Focus on forward line pays off handsomely

West Perth trainer of more than 25 years Bart De Vita holds the Garlic Munchers Cup.
West Perth trainer of more than 25 years Bart De Vita holds the Garlic Munchers Cup.

The visitors’ 19.19 (133) to 10.11 (71) victory formed their biggest winning margin and biggest score achieved since their 100-point thrashing of East Perth ten rounds ago. 

It was only the third time this season the Falcons had scored more than 100 points in a match, with coach Bill Monaghan regularly speaking of the need for his side to kick bigger scores.

The triumph kept the fifth-placed Falcons’ finals hopes alive as they look to usurp fourth-placed East Fremantle, which sits two games clear.

The round 14 clash had the sides competing for the Garlic Munchers Cup, which honours the lively European heritage at both clubs.

Versatile key position player Nick Rodda booted a game-high five goals, with teenager Matt Johnson kicking three as he aims to cement a spot in the league line up.

Midfielder Shane Nelson produced a typically prolific display on the ball, gathering 36 touches and sending the Burley inside 50 six times.

West Perth faces a tough ask against second-placed Swan Districts at Arena Joondalup for Naidoc Round this Saturday.