The second week of WAFL finals took place on Sunday, but there were no players which featured in the league. Despite this, there were a number of strong performances in the reserves and colts.
Tim English-South Fremantle
20 possessions, two marks, two tackles, 18 hit outs, one in 50.
English had a great battle in the ruck against his East Fremantle counterpart Jake Solomon. However, his performance own could not get South Fremantle over the line and they were eliminated from the finals. The senior side are still alive and it remains to be seen whether English gets a call this week as the Bulldogs come up against the very strong Peel Thunder side in the Preliminary Final.
Sam Powell-Pepper-East Perth
17 possessions, one mark, six tackles, three inside 50s two goals.
After last week’s quiet performance against Peel in the seniors, Powell-Pepper returned to the colts and his impact was important in seeing the Royals over the line and progress to a Preliminary final against Perth.
Stanley Wright-East Perth
21 possessions, four marks, four inside 50s,one goal,two behinds.
Another strong game by Wright in what has been a very consistent season by the midfielder. He has averaged 22.15 possessions in 13 colts games in 2016 while also averaging 21 possessions in four reserves games.
Shai Bolton-South Fremantle
19 possessions, two marks, three tackles, seven inside 5os, four goals.
The day started badly for South Fremantle with defeat in the colts and didnt get any better thereafter. It brought to an end a fantastic season by Bolton, who averaged 16.6 possessions, 2.46 goals and 2.3 tackles in 15 games this season. With Eagles coach Adam Simpson signalling his intent to boost the clubs’ small forward ranks, you would think he and his team of recruiters will look long and hard at Bolton in the lead-up to the National Draft.
Sam Petrevski Seton-Claremont
25 possessions, four marks, four tackles, three inside 50s, one behind.
From the agony of defeat for Bolton to the ecstasy of victory for Petrevski-Seton and his Claremont teammates. They earned a week off and a berth in the Colts Grand Final with an emphatic 64 point win against Perth. After a frustrating first half of the season, Petrevski- Seton is putting together some very strong performances in the latter part of 2016.
31 possessions, three marks, one tackle, seven inside 50s,one goal,one behind.
While the long season has understandably taken its toll on some of the youngsters, Banfield continues to go from strength to strength. In all three grades Banfield has featured in recently, he has racked up the possessions. Yesterday he starred again with 31 disposals and a game high seven inside 50s.
18 possessions, 10marks, one tackle, one inside 50, four goals,three behinds.
Looked to be one player that hit the wall a few weeks ago, but has found his second wind again and produced two excellent finals. If he as expected gets picked up by the Eagles, Jake will not be on the list with his older brother Alec as he was delisted by the club yesterday. The midfielder has suffered from the debilitating effects of Glandular fever for the past two years and it is a sad end to what was hoped to be a very promising career with the Eagles. In better news, Alec has made encouraging signs in the last two months and it is hoped that he will be able to play WAFL in 2017.
33 possessions, six marks,four tackles, four inside 50s, one goal.
This was arguably Guelfi’s best performance for 2016. The midfielder was strong in all areas and deservedly received the honours for best player on the ground.