Cricket writer John Townsend has covered more than 100 Tests and three winning World Cup campaigns since 1999. He is also an award-winning football reporter.
South Fremantle may be forced to complete their premiership defence without captain Dylan Main whose foot problem could keep him out of action for the rest of the season.
It has taken longer than a Saturnian year but, at last, the sun is rising for East Fremantle and East Perth as they seek a return to their golden days.
Andrew Brayshaw played the game of his life but which other Dockers helped set up the nail-biting win over Richmond?
Three hulking tall forwards provide South Fremantle with an advantage over other premiership contenders and coach Todd Curley believes the chemistry within that trio is growing by the week.
Nic Naitanui recognised for elite ruck work but it was the same old story for misfiring Eagles with classy midfielders unable to have an impact against Collingwood.
Peel started their WAFL existence with a 100-point home thrashing at the hands of South Fremantle and on the day the Thunder celebrated that 25-year history, they turned back the clock with another triple-figure flogging by the same team.
Squeezing 25 WAFL games and six finals into the next 10 weekends sounds simple but it is on a par with cat-herding when it comes to ease of operation and confidence of outcome.
The top five WAFL team will play finals and the season will be extended by two weeks after an agreement between clubs and the WAFC to maintain the integrity of the competition.
Swan Districts could be in the gun when it comes to the WAFL finals and it might take a decent lawyer to get them out of the firing line.
Veteran defender Reece Conca will be the only Fremantle player available for Peel for the next two rounds after the rest of the Dockers squad opted to go into self-quarantine to remain eligible for AFL selection.
A rare summit meeting of all WAFL clubs will discuss a series of options to complete the season, including a controversial plan to drop the fifth-placed team – currently Swan Districts – from the finals.
Claremont’s Ollie Eastland can thank the stark recent lessons he learnt at the hands of AFL ruckmen for his victory in the most complete performance of his surging career.
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