Close ones in the WAFL by Les Everett

All four games looked to be heading towards blow-out results at times during round two but some solid comebacks made things quite exciting.

At Lathlain Park Perth kicked just one goal in the first half and trailed South Fremantle by 30 points at the big break.

However, buoyed by some amazing clearance work by Aidan Tropiano, the Demons kicked six goals in the last quarter and went down by 10 points.

The big men made the difference for the Bulldogs with Ben Saunders kicking four goals including one from outside 50 in the last quarter that stopped the Perth advance. Brock Higgins controlled the ruck, James Sellar marked well and kicked three goals and Josh Pullman made good position in attack. Haiden Schloithe and Ryan Cook were steady in the midfield when it mattered.

Dene White combined well with Tropiano in the Perth midfield, Liam McKenna tired hard, Cody Leggett kicked three goals and Daniel Arangio kicked two beautiful long goals.

South Fremantle 12.13 (85) Perth 11.9 (75)

West Perth outscored Peel in just one quarter at Arena Joondalup but the six goals to one third was all they needed. Andrew Strijk was outstanding for the Falcons, Michael Lourey kicked four goals and Shane Nelson again did his job on the ball. Connor Blakely made a case for an AFL debut with a brilliant performance for Peel and Brendan Jones was solid.

West Perth 13.6 (84) Peel 11.11 (77)

East Perth withstood a big Swan Districts fightback to win their first game of the year. Swans kicked seven goals to two in the last quarter but fell short by 13 points.  Steven Payne and Brant Colledge were the best of the Royals and Josh Hill kicked three goals. Matt Riggio maintained his top form for Swan Districts and Ricky Cary kicked three goals.

East Perth 16.13 (109) Swan Districts 15.6 (96)

At East Fremantle Oval Subiaco sent out a clear message by thrashing the home team. Kyal Horsley was best-on-ground, Shane Yarran kicked five goals (Do you still think he wasn’t quite ready for the big time?), Leigh Kitchin had another good game and Clancy Wheeler kicked three goals. Brandon Ellis kicked five goals for the Sharks and Cameron Eardley was an effective player.

Subiaco 17.12 (114) East Fremantle 9.13 (67)

Subiaco and South Fremantle remain the only unbeaten teams. There are two games on Good Friday – Subiaco vs East Perth and South Fremantle vs Claremont. On Saturday West Perth host Perth and Peel will play East Fremantle.

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 WAFL correspondent and uses the money he makes from that role to pay for his expensive websites and and fund the extravagant Vin Maskell at


  1. Went to Leederville yesterday to watch Les’ East Perth Eagles against my Swan Districts Black Ducks. My nephew played in the ressies for Swans. Best day I’ve had at the footy in the last 12 months.
    Beautiful weather and ground. Quick skilful game with none of the defensive tactics of AFL.
    Swans had a 7 goals to 2 last quarter to narrow EP’s 3/4 time lead from 46 to 13 points. EP had too much depth and skill with 11 Eagles listed players, but again showed little fight once they had got their match stats. Few play for pride or the jumper in these manufactured AFL/WAFL combo sides.
    Eagles #1 draft pick in 18yo Liam Duggan from the Western Jets looks a beauty. I expect him to be playing AFL by mid season. Simon Tunbridge looks ok but like most of the Eagles midfield recruits he lacks size for the modern game. Wouldn’t feed the rest of them.
    Litza – Kane Lucas will be at Tullamarine tomorrow morning. Could you give him a home?
    Great to see a lot of Eagles in the stands watching their club mates, but Nic Nait went back to his roots in the Swans rooms after the game. Great to see.
    The Avenging Eagle got to sit with her girlhood heroes in the stands. I think the past players of the 60’s and 70’s enjoyed knowing they were still someone’s heroes.
    Top day. I can see myself spending more time at the WAFL and on the golf course than at Subi this winter.

  2. aussie80s says

    Who broadcasts the WAFL this year. Here in Victoria we got late night replays during the week of the WAFL on the ABC for a few years now but now get nothing, or nothing that I can find.

    I used to enjoy watching the WAFL and am going to miss that.

    Go Subi

  3. Channel 7.

    1. Except they won’t show West Perth games cos the Cardies have the 9 logo on their jumpers.

    2. And they won’t allow other channels film to WAFL footage for their news bulletins.

    3. And they don’t give around-the-grounds scored during their telecasts.

    4. And they plan to show more East Perth Eagles games than anyone else.

    Better than nothing but for the moment not better than the ABC.

  4. Dennis Gedling says

    Was going to head up to Joondalup for the Cardies game but life got in the way which was a shame because it sounded like a great game. My favourite show isn’t on Channel 7 too so they may have sensed this and barred me from entering. What an absolute farce it all is from the WAFC yet again. The Channel 7 Mafia still rule this State with an iron fist.

  5. “Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and the sciences and a flourishing socialist culture in our land.” What about in sport?

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