WAFL Wrap: Top finish to the home and away season
Several different possibilities were all in play but the WAFL’s top five is set after an exciting last round of the season.
East Fremantle secured their first minor premiership in 25 years with a 50-point win over Subiaco in the top-of-the-table clash at Leederville Oval.
The Sharks’ poor goalkicking meant the game was all tied up at three-quarter time despite them having had ten more scoring shots than the Lions, before Josh Schoenfeld (24 disposals, four goals) and Brayden Lawler (12 disposals, five goals) ran riot in the last term to haul them over the line.
West Perth will not get the chance to defend their premiership in the finals despite their 15-point victory over East Perth at Pentanet Stadium.
The Falcons came into the game with their destiny outside of their control and other results meant they could not crack the top five, but they did put in a spirited performance in Darren Harris’ last game as league coach and ensure their old rivals lose their double chance by falling out of the top three.
Claremont sealed their September spot with a 49-point defeat of Perth at Revo Fitness Stadium.
Jye Bolton was typically prolific in his 150th game for the Tigers with 38 disposals and his running mate Bailey Rogers (29 disposals, four goals) was also dominant, while Charlie Thompson (27 disposals, four tackles) and Corey Byrne (29 disposals) closed out strong seasons with another good performance for the Demons.
Peel Thunder moved into third position on the ladder by beating Swan Districts by 10 points at Steel Blue Oval.
Returning forward Josh Corbett (15 disposals, 12 marks, five goals) capitalised on the good midfield work of Brady Grey and Will Brodie (25 disposals) for the Thunder, with Jesse Turner (34 disposals) and Aidan Clarke (31 disposals) giving their all for the Black Ducks.
South Fremantle closed out a disappointing season with a dominant performance, smashing West Coast by 89 points at Mineral Resources Park.
Generation next continued to shine for the Bulldogs with Aaron Drage (26 disposals, one goal) and Ashton Ferreria (25 disposals) continuing strong starts to life at league level, as uncontracted Eagles trio Greg Clark (29 disposals), Zane Trew (26 disposals, one goal) and Isiah Winder (23 disposals, one goal) were solid in what may prove to be their last game for the club.
Both finals will take place at Leederville Oval next week, with Subiaco welcoming Peel Thunder in the qualifying final on Saturday before East Perth take on Claremont in the elimination final on Sunday.
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