SWAN Districts and South Fremantle scored big WAFL victories in Round 20 action with the league's two leading goalkickers booting bags of six each to play a big part in their victories.
Swan Districts beat Peel Thunder on Saturday at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval 22.14 (146) to 7.5 (47) with Ash Hansen booting six to take his season tally to 57 while Ben Saunders' six for South Fremantle took him to 59 as the Bulldogs beat Perth 16.12 (108) to 12.12 (84) at Fremantle Oval on Sunday.
Claremont won the Foxtel Cup grand final over Werribee on Thursday night at Patersons Stadium 15.9 (99) to 8.7 (55) as well with East Fremantle, East Perth, Subiaco and West Perth having the bye.
The results leave Claremont (12-4) clear on top of the ladder from Swan Districts (12-5), East Fremantle (11-5) and East Perth (10-1-5). Outside the four are West Perth (8-1-7), Subiaco (6-10), South Fremantle (5-12), Perth (5-12) and Peel Thunder (4-13).
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THE BIG WINNERS
Swan Districts needed to win and gain some percentage on Saturday to keep hopes alive of a top-two finish and double chance come finals time, and the black-and-whites achieved both goals in the 99-point win over Peel.
Swans had lost their last two games at Steel Blue Oval against the Thunder, but had no such troubles this time around in a dominant performance that takes them into second spot on the ladder to be a game ahead of East Fremantle, but having played an extra game and still a lesser percentage.
It was a dominating performance from Swans, though, with 24 more scoring shots, 28 more inside-50 entries, 191 extra possessions, 97 more marks and 25 more hit outs.
THE BIG LOSERS
Perth had a real chance to build some momentum to try and finish 2012 with and climb up a position on the ladder, but failed to fire against a youthful South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on Sunday.
A win could have taken the Demons ahead of Subiaco on the ladder into sixth position and with six wins for the season with three more games to go, there was a real chance for them to take something out of a 2012 campaign that promised so much coming into it.
However, the 24-point loss to South Fremantle was disappointing and now sees Perth drop down to eighth spot to still be a chance to slip below Peel to claim the wooden spoon.
THE SHINING LIGHTS
Swan Districts kicked the only four goals of the first quarter against Peel on Saturday and were never threatened from there to run out 99-point winners.
Ash Hansen kicked another bag of six goals with Ryan Davis adding three, Kyle Hams two, Tim Geappen two and Andrew Embley two.
Swans had a massive 191 more disposals than Peel with Shaun Hildebrandt racking up 38 possessions, Tom Roach (pictured) 37, Marlon Motlop 32, Hams 30, Josh Roberts 27, Wayde Twomey 26, Graham Jetta 21, Jarrad Blight 21 and Embley 20. Wes Lammie had 17 disposals and 38 hit outs.
It was another tough day for Peel with Kristin Thornton kicking three goals and Pat Travers gathering 22 disposals, Drew Robinson 19, Matt Orzel 17 and Liam McKenna 17.
It was a good performance from a young South Fremantle team to beat Perth by 24 points on Sunday for a second straight victory after eight consecutive losses.
Ben Saunders (pictured) moved back to the top of the Bernie Naylor Medal race with another six goals for the Bulldogs with Jayden Woods also booting three, Alex Grima two and John Sgherza two.
The Bulldogs' midfield also got on top of Perth's with Ryan Cook gathering 24 possessions, Grima 19, Haiden Schloithe 18, Shaun Bewick 17 and ruckman Sean Tighe was terrific with 24 possessions, 26 hit outs, eight inside 50s and a goal.
South Fremantle's young defence was outstanding not only keeping Perth's forward-line quiet, but providing plenty of run and drive. Led by veteran Toby McGrath, Nick Borovac picked up 22 possessions, Adam McIntosh 19, Dylan Ross 19, Casey Sibosado 17 and Adam Doughty 17.
Simon Tunbridge kicked four goals for Perth with Brennan Stack and Ross Young booting two apiece.
Julian Jacobs gathered 26 possessions, Leon Davis 26, Matt Tedesco 25, Alistair Smith 24, Young 23, Paul Bevan 20, Michael Florio 20, Ashley Smith 19 and Joel Leeson 18.
PUSHING FOR A SPOT
Swan Districts' reserves beat Peel by 41 points on Saturday with Dayle Garlett kicking four goals, Adam McKinlay three, Ray Daniels two and James Embley two. Aidan Smith picked up 28 possessions, Embley 23, Adam Faulkner 23 and Alex Forster 20.
Jordan Wythes, William Dawson and James Bristow kicked two goals each for Peel with Ryan Herring working hard for 25 possessions, 12 marks and 13 hit outs. Aden Field also had 19 touches, Callan Eddy 18 and Jay Collard 18.
Perth's reserves had a big 86-point win over South Fremantle with Ben Fraser (pictured) kicking five goals, Tyler Chrimes three and Mark Deaves two. Kerwin Stuart picked up 23 possessions, Josh Salmon 19, Gavin Roberts 19 and Matt Moody 19.
Mitchell Thompson worked hard for South Fremantle with 26 possessions and two goals while Matthew Olivieri racked up 38 disposals. Lewis Harvey had 22 touches, Jordan Wilson-King 21 and Jesse Maiorana 20.