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Falcons end season on a high
Falcons end season on a high

West Perth farewelled Brent LeCras in fine style and gained some compensation for a disappointing season by outlasting arch rivals East Perth by 14 points at Medibank Stadium.

East Perth were guaranteed a first semi final berth before the final round of the season and took the opportunity to rest important players Josh Smith and Kyle Anderson before playing East Fremantle next week.

But Royals coach Tony Micale will demand a greater level of skill, decision-making and commitment next week after his team barely fired a shot against the visitors.

While LeCras was not a dominant figure at full forward, finishing with 1.4, he had four goals assists and showed his customary poise in the final match of a career that started in 2002 and included stints with North Melbourne and in the SANFL.

The match was a contest in the first quarter with the teams swapping goals until West Perth established a handy lead late in the term that they would extend at the next two breaks.

Mark Hutchings returned to the imposing form that he displayed in the first half of the season while young midfielders Aaron Black, Shane Nelson and Jay van Berlo were useful contributors.

Garry Moss was East Perth’s only genuinely dangerous player and while he finished with five goals, he had a kicking nightmare in the third term when he turned the ball over five times inside his team’s forward 50.

West Perth will finish fifth after a season in which they remained just outside the top four for most of the season but never seriously threatened to displace one of the teams above them.

East Perth’s lack of intensity meant the Falcons were not placed under any significant pressure until midway through the last term when the home team finally sparked into life.

Moss found plenty of the ball and kicked three goals while the Royals finally showed their finals credentials with a six-goal term.