Royals’ command performance
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.