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WAFL Colts Wrap: Round 8

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The WAFL has been a wonderful breeding ground for AFL talent over the years and 2018 will be no exception.

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The players got a early taste of winter on Saturday with rain and strong winds sweeping the metro area over the last 36 hours.

Those conditions meant the teams who adapted better to the tricky conditions would prevail.

East Perth          1.1  4.4 6.4 6.4 (40)
Swan Districts 0.2 0.4 3.4 11.5(71)

Swan Districts responded from a sluggish first half to record their fifth win of the Colts season after a 31 point win over East Perth at Leederville Oval.

It was a tightly contested first quarter, with Harley Sparks kicking the only major of the term for the Royals.

The home team with only win to start the 2018 season were playing with real purpose and three more goals through Kyle Robinson, Reuben Pasalich and Sam Van Diemen gave them a commanding 26-point lead at the long break.

Swans who were not the first team to look lacklustre coming off the bye this season finally clicked into gear as they kicked their first majors in the third term, with bottom-ager Kade Walldrot kicking two for the quarter.

Despite the goal flurry from the visitors, East Perth still had a three goal lead heading into the final 25 minutes.

However, a whole new transformation came over the game in the last quarter as Swans unleashed a eight goal whirlwind on the Royals who had little answer for the avalanche registering no score for the term.

The damage on the scoreboard was shared by the Black and Whites, with Jarrad Cameron, Nathan Ireland and Walldrot each kicking two, while Patrick Farrant and Joel Curtis kicked one.

In truth, while the scoreboard told one side of the store for the first three quarters, it wasnt the whole picture as Swans dominated the whole contest where they had a 61-27  advantage in the inside 50s as well as a commanding 90 more disposals (324-234).

The stellar last quarter performance moved Swans to the equal share of first place on the ladder and a definite sign that they are one of the teams to beat in 2018.

Jarred Cameron had a outstanding all-round game with 25 disposals, seven marks and four tackles along with two goals while Kade Walldrot continued his impressive 2018 with 12 disposals and four goals. The bottom-ager has nine goals in four games this season.

For the Royals, bottom-ager Cooper Sparks tried hard all game with 21 disposals and eight tackles.

East Fremantle 1.2 4.4 5.6  5.9(39)
Peel Thunder    3.1 4.4. 5.9 8.11(59)

It was a attritional battle for three quarters but eventually it was Peel Thunder who outlasted East Fremantle by 20 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

The home team started the stronger leading by eleven points at the quarter time break with bottom-ager Dean Welhan kicking two for the term.

As you would expect from the reigning premiers, East Fremantle hit back hard with three goals of their own in the second term to have the scores level at the long break.

That pattern continued in the third term with neither team giving a inch with Peel taking a slender three point lead into the last change.

With both teams getting some much needed momentum in the last few weeks it was going to be fascinating to see which side would carry on their impressive recent form.

To the credit of Peel, they went on with the job kicking three goals to nil and recording their third straight victory by 20 points.

In a low scoring encounter the three -goal contribution of Dean Welhan was vital, while James Sturrock was a willing contributor with 25 disposals and four tackles.

For the Sharks, Tom Wright was impressive with 20 disposals, five tackles and two goals along with top-ager Corey Robinson with 19 disposals, six marks and two goals.

South Fremantle 1.2 2.3 4.4 8.6(54)
Claremont             1.3  2.6 2.9 3.11(29)

A four goal last quarter saw South Fremantle record consecutive victories for the first time this season and consign Claremont to another frustrating loss by defeating the Tigers by 25 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

It was tough going in the first two quarters with both sides only kicking two goals for the half.

The Bulldogs opened up a mini-break in the third term kicking two goals to take a seven point lead into the last quarter.

While it wasn’t a day for key forwards, two last quarter goals from the in-form key Thomas Weston was vital as the Bulldogs kicked four goals to one and completed a very important victory.

After missing the first two games of 2018, the forward has kicked 15 goals in five games.

The Bulldogs maintained possession of the ball to their advantage with 56 more disposals (244-188) which led to four more inside 50s (36-32).

Luke Moore was very strong all day for the home side with 21 disposals, six marks, three tackles and two goals while Weston was a imposing figure with 13 disposals, 12 hit-outs, seven marks and three goals.

Perth    0.2 2.4. 3.5. 6.9(45)
Subiaco 2.5 4.7 5.9. 5.9(39)

A last minute goal to Bailey Smith saw Peel continue their superb 2018 season with a six point win over Subiaco at Lathlain Park.

As was the pattern in all the other games, scoring was at a premium with Subiaco kicking the only two goals for the first term and maintaining their lead in the second and third quarters.

The Demons needed something special in the last term as they had only kicked three goals for the first three quarters and trailed by 16 points.

However, in a season where they have stood strong and withstood a number of challenges, the Demons did so once again when playing a formidable opponent.

Despite having 86 more disposals, (302-216) and inside 50s (39-33) that did not translate to more scoring shots for the Lions as Perth had one more for the game.

With this victory, the Demons have passed their tally of wins for the whole of 2017, a fine achievement so early in the season.

Bottom-age Bailey Smith had a major impact with 12 disposals, five tackles and three goals for the Demons.

For his age, Smith is having a fine season averaging 12 disposals, four tackles and two goals a game.

Since their bye in round five, Subiaco have lost three in a row, including their last two by a goal or less.

They now sit a game and percentage behind the Demons and Swans with a 4-3 record.

Midfielder Liam Hickmott was prolific for the Lions once again with 38 disposals and 10 tackles.

Hickmott is averaging 24 disposals and eight tackles this season.

 

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