Round 4 WAFL Wrap
Round four of the WAFL has been run and won, with the closeness of the competition on full display.
After defeating last season’s runner-up last week, Subiaco went one better and overturned reigning premiers West Perth on their home turf at Pentanet Stadium, with the Lions running out 9.12 (66) to 6.9 (45) winners.
The 21 point victory was built on the dominance of ruckman Zac Clarke (41 hitouts, 23 disposals, 1 goal), with leading lights Stefan Giro (21 disposals) and Angus Dewar (20 disposals) also in on the action.
East Perth’s undefeated start to the season is over, with Peel Thunder claiming a 13.8 (86) to 6.17 (53) victory at Leederville Oval.
The wasteful Royals kicked just one goal to go with eleven behinds in the game’s last three quarters, while Fremantle-listed players Karl Worner (33 disposals, 11 marks) and Tom Emmett (3 goals, 17 disposals) impressed for the visitors in the 33 point win.
Swan Districts finally got a win on the board after opening their season with three close losses, beating South Fremantle by 18 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
The Black Ducks started fast with five goals to none in the opening quarter and put up a score of 13.10 (88) to keep the Bulldogs, who produced a tally of 10.10 (70), at arm’s length all day, with Jesse Palmer (4 goals) and Christopher Jones (3 goals) capitalising on their opportunities.
Perth put in their best performance for the year but went down by 28 points to East Fremantle, with the hosts emerging 16.9 (105) to 12.5 (77) victors at the WACA Ground.
The Sharks were well served by Milan Murdock and Tom Joyce (both 32 disposals, 1 goal) in midfield and Jonathon Marsh, Brayden Lawler, and Hugh Dixon (all 3 goals) in attack, with Jack Avery (33 disposals, 12 marks), Charlie Thompson (25 disposals, 2 goals), and Sam Stubbs (3 goals) leading the way in a much-improved showing for Peter German’s Demons.
West Coast suffered another triple digit loss, with Claremont defeating them by 111 points at Revo Fitness Stadium.
Bailey Rogers (33 disposals, 4 goals) was masterful as the Tigers cashed in on their undermanned opponents to put a score of 23.16 (154) on the board, while Sandover Medallist Kane Mitchell (28 disposals) showed he had not lost any quality as the latest veteran to answer an emergency call from the Eagles, who managed 6.7 (43).
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