WAFL Round 4 – Falcons make a big statement

WAFL round four…

West Perth thrashed East Perth in the Perth derby at Leederville and maybe put a few doubts into the minds of those who believe the Royals-Eagles marriage will create some kind of super team. Injuries to the Eagles and a trip east caused seven changes to the East Perth team and that’s the kind of thing that’s hard to manage under an alignment.
After a close first quarter, due mainly to the Falcons not taking their chances, it was a cakewalk. West Perth found lots of space and displayed superior skills in a very impressive performance. The Falcons kicked 12 goals to none in the second and third quarters.
Anthony Tsalikis kicked six goals, Marcus Adams, who is built like Mr Universe but is fast and agile, kicked five and you could name any of the 22 as a significant contributor but Chris Keunen’s early efforts in the ruck sent a message, Steve Pontente used the ball well and Nicholas Rodda was strong in defence.

Craig Wulff led the way for East Perth and the inexperienced Julian Locantro worked hard.

West Perth 22.17 (149) East Perth 7.7 (49)

Subiaco remain the only unbeaten team after a solid victory over Peel at Rushton Park.

George Hampson maintained his good early form and kicked three goals, Chris Phelan was good again as was Jason Bristow, ruckman Frank Stockley battled hard and Kyal Horsely made a successful return to football.

A seven-goal last quarter gave Peel some cause for optimism but they remain without a win. Alex Silvagni was good in defence, Anthony Morabito kicked two goals and again look good, Kelvin Humphries kicked four goals and Jack Hannath also impressed.

Subiaco 16.9 (105) Peel 13.10 (88)

Bradd Dalziell kicked four goals in East Fremantle’s demolition of Claremont. Sean Henson, Sam Read and Jamie McNamara also stood out for the Sharks.
Mark Seaby kicked three goals for the Tigers and Luke Blackwell did his bit.

East Fremantle 21.11 (137) Claremont 9.8 (62)

Swan Districts made it two out of three and their spirited start is one of the highlights of the season. Swans beat South Fremantle by 13 points withstanding a strong last quarter by the Bulldogs who remain without a win.

Graham Jetta was brilliant in defence for Swans, Ryan Davis continued his career-beat form, Ricky Cary kicked three goals and Tallan Ames marked well in the back line.

Haiden Schloithe was inspirational in the midfield for South, captain Ryan Cook led from the front and Timothy Kelly was effective.

Swan Districts 13.16 (94) South Fremantle 11.15 (81)

The ladder: Subiaco 16; East Perth 12; West Perth 8; Perth 8; Swan Districts 8; East Fremantle 8; Claremont 4; Peel 0; South Fremantle 0.

Next week: Peel host East Fremantle and Subiaco meet co-tenants East Perth in Good Friday games; West Perth meet South Fremantle on Saturday and on Easter Sunday it’s Claremont and Peel.

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. Round 15 – East Perth Eagles play the Peel Dockers for the Tanker Trophy. Chris Connolly to adjudicate and award the Cameron Schwab Cup to the club that does the best job of running forward while looking over their shoulder.
    You are really winding me up Les, by naming Bradd Dalziell as the Sharks best (my poster boy for good honest goers last season at Eagleland).
    Mark Seaby and Luke Blackwell might get a guernsey at their original AFL clubs also.
    The current WAFL structure reminds me of the story about a horse trainer unhappy about the short odds offered about his horse. So he decides not to back it and instructs the jockey to pull it up in a four horse race. He is even angrier when it still wins, and he sees a bloke collecting thousands from the bookies.
    “You are a total fool, I train that horse and it was as dead as a maggot.”
    The winning punter smiled and said “yeah, but I own the other three.”

  2. David Zampatti says

    It’s only week one of the Curse of the Hams, and, boy, did it kick in hard and fast!

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