WAFL – Round 13: Swans sour Subi celebrations

THE program at Leederville Oval was clear. Subiaco’s 1973 premiership team was holding a reunion and a win by the resurgent 2013 team would be part of the celebrations. Unfortunately the Lions were thrashed by Swan Districts who saved their best performance of the the year for this untimely occasion. Tim Geappen played possibly his best game for Swans kicking six goals and winning the ball at will. Wayde Twomey and Tony Notte were also good players while Jamie Bennell impressed in his first WAFL league game. Subiaco kicked the last five goals of the game to give the old-timers something to cheer about. The 1973 Subiaco team, under captain-coach Ross Smith, broke a 49-year premiership drought. Apart from the St Kilda Brownlow Medal winner the team also included Mike Fitzpatrick, Austin Robertson, future Test cricketer Mick Malone, the prolific Peter Featherby and multiple WAFL premiership coach John Dimmer.

Swan Districts 20.10 (130) Subiaco 12.11 (83)

East Perth came from behind at half time to overhaul Perth at Lathlain Park and move into the WAFL top four.
Josh Smith kicked five goals for the Royals and highly promising defender Kyle Anderson had his best game of the year. Brennan Stack kicked four goals for the Demons and defensive midfielder Brett Hodge again impressed.

East Perth 15.11 (101) Perth 12.11 (83)

Jay Van Berlo was the star in West Perth’s all-the-way win at East Fremantle Oval. Matt Guadagnin was also in good touch. Tom Howlett had a strong influence in the back line for the Sharks and Brad Dalziell won a lot of the ball and kicked three goals.

West Perth 12.11 (83) East Fremantle 10.9 (69)

Claremont kicked 6.6 to nothing in the first quarter against Peel at Claremont Oval and that was that. Matt Davies and John Williams were excellent players for the Tigers showing that it’s not just the same old names for the WAFL’s best team while Mark Seaby again dominated in the ruck. James Hawksley kicked three goals for Peel, and Paul Bower and Tanner Smith did well against the odds in defence.

Claremont 15.17 (107) Peel 7.7 (49)

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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