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 U/18 talent in the nation. This is a re-cap of what occurred in round three.
West Perth 10.11(71)
West Perth made it two wins from as many games after winning a thrilling encounter against Subiaco at HBF Arena on Friday night by five points. Nothing more than a goal separated the teams as the lead changed hands on a number of occasions throughout the evening. The visitors had a four point lead at half time, and extended it to five points with a quarter to play. However, West Perth showed greater poise when it counted in the last quarter kicking 3.5 to 2.1 to run out five point winners. For the second week in a row, the Falcons were convincingly beaten in the ruck taps (27-49) but that did not seem to affect their general play around the ground as they had more possessions (302-278) and marks (65-57). West Perth midfielder Connor West was influential in amassing 33 possessions six marks and six tackles. Small forward Nathan Murray had 17 possessions to go with three goals. Meanwhile for Subiaco Kyron Hayden continued his great start to the season by amassing 27 possessions while over-ager Brayden Ainsworth had an impressive all-round game picking up 24 possessions, five marks, five tackles and two goals.
Peel Thunder 16.7(103)
South Fremantle 5.5 (35)
Peel Thunder made it three wins from three with an emphatic 68 point win over South Fremantle at Bendigo Bank Stadium. It was a true four-quarter performance from Peel who kicked five goals to one in the first quarter and extended their lead to 37 points at half time. While some teams may have taken their foot off the pedal, Peel went on with the job in the second half kicking seven goals to two and running out very comfortable winners. Thunder controlled the tempo of the game throughout taking 111 marks around the ground, more than double than their opponents (53). While South Fremantle took the ball into their forward line 43 times, they would be very disappointed with their total score of 5.5 (35) on a warm and sunny Autumn day. Peel midfielder Jakeb Shine was a very good player on the day collecting 29 possessions, 11 marks and taking the ball inside 50 three times. Bottom age key forward Lee Chapman was a true focal point kicking five goals along with four marks and 18 possessions. South Fremantle was also well served by a bottom-ager with Regan Spooner collecting 28 possessions, six tackles and five marks. Over-ager Nicholas Giarrizzo tried hard all game for the Bulldogs with 23 possessions, four marks and three inside 50s.
Perth 4.12 (36)
Reigning premiers Claremont rebounded in style from a round one loss by thrashing Perth by 61 points at Lathlain Park. The Tigers set up their win with a dominant first quarter kicking five goals to nil. Perth managed to win the second quarter by kicking two goals to one, but Claremont responded by kicking eight goals to two in the second half to complete the impressive victory. Claremont compiled 347 possessions for the game and were clean with the ball in hand as they managed 27 scoring shots for the game compared to an inaccurate 16 from Perth. The Tigers midfield duo of Callan England (34 possessions) and Jake Patmore (31 possessions) were exceptional throughout the four quarters between them with the latter kicking two goals. For the Demons, over-ager Caelen Bennell kept trying throughout the four quarters and picked up 31 possessions, four inside 50s and three tackles. While bottom ager Luke English continued his impressive start to 2017 with 31 possessions, ten tackles and four marks. English who does not turn 17 until August is averaging 27.3 possessions, six tackles and five marks in his first three games of the season.
East Perth 9.10 (64)
Swan Districts 10.13.(73)
Swan Districts joined Peel Thunder on three wins for the season with a gritty nine-point win over East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday evening. There was little to separate the sides during the game with Swans leading by a point at quarter-time, and two points at the half. The Royals kicked 2.2 to 1.3 in the third quarter to edge ahead by three points as they looked for their first win of the season. Swans showed their class when it counted the most kicking 4.3 to 2.3 in the last quarter to seal the victory. East Perth dominated the possession stats (345-289) and marks (99-60) but Swans made their possession count generating 23 scoring shots from their 55 forward line entries. Bottom ager Graydon Wilson continued his strong form to start the season for Swans with 21 possessions, three marks and three tackles Jack O’ Sullivan was also impressive in collecting 22 possessions, five inside 50s and four tackles. Meanwhile for East Perth, Matthew Young produced a strong all-round performance with 24 possessions, five tackles, four marks and two goals while bottom-ager Damon Greaves was composed with 18 possessions and five marks.