Sharks take first bite at win

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - WAFL - Cam Rob­bins

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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