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Swans clip Falcons’ wings

04/May/2009

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SIX goals to West Perth forward Brent LeCras and 26 touches to captain Jason Salecic was not enough for the Falcons to taste victory against Swan Districts at Arena Joondalup on Friday night.

Having only five days turnaround from their previous match against Perth, the home side looked flat from the outset.

West Perth now sits seventh on the WAFL ladder with a 3-3 record following the 17.15 (117) to 12.9 (81) loss.

Swans kicked five goals to one in the opening quarter to set up the win and were never headed from that point.

Mark Seaby won the majority of the ruck knocks for the Falcons but was beaten around the ground by opponent Llane Spaanderman.

Swans midfielder Brett Robinson was the highest possession winner on the ground with 33 with Tim Geappen (four goals) and Tony Notte (three) providing plenty of headaches for the West Perth defence.

Caleb Shadbolt and Joel Rice also had 26 touches for the Falcons with Troy Longmuir and Luke Tedesco busy with 25 apiece.

In further good news for Swan Districts, Eagles draft Nic Naitanui played his first game of 2009 on Saturday.

Naitanui, taken at No.2 in the 2008 AFL draft, got through the reserves match against West Perth unscathed, and should be playing league football within the next fortnight.

PEEL Thunder’s push for an historic first finals campaign maintained momentum on Saturday with a thrilling win over Claremont at Claremont Oval.

Playing under coach Simon McPhee for the first time, the Tigers kicked eight goals to one in the final term to almost snatch the four points.

The Thunder kicked just one goal during the second and fourth quarters, but hung on to win 17.11 (113) to 16.13 (109), the Mandurah side’s fourth win of the season.

The Thunder set up the win with 11 goals to five in a sparkling third quarter, turning a 17-point half-time lead into a 47-point lead at the final change.

Midfielders Simon Rosa and Rory O’Brien led the way for the winners with 25 touches apiece, while Bradley Holmes kicked four goals.

Jarrod Ninyette kicked six goals on debut for the Tigers and team-mate Luke Blackwell collected 30 touches.

Michael Warren and Danny Chartres had an absorbing duel in the ruck with Chartres having slightly more influence around the ground to claim the honours.

The Tigers remain winless in 2009.

- The Thunder recently paid tribute to star goal sneak Haydn Ballantyne by naming a wing at Rushton Park in his honour.

Ballantyne became the second Peel Thunder player to win the Sandover Medal when he claimed the award last year.

He was subsequently picked up by the Fremantle Dockers in the AFL draft but has yet to play a game this season due to injury.


ROSS Young inspired Perth to an upset win over East Fremantle on Sunday at East Fremantle Oval with 42 possessions.

The former Carlton player was outstanding in the 20.4 (124) to 17.9 (111) win, the Sharks’ second loss in succession.

The Demons climbed back into the four with the gutsy win, their third from six games.

Things got a lot tighter than they should have for Perth in the second half after the Demons went from leading by 32 points at half-ime to trailing by four points at the final change.

The Sharks kicked 10 goals in the third term in an exciting quarter of football to get back into the contest before running out of puff.

Six goals to three in the final quarter secured the four points for Andrew Jarman’s team.

Matthew Moody and Jarrod Kayler-Thomson kicked four goals each for the winners with Eagle Tim Houlihan booting three for the Sharks.

Kayler-Thomson had 38 touches for the afternoon and is among the early season contenders for this year’s Sandover Medal, along with team-mate Young.

Houlihan’s 33 touches may see him selected by West Coast for its encounter with Melbourne this weekend.

Shark Paul Lindsay had an amazing 46 hit-outs and team-mate Matt Spangher had a game-high 11 marks.

SOUTH Fremantle crushed East Perth at Medibank Stadium on Sunday to move a game clear in top spot.

It was a disappointing effort from Tony Micale’s young side after going into the clash on the back of a win over Subiaco.

The Bulldogs won 22.18 (150) to 7.10 (52) with Ray Smithers picking up 42 touches for the winners.

Such was the magnitude of the loss, East Perth fell from fourth to eighth on the ladder.

Callum Wilson kicked four goals for the Bulldogs with Craig Glancy and Brent Cowell kicking two apiece for the Royals.

East Perth stayed with their more experienced rivals for a half to trail by just seven points at the main break. From there it was all one way traffic.

The visitors kicked 16 goals to two after the main break to gain some valuable percentage.

Already missing several key players, East Perth went into the match without co-captain Luke Webster who was a late withdrawal because of knee soreness.

Midfielder Pat Travers did well to blanket Bulldog Kris Miller for much of the game. Miller finished with just 20 touches but he had plenty of team-mates to cover the load.

Smithers, Hayden North, Keren Ugle, Theo Adams and Sam Hunt all had 26 possessions or more.

Player of the round - Ray Smithers (South Fremantle)

Ladder after round 7: South Fremantle 20; East Fremantle, Peel 16; Perth, Swans, Subiaco, West Perth, East Perth 12; Claremont 0.


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