Tigers put the foot down

WAFL round five

By Les Everett

THE WAFL ladder has a neat look to it after round five. Each team has won a game, only Subiaco are undefeated and nobody is out of contention.
When he spoke to his players at three quarter time at Fremantle Oval on Sunday Bulldogs coach Paul Hasleby made an interesting observation. He pointed out that anything less that 100% effort and concentration was simply not enough against “a team like this.” The obviously superior opposition was Claremont. Late last year Hasleby was offered the Claremont coaching position. Later the same day he was offered the South Fremantle job and took it. Claremont, under multiple Subiaco premiership player Marc Webb, currently sit on top of the WAFL ladder. Hasleby’s Bulldogs are on the bottom. Early days.
The round five games…
The trip to Fremantle Oval is not always something to look forward to but Claremont enjoyed in on Sunday.
The dominance of ruckman Mitch Andrews made things easier for a midfield that doesn’t really need much help and Kane Mitchell and Luke Blackwell, in particular, were very impressive. Ryan Neates kicked three goals and Jarryd Morton also had a good game.
Kris Miller was tireless again for South Fremantle and Paul Mugambwa kicked two goals and provided plenty of energy in the forward line.
Claremont 18.19 (127) South Fremantle 9.13 (67).
In the other Sunday game Perth led West Perth at every break but the home team got home by two goals. Mark Hutching was outstanding for the Falcons, Jason Salecic was reported to have broken his leg last week so his appearance and performance was inspirational and Shayne Zanetti kicked three vital goals. Nick Lower had a great return to football with the Demons and Leon Davis had his best game.
c 12.13 (85) Perth 10.13 (73).
Peel pulled off one their best wins when they kicked six goals to three in the last quarter to beat Swan Districts at Bassendean 14 points. Peter Faulks was outstanding in defence for the Thunder and midfielders Brendon Jones, Kris Thornton and Matt Orzel were influential. Dayle Garlett used the ball well for Swans, Josh Roberts was strong in the midfield and Shaun Hilderbrandt ran hard.
Peel 13.12 (90) Swan Districts 10.16 (76).
In the Friday night game at Leederville Subiaoc maintained their unbeaten run with an exciting 10-point win over East Fremantle. Callum Sinclair and Rhett Kerr each kicked three goals and defenders Antoni Grover and Aiden Parker were cool and effective. Sam Menegola again impressed for the Sharks and Mark McGough worked hard in the midfield.
Subiaco 10.16 (76) East Fremantle 9.12 (66).
The ladder: Claremont 16; Subiaco 16; East Fremantle 8; Swan Districts 8; West Perth 8; East Perth 4; Peel 4; Perth 4; South Fremantle 4.

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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