Demons crash out of finals
SOUTH Fremantle will play West Perth at Fremantle Oval in the qualifying final in two weeks time after consolidating second spot on the ladder with a convincing 78- point win over a fading Perth at Fremantle Oval, 17.13 ( 115) to just 5.7 ( 37).
The loss, their third in a row after signs of real improvement, rules Perth out of finals contention for the 21st consecutive season.
Mason Shaw provided the main target for the Bulldogs and finished with an impressive seven- goal haul, while reigning Sandover Medallist Hayden Schloithe was in sensational form in the midfield.
A six goal to two first quarter set the tone for the game and allowed for an 18point lead at quarter- time.
South Fremantle kicked another six in the next two quarters, while Perth managed just one more.
Despite losing influential ruckman Brock Higgins early after a collision, South dominated proceedings throughout and comprehensively won every quarter. Five goals to two in the final term completed the rout and just leaves a clash with bottom- of- theladder East Fremantle next week before the Bulldogs commence finals.
ONLY one more win next week against a fading Perth and Subiaco achieve a clean sweep of the WAFL home and away season after their 17th win this year over bottom- of- thetable East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval.
After the very first goal of the game, the Sharks were never back in front and the Lions never looked like being beaten.
The Subiaco percentage at the top of the ladder was again boosted, this time to an incredible 216 per cent, following the 91- point victory, 20.17 ( 137) to 6.10 ( 46).
With 12 scoring shots to one in the first quarter it should have been game over, but Subiaco wasted opportunities and only managed four goals from their moves forward, giving the Lions a 26- point lead at the first break.
That was rectified in the second term when Subiaco straightened up and kick 5.3 for the term to the Sharks’ 1.3, giving the visitors a 50- point lead at the main break.
Another seven goals in the third term and four in the last by Subiaco just compounded a poor day for East Fremantle, who face an in- form South Fremantle for a derby clash to finish what has been a very forgettable season.
The game will also see the end of Rob Wiley’s reign as coach of the Sharks as they continue the search for a replacement.
WEST Perth cemented its place in third on the table and a qualifying final showdown with South Fremantle in two weeks to finish the home and away season with a solid three- goal victory over arch- rivals East Perth on the weekend, 16.10 ( 106) to 13.10 ( 88).
Trailing by 15 points at the first break after a solid start by the Royals, the Falcons put themselves back in front before half- time by three points before putting their stamp on the game.
Andrew Strijk and Tyler Keitel both kicked three goals, while Jake Waterman again proved a quality target for the Royals with three. Former Falcon and now Eagle due to the alignment Oscar Allen played well for his adopted side with two goals.
The 18- point win was a good way to finish the home and away season for West Perth, who have a bye for the final round.
East Perth now face a do- or- die clash with Peel Thunder for a place in the final five next weekend.
CLAREMONT continued its recent good form with a comeback victory over Peel Thunder by eight points to put them well in contention to play finals this season, 12.8 ( 80) to 11.6 ( 72).
Harley Bennell again played limited game time due to calf soreness and there is now enormous pressure on Peel to defeat East Perth next weekend to qualify for the finals and defend its dual premiership titles.
The Tigers climbed to fourth on the ladder and will stay there with a win over Swan Districts next week, or slip to fifth if they lose and East Perth win against Peel next week.
Peel had all the running for most of the first half, taking a three- point lead at quarter- time to almost four goals at the main break.
Three goals to one in a tight third quarter saw the gap close even further, with just 11 points between the sides at the final change.
Claremont was able to break the shackles in the final term, with four goals to one and pull off a significant victory.
SUBIACO will meet East Fremantle in the Mundella WAWFL grand final next weekend after a convincing 9.12 ( 66) to 7.3 ( 45) victory over Peel Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds exit the finals in straight sets following their loss to topof- the table East Fremantle last week.
Despite four goals from spearhead Kiera Phillips, taking her tally to an amazing 83 for the season, Peel just couldn’t match a disciplined Subiaco outfit.
This all shapes up for a terrific grand final next Sunday between the Sharks and Lions, with all three women’s grade games streamed live on the Footy Radio Facebook page.
Subiaco is one win away from an undefeated season.