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Sharks go straight with change of routine
Sharks and Falcons hit the country. Pic: Kate Ferguson/WA News

Goal kicking practice the night before a game could be a thing of the past after an improved effort in attack by East Fremantle in a polished 52-point victory over West Perth on Saturday.

The 19.12 (126) to 10.14 (74) victory over a listless Falcons was achieved in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 1143 fans at Kalannie Oval, more than four times the population of the tiny Central Wheatbelt town.

East Fremantle's effort in the fixture funded by the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme was a convincing return to form after a surprise six-point loss to Subiaco in the previous round.

Their spread of goal scorers (11) and accuracy was much improved from the 13.7 to 10.19 loss to the Lions seven days earlier.

Teenager Max Duffy led the way with four goals and Adam Waight chimed in with three while Richard Hadley, Brock O'Brien and tall utility player Cameron Symonds all booted two.

By contrast, Brent LeCras played a lone hand for West Perth, with five of their goals.

Coach Steve Malaxos described it as a "pretty basic but important turnaround in attack" for East Fremantle after a change in the goal kicking routine.

"We usually train Monday, Wednesday and Friday and do goal kicking on Friday nights," he said.

"Last night would be the first night since I've been coaching we haven't done goal kicking the day before a game so I did change things a bit.

"It's amazing because we practice every week at East Fremantle. Last week we kicked 10.19 and this week, at a ground where the boys haven't had one shot, we kick accurately.

"It goes to show that a lot of goal kicking is mental, your approach and clarity of thought and those sorts of things."

West Perth showed early resistance and trailed by a respectable 10 points at quarter time before being swamped in the second quarter.

The Sharks rattled on nine goals to two for the term, led by 55 points at half-time and 56 points at the last change.

Defenders James Bayliss, Luke Weller, Steven Dodd and Tom Howlett were in miserly form for the Sharks while captain Mark McGough and fellow midfielders Rory O'Brien, Hadley, Mitch Boyle and Brad Cooper created plenty of opportunities in attack.

Geraldton recruit Cooper didn't look out of place in his first league game while Boyle was busy in and under for the Sharks.

West Perth had few four-quarter performers with LeCras, captain Jason Salecic, defender Michael Pettigrew and midfielders Matt Guadagnin and Mark Hutchings the best in a modest performance.

East Fremantle's win strengthened their hold on fourth spot and put a serious dent in West Perth's finals hopes.

Clinging to fifth, the Falcons are 2½ behind the Sharks with 10 rounds of qualifying fixtures left.

West Perth were second on the ladder at the same stage last year, equal on 36 points with Claremont, and went on to hold that spot before bowing out of the finals in straight sets with losses to the Tigers (second semifinal) and Subiaco (preliminary final).

The Sharks missed the play-offs, finishing fifth with 11 wins and nine losses.