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Claremont 2.6 5.7 7.7 9.8(62)
East Fremantle 3.0 6.2 11.3 15.8(98)
East Fremantle finally got their premiership defence underway with a impressive 36-point victory against Claremont at Claremont Oval.
The grand final replay was tightly contested in the first half with the home side dominating the early stages, but not getting full reward on the scoreboard. At quarter time they had five more scoring shots, yet the scores were level at 18 points a piece.
The second quarter saw both teams match each other goal for goal each kicking three for the term and at half time the visitors held a slender one-point margin.
The Sharks who were coming off a dismal 10-goal defeat to last years wooden spooners Perth, were playing some terrific committed Footy and their perseverance paid off in the third term as they opened up a 20-point margin courtesy of a five goal to two quarter.
It was the presence of Trey Ruscoe that was causing the damage for the Sharks. The bottom-ager who had kicked two goals in the first half, doubled his tally in the third quarter, and he was aided by Cody Smith who also kicked two majors.
Claremont managed to stem the flow somewhat with Rylie Morgan kicking two goals of his own, to keep the Tigers with a chance of keeping their unbeaten start to the season alive.
However, it was the Sharks who were the more determined and hungry around the ball and in their forward 50 as they finished the job in clinical fashion, outscoring their opponents four goals to two and sealing a much deserved six goal victory and their first four points for the season.
While possession was evenly contested (289-275 in Claremont’s favour), it was the efficiency that East Fremantle generated from their 10 more inside 50s (41-31) which proved to be the difference.
It was a remarkable turnaround in that area by the Sharks as Claremont dominated the forward entries early in the contest, only to see it drop off completely in the second half.
Trey Ruscoe was a monumental figure in the game compiling 20 disposals, four marks and seven tackles to go along with six goals which led his team to victory. He combined superbly with Cody Smith who had 13 disposals, four marks, seven tackles and three second-half goals. With the duo combining for nine majors, it made the absence of key focal point Dillon O’ Reilly a non-factor.
For the Tigers, they were best served by the tenacious work of Rylie Morgan who had 28 disposals and seven tackles along with two goals.
Subiaco 2.3 3.4 8.5 12.6 (78)
Swan Districts 1.5 5.6 5.8 5.12(42)
Another dominant second-half display paved the way for Subiaco to make it three wins from as many games to start the season, defeating Swan Districts by 36 points at Leederville Oval.
The first time was a tightly contested affair with Jack Mayo kicking two goals to put the Lions out to a four-point lead at quarter time.
The visitors who were full of confidence of their own having won their first two games of the 2018 season, showed evidence of that form in the second quarter kicking four goals to one and opening up a mini-break of 14 points at the half time interval.
Although behind at the long break, Subiaco came into this match with a dominant statistic in their favour going into the second half.
In their first two matches of 2018, they had outscored their opponents by 19 goals to six in the third and fourth quarters.
So could they make it three from three? The answer to that question was an emphatic yes.
The Lions kicked 5.4 to 0.2 in the third term to head for home with a 15 point margin. They shared the load in the quarter with Zane Shellabear Healey, Jake Peletier, Xavier Peacock, Jack Mayo and Samuel West all kicking goals.
However, the match was still up for grabs, but Swans’ would have known they would have to produce something a whole lot better than what they produced in the previous 25 minutes.
However, it was the home team who kept their foot firmly on Swans’ throats and did not give them a chance to respond by kicking another four goals without response with Mayo kicking another two giving him five goals for the game.
The second half dominance of Subiaco now stretches to 28 goals scored and six conceded for the season.
It is a statistic that Footy Prophet will continue to analyse as the season progresses.
It was a sobering second half performance for Swans, but they have shown enough in the first two and a half games to suggest that they will be around the mark in season 2018.
For the third game in a row, Xavier Peacock and Mach Deng gave the Lions a tremendous advantage around the ground when it comes hit/outs compiling 47 between them.
The Lions efficiency in their forward 50 was outlined by the fact that they won by such a clear-cut margin, despite having four less inside-50 entries for the game (33-37).
The winners were well led by the Hickmott brothers who had 50 disposals between them.(Liam 27 disp, seven tackles, Will 23 disp, eight marks).
Top-ager Jack Mayo was also influential with 14 disposals, four marks, four tackles and five goals.
For Swans, they had serviceable contributions from Mitchell Bain (19 disposals and six marks) and Jarred Cameron (19 disposals,seven tackles).
West Perth 1.3 1.4 5.7 8.9 (57)
South Fremantle 1.3 5.5 6.5 8.6 (54)
West Perth staged a fantastic fightback to defeat South Fremantle by three points at HBF arena.
It was a tight and tough first quarter with nothing separating the two teams, but the visitors produced a superb second quarter kicking 4.2 to one behind to open up a 25-point margin.
Top-ager Lachlan Feeney was particularly influential kicking two goals for the term while Kyle Hamersley was a ball magnet for the Bulldogs with 16 disposals in the first two quarters.
When Feeney kicked his third goal five minutes into the third quarter, it gave the Bulldogs a 31-point lead and for all intents and purposes looked to have the game completely in their control.
But no-one told the Falcons as they began their fightback, kicking four goals to none for the rest of the term through Thomas Medhat, Bailey Chalmers, Koopah Todd and Connor Budimir to trail by just four points at three-quarter-time.
Key players from both teams came to the fore in the last quarter. Feeney kicked his fourth for the game, but ball magnet Nathan Murray responded Iike a true senior player does kicking two key goals for the term as the home team edged in front for the first time since the 10-minute-mark of the third term.
It was a nervous last six minutes of the game, but try as they might, the Bulldogs could not reclaim the lead they held for the majority of the game. While it would feel like a crushing loss for the Bulldogs, for the Falcons it was one of those wins which can spur on a side to great things.
As you expect in such a close contest p, nothing separated the teams in main categories like disposals (298 SF-296 WP), and inside 50s (32-32).
Nathan Murray was the heart and soul of the comeback where he produced a terrific second half and amassed 31 disposals and two goals for the game. He was supported by Bailey Chalmers with 27 disposals, six marks and five tackles.
For the Bulldogs, there was none better than Lachlan Feeney and Kyle Hamersley. Feeney had 15 disposals, five marks, four tackles and four goals for the game, while Hamersley was prolific with 36 disposals and five marks.
Peel Thunder 0.2 6.3 7.7 8.9(57)
Perth 2.4 5.9 11.10 15.12(102)
Perth produced their second big statement in as many weeks after defeating Peel by 45 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium.
Fresh from defeating last years premiers in East Fremantle, Perth were keen to show that the display was not a one-off.
They started the game in clinical fashion kicking 2.4 for the first quarter despite only having seven forward 50 entries.
In contrast, Peel racked up double that figure but only kicked two behinds for all their hard work.
Peel got their reward in the second term where they kicked six goals to three with Tyson Powell kicking two for the quarter.
With the scores tied at 39 points a piece at the long break, the game was certainly up for grabs and ready for either team to make a pivotal move.
It was the visitors that took the initiative as they dominated the quarter kicking six goals of their own, with Zac Casey kicking two and Luke English and Ian Hill kicking their second for the game.
Bottom-ager Cliffton Stack kicked a belated goal for the home side just before the three-quarter-time siren to leave them with a slight hope heading into the last quarter.
However, that was completely snuffed out as the Demons produced another superb quarter kicking another four goals to Peel’s lone major to run out 45 point winners and show clear signs that they are a team well and truly on the rise in 2018.
Perth’s dominance came from the fact that they had nearly 100 more possessions (347-250), which led to eight more inside 50s (46-38) and ten more scoring shots (27-17).
The much discussed draft prospect Ian Hill had a standout game for the Demons, amassing 28 disposals, six tackles and two goals.
He was well supported by Deven Robertson with 34 disposals and five tackles, while the ever prominent Luke English had 25 disposals, five tackles and three goals.
Peel had a number of players who lowered their colours on the day, but Jarrad Fazioli was solid with 21 disposals and six marks while Tyson Powell was a good target with 17 disposals and kicking 2.2.