WAFL Demons pull off stunning upset
PERTH pulled off a remarkable upset by coming from behind to defeat fancied grand final contenders South Fremantle by six points at Lathlain Park.
After a very promising first half that saw Perth two goals up at half-time after a six-goal second quarter, the Bulldogs clawed their way back to be virtually level pegging at three-quarter time.
South Fremantle bounced out hard at the start of the final quarter, taking a 20point lead before Perth came back to life and slammed on the final four goals of the game to snatch the six point win, 15.8 (98) to 14.8 (92).
Perth’s performance was quite a contrast to their second half fade out the previous week against Swan Districts when they turned a 28-point half-time lead into a disappointing 30-point loss.
Clint Jones again inspired his younger teammates with a powerful midfield performance, while Lachlan Dennis kicked five goals for the Demons.
Mason Shaw kicked six goals for South Fremantle to continue his recent good form, but it wasn’t enough to get the Bulldogs home.
It was a terrific effort by the Demons to notch their third win of the season and show they are certainly on the improve.
PEEL Thunder survived a fast finishing West Perth side to secure back-to-back victories in Round 10 WAFL action at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday to run out three point winners, 11.11 (77) to 11.8 (74).
After leading for most of the day and opening up a game high 30-point lead during the last term, the Thunder looked home and hosed but West Perth had other ideas.
With the aid of a howling breeze, the visitors gave the home side fright as they kicked the last four goals of the game to reduce the deficit to just three points.
It was a confidence building win for the reigning premiers who are looking to get their season back on track.
Their fourth win of the year leaves them just out of the top five on percentage.
The lowlight of the victory was an ankle injury to Fremantle Dockers-listed player Griffin Logue on the three-quarter time siren.
Best on ground honours went to Peel’s Ben Howlett, who accumulated 33 disposals and 13 tackles while also kicking the first two goals of the game.
Danyle Pearce and Ethan Hughes supported well with 31 and 28 touches respectively.
For the visitors, Luke Meadows kept the statisticians busy as he compiled a game best 38 possessions.
Sandover Medal favourite Shane Nelson was next best with 36 disposals. Van Berlo was the leading scorer with five goals from 12 touches.
KEY Forward Beau Maister celebrated his 150th and final game with a solid performance to see Claremont defeat Swan Districts by 20 points, 13.12 (90) to 10.10 (70), in an entertaining Round 10 clash at Claremont Oval.
While Maister announced the immediate end to a distinguished career, Claremont debuted three players – Smallwood, Gilbert and Morton – and Swans had one debut player in Jack O’Sullivan.
Claremont came home with a wet sail in the last quarter to kick four goals to nothing and even more telling was they were kicking into a strong breeze.
The Tigers had winners throughout including the midfield of Bolton, Curran and Hardisty and in defence Bailey Rogers was outstanding with 24 possessions.
Special mention goes to Dylan Smallwood, who hails from Albany, with 23 possessions and 10 marks in one of the best debuts seen for years. His ability to read the play, make good decisions and use the ball well will have Tigers supporters happy for years.
For Swans, better players were Palmer, Riggio, Turner and Gault, who did the majority of the ruck work due to Doc Blakely receiving what looked like a lower leg injury in the second quarter.
SUBIACO continued its expected unbeaten run against a disappointing East Fremantle on the weekend, running out comfortable 103 point winners, 19.26 (140) to 5.7 (37).
The match was virtually over at halftime, with Subiaco kicking nine goals to the Sharks’ paltry four points at the long break.
Leigh Kitchin, Kyal Horsley, Lachlan Delahunty, Chris Phelan and Josh Deluca, returning from a three-week suspension, were again most dominant for the winners.
Three goals to East Fremantle in the third term was as much about Subiaco relaxing and only kicking four goals for the term, but they sprang back to life with a six goal (and nine points) to two goal final term, resulting in another 100 point plus victory.
IN WA Women’s Football League action, Perth Angels kicked the first goal of the match to lead for the first few minutes but that was all for them in their clash with a dominant Peel Thunderbirds, who ran out 94 point winners, 14.18 (102) to 1.2 (8).
East Fremantle continued its unbeaten run with a comfortable win over Claremont.
Swan Districts thrashed South Fremantle by 90 points while Subiaco won a thriller against West Perth under lights at Leederville on Saturday night by just three points.
Catch every game live on your mobile device
Action from the women’s Claremont vs Subiaco match.