Fowler fires for Falcons

The second-placed Falcons were not at their clinical best but did more than enough to sew up the 17.12 (114) to 9.11 (65) win.

Young midfielder Shane Nelson answered coach Bill Monaghan’s challenge for him to step up in Jay van Berlo’s absence, with a dominant, 32-possession performance.

Matthew Fowler booted four for the winners.

Kris Shannon was rewarded for good reserves form to make his WAFL league debut for the Falcons. The 20-year-old kicked a goal to open his league career tally.

Claremont continued in its stroll to the minor premiership with a 28-point win over West Perth’s arch rivals East Perth.