Souths flag premiership ambitions
SOUTH Fremantle stamped itself as a serious premiership contender with a solid 35point victory over reigning premiers Peel Thunder 16.11 (107) to 10.12 (72) at Fremantle Oval.
After a disappointing loss to Perth last week, Souths bounced out of the blocks and showed their intentions early with a four goal to none first quarter.
Last year’s Sandover Medallist Hayden Schloithe was at his best with 32 disposals and three goals, while Dell’Olio finished with four majors and Dragovich dominant around the ground.
For Peel, Sean Darcy dominated the ruck but this wasn’t capitalised on by Peel. Fremantle-listed player Harley Bennell played very limited time but looked impressive, although he spent extended time on the bench with a sore wrist and lots of work on his troublesome calves.
South Fremantle was never seriously challenged throughout the game and took a 44-point lead to the final change after a dominant five goal to two third quarter.
Tom Tapping Perth continued its recent resurgence and opened the possibility of a first finals appearance in more than 20 years with a solid, if inconsistent, win over last-placed East Fremantle at Lathlain Oval.
Perth dominated early with seven goals to three in the first term before letting East Fremantle back in with a five goals to three second term, leaving only a two-goal buffer at half-time.
After the long break, the Demons roared back into life and ran over the Sharks with an 11 goal to three second half, running out 64-point winners, 21.13 (139) to 11.9 (75).
Bennell continued his good form with a brilliant seven goals, and Ninyette weighed in with five. For East Fremantle, Hampson again battled hard and provided three goals.
Perth go to four wins and are just percentage out of the top 5.
Matt Cecins You could have thought the conditions were wet and windy with the skill errors, but Subiaco notched up its ninth consecutive win by defeating the Royals at Leederville Oval, 11.15 (81) to 9.9 (63) in perfect conditions.
Subi’s key midfielders in Horsley and Kitchen were well held in the first half but these players had impact in the second half, along with Kennedy. In a game which had its ebbs and flows, the highlights of the game were from Eagles listed players, with a spectacular mark by Ah Chee and a freakish goal by Subi player Fimmano in the second quarter.
Although the Royals came home hard in the last quarter with five goals to two, Subiaco were still in command in part due to a dominant ruck in Clarke and running half backs in Lockyer, Miller, Clark and Litherland. In attack, Delahunty was a key focal target and finished the game with three goals.
For the Royals, better players were Eagles-listed players in Ainsworth, Ah Chee and Partington.
Cam Robbins West Perth veteran Andrew Strijk continued his terrific form with five goals in a dominant performance to give the Falcons a thrilling one-point victory over Claremont at Claremont Oval.
In what is becoming something of a tradition between the clubs, the game again went down to the wire, with an umpiring decision on a touched ball by West Perth ruckman Chris Kuenan denying Claremont a last-minute goal to secure the win.
Claremont had plenty of opportunities but made numerous errors when going forward, with poor kicking and decision making proving costly.
Playing in just his second League game, Gilbert showed his more experienced Claremont teammates how to kick, with four majors in a solid performance.
The win solidifies West Perth’s position in third on the ladder, while Claremont is struggling and drop to eighth after Perth’s win.
Jimmy Williams Peel Thunderbirds continued their terrific form with a thumping win over South Fremantle under lights on Saturday night at Fremantle Oval.
Phillips again had a field day and kicked nine goals in the massive 22.15 (147) to 1.0 (6) victory. The Bulldogs only managed their solitary score with about 40 seconds remaining in the contest.
Swan Districts ran out 27-point winners over the Falcons, 9.9 (63) to 5.6 (36), Subiaco 7.7 (49) defeated Claremont 4.5 (29) and East Fremantle won its 10th consecutive game for the season to remain unbeaten in a merciless 22.19 (151) mauling of the Perth Angels, who failed to score.
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Serious contenders... South Fremantle were a class above Peel Thunder.