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South Fremantle 6.8 (44)
Defending premiers Claremont set up their third win in a row with a superb first half performance where they kicked eight goals to one to lead by South Fremantle by 43 points at Fremantle Oval. They stretched their lead further kicking by three of the first four goals of the the third term before the Bulldogs stemmed the bleeding by kicking one of their own. The lead was 53 points at three quarter time and the Tigers would have been looking forward to build their percentage in the last quarter, but credit to the home side who kicked three goals to one to cut the final margin to a more respectable 41 points. Although the possession statistic was relatively even with Claremont edging it 284-267, they used the ball much more effectively as they had 11 more inside 50s (47-36) which calculated into eleven more scoring shots for the game. The Tigers had winners all over the ground with the trio of Jack Lewsey (27 possessions five inside 50 and four tackles), Callan England (25 possessions, five inside 50) and Rylie Morgan (25 possessions, six tackles) impressive in the midfield. In the forward line bottom ager Nathan Pearce in just his second Colts game kicked three goals and compiled five inside 50s. For the Bulldogs, Tere Taio-Yarran produced a good effort all game with 22 possessions, five tackles and two goals.
East Perth 12.10.(82)
In the first quarter Subiaco carried on their good form from the previous week by breaking out to a 23 point lead at Leederville Oval. East Perth roared back into the contest in the second quarter kicking 6.3 to no score to take the lead by 15 points at half time. East Perth extended their streak to nine consecutive goals after kicking the first three goals of the third quarter. The game looked to be over as a contest, but Subiaco showed some great resolve by kicking the last three goals of the quarter to narrow the gap to the half time margin at three quarter time. Subiaco then kicked the first two goals of the last quarter to make it a three point contest, but the 2016 runners/up showed great spirit to kick the last two goals of the game to win by 14 points. Subiaco will rue the three missed chances they had when they had all the momentum in the fourth quarter. A brief look at the stats showed Subiaco edging out the Royals in possessions (323-298) and marks (82-70) but a real difference was the inside 50s which East Perth won 47-34. Christian Ameduri was influential for the second week in a row for the Royals with 19 possessions, four marks, four tackles and a goal. While Matthew Young continues his outstanding 2017 form with 23 possessions, eight tackles and six marks. For the Lions, top ager Brayden Ainsworth was superb with 32 possessions, nine marks four inside 50s and one goal while Kyron Hayden had 29 possessions and six marks.
West Perth 5.7.(37)
Peel Thunder emphatically showed they are a clear threat for the 2017 Colts Premiership by thrashing the previously unbeaten West Perth by 75 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Good Friday. The first quarter gave no indication how the rest of the game was going to play out with West Perth enjoying a seven point lead at quarter time. Peel started to flex their muscles in the second quarter kicking 7.2 to 00 to lead by 38 points at half time. The third quarter was a much closer contest, but Peel still won the third quarter by a goal to lead by 45 points with a quarter to play. The final quarter was a percentage booster for the Thunder as they kicked five goals without reply to claim a very impressive win. Not surprisingly, Peel dominated all the major categories with their fifty inside 50s generating 27 scoring shots, more than doubling the West Perth tally of 12. Top ager Damon Cramer was very lively up forward with three goals to go along with six marks and 15 possessions. Bottom ager Jarrad Fazioli also kicked three goals while the two Lachlans’ Mitchell and Riley, had 55 possessions between them. For the Falcons, Nathan Murray tried all day with 26 possessions, three marks, four tackles and a goal while Kurt Monaghan kicked two goals from limited opportunities.
East Fremantle 12.11(83)
Swan Districts 4.8.(32)
East Fremantle put pay to the final 100% record in the WAFL Colts competition on Saturday as they comprehensively defeated Swan Districts by 51 points at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday. The home team started very strongly using the breeze to their advantage by opening up a 33 point lead at quarter time. The second quarter was a real grind in comparison with only one goal kicked for the quarter by Swan Districts. The Sharks sealed the victory in the third quarter by kicking six goals to one behind to have a 65 point lead at three quarter time. The fourth quarter was all about pride for Swans and a percentage boost for the Sharks. Swan Districts managed to win their second quarter of the game kicking 2.3 to three behinds to narrow the final margin. Unfortunately for the visitors, all the damage was done by the Sharks in the first and third quarters. East Fremantle’s manic pressure around the ground was outstanding and was highlighted with their tally of 83 tackles. They also had 15 more entries into their forward 50 than their opponents(47-32). In a sign of East Fremantle’s ferocious forward line pressure, their two leading goalkickers on the day Dwayne Nevill and Joshua Ritchie (three goals each) also had 14 tackles between them. Sharks top age midfielder Jayden Quill led the game in possessions with 26 possessions to go along with six tackles and a goal. For Swans, Blake Pescud tried hard all day with 24 possessions, nine tackles, five inside 50s and one goal.