Sharks take first bite at win
EAST Fremantle opened their 2018 WAFL account with a hardfought win over the Perth Demons at Shark Park last Saturday.
Leading from the outset after booting the first two goals of the game, the Sharks withstood a late fight back from the Demons to triumph 13.9 (87) to 11.14 (80) and move into the top 5.
Led by a game-high 38 disposals from Cam Eardley and 34 touches from veteran George Hampson, the home side was able to hold out a desperate Perth side. Ambrose Ryan led the goal scoring with three goals, with Sean Fletcher and Alex Howson bagging two apiece.
The Demons’ best on the day was Corey Yeo with 29 possessions and nine tackles to go with a goal. Michael Sinclair topped the possession count for the visitors with 30 touches of the footy while ex-AFL player Clint Jones was another valuable contributor with 29 disposals. Cody Ninyette managed three goals from 17 possessions.
The win would be a relief for coach Rob Wiley after his charges fell away late in the game last week against reigning premiers Peel Thunder. For Demons coach Earl Spalding it is back to the drawing board as he tries to conjure up his side’s first win.
East Fremantle’s Reserves were also able to get their opening win of the year with a nine-point victory over the Demons, 11.8 (74) to 10.5 (65).
Unfortunately it wasn’t a trifecta for the footy club, with the Colts suffering a 63-point drubbing, going down 15.9 (99) to 5.6 (36) in what is a shaky start to their title defence after last year’s premiership.
The Sharks face Claremont at Claremont Oval next Saturday, while Perth travel to Mandurah on Sunday to face Peel Thunder.
Anthony Guerriero SWAN Districts put in a solid four-quarter effort to beat last year’s WAFL premiers Peel Thunder by 14 points, 15.12 (102) to 13.10 (88), in an entertaining game at Bassendean Oval.
Swans were behind the eight ball before the first bounce with the late withdrawal of key midfielder and ball magnet Rhys Palmer from a knee injury.
Swans have now won two from two and will play Subiaco next week at Leederville Oval.
East Fremantle on its way to victory over Perth.
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