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Round 14 WAFL Preview

Friday, July 22, 2022 - 3:10 PM by Chris Pike / Image by Shazza J Photography

ALL eyes will be on the WACA Ground on Saturday afternoon for what could be the biggest Fremantle Derby in years but the other four matches in Round 14 of the WAFL have plenty riding on the results as well.

The battle for finals positions continues to heat up in the 2022 WAFL season and that goes up another level in Saturday's Round 14 action which will see all five matches have an impact on what's happening inside the top five.

Not only do top three teams East Fremantle and South Fremantle locks horns, but West Perth is trying to regain top spot, Swan Districts and East Perth battle over fifth spot potentially, Peel Thunder is trying to break into the five and Claremont is looking to consolidate their position.

All five Round 14 matches take place on Saturday and it includes a double-header at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park.

It begins with Perth playing host to Peel Thunder with the Demons attempting to snap an eight-game winning run while the Thunder and looking to make it consecutive wins and to keep right in the finals hunt.

The second half of the double-header at Mineral Resources Park will then see the West Coast Eagles take on West Perth. The Eagles come into the game in bottom spot and the Falcons are second, but there's every chance it will be a more competitive match than that suggests.

Also on Saturday afternoon, the battle of the western suburbs will see Subiaco play host to Claremont at Leederville Oval. 

The Lions have fallen further from finals contention by losing their last three matches while the Tigers bounced back impressively with a win last week against West Perth to consolidate their spot in the top five.

It's another massive contest for both teams at Steel Blue Oval with Swan Districts at home to East Perth. Swans come into the game clinging to fifth position at 7-5 while East Perth is just behind at 6-6 so whoever wins on Saturday will be above the other on the ladder after Round 14.

That all leads into the main event of Round 14 that takes place at the WACA Ground in what shapes as the most significant Fremantle Derby in a long time with East Fremantle taking on South Fremantle.

The Sharks returned to the top of the WAFL ladder last week while the Bulldogs are only a game behind in third position.

South Fremantle has also won the last 13 straight against East Fremantle to add to the occasion with Bulldogs premiership player and fairest and best winner Zac Strom to also celebrate his 150th game to earn life membership as an added layer to the cake.

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SUBIACO v CLAREMONT

PERTH v PEEL THUNDER

EAST FREMANTLE v SOUTH FREMANTLE

SWAN DISTRICTS v EAST PERTH

WEST COAST EAGLES v WEST PERTH
 

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