East Fremantle have redeemed themselves for their shock loss to Perth in round 13, by annihilating the Demons to the tune of 74 points at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.
The Sharks were hungry from the very first minutes of the game when Josh Ritchie kicked his first goal after a great defensive effort. He smothered a ball on the 50-metre line, picked it up at full pace, exploded towards the goals and converted his opportunity within the first minute of the game. A few minutes later, Simon Hayward crumbed a pack and slotted his first goal of the game to get the Demons on the board. In the 15th minute, Drew Blurton roved a pack and put the ball through the goals to give the Sharks an 11-point advantage.
The second quarter was one-way traffic for the home side. Dillon O’Reilly, in the fifth minute, ran onto a bouncing ball to kick his first goal. From then on, Ritchie, Corey Robinson, Tim Bockman and O’Reilly all kicked goals to give the Sharks a 45-point lead at the main break.
After half-time Dwayne Nevill took a strong mark inside 50 and converted his set shot from 40 metres out within the first minutes of the third quarter. However, Elijah Taylor snapped the ball through the goals for Perth’s second goal of the match. After outmuscling his direct opponent, Josh Ritchie turned and took possession and then nailed his third goal of the game. Then, an excellent inside 50 from Tom Joyce saw Drew Blurton get out the back to kick his second goal. Nelson Aranda then followed when he kicked a goal in the 20th minute. And within minutes, Taylor converted his set shot from 50 metres out to score his second goal, but Aranda scored the instant reply to give the Sharks a 65-point lead.
Early in the final quarter, Joyce found Blurton inside 50 and the Winnacott junior nailed his third goal of the game in the fourth minute. Not long after this, Simon Hayward kicked his second goal when he snapped the ball out of a pack and through the goals. It then took either side until the 24th minute to score a goal and it was Nevill who was able to get out the back of a pack and dribble through his second goal of the game to give East Fremantle a 74-point victory.
Next week, Perth host West Perth at Lathlain Park, while East Fremantle has the bye. The Sharks then host Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval the following week.
Below were the best players of the game.
DREW BLURTON |EAST FREMANTLE | SMALL FORWARD | 177cm | 71kg
The small forward was at his brilliant best against Perth. With only 11 possessions, the Winnacott junior booted three goals, and kept the Perth defence on their toes. He also laid four tackles, highlighting his ability to defend as well as being an offensive weapon. He is now fourth in the Leading Goalkicker Award with 19 goals for the season.
TOM JOYCE | EAST FREMANTLE | MIDFIELD | 179cm | 67kg
The Aquinas student was brilliant in the midfield for East Fremantle. He accumulated 16 possessions, laid four tackles and recorded three inside 50s in a performance that should boost his draft stocks. He was often the player on the bottom of the pack who fed the ball out to the outside runners, and not once did he shirk a contest. The sky is the limit for this Melville junior.
SAMUEL LEWIS | EAST FREMANTLE | MIDFIELD | 172cm | 63kg
The over-ager again produced a performance full of two-way running, and strength in the contest. Against the Demons, Lewis gathered 23 possessions and got the ball inside attacking 50 on five occasions in a dazzling display.
DWAYNE NEVILL | EAST FREMANTLE | HALF-FORWARD | 186cm | 82kg
Another over-ager, Nevill produced yet another performance that highlighted his toughness. He finished the game with 12 possessions, 10 tackles, three marks and two goals in a display of pure grit and determination.
DILLON O’REILLY | EAST FREMANTLE | UTILITY | 193cm | 79kg
The imposing big man was powerful against the Demons. He finished with 16 possessions, 16 hit-outs, three tackles, and two goals in a performance that will see him be on the minds of recruiters for next year’s draft. He is currently first in the Leading Goalkicker Award with 30 goals.
LUKE ENGLISH | PERTH | MIDFIELD | 179cm | 78kg
Arguably the best underager to not make the WA State 18s Academy, English proved again why he is such a gun prospect for next year’s draft. Against East Fremantle he accumulated a game-high 26 possessions, laid nine tackles, took five marks and recorded two inside 50s in yet another starring performance.
SIMON HAYWARD | PERTH | HALF-FORWARD | 167cm | 65kg
Still only 16-years-old, Hayward looks to be a very promising player for the Demons or for any AFL club that picks him up in next year’s draft. The Belmont junior kicked two goals from just 13 possessions, and also laid 12 tackles, highlighting his ability to defend.
IAN HILL | PERTH | HALF-BACK | 171cm | 59kg
One of the leading draft prospects for next year’s draft, Hill was brilliant for the Demons. Stationed on the half-back line, he provided a heap of rebound with his elite pace and kicking skills. The AFL Academy member eventually finished with 22 possessions, six tackles, four marks and two inside 50s.
NYIKA JOHN | PERTH/HALF-BACK | 177cm | 72kg
John was again outstanding for the Demons on the half-back line. He always provided a cool and calm head even under extreme pressure. He also showcased his elite skills, decision-making and footy nous in an excellent display. He finished with 16 possessions, five marks, four tackles and two inside 50s.