The WAFL Colts has been a great feeding ground for the AFL clubs over the years. With so much talent to follow, Footy Prophet will be giving you a weekly update of some of the best U18 talent in the nation. This is a re-cap of what occurred in round four.
East Fremantle 16.7(103)
East Fremantle produced a full four quarter performance in claiming their second win for the season defeating Perth by 55 points at Lathlain Park. East Fremantle started the game in strong fashion by kicking four goals to one in the first quarter and extending their lead to 21 points at the long break. The Sharks kicked four goals to two in the third quarter to extend their lead to 36 points with a quarter to play. The home team kicked two of the first three goals to margin to 30 points, but East Fremantle steadied by kicking the last four goals of the game to finish the game in convincing style. The Sharks held sway in the possession stakes (289-239), while dominating marks (61-30) and hit outs (64-17). Thomas Eastaugh was a four quarter performer for the Sharks with 31 possessions, six marks, four tackles and four inside 50s. Jack McGrath gave his midfield brigade silver service throughout the game with 51 hit-outs. For the winless Demons, Caelen Bennell tried his heart out yet again compiling 21 possessions, eight tackles and four inside 50s. Bottom ager Ian Hill was the only other Demon to hit the 20 possession mark (23 of his own) along with six inside 50s and two goals.
South Fremantle 8.7(55)
West Perth 14.8(92)
West Perth made it three wins from three to start the season after a 37-point win over South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval. The Falcons started strongly leading by 19 points at quarter time, and extended it to 26 points at half time. South Fremantle stormed back into the contest in the third quarter by kicking five goals to two and trial by just five points with a quarter to play. West Perth showed they are an impressive unit in 2017 by kicking 5.3 to one behind in the last quarter to seal an impressive victory. South Fremantle edged the possession count (279-268) as well as marks (67-58), but the Falcons held sway in the inside 50s (36-29). West Perth had an even range of contributors led by Connor West with 23 possessions, three inside 50s and a goal while bottom ager Daniel Rowe was very lively with four goals, five marks and five tackles. For the Bulldogs they were best served by ruckman John Frampton with 22 possessions, seven marks and 21 hit-outs while Kyle Hamersley was in and under all game with 22 possessions, eight tackles and four inside 50s.
Subiaco 10.16 (76)
Peel Thunder 10.6(66)
In a tense and compelling contest, it was Subiaco which held their nerve when it counted winning by 10 points at Leederville Oval. Peel held a two point lead at quarter time, while Subiaco had taken the lead at half time by three points. The third quarter was a beauty with nine goals been kicked between the teams. Subiaco managed to extend their lead to nine points at the final change and in the last quarter was tight and tense footy, but the Lions held on to claim their second win of the season and inflict the first loss on Peel for 2017. Subiaco was led well by over ager Brayden Ainsworth who had 24 possessions, five marks and a goal, while Max Dennis continued his impressive start to the season with 22 possessions and eight inside 50s For Peel, bottom ager Lachlan Riley had a scintillating first quarter gathering 18 possessions but Subiaco did very well to restrict him to 11 more for the rest of the game. Fellow midfielder Lachlan Mitchell also had an impact with 26 possessions, six inside 50s and five tackles.
East Perth 8.8 (56)
The grand final replay was a match of contrasting halves. Claremont started with purpose jumping out to a 22 point lead at quarter time and grew their lead to 27 points at half time. The Royals managed to get into the contest in the third quarter by kicking three goals to one to cut the margin to 14 points with a quarter to play. The Royals cut the margin to three points at the start of the final term, only for the defending premiers to steady by kicking two goals in reply. The Royals kicked their third goal for the quarter but with not much time on the clock, they had left their run a little too late with the Tigers running out 10 point winners. An area to work on for Claremont during the week is their kicking for goal which yielded a wasteful 2.6 in the final quarter and could have proved extremely costly. The possession count for both sides was dead even (306-306), East Perth edged the marks (69-63), while Claremont held the edge in the hit outs (41-37). The Tigers was best served by bottom ager Rylie Morgan who had 28 possessions and six marks while Callan England was prolific again with 26 possessions. For East Perth, they had strong contributors in Christian Ameduri who had 26 possessions, seven tackles, three marks and one goal while Matthew Young had 23 possessions, seven marks and one goal.