WAFL – Round 8: Slick, Dick show in Falcon Shark shootout

WAFL round eight

It was the kind of game coaches hate and spectators love at East Fremantle Oval. The Sharks and Falcons kicked 45.11 between them confusing all sorts of arguments about negative footy and how modern players can’t kick for goal. The home team began best but West Perth fought back to stay in touch and then slip away in the third quarter. With a howling breeze at their back it appeared East Fremantle might get home in the last quarter but the Falcons stayed calm, kicked brilliantly and pulled away. Anthony “Slick” Tsalikis scored five goals and his set shots with and into the wind were a game highlight. Josh Mellington also kicked beautifully and Matthew Johnson showed class and kicked three vital goals. Brad Dick kicked eight goals and Mark McGough was outstanding for the Sharks but it wasn’t enough.

West Perth 24.8 (152) East Fremantle 21.3 (129)

Peel, with Viv Michie playing his best game since heading west, wore down Subiaco to record a solid victory at home. Matt Orzel and Cruise Garlett also played well for the Thunder. Clancy Wheeler and Chris Phelan were the best of the Lions.

Peel 12.18 (90) Subiaco 12.9 (81)

Claremont remain unbeaten after a thriller against Perth. The Demons stormed home, hit the front in the last quarter but couldn’t hold on in their second heartbreaking defeat of the season. Ian Richardson kicked four goals for the Tigers and Casey Sibosado was excellent in his return to the team. Brennan Stack kicked five goals in an another outstanding effort for Perth.

Claremont 15.10 (100) Perth 14.11 (95)

It looked like South Fremantle were on their way to a win at last when they led East Perth by 29 points at half time. Alas the Royals booted 12 goals to six in the second half and the Bulldogs remain winless and rooted to the bottom of the ladder. Paul Johnson was again in fine touch, his ruck partner Scott Lycett kicked three goals and Josh Smith kicked five. Paul Mugambwa scored three goals for South.

East Perth 18.13 (121) South Fremantle 14.18 (102)


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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