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Swans. 2.3 4.8 4.8 5.12 (42)
Peel Thunder. 0.2 1.4 4.9 5.10 (40)
It was hard work but Swan Districts dug deep when it counted to defeat Peel Thunder by two points in a gritty encounter at Bassendean Oval.
Three first-half goals by Atem Deng set the Swans up very nicely in a low scoring scrappy first half. Twelve scoring shots to five told a story of Swans superiority but Peel was not out of the contest with the margin being 22 points at the long break.
It took 15 minutes for the first goal of the third term to be kicked through Peel’s Andrew Butler to get the margin back to 13 points.
That soon became seven points when Michael Randall goaled and when Kilian Rawson kicked the Thunder’s third goal in five minutes, we had a real contest on our hands. The third term performance was made the more impressive by Peel as their defence kept Swans scoreless.
Swans reclaimed the lead early in the fourth term through Joseph Hinder, but Peel hit back hard through Jarrad Fazioli. From there it was a real scramble to see if anyone could kick a deciding goal, but the black and whites stood firm to maintain their 100% record for 2018.
In an indication of how hard fought the contest was, there were 177 tackles laid with Swan Districts just edging out their opponents (93-84) while Peel just won the inside 50 count (42-40).
Mitchell Bain was in and under throughout the contest for Swans with 28 disposals and seven tackles while the three-goal contribution by Atem Deng was vital in such a low scoring affair.
Peel had a number of even contributors across the board but Bradley Oldfield was rock solid again with 16 disposals and eight tackles while Jamie Sturrock was also impressive with 22 disposals, eight tackles and three marks.
East Fremantle 1.1 3.2 5.4 5.6 (36)
Perth. 5.2. 8.6 9.6 15.9 (99)
Perth produced one of their most impressive four-quarter performances in a few seasons after running out 63-point winners against East Fremantle at Shark Park
The Demons stunned the reigning premiers with a five-goal burst in the first quarter led by bottom-age players Elijah Taylor and Harry Zimmerman each kicking two goals.
They would have expected a response by East Fremantle and while an early goal to the home side cut the deficit, the Demons were certainly not deterred and extended their lead to 32 points at the long break.
Another bottom-ager in Devon Robertson led the Demons charge at the half with 20 disposals, while the prolific Luke English had 15.
Two goals in two minutes by Joel Ritchie early in the third term looked to ignite a flat East Fremantle outfit, but Perth showed a level of poise replying through English and at three-quarter time had a commanding 26-point lead.
Simon Hayward kicked his second of the game to give Perth more breathing space and when bottom-ager Bailey Smith kicked his second and English his third, the Demons had sealed a sensational team performance.
The final margin of 63 points was a true reflection of how the game was played. Having already competed very strongly against two of the 2017 finalists in their first two games, Perth will be a fascinating team to observe in 2018.
For the Sharks, who were so dominant in 2017, while it is not quite panic stations, they would have realised very quickly that they are now the target of the other eight sides of the competition.
The dominance on the scoreboard for Perth was starkly shown in the possession stats where the Demons had 120 more disposals (328-208), and the inside 50 count where they nearly doubled their opponents tally (49-26).
Luke English shone yet again picking up 33 disposals, seven marks and finished his hard work on the scoreboard with three goals.
He had plenty of able assistants including Devon Robertson who also had 33 along with six marks and five tackles and Sydney Stack collected 24 disposals while his work rate without the ball was just as important with 13 tackles.
East Perth 1.3 3.5 4.6 4.7(31)
West Perth 1.3 2.6 4.10 7.12(54)
West Perth continued on their encouraging form last week against Claremont by claiming their first win of 2018 with an impressive 23-point win over East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday.
It was a tightly contested first half between the old rivals where nothing more than a goal separated the two teams. The Falcons took the honours in the third term kicking 2.4 to 1.1 with goals by Lachlan Scurria and top-ager Noah Clune.
While inaccurate, West Perth was getting a real foothold in the game and Scurria kicked his second to push the lead into double figures. While does that not seem a lot on face-value, in a low scoring encounter it was worth its weight in gold.
Daniel Cruikshank put the game beyond any doubt with his first of the game and that was followed by Murray kicking a goal on the siren sealing a very impressive victory.
The Falcons made their superiority in possession count (339-270) as they were able to conjure up eight more scoring shots (19-11). Their ferocity around the ball was also telling as they made 73 tackles to East Perth’s 48.
Thomas Medhat set the tone for the visitors with 34 disposals, 12 marks, eight tackles and a goal. He was ably supported by Bailey Chalmers with 29 disposals, ten marks and four tackles while Koopah Todd had another good game with 26 disposals.
East Perth was well served by Jarrod Hamer-Matthew with 21 disposals and five tackles.
South Fremantle 4.0 5.5 6.7 7.8(50)
Subiaco. 3.2 7.2 10.7 14.10(94)
A seven-goal to two second-half sent Subiaco on their way to a 44 point-win over South Fremantle and gave a clear indicator that they will be one of the teams to watch in 2018.
The first half produced some entertaining and open football between the two teams. South Fremantle was itching to get underway after having the first round bye and they held a small advantage of four points going into quarter-time. Subiaco responded in the second quarter kicking four goals to one and open up a nine-point lead at halftime.
The Lions opened up a handy 24-point lead with one quarter to play courtesy of a three-goal to one term. They continued their dominance in the final quarter with another four goals with the Bulldogs able to only kick one in response, as Subiaco made it two from two in 2018.
One thing to take note of as the season progresses is Subiaco’s second half. In their two games this season, they have outscored their opponents 19 goals to six. Keep up that kind of ratio and the Lions will be formidable for any opposition.
Subiaco was very efficient with the ball in hand. Despite only having four more disposals(285-281) and eight less inside 50s (40-32), they were able to produce nine more scoring shots in their favour.
For the second week in a row, ruckman Xavier Peacock gave his midfielders great service around the ground with 28 hit-outs.
Luke Foley had 28 disposals for the second week in a row to go with five marks, five tackles and two goals.
Jack Mayo and Taj Schofield were very lively around the forward 50 each kicking three goals for the game.
For the Bulldogs, Luke Moore was a lively target with three goals from his 13 disposals while Tom Blechynden showed great endeavour throughout the contest with 23 disposals, seven marks and three tackles.