Roy­als’ com­mand per­for­mance

Pinjarra Murray Times - - WAFL -

EAST Perth kept their sea­son alive with a pow­er­ful ef­fort to thump East Fremantle by 114 points at Leed­erville Oval on Satur­day.

The Roy­als moved into fourth spot af­ter the win and gained a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age ad­van­tage over Clare­mont, Peel and Perth, all of whom are equal on points.

East Perth face arch-ri­vals West Perth this week and pos­si­bly a bat­tle for a spot in the five with Peel Thun­der in the final round.

The Roy­als beat East Fremantle com­pre­hen­sively in their 23.13 (151) to 5.7 (37) vic­tory, with a num­ber of Ea­gle-listed play­ers step­ping up, in­clud­ing Hamish Brayshaw, Jake Water­man and Bray­den Ainsworth.

Brayshaw had sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence on the game with more than 40 pos­ses­sions, while Water­man had an ex­cel­lent game fin­ish­ing with seven goals, and young Ea­gle Os­car Allen chipped in with four.

A seven-goal sec­ond quar­ter all but sealed the game, with the Roy­als up by a mas­sive 70 points by half-time. The Sharks had no an­swers to slow the flow of goals and were 85 points adrift by three-quar­ter time.

Five unan­swered goals by East Perth in the final term com­pleted a terrible day for East Fremantle, tak­ing the final mar­gin to huge pro­por­tions, pro­vid­ing the Roy­als with a timely per­cent­age boost.

CLARE­MONT have moved into fifth spot on the WAFL lad­der and given them­selves a great chance of play­ing fi­nals with a con­vinc­ing 46-point vic­tory over a dis­ap­point­ing Perth at Lath­lain Park.

The loss makes the task for the Demons to play in their first fi­nals se­ries since 1997 very dif­fi­cult, with their re­main­ing two games against sec­ond­placed South Fremantle and league lead­ers Su­bi­aco.

Clare­mont face a vi­tal game against Peel Thun­der this week in the bat­tle for fifth.

Clare­mont were in front vir­tu­ally all day, tak­ing their six-point lead at quar­ter-time to a match-win­ning 41 points at half-time with a pow­er­house eight­goal sec­ond term.

The win, 19.11 (125) to 11.13 (79), was or­ches­trated by the Clare­mont mid­field.

Tom Lee and Michael Ben­nell kicked three goals for their re­spec­tive sides, but Clare­mont had too much fire­power.

SU­BI­ACO pro­vided a clear in­di­ca­tion of the day­light be­tween them and the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion with a re­sound­ing 47-point vic­tory over third-placed West Perth on Satur­day.

The Li­ons started the game pow­er­fully and never looked in dan­ger on their way to their 16th con­sec­u­tive win, 14.20 (104) to 8.9 (57). Four unan­swered Su­bi­aco goals in the open­ing term vir­tu­ally sealed the game, with the Fal­cons man­ag­ing only one soli­tary goal late in the sec­ond quar­ter to be trail­ing by 38 points by half-time.

West Perth came into the game with high hopes of be­ing the team to fi­nally up­set the Su­bi­aco jug­ger­naut, but this was quickly re­jected as a pos­si­bil­ity by the classy Li­ons mid­field, again fea­tur­ing Josh Deluca, Chris Phe­lan, Kyal Hors­ley and Leigh Kitchin. They re­ceived am­ple sup­ply of the foot­ball through the dom­i­nant ruck work of for­mer Docker Zac Clarke.

THE sea­son is as good as over for Swan Dis­tricts af­ter a slick South Fremantle cruised to a 30-point vic­tory at Steel Blue Oval on Satur­day.

Swans drop to eighth on the lad­der with a very poor per­cent­age and have vir­tu­ally no chance of com­pet­ing in this year’s fi­nals, while Souths strength­ened their hold on sec­ond spot with the 12.7 (79) to 7.7 (49) win.

Swans started brightly, tak­ing a four goal to three lead to the quar­ter-time break. They ex­tended the mar­gin by three points in a tight sec­ond quar­ter. How­ever, Souths took con­trol of the game af­ter half-time with four goals to one in each of the final two quar­ters.

South Fremantle’s mid­field dom­i­nated and Cory Dell’Olio had an ex­cel­lent game, fin­ish­ing with four goals in a de­pleted Souths for­ward line.

The game con­tin­ues Swans’ re­cent poor form af­ter such a promis­ing start to the sea­son.

Souths, on the other hand, have stead­ied in re­cent weeks and look the most likely chal­lenger to the dom­i­nant Su­bi­aco for the pre­mier­ship ti­tle.

IN a ma­jor up­set, Su­bi­aco de­feated last year’s WAWFL pre­miers Swan Dis­tricts by 24 points, 9.2 (56) to 4.8 (32), in the first semi-final. East Fremantle showed they are the team to beat and pro­gressed di­rectly into the grand final with a 62-point win over Peel Thun­der­birds, 12.11 (83) to 3.3 (21), in the sec­ond semi­fi­nal. Su­bi­aco take on Peel in next week’s pre­lim­i­nary final.

The Bull­dogs all but ended Swans’ quest for fi­nals ac­tion.

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