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The WA U18 representatives have now returned to their WAFL sides and are ready for a great second half of the season. Below is a quick recap over what the ladder looked like before Round 16 commenced.
East Fremantle were two points clear on top of the ladder with 36 points with Peel Thunder in second place on 34 points. Claremont were third on 32 points followed by Swan Districts on 30 and Subiaco a game and percentage clear of West Perth in fifth position on 28 points.
South Fremantle 6.7(43)
In the first quarter of the clash at Claremont Oval it was the WA U18 duo of Jake Patmore and Callan England carrying over their superb form from the championships for the Tigers. They shared 23 possessions between them with Patmore also kicking a goal as the home team led by 17 points. The second quarter saw South Fremantle trimmed that margin slightly to 13 points at the half with Bruno Faulkner leading the way for the Bulldogs with 17 first half possessions, while Patmore had 21 possessions for the Tigers. While the Tigers led by two goals at the long break, their lead should have been bigger as they had eight more scoring shots (13-5) and ten more forward 50 entries (24-14).
Claremont kicked three goals to one in the third quarter with Nicholas Allan and Isaac Barton becoming influential figures in the forward line and benefiting from the stellar work from Patmore, England and co. The Tigers completed the job in the final term kicking four goals to two and claiming a 37 point victory. The conversion rate in the second half was better in the second half by the Tigers as they kicked 7.5 compared to 4.9 in the first half. Overall they had 12 more scoring shots (25-13) and 14 more inside 50s (47-33) than their opponents.
Patmore was outstanding for Claremont racking up 39 possessions, eight marks, four tackles, five inside 50s and a goal and he was aided by England with 26 possessions nine marks and six inside 50s while Declan McNamara had 10 tackles to go along with 24 possessions and Allan kicked three goals. For the Bulldogs, Bruno Faulkner tried his heart out all game with 29 possessions and five inside 50s while top age ruckman Jacob Warne was strong around the ground with 32 hit-outs, 17 possessions and a goal.
Subiaco made a strong start to the clash at Leederville Oval leading by 15 points with Che Wyatt kicking two goals in the term. The second quarter saw Perth respond well to the challenge kicking three goals to one to trim the margin to three points at half time. Max Dennis had 16 first half possessions for the Lions while the prolific Perth midfielder Luke English was in strong form yet again with 14 possessions for the half.
The third quarter was a tight affair with Perth kicking two goals to Subiaco’s three behinds and led by a goal with a quarter to play. Subiaco knew how the big the final quarter was as they looked to increase their buffer between themselves and the chasing pack outside the top five. Perth kicked the crucial first goal of the quarter to extend their lead into double digits. However, from there it was all the Lions as they kicked three goals without reply and ran out 13 point winners. The victory could have been a whole lot more comfortable as they kicked an inaccurate 3.8 for the term.
Max Dennis was a very good contributor for the winners with 27 possessions while Liam Hickmott had 23 possessions and four inside 50s. For the gallant Demons, English had 25 possessions and five marks while under age talent Nyika John was very solid with 18 possessions and seven marks.
Swan Districts 2.5(17)
East Fremantle 14.16(100)
The first quarter was a very tightly contested battle at Steel Blue Oval between first and fourth in the ladder with East Fremantle kicking the only goal of the quarter through Dillon O’ Reilly, however, it was not an indication of what was to come. The second quarter saw East Fremantle take a hold of the game by kicking another three goals to no reply to lead by 29 points at the long break. O’Reilly kicked his second goal in the term and was certainly the most influential forward in the first half.
The Sharks highlighted their dominance in the third quarter kicking six goals to none and lead by 70 points. O’Reilly’s impressive form continued as he kicked four goals in the quarter and taking him to six for the game. The final quarter was a question of respect for Swans and how much percentage East Fremantle could accumulate. In the end, it was a combination of both with Swans kicking their first two goals of the game, but the Sharks won the quarter by kicking four of their own on their way to a thumping 83 point victory.
The Sharks amassed 84 more possessions (306-222) and a thumping 36 more inside 50s (49 to a meagre 13 by Swan Districts). O’Reilly kicked another goal in the last quarter to have seven for the match along with seven marks and 11 hit-outs. The bottom ager has kicked 28 goals in eleven games this season as well as averaging nine hit-outs and five marks. The forward/ruck certainly looms as a tantalising prospect to watch next year. Other than O’Reilly, the rest of the Sharks produced an incredibly even performance with only one player registering 20 possessions (Jaimon Alone). The performance of Dwayne Nevill emphasised the point as while he had just the 10 possessions, his impact was truly felt with 12 tackles five hit/outs and four inside 50s. On a dark day for Swans, WA U18 All Australian defender Sam Taylor was a shining light with 18 possessions, 10 tackles, eight marks, eight hit-outs and one goal.
West Perth 7.7(49)
Peel Thunder 11.11(77)
Peel made an impressive start to the contest at HBF Arena leading by two goals with WA U18 representative Lachlan Mitchell picking up 10 possessions for the term. The second quarter was an entertaining affair with both teams kicking three goals each. Peel had a healthy lead in the possession stakes (143-98) and scoring shots 12-6 but the Falcons were still hanging in the contest and that was emphasised by the hard work of WA U18 midfielder Connor West who had 10 tackles for the half
Peel edged the third quarter by kicking two goals to one and led by 20 points with a quarter to play. The visitors controlled the tempo in the final term kicking two goals to one and winning by 28 points. The difference in game styles of the two teams was illustrated by the differential in marks (77-27) and possessions (297-240) both in favour of the Thunder.
Mitchell finished with 29 possessions, nine marks, seven tackles and six inside 50s. Fellow WA U18 rep Jordan Boullineau continued his very solid from the carnival with 15 possessions and five marks. For the Falcons, West was in and under all game with 20 possessions, 13 tackles and six inside 50s while Alec Johnson had 19 possessions and five marks.