Demons hatch evil plan on Thun­der

Weekend Courier - - Wafl -

PROUDLY PART­NERED WITH MAN­DURAH COASTAL TIMES REIGN­ING WAFL pre­miers Peel Thun­der have slumped to their sec­ond suc­ces­sive loss fol­low­ing a shock de­feat to the pre­vi­ously win­less Perth Demons at Bendigo Bank Sta­dium on Sun­day.

In a match Thun­der were ex­pected to win, the Demons had other plans, hold­ing out a fastfin­ish­ing Peel side to record a hard- fought six-point win, 12.13 (85) to 11.13 (79).

With the mar­gin seven points at the end of each of the first two quar­ters, the vis­i­tors turned it on in the third stanza, pil­ing on seven goals to the Thun­der’s two, open­ing up what seemed an unas­sail­able lead of 38 points head­ing into the last quar­ter.

Peel threw ev­ery­thing at Perth in the fi­nal quar­ter to bring the mar­gin back to six points with just over 10 min­utes to go.

Un­for­tu­nately they couldn’t de­liver the knock-out blow to reg­is­ter their sec­ond win of the sea­son as the Demons held on for a morale- boost­ing vic­tory.

For the vic­tors, Clint Jones was in­stru­men­tal with a game­high 35 dis­pos­als and eight marks. Michael Sin­clair chipped in with 32 of his own while Cody Leggett was judged best on ground with 30 touches (20 kicks, 10 hand­balls), 10 tack­les and six marks. Spencer White proved a hand­ful up for­ward with a five­goal bag from 14 pos­ses­sions.

Ex-Essendon player Ben Howlett led the Peel side with 33 touches (21,12), 10 tack­les and five marks.

Peel have a bye this week­end, while Perth host an in­con­sis­tent East Perth at Lath­lain on Satur­day. An­thony Guer­riero IN a thriller at Clare­mont Oval, the Tigers se­cured a fa­mous vic­tory right on the fi­nal siren to de­feat a gal­lant East Fre­man­tle by four points – 12.11 (83) to 11.13 (79). An in­tense af­fair through­out, the prece­dent was set in the open­ing two min­utes when East Fre­man­tle’s Nick Kom­mer flat­tened Jye Bolton with a thun­der­ous hip and shoul­der.

De­spite los­ing star player Kane Mitchell to a left leg in­jury in the sec­ond term, the Tigers stormed back af­ter a lack­lus­tre first half, with de­fender Keifer Yu scor­ing the win­ning goal as the siren sounded with the ball sail­ing be­tween the big posts.

The Tigers face league lead­ers Su­bi­aco at Leed­erville this Thurs­day night and the Sharks host a Fre­man­tle Derby on Sun­day.

Jesse Dart

SU­BI­ACO were far too good for Swan Dis­tricts in the top-of-thetable clash at Leed­erville Oval, with the Lions win­ning by a huge 96 points, 21.14 (140) to 6.8 (44).

Swans started well, kick­ing five goals to three in the first quar­ter but that was when it ended, with Su­bi­aco dom­i­nat­ing the last three quar­ters, kick­ing 18 goals to just one goal, kicked by re­turn­ing veteran Rhys Palmer in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter.

Swans had no an­swers to the key Lion for­wards in Steven­son and Sokol, who both kicked four goals for Su­bi­aco.

Like­wise, Su­bi­aco’s mid­field was su­pe­rior, with plenty of play­ers get­ting their hands on the ball, in­clud­ing Phe­lan with 32 touches, Deluca (31), Kennedy (29) and Hors­ley with 27 pos­ses­sions.

It did not help Swans when one of the prime movers who has been in ter­rific form, Jar­rad Blight, was a late with­drawal.

Swans will hope to re­bound next week at home against West Perth on Satur­day, whilst Su­bi­aco once again play at their home ground at Leed­erville against Clare­mont un­der lights on Thurs­day night. Cam Rob­bins SOUTH Fre­man­tle trav­elled up the free­way to meet West Perth in what turned out to be a very tight and en­ter­tain­ing game, with South Fre­man­tle win­ning by eight points – 15.6 (96) to 13.10 (88) – to con­tinue their re­cent run of wins against the Fal­cons.

West Perth bolted out of the blocks in the first quar­ter to go in to quar­ter-time ahead by four goals. That lead was then not only erad­i­cated but over­taken by the 10-minute mark of the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore West Perth stead­ied to get to half-time only one point down.

The sec­ond half was a more even tus­sle, with both teams en­joy­ing dif­fer­ent phases with the mo­men­tum and it was fairly even through­out the sec­ond half.

Hay­den Schloithe showed why he won the San­dover Medal in 2017 by en­joy­ing an­other best-on­ground per­for­mance.

West Perth travel to Steel Blue Oval on Satur­day to play Swan Dis­tricts, while South Fre­man­tle play a derby on Sun­day against the Sharks. Paul Prior

Pic­ture: Vanessa Sch­mitt

Luke Str­nad­ica attempts to stop a Swans mark.

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