Lions continue undefeated march
SUBIACO continued its march towards a possible unbeaten season with a powerful and dominant performance to defeat Swan Districts by 82 points at Steel Blue Oval.
Six first-quarter goals by the Lions to only three points by Swans set the victory up early, and Subiaco never looked threatened for the remainder of the game, running out winners of their 10th consecutive game of the season, 19.15 (129) to 6.11 (47).
Another six goals in the second quarter to Swans’ two gave the visitors a substantial 63point lead at half-time, and the only real question was what the margin would be.
Former Docker Zac Clarke was dominant in the ruck and Horsley, Kitching and Phelan owned the midfield for Subiaco.
■ THE AFL scouts were out in force to watch Perth stars Michael Bennell and Cody Ninyette, but it was West Perth who took away the premiership points with a solid 21-point victory over an improving Perth at Joondalup Arena.
The Falcons were deadly in front of goal to take the win 15.6 (96) to Perth’s 11.9 (75).
While Bennell was dangerous with three goals, Ninyette had little impact on the game, as West Perth were simply too strong around the ground.
Andrew Strijk continued his outstanding goalkicking form with four goals and Luke Meadows dominated the midfield with more than 30 possessions.
In a closely contested first half, Perth were in front by five points at quarter-time, with fours goals to West Perth’s three, but the Falcons put their stamp on the game with eight goals straight to Perth’s two goals in the second term to go to the long break with a 29-point lead.
An arm wrestle ensued in the third quarter, with neither team able to get away and ended with two goals for the Falcons to Perth’s three, leaving a deficit of four goals heading into the final term.
Two goals each in that quarter ensured West Perth continue its solid position on the ladder but they face a daunting task hosting league leaders Subiaco this weekend, while Perth have a bye to regroup.
■ CLAREMONT started well and never looked seriously challenged in a convincing 32-point victory over East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday, 14.11 (95) to 9.9. (63).
The 2016 Sandover Medallist Jye Bolton was dominant for Claremont, along with veteran Ian Richardson with four goals and Tom Lee with three.
Jared Hardisty got plenty of the ball. Bailey Rogers controlled play in defence for the Tigers and continues to attract the attention of AFL scouts and formed part of a very impressive Claremont effort right around the ground.
East Perth kicked the first goal of the match but that was the only time they led the Tigers for the rest of the day.
The Royals didn’t have too many winners on the day, although Francis Watson tried hard around the ground and impressed.
Claremont had many more possessions than East Perth and their tackling pressure on the day was a feature.
Claremont took a slender nine-point lead to the quarter-time break but dominated proceedings in the second quarter to extend to 21 points at the main break, despite two late East Perth goals.
East Perth started the third quarter well and reduced the margin to less than two goals but Claremont got back on top and increased their lead to 37 points at three-quarter time.
Claremont kicked the opening goal of the final quarter, effectively closing the door and East Perth were able to retrieve something on the scoreboard, kicking three goals to two in the final quarter, but it was all too little, too late.
With the win, Claremont move within striking distance of the top 5, only percentage behind East Perth.
The Tigers travel to Geraldton for the clash with the struggling East Fremantle this weekend, while East Perth faces a tough battle to defeat a strong South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.
■ IT was a terrific round of games in the WA Women’s Football League, with a thrilling draw between Claremont and Swan Districts at Claremont Oval with 5.4 (34) each and Perth Angels too strong for a struggling South Fremantle outfit 9.7 (61) to an inaccurate 5.12 (42) at Fremantle Oval.
East Fremantle lost its first game of the season in a titanic top-of-the ladder battle with Peel Thunderbirds at East Fremantle Oval in what potentially shapes as a preview of this year’s grand final and Subiaco were far too strong for West Perth in a twilight game at Leederville Oval on Saturday night.
Subiaco’s unbeaten season run kept rolling after accounting for Swan Districts.