All the weekend’s WAFL action
The latest results from the WAFL qualifying final featuring South Fremantle as well as the elimination final.
A FEROCIOUS South Fremantle have laid down the challenge as the most likely threat to Subiaco for this year’s premiership with a total domination of West Perth to move into next week’s second semi-final.
In a consistent fourquarter effort, the Bulldogs romped home by a massive 98 points over the disappointing Falcons, 22.12 (144) to 6.10 (46).
Marlion Pickett again displayed why his name is among the first mentioned for AFL honours in the near future with an impressive best on ground performance, including four goals, although he was also reported in the second quarter.
Spearhead Mason Shaw continued his recent excellent form and kicked a game-high six goals for the home side.
On the flip side, West Perth had too few contributors despite Shane Nelson and Aaron Black getting plenty of the ball.
Keegan Knott finished with three goals but the dual attack of Tyler Keitel and Andrew Strijk were limited to just three goals all day between them.
The Bulldogs dominated from the start and broke away to a 16-point lead at quarter-time with an impressive five goal to two quarter.
Another five in the second term, after an early comeback by the Falcons to get within striking distance, saw them start to pull away further and went to the main break with a solid 31-point margin.
The dam broke in the third term as the Falcons simply couldn’t match the run and carry of the powerful Bulldogs’ midfield and eight goals in the third quarter to just three points was making it ugly.
The Falcons could manage only a solitary goal for the final term while South put on another four to finetune for their second semifinal meeting with the imposing Lions next week.
West Perth will need to regroup to face a determined Claremont who are in good form after their win over East Perth.
EAST Perth were unceremoniously dumped from finals contention by a determined Claremont at Claremont Oval on the weekend.
After scraping into the top five in the final round of the home and away season, the Royals had no answers to a determined Claremont, who made the most of their first finals appearance in six years with a 28-point victory, 12.11 (83) to 8.7 (55).
Tom Lee led the way for Claremont with a dominant five-goal performance, with solid performances from Jye Bolton, Kane Mitchell and Tom Ledger.
Claremont again ambushed the Royals with a hard-tackling game that caught their opponents offguard. This allowed for a great start and a 23-point lead at quarter-time, with East Perth having registered only a solitary point.
East Perth clawed back some ground in a hardfought second term and reduced the margin to 16 points, but were clearly being outplayed by the Tigers.
It was an even tussle in the third quarter, with four goals each for the term.
An East Perth surge left the door open for a comeback by the Royals and the large crowd at Claremont Oval looked on hopefully.
But a solid team performance by Claremont saw them pull away and score four last quarter goals to just two by East Perth and stay in the finals race.
Brayden Ainsworth, Patrick McGinnity and Francis Watson all battled for the Royals, but on the day the slick teamwork of Claremont prevailed.
In the Reserves, Swan Districts eliminated West Perth from the finals with a solid 49-point victory in the elimination final, 15.13 (103) to 7.12 (54).
East Perth moved on to play Subiaco in the Reserves second semi-final next week with a 16-point win over Claremont, 12.11 (83) to 10.7 (67).
South Fremantle were bundled out of the Colts finals with a comprehensive 62-point loss to East Fremantle, 18.7 (115) to 8.5 (53), and Swans got home in a close game with Peel Thunder, running out victors by nine points, 9.7 (61) to 7.10 (52).
WA Netball league
IT is finals time from the WA Netball League as well and Perth Lions progressed directly into the grand final with an impressive 53-37 victory over the Coastal Sharks, while a sensational game that went down to the last minute saw the Rangers stay in finals contention by the narrowest of margins with a solitary goal victory over a gallant West Coast Warriors.
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West Perth’s Luke Meadows marks in the Falcons’ loss to the Bulldogs.
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