WAFL Wrap: Sharks bare teeth as Tigers claw again

Round 2 of the WAFL Season saw the form book again turn 180 degrees with some big upsets from Joondalup to East Fremantle and all other games in between.

Let’s breakdown all the games from Round 2 of the 2020 WAFL Season.

EAST FREMANTLE 87 def 45 PEEL THUNDER at New Choice Homes Park

They say a week’s a long time in Football and East Fremantle proved that once again by pulling away from Peel Thunder in a big last term to win by 42 points in front of a noisy Sharks crowd who were desperate for their side to bounce back following the 95-point smashing at the hands of Souths last week.

The margin was a reflection of East’s domination in the last quarter with the Thunder wasteful with the ball for much of the game, especially at the goals when they kicked 6 behinds from 7 scoring shots in the first quarter.

The forwards were excellent for the Sharks with Lester-Smith kicking 2 goals and Lachlan Bailey also finished with 2, a applaudable effort for the Thunder 2nd gamer.

Ben Middleton was rewarded with 2 goals for the game and led a Thunder fightback in the third term that would prove futile as the Sharks blew the Thunder out of the water in the final term.

CLAREMONT 85 def. 48 SWAN DISTRICTS at Revo Fitness Stadium

After the shock upset last week, the Tigers proved again they are the side to beat in Season 2020 following a 37-point win over a young Swan Districts side who saw positives but very few made vital impacts in the game.

The Tigers led at every change and it was that man again Jye Bolton leading the ball getters with another 24 touches, putting himself among top Sandover contenders along with Alec Waterman who kicked 3 goals from 18 touches in another impressive performance that also included 6 marks and 3 tackles from the Forward 50.

The Black Ducks were lacking experience and consistency in the centre, a goalless third term compounded their woes but apart from the leading ball winners in Tony Notte, Matt Riggio and Alex Howard, they did not get a lot of support by their young players.

The Tigers in contrast were able to execute far more pressure to the ball and back each other up brilliantly from deep in defence right into the forward line.

STH FREMANTLE 39 def. 31 WEST PERTH  at Provident Financial Oval

Sometimes in Football you gotta win ugly, and thats what South Fremantle did in a very low scoring game against West Perth in Joondalup.

They may have only scored 1.6 to show but the Dogs had more of the football but their sloppy usage and inaccurate kicking.

There weren’t many standouts at Joondalup but Jake Florenca was encouraging with a game high 32 possessions and 9 tackles in a hard slog.

While for the Falcons again Aaron Black, the 2013 Sandover Medallist was outstanding with 28 Touches and 7 Tackles, Jacob Dragovich gave the Dogs plenty of run on the wing and Jimmy Miller was the only multiple goal kickers for the Bulldogs.

The Falcons will also need to work on their Inside 50s as they were dominated early on hence the 28-39 count in favour of the Dogs.

PERTH 88 def. 67 EAST PERTH at Mineral Resources Park

Perth continued their unbeaten start to Season 2020 with a 21 point win over the under done Royals at Lathlain in a game dominated by the towering 18 year old Logan McDonald.

The youngster, who has proven so far to be a tremendous find, scored 4 goals in a dominating performance in the Demons forward 50 despite a late final quarter surge by the Royals.

McDonald however was supported again by Chris Masten who continued his impressive start to 2020 with another 27 possession game.

East Perth did however find greater fluency in the 2nd Half with a 6 goal to 6 second half led by Patrick McGinnity’s 2 goals and former Falcon Aidan Lynch’s 32 posessions and 10 inside 50’s but their efforts alone wasn’t enough come the final siren.

Round 3
Swan Districts VS Subiaco @ Bassendean Oval
East Perth VS East Fremantle @ Leederville Oval
South Fremantle VS Claremont @ Fremantle Oval
Peel Thunder VS West Perth @ Rushton Park

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Paul Persic

Paul Persic

Paul Persic is a respected writer and podcaster and a member of the WA Daily Sports team. Paul hosts Talking Motorsport every Monday 7pm on 91.3 SportFM as well as Full Time with Pauly and Darce, on Front Row Screens, Sunday's from 5pm. In addition to his radio ventures, Paul can also be found presenting 'Paul Persic Presents', a feature series available on Facebook.

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