In a tight affair at Leederville Oval on Saturday morning, Swan Districts defeated East Perth by 17 points.
The result sees the Black and Whites move into second spot on the ladder, just two points shy of East Fremantle. On the other hand, East Perth are in fifth position and just one game clear of Subiaco and South Fremantle.
In the first two minutes of the game, Christian Ameduri baulked his way past an opponent before coolly converting, recording the first goal of the game. Jake Dugan followed up a minute later to put the Royals in front by two goals in the first three minutes. Atem Deng responded for the visitors when he nailed his set shot from 48 metres out. Late in the quarter, Aaron Redhead was stretchered off the ground, with what appeared to be a nasty concussion.
Patrick Farrant opened the scoring in the second quarter, when he snapped through a goal in the 3rd minute. It took a further ten minutes until another goal was kicked and it was Kye Willcocks who responded for the home team. Aidan Clarke kicked two goals for the visitors to put the Swans up by 12 points at half-time.
After the main break, Clarke continued his purple patch when nailed his third goal of the game in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Ameduri scored one back for the Royals after he won a holding-the-ball decision. Moments later, he set Jarrod Hamer-Matthew for his first goal, however, not long after, Denholm Rose spotted Clarke inside 50 and the talented youngster nailed his fourth. In the 16th minute, Brennan Phillips went off with what seemed to be a leg injury, to put the Royals two men down. Christopher White and Willcocks both kicked goals late in the quarter to bring East Perth within one point.
The Royals were able to get the first goal of the quarter through Mitchell Tenardi, to get back in front. In the 14th minute, Farrant snapped through his second goal and the scores were level. It started a scoring reaction, however, as Riley Garcia, Thomas Whittle and Deng all kicked goals handing the Swans the 17-point winning margin.
Below were the best players.
CHRISTIAN AMEDURI | HALF-FORWARD | 187cm | 76kg
The WA U18s representative was at his best against Swan Districts. He gathered 17 possessions, took five marks, recorded four inside 50s, laid two tackles and kicked two goals. Ameduri is a player who when forward of centre is especially damaging.
JEDD EDWARDS | RUCK | 199cm | 86kg
After Aaron Redhead went down with a concussion late in the first quarter, the responsibility fell to Edwards to win the ruck battle against Oskar Matthews. The Bassendean junior proved he could, finishing the game with 13 possessions, 26 hit-outs, three tackles, two marks and two inside 50s.
KANE LA FONTAINE-ROBERTS | DEFENDER | 197cm | 94kg
Stationed in the back line, La Fontaine-Roberts did not look out of place at all. The Augusta-Margaret River product recorded 18 possessions and took four marks in a solid display. His efforts down back were inspiring and his performance almost saw East Perth secure victory.
HARLEY STACK | MIDFIELD | 179cm | 70kg
A livewire in the midfield, Stack proved why he is so highly rated by East Perth. He finished with just 17 possessions, but all of them were damaging. He also laid three tackles, which highlighted his defensive mindset. His ability to weave through traffic and find a target is simply remarkable.
KYE WILLCOCKS | MIDFIELD
Arguably East Perth’s best player, Willcocks was everywhere for the home team. He finished with 21 possessions, seven marks, two inside 50s and two goals in a dazzling display.
MATTHEW YOUNG | MIDFIELD | 187cm | 83kg
A surprise omission from the state combine, Young again proved why he is such a tantalising prospect. He accumulated a team-high 25 possessions, took four marks, laid two tackles and recorded two inside 50s in a sensational performance. The 2016 & 2017 WA U18s representative does not shirk an issue on the football field, which is what makes him an attractive prospect.
AIDAN CLARKE | FORWARD | 179cm | 74kg
In his first game back since round 11, Clarke was electric in the front half for the Swans. He finished with 15 possessions, six marks and four goals in an outing that was quite scintillating. With more performances like this, expect AFL recruiters to be monitoring the progress of Clarke.
ATEM DENG | FORWARD
A dynamo in the front half for the Swans, Deng was a catalyst in helping the Black Ducks secure victory. He gathered 13 possessions, recorded four inside 50s, took two marks, laid two tackles and kicked two goals (he could’ve kicked a bag if a couple of his shots were straighter). His pace and explosiveness proved too difficult to match up on.
RILEY GARCIA | MIDFIELD | 175cm | 67kg
The 2017 WA U16s representative was brilliant yet again for the Swans. He finished with 19 possessions, four inside 50s and a goal. His form in 2017 should see recruiters take notice of him for the 2019 AFL Draft, and potentially an addition into the AFL Academy.
LOCHIE HUNTLEY | MIDFIELD | 174cm | 70kg
The Kalamunda junior has had a serious case of leather poisoning over the past month, and it continued against the Royals. He gathered a game-high 30 possessions, recorded nine inside 50s, took five marks and laid three tackles in yet another best afield performance.
OSKAR MATTHEWS | RUCK
In an entertaining ruck battle with Jedd Edwards, Matthews held his own as he finished with 10 possessions, 32 hit-outs, and two tackles. He often gave his team first use at the stoppages, thus allowing them to dominate the clearances.
GREGORY OTTAVIANO | MIDFIELD
The 19-year-old continued his strong form with another superb outing, this time against East Perth. The Upper Swan junior accumulated 27 possessions, laid a game-high eight tackles, recorded three inside 50s and took two marks. He was the perfect foil for Huntley’s brilliant performance.
- Highly rated prospects Brandon Starcevich (East Perth) & Sam Taylor (Swan Districts) did not play for the Colts, nor did 2018 potential draftee Jarrod Cameron (Swan Districts)