EAST Fremantle made a strong case for its premiership credentials with a thumping WAFL Round 17 win over East Perth on Saturday with West Perth also beating South Fremantle, Peel Thunder downing Subiaco and Claremont winning its Foxtel Cup semi-final.
East Fremantle moved to second position on the ladder with its 20.16 (136) to 10.12 (72) win over East Perth at East Fremantle Oval with Peel downing Subiaco 15.9 (99) to 9.7 (61) at Leederville's Medibank Stadium and West Perth holding on against South Fremantle to win 15.15 (105) to 15.12 (102) at Fremantle Oval.
Then in the Foxtel Cup semi-final at Patersons Stadium, Claremont was too good for the VFL's Port Melbourne winning 13.10 (88) to 6.2 (38) to advance to the grand final against the Werribee Tigers.
East Fremantle thumped East Perth by 64 points to move within percentage of top spot with Max Duffy booting five goals, Bradd Dalziell three, Brock O'Brien three, Adam Waight two, Rob Young two and Brad Dick two.
Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls and Josh Smith kicked three apiece for East Perth with Aaron Sweet picking up 30 possessions.
Peel won its fourth game of the season, all away from home, to climb off the bottom of the ladder by beating Subiaco by 38 points.
Matt Battye kicked four goals for Peel and Brad Holmes three with Pat Travers racking up 29 possessions. Brant Chambers, George Hampson and Rowen McDonnell kicked two goals each for Subiaco.
West Perth looked in control with a seven-goal to one first quarter against South Fremantle, but the Bulldogs kept coming and with seven goals to three in the last term put a big scare into the Falcons, but ultimately fell three points short.
The victory keeps West Perth's finals hopes alive and saw Josh Mellington, Brent LeCras, Shane Nelson, Mark Hutchings, Joel Rice and Jason Salecic all kick two goals. Jayden Woods booted three for South Fremantle and Kris Miller had 28 possessions.
Claremont's 50-point Foxtel Cup victory over Port Melbourne was set up by three goals from Alistair Gillespie and Tom Lee with Jarryd Morton picking up 22 possessions, Thomas Taylor 21 and Jake Murphy 20.
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