The WAFL Colts has been a great feeding ground for the AFL clubs over the years. With so much talent to follow, Footy Prophet will be giving you a weekly update of some of the best U18 talent in the nation. This is a recap of the round two action.
SWAN DISTRICTS (18.15) 123
SOUTH FREMANTLE (7.8) 50
On a picture perfect Autumn day, Swan Districts overcame a sluggish start to claim an emphatic victory at Steel Blue Oval. South Fremantle led by two goals at quarter time but Swans were dominant in the second and third quarters kicking 12.9 to just two points. The Bulldogs added some respectability to their score by kicking four goals in the last quarter but it was far too little too late. Despite having 12 fewer possessions than their opponents (286-298) and three fewer hit-outs (32-35), Swans were far more clinical by hand and foot and made the most of their opportunities. Bottom age forward Joseph Hinder kicked five goals to go along with five marks, while Gregory Humphries and Graydon Wilson each had 20 possessions. Over age midfielder Benjamin Sherry was South Fremantle’s best player with 23 possessions, five marks and one goal.
SUBIACO (15.12) 102
PERTH (6.10) 46
A dominant second quarter was the catalyst behind Subiaco’s 56 point win over Perth at Leederville Oval. After an even first term which saw Perth lead by a goal, Subiaco kicked 8.3 to 1.1 to lead by six goals at half time. While Perth got the margin under five goals with a quarter to play, Subiaco kicked five goals to one in the last quarter to run out very comfortable winners. The Lions were able to use their extra possession (356-274) to advantage by generating many more inside 50 entries than their opponents (53-41). Over age midfielder Nicholas Baroni was influential for Subiaco with 28 possessions, six marks and nine inside-50s. He was ably supported by Max Dennis (28 possessions, eight marks and nine inside 50s) and Wil Hickmont (25 possessions, eight marks and six inside 50s). Bottom age midfielder Luke English was Perth’s best player with 30 possessions, nine marks and two goals.
PEEL THUNDER (8.8) 56
EAST FREMANTLE (6.8) 44
Peel Thunder won their second straight game to start the season in a tight encounter against East Fremantle at Bendigo Bank Stadium. Nothing more than a couple of goals separated the teams all day, and heading for home the visitors were in front leading by eight points. However, Peel found something in reserve in the last quarter to kick 3.2 to no score and win by two goals. They won the contest despite having 58 fewer possessions (246-304) and being edged out in the hit outs (37-39). However, they were more efficient going forward at the vital moments of the game. Bottom age player Lachlan Riley was solid all game with 22 possessions, six marks, four tackles and a goal. While Aaron Naughton played one of the most influential games you can have while totalling just nine possessions. Naughton filled every other facet of the stats sheet having seven marks, five tackles, two hit outs, one inside 50 and kicking 2.2. For the Sharks, they were well served for the second week running by over ager Liam Rajanayagam (22 possessions, three tackles and three inside 50s) and midfielder Jaimon Alone (23 possessions, three inside 50s and a goal).
WEST PERTH (11.6) 72
EAST PERTH (8.7) 55
Continuing the trend of the weekend, West Perth recovered from a slow start to claim a impressive 17 point win over their rivals East Perth at HBF stadium. The visitors got the jump on the Falcons and led by 16 points at half time. West Perth hit back hard and kicked five goals to one in the all-important third quarter and kicked another four goals to two in the last to seal a three goal victory. There was not much diference in all the key categories but West Perth held sway in most of them such as possessions (290-259), marks (61-55), scoring shots (17-15) and inside 50s (38-34). The only category which the Royals had control of was the hit outs (41-21). Top age player Kurt Monaghan kicked six goals which included five in the second half along with six marks. Middle age midfielder Connor West was superb with 29 possessions, seven marks, nine tackles and four tackles. Jaxon Cahill the middle age midfielder was the Royals best on the day with 31 possessions, 11 marks and three inside 50s. Fellow middle ager Matthew Young competed well on the day with 16 possessions, three marks, three tackles, four tackles and two goals.