WAFL tightens up

WAFL round seven…

It wasn’t a good set of games for tipsters but great for the competition in round seven of the WAFL. The major upset was South Fremantle over East Perth while Claremont brought up their first win of the season. It’s becoming clear that both alignment teams are vulnerable to the inevitable changes in their personnel while Perth appears to be the only team incapable of playing finals. Claremont are gathering their best line-up.

At Leederville it looked like the Bulldogs might have kicked themselves out of it in the first half when they kicked 4.11 and trailed by five points at the main break. However three quick goals in the third quarter, including two from Cory Dell-Olio, gave South Fremantle value for effort and they never looked back. Big man Brock Higgins was again invaluable for the Bulldogs, James Sellar kicked three goals and Dell-Olio finished with four, defenders Ashley McIntosh and Adam Guglielmana were effective and Ashton Hams distributed the ball expertly. Speedsters Marlon Pickett and Jacob

Marlon Pickett.

Marlon Pickett. Dragovich were also useful. Stephen Payne did all he could for the Roylas, Scott Lycett was good in the ruck and Mark Hutchings was tireless in the midfield.

South Fremantle 11.16 (82) East Perth 10.9 (69)

At Bassendean Matthew Rogers was a star and kicked three goals is an easy win for Swans over second placed Peel. Justin Simpson had another strong game in defence, Ryan Davis was good and Simon Donovan and Steven Wityk, each kicked three goals. Leroy Jetta was lively for the Thunder and kicked three goals, Lachie Weller used the ball well, Jonothan Griffin kicked two goals and worked hard while Hayden Crozier did some useful things.

Swan Districts 18.16 (124) Peel 11.11 (77)

It was a dreary affair at Lathlain Park where Subiaco didn’t score a goal in the last quarter, Perth kicked one to three quarter time and the Lions won easily.
Shane Yarran provided some entertainment with four goals, Leigh Kitchen was the best midfielder, Clancy Wheeler had another great game and Brett Robinson also worked well. Aidan Tropiano continued his remarkable season for the Demons.

Subiaco 8.15 (63) Perth 3.9 (27)

The Tigers are on the board and they did it in style leading all the way over the Falcons at the Showgrounds. Ryan Neates and Tom Ledger again provided the midfield drive for the Tigers along with Corey Yeo while big men Mitch Andrews and the returning Mark Seaby were highly effective. Francis Watson, who was unlucky not be drafted last year, made a promising debut for the Tigers. Jay Van Berlo kicked three goals for West Perth and Aaron Black won plenty of the ball.

Claremont 12.11 (83) West Perth 8.15 (63)

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

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

    The short turnaround hurt West Perth. That’s the excuse I’m going for when it comes to explaining why we lost to Claremont and at that awful venue at the Showgrounds and I’m sticking with it.

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