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Peel Thunder 7.7.(49)
Claremont arguably produced their best performance of the season by defeating the top of the table Peel Thunder by 21 points at Fremantle Community Oval. The Tigers had lost their last two games but came out full of intent leading by 10 points at quarter time and extended it to 13 points at the half time break. The two goal deficit somewhat flattered Peel as Claremont had eight more scoring shots (10-2) and eight more inside 50s (22-14). Claremont’s hard work finally translated to the scoreboard in the third quarter kicking four goals to one and leading by 30 points with a quarter to play. Peel showed some strong character in the last quarter to trim the margin under four goals, but Claremont was certainly deserving of their victory. Claremont’s midfield unit was strong again with Callan England impressive with 28 possessions, eight marks and three inside 50. Jacob Orr was very lively up forward with two goals along with 13 possessions, seven inside 50s and five marks. For Peel, Aaron Naughton was terrific with 24 possessions, five marks and two goals while Lachlan Riley had 29 possessions (23 in the first half) along with six inside 50s and five marks.
East Fremantle 15.14(104)
West Perth 3.4(22)
East Fremantle moved to the top of the Colts ladder after an emphatic 82 point thumping against West Perth at East Fremantle Oval. The tone was set very early as the Sharks kicked six goals to nil in the first quarter. The Sharks extended their lead to 48 points at half time and their dominance was clear all over the ground. They led the scoring shots 15-2, had nineteen more entries into the forward 50 (28-9) and amassed 57 more possessions (181-124). The second half was all about collecting more percentage for East Fremantle and pride and respectability for the Falcons. The Sharks did not take their foot off their opponents throat, kicking seven goals to two and claiming a dominant victory which they had 22 more scoring shots than their opponents. Brandon Collard set the tone for East Fremantle with four goals in the first half and also had 18 possessions and eight marks. Ambrose Ryan gave him great support with three goals for the second week in a row and added three marks. Connor West tried hard all game for the Falcons with 24 possessions. After winning their first three games for the season, West Perth have dropped their last four by an average margin of 55 points.
South Fremantle 6.16(52)
The final two games for the round were absolute thrillers. Perth won their second consecutive game for the season by defeating South Fremantle by one point at Lathlain Park. In this topsy-turvy contest, Perth led by 13 points at quarter time and extended it to 18 points at half time. Perth would have been disappointed to only lead by that margin as they had eight more scoring shots (14-6) and five more inside 50s for the half. Their disappointment would have switched to concern in the third term as they were held scoreless while the Bulldogs kicked 3.5 for the term to lead by five points with a quarter to play. If anything hurts morale in a side, it is missed shots at goal. In an extraordinary last quarter, South Fremantle kicked eight straight behinds while Perth kicked 2.2 for the term to get the victory by a solitary point. While it may be too soon to judge, the result may well be a turning point in the Demons season. Meanwhile, for the Bulldogs, it was a heartbreaking defeat as they did everything but claim the four points as they led in the possession count (327-307), marks (99-58) and inside 50s (45-38). Luke English was inspirational for the Demons once again with 30 possessions, nine inside 50s and eight marks. The bottom-ager has averaged over 25 possessions a game in 2017. Sydney Stack was very good up forward with three goals along with 22 possessions and four tackles. For the Bulldogs, bottom-ager Michael Redman was strong again with 22 possessions and 10 marks while Glenn Byron had 25 possessions and five marks but was inaccurate with four behinds.
Swan Districts 9.4(58)
It has been hard to pass judgement on Subiaco this season as they have alternated wins and losses over the first six rounds. They showed that they can mix it with the best teams having defeated Claremont and Peel but have been the only team to lose to South Fremantle this season. On Saturday they faced another challenge against the high flying Swan Districts outfit at Steel Blue Oval. It was a cagey opening half to the contest with Swans leading by four points at quarter time and three at half time. Subiaco looked to break open the contest in the third quarter by kicking four goals to one and led by 15 points with a quarter to play. The visitors extended their lead to over 20 points early in the last term but Swans who had only lost once in their first six games responded like a good team does. They kicked four goals in a row to take back the lead but the final minute of the contest included more drama. Subiaco kicked their second goal for the quarter which looked to have given them the win, but they had to hold their breath as Swans made one late forward surge but luckily for the Lions it resulted in just a behind to give Subiaco a three point win. Nothing separated the teams in possessions (282-282) while Subiaco held sway in the marks (68-60) and inside 50s (40-27). Koby Fullgrabe was excellent for the Lions with 20 possessions, six marks and five inside 50s while Brayden Ainsworth continued his excellent Colts form in 2017 with 27 possessions, six marks and three inside 50s. For Swans, Tom Whittle was excellent up forward with four goals to go along with five marks and 18 possessions while 16 year old Sebastian Bright was impressive in a support role with two goals and four tackles.