IT was a battle of the winless teams at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday and it was West Perth who got the result they were after with a 26-point win over East Fremantle.
East Fremantle and West Perth both have new coaches in 2019 and neither have made the start they were hoping for, with Saturday also providing added intrigue with Bill Monaghan coaching the Sharks against the Falcons for the first time.
Up until the end of 2018, Monaghan had been coaching West Perth since 2009 and along the way took them to three grand finals and won the premiership in 2013, as he made history becoming the Falcons’ longest-serving and most successful coach ever.
That provided an extra layer to proceedings on Saturday but Monaghan will have to wait a little longer for his first win coaching East Fremantle, with Geoff Valentine earning his first victory with West Perth winning by 26 points.
East Fremantle kicked the first goal of the game through key forward Cameron Loersch, setting the tone for a strong start by the Sharks, with Luke Strnadica also kicking truly and when Loersch booted a second, the home team led by 10 points at quarter-time.
The Sharks still led by 10 points when West Perth premiership player Kody Manning kicked truly during the second quarter against his old side.
But the Falcons responded with the last two goals of the first half through Corey Chalmers and Michael Lourey to lead by four points at the main break the match evenly poised.
East Fremantle regained the lead to start the second half with a goal to Sean Fletcher and again when Nick Bonomelli responded to a West Perth goal from Keegan Knott.
But by three quarter-time, Tom Medhat gave West Perth a five-point lead and the Falcons dominated the last term with four goals to one to win 13.9 (87) to 9.7 (61).
It was West Perth’s first win since last year’s preliminary final while East Fremantle remains winless this season and has lost 15 games straight dating back to last year._
Michael Lourey and Keegan Knott kicked three goals apiece for West Perth while Corey Chalmers was terrific with two goals from 23 possessions, seven marks and four tackles. Tom Medhat made an impressive debut too kicking two goals from 16 possessions and six marks.
Trent Manzone was outstanding for West Perth amassing 37 possessions with Shane Nelson finishing with 33 disposals, Aaron Black 32, Aidan Lynch 24 (11 tackles), Kris Shannon 21 and Mitch Peirce 20.
Cameron Loersch kicked three goals from 13 kicks and eight marks for East Fremantle with Nick Bonomelli chipping in with two goals.
Claremont recruit Morgan Davies gathered 24 possessions for the Sharks, Milan Murdoch 22, Cameron Eardley 18, Tom Bennett 17 and ruckman Luke Strnadica 15 along with 50 hit outs, four tackles and a goal.