Almanac Footy – WAFL: Ins and outs, winners and losers

 

 

• Another nice day at Bassendean Oval. Photo by Les Everett

 

 

WAFL Round 11

 

I popped over to my favourite ground on Saturday to see Swan Districts take on West Perth. At quarter time, Swans coach Adam Pickering was interviewed on the sidelines. Poor decisions and shonky skills were the problem for his team, he said. The trend continued and the Falcons won by 46 points.

 

 

Midfielders Shane Nelson and Tristan Hobley were impressive for West Perth and I liked the look of defender Noah Pegararo. Tough midfielder Jesse Turner was the best Swan. By the way the Bassendean Oval sound system is unusual – you can actually hear what people are saying. Maybe they could send a consultant to Perth Stadium.

 

 

West Perth 14.9 (93) Swan Districts 7.5 (47)

 

 

All eyes on the ball: Brandon Erceg (35), Jesse Turner (29) and Tristen Hobley (21) among others. [Source: Les Everett]

 

It was about ins and outs at Lathlain Park with the home team welcoming back about a third of a team of first choice players, including Fraser McInnes, Chris Masten and Micheal Sinclair, while East Fremantle were without Hugh Dixon, Dillon O’Reilly, Josh Schoenfeld, Milan Murdock and late withdrawal Cam Eardley. Jonathon Marsh, who kicked five goals, led the undermanned Sharks to an important victory. Kyle Baskerville and Tim Bockman were also good for East Fremantle. The classy Corey Byrne was the best of the Demons and Kristen Cary took some good marks on the way to three goals.

 

 

East Fremantle 12.9 (81) Perth 8.7 (55)

Subiaco just needed to beat bottom team West Coast at home to move back to the top of the ladder. But with West Coast boosted by a load of West Coast’s AFL squad players, this was a different proposition and Subi don’t have good memories of AFL-listed laden WAFL teams. The big problem for the Lions was West Coast’s ruck combination of Nathan Vardy and Bailey Williams – shades of Peel grand finals there. The Eagles also had Luke Shuey, Brendon Ah Chee and others, and kicked six goals in the third quarter to lead by 23 points at the last break. The Lions fought back in the last quarter with Ben Sokol kicking four goals (six for the game), but fell five points short.

 

 

West Coast 12.9 (81) Subiaco 11.10 (76)

 

 

Leading goal scorer Tyler Keitel kicks one of his three goals for West Perth [Source: Les Everett]

 

 

Ladder: Claremont 32; Subiaco 28; South Fremantle 24; West Perth 20; Swan Districts 20; East Fremantle 16; Perth 16; Peel 12; East Perth 8; West Coast 4.

 

 

Round 12: Peel v East Perth; South Fremantle v Perth; Subiaco v Swan Districts; West Perth v Claremont; East Fremantle v West Coast.

 

 

 

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About Les Everett

A Footy Almanac veteran, Les Everett is the author of Gravel Rash: 100 Years of Goldfields Football and Fremantle Dockers: An Illustrated History. He is the footyalmanac.com WAFL correspondent and uses the money he makes from that role to pay for his expensive websites australianrules.com.au and talkingfrankie.com and fund the extravagant Vin Maskell at scoreboardpressure.com

Comments

  1. Nephew Brandon on the left in second pix. Yikes – just when I thought Swan Districts were a solid finals chance they turn in their worst effort for 2 years. Jesse Turner was good in the first half, but faded after half time. Ruckman Corey Gault (local who was on Collingwood’s list for a while) was clearly our best. Frank Anderson strong effort in the midfield, but I fear we are suffering Saints/Blues syndrome. Our most talented players are imports who decide if and when they put in efforts.
    Our forward line was undersized and unable to compete or hold ball in. West Perth intercepted & ran it out with ease. Thought the coach could have put Tony Notte forward at half time but he stuck with a tall defence & short forwards.
    I have great admiration with players like Notte & Gault who were on AFL lists but come back to their original club and put in long term consistent efforts. Sadly Lewis Jetta not doing the same.

  2. Les Everett says

    Yeah Gault was good but I’m paid by the word and didn’t want to get greedy. Turner broke his hand in the first quarter I think… that’d make me fade all the way to the car park. Tony Notte is my favourite

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