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East Fremantle 14.14 (98)
Perth 4.0 (24)
East Fremantle continued their blistering form from last week with a 74 point win over Perth at East Fremantle Oval.
Just like last week East Fremantle started in modest fashion and held an 11 point lead at quarter time with Samuel Lewis (nine possessions) and Nicolas Patat (eight possessions) making a strong start to the contest. However, the Sharks have a remarkable tendency to break a game open with a quarter of blistering football and just like they did to Swan Districts last week, this time it was Perth on the receiving end.
They kicked five goals without reply and saw the home team open a 45-point margin at the long break with the red hot Dillon O’Reilly looking ominous once again by kicking two goals for the term. The Sharks continued their dominance in the third term kicking five goals to two and extending their lead past 10 goals.
The Sharks made it a true four quarter performance as they won the final term by kicking two goals to one and ran out very impressive winners. It was not hard to see where East Fremantle’s dominance lay as they had 83 more possessions (333-250), 27 more inside 50s (48-21) which translated into 24 more scoring shots on the day (28-4).
Just like last week, it was a remarkably even team performance but some notable performances were Drew Blurton with three goals and four tackles to go along 11 possessions. Dwayne Nevill once again was involved in everything with 12 possessions, 10 tackles, four hitouts, three marks and two goals. Samuel Lewis was excellent through the contest with 23 possessions five inside but the only blot on his copy book was five behinds.
It has been a very tough season for Perth but two plus points to come out of their campaign have been Luke English and Ian Hill. English finished with 26 possessions, nine tackles and five marks while the stylish Hill had 22 possessions and six tackles for the game.
East Perth 9.9(63)
Peel Thunder 8.8(56)
East Perth won a gripping encounter against Peel Thunder by seven points at Leederville Oval keeping the 2016 grand finalists well in the hunt for a finals berth this season.
The first quarter was a tight affair with Peel holding a three point lead at quarter time with Thunder midfielder Lachlan Riley (eight possessions) and East Perth ruckman Aaron Redhead (eight possessions 15 hitouts) starting strongly for their respective sides.
The second quarter saw Peel hold sway for much of the term, but two goals in the last few minutes cut the margin to just five points at half time. Redhead was shaping as one of the most influential players on the ground as the Royals ruckman had 23 hitouts to go along with 10 possessions and two marks. Lachlan Mitchell had an impressive quarter and was leading the way for the Thunder with 11 possessions and eight tackles.
The third quarter was full of absorbing footy despite the fact that only three goals were kicked. The stage was set for a thrilling conclusion with the scores tied at 46 points a piece as the teams turned for home. The final quarter followed in the same fashion as the previous term with both teams pressing hard, but inaccuracy and a bit of tenseness swept over both sides. Peel kicked 1.4 for the term, but it was East Perth who held their nerve better when it was required kicking 2.5 including the sealer with under a minute to go to wrap up a very important win and keep them in touch with the top five.
There was very little to separate the teams in most of the major statistical categories with the inside 50s (38-38) highlighting the closeness of the contest. Redhead finished the game with 17 possessions, five marks, four tackles and 34 hitouts in a fine game by the big man. He was well supported by WA U18 representatives in Matt Young (19 poss 5 tackles) and after a quiet first two quarters, Christian Ameduri stepped up accordingly in the second half and had 20 possessions, four tackles and five inside 50s for the game. For Peel, Mitchell finished with 25 possessions, nine tackles and five inside 50s while bottom ager Michael Randall was very composed with 22 possessions, five tackles, four marks, four inside 50s and a goal.
South Fremantle 6.8(44)
Swan Districts 12.9(81)
Swan Districts responded from their hiding at the hands of East Fremantle in fine fashion by defeating South Fremantle by 37 points at Fremantle Oval.
South Fremantle started the contest strongly leading by two goals at quarter time. The second quarter saw Swans play superb football where they kicked 6.4 to two behinds and held a comfortable 26 point lead at half time. Joseph Hinder and Patrick Farrant were the stars of the show for the visitors each kicking three goals for the half.
Hinder kicked his fourth goal in the third quarter but South Fremantle kept in touch kicking a late goal to cut the margin to 17 points. The Bulldogs cut the margin further at the start of the fourth quarter but with the game in the balance, Swans stood strong and kicked four goals without reply to seal an important six goal victory.
Farrant kicked five goals for the game to go along with five inside 50s, three marks and 12 possessions. While bottom ager Hinder was similarly effective with four goals and three marks from his 12 possessions. Callum Garcia led the way in terms of possessions for Swans with 26 along with four tackles. Meanwhile for South Fremantle, bottom ager Ryan Burrows was very good with 28 possessions, seven marks and six inside 50s.
Subiaco 7.8 (50)
Claremont 11.13 (79)
Claremont moved into outright second position on the ladder after defeating Subiaco by 29 points in a high quality encounter at Leederville Oval.
The first quarter saw Subiaco kick early goals through Young and Foley but Claremont hit back quickly through Braden Retallack and Callan England who also had nine possessions for the quarter while the prolific Jake Patmore had 12 possessions for the term.
Both teams traded goals throughout the second term and it was certainly becoming an engrossing encounter with the scores level at half time. The dynamic duo of Patmore (24 possessions, five inside 50s) and England (17 possessions, two goals) were leading the way for Claremont while Christian Martin kicked two goals in the quarter for the Lions and Liam Hickmott had 13 possessions for the half.
Claremont made the stronger start to the third quarter kicking two goals and breaking out to a 15 point lead. Subiaco only kicked two points for the quarter and they had the job ahead of them heading into the last term. The final quarter began with Martin kicking his third goal for the game, but Claremont hit back hard with two goals and headed out to their biggest lead of the game being 24 points. Jack Zappelli kicked one for the home side but they couldn’t afford to trade goals with the Tigers with time running out. Nathan Pearce virtually put the game out of reach with his second of the game and Claremont eventually ran out 29 point winners in a very good test of their premiership credentials in 2017.
While both teams had areas of the game where they controlled ( Subiaco won the hit outs 60-28, Claremont the possession count (341-295) the main factor was inside 50 which the Tigers won 44-30 which translated into nine more scoring shots (24-15).
For the second week in a row, Patmore racked up massive numbers and exceeded his 39 possessions that he achieved against South Fremantle the previous week. Against Subiaco, he was outstanding with 42 possessions, five marks and seven inside 50s. He was supported by Callan England who had 29 possessions, eight inside 50s, six marks and two goals. Shaquille Morton was in and under all game with 13 tackles to go along with his 15 possessions, while Lewis Davis was very strong around the ground with 22 possessions, 15 hit outs and nine marks. For Subiaco, Liam Hickmott was superb with 32 possessions, 13 tackles and two inside 50s while Zappelli tried hard with 17 possessions, three marks and a goal.