CLAREMONT tipped Swan Districts out of the four and provided another reminder of their premiership credentials. Andrew Foster was outstanding in the midfield. Mark Seaby controlled the ruck and Paul Medhurst and Ian Richardson each kicked four goals. Shaun Hilderbrandt worked hard in the midfield as usual.
Claremont 19.10 (124) Swan Districts 9.11 (65)
East Fremantle travelled to Joondalup, thrashed the second placed West Perth and jumped into the four. Brad Dick and Rob Young each kicked four goals while Andrew Stephen, Mark McGough and Rory O’Brien put in their usual performances and youngster Alex Howson impressed with a couple of goals.
East Fremantle 20.14 (134) West Perth 9.7 (61)
Peel will take another wooden spoon. Like their neighbours, South Fremantle took a long drive and thrashed their hosts. Ashton Hams kicked six goals for the Bulldogs, Haiden Schloithe was good in the midfield as was Adam McIntosh who kicked three goals. Brendan Jones again carried the Thunder.
South Fremantle 24.16 (160) Peel 9.13 (67)
Perth will miss the finals again while there’s something about East Perth. A lot of the something is Josh Smith, who kicked six goals, Paul Johnson was again good in the ruck, Freddie Clutterbuck kicked three goals, Matt Rosa was outstanding and Cale Morton had another good game. Brennan Stack kicked three goals for the Demons and Cale’s brother Jarryd had his best game for Perth.
The ladder: Claremont 64; West Perth 52; East Perth 44; East Fremantle 40; Swan Districts 40; Perth 36; South Fremantle 20; Subiaco 20; Peel 12.
The big game next week is at Bassendean where Swan Districts will put their finals hopes on the line. In short, if Swans lose to East Fremantle they almost certainly won’t make the finals. East Perth can ensure a finals spot by beating South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval, a task that looked easier a couple of weeks ago. Perth play Claremont at Lathlain Park and Subiaco host Peel at Leederville. It’s Peel’s last game of the season.