Win just what the Doc ordered
SWAN Districts ruckman Nathan ‘Doc’ Blakely was the catalyst for a hard-fought 13-point win over East Perth with 24 hitouts and 27 possessions. Blakely was outstanding, beating a host of ruck opposition in Vardy, McInness and Blee.
In wet and windy conditions at Leederville Oval, Swans came out of the blocks well, kicking five goals with the aid of a strong breeze, then restricting the Royals to three goals whilst kicking one goal themselves.
Swans had winners all over the ground in Blakely, Palmer, Ellard and Riggio in the midfield and Notte, Howard and Ugle in defence. In front of goals, the lively Taryce Stewart kicked four goals in a welcome return to the league side.
Better players for the Royals were Partington, Ameduri, Hille, Francis Watson and Oscar Allen.
The win puts Swans into the top 4 and a great win for Adam Pickering against his old team, 13.8 (86) to 11.7 (73).
Perth did the unthinkable and seriously challenged the unbeaten Subiaco for three and a bit quarters before the Lions hit the after-burners to pull away for a 40-point victory, 15.12 (102) to 9.8 (62).
Subiaco started well with a four-goal to one first term, leading by 18 points at the break without totally dominating proceedings.
Perth bounced back and applied some scoreboard pressure with a strong second quarter, outscoring the premiership favourites four goals to two, providing a slender seven-point margin at the long break.
The third quarter saw an arm wrestle between the two teams where Subiaco just couldn’t get their renowned run-and-carry game started and both teams scored two goals for the third term. With only eight points separating the teams, an upset was on the cards.
Perth kicked the first goal of the final quarter to come within two points before the floodgates opened, with Subiaco kicking seven goals in the final quarter to end up comfortable winners on the scoreboard.
Phelan and Horsley were dominant all day and Clancy Wheeler and Ben Sokol were dominant in a short period in the final quarter that looked more like a training drill, as Perth faded and couldn’t contain the top-of-the-table Lions any longer.
Mitch Browne looked dangerous all day in attack for Perth with some spectacular marking efforts while Colledge, Jones and Ninnette did well for the Demons.
South Fremantle and Claremont put on a great show at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.
In a game containing many strong hits and several players feeling the effects of a tough contest, Claremont ran out victors by just six points, 13.10 (88) to 12.10 (82).
South Fremantle’s Shane Hockey was concussed in a marking contest halfway through the first quarter in which players from both teams attacked with vigour.
Claremont’s Nicholas Winmar was also on the receiving end of a heavy first-quarter bump and had to come off the ground. He went back on to have a strong influence on the quarter and match overall.
Claremont gained the early advantage going into quarter-time 13 points ahead. They also controlled the first half of the second quarter before South Fremantle began to wrestle the ascendancy from Claremont in an enthralling arm wrestle.
The contest broke open in the time-on period of the second quarter, with South Fremantle kicking five goals to take a three-point lead into half-time.
South Fremantle were kicking to what had been the scoring end in the final term and were expected to win. However both teams maintained what was a very strong work-rate, with Tom Lee scoring from a strong mark in the last minute of play.
Kane Mitchell, Kyle Hardisty, Tom Lee (four goals) and head-bandaged Jordan Law played strongly for the Tigers.
Brock Higgins was the best player afield for South Fremantle and Marlion Pickett played well in the midfield.
East Fremantle bounced back from a few weeks of unwanted attention to defeat a wayward Peel Thunder at East Fremantle on Saturday.
The Sharks won their second game of a disappointing 2018 season against the reigning premiers with a surprise 24-point win, 8.13 (61) to an inaccurate 4.13 (37).
Peel have now lost five of their last six games and are in danger of not being in the finals to defend their title as they slipped to seventh, two games and significant percentage out of the top 5.
Jon Marsh and George Hampson played well for the Sharks in the poor conditions, combining for more than 60 possessions between them.
In WA Women’s Football League action on the weekend, East Fremantle remain undefeated following a top-of-the-table clash with reigning premiers Swan Districts, winning by 18 points, 6.11 (47) to Swans 4.5 (29) in a great game at Steel Blue Oval. Peel Thunderbirds fought off a determined Subiaco to record a 14-point win, 6.2 (38) to a wasteful 2.12 (24). South Fremantle did well in the conditions for a convincing 29-point victory over Perth Angels, 7.13 (55) to 4.2 (26) and West Perth clung to the win in a very entertaining game at Joondalup, defeating a spirited Claremont by just three points, 3.4 (22) to 2.7 (19).
Swans overcame the Royals.