WAFL looking interesting but hard to watch on TV

WAFL round four…

South Fremantle’s round four loss means there are no unbeaten teams in the competition and the ladder has an interesting look about it. Peel Thunder are in the top four and East Perth, arguably the form team, are out of the top five. We also found out something about the much-heralded Channel Seven coverage of the WAFL – it’s not every week! No TV game this week or next.

There was a thriller at Lathlain where Peel kicked six goals to four in the last quarter to edge out Perth and win by five points. Max Duffy and Connor Blakely maintained their strong early season form, Ed Langdon had his best game in WA and Gerald Ugle was also a strong performer. Aidan Tropiano and Liam McKenna were again outstanding for the Demons and Jared Bell was a good player.

Peel 11.7 (73) Perth 9.14 (68)

It was tight all day at East Fremantle Oval where the home team held on to beat Claremont by three points. Andrew Stephen gave great drive from defence for the Sharks, Rory O’Brien was in top form and Jake Schleicher played his best senior game. Tom Ledger was in brilliant form for the Tigers, Jack Bradshaw kicked four goals and Keifer Yu capped an impressive performance with three goals.

East Fremantle 10.14 (74) Claremont 10.11 (71)

Swan Districts brought South Fremantle’s winning run to an end in impressive style at Bassendean. Jarrad Blight was again strong for Swans as were young ruckman Jake Nuich, Kirk Ugle and evergreen Tim Geappen (three goals). Tim Kelly was brilliant for the Bulldogs along with fellow midfielders Ashton Hams and Ryan Cook.

Swan Districts 12.16 (88) South Fremantle 9.13 (67)

In the late game at Leederville Oval Subiaco didn’t score in the first quarter and trailed West Perth by 28 points at the first break. Led by Chris Phelan the Lions staged a salvage operation and ran over the top of the Falcons. Brad Stevenson kicked three goals, Scott Worthington put in another strong display and David Madut had a great battle with Chris Keunen in the ruck. Shane Nelson put in an extraordinary game for West Perth and Jay Van Berlo battled hard.

Subiaco 9.11 (65) West Perth 6.12 (48)

The ladder: South Fremantle 12; Subiaco 12; Swan Districts 8; Peel 8; West Perth 8; East Perth 8; East Fremantle 8; Claremont 0; Perth 0.

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


  1. sean gorman says

    Les thanks for clearing the WAFL tv stuff up (or pointing it out) I went looking for it yesterday and nothing. V confusing.

  2. Scandalous that the much vaunted “WAFL coverage on 7” means “only sometimes”. What governs the sometimes – contracts, venues or AFL game times (particularly Eagles and Dockers)? Would be good to understand it – there must be some method to the madness.
    WAFL looks a great comp this season, particularly if Eagles injuries continue to keep East Perth in check. I had a close look at Max Duffy in the NAB Cup and was very impressed. Says something about the Dockers midfield depth that he is playing for Peel – he’d get a game every week with the Eagles. Wanna trade?
    My Black Ducks are looking good – impressive youngsters around an experienced core of Grigio, Ames, Notte etc. Looks a good mix.
    Young ruckman Jake Nuich is family to the Avenging Eagle. We were at his grandfather’s 95th birthday party in the Swan Valley on Friday night instead of Subi (staying away may be the key to the Eagles form!) He was impressive rucking against Paul Johnson in the East Perth game – he is very athletic and not easily intimidated. He has come through Swan Athletic in the local comp rather than the Colts competition, and playing against men at a young age has helped his development. Food for thought – particularly with big men.
    Thanks for the regular weekly WAFL updates Les – but this will be my last polite communication for a week!

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