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Peel Thunder 9.9(63)
Swan Districts 9.9.(63)
Peel Thunder and Swan Districts produced the first draw of the 2017 season at the Bendigo Bank Stadium. Peel started strongly leading by a goal at quarter time and extending it to three goals at half time. Michael Stevens and Tyson Powell were causing The Swans defence some issues with two goals each. The visitors trimmed the margin down to two goals in the third term courtesy of a superb quarter by Aidan Clarke who kicked three goals. The last quarter was a very tense affair. Peel kicked the vital first goal but Swans hit back hard kicking three goals which included another two goals by Clarke to give them the lead for the first time since the second quarter. Having seen their grip on the game vanish, Peel looked to get their nose back in front. The best they could do was score a behind to level the scores and share the points. Draws are always difficult to gauge as you can look at it in a glass half full or glass half empty fashion. Both teams would be thinking they had opportunities to seal the victory, but perhaps Swans would be the happier of the two sides having trailed for a large majority of the contest. One thing is clear, both teams have shown that they will be contenders for the premiership this season. Stevens was a very good focal point for Peel with four goals to go along with five marks, four inside 50s and 12 possessions. Jakeb Shine was also a solid contributor for the Thunder with 21 possessions, seven marks and five inside 50s. Clarke had a superb all-round game for Swans with six goals and amassed 17 possessions, five marks, three tackles and three inside 50s. Oskar Matthews gave his midfielders great service around the ground with 36 hit-outs for the match along with 11 possessions and four marks.
East Fremantle 15.9(99)
East Perth 7.9(51)
East Fremantle showed their 2017 Premiership credentials with a blistering eight-goal final quarter burst to run out convincing 48 point winners at East Fremantle Oval. Both teams went blow for blow in the first three-quarters with nothing more than a goal separating them. Heading into the last term, the home team had a five-point lead and it was anyone’s game. Within ten minutes that lead had grown to five goals and although the Royals tried to stem the tide with a goal of their own, it was to no avail as the Sharks kicked another four majors to seal a very impressive victory. East Fremantle amassed 13 inside 50s in the final quarter in a sure sign of their dominance and led that category overall 48-31. With Peel and Swan Districts playing out a draw, East Fremantle can set up their season very nicely if they win their game in hand. If they manage to do that, their lead over their nearest rivals will extend to six points.
Ambrose Ryan continued his impressive 2017 season with 24 possessions and a goal while fellow over-ager Kyle Baskerville was very good with 28 possessions and six marks. Matthew Young was the Royals best with 25 possessions, five marks and four inside 50s while Christopher White tried hard in the forward line with three goals.
Claremont backed up their impressive win over Peel last week with an emphatic 65 point victory over Perth. The Demons came into this game on the back of some encouraging form winning their last two games, but this encounter against the reigning premiers was going to be a stern test. Claremont started strongly leading by two goals in the first quarter, but Perth trimmed the lead in the second quarter to nine points at halftime. However, it could have been a whole different story as they had 14 inside 50s for the term but were inaccurate only kicking 1.5. Claremont steadied the ship in the third quarter kicking three goals to one to lead by 22 points. The final quarter was a complete domination as they had 18 scoring shots and 17 Inside 50s. While a big frustration would be that they did not have their kicking boots on with the end result being 5.13, a positive was that they kept their opponents scoreless which would have impressed the coaching staff. Ruckman Lewis Davis was excellent for the Tigers with 21 possessions, five marks, three inside 50s and one goal. James Egan was also very good with 26 possessions, four marks and three goals. For the Demons, Luke English was a standout once again with 30 possessions, five marks and four inside 50s.
South Fremantle 7.7 (49)
The clash between Subiaco and South Fremantle was a prime example that if you don’t convert opportunities then you be made to pay. The Bulldogs dominated general play in the first half where they had 27 inside 50s compared to Subiaco’s 11, yet they found themselves down by 10 points at the long break. Subiaco then extended their lead in the third term to lead by three goals heading into the final quarter. The visitors stormed home in the last quarter kicking four goals to one but the Lions hung on for a four-point win and now open up a handy eight point gap between themselves who currently in fifth place and West and East Perth, although the Falcons have a game in hand. Brayden Ainsworth was very good for Subiaco again with 24 possessions, eight marks and five tackles while Max Dennis was very good in support with 20 possessions, eight marks, five inside 50s and a goal. For South Fremantle, John Frampton was superb with 26 possessions, six marks and 28 hit-outs while 16-year-old Jack Musika in just his second Colts game was very impressive with 27 possessions, six inside 50s and five marks.