In round 19 of the WAFL Colts Competition, East Fremantle defeated Subiaco by six points at East Fremantle Oval.
In the dying stages of the game, Dwayne Nevill took a mark inside 50 and kicked the winning goal after the siren to secure victory for the Sharks.
Below were the best players.
TOM JOYCE | EAST FREMANTLE | MIDFIELD | 179cm | 67kg
The AFL Academy member was sensational for the Sharks against the Lions. He gathered 22 possessions in a busy performance that should see his stocks rise further. For a smaller midfielder, Joyce is extremely impressive as he does not ever shirk a contest even if a bigger opponent is bearing down on him.
DWAYNE NEVILL | EAST FREMANTLE | HALF-FORWARD | 186cm | 82kg
Arguably the best and most influential player on the ground, Nevill further enhanced his reputation as a big game player. Against the Lions, the Rover FC product gathered 18 possessions, laid 10 tackles, recorded seven inside 50s and kicked four goals, including the one after the siren to secure the victory.
JAYDEN QUILL | EAST FREMANTLE | MIDFIELD | 174cm | 70kg
The Rossmoyne junior continued his excellent season for the Sharks against Subiaco. He finished with a team-high 23 possessions, nine tackles, six marks and three inside 50s in a dazzling display against the Lions.
LIAM RAJANAYAGAM | EAST FREMANTLE | MIDFIELD | 180cm | 71kg
The recently turned 19-year-old was phenomenal for the Sharks on the weekend. In the midfield he sparkled as he danced his way around the Subiaco midfielders to attain 17 possessions and four marks, but he also laid four tackles. The coaching staff would no doubt have been ecstatic with his performance.
JOSH RITCHIE | EAST FREMANTLE | HALF-FORWARD | 174cm | 64kg
Stationed on the half-forward line, Ritchie was often the connector for the Sharks going inside attacking 50. He only gathered 11 possessions, but he recorded four inside 50s and kicked two goals in a sensational performance. The Kardinya junior now has 20 goals (#5 in the competition) in 15 games.
NICK WATSON | EAST FREMANTLE | RUCK | 194cm | 89kg
The 2016 WA U16s State representative was excellent in the ruck, yet again for East Fremantle. He won 40 hit-outs and also gathered 10 possessions in a performance that should see clubs consider him for the 2018 AFL Draft.
LIAM CONNOLLY | SUBIACO | KEY DEFENDER | 192cm | 77kg
The Subiaco skipper almost inspired his team to a famous victory with yet another magnificent performance. Stationed at centre half-back, Connolly’s 17 possessions and four marks provided much of the momentum for the Lions’ forward entries.
MACH DENG | SUBIACO | RUCK | 196cm | 72kg
In one of the finest performances of his career, Deng gathered 14 possessions, won 17 hit-outs, laid five tackle, took two marks and recorded two inside 50s. Opposed to both Nick Watson and Dillon O’Reilly, Deng fought hard to get the ball down to his midfielders, and his work around the ground was inspiring.
MAX DENNIS | SUBIACO | MIDFIELD | 183cm | 68kg
The move of Dennis to the half-back line in the second half almost paid dividends for the Lions. The Carine junior finished the game with 17 possessions, eight marks, four tackles and three inside 50s. His reading of the play, skill execution and leadership were factors that definitely contributed to the closeness of the game.
LUKE FOLEY | SUBIACO | MIDFIELD | 186cm | 66kg
The hard-nosed midfielder was arguably the best player for Subiaco in the hard-fought contest. The Sorrento-Duncraig junior accumulated 19 possessions, laid 13 tackles and kicked a goal in a powerful display. He is currently ranked third at Subiaco for tackles with 65 at an average of four per game.
LIAM HICKMOTT | SUBIACO | MIDFIELD | 176cm | 67kg
The son of former Geelong and Carlton player Adrian Hickmott, Liam continued his superb form with another excellent performance against East Fremantle. He finished the game with 23 possessions, nine tackles, four marks and four inside 50s. Expect Carlton to be monitoring the progress of the potential father/son recruit for the rest of the season.
MITCH HUGHES | SUBIACO | KEY DEFENDER | 189cm | 91kg
The former East Fremantle player was sensational against his previous team. He accumulated 15 possessions, took two marks and laid two tackles while restricting young gun Dillon O’Reilly to just 12 possessions and two goals. Even though O’Reilly kicked two goals, his influence was minimal compared to previous weeks, and Hughes’ performance was as telling as his skipper’s, in almost getting the Lions over the line.