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WAFL Colts Wrap: Round Five

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Swan Districts 1.1 4.2 8.2 11.2(68)
East Fremantle 4.2 7.2 12.4 14.8(92)

Defending premiers East Fremantle withstood a late Swan Districts surge to run out 24 point winners at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.

The Sharks got off to the perfect start kicking the first four goals of the game and led by 18 points at quarter time.

The second quarter went goal for goal which suited East Fremantle perfectly. Swans managed to kick a late goal through Dane Begovich to win the quarter by a solitary point and remain within touching distance of their opponents at the long break.

However, East Fremantle got the momentum well and truly in their favour once again with early goals in the third term to Aaron Meadowcroft and Cody Smith gave the Sharks their biggest lead of the game.

Swans though were far from done and kicked three goals in four minutes with bottom-aged Kade Walldrot kicking two of them.

However, the premiers showed their mettle replying in kind with three of their own to push the lead back to 25 points and for Swans, it would have felt like all the hard work was for no gain.

Dillon O’ Reilly kicked his fourth for the game early in the last term to seemingly put the game on ice for the Sharks, but Swans had one last push in them and goaled through Ryan Bennell and Joseph Hinder to make East Fremantle sweat a little.

Kade Walldrot made them a little bit more edgy as he kicked his third for the game and a stunning comeback win remained a possibility.

The Sharks managed to keep their opponents at bay for the remaining time, and Dane Jenzen put the icing on a pretty tasty cake as the reigning premiers recorded an important victory that keeps them in touching distance of the leading pack.

East Fremantle held sway in all the important statistics including disposals (276-253), hit-outs (54-17) and inside 50s (38-37).

Milan Murdock was very impressive once again for the Sharks with 24 disposals, ten tackles and four marks while the willingness of Aaron Meadowcroft to work hard around the ground paid dividends with 17 disposals, seven tackles, five marks and two goals.

Dillon O’Reilly also had his best game of the season so far with 12 disposals, five marks and four goals.

Claremont 2.0.4.1 7.3 11.6(72)

South Fremantle 2.1 3.3 3.6 5.7 (37)

A seven-goal to two second half set up Claremont to record a 35 point win against South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.

The clash was the first of a triple-header of Colts games at the home of the Bulldogs and there were plenty of talent scouts on site to view the high level of young talent on show.

The first half was a tight affair with nothing more than a goal separating the two teams in the opening 50 minutes of the contest.

It was the third quarter while the Tigers made their move by kicking three goals to nil courtesy of majors to Tyron Smallwood, Lachlan Southern and Will Stockwell.

Last years’ runners-up flexed their muscles further In their fourth term by kicking another four goals with South Fremantle relying on the lone hand of Thomas Weston who kicked two for the quarter and ended up with four for the game.

After a somewhat sluggish opening few rounds, the last two weeks have been the Claremont of the previous few seasons.

The positive signs were all to see last week in their heartbreaking loss to Subiaco, and in this clash, they were at their clinical best with 44 inside-50s which in turn were able to generate 17 scoring shots. Meanwhile, South Fremantle could only muster 27 entries into their forward 50.

It was an even spread of contributors for Claremont with Tyron Smallwood compiling 25 disposals, seven tackles, five marks and completing his terrific all-round performance with two goals.

Top-ager Jack Monaghan was also influential around the ground with 24 disposals, six marks and two goals while bottom-ager Liam Henry emphasised the spirit that the Tigers played with as he had 10 tackles to go with 14 disposals.

 

Perth 4.3 5.6 10.9 11.15(81)
West Perth 2.2 9.3 9.6 10.9(69)

Perth showed great resilience to overturn a halftime deficit and record their fourth straight win after defeating West Perth by 12 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.

The first quarter saw West Perth jump out to an early lead, but the in-form Demons hit back hard kicking four goals in a row to lead by 13 points at quarter time.

The second quarter started in the same vein with the Falcons kicking the first three majors of the term, but this time around they continued the momentum, in all kicking seven goals to one and leading by 21 points at the long break.

As ever, Nathan Murray was the standard bearer for the Falcons as he had 15’disposals and three goals for the first half.

In a game of scoring trends, Perth stormed back into the contest with three goals to start the third term courtesy of Ian Hill and Luke English.

They managed to kick two another two goals to take the lead heading into the final term.

The Falcons who would have been really disappointed with their efforts in that third term where they lost all momentum, responded early in the fourth quarter through Lachlan Scurria to cut the margin to three points.

The game then went through a phase of eight straight behinds. The fact that six of them went the way of Perth was worth its weight in gold as it stretched the lead out beyond a goal.

The final margin ended up being 12 points and in many ways, this was Perth’s greatest triumph this season especially when you remember they were down by close to four goals at halftime.

The win equals their tally for all of 2017 which is another reminder of how far they have come in such a short period.

A sign of their second-half dominance was shown by the fact that they had 28 inside 50s to West Perth’s 14.

The key Demons trio of Ian Hill, Luke English and Sydney Stack was sensational. Hill set the tone in the second half and ended up with 21 disposals, three tackles and three key goals.

English was a ball magnet as usual with 30 disposals and five tackles, while also having a big impact on the scoreboard with two goals.

Meanwhile, Stack had 27 disposals, six tackles, four marks and two goals.

Just as that trio is a barometer for Perth’s fortunes, Nathan Murray has the same importance for West Perth. The top-age midfielder had 27 disposals, nine tackles and three goals.

 

East Perth 4.7 6.9 10.11 11.13(79)
Peel Thunder 2.2 8.4 10.4 12.6(78)

East Perth became the final Colts team to register the four points in 2018 after winning a thrilling encounter over Peel Thunder by one point at Leederville Oval on Sunday.

East Perth started strongly by having eleven scoring shots to four but only led by 17 points.

Peel flipped the game on its head in the second term by kicking six goals to two with bottom-ager Jack Sears kicking two for the quarter and Bradley Oldfield three goals for the first half.

It was East Perth’s time to respond in the third quarter and they got the momentum back courtesy of four goals for the term with Jarrod Hamer-Matthew kicking two of them.

With so many momentum shifts in this contest, it was hard to predict how the crucial final term would go, and it was the visitors who started the stronger by kicking the first two goals through Tyson Powell and Jake Howes.

Harley Sparks then kicked his second of the game to give back the Royals the lead and then it was backs to the wall as they grimly hung onto their slender lead.

Peel had a late chance to snatch the victory, but it was to no avail as East Perth savoured a vital four points as they aim to keep in touch with the leading group of teams early in the season.

In his first game for 2018, Thomas Baulch stood tall for the Royals with 20 disposals, 10 marks and a goal while Bradley Oldfield had 19 disposals, five tackles, four Marks and one goal for Peel Thunder.

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