WAFL Round 19: Tigers earn a turn in the five

Claremont's Beau Maister marks strongly at the Showgrounds.

Claremont’s Beau Maister marks strongly at the Showgrounds.

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The top five in the WAFL changes most weeks and Claremont pulled off a very important win at the Showgrounds on Saturday to move from seventh to fifth. The Tigers started well and exchanged the lead with Swan Districts before driving home to victory. It’s the second week in a row that Swans have hit the front in the last quarter and been run down. Beau Maister was probably the most influential player in the game, he kicked four goals and marked strongly in attack and defence. The usual midfield performers Corey Yeo, Keifer Yu, Ryan Neates and Jake Murphy were important, Kepler Bradley was a handful in the forward line and Mitch Andrews was very strong in the ruck. Ricky Cary (pictured), who kicked four goals, was outstanding for Swans and Aaron Elari was at the heart of most that was going on.

Claremont 13.11 (89) Swan Districts 10.14 (74)

In the Perth derby at Leederville Oval – the only Sunday game – West Perth came from 19 points down at three quarter time to hit the front in the last quarter but this time their comeback wasn’t completed. A goal from Tom Lamb, his fourth, gave the Royals a thrilling four-point victory. Stephen Payne, Patrick McGinnity and Brendan Lee were also good East Perth. Michael Lourey kicked four goals for the Falcons and Marcus Adams had another very good game.

East Perth 10.12 (72) West Perth 9.14 (68)

Perth brought up their second win of the season and brought East Fremantle’s season to peaceful end at Lathlain Park. Brennan Stack kicked four goals for the Demons, midfield dynamos Liam McKenna and Aidan Tropiano were again outstanding but this time got some reward for their efforts. Brock O’Brien kicked five goals for the Sharks and Matthew Bannister looked good.

Perth 13.10 (88) East Fremantle 10.9 (69)

At Leederville on Saturday league leaders Subiaco fell behind South Fremantle in the first half but kicked seven goals to one in the last quarter to assert their authority. Sam Menegola kicked three goals in another high quality midfield display while Michael Wood, who was also delisted as a Freo rookie at the end of last season, kicked five goals. Ashton Hams was outstanding for the Bulldogs in his 150th WAFL game.

Subiaco 16.8 (104) South Fremantle 9.6 (60)

 

The ladder: Subiaco 56; West Perth 40; Peel 40; East Perth 36; Claremont 32; Swan Districts 32; South Fremantle 32; East Fremantle 20; Perth 8.

 

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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