Round 8 of the WAWFL Reserves competition saw a few near-upsets in a round that saw the top five teams form a gap between the rest of the competition.
An incredibly accurate South Freematle brushed past SNESA Angels by 18 points in a game that could have been much more uncomfortable or the Bulldogs. Despite the three-goal win, the game could have well and truly had a different result as SNESA registered only three goals from its 10 scoring shots while South Fremantle registered seven goals with only one behind.
Jessie McDonald’s three goals had South Fremantle on its way as Larissa Bennell also chipped in with two goals. Aleisha Duncan put two majors on the scoreboard for the Angels who still remain without a win for the year.
Asha Price made a huge impact as Swan Districts raced past Peel Thunderbirds, kicking 11 of the team’s 14 goals in a dominant 59-point win. Holding a 48-point lead at the half, the Thunderbirds did well to limit the free-scoring Swans in the second half.
The Swans only registered three goalkickers and two multiple goalscorers as Gabrielle Moran’s two goals paled in comparison to Price’s haul. Chloe Taylor kicked two goals for Peel.
Mt Lawley completed a tough comeback against East Fremantle to claim a slim eight-point victory and keep in touch with the top four.
Inaccuracy had the Falcons keeping themselves out of the lead at half time, kicking only one goal from their 10 registered scores after a second quarter that saw both sides combine for two goals and 10 behinds.
Despite the inaccurate start, it all came together for Mt Lawley in a third quarter that saw the Falcons kick four goals straight to East Fremantle’s 1.3, taking the seven-point lead into the final quarter. It proved to be the difference as each side registered two goals in the last.
Joondalup made light work of Claremont, winning by 83 points and keeping the Piranhas scoreless. Holding a 27-point lead at the first break, the Falcons were in cruise control for the final three quarters as Ashton Hill and Rebecca Defiddes combined for five of the Falcons’ 11 goals.
Michelle Smith was inspirational for the victors while Sophie Prizeman and Kristina Oxley played major rolls in the dominant win.
The undefeated Coastal Titans had the bye but will return to action against South Fremantle in the ninth round.
SNESA (3.7.25) defeated by South Fremantle (7.1.43)
Swan Districts (14.8.92) defeated Peel (5.3.33)
Mt Lawley (7.12.54) defeated East Fremantle (6.10.46)
Claremont (0.0.0) defeated by Joondalup (11.17.83)
Bye: Coastal Titans