Bennell back, Jetta hurt for Peel
PEEL Thunder returned to the winners list with a 20-point win over the Claremont Tigers on Saturday in round 6 WAFL action at Bendigo Bank Stadium, 14.14 (98) to 11.12 (78).
The victory was bittersweet for the Mandurah side, which saw the successful return of Fremantle Dockers star Harley Bennell from persistent calf injuries but also the loss of livewire forward Leroy Jetta with a hamstring injury.
Bennell marked his return to action in the second quarter and moved freely throughout the game, which saw him play just over half a game. Jetta was dangerous early with two goals before grabbing at his left hamstring after a solid tackle late in the first quarter.
Thunder started the game in strong form to kick five first-term goals to two to hold an 18-point advantage at quarter-time, but allowed the Tigers back into the game in the second stanza.
The visitors kicked the first four goals to lead by eight points before Traye Bennell registered Thunder’s only goal of the term at the 29-minute mark to reduce that deficit to two at the half.
Peel regained the lead within the first minute off the boot of captain Gerald Ugle and were never headed from that moment on as they outscored the Tigers eight goals to five to register their second win.
Fremantle Dockers-listed ruckman Luke Strnadica produced his best game to kick three goals, while Jetta and Michael Tassone contributed two each. Claremont stalwart Beau Maister led all goal kickers on the day with four majors, while James Egan had a memorable debut, slotting three goals including a miraculous kick from the boundary for his first.
Danyle Pearce continued his fine form this season with an equal game-high 33 possessions (19 kicks, 14 handballs) to earn best-on-ground honours. The Tigers were best served by 2016 Sandover medallist Jye Bolton (33 touches).
Anthony Guerriero EAST Perth ventured down to Moss Street to take on East Fremantle, who were coming off two very large losses. East Perth conversely were coming off two good winning performances.
East Perth dominated possession in the first quarter and the game was played almost exclusively in their forward 50. Fortunately for East Fremantle they didn’t capitalise on their early dominance, finishing the first quarter with 3.10 to East Fremantle’s 2.0.
In the second quarter the breeze picked up, favouring the end East Fremantle were now kicking to and they made the most of it, restricting East Perth to just one point for the quarter, going into half-time just in front 4.6 to 3.11.
In the third quarter East Fremantle were looking to slow down East Perth as they had use of the breeze. They succeeded for the first 20 minutes before East Perth kicked three goals to finish the quarter in front 7.17 to 4.8.
The third quarter was marred by multiple incidents which will keep the tribunal busy during the week. Jayden Schofield brought Asher Samelko to ground in a heavy tackle, which sparked a melee.
Sharrod Wellingham was also reported in the third quarter in a separate incident.
East Perth were able to continue on in the last quarter, kicking three valuable goals into the breeze to run out 33-point winners, 10.21 (81) to 6.12 (48).
There are a lot of positives for Rob Wiley and his coaching team to take out of this game, with an improved effort noticeable from East Fremantle.
Notable players for East Perth were Asher Samelko. He was well supported by Shayne Hill, Jared Brander, Stanley Wright, Luke Partington and Will Schofield, while for East Fremantle Cameron Loersch was a strong target in his league debut and finished with two goals.
Jonathon Marsh was also strong, repelling many East Perth attacking moves.
Paul Prior SUBIACO may have continued on their winning ways, but it was not without a fight, with West Perth taking it up to Subiaco for most of the game.
Prior to this game Subiaco’s average winning margin this season was 90 points, such has been their dominance so far this season. They had to fight hard to the end to hold West Perth out by a far more modest 22 points, the final scores 13.10 (88) to 10.6 (66).
West Perth started the game strongly in warm conditions, taking advantage of the fact Subiaco were coming off the bye by leading by two goals at quarter-time.
They maintained their lead until deep into the second quarter before Subiaco kicked three late goals to take a three-point lead into half-time.
Subiaco then accelerated in the third quarter, kicking four goals to West Perth’s one before closing out the game 22-point winners.
Both teams had strong performers but none were better than likely state captain Kyal Horsley, who had 40 possessions (four of which came inside the first minute of the game).
Kyle Halligan finished with four goals but importantly he also set up many others with good decision making and accurate kicking.
For West Perth, Aaron Black worked hard all day and was exhausted at the end of the game. Shane Nelson and Corey Chalmers were also prominent throughout.
Paul Prior SOUTH Fremantle defeated Swan Districts by 13 points, 16.11 (107) to 14.10 (94), in an entertaining round 6 WAFL game at Fremantle Oval.
In perfect conditions, South Fremantle led at every quarter and just did enough to get the four premiership points and move into outright second position on the ladder.
South Fremantle, through the ruck supremacy of Brock Higgins, (42 hit-outs) and midfielders in Pickett, Hockey and Main provided many opportunities to their forwards in Johnson, Parker, Dell’olio and Donaldson.
Better players for Swans were Rogers, Watson, Ellard, with Gault and Noble both kicking four goals.
West Perth put up a good fight against league leaders Subiaco.