacity in the contest to win the ball for his team was first class, while his outside link-up play was brilliant.

#7 Jeremy Sharp

The 2018 U18s All-Australian showcased why he is one of the leading prospects for next year’s AFL draft with another polished performance. Sharp accumulated 24 possessions, took nine marks, recorded eight inside 50s and laid three tackles in an impressive display.

#8 Dylan Curley

The Mullewa product manufactured a performance that demonstrated why he is a highly-sought after prospect for this year’s AFL Draft. He finished with nine possessions, eight tackles, three marks and four goals to be one of the most dangerous forwards on the ground.

#9 Corey Robinson

The Aquinas student was again busy in the midfield for the Sharks with 26 possessions, five marks, two inside 50s and a goal. A real feature of Robinson’s game was his crisp disposal especially when going inside 50. More often than not, Robinson would lower his eyes and then spear the ball onto the chest of his forwards.

#24 Trey Ruscoe

The Booragoon junior was deployed as a big-bodied midfielder and it paid dividends for East Fremantle. He bustled his way to 20 possessions, five tackles and five inside 50s to be one of the most influential players on the ground. His draft stocks for 2019 are rapidly rising.

#25 Cameron Davidson

The Collie product was again superb for the Sharks with another polished display off the half-back line. With the ball in hand, Davidson was never flustered and always made excellent decisions. The combination of his combative toughness and silky skills makes him an exciting prospect. He finished with 12 possessions and five marks.

#26 Dillon O’Reilly

Without doubt the star of the show! Made the key focal point in the second half, O’Reilly finished with 19 possessions, nine marks and a bag of six goals to drag the Sharks from a 13-point deficit to victory. His contested marking as well as his exceptional goal-kicking routine makes him one of the best key position prospects in this year’s Draft.

#28 Nick Watson

The East Fremantle Captain produced a true captain’s performance to lead his team to victory. The 2016 WA U16s State Academy representative finished with 11 possessions, 29 hitouts, four marks, four tackles and a goal.

 

South:

#1 Jack Musika

The Cockburn junior was back to his best against the Sharks. He gathered 14 possessions, laid five tackles and grabbed three marks to be one of the better Bulldogs’ midfielders. His toughness in the contest along with his endurance and excellent skills make him a damaging midfield prospect for the 2019 AFL Draft.

#4 Luke Moore

The WA State U18s Academy representative was dynamic and explosive in the forward half for the Bulldogs. Moore’s forward craft had the Sharks defenders terrified whenever the ball went inside 50. He beat players on the lead, forced them to put their hands in his back and his finishing around goal was first class. He finished with 12 possessions, five marks and five goals.

#5 James Russell

The Secret Harbour product was dazzling on the half-back line for the Bulldogs with 26 possessions, and four marks. His composure under duress was magnificent and his foot skills were impressive.

#9 Kyle Hamersley

The Wagin product was again South Fremantle’s best player, underlying his status as one of the best midfielders in this year’s draft pool. He finished with 25 possessions, six tackles, two marks and two inside 50s as he tried to will his team back into the contest.

#10 Regan Spooner

On a tough morning for the South Fremantle defenders, Spooner stood out as he manfully tried to combat East Fremantle’s attacking forays. He collected 13 possessions and laid four tackles as he tried to inspire his fellow defenders to beat their direct opponents.

 

Peel Thunder vs. Swan Districts

Peel:

#1 Lachlan Riley

The South Bunbury product continued his fine season with another excellent performance. Against the Swans, Riley accumulated a team-high 30 possessions, an impressive seven inside 50s, took five marks and laid three tackles to be one of the Thunder’s best.

#7 James Sturrock

The big-bodied midfielder fought hard in the stoppages all game for the Thunder but it was to no avail. The Baldivis junior racked up 29 possessions, laid six tackles, recorded six inside 50s and took four marks to be the Thunder’s best player. His physical contested style of play should have him in the recruiters’ sights.

#9 Michael Randall

Another big-bodied midfielder who tried to gain ascendancy in the middle of the ground, Randall continually bustled his way through packs for the Thunder. He finished the game with 21 possessions and five tackles.

#11 Jarvis Pina

One of the best attacking half-back flankers in the competition, Pina tried his best to give the Thunder some drive from defence. His willingness to take the opposition on was outstanding, whether it was him using his elite skills or pace. He finished the game with 18 possessions, four marks and three inside 50s.

#32 Jason Carter

They say the big guns come out in September, and this was very evident with Carter’s game. The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member was electrifying on the wing with 20 possessions, seven marks, six inside 50s and four tackles. His skill, speed, courage and dare to take opponents on are all outstanding traits.

Swan Districts:

#1 Joseph Hinder

The 2016 WA U16s State Academy representative was deployed in a host of positions for the Black and Whites, and he handled them with aplomb. He was originally stationed in defence and it was here that his intercept play shone, while on the wing and up forward, his attacking flair was on full display. He finished with 15 possessions, three marks and three tackles.

#3 Mitchell Bain

Arguably the best player on the ground, Bain showcased why he is one of the premier midfielders in the competition. His speed out of contests, his dazzling skills and his tenacious defensive efforts were all to be seen. A highlight of his game occurred in the fourth quarter, when he stole the ball out of congestion, burst away and then speared a ball onto the chest of team-mate Kade Wallrodt. His final stats were 31 possessions, nine inside 50s, eight tackles, and five marks.

#9 Riley Garcia

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy representative was one of the Swans’ best players after a stunning performance in the midfield. He collected 24 possessions, and took three marks as he played the link-up role to perfection. Another feature of his game was his ability to crumb marking contests, spinning out of danger and then passing the ball to a team-mate.

#12 Graydon Wilson

The Centrals Football Club product was brilliant on the half-back line for the Swans, as he gave his team a heap of drive from the defensive half. He accumulated 14 possessions, and laid six tackles to remind recruiters of his potential.

#15 Jarrod Cameron

The younger brother of Brisbane star Charlie, Jarrod was electrifying in the forward half. He gathered just nine possessions, but took seven marks, laid five tackles, recorded three inside 50s and nailed four goals to be the most damaging forward on the ground. His contested marking was a real highlight of his game.

#18 Jake Pasini

The Caversham junior is a quiet achiever on the football field, but his team-mates and coaches would be rapt with his performance. He collected 12 possessions, laid five tackles and took three marks, but more importantly kept his direct opponent (Lachlan Cullen) to just one goal.

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.

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: Challengers take it up to the contenders

ROUND 16 was an intriguing one in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts, as it saw a number of games between the elite teams of the competition and those who were looking to make major claims to play finals footy. The top teams were certainly tested this weekend but were there any upsets? Read on to find out.

Round 16 WAFL Colts wrap:

South Fremantle 5.11 (41) defeated Peel Thunder 3.19 (37)

It may not have looked all that pretty on the scoreboard, but South Fremantle will not care one bit, as they claimed a thrilling four-point win over an extremely inaccurate Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium in a result which could prove pivotal for both teams come the end of the home and away season.

Heading into this contest, the Bulldogs led the chasing pack clamouring for the last finals spot and kept Peel goalless in the opening quarter, leading by eight points through a lone goal to Luke Moore. The dour, scrappy nature of the contest continued in the second term but this time it was Peel in the ascendancy kicking 3.7 to two behinds and opening up a very handy 15 point lead at the long break. South Fremantle, who have found some momentum in the past six weeks and pushed ladder-leader Subiaco in similarly wintry conditions last week, took back the momentum with goals to Matthew Ward and bottom-ager Alec Petkovic but they still trailed by five points with a quarter to play.

While Peel were getting the ball into their forward 50, conversion was a major issue throughout the opening three quarters and that continued in the final 25 minutes. They could only manage six straight behinds while South Fremantle put the ball between the big posts on two occasions courtesy of Lachlan Johnson and Braiden Quartermaine. Accuracy was the main point of difference between the two teams as South Fremantle registered their sixth and most important win of the season while for Peel it was a wasted opportunity to put some pressure on top of the table Subiaco who had the bye.

Ward illustrated the effort required to win a big game as he produced 27 disposals, eight tackles, three marks and a goal for the Bulldogs. He was well supported by Tom Blechynden who had 12 tackles to go with his 21 disposals. Meanwhile for Peel, Lachlan Riley was tireless with 29 disposals and five tackles and the work rate of Jake Howes was elite with 12 tackles to go along with 18 disposals.

 

West Perth 11.10 (76) defeated Swan Districts 9.6 (60) 

West Perth gave their season a deal of life with a stirring 16-point upset win over Swan Districts at Joondalup Arena on Saturday, which saw them move up to sixth position and remain within a game of South Fremantle in fifth.

The Falcons started the stronger, opening up a 14 point lead at quarter time and while Swans swung into gear in the second quarter by kicking four goals, the Falcons held sway in the second term and led by 13 points at the long break. The third quarter was well and truly in favour of the visitors as they kicked three goals to three behinds by West Perth and turned for home three points in front.

With everything on the line and considering positions of both teams on the ladder, you would have assumed that Swan Districts would carry that momentum into the final term and record a comfortable victory. However West Perth had other ideas, as they kicked five goals to two with Western Australia Under 18 representative and Fremantle Dockers Next Generation academy prospect Thomas Medhat proving pivotal with two goals in the term. In truth, West Perth deserved their victory as they compiled 47 more disposals (290-243) and 12 more inside 50s (48-36) which led to six more scoring shots (21-15).

With consistent ball magnet Nathan Murray promoted to the ranks of the reserves, it was left to others to fill that big breach and that was led by bottom ager Tyron Hindmarsh who had 28 disposals, five marks and four tackles. He was supported by fellow junior Jaxon Prior who had 26 disposals and seven marks while Medhat had 11 disposals and three marks to go along with three goals.

Just like Peel, we may have to wait to the end of the season to see how costly this slip-up is for the premiership chances of Swan Districts but it is their fourth defeat in their last five games and are now a game behind East Fremantle in third. Bottom-ager Kade Walldrot continued his promising season for Swans with 19 disposals nine tackles, five tackles along with a goal while Benjamin Taylor kicked three majors along with six marks.

 

East Fremantle 10.14 (74) defeated Perth 9.8 (62) 

East Fremantle overcame a stern test of their premiership credentials by defeating a gallant Perth by 12 points at Lathlain Park.

Perth, who had been on a wretched run of form had over the past two months had the look of a confident side early in this contest and that translated to the scoreboard as they opened up a twenty point lead early in the second quarter. The Sharks were certainly getting their hands on the ball and creating goalscoring opportunities, however inaccuracy was their main issue kicking 2.8 for the half and trailing by 18 points at half-time. You have to go back to the last weekend of May where Perth recorded their last win but with the way they played in the opening two quarters, they headed into the second half with a strong belief that they could end their six-game losing streak.

However, the Sharks know what it takes to win the big moments in games and the reigning premiers rolled up their sleeves and got to work in the third term by kicking four goals to two and narrowed the gap to three points with a quarter to go. Now they had a sniff, it was big trouble for Perth as Dylan Curley kicked a goal and that was soon followed by a second major to bottom-ager Ben Wardle and the game was now on East Fremantle’s terms. Despite Ian Hill kicking his third of the game soon after, East Fremantle steadied again and secured their fourth win and move into outright third on the ladder and only percentage behind second placed Peel.

Curley was a strong focal point for the Sharks with five marks, three tackles and eight hitouts to go along with his 3.2, while Max Murphy was tidy with 20 disposals, six marks and a goal.Hill did all he could within his power to get the Demons over the line amassing 25 disposals, six marks and a goal while Sydney Stack was tireless with 26 disposals and 12 tackles.

Claremont 13.12 (90) defeated East Perth 7.3 (45)

Claremont gave their finals chances a boost with a polished 45 point win over East Perth at Claremont Oval.

Claremont got off to a very quick start in this important clash for both sides kicking the first two goals of the game and repeatedly driving the ball into their forward 50. However East Perth were able to respond with three consecutive goals, with Thomas Baulch kicking two of his own. The match was a very open affair as the Royals took in a four point lead to the quarter time break.

Claremont regained their early momentum in the second quarter kicking four goals to one and opening up a 22 point lead. Claremont arguably had their best first half of the season and led by 30 points at the long break having 44 more disposals (142-98) and 20 more inside 50s (30-10). The Royals, who came into this clash in good form having won their last three games managed to get their hands on the ball and therefore some momentum in the third quarter and kicked two goals to one with Ashley Willcocks kicking his third for the game.

However, the Tigers still had a significant buffer heading into the final quarter and after letting many opportunity slip through their grasp this season, this game was not going to be another one of those occasions as they ended their three-game losing streak by kicking three goals to one behind to complete a 45-point win in one of their best performances of the season.

It has been a season of frustration for last year’s runners-up but this win gives them a base to build upon and if they are able to qualify for the top five, they will certainly be a difficult opponent to face for the rest of the finalists. The Tigers controlled the tempo from the very start of the contest and ended up with 62 more possessions (292-230) which led to 28 more inside 50s (57-29) and 15 more scoring shots (25-10). Two top-age talents led the way for the Tigers with Corey Hitchcock kicking four goals while Isaac Barton was a nuisance to the opposition with 12 tackles along with 18 disposals and two goalsThe performance of Zainel Bin Busu was also a key factor for the Tigers’ win as he had 18 disposals, nine tackles and two goals.

It was tougher to find influential players for the Royals, but Baulch once again led from the front with 25 disposals, nine marks four tackles and a goal whileWillcocks made the most of his opportunities with three goals. With the loss, the Royals fall to the bottom of the ladder, but such is the topsy-turvy nature of this unpredictable season, they sit just one game out of the top five with a game in hand over their rivals, although their percentage is the poorest in the league at just 73.9.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Subiaco storm into premiership contention

DESPITE only three games being played in the WAFL Colts this weekend with Peel Thunder, East and South Fremantle having the bye, there were still statements to be made for the sides that did play.

Round 12 wrap:

Subiaco 9.8 (62) defeated Swan Districts 5.11 (41)

​Subiaco illustrated they are a major contender for the 2018 premiership with a 21-point win over Swan Districts at a sunny Steel Blue Oval. The clash was between first and third on the ladder and perfect still conditions greeted both teams.

With the game a solid mid-season test of both team’s premiership credentials, it was a cagey opening ten minutes, with Swans bottom-ager Kade Walldrot kicking the first goal of the game from the 50-metre line. Not long after, a smooth passage of play from the visitors saw a combination of handballs which ended with Jack Mayo finishing with a goal on the run. A contentious play-on call after what looked to be a clear push in the back by Liam Hickmott saw the Subiaco midfielder kick the Lions’ second of the quarter. Subiaco were looking to use their strong running game to advantage by using the outer side wing to generate their attacks into the forward 50. A quick kick by Luke Foley led to a shot after the siren by Mayo, who converted from around 25 metres and gave Subiaco a deserved eleven-point lead at quarter time.

Swans were looking lively to start the second term but poor entries into their forward 50 hurt their scoring chances. The dour, scrappy affair suited the visitors who were looking more organised in defence and stronger around the contest with their bigger bodies proving vital. Patrick Farrant managed to break through Subiaco’s rock solid defence with a line-breaking run and the resulting stoppage saw a free kick to to bottom-ager Jax Watson, who converted from close range. Jordan Faroane then scored Subiaco’s first goal for the quarter from a free kick from 30 metres. An attritional half of football ended with the Lions leading by eight points at the long break – it is fair to say that it was a quarter of two halves with Swans dominating the early stages and Subiaco finishing the stronger. Subiaco were well served in the first half by the midfield duo of Tristan Hobley (18 disposals) and Zane Shellabear Healy (15 disposals) while Mayo was a strong target with two goals. For Swans, Farrant and Jarred Cameron were good contributors with 10 disposals each.

Subiaco started the third term in fine form with a goal by Foley from the boundary line on the run from 45 metres. A lack of a true marking target for the home side was becoming evident while Subiaco were not having that issue. Mark Pannell marked and goaled from 48 metres which gave the Lions a 20-point lead, their biggest of the game. Swans desperately needed a goal and Jarrod Brockbernd answered the call with a goal from a free kick for a trip. Soon after, a pin-point kick by Blake Pescud hit Brenton Hilton on the chest and he duly converted from 45 metres, giving Swans some clear momentum for the first time in the game. With the tempo turned up a notch, Subiaco needed a goal just to steady themselves. Faroane managed to do just that by kicking a goal just before the siren to give the Lions a 14-point lead with a quarter to play.

As they had only kicked four goals for the first three quarters, Swans needed a quick start in the final term to challenge their opponents. However, the story of the day for the home team was missed opportunities and poor disposal, and this was again the case to start the last term. Subiaco kicked the all important first goal courtesy good movement in the middle of the ground which was finished by bottom-ager Trey Kennedy. A further blow to Swans chances occurred when the influential Cameron was helped off the ground by two trainers with an ankle injury. The sealer for the Lions came soon after when Kennedy set up Abraham Clinch for a major from close range. To their credit, Swans did not down their tools and Joseph Hinder was able to benefit from some quick ball movement which had been lacking for the majority of the game.

The Lions played out the rest of the game in a composed fashion and ran out 21-point winners in a clear sign that they are a contender for the premiership. In truth, their bigger bodies and better use of the ball were the main difference. Subiaco controlled the possession stats (339-281) were stronger around the contest (78-65 tackles) and generated more inside 50s (40-35). The win for the Lions sees a absorbing three-team tussle for top spot with Peel Thunder claiming first position on the ladder despite having the bye with Swans falling to second and Subiaco remaining in third. All three teams are on seven wins and three losses for the season.

Foley was excellent for Subiaco with 25 disposals, five marks and five tackles along with a goal while he was superbly aided by Shellabear Healy with 27 disposals and seven marks and Jake McKinnon who amassed 13 tackles along with 28 disposals. In terms of the best performers for Swans, Cameron was impactful around the ground out with 26 disposals while Farrant was a real trier in a tough day for the forwards with 18 disposals and six marks.

 

West Perth 15.6.96 defeated Perth 11.9.75

The Falcons inflicted more pain on Perth with a 72-point hiding of the Demons at Joondalup Arena. It was the Demons fourth loss in a row and their second by more than 10 goals in that period. After trailing by 18 points at quarter time, the Falcons outscored their opponents 17 goals to two in a emphatic display.

Top ager Alec Johnson was the star in terms of goalkickers as he kicked five for the day, but also collected 20 disposals and five marks. As ever, Nathan Murray was tireless in his efforts with 26 disposals and three goals and was very well supported by bottom-ager Tyron Hindmarsh with 25 disposals and three marks. Sydney Stack was an honest trier for the Demons with 22 disposals and six marks.

The win was a drought-breaker for West Perth after four consecutive defeats had derailed what was a positive start to their 2018 season. The Demons now hold a tenuous grip on their position in the top five, an unthinkable proposition less than a month ago. West Perth, South Fremantle and Claremont now sit just a game behind them on the ladder with the Bulldogs having a game in hand.

 

East Perth 8.8.56 defeated Claremont 5.10.40

Claremont’s stop-start season stalled yet again as the bottom of the table East Perth registered only their third win for the season with a 16 point victory at Leederville Oval on Saturday evening.

The Royals controlled a great majority of the low scoring contest leading by five points at quarter time, and extended it to 16 points at the long break. The third term saw the Tigers waste many chances in front of goal kicking 1.4 and still trailing by 15 points with a quarter to play. They finally got some momentum to start the fourth quarter by kicking back-to-back goals for the first time in the game only to see East Perth respond strongly by kicking two of their own and sealing a 16 point win.

Rhai-Arn Cox continued his good form from last week with 17 disposals, eight marks and three goals, while the stylish Eric Bashemule (32 disposals, 11 marks) and accumulator Thomas Baulch (30 disposals, seven marks and five tackles) were both very important. The Tigers missed a great chance to go level on points with Perth in fifth spot and are yet to win successive games in 2018 but were well led in this contest by Rylie Morgan with his 29 disposals, nine marks and five tackles.

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: Perth and Swan Districts go a game clear on top of Colts ladder

IN tough conditions throughout the round eight action, the cream rose to the top in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition as Perth and Swan Districts both claimed wins to jump a game clear atop the ladder. 

Perth has reinforced their status as the team to beat in the Western Australia Football League (WAFL) Colts competition with a 6.9 (45) to 5.9 (39) win against a brave Subiaco side at Lathlain Oval. In what was a wet round eight of WAFL action, the Demons, led by Brodie Grey (12 disposals, four tackles), kicked three unanswered final quarter goals to pinch the victory. Bailey Smith was fantastic with three goals, while Ryan Malley (11 disposals, four tackles) and Connor Sing (nine disposals, 11 hitouts) were named in the Demons’ best. For Subiaco, Abraham Clinch (12 disposals, five inside 50s and two goals) was named as the best player, while Liam Hickmott (38 disposals), Benjamin Golding (21 disposals) and Jake Mckinnon (15 disposals and 12 tackles) were all named as standout players.  

Peel Thunder moved into the top four after an impressive 20-point victory over East Fremantle, with the Mandurah side running out 8.11 (59) to 5.9 (39) winners at Shark Park. A team-best display by Tyrone Thorne (16 disposals, eight tackles) saw the Thunder, like Perth, put on three unanswered goals in the final quarter to run away with the result. James Sturrock (25 disposals, four tackles), Jake Howes (21 disposals, eight tackles) and Jack Sears (18 disposals, six marks) were all named in the best for the Thunder after impressive displays. For the Sharks, ruckman Nicholas Watson was named best after 24 hit outs and six marks, while Jake Diggle (18 disposals) and Nicholas Patat (22 disposals) rounded out the best players.  

South Fremantle continued Claremont’s miserly season after a comfortable 8.6 (54) to 3.11 (29) win at Fremantle Oval. For the Bulldogs, Toby McQuilkan was superb with 21 disposals and a goal, as the Souths were never threatened by an inaccurate Tigers outfit. Thomas Weston (11 disposals, seven marks, 10 hit outs), Matthew Ward (19 disposals, five tackles) and Luke Moore (21 disposals, six marks) were named in the best for the Bulldogs. For Claremont, Nicholas Crump was named best afield, while contributions from small forward Jaimie Forsyth (five disposals, three tackles) and Callum Jamieson (nine disposals, three hit outs) drew the praise of coaches.

In the final game of the round, Swan Districts pushed itself into second on the ladder, only by percentage, and consigned East Perth to bottom spot with a 11.5 (71) to 6.4 (40) win at Leederville Oval. The Royals did not manage to build on their 6.4 half time score line, as the Swans piled on eight unanswered goals in the second half. For the Black and Whites, Kade Waldrot was a star with four goals, while Jarred Cameron (25 disposals, seven marks), Joel Curtis (24 disposals, one goal) and Nathan Ireland (12 disposals, 18 hit outs) were named in the best. For the Royals, Jacob Msando was named best with 13 dispsoals, while Jordan Hayden (11 disposals, three marks) and Ashley Wilcocks (10 disposals, four marks) tried hard all day.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Beltings galore in WAFL Colts

THREE of the four games were decided by 59 points or more in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts, in a round that was probably not one to remember if you were part of the losing sides. The biggest shock was West Perth’s thumping away victory over the previously undefeated Subiaco, to see the ladder remain tight between the top seven sides with eight points separating first from seventh.

Peel Thunder 21.10 (136) defeated Claremont 9.4 (58)

Peel Thunder produced a thumping 13-goal victory over Claremont to receive a huge percentage booster despite the win being just its second for the season. The Thunder led by 22 points at half-time before putting the foot down in the second half, running away with it following a 13 goal to four half to register the 78-point win. They dominated most statistical areas despite losing the hit outs, and had a 24-13 free kick differential in the match.

James Sturrock topped the disposal count for the winners with 30 touches, six marks, six tackles and five inside 50s, while Lachlan Riley had 28 disposals and six marks of his own. Jake Howes was prominent with 27 disposals, five marks, six tackles and four inside 50s, while Jackson Perry took seven marks from his 25 disposals. Jarvis Pina (22 disposals, one goal) and Bradley Oldfield (21 disposals, two goals) were prominent across the ground while Lachlan Cullen (five goals) and Tyrone Thorne (three goals) were the dominant forwards on the day.

For the Tigers, Rylie Morgan was the highest ball winner, notching up 23 disposals, four marks, four tackles, four inside 50s and booting a goal, while Tyron Smallwood also finished with a major from 20 disposals, two marks, four tackles and six inside 50s. Nathan Pearce (17 disposals) and Corey Hitchcock (14 disposals) were the next two highest for the losers in the heavy defeat.

 

South Fremantle 3.8 (26) defeated by Swan Districts 12.15 (87)

In a strong defensive performance, Swan Districts got the job done against South Fremantle, restricting their opponents to just three goals for the day. The Swans never looked liked losing after quarter time, having 11.9 to 1.7 by the final break. While the Bulldogs booted two of the last three goals of the game, it was never going to be enough, with the visitors recording a 61-point victory.

Graydon Wilson was busy for the winners, racking up 29 disposals, nine marks, five inside 50s and two tackles, while Brenton Hilton picked up 27 disposals and four marks. Riley Garcia laid five tackles, had four inside 50s and booted a goal from 25 touches, while Atem Deng was prominent up forward with four goals from 17 disposals, as was Patrick Farrant (four goals).

Regan Spooner stood tall in defeat for the Bulldogs, notching up 29 disposals, seven marks and five tackles, while Luke Moore was everywhere, booting two goals from 22 disposals, six marks, six inside 50s and two tackles to be South Fremantle’s best. Tom Blechynden continued his good form this season with 21 disposals, four marks and five tackles, while James Russell had 17 disposals, six marks and five inside 50s.

 

Subiaco 8.8 (56) defeated by West Perth 18.7 (115)

West Perth has recorded a huge upset victory by toppling the previously undefeated Subiaco. Coming off a bye, the Lions found the going tough after half-time, booting two goals to the Falcons’ 10, as the visitors gave them a wake-up call. The loss saw Subiaco drop from top spot, while West Perth received a healthy percentage boost after a mixed season thus far.

Nathan Murray was amongst everything for West Perth, racking up 30 disposals, four marks, seven tackles, three inside 50s and a goal, while Daniel Rowe had a game-high 11 marks from his 27 disposals, four tackles, four inside 50s and a goal. Filimone Muavou was one of four multiple goal kickers for the Falcons, finishing with two majors, 17 disposals, and six marks. Koopah Todd and Ben Johnson both booted two goals and had a combined 31 disposals and nine inside 50s, while Logan Foley was the definition of clinical, booting 4.1 from five kicks and five marks up forward.

For Subiaco, Tristan Hobley had 24 disposals (20 kicks), five marks, three inside 50s and booted a goal, while the Hickmott brothers were again amongst the best. Will had 24 disposals, seven marks and two tackles, while Liam notched up 17 disposals, two marks and laid six tackles. Jacob Peletier was the other ball winner with 20 disposals, six marks and a goal, while Sam West and Jack Mayo were the Lions’ multiple goal kickers on the day.

 

East Fremantle 13.6 (84) defeated East Perth 10.5 (65)

East Fremantle survived a first half scare at home to see off cellar dwellers East Perth at home. The Sharks found themselves trailing by 17 points at the half, before booting 10 goals to four after half-time to run away with a 19-point win and sit just inside the top five.

Corey Robinson was prominent for the winners with 26 disposals, seven marks, six tackles and two inside 50s, while Milan Murdock was East Fremantle’s best, notching up 23 disposals, five marks, eight tackles, four inside 50s and capitalising with two goals. Joshua Ritchie also booted two majors from his 13 disposals, as did Cameron Davidson. Nicholas Watson was good in the ruck with 29 hitouts and 13 disposals.

For the Royals, Thomas Baulch had a fantastic defensive game, laying a game-high 10 tackles to go with his 25 disposals, nine marks and six inside 50s, while Louis Miller was also prominent with 23 touches, six marks, six tackles and five inside 50s. Damon Greaves (23 disposals, seven marks) and Harley Sparks (19 disposals, two marks) with the other major ball winners, while Ben McGuire (four goals) and talented bottom-ager Rhai-Arn Cox (three goals) were the dangers up forward.