All the week­end’s WAFL ac­tion

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

The lat­est re­sults from the WAFL qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal fea­tur­ing South Fre­man­tle as well as the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

A FE­RO­CIOUS South Fre­man­tle have laid down the chal­lenge as the most likely threat to Su­bi­aco for this year’s pre­mier­ship with a to­tal dom­i­na­tion of West Perth to move into next week’s sec­ond semi-fi­nal.

In a con­sis­tent fourquar­ter ef­fort, the Bull­dogs romped home by a mas­sive 98 points over the dis­ap­point­ing Fal­cons, 22.12 (144) to 6.10 (46).

Mar­lion Pick­ett again dis­played why his name is among the first men­tioned for AFL hon­ours in the near fu­ture with an im­pres­sive best on ground per­for­mance, in­clud­ing four goals, al­though he was also re­ported in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Spear­head Ma­son Shaw con­tin­ued his re­cent ex­cel­lent form and kicked a game-high six goals for the home side.

On the flip side, West Perth had too few con­trib­u­tors de­spite Shane Nel­son and Aaron Black get­ting plenty of the ball.

Kee­gan Knott fin­ished with three goals but the dual at­tack of Tyler Kei­tel and An­drew Strijk were lim­ited to just three goals all day be­tween them.

The Bull­dogs dom­i­nated from the start and broke away to a 16-point lead at quar­ter-time with an im­pres­sive five goal to two quar­ter.

Another five in the sec­ond term, af­ter an early come­back by the Fal­cons to get within strik­ing dis­tance, saw them start to pull away fur­ther and went to the main break with a solid 31-point mar­gin.

The dam broke in the third term as the Fal­cons sim­ply couldn’t match the run and carry of the pow­er­ful Bull­dogs’ mid­field and eight goals in the third quar­ter to just three points was mak­ing it ugly.

The Fal­cons could man­age only a soli­tary goal for the fi­nal term while South put on another four to fine­tune for their sec­ond semi­fi­nal meet­ing with the im­pos­ing Lions next week.

West Perth will need to re­group to face a de­ter­mined Clare­mont who are in good form af­ter their win over East Perth.

EAST Perth were un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously dumped from fi­nals con­tention by a de­ter­mined Clare­mont at Clare­mont Oval on the week­end.

Af­ter scrap­ing into the top five in the fi­nal round of the home and away sea­son, the Royals had no an­swers to a de­ter­mined Clare­mont, who made the most of their first fi­nals ap­pear­ance in six years with a 28-point vic­tory, 12.11 (83) to 8.7 (55).

Tom Lee led the way for Clare­mont with a dom­i­nant five-goal per­for­mance, with solid per­for­mances from Jye Bolton, Kane Mitchell and Tom Ledger.

Clare­mont again am­bushed the Royals with a hard-tack­ling game that caught their opponents of­f­guard. This al­lowed for a great start and a 23-point lead at quar­ter-time, with East Perth hav­ing reg­is­tered only a soli­tary point.

East Perth clawed back some ground in a hard­fought sec­ond term and re­duced the mar­gin to 16 points, but were clearly be­ing out­played by the Tigers.

It was an even tus­sle in the third quar­ter, with four goals each for the term.

An East Perth surge left the door open for a come­back by the Royals and the large crowd at Clare­mont Oval looked on hope­fully.

But a solid team per­for­mance by Clare­mont saw them pull away and score four last quar­ter goals to just two by East Perth and stay in the fi­nals race.

Bray­den Ainsworth, Patrick McGin­nity and Fran­cis Wat­son all bat­tled for the Royals, but on the day the slick team­work of Clare­mont pre­vailed.

In the Re­serves, Swan Dis­tricts eliminated West Perth from the fi­nals with a solid 49-point vic­tory in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal, 15.13 (103) to 7.12 (54).

East Perth moved on to play Su­bi­aco in the Re­serves sec­ond semi-fi­nal next week with a 16-point win over Clare­mont, 12.11 (83) to 10.7 (67).

South Fre­man­tle were bun­dled out of the Colts fi­nals with a com­pre­hen­sive 62-point loss to East Fre­man­tle, 18.7 (115) to 8.5 (53), and Swans got home in a close game with Peel Thun­der, run­ning out vic­tors by nine points, 9.7 (61) to 7.10 (52).

WA Net­ball league

IT is fi­nals time from the WA Net­ball League as well and Perth Lions pro­gressed di­rectly into the grand fi­nal with an im­pres­sive 53-37 vic­tory over the Coastal Sharks, while a sen­sa­tional game that went down to the last minute saw the Rangers stay in fi­nals con­tention by the nar­row­est of mar­gins with a soli­tary goal vic­tory over a gal­lant West Coast War­riors.

The pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals will be live on the Cen­trepass Face­book page on Fri­day night, sup­ported by Com­mu­nity News.

Pic­ture: Dan White

West Perth’s Luke Mead­ows marks in the Fal­cons’ loss to the Bull­dogs.

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