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Weekend Courier - - Wafl -

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.

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