SOUTH Fremantle and West Perth put on a terrific show in Round 18 of the WAFL on Saturday with the Bulldogs winning a thriller while Subiaco were too strong for Swan Districts and Peel Thunder enhanced its finals hopes beating East Perth.
There were just the three matches in the WAFL in Round 18 action on Saturday and it all began on a big day at Fremantle Community Bank Oval between the third placed South Fremantle and second placed West Perth.
Both teams celebrated the 200-game milestones of premiership players and life members Ashton Hams and Chris Keunen respectively too, and in the end it was Hams' South Fremantle who won a tight affair 10.8 (68) to 10.3 (63) against Keunen's West Perth.
HE will go down as one of South Fremantle's all-time most decorated players but all Ashton Hams is focused on now is his family and running out with his daughter for his 200th game before trying to end his career with a third WAFL premiership at the Bulldogs.
Hams made his South Fremantle league debut way back in 2004 and it has been a remarkable journey ever since with him racking up 199 WAFL games at the Bulldogs heading into Saturday's clash with West Perth at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
Along the way, he has played in the 2005 and 2009 premierships alongside twin brother Kyle while winning the Simpson Medal as best afield in the 2009 Grand Final win against Subiaco.
NOTHING West Perth ruckman Chris Keunen has earned over his 200-game WAFL career has come easy, and someone with less strength of character or maybe a less motivating wife, might have given up along the way but that only makes the milestone all the more meaningful now.
Keunen arrived as a tall, athletic and mobile ruckman from Victoria to West Perth ahead of the 2006 WAFL season initially on the recruiting of coach Darren Harris, who soon made way for Todd Curley ahead of that 2006 season to join the West Coast Eagles.
Immediately Keunen appeared to have all the tools to be a premier ruckman in the WAFL, but those early years were marred by him being stuck behind the likes of Robert Warnock, Mark Seaby and even at times Mitch Andrews in the pecking order.
THERE are just the three matches in Round 18 of the WAFL on Saturday afternoon but each of them have plenty at stake for the teams involved highlighted for the battle for second spot between South Fremantle and West Perth.
It is Round 18 of the WAFL to open the final month of the 2018 season and with eight teams still in finals contention every match takes on greater significance.
Subiaco might be guaranteed of the minor premiership for a fourth straight season currently undefeated in 2018 after 14 games and East Fremantle is stuck in bottom place at 2-13 having lost seven in-a-row, the other positions all remain up for grabs.
It will be a nervous wait for the fourth placed Perth and sixth placed Claremont who can do nothing to advance their finals prospects due to a bye on Saturday, but East Perth, Peel Thunder and Swan Districts all try to help their respective causes.
Long-time Swan Districts Football Club major sponsor Steel Blue has renewed its commitment to the club for a further three years.
Steel Blue began its partnership with the Swans in 2004 and has been the naming right sponsor for the club’s home ground for the past 14 years. The perennial home of the Swans, Steel Blue Oval, has become a significant landmark in the eastern suburbs of Perth.
Three WA players have been invited to the 2018 NAB AFL Women's Draft Combine which will be held at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3.
Sabreena Duffy, pictured, has been invited to the National Combine following her outstanding performance as skipper for WA at the NAB AFL Women's National 18s Championships. Duffy was also named WA MVP of the Championships and selected for the AFLW All-Australians 18s team.
WA Mundella AFL Women's State players McKenzie Dowrick and Jasmin Stewart were also invited.
Corrigin Auskicker Drew Hall was the envy of all Auskickers last weekend when he was announced the eighteenth weekly nominee for the 2018 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition at the Round 19 AFL clash between Essendon and the Sydney Swans.
The 11-year-old Geelong fan said he enjoyed every minute of his experience at the Friday night game at Etihad Stadium, especially his interview with Seven Sport’s Hamish McLachlan.
“It was so exciting being at the game and I really enjoyed being interviewed by Hamish,” he said.
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GIVEN just 12 months ago he was playing in Harvey, it's a remarkable journey just for Patrick Italiano to be playing league football at Swan Districts but he had such an impact in Saturday's crucial win against East Fremantle that he was named M & J Chickens Player of the Round.
Italiano did play a couple of colts matches at Swan Districts last year but most of his time was spent at the Harvey Bulls in the South West Football League and certainly there was never any guarantee he would end up playing WAFL league football.
But the now 19-year-old did come up and play a reserves game for Swan Districts in Round 2 but he didn’t make another appearance until Round 10 when he played against Claremont at Claremont Oval.
SUBIACO and East Perth recorded heart-stopping Round 17 WAFL victories with West Perth and Swan Districts recording important wins too with a host of standout out individual performances right across the league.
It was an important round of WAFL action and Claremont took it up to Subiaco the most any team has in 2018, but ultimately the Tigers came up short and it could cost them a finals berth while the Royals replaced them in the top five with an after the siren goal.
West Perth also shook off a horror week off-field to further consolidate second spot while Swan Districts snapped its losing run to keep its finals hopes alive.
Three massive WAFL clashes are set to unfold this Saturday and there will also be fun activities, events and competitions taking place at all venues for fans, their families and club members.
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SUBIACO and Peel Thunder held on to its top two positions in the WAFL Colts with Round 17 wins on Saturday while Swan Districts replaced East Fremantle in third and Perth stayed right in finals contention with a thrilling win against East Perth.
Round 17 in the colts began with two games on Saturday morning with Subiaco retaining its hold on top spot with a hard fought 9.9 (63) to 7.8 (50) victory against Claremont at Claremont Oval.
The other Saturday morning contest saw Swan Districts leapfrog East Fremantle back into the third position on the ladder with an 8.9 (57) to 6.9 (45) win at East Fremantle Oval.
A total of 11 WAFL players have been invited to undertake testing at the NAB AFL National Draft Combine from Tuesday October 2 to Friday October 5.
Jordan Clark, pictured, has been invited to the National Combine following his impressive performance for WA at the NAB AFL National 18s Championships which earnt him the WA MVP award.
Luke English and Sydney Stack who were selected for the All-Australians 18s team were also invited.
Mater Dei College has won the Fremantle Dockers Cup Moore Division for the first time ever, defeating John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School by 15 points in the Grand Final at Optus Stadium on Sunday July 29.
Emily Bennett, pictured, was named the best player for the winning side and JSR presented their award to Violet Bartell.
WA Football Commission Schools Specialist David Lindsay said the opportunity to play the Grand Final at Optus Stadium was a thrill for all of the players.
“It was a fantastic competition and playing the Grand Final at Optus Stadium was a fitting way to conclude the season," he said.
WA Country's New Holland State side went down in a narrow five-point defeat to the South Australian Country side at Adelaide Oval on Saturday July 28.
WA veteran Rory O'Brien (Pinjarra) used his experience to slot the first two majors for his side to settle the players nerves in the opening term of the interstate clash. Liam McKenna (South Bunbury) and Robert Forrest (Federals) also had solid starts while Alex Moreno (Federals) was dominant in the back against some dangerous forwards.