WAFL – Round 11: Crazy WAFL round as Tigers go down

FOUR teams from outside the four beat the top in round 11 of the WAFL and now everyone has an eye on the finals.

In Monday’s Perth derby the Falcons led all day but the Royals kicked 6.2 to a point in the last quarter to score a stirring victory. Michael Swan made a triumphant return to the East Perth line-up and finished with three goals while Jarrod Oakley-Nicholls at half back was best on the ground. Anthony Tsalikis kicked four goals in a strong performance for West Perth and Chris Keunen was good from the start.

East Perth 17.12 (114) West Perth 14.11 (95)


In Sunday’s Fremantle derby the Bulldogs shocked the Sharks with a seven-goal second quarter and didn’t let up. In fact South Fremantle kicked eight goals in the third on the way to an emphatic victory. The marvellous Paul Mugambwa was inspirational, Ashton Hams kicked three goals in a damaging effort and Alistair Gillespie also kicked three goals in his best game for his new club. Josh Simpson kicked a couple of goals and worked hard for East Fremantle and Mark McGough put in his usual honest effort.

South Fremantle 21.13 (139) East Fremantle 10.12 (72)


Claremont got beaten at home. That doesn’t happen during an undefeated season so now it’s time for re-assessment, The Tigers led by 15 points at quarter time and 14 at the last break but the Lions pulled off the unlikely victory with four goals to none in the last quarter. Jason Bristow was superb again for Subiaco and Rob Forrest had a great game keeping Jake Murphy quiet and winning the ball himself. Mark Seaby was strong in the ruck for Claremont and Paul Medhurst kicked three goals.

Subiaco 9.10 (64) Claremont 7.12 (54)


Perth led Swan Districts at every change but went down by four points at Lathlain Park. It was their third loss by less than a goal this year. Dayle Garlett kicked six goals in an exciting display, Wayde Twomey was enterprising in defence and Brett Robinson kicked the winning goal moments before the siren. Paul Bevan kicked seven goals for the Demons and Ash Smith had another good game.

Swan Districts 16.8 (104) Perth 15.10 (100)


The ladder: Claremont 36; West Perth 24; Perth 20; East Perth 20; East Fremantle 16; Swan Districts 16 Subiaco 16; Peel 12;  South Fremantle 8.

It’s first vs second at Joondalup next week; East Fremantle plays Peel and Subiaco takes on South 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 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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