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Claremont 4.2 5.5 5.6 8.8(56)
Swan Districts 1.0 3.2 7.4 9.7(61)
Swan Districts have ticked off another searching test, responding after a lacklustre first half display to defeat Claremont by five points at Claremont Oval on Saturday morning.
Searching for something to kickstart a stuttering campaign in 2018, Claremont started by far the stronger leading by 20 points at half time and holding a 15 point edge at the long break.
Swans who went into the contest with a one game lead on the Colts ladder needed to kick themselves into gear and they did just that by outscoring the Tigers 4.2 to 0.1 for the term and go into the last term with a ten point lead.
Their dominance in the third quarter was illustrated by the fact that the black and whites took the ball into their forward 50 more times (14) than the opening two quarters combined(11).
While Claremont put together a strong final term outscoring their opponents three goals to two, it wasn’t enough Swans stood strong when it counted and claim their fourth straight win and seventh from nine games for the 2018 season.
It was yet another game which got away from the Tigers, a team who have been a hallmark of excellence for many years at this level, currently see themselves two games and percentage out of the top five and need to get their season on track sooner rather than later if they want to be a contender in 2018.
Claremont led many of the major categories including possessions (296-253), inside 50s (38-33) and hit-outs (49-43), but at the end of the day the only thing that matters is the scoreboard and that is where Swans prevailed.
A key element of the success of Swans in 2018 is their ability to spread the scoring load around, and once again this was illustrated by the fact that they had eight individual goalkickers.
Jarrod Brockbernd was very important with his forward pressure applying eight tackles to go along with his three marks and two goals while midfielder Mitchell Bain was strong all game with 25 disposals and seven marks.
For the Tigers, they were best served by top-ager Corey Hitchcock with 26 disposals and seven tackles, while bottom-ager Benjamin Schuhkraft was a lively target up forward with three goals.
Peel 3.2 6.6 9.8 12.16(88)
West Perth 3.1 4.2 7.6 8.6(54)
While Swans have been the most consistent on a week to week basis, Peel Thunder underlined their current tag as the in-form team of the competition with their fifth straight win after a 34-point victory over West Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium.
The home team edged the first term by a point and extended that lead to 16 points at the long break.
Lachlan Cullen was a key element of the strong first half by the Thunder as he kicked three goals.
The third term saw both sides kick three goals each as the home team went into the final quarter leading by 14 points.
Finally, the Thunder were able to put the plucky Falcons to bed by kicking three goals to one for the term with Cullen kicking his fourth major along the way.
Peel remain on the heels of Swan Districts with six wins from their first nine games in second place while West Perth have lost three in a row to be three wins and six losses and eighth on the ladder.
In reality, Peel should have had won by a far greater margin as they had 14 more scoring shots (28-14) and 20 more inside 50s (56-36).
James Sturrock was a all-round star with 36 possessions, nine marks, eight tackles while top-ager Jackson Perry gave great support with 27 disposals and seven marks and Lachlan Cullen was a great outlet in the forward line with six marks and four goals from his nine disposals.
Bottom ager Callum Johnson was lively with three goals for the Falcons while Nathan Murray led the way in the midfield with 25 disposals, eight marks and five tackles
Subiaco 2.3 7.6 8.6 14.11(95)
East Fremantle 3.1 6.3 9.10 12.10(82)
Subiaco found the winning formula for the first time in nearly two months with a important seven point win over a in-form East Fremantle at Leederville Oval.
The first three quarters of the contest were nip and tuck with both teams holding sway at particular periods only for their opponent to respond in kind.
The Sharks led by four points at quarter time, the home team then kicked five goals to three to wrestle back the advantage, but it was East Fremantle, winners of four of their past five games that were in the lead by 10 points with a quarter to play.
The Lions were the story of the first month of the season, normally winning on the back of dominant second half performances.
However, since their first bye of the season, they had lost three on the bounce and had fallen back into the pack.
Having had their second bye last week, it was a great opportunity to reset and refocus on the next part of the season.
The last term showed a real glimpse of the Lions early season form as they kicked six goals to three to run out winners by two goals.
Looking for someone to stand up when it was counted, it was top-age key forward Jack Mayo who kicked three goals in the last quarter to give him six for the game.
He was ably supported by key ball winners Liam Hickmott (32 disposals and seven tackles) and Tristan Hobley (28 disposals and five marks) while 15-year-old future Port Adelaide father/son prospect Taj Schofield was exciting yet again with 24 disposals, four tackles and a goal in the second and third quarters.
East Fremantle would have lost few friends with their performance and a sign that they will be right amongst it when the whips are cracking at the important end of the season.
Bottom ager Trent Rivers was a strong all-round contributor with 22 disposals, six marks and five tackles, while Tom Monaghan took nine marks to go with his 18 disposals.
Perth 0.0 2.1 3.5 4.5(29)
South Fremantle 2.2 7.6 9.12 13.18(96)
South Fremantle climbed to the brink of the top five with a emphatic 67-point win over Perth at Lathlain Park.
The tone was set early in the contest as the Bulldogs kept Perth scoreless in the first term while amassing 13 inside 50s in the process.
The only thing lacking was that turning that into scoreboard dominance as they only kicked two goals for the term.
The second term was a more apt reflection as the visitors kicked five goals to two with Luke Moore in fine form with five majors for the first half.
The third term was a tighter affair but South Fremantle won the quarter with Moore kicking his sixth along the way.
The last quarter was a exercise in damage limitation for the home side, but they were unable to stop the march by the Bulldogs as the combination of Moore and Lachlan Feeney was much too tough to contain.
In the end, the margin was 68 points and with South Fremantle amassing 18 more scoring shots (31-13) and inside 50s (55-21), Perth was lucky that the margin was not greater.
Luke Moore was superb all game with seven goals to go along with 13 disposals and seven marks while Lachlan Feeney kicked three goals from his 13 disposals.
Meanwhile regular focal point Thomas Weston did not have his kicking boots on with 0.4, however he was strong around the ground with 15 disposals and 15 hit-outs.
Perth has been hurt significantly by the absence of their U/18 representatives over the last few weeks, however they need to grit their teeth and not let hard work in the previous nine weeks go to waste.
Zac Casey tried his heart out all game for the Demons with 29 disposals and eight tackles.