Sharks account for Falcons
West Perth's Jay Van Berlo (18) is thwarted by East Fremantle's Rory O'Brien. Pic: Lincoln Baker/WA News

West Perth's season is over and the top four decided after East Fremantle produced one of their most clinical displays of the season today.

The Falcons were lucky to only trail by four goals at half-time and while they whittled the final margin to 17 points, 9.11 (65) to 7.6 (48), they never seriously challenged the visitors.

Brett Peake kicked five of East Fremantle's nine goals to reward the team's highly experienced midfield for their dominant display.

Jamie McNamara, Mark McGough and Rory O'Brien were all prominent though West Perth provided one telling clue to the way to take on the Sharks in the finals with State defender Laine Rasmussen putting a hard tag on O'Brien after the main break to quieten the ball magnet.

The loss was West Perth's seventh at home this season and officially ended their premiership defence.

Peake proved the main scoring option but Jack Perham showed he was ready to emerge as East Fremantle's main attacking target with one of his best displays since returning from Collingwood.

Perham did not kick a goal but had 17 disposals and more contested marks than any other player to provide an energetic presence in the forward line.

West Perth coach Bill Monaghan threw his players around as he sought a way to combat the Sharks but could not find the formula to match their more precise ball use and greater desperation.

Marcus Adams led the way in attack and defence and produced one of the goals of the season in the third term with a long bouncing shot under intense pressure.


SCOREBOARD

EAST FREMANTLE3.07.3 8.69.1165
WEST PERTH 1.3 3.36.57.6 48
GOALS – EAST FREMANTLE: Peake 5; Williamson 2; Schofield, Chalwell. WEST PERTH: Browne, Adams 2; Adams, Bartholomew, Alexander.

BEST – EAST FREMANTLE: McNamara, Peake, McGough, R O’Brien, Perham, B O’Brien. WEST PERTH: Adams, Browne, Hunt, Nelson, Rasmussen, Antonio.
UMPIRES: A Martin, S McPhee, S Parry.
CROWD: 1560 at Arena Joondalup.

The West Australian

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