WAFL Colts Wrap: Round Six


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

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Subiaco       3.2 6.3 7.4   8.8 (56)

West Perth 4.2 8.3 15.4 18.8 (115)

West Perth arguably produced the performance of the 2018 Colts season to date, thrashing the previously unbeaten Subiaco by 59 points at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

The first half gave no indication of what was to come with the Falcons leading by a goal at quarter-time and it continued to be a free-flowing contest in the second quarter where the visitors extended their lead to twelve points at the long break.

You could be excused if West Perth had a fair degree of trepidation heading into the second half, such has been the dominance that the Lions have displayed this season in the final two quarters in 2018.

The Lions got a major scare against Claremont in their last game before the bye and they looked noticably sluggish after their week off with West Perth showing they were not going to be a pushover.

The Falcons proved to be more than nuisance value in the third term as they produced a scintillating quarter kicking seven goals to one and putting the game beyond any doubt.

The Lions who had used a strong third term in previous games to set up their victories were powerless as their opposition put them to the sword.

It is very hard to win every quarter in modern day footy, but West Perth achieved that as they kicked three goals to one and seal a emphatic ten goal victory.

Twelve individual goal kickers signified the magnitude of the team performance by the Falcons.

15-year-old Logan Foley may have only had five disposals for the game but he made them count as he kicked four goals all of which came at important stages of the contest.

While ball magnet Nathan Murray was exceptional again for the Falcons as he picked up yet another 30 disposals.

On a tough day for the Lions, Jacob Peletier was a shining light with 23 disposals and six marks.

South Fremantle 1.2 1.6 1.7 3.8(26)

Swan Districts    3.2 5.6 11.9 12.15 (87)

It was a much more enjoyable trip home from the Port city for Swan Districts this week, as they thrashed South Fremantle by 61 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.

Seven days after they lost to East Fremantle at the same venue, Swans were keen to make amends and their intent was evident all across the ground as they were miserly in defence and fluent in attack.

The black and whites led by four goals at halftime, restricting the Bulldogs to just 1.6 for the first two quarters.

The visitors continued that dominance after the break as they piled on six goals to the lone behind by South Fremantle.

Trailing by 62 points, it was all about respect in the final term for the Dogs and they achieved that goal by winning the quarter courtesy of majors by Thomas Weston and Luke Moore.

In terms of catalysts for Swans victory, you would be hard-pressed to look beyond the double act of Atem Deng and Patrick Farrant kicking four goals each.

Complementing the fine work of Deng and Farrant was Graydon Wilson who had 29 disposals and nine marks and bottom-ager Riley Garcia who had 25 disposals and six tackles.

Luke Moore was a tireless worker in a losing cause for the Bulldogs with 23 disposals and six marks to go along with his two goals.

Peel Thunder 3.2 8.4 15.9 21.10(136)

Claremont      2.0 5.0 6.3    9.4(58)

A stunning four-goal third quarter burst from Lachlan Cullen set Peel Thunder on their way to a thumping 78-point win over Claremont at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

After winning just one of their first four games of the season, Peel were looking to get some momentum in 2018.

They opened up an eight-point lead at quarter time and extended it to 22 points at the long break despite Claremont kicking three successive goals early in the quarter. Bradley Oldfield was one of the stars of the first half for the Thunder with two goals.

While Cullen broke the resistance of the visitors with his four majors in the third term, it was perfect team football by the home side all around the ground as they dominated the possession and made their opportunities count.

The onslaught continued in the final term, and this time it was bottom-ager Tyrone Thorne joining the party by kicking three goals and Cullen added another to give him five for the game.

Just like the Falcons, Peel produced a true four-quarter performance and put all the other teams on notice that their best is pretty impressive.

Their dominance was evident by the fact that they had 113 more possessions (346-233), 22 more inside 50s (53-31) which led to 18 more scoring shots (31-13).

James Sturrock was excellent for the home team with 30 disposals, six marks and six tackles, while Lachlan Riley was just as impressive with 28 disposals and six marks.

Claremont who were the runners-up from last year, have had a real topsy-turvy start to 2018.

Just when it seemed like the Tigers had got a bit of momentum in the last few weeks, they produced a lacklustre performance which they will need to recover from quickly if they want to go one better this season.

Like he has done all season, Tyron Smallwood was a star for the Tigers with 20 disposals and a goal.

East Fremantle 2.2 3.3 9.6 13.6(84)

East Perth        4.1. 6.2 7.3 10.5(65)

The closest game of the round saw defending premiers East Fremantle win their second consecutive game for 2018 with a 19 point victory.

That looked to be far from the case in the first quarter as the Royals dominated the early stages, kicking the first four goals of the game and looking threatening every time they took the ball into the forward 50 with Ben McGuire proving a real focal point.

Two late goals from the in-form Milan Murdock and Dillon O’ Reilly trimmed the deficit to 11 points.

The Royals held sway in the second quarter extending their lead to 17 points at the long break, but East Fremantle were getting their game into gear but were not seeing the results that their endeavours deserved on the scoreboard.

That all changed after halftime as they kicked six goals to one to grab the momentum of this fascinating contest with Joshua Ritchie prominent for the home side.

The Sharks put the game completely out of reach of their opponents in the final term kicking three quick goals.

East Perth kicked a couple of consolation goals courtesy of bottom-age talent Rhai-arn Cox, but it was too little too late as the Sharks claimed an important win as they look to find their 2017 form.

Milan Murdock had 23 disposals, five marks and eight tackles along with his two first-half goals while top-ager Corey Robinson was excellent support with 27 disposals seven marks and six tackles.

Thomas Baulch kept up his fine form up with 25 disposals, ten tackles and nine marks while Ben McGuire had four goals for the game.

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