16.18.114

Guardian Express - - SPORT -

REIGN­ING pre­miers, Peel Thun­der were un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously dumped from fi­nals con­tention by AFL align­ment ri­vals East Perth with a solid 84-point vic­tory by the Roy­als at Bendigo Bank Sta­dium.

The 16.18 (114) to 4.6 (30) vic­tory placed the Roy­als in the five at the right time of the sea­son and they face Clare­mont at Clare­mont Oval on Sun­day.

A num­ber of West Coast squad mem­bers played im­por­tant roles in the vic­tory in a game that will not be re­mem­bered for its high stan­dards.

Docker Danyle Pearce didn’t man­age a farewell game for the Dock­ers but tried hard for his WAFL side and is likely to re­tire now, com­plet­ing a suc­cess­ful AFL ca­reer of more than 250 games.

CLARE­MONT waited un­til after the siren to con­firm they will host an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal next week­end against East Perth with a five-point win over Swan Dis­tricts on the week­end.

Trail­ing the Swans most of the day, Tigers cham­pion Jye Bolton man­aged a longdis­tance goal from a mark on the siren to clinch the vic­tory.

The 13.13 (91) to 13.8 (86) win ce­mented fourth spot ahead of the Roy­als, who would have jumped Clare­mont to host the fi­nal at Leed­erville if the Tigers had lost, due to su­pe­rior per­cent­age.

The game also saw the end of the ca­reer of Swans de­fender Kirk Ugle, who was chaired off and shown great re­spect by the Swans faith­ful.

Swans came out of the blocks early with three first-quar­ter goals to one, and ex­tended that lead by half-time to three goals.

Clare­mont came back at Swans in the third term to nar­row the gap to just six points at the fi­nal change and were able to throw ev­ery­thing at the Swans in the fi­nal quar­ter to get home in the end.

Tom Lee stepped up in the sec­ond half with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance in attack and Swans debu­tant, 17-year-old Mitchell Bain, kicked one of the goals of the year with a blis­ter­ing run and long goal in the fi­nal term to keep Swans in the con­test.

Alex Manuel had a big day with five goals for the Tigers, while Bray­den No­ble kicked a ca­reer-best four goals, all in the first half for Swans.

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