THE penultimate round of the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season threw up some fascinating results to heat up the race for a finals spot and there were some standout individual performances from spearheads, star midfielders and defenders alike.
There is now just one round remaining in the 2020 WAFL season and there are still six teams who are a chance of reaching the top four and therefore taking part in the finals series.
That was all set up by what happened in Round 8 which saw Subiaco move into fourth position thanks to a big finish to beat East Fremantle 12.12 (84) to 6.7 (43) at Leederville Oval.
A host of great individual and team performances characterised round eight of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition.
This round saw Subiaco (12.7.79) defeating East Fremantle (5.7.37); East Perth (9.6.60) overcoming South Fremantle (8.5.53); Claremont (10.10.70) conquering West Perth (8.10.58); and Perth (11.6.72) beating Swan Districts (9.11.65).
Peel Thunder was the club that had the bye this weekend.
Read below to see the results of round three and to see the best players.
SUBIACO (12.7.79) vs EAST FREMANTLE (5.7.37)
Subiaco cemented its position in the top four, after defeating East Fremantle by 42 points at Leederville Oval.
Vice-Captain Lachlan Vanirsen led the way for Subiaco with 27 possessions, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 3 inside 50s.
Matthew Johnson (20 possessions, 6 inside 50s, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 1 goal), Nicholas Cleaver (13 possessions, 4 marks, 2 goals), Jaxon McGowan (10 possessions, 1 goal), Lachlan Henderson (15 possessions, 9 hit-outs) and Jaxon Bilchuris (13 possessions, 9 marks, 4 goals) were influential for the Lions.
For East Fremantle, Finn Gorringe was outstanding with 27 possessions, 8 marks and 2 inside 50s.
Jed Hagan (19 possessions, 2 goals), Chris Walker (16 possessions, 8 tackles, 6 marks, 4 inside 50s, 1 goal), Bohan Teakle (17 possessions, 3 tackles), Edward Curley (15 possessions, 6 tackles) were named the Sharks’ best.
SOUTH FREMANTLE (8.5.53) vs EAST PERTH (9.6.60)
East Perth secured its second victory of the 2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts season, after overcoming South Fremantle by seven points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
Reigning Best and Fairest winner Adam Boules was named East Perth’s best player after he finished with 29 possessions, 8 tackles, 4 inside 50s and 3 marks.
James Tunstill (20 possessions, 6 inside 50s, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 1 goal), Jason Kissack (11 possessions, 2 marks, 2 tackles), Thomas Albertsen (11 possessions, 3 marks) and Michael Thomas (13 possessions, 4 tackles, 3 marks, 2 goals) all played important significant roles to help guide the Royals to victory.
Solomon James was South Fremantle’s best player, finishing with 13 possessions, 22 hit-outs, 6 marks and 3 goals.
Jaxon Bellchambers (28 possessions, 5 inside 50s, 5 tackles, 4 marks), Angus Fraser (22 possessions, 7 tackles, 5 inside 50s), Oscar Armstrong (20 possessions, 6 marks, 3 tackles), and Riley Clayton (14 possessions, 6 inside 50s, 3 tackles, 2 marks) were prominent for the Bulldogs.
CLAREMONT (10.10.70) vs WEST PERTH (8.10.58)
Claremont returned to the winners’ list, after conquering West Perth by 12 points at Revo Fitness Stadium.
Jacob Blight was rock solid in defence for Claremont, finishing with 26 possessions and 3 marks.
Kieran Gowdie (7 possessions, 11 hit-outs, 4 marks, 2 goals), Ben Ramshaw (13 possessions, 7 inside 50s, 4 marks), and Logan Guelfi (15 possessions, 7 inside 50s, 4 marks, 3 tackles) were brilliant for the Tigers.
For West Perth, Kellen Johnson was fantastic, upon his return from injury, with 14 possessions, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 4 inside 50s.
Kane Bevan (10 possessions, 4 marks), Darcy Dixon (6 possessions, 3 goals), Jordan Berry (14 possessions, 4 marks), and Corey Rundle (14 possessions, 4 marks) competed strongly for the Falcons.
SWAN DISTRICTS (9.11.65) vs PERTH (11.6.72)
Perth remains in finals contention, after beating Swan Districts by seven points in a thrilling contest at Steel Blue Oval.
Zac Sanderson was inspirational for the Demons with 29 possessions, 10 marks, 6 inside 50s and 5 tackles.
Zak Melconcelli (21 possessions, 8 marks), Harry Quartermaine (12 possessions, 3 marks, 3 goals), Jaiden Hunter (15 possessions, 39 hit-outs, 1 goal), and Jack Evans (17 possessions, 5 inside 50s) were prolific for Perth.
For Swan Districts, Ayden Cartwright was exceptional with 18 possessions, 5 marks and 3 goals.
Zane Trew (22 possessions, 9 tackles, 5 marks, 3 inside 50s), Jamison Ugle (13 possessions, 9 tackles, 4 inside 50s), and Cian Elhers (15 possessions, 5 inside 50s, 4 marks) were the Swans’ best.
WA Football's involvement with Sock it to Sarcoma! aims to raise awareness of Sarcoma, a rare cancer, and raise funds for Sarcoma research in Western Australia. WA Football has a reason close to home for being involved, with Kalin Foley's diagnosis arising following injury in a local football game.
On the weekend of 11 - 13th of September, have some fun, pull on a pair of odd socks for your footy match and donate to a great cause, helping Sock it to Sarcoma.
Provident Financial Oval, home of the West Perth Football Club, has been confirmed to host the 2020 Optus WAFL Women’s Grand Final.
The game will be played on the weekend of September 19/20, with the date and time to be finalised pending the confirmation of AFL and WAFL fixtures.
The venue was selected following a competitive tender process, with West Perth’s bid proving successful with a commitment to family-friendly activations, community promotion, food and beverage offerings, provision of function space and access to match-day facilities.
EAST Fremantle premiership defence in the WAFL Women’s competition stayed alive with a win over Swan Districts on Sunday while Subiaco advanced straight to the 2020 Grand Final with a similarly narrow victory to open the final series.
It was an enthralling seven rounds of the home and away season for the Optus WAFL Women’s Premiership Season with it taking until the final day for the top four teams to be decided.
Claremont was the unlucky team to miss out on taking part on the finals action but it set the stage for two cracking semi-final match ups on Sunday afternoon to open the final series.
THIS might be a shortened WAFL season in 2020 but what an exciting finish we are now in store for with one round remaining and six teams still a chance of playing finals after Subiaco moved into the top four at the expense of top four on Saturday.
For all of the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season to date and Perth has been on target to break their storied finals drought that dates back to 1997.
The Demons had their hearts broken in 2019 having sat inside the top five most of the season before falling out before the finals and now they have one more chance to avoid the same fate happening in 2020 after Saturday’s Round 8 WAFL results.
LAINE Rasmussen was content with what he had achieved in his WAFL career at West Perth going back three years and he thought he was done, but that Falcons culture was too hard to ignore and now the premiership star and new father is about to reach 100 games.
Rasmussen earned universal respect from the moment he made his WAFL debut with West Perth back in 2012 for his ferocious attack on the ball and opponents, his relentless tackling, his impressive running ability to drive the team forward and his commitment to whatever role he was asked of.
Having come right through the ranks at West Perth, he dreamed of playing with the Falcons in the WAFL and he certainly made the most of it from the moment Bill Monaghan backed him in along with fellow youngsters Aaron Black, Shane Nelson, Kody Manning and Nick Rodda.
ANDREW Krakouer gained the spotlight for topping off Swan Districts' stunning 2010 premiership team, but Matt Riggio was the unheralded other addition that year and it's remarkable the 10 years he has delivered since to now become a 200-game WAFL player.
Riggio began his WAFL career back with Peel Thunder and he made his league debut in 2005 before going on to be drafted to North Melbourne and played 10 AFL matches over the next three seasons.
He showed enough to suggest he could be a regular AFL player but the Kangaroos didn’t agree by the end of 2009 and that's when he had a decision to make about where to continue his football career.
IT is finals time in the WAFL Women's competition on Sunday afternoon with Subiaco and Peel Thunder playing for a Grand Final spot, and East Fremantle and Swan Districts fighting to stay alive.
After an exciting 2020 Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season over seven weeks where the four finals teams wasn’t decided until the very last game of the competition, it's now time for the finals with all four teams having a realistic claim at the premiership.
Claremont was the unlucky team to miss out on playing finals after losing in Mandurah to Peel Thunder last Saturday and then with East Fremantle replacing them in the top four by beating Swan Districts on Sunday.
WITH milestones galore and all four matches to have an impact on the finals race it's shaping as a fascinating and defining Round 8 of the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season this Saturday afternoon.
While it feels like the 2020 WAFL season is just warming up, all of a sudden Saturday marks the second last round of the home and away season, and with six teams still in the finals hunt things are certainly reaching critical points.
Only South Fremantle is guaranteed right now of playing finals with the Bulldogs still undefeated after six games and while West Perth has only lost once, and Claremont and Perth twice each, none of them are yet guaranteed anything.
A total of 24 Simply Energy WA State Academy players have been selected for the 2020 NAB AFL & AFLW National Combine – National Level to be completed in Perth later this year.
Twelve male athletes and 12 female athletes will test ahead of the October 6 AFLW Draft.
Due to COVID-19, the U18s National Championship was cancelled for season 2020, seeing the players take part in shortened WAFL Colts and WAFLW campaigns.
Players will now test in Western Australia before the 2020 National Draft at the back end of the year.
The Round 8 Football Budget is available to download ahead of this weekend's 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season fixtures.
Featuring match previews, statistics, feature article, collectables, fixtures and team lists for League, Reserves, Colts and WAFLW, the new-look Football Budget is included for free with all Adult and Concession tickets at WAFL games.
Additional copies can be purchased for $3 at the gate.
WA Football is recognising the 4 - 6 of September as Thank and Respect and Umpire Round.
Clubs will be asked to address their playing group pre-game explaining that sides will be thanking and respecting the umpires for the integral roles that they play in our game.
Each coach will be asked to acknowledge the umpire and shake their hand prior to, and at the completion of, the fixture.
We ask coaches, players and spectators to support the umpires decisions, adhereing to the WAFC 'True Sport' Codes of Conduct.
The WA Football Commission encourages coaches and leaders of community football clubs to also communicate to spectators, parents and volunteers, around the vital part that all umpires play in community football.
Together, the WA Football community can have a significant impact on ensuring positive game gay environments for everyone.
ALL of a sudden one weekend's action can change so much and with two rounds of the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season remaining, Subiaco and East Perth have put themselves in the finals hunt with Claremont and Perth still not guaranteed of anything.
Round 7 of the WAFL got underway on Saturday afternoon with Perth attempting to lock in a first finals appearance since 1997 and all but ending Subiaco's quest for a third straight premiership in the process at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park.
But it wasn’t to be and the Lions proved they can't be ruled out still in 2020 with two rounds remaining as they came away with the 13.12 (90) to 9.10 (64) victory.