A LONG DRIVE HOME

Posted on 25/06/2012

Post Match

BY DARRELL KENT

During the course of a football year some games can define your season. This was the case at Kalannie in the game against East Fremantle on Saturday. Unfortunately the season wasn’t defined in the way hoped for by Falcons supporters as the Sharks were in control all day and ran out fifty two point winners against a lack lustre West Perth.

The tone for the day was set in the first quarter with East Fremantle dominating possession. They kicked the first of the day within two minutes courtesy of Adam Waight. He kicked three for the day. Darcy Barden then passed to Jason Salecic who marked forty out and squared the scores. The Sharks kicked the next three including a clever dribbled goal by Max Duffy which was the first of four. Marc Crisp took a terrific mark in the square to narrow the margin to ten just before the end of the first quarter. The Sharks led 4.1 (25) to 2.3 (15).

The Falcons had battled hard in the first quarter to stay in the game but this effort was undone in the second quarter with the Sharks controlling play and as a result kicked nine goals to two. It was probably West Perth’s worst quarter of football for the year. The two goals went to Brent LeCras who finished with five for the game. His game was one of the few shining lights for the Falcons and continued his good recent form. The game was over at half time with East Fremantle leading by fifty five; 13.5 (83) to 4.4 (28).

As you would hope West Perth commenced the third quarter with determination and they controlled the first five minutes and reduced the margin to forty seven. The goal scored in this period went to Chris Keunen who continued his goal kicking form. He was playing under difficulties as he injured his knee early in the game. The Sharks then kicked three unanswered goals to take the lead out to sixty six. It was late in the fourth quarter before West Perth was able to kick consecutive goals. The only other Falcon goal came late in the term when Brent LeCras kicked his third. The Sharks had increased their lead by one point on their half time advantage and they led by fifty six 16.7 (103) to 6.11 (47).

East Fremantle extended their lead to sixty four early in the final term before Mark Hutchings marked the kick in, from a behind he had scored. He finished from thirty. The highlight from a West Perth perspective occurred when Anthony Tsalikis took a ripper mark on the wing. It was classic “Slick”. The Sharks replied shortly after. Joel Rice kicked a very good goal from right on fifty and the Falcons scored consecutive goals for the first time when “Lecca” kicked his fourth. Both sides finished the game with majors, the final goal making it five to Brent LeCras. At the final siren West Perth had suffered a fifty two point defeat; 19.12 (126) to 10.14 (74).

There is no doubt that the bus drive home for the players and coaches and the car drive for supporters was a long one. There are few positives to take out of the day but Michael Pettigrew, Brent LeCras and Marc Crisp deserved the recognition that they received by being the award recipients. 

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