Peel come good against Dogs
THE inconsistency of the two AFL-aligned clubs was again on show Saturday when the ‘good’ Peel turned up to defeat South Fremantle by 24 points and retain its finals hopes at Bendigo Bank Stadium.
Peel led at every change after dominating the start with five goals to two in the first term and were never seriously challenged from there to run away with the 13.12 (90) to 9.12 (66) victory.
Docker Harley Bennell showed his class early as part of a dominant Peel midfield that gave the Thunder first use of the ball repeatedly and they were able to capitalise on the possession.
Lawler and Dixon kicked three goals each, while the Bulldogs missed Ben Saunders in attack and Brock Higgins in the ruck and could not contain the run of the Peel side.
South tried hard to get back into the contest after half-time, but were unable to make the most of opportunities, with South managing to outscore Peel in the third quarter, but only by 3.5 to 1.2.
Only two points separated the sides at the final change, but Peel was able to steady and the four-goal to one final term cemented the victory for the home side.
■ Perth further consolidated its chances of making the first finals appearance in more than 20 years with a solid 41-point win over a spirited, but undermanned East Fremantle on Saturday.
The match had plenty of clashes and was in the balance until three-quarter time, but Perth always looked the more polished on a day that didn’t assist high skills.
Kristian Cary and Spencer White combined for nine goals to give the Demons their seventh win of the season to move to outright fourth on the ladder. They are now a game and percentage clear of Claremont with the 17.11 (113) to 10.12 (72) victory.
Both midfields had plenty of the ball, but ultimately it was Perth’s ability to finish that gave them the win over the Sharks.
Clint Jones, Cody Leggett and Brant Colledge were all again prominent for the Perth side, while Jon Marsh was solid in defence, and George Hampson continued his solid form, supported by Cam Eardley and Jordan Snadden, for the Sharks.
■ West Perth thumped a hapless Swan Districts by 90 points in challenging conditions at Joondalup Arena on Saturday.
The 16.22 (118) to 4.4 (28) victory takes the Falcons to second spot on the WAFL ladder and furthers their credentials as the side most likely to challenge Subiaco in the finals.
West Perth had winners all over the ground, with Shane Nelson again dominating with more than 40 possessions and likely attracting more Sandover Medal votes, with strong support from Luke Meadows and Aaron Black.
Andrew Strijk continued his strong form with another bag of four goals, as did Tyler Keitel.
■ Claremont continued its recent good form and was rewarded with a move back into the top 5 following a solid 24-point win over East Perth at Claremont Oval.
In a hard slog for both teams in wet and windy conditions, the Tigers prevailed in a low-scoring tussle to run out winners, 6.13 (49) to 3.7 (25).
East Perth didn’t score goals in the second or final quarter on a day that rarely reached any real heights for either side, aside from the premiership points for the Tigers.
Jye Bolton continued his exceptional form and was ably supported by Jared Hardisty and Kane Mitchell to dominate the possession count for the day.
The East Perth defence saw a lot of the ball trying to repel the Claremont attacks.
■ In WAWFL results, Peel Thunderbirds again had a big day, with a resounding 14.8 (92) victory over South Fremantle 0.1 (1). Swan Districts had a convincing win over West Perth 9.2 (56) to 5.5 (35). Subiaco had a huge win, scoring 22.21 (153) over a scoreless Perth Angels, and East Fremantle again powered to a resounding victory over Claremont 12.4 (76) to 1.2 (8).
Peel led South Fremantle at every change.
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