Sharks stun way­ward Thun­der

Pinjarra Murray Times - - WAFL -

EAST Fre­man­tle bounced back from a few weeks of un­wanted at­ten­tion to de­feat a way­ward Peel Thun­der at East Fre­man­tle on Satur­day.

The Sharks won their sec­ond game of a dis­ap­point­ing 2018 sea­son against the reign­ing pre­miers with a sur­prise 24-point win, 8.13 (61) to an in­ac­cu­rate 4.13 (37).

Peel have now lost five of their last six games and are in dan­ger of not be­ing in the fi­nals to de­fend their ti­tle as they slipped to sev­enth, two games and sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age out of the top 5.

Jon Marsh and Ge­orge Hamp­son played well for the Sharks in the poor con­di­tions, com­bin­ing for more than 60 pos­ses­sions between them.

Jesse Dart ■ South Fre­man­tle and Clare­mont put on a great show at Fre­man­tle Oval on Satur­day.

In a game con­tain­ing many strong hits and sev­eral play­ers feel­ing the ef­fects of a tough con­test, Clare­mont ran out vic­tors by just six points, 13.10 (88) to 12.10 (82).

South Fre­man­tle’s Shane Hockey was con­cussed in a mark­ing con­test half­way through the first quar­ter in which play­ers from both teams at­tacked with vigour.

Clare­mont’s Ni­cholas Win­mar was also on the re­ceiv­ing end of a heavy first-quar­ter bump and had to come off the ground. He went back on to have a strong in­flu­ence on the quar­ter and match over­all.

Clare­mont gained the early ad­van­tage go­ing into quar­ter-time 13 points ahead. They also con­trolled the first half of the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore South Fre­man­tle be­gan to wres­tle the as­cen­dancy from Clare­mont.

The con­test broke open in the time-on pe­riod of the sec­ond quar­ter, with South Fre­man­tle kick­ing five goals to take a three­p­oint lead into half-time.

South Fre­man­tle were kick­ing to what had been the scor­ing end in the fi­nal term and were ex­pected to win. How­ever both teams main­tained what was a very strong work-rate, with Tom Lee scor­ing from a strong mark in the last minute of play.

Kane Mitchell, Kyle Hardisty, Tom Lee (four goals) and head-ban­daged Jordan Law played strongly for the Tigers.

Brock Hig­gins was the best player afield for South Fre­man­tle and Mar­lion Pick­ett played well in the mid­field.

Paul Prior ■ Perth did the un­think­able and se­ri­ously chal­lenged the un­beaten Su­bi­aco for three and a bit quar­ters be­fore the Lions hit the af­ter-burn­ers to pull away for a 40-point vic­tory, 15.12 (102) to 9.8 (62).

Su­bi­aco started well with a four-goal to one first term, lead­ing by 18 points at the break with­out to­tally dom­i­nat­ing pro­ceed­ings. Perth bounced back and ap­plied some score­board pres­sure with a strong sec­ond quar­ter, outscor­ing the pre­mier­ship favourites four goals to two, pro­vid­ing a slen­der seven-point mar­gin at the long break.

Perth kicked the first goal of the fi­nal quar­ter to come within two points be­fore the flood­gates opened, with Su­bi­aco kick­ing seven goals in the fi­nal quar­ter to end up com­fort­able win­ners on the score­board.

Phe­lan and Hors­ley were dom­i­nant all day and Clancy Wheeler and Ben Sokol were dom­i­nant in a short pe­riod in the fi­nal quar­ter that looked more like a train­ing drill, as Perth faded and couldn’t con­tain the top-of-the-ta­ble Lions any longer.

Mitch Browne looked dan­ger­ous all day in at­tack for Perth with some spec­tac­u­lar mark­ing ef­forts while Colledge, Jones and Nin­nette did well for the De­mons.

Tom Tap­ping ■ Swan Dis­tricts ruck­man Nathan ‘Doc’ Blakely was the cat­a­lyst for a hard-fought 13-point win over East Perth with 24 hitouts and 27 pos­ses­sions. Blakely was out­stand­ing, beat­ing a host of ruck op­po­si­tion in Vardy, McIn­ness and Blee.

Swans had win­ners all over the ground in Blakely, Palmer, El­lard and Rig­gio in the mid­field and Notte, Howard and Ugle in de­fence. In front of goals, the lively Taryce Ste­wart kicked four goals in a wel­come re­turn to the league side. Bet­ter play­ers for the Roy­als were Part­ing­ton, Ame­duri, Hille, Fran­cis Wat­son and Os­car Allen.

The win puts Swans into the top four and a great win for Adam Pick­er­ing against his old team, 13.8 (86) to 11.7 (73).

Cam Rob­bins ■ In WA Women’s Foot­ball League ac­tion on the week­end, East Fre­man­tle re­main un­de­feated fol­low­ing a top-of-the-ta­ble clash with reign­ing pre­miers Swan Dis­tricts, win­ning by 18 points, 6.11 (47) to Swans 4.5 (29) in a great game at Steel Blue Oval. Peel Thun­der­birds fought off a de­ter­mined Su­bi­aco to record a 14-point win, 6.2 (38) to a waste­ful 2.12 (24). South Fre­man­tle did well in the con­di­tions for a con­vinc­ing 29-point vic­tory over Perth An­gels, 7.13 (55) to 4.2 (26) and West Perth clung to the win in a very en­ter­tain­ing game at Joon­dalup, de­feat­ing a spir­ited Clare­mont by just three points, 3.4 (22) to 2.7 (19).

Pic­ture: The Sports Photo - Blake Parry

Swans over­came the Roy­als.

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