Dogs good enough at ev­ery turn

The Advocate (Perth) - - WAFL - Cam Rob­bins An­thony Guer­riero Paul Prior 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.

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 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.

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 with an equal game­high 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).

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, Jar­rod 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.

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 led 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 as 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.

For West Perth, Aaron Black worked hard all day. Shane Nel­son and Corey Chalmers were also prom­i­nent through­out.

Pic­ture: Theron Kirk­man

Fraser McInnes in ac­tion for East Perth.

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