In­cred­i­ble day of footy


The Advocate (Perth) - - SPORT - Chris Pike

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).

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