WAFL – Round 6: Tigers claw way to the top

THE two unbeaten teams met at Claremont Oval in round six of the WAFL and Claremont kept a plucky West Perth at arm’s length all afternoon. Defender Aaron Holt was in brilliant form for the Tigers, Mark Seaby scored a significant victory in the ruck over a strangely undisciplined Chris Keunen and Jake Murphy was again effective in the midfield. Mark Hutchings and Jay Van Berlo were classy in their efforts to keep the Falcons in the game. A glance into the John O’Connell Stand was probably the scariest sight for rival clubs with Luke Blackwell, Byron Schammer, Alex Silvagni, Andrew Browne and Andrew Foster among those looking on from the crowd.

Claremont 13.9 (87) West Perth 10.8 (68)


Peel climbed off the bottom of the ladder after beating Swan Districts at Rushton Park on Sunday. Thunder gained control with a seven-goal second quarter and held on to win. Jack Hannath played his best game in WA, Cruize Garlett won a lot of the ball and Marlon Motlop kicked three goals. Kirk Ugle kicked four goals for Swans and Shaun Hilderbrandt and Wayde Twomey were good players.

Peel 15.8 (98) Swan Districts 12.12 (84)


A seven-goal second quarter also helped East Perth take charge of their game at East Fremantle Oval but they lost the lead in a frantic last quarter. With Paul Johnson dominating the ruck and Craig Wulff and Brendan Lee as tireless as ever the Royals kept coming and a Josh Smith goal put them back in front and on the way to an upset victory. Ryan Lester-Smith kicked four goals for the Sharks and Tom Howlett was good in defence.

East Perth 14.12 (96) East Fremantle 12.14 (86)


In the Friday night game Subiaco overcame a slow start to crush South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval. Jarrod Kayler-Thomson was brilliant for the Lions, Ryan Herring kicked four goals and Brad Stevenson’s successful comeback continued with three goals. Mitch Banner was again good for the Bulldogs who have yet to win a game in 2013.

Subiaco 16.17 (113) South Fremantle 10.12 (72)


The ladder: Claremont 20; West Perth 16, East Fremantle 12; Perth 12; Swan Districts 8; Subiaco 8; East Perth 8; Peel 4; South Fremantle 0.


Round seven: If you were prepared to do some driving you could see a bit of three games on Anzac Day. Perth play East Perth at Lathlain Park at 2.10pm; there’s a 3.15pm start at Joondalup where West Perth play Swan Districts and at 4.15pm the Fremantle derby starts at Fremantle Oval. Actually you’d probably spend more time in the car than at the footy – but at least you could say you did it. On Saturday Peel play Claremont at Rushton Park. That’s  a long drive unless you live in Mandurah.

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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