WEST Perth is looking a strong chance to topple East Perth in the WA Day derby with the Falcons on a five-game winning streak as the form side of the WAFL.
The side defeated Perth by 26 points at Lathlain Park in an 11.12 (78) to 8.4 (52) victory on Saturday.
The Demons were not as easily brushed aside as their recent form suggested they might be, with the Falcons unable to shake them until the final quarter.
West Perth held just a three-point lead at three-quarter time, but kicked four goals to one in the last term.
Most impressive in the Falcons’ final-quarter dominance was terrific link-up play from defence, which set up a number of scoring opportunities.
Beginning with Andrew Strijk (23 disposals, six inside-50s) or Nick Rodda (19 disposals, eight marks), the side would use short kicks on one side of the ground to draw the Perth attack then switch the ball to the opposite side where space was now aplenty.
The open wing would set free a running player such as 30-disposal winner Rohan Kerr (two goals) to send the Falcons forward.
In defence, Rodda produced his best effort of the season, consistently repelling the hosts’ forward 50 entries.
Michael Lourey led the goal tally with three majors.
Ex-AFL player Clinton Jones continued his prolific season for Perth with 31 possessions.
The Falcons face the Royals in the derby at Arena Joondalup on Monday.