Tight at top of the WAFL ladder

Tallen Ames marking in defence for Swan Districts.
Tallen Ames marking in defence for Swan Districts.

THE race for a WAFL finals berth remains tight, with four points separating second spot from eighth.

Brad Dodd’s first match in charge of East Fremantle could have ended better, with the Sharks falling to Swan Districts 12.7 (79) to 11.8 (74) at East Fremantle Oval on Sunday.

Matthew Jukes led the Swans up front with four goals, while Aaron Elari tallied 34 disposals and Adam Faulkner 28. Robert Young and Fraser Perry kicked three each for the Sharks. Jamie McNamara and Liam Anthony both notched more than 30 disposals.

Up top, Subiaco sits three games clear following a 22-point win over South Fremantle at Leederville Oval.

Kyle Halligan booted three goals, with Sam Menegola racking up 25 disposals and 10 inside-50s and Wade Twomey 27 disposals in the 9.12 (66) to 6.8 (44) win.

Bulldogs half-back Ashton Hams was typically busy with 32 disposals, with teammates Haiden Schloithe and James Sellar booting two goals each.

Peel Thunder recorded a 22-point win over East Perth to move to third.

The Thunder stormed home with seven goals in the final term.

Leroy Jetta booted four goals, while Dockers fringe player Matt de Boer had 33 disposals and seven tackles.

Rowen Powell booted three goals for the Royals. Brendan Lee tallied 34 disposals and Kane Lucas 30.

Claremont moved to fifth after a 44-point win over Perth at Lathlain Park on Sunday.

Shane McAdam booted five goals and Beau Maister and Jack Bradshaw three each to help the Tigers record a 20.8 (128) to 13.6 (84) win. Jarryd Morton booted seven for Perth and Aidan Tropiano gathered 31 disposals.