WAFL Colts

WA U/18s Wrap

Jake Waterman image Peter Chalmers

Jake Waterman in action. Image Peter Chalmers

It was Preliminary final week in the WAFL on Sunday and the Colts’ game produced an upset result, with top of the table Perth crashing out in straight sets after going down to East Perth by 36 points.

It was a stunning result, as the Royals sat in sixth position with  a round to play and needed to win their last game of the season against East Fremantle to even qualify for the top five.

They won that do-or-die clash by nine points and the rest, they say is history.

It sets the scene for a mouth watering clash next Sunday as they take on the red hot Claremont Tigers in the Colts Grand Final.

Both encounters between the two sides in 2016 were thrillers, with Claremont winning both of them – by six points in round 1 and by two points in round 18.

Claremont is going for back to back premierships, and this will be their fourth Grand Final in succession.

There is sure to be plenty of talent watchers in attendance, as the list of players taking part in the game are a “who’s who” of emerging talent from WA.

On the Claremont side you have Jake Waterman, Bailey Banfield, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Matt Guelfi and Jeremy Goddard to name just a few, while for East Perth there is the likes of Sam Powell-Pepper, Stanley Wright, Mitchell Dobson and Matthew Young.

It was an even amount of contributors for the Royals in their win against the Demons.

Dobson continued his great season at this level by amassing 27 disposals, nine marks, five inside 50s and a goal. The big-bodied midfielder has averaged 23.73 disposals in 23 Colts games this season.

Young had 21 disposals to go along with four inside 50s, while Wright and Powell-Pepper had 19 disposals each and ruckman Thomas Amos was strong around the ground with 14 disposals, three marks and 20 hit-outs.

There is no greater stage than a Grand Final to make your mark. For those 44 players who take the field next Sunday, they will be hoping to leave a lasting impression as the next step of their Football journey takes shape.


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