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Swan Districts 11.10 (76)
Claremont made an impressive start to the game between two of the main challengers for the Colts Premiership leading by 23 points at quarter time. The second quarter was a real scrappy affair with only one goal being kicked which went the way of Swan Districts cutting the half time margin to 17 points. Although they were behind, one statistic which would have warmed the hearts of the Swans coaching panel was that they were getting plenty of ball inside their forward 50, ( 20-19) but the frustration was that they were not converting their hard work on the scoreboard. The third quarter saw the home team make their move as they kicked 5.3 to 2.1 to turn for home leading by three points. First gamer Patrick Italiano was influential in the Swans turn around kicking two goals for the quarter. The fourth term saw the Black and Whites continue in the same vein by kicking another five goals with bottom ager Tyler Bennett kicking two while Claremont could only muster one goal in reply. In the end, the 26 point margin was a fair reflection of the game with Swans having six more scoring shots (21-15) and thirteen more forward 50 entries (46-33). Swans defender Samuel Taylor showed why he is seen as one of the main WA draft hopefuls for 2017 with 25 possessions and 11 marks, while Italiano finished with three goals to go with 16 possessions and four marks in an impressive debut. For Claremont, ball magnet Jake Patmore picked up 26 possessions to go along with four inside 50s and three tackles while Jordan Lewsey was a solid contributor with 27 possessions, nine marks and three inside 50s.
West Perth 6.6(42)
Perth recorded their first victory in their sixth game for the season with a very impressive four quarter performance at the HBF arena. The first half was a tight affair with nothing more than a couple of goals the difference but the visitors controlled the tempo of the game amassing 50 more disposals (183-133) and 13 more inside 50s (24-11). As a team that had not won a game so far this season, it would have been slightly understandable if the Demons dropped off slightly in their intensity, but it was clearly evident that they could sense their first win of the season. If Perth were looking for someone to take the lead, they didn’t have to look further than Luke English who kicked three second half goals to go along with 34 possessions for the game. Perth kicked eight goals to four in the second half to seal the four points and a much-deserved victory. The margin of six goals was well reflected in the statistics as Perth had 62 more disposals (337-275), 12 more tackles (65-53), and 14 more inside 50s (45-31). Caelen Bennell (31 possessions six marks) and Joseph Ugle (30 possessions, six tackles and five inside 50s) gave great support to English. While for the Falcons, Nathan Murray tried hard all day with 21 possessions and seven tackles.
Peel Thunder 12.12 (84)
East Perth 12.9 (81)
In the game of the day, Peel had to withstand a furious last quarter fightback by East Perth to win by three points at Bendigo Bank Stadium. After a very tight first quarter, the Thunder kicked six goals to one led by the duo of top ager Damon Cramer and bottom ager Lee Chapman who each kicked three goals each for the half. East Perth regained a foothold in the contest kicking three goals to two in the third quarter and trailing by 23 points at the last change. The Royals kicked the first three goals of the last quarter while Peel had misplaced their kicking boots only scoring three behinds and seeing their lead dwindle. The home team desperately needed a steadier and got one through Michael Stevens, but the Royals hit back through Jacob Oakes and Liam Martin’s second goals for the game. In the end, their late surge came just a little bit too late as Peel hung on for their fifth win of the season. Although East Perth has a 2-5 win loss record, they must be heartened by the fact they have pushed the two top teams (Peel and Swan Districts) every step of the way. Jordan Boullineau was a very strong four quarter performer for the Thunder with 22 possessions, eight marks and five tackles while Cramer kicked four goals for the game along with five marks and 13 possessions. Nathan Arbon was the Royals best with 22 possessions, six marks and three inside 50s, while Brandon Starcevich had his best game of the season with 17 possessions, five tackles, five inside 50s and one goal.