‘Super’ Saturday as West Perth bursts Perth bubble

Corey Chalmers and Andrew Strijk lead a happy  Falcons team off the ground after winning 14.7 (91) to 8.12 (60). Picture: J Bianchini
Corey Chalmers and Andrew Strijk lead a happy Falcons team off the ground after winning 14.7 (91) to 8.12 (60). Picture: J Bianchini

WEST Perth ended Perth’s unbeaten run in a day of upsets in the WAFL on Saturday.

The Falcons ran out 31-point winners at Lathlain Park, while South Fremantle ended premier Subiaco’s 25-game winning streak.

West Perth coach Geoff Valentine told his players and a crowded change room after the game that it had been a “super day”, with the club recording wins across colts, reserves and league for the second consecutive week.

The Falcons took a two-goal lead into the last quarter before adding another three majors and keeping the Demons goalless.

“We had +7 in contested ball,” Valentine said, reading out some of his team’s last-quarter stats before turning the attention to opponent Peel Thunder next week.

Peel’s round 1 victory was the start of a four-game losing streak for the Falcons ahead of their two wins – against East Fremantle and the Demons.

South Fremantle got over Subiaco on the Lions’ home ground Leederville Oval, winning 12.11 (83) to 9.7 (61).

East Fremantle recorded its first victory of the season, toppling Swan Districts 13.8 (86) to 10.12 (72) at Steel Blue Oval.

And Claremont defeated Peel 12.8 (80) to 9.7 (61) at Claremont Oval after jumping the Mandurah side with six goals to two in the first quarter.