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WAFL Round 8 Wrap

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 9:44 AM by Chris Pike / Image by Blake Parry

EAST Fremantle beat West Perth in a tremendous top of the table WAFL contest at the WACA Ground to highlight the Round 8 action which also included wins for Claremont, Swan Districts, Subiaco and South Fremantle.

The Sharks pipped the Falcons in the match of the round at the WACA Ground on Saturday to reclaim top spot but it was far from the only exciting Round 8 match up.

Swans just held off Peel Thunder also on Saturday before then on Sunday, the Bulldogs held out against the Royals as well in what was another terrific weekend of WAFL action.

It got underway on Saturday at Claremont's Revo Fitness Stadium with Claremont stringing consecutive wins together overcoming a strengthened West Coast 13.10 (88) to 7.8 (50).

Bailey Rogers racked up 35 possessions for Claremont, Ryan Lim 34, Jye Bolton 29 and Lachlan Martinis 28 while Dom Sheed had 34 touches for the Eagles.

Then later on Saturday afternoon, Swan Districts returned to the top five at the expense of the team they defeated, Peel Thunder, 12.6 (78) to 11.8 (74) at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

Chris Jones stepped up to kick five goals in the win for Swan Districts while Jesse Turner had a career-best 40 touches. Ben Middleton and Guy Barnes kicked three goals each for Peel with Connor Blakely racking up 38 disposals.

Subiaco then scored its third win of the season to stay in touch of the top five with a 12.9 (81) to 10.7 (67) victory against Perth at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park.

Ryan Borchet kicked three goals in the win for Subiaco with Stefan Giro gathering 34 possessions and Lachlan Delahunty 30 to go with 21 hit outs. Kristian Cary kicked three goals for Perth and Corey Byrne picked up 36 disposals.

That all led into the WACA Ground hosting top spot going on the line between East Fremantle and West Perth, and it was the Sharks winning a nail-biter 13.12 (90) to 12.16 (88) against the Falcons.

Cody Leggett delivered the second best haul of his career with five goals for East Fremantle with Cam Eardley finishing with 32 touches. Keegan Knott kicked four goals for West Perth with Shane Nelson collating another 28 disposals.

The Round 8 action then wrapped up on Sunday afternoon at Leederville Oval with South Fremantle maintaining its hold on fourth position with the 8.9 (57) to 6.10 (46) win against East Perth.

Jimmy Miller kicked two goals for South Fremantle while defender Toby McQuilkin racked up 42 possessions. Tom Medhat kicked three goals for East Perth with Angus Scott racking up 40 disposals for the first time in his 50-game WAFL career.

Following the Round 8 results, it's East Fremantle back on top of the WAFL ladder to be percentage ahead of West Perth with both teams sitting on 6-2 records.

Claremont also has a 6-2 record to be in third position while South Fremantle and Swan Districts make up the last two positions in the top five at 5-3 with the Bulldogs just ahead of the Swans courtesy of a better percentage.

Just outside the top five are Peel Thunder at 4-4 in front of East Perth (3-5), Subiaco (3-5), Perth (2-6) and the West Coast Eagles (0-8).

WAFL PREMIERSHIP SEASON – ROUND 8

CLAREMONT 13.10 (88) defeated WEST COAST EAGLES 7.8 (50)

SWAN DISTRICTS 12.6 (78) defeated PEEL THUNDER 11.8 (74)

PERTH 10.7 (67) lost to SUBIACO 12.9 (81)

EAST FREMANTLE 13.12 (90) defeated WEST PERTH 12.16 (88)

EAST PERTH 6.10 (46) lost to SOUTH FREMANTLE 8.9 (57)
 

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