The West Australian’s Jordan McArdle takes a look at what’s happening in the country and amateur leagues around WA in his weekly column.
‘X’ marks his spot in the amateurs
He might be slightly above playing weight these days, but Hawthorn premiership defender Xavier Ellis showed he’s still got the skills in his WAAFL B Grade debut.
The 30-year-old, who made 120 AFL appearances for the Hawks (86) and West Coast (34), lined up for West Coast Cowan in their 25-point loss to Whitford at City Beach Oval on Saturday.
He kicked a nice crumbing goal, reading teammate Brad Bennet’s ruck tap perfectly before banging it on the right boot.
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Ellis, who has become a media personality since retiring from the AFL, is also Cowan’s director of coaching.
“It’s always good fun to get out there,” Ellis said on Channel Seven.
“I didn’t realise how tight that jumper was and how short those shorts were, I look like a rhinoceros.”
Jarrod Holmes was the hero for Whitford with a game-high three majors, with former West Perth champion Ray Bartholomew also getting on the scoresheet.
West Coast premiership midfielder Daniel Kerr kicked a goal in Thornlie’s 11-point upset win over Collegians.
Trohne Ugle was the difference with four majors.
Kingsley kept their unbeaten start to the season going with a thrilling two-point victory over Mt Lawley, thanks to James Del Borrello’s six-goal haul.
Adam Mckinlay and David Mckinlay kicked four goals apiece for the Hawks.
In other B Grade results, Swan Athletic defeated North Fremantle by 22 points and Hamersley-Carine beat Maddington by 14 points.
Former Subiaco pair Marc Re (three goals) and Chris Deluca (two) helped power Scarborough to a 15-pointover reigning A Grade premiers Trinity-Aquinas.
Ex-Docker and Giant Tendai Mzungu played his second game for the Boomers, needing three more appearances to qualify for finals.
Mzungu kicked his first goal of the season.
Ryan Ekert (five goals) led North Beach to a 94-point win over Kalamunda, while ex-Shark Rob Young and Ethan Boatwright had four goals apiece to help Fremantle CBC remain unbeaten with a 57-point triumph over Wanneroo.
Wembley edged out Kingsway by 16 points and University prevailed over Curtin Uni-Wesley by 18 points.
In the C2 Grade, former Brisbane Lion James Hawksley’s Warnbro Swans made it nine from nine with a big win over Snesa.
Hawksley has played eight games for the ladder-leading Swans this season since joining from South West Football League outfit Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault.
Nollamara, which had ex-Western Bulldog Brennan Stack and former Docker Garth Taylor line up for them, went down to Canning-South Perth by three points.
Jetta stars for Pinjarra
It didn’t take former Leroy Jetta to have an impact in the Peel Football League.
The former Bomber inspired Pinjarra to a 25-point win over Rockingham at Anniversary Park on Saturday.
Jetta, who reunited with Peel Thunder premiership teammate Rory O’Brien as he weighs up his WAFL future, booted a game-high five majors in his first full game since being cleared.
The 29-year-old’s PFL debut lasted less than a quarter against Halls Head the previous week after the game was called off early due to a serious injury, with the points split.
Ex-Fremantle Docker Brock O’Brien was also among Pinjarra’s best in their seventh win of the season.
For the second week in a row, a player booted 10 goals in a senior match.
This time it was Ryan Henley doing the damage as Centrals smashed Waroona by 168 points at Mundijong Oval.
After starting the season in the WAFL with Perth, Callum Collard had his best game for the Blues with seven majors, following on from his five-goal haul the previous week.
Andrew Leroy, Jeremy Caratti, Adrian Goff worked hard in a losing cause for the Demons.
Former Peel Thunder sharpshooter Brad Holmes added four goals to his season tally as South Mandurah eased past Mandurah by 101 points at Falcon Oval.
Holmes took his season tally to 57 majors from 10 appearances this season.
Adam Norton also kicked four for the victors, with Zak Vergone, Jaydon Cullen, Rhys Price and Michael Holmes also dominating.
Jay Walton, Bradley Hodge (two goals) and Kristopher Cunico were the Mustangs’ best.
Ladder leaders Baldivis made it nine wins out of 10 with a 33-point victory over Halls Head.
Brendan Tingey was best-afield, while Benjamin Higgs did the damage on the scoreboard with a game-high five goals.
Katanning juggernaut keeps rolling
Katanning are well on their way to an undefeated season in the Upper Great Southern Football League.
With a 7-0 record and a whopping percentage of nearly 600, the reigning premiers have disposed of every challenge with ease.
The winless Wagin were the latest team to cop the wrath of the Wanderers, failing to kick a goal at Matera Oval on Sunday.
The Wanderers piled on 32.22 to the Bulldogs’ six behinds in the 226-point drubbing.
Tim Fitzgerald and Jacob Wintle kicked five goals apiece, former Hawk Kade Stewart and ex-West Coast Eagle Adam Carter added four each.
Corey Eades booted three goals, as did ex-Carlton defender Josh Bootsma to take his season tally to 24, while former South Fremantle midfielder Tim Stewart was also among the best.
Katanning also kept their winning streak going in the reserves, beating Wagin by 66 points.
Former Docker Paul Duffield, who coaches the Bulldogs’ seniors, was the team’s best player and kicked their only goal.
Boddington continued their promising season, moving to 6-1 with a 36-point win over Narrogin.
Matthew White (two goals) led the way, with James Battersbee, Jacob Day and Alec Waight all having a big impact.
Wickepin downed Brookton-Pingelly by 94 points in a one-sided affair at Brookton thanks to the efforts of Braden Smith (three goals), Joel Gust, Jordan Flavel, Trent O’Brien, Jethro Duffy and former South Fremantle and Claremont defender Dylan Ross.
Williams also had a big win, defeating Kukerin-Dumbleyung by 46 points at home.
Nathan Bravington, Bryan Hardie and Marshall Walker had four goals apiece, with Robert Rose, Lincoln Meeking, Myles Bolger and Simon Panizza also impressing.
Simpson, Cox star in GNFL
Former Dockers utility Josh Simpson was best-afield for Brigades in their 35-point win over Towns at GBSC Sports Park.
Simpson inspired his teammates with excellent disposal and brought exhilarating young forwards Kristerfer Ryder and Kaiden Dann into the game.
Shannon Cox was equally effective for Rovers, spending time in the midfield each quarter despite primarily based out of centre half forward. He booted a goal and provided indispensable guidance during the 41-point victory over Railways.
In the remaining game of the round, Northampton hung on for a four-point victory over ChapmanValley in the northern derby.
In the North Midlands league, it was arguably one of the strangest weekends of results in recent memory.
Coorow-Latham thrashed Mingenew by 98 points, with the Bulldogs only managing one goal for the match.
Besieged by injury and unavailability, it was a scoreline few in the region thought they would ever see from a Bulldogs league side – such has been their sustained success.
Three Springs, aided by additional ex-Mingenew players, belted Dongara by 109 points, with the current Eagles side a fractured shadow of their 2016 premiership winning year.
– Justin Fris
LeCras hurt in Cervantes’ big win
Playing-coach Brent LeCras suffered a low-grade hamstring injury in Cervantes’ 65-point win over arch-rivals Jurien Bay in the Central Midlands Coastal Football League.
The former North Melbourne and West Perth tall is expected to be sidelined for five weeks, with the his likely return against Lancelin-Ledge Point in round 12.
Fellow forward Tom Parker stood up in his teammate’s absence, booting six goals.
Gus Devitt, Luke St Jack (four goals), Jarrod Best and Bryant Best were also influential for the Tiger Sharks, while Mitch McPhee (four goals) continued his prolific goal-scoring form for Jurien Bay.
Former Subiaco and East Fremantle ball magnet Conor Davidson’s impressive debut couldn’t inspire Lancelin to a win against Dandaragan.
Davidson booted two goals and was among the Pirates’ best players.
Bradley Ryan, Jalen Mcgee, Ross Young, Gavin Murphy and Todd Kenny played a big part in Dandaragan’s second win of the season.
Moora lost their inter-league clash against Mortlock side Goomalling by 55 points.
Tyson Bird booted seven goals and Alex Wenn four, while former West Perth player Sam Rotham chimed in with three.
Zeph lands at the Eagles
Former Western Bulldogs cult hero Zephaniah Skinner was among the goal-kickers on debut for Looma Eagles at the weekend.
The livewire forward helped the Eagles knock off reigning West Kimberley Football Association champs Broome Bulls by 98 points at Haynes Oval.
Skinner played in a Central Kimberley Football League premiership with Noonkanbah Blues last season.
In other WKFL results, Cable Beach made it 5-0 with a thrilling one-point win over Derby, Broome Saints beat Peninsula Bombers and Bidyadanga were too good for Towns.
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