Royals hold form at the top; Falcons keep finals aspirations alive
Round fifteen of the WAFL saw minimal movement on the ladder but it delivered in spades, throwing up some surprise results and close finishes.
East Perth maintained their position at the top of the table with a 29-point defeat of Peel Thunder at Lane Group Stadium.
The Royals found themselves more than three goals down at quarter-time but their dominant midfield group of Mitch Crowden (32 disposals, two goals), Hamish Brayshaw (27 disposals, one goal) and Angus Schumacher (28 disposals, seven tackles) quickly got to work and Liam Tedesco (six goals) capitalised, while Clay Hall (21 disposals, four tackles, two goals) and Blair Bell (19 disposals, nine tackles) battled hard for the Thunder.
West Perth kept their finals hopes alive with a surprise 49-point thumping of Claremont at Revo Fitness Stadium.
The old guard of Luke Meadows (32 disposals, one goal) and Shane Nelson (25 disposals, one goal stepped up for the Falcons after Aaron Black’s day was ended early with a concussion, with the result keeping the reigning premiers within two wins of the competition’s top five.
West Coast’s wait for their first win of the season continued in heartbreaking fashion, with Tom Edwards slotting an after-the-siren set shot to give the Swan Districts a 3-point win at the death at Steel Blue Oval.
The Eagles looked set to seal an elusive victory with ruckman Harry Barnett streaming into an open goal with just seconds to go in the last quarter, but the Black Ducks took the ball end-to-end after his snap went wide and Edwards, who missed in the same situation against Subiaco earlier in the season, converted.
Subiaco broke their three-game losing run with a dominant 79-point win over Perth at Leederville Oval.
Taj Schofield starred for the Lions with four goals from his 22 disposals and received good support from veterans Leigh Kitchin (27 disposals, six tackles), Zac Clarke (24 disposals, 35 hit-outs) and Stefan Giro (22 disposals, three goals), while Jack Cooley (28 disposals) and Charlie Thompson (27 disposals) continue to give their all for Peter German’s Demons.
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