Fal­cons just deadly in front of goal

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WAFL -

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 three­quar­ter time, by which time it was all aca­demic.

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.

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 63-point 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.

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.

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