SportFM WAFL round nine wrap
Another exciting weekend of state league football is in the books, with round nine of the WAFL throwing up some thrilling finishes.
Claremont moved to the top of the ladder with a thrilling 2-point win over Peel Thunder at Revo Fitness Stadium.
The Tigers looked gone for all money despite the best efforts of Jye Bolton (36 disposals) but late goals to Sam Alvarez, Anthony Treacey, and Talon Delacey saw them steal a thrilling win, with veteran Blair Bell (25 disposals) among the best for the visitors on his comeback from a back injury.
Swan Districts finally secured a close win in amazing fashion, with an after-the-siren goal from Jarrod Cameron getting them over the line by 6 points against Perth at Steel Blue Oval.
Sam Stubbs (3 goals) and Charlie Thompson (23 disposals, 1 goal) put in big efforts for the Demons but Jackson McLachlan (35 disposals, eight tackles), Jesse Turner (28 disposals, one goal) and Jarvis Pina (28 disposals) helped get the Black Ducks over the line.
East Perth registered a 38-point win over East Fremantle at Leederville Oval.
Both sides lost a star early with Scott Jones suffering a leg injury at the opening bounce before Milan Murdock copped a head knock, with Royals midfielders Angus Schumacher (32 disposals), Mitch Crowden (27 disposals), and Hamish Brayshaw (19 disposals, one goal) stepping up despite being without their ruckman.
West Perth arrested their two-game losing streak with a 27-point defeat of South Fremantle at Pentanet Stadium.
Captain Aaron Black kicked three critical second-half goals after being swung forward with Shane Nelson (33 disposals, 1 goal) and Luke Meadows (23 disposals, 1 goal) ensuring the Falcons stayed afloat in midfield, as Jake Florenca (30 disposals, 11 tackles) and Tom Blechynden (28 disposals, seven tackles) continued outstanding seasons for the Bulldogs.
Subiaco laid the smackdown on West Coast, winning by 129 points at Mineral Resources Park.
Forwards Ben Sokol (eight goals) and Jack Mayo (six goals) took their turn to cash in on the depleted Eagles with Jack Williams (eight disposals, 10 hit-outs, one goal) and Tyrell Dewar (six disposals, 1 goal) their only AFL-listed players on the park, with Lions skipper Leigh Kitchin (21 disposals) making a successful return from a hamstring injury.
West Coast 5.7 (37) def by Subiaco 25.16 (166)
Claremont 9.8 (62) def Peel Thunder 8.12 (60)
East Perth 16.12 (108) def East Fremantle 11.4 (70)
Swan Districts 9.11 (65) def Perth 9.5 (59)
West Perth 12.14 (86) def South Fremantle 9.5 (59)
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