WAFL Round 9 – Swans on top; Thunder on the board

WAFL round 9…

PLENTY happened in round nine of the WAFL but when the dust settled we were left with an uneasy feeling that the top four might just stay as it is.
At Leederville Oval Subiaco and West Perth engaged in an enthralling encounter that was still up for grabs very late in the last quarter.
The Lions will regret a period in the second quarter where they just didn’t take a series of opportunities while West Perth showed they’re getting back to their 2013 form.
Defenders Andrew Strijk and Jordan Jones were in dashing form for the Falcons, big forwards Nick Rodda (four goals) and Marcus Adams (three) were very effective and Andrew Krakouer displayed real class.
Matt Boland scored five goals for the Lions, Kyle Horsley and Jason Bristow were effective midfielders while William Fetherstonhaugh kicked two goals and used the ball well.

West Perth 14.12 (96) d. Subiaco 13.8 (86)

At Rushton Park it finally happened. Peel broke an 18-game losing streak.
Rugged midfielders Jacob Ballard, Brady Grey and Brendan Jones were outstanding, Colin Sylvia kicked three goals, Hayden Crozier was effective and big men Kepler Bradley and Jon Griffin were in good form.
Ben Saunders kicked three goals for the Bulldogs and Brock Higgins and Haiden Schloithe continued their good form.

Peel 11.13 (79) d. South Fremantle 7.13 (55)

The mighty famous back and white flight continued at Bassendean. This time the victims were the new favourites for the wooden spoon. Claremont showed some spirit but couldn’t match Swan Districts.
Ricky Cary kicked three goals and Swans Jacob Burnham, Tim Geappen and Tallan Ames all played well.
Claremont got four goals from Brenden Abbott while Luke Blackwell, Matt Orzel battled hard for the Tigers.

Swan Districts 11.17 (83) d. Claremont 8.9 (57)

A couple of late goals from Brett Peake, who finished with four, helped East Fremantle sink Perth in a close one at Lathlain Park. Brock O’Brien was in good form for the Sharks, Steven Dodd was strong in defence and Rob Young had his best game of the year.
Mitch Morton kicked five goals for the Demons and Cale Morton was in fine touch.

East Fremantle 13.12 (90) d. Perth 12.9 (81)

The ladder: Swan Districts 28; Subiaco 24;  East Perth 24; West Perth 16; East Fremantle 16; Perth 12; South Fremantle 12; Claremont 8; Peel 4.

Next Saturday the WAFL will meet the NEAFL in Sydney.

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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