WAFL round five wrap
Round five of the WAFL has been run and won, with the competition’s top teams starting to separate from the pack.
The blockbuster clash between Claremont and East Perth lived up to its billing, with the Tigers mounting a strong comeback to run out 13.13 (91) to 12.12 (84) winners at Revo Fitness Stadium.
The Royals found themselves five goals up at quarter time with the hosts yet to put a major score on the board, before stars Jye Bolton (32 disposals) and Bailey Rogers (19 disposals, 3 goals) stepped up to show the way home.
Subiaco stayed in touch with the top of the ladder courtesy of a 7.10 (52) to 6.4 (40) victory over South Fremantle at Leederville Oval.
Hickmott brothers Liam (30 disposals, 1 goal) and Wil (26 disposals) ran the show from the midfield, while the 2-3 Bulldogs are still stuck on zero premiership points after being punished for a salary cap breach with the loss of eight premiership points.
Peel Thunder comprehensively beat Swan Districts at Lane Group Stadium to pick up their fourth win of the season, with the hosts score of 17.16 (118) overcoming the visitors tally of 9.2 (56).
Captain Ben Hancock (33 disposals, 1 goal) led the way in the 62 point win, with dropped Dockers Will Brodie (24 disposals) and Sam Sturt (24 disposals, 1 goal) also showing their quality.
West Perth held off a late East Fremantle flurry to win by 15 points at the WACA Ground.
Both teams had 22 scoring shots with Mitchell Dobson kicking four goals straight as the Falcons managed 10.12 (72), while the wasteful Sharks, who put up 7.15 (57), were left to rue their inaccuracy.
Perth grabbed their first win for the season and piled more misery on West Coast with an 18.16 (124) to 4.3 (27) win at Mineral Resources Park.
Leading lights Regan Clarke (33 disposals, 2 goals), Jack Avery (33 disposals, 12 marks), Jack Cooley (32 disposals, 7 tackles) and Charlie Thompson (29 disposals) impressed for the Demons in the 97 point win, with young gun Josh Browne (36 disposals) again prolific for the Eagles.
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