WAFL Round 8: Swans Flying, Thunder Almost Roar

WAFL round eight…

Peel took the longest and hardest road trip in the WAFL on Sunday and after leading by 30 points at half time and still by 17 midway through the last it seemed their first win had come. However a six-goal last quarter and a neat shot from the boundary by Anthony Tsalikis got the Falcons home by a point at Joondalup.
Shane Nelson and Aaron Black were again outstanding for West Perth,  Laine Rasmussen had a good game and Andrew Krakouer kicked three goals.

Matt Taberner kicked five goals for Peel and midfielders Brendan Jones, Tom Sheriden and Sam Menegola almost got their team over the line.

West Perth 14.9 (93) Peel 14.8 (92)

At Leederville East Perth made short work of Claremont. Patrick McGinnity, Steven Payne and Brendan Lee were outstanding in the midfield and Kyle Anderson played well in defence. Promising defender Jordan McAllister was Claremont’s best player.

East Perth 19.10 (124) Claremont 6.8 (44)

If you backed Swan Districts to win the wooden spoon you are in the trouble. Swans smashed East Fremantle at Bassendean and are percentage off top spot. Young forward Matthew Jukes kicked four goals as did the experienced Tim Geappen while Matthew Rogers and Ryan Davis were again impressive.

Mark McGough was prominent in his return to the Sharks and Danny Chartes battled hard in the ruck.

Swan Districts 20.15 (135) East Fremantle 10.15 (75)

Subiaco retained top spot with a 34-point win over Perth at Lathlain Park. Shane Yarran kicked four goals for the Lions and George Hampson and Kyal Horsley were good players. Michael Sinclair, Haydn Busher and Cale Morton played well for the Demons.

Subiaco 16.12 (108) Perth 11.8 (74)

The ladder: Subiaco 24; Swan Districts 24; East Perth 24; West Perth 12; Perth 12; South Fremantle 12; East Fremantle 12; Claremont 8; Peel 0.

Look out for plenty of ladder movement next week after Swans play Claremont; Subiaco host West Perth; Peel play South Fremantle and Perth line up against East Fremantle.

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. Dennis Gedling says

    Has been an interesting start to the season with the Black Ducks defying all and even Souths to a degree. Peel are a clusterf***

    West Perth have been complete pish. Cannot string 4 quarter together to save themselves at the moment.

  2. David Zampatti says

    Well, Dennis, it’s a bit rich to dump on the Cardies in a week when, gutted as they have been, they beat the ressies teams of both last year’s AFL Grand Finalists in the space of five days.

    The case for their promotion into the AFL – perhaps, for convenience’s sake, replacing a current team with “West” in their name – grows more compelling by the hour.

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