WAFL Round 5: Not a good Friday for aligned teams




The WAFL had two Good Friday games in round five and they didn’t turn out too good for Peel and East Perth.


It was tight at Rushton Park but East Fremantle broke away in the third quarter and held on to beat Peel by 18 points.


Brock O’Brien and Rory O’Brien were dominant against their old team, Andrew Stephen again showed he’s one of the best defenders in the competition, tall forward Jack Perham was a constant threat and Cameron Eardley had one of his best games at senior level.


Tom Sheridan was in brilliant form for Peel, Brendan Jones and Anthony Morabito gave their forwards plenty of chances, Craig Moller kicked three goals and Alex Silvagni marked well in defence. Peel’s first win is yet to come.


East Fremantle 12.14 (86) Peel 10.8 (68)


It was a mathematicians’ delight at Leederville in the twilight game. Subiaco kicked six goals in the first quarter followed by two, two and six. East Perth’s quarter by quarter goal tally was none, six, six and none. So after surrendering a big lead Subiaco won by a neat four goals.


George Hampson was the hero for the Lions kicking five goals in addition to his usual hard and creative work, Jason Bristow also battled hard and Matthew Boland kicked four goals.


Scott Lycett led East Perth’s fightback and kicked five goals and Craig Wulff kicked two in another excellent display. The Royals are not dominating the competition.


Subiaco 16.10 (106) East Perth 12.10 (82)


At Joondalup on Saturday South Fremantle pulled off the upset of the season when, inspired by seven goals from Ben Saunders, they led the home team all day and beat West Perth by 23 points. Craig White showed he’s enjoying his return to the forward line by kicking four goals, Timothy Kelly was effective in the midfield along with Haiden Schloithe, Brock Higgins controlled the ruck and Dylan Ross was impassable at full back.

Rohan Kerr and Jay Van Berlo did their jobs well in the midfield for the Falcons. It was Andrew Krakouer’s first game for West Perth – his only kick was a goal.

South Fremantle 15.8 (98) West Perth 10.15 (75)

At Lathlain Park on Sunday Perth got out to a two-goal lead early in the last quarter but went down by a point to Swan Districts – it was the kind of loss that ruined 2013 for the Demons.

Adam Faulkner was outstanding for Swans, Ryan Davis continued his great form and kicked three goals as did key forwards Tim Geappen and Ricky Cary.

Mitch Morton was good for Perth as was the smooth moving Michael Florio, Gerald Ugle provided good run from defence and Matthew Moody kicked three goals.

Swan Districts  14.8 (92) Perth 13.13 (91)

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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