Sharks out of their depth

All the week­end’s WAFL ac­tion.

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

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 at 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 top of 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.

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