Almanac Footy – WAFL Round 21: Sharks surge into the future

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East Fremantle arm-in-arm after their big win [Source: Author]

 

Finals are a couple of weeks away but it’s season over for the form team of the competition. East Fremantle said farewell to the old East Fremantle Oval with a thumping win over West Perth making it three victories over top five teams in the past five weeks. It was a beautiful day for footy and the Sharks handled the perfect conditions best with their remarkable goal-front accuracy contrasting with the wayward Falcons. Hugh Dixon kicked five goals for East Fremantle, his game highlighted by strong marking, hard running and long kicking; Kyle Baskerville was dynamic in the midfield; Tom Monaghan kicked three goals while Jon Marsh and Matthew Jupp again made important contributions. East Fremantle Oval will be redeveloped over the next couple years.

 

 

East Fremantle 20.3 (123) defeated West Perth 9.23 (77)

 

 

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Tom Monaghan sizes up the goals before slotting his third for East Fremantle. [Source: Author]

 

Long suffering Perth fans might have thought they had it in the bag when their team led 7.1 to 1.0 at quarter time at home. Unfortunately another big defeat was around the corner. Peel hit the front early in the third quarter and kept going. Mitch Crowden was dynamic for the Thunder along with Tyrone Thorne and Stefan Giro.

 

 

Peel 16.10 (106) defeated Perth 10.3 (63)

 

 

Subiaco retained top spot with a 14-point win over a gallant East Perth. Lachlan Delahunty was the key for the Lions. The Royals said farewell to Nathan Blee and Rohan Kerr.

 

 

Subiaco 12.13 (85) defeated East Perth 11.5 (71)

 

 

At Fremantle Oval the home team led for the most of the day but lost the lead to Swan Districts late in the last quarter, A late goal by Mason Shaw helped the Bulldogs snatch back the victory. Haiden Schloithe and Jake Florenca were the keys in the midfield for South. Gregory Ottaviano kicked three goals for Swans, his first three at league level.

 

 

South Fremantle 10.16 (76) defeated Swan Districts 11.5 (71)

 

 

It’s rumoured West Coast won’t field a team in the WAFL next year. The Tigers toyed with them at Claremont Oval; Jye Bolton probably helped himself to three Sandover votes and Isaac Barton kicked five goals.

 

 

Claremont 19.15 (129) defeated West Coast 4.9 (33)

 

 

Round 22: Claremont v Swan Districts; Peel v Subiaco; Perth v West Perth; South Fremantle v West Coast.

 

 

Ladder:

Subiaco 52

South Fremantle 48

Claremont 48

West Perth 44

Swan Districts 40

East Fremantle 32

Peel 24

East Perth 24

Perth 16

West Coast 16

 

 

 

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East Fremantle and West Perth players leap for a contested mark [Source: Author]

 

 

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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

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