Incredible day of footy
FIGHT OVER FINALS PLACES
ROUND 22 of the 2017 WAFL season could hardly have produced any more fascinating results setting up an exciting last round with Swan Districts, East Perth, West Perth and Claremont all fighting over the last two finals places.
It was an incredible day of WAFL football in the penultimate round of the season with Claremont keeping its season alive while Peel Thunder guaranteed third spot and Perth pulled perhaps the upset of the season to get off the bottom of the ladder.
East Fremantle was on target for a significant upset as well before reigning premiers Peel Thunder kicked seven goals to nil in the final quarter to win 10.8 (68) to 8.7 (55) at East Fremantle Oval.
The win means that Peel is guaranteed of finishing in third position and of playing South Fremantle in the qualifying final in the opening week of the finals at Fremantle Oval. The Sharks, meanwhile, now sit a game clear on the bottom of the ladder with the defeat.
Perth then delivered a stunning finish having the last eight scoring shots against East Perth and kicking three goals to stun the Royals and end their season on a tremendous high, winning 14.14 (98) to 13.15 (93).
Not only was it the Demons' third win of 2017 but also moves them from the bottom of the ladder.
It could have even bigger ramifications for East Perth who missed the chance to lock away a finals position. The Royals must beat Subiaco on Saturday or risk missing finals action since 2011. Swan Districts also missed the chance to guarantee its place in the finals in 2017 with Claremont proving too strong at Bassendean Oval, winning 13.17 (95) to 11.5 (71).