WAFL Round 8: Sharks maul Lions

WAFL round eight…

East Fremantle coach Rob Wiley has his team humming

East Fremantle coach Rob Wiley has his team humming

The talk around the WAFL traps in the lead up to round eight was the likelihood of an undefeated season for Subiaco as they cruised inevitably to a third straight premiership. On Saturday, of course, the Lions were absolutely thrashed by East Fremantle. It was the second consecutive visit to Leederville Oval for the Sharks who might now be considering a move to that pleasant cafe strip instead of the one in Fremantle. George Hampson was brilliant against his old team, Liam Anthony and Dion Anthony continued their great form, Ryan Lester-Smith was creative in defence, Dylan Winton had his best game for East Fremantle who now have an imposing back line and Matthew Watson spent time in the ruck this week to great effect.

East Fremantle 18.12 (120) Subiaco 6.4 (40)

Perth won the battle on the cellar dwellers and they did it in some style at Lathlain Park. Ruckman Angus Graham played his best game as a Demon, Clint Jones made 47 disposals, Sam Garstone kicked three goals and Julian Jacobs and Liam McKenna were again strong in the midfield. Matt Riggio was good for Swans along with Tony Notte.

Perth 14.11 (95) Swan Districts 8.6 (54)

The weather at Joondalup was horrible and the home team coped best and now have their season back on track. West Perth came from two points down at the last break to run over Peel and move into the top five. Tyler Keitel, once seen as a draft hope as a key forward, was superb in defence and fellow backmen Luke Meadows and Nic Rodda helped limit activity in the Peel forward line. Clancee Pearce and Ed Langdon impressed for the Thunder.

West Perth 8.10 (58) Peel 5.11 (41)

Claremont are making a habit of fading after leading at three quarter time and they did it again on Saturday at the Showgrounds allowing South Fremantle to jump back to the top of the ladder. Ryan Cook kicked the sealer for the second time in three weeks and put in another outstanding performance, Blaine Johnson and Mason Shaw each kicked three goals and Brock O’Brien returned to the team and gave his usual big hearted effort in the ruck. Jack Bradshaw kicked five goals in difficult conditions for the Tigers and Werribee recruit Jye Bolton had another good game.

South Fremantle 12.13 (85) Claremont 12.5 (77)



The ladder:
South Fremantle 24;
Subiaco 24;
East Fremantle 16;
Peel 16;
West Perth 16;
East Perth 12;
Claremont 8;
Perth 8;
Swan Districts 4.

Next week:
East Fremantle vs Perth;
East Perth vs Swan Districts;
South Fremantle vs Peel;
Claremont vs Subiaco.

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. Not much consolation for us in the WAFL with your East Perth and my Swan Districts is there? Swans have lost a lot of players to AFL and retirement, but the coach is the one that cops it in the neck. Plenty of dissension in the camp out at Bassendean.
    Enjoyed your WW1 talk on the footballing Scullin brothers last night. Any chance of a heated venue next time. I would have clapped but I couldn’t feel my fingers. Any chance of posting a link and a little background to the 1916 London game footage on the Almanac site? Amazing stuff and I am sure it would get a lot of interest.
    Best wishes to you and Ross and Sandi and Nat and Frankie at this difficult time. Time wounds all heels.

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