WAFL Round 12 review: East Freo upset Souths to blow premiership race open


East Fremantle celebrates its derby win at Fremantle Oval on Monday. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography.
East Fremantle celebrates its derby win at Fremantle Oval on Monday. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography.

THE race for WAFL supremacy has been blown wide open after the competition’s top two teams went down in round 12 action over the long weekend.

Jack Perham and Brett Peake booted three goals each to lead the Sharks to a 39-point win over cross-town rivals South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on Monday.

After two tight quarters, the Sharks booted eight goals to two in the second half to win 13.12 (90) to 6.15 (51).

The hosts did themselves no favours with 2.8 in the last two quarters.

Tim Bristow gathered 24 disposals in the win, with Mitch Boyle and Liam Anthony recording 23 on a day the Sharks drew within one win of top spot.

Shane Hockey had 27 disposals in the loss and Tim Kelly recorded 26.

Mason Shaw and Steven Verrier both booted two goals.

Elsewhere Peel Thunder claimed another top five scalp by accounting for Subiaco by four points at Subiaco Oval.

Blair Bell booted three goals to go with 19 disposals and five inside 50s as the Thunder won 11.8 (74) to 10.10 (70).

Matt de Boer had a game-high 36 disposals and laid eight tackles in the win.

For Subiaco, Dylan Clarke booted three goals and Kyal Horsley had a team-high 23 possessions.

The result leaves the Thunder a game off top spot.

Subiaco is second on percentage.

Michael Lourey booted four goals and Aidan Lynch three as West Perth ensured the premiership remains a race between five.

The Falcons took care of East Perth 11.9 (75) to 5.14 (44) on Monday, with Shane Nelson leading the way for the winners with 42 disposals.

For the Royals Patrick McGinnity had 30 disposals.

Perth ensured Swan Districts remain anchored to the bottom of the table after a 54-point win at Bassendean Oval on Monday.

In a match between the competition’s two bottom teams, Perth’s Clint Jones led his side with 35 disposals.

Adam Faulkner had 31 for Swans.

WAFL ladder: South Fremantle (32 points), Subiaco (32), East Fremantle (28), Peel Thunder (28), West Perth (28), East Perth (16), Claremont (12), Perth (12), Swan Districts (4).