Peel come good against Dogs

Pinjarra Murray Times - - WAFL -

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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