IT was an exciting start to the 2019 WAFL Colts season with a couple of thrilling contests and a host of standout performances from emerging stars.
All four Round 1 WAFL Colts matches took place on Saturday with two of them decided by less than a goal.
Those matches saw East Fremantle kick the last two goals of the game to beat Claremont 10.6 (66) to 9.10 (64) at Claremont Oval while Swan Districts also kicked the last goal of its clash with South Fremantle, winning 9.9 (63) to 8.11 (59) at Steel Blue Oval.
East Perth then knocked off the reigning premier Subiaco with a 10.8 (68) to 5.5 (35) win at Leederville Oval with Peel Thunder defeating West Perth 11.7 (73) to 8.8 (56) at Mandurah's David Grays Arena.
CLAREMONT 9.10 (64) lost to EAST FREMANTLE 10.6 (66)
Claremont Oval played host to a thriller to open the 2019 WAFL Colts season with East Fremantle managing to get over the line against Claremont by two points.
After both teams kicked two goals apiece in the opening quarter, East Fremantle kicked away in the second quarter with four goals to two to lead by nine points at half-time.
Claremont turned things back around in the third term with three goals to nil to lead by 10 points at three quarter-time.
The Tigers were still 10 points up after a Tom Wolfe goal late in the piece, but the Sharks would have the field say with two goals inside two minutes courtesy of Trey Ruscoe to secure the nail-biting 10.6 (66) to 9.10 (64) victory.
Trey Ruscoe kicked those two goals for East Fremantle to go with 20 possessions, six inside-50 entries, five marks and four tackles.
Trent Rivers racked up 26 possessions for the Sharks with Chad Warner gathering 24 disposals to go with seven tackles and a goal.
Michael Wright also had 23 touches and nine tackles while Jack Carroll picked up 18 disposals, Jai Jackson 17 and Lachlan Taylor 15.
Luke Jackson finished with 36 hit outs, 11 disposals and three tackles as well.
Tom Baldwin and Ben Elliott kicked two goals apiece for Claremont while both had 19 disposals each.
Lachlan Davis picked up 21 possessions and took eight marks for the Tigers with Ronin O'Connor also gathering 20 disposals (nine tackles), Joel Western 19, Jye Clark 19, Louis Passera 17, Jack Cooley 16, Liam Henry 16, Anthony Davis 16 and Callum Jamieson 10 (10 hit outs, seven tackles).
SWAN DISTRICTS 9.9 (63) lost to SOUTH FREMANTLE 8.11 (59)
The colts contest at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday was a dramatic affair and ended up with Swan Districts kicking the last goal of the game to win 9.9 (63) to 8.11 (59).
Swans did lead by 14 points at half-time and were still on top by 12 points by three quarter-time.
But South Fremantle kicked the first two goals of the last quarter to lead by three points until Kade Wallrodt proved the match-winner kicking the last goal of the contest as the black-and-whites won by four points.
Jermarl Daly starred for Swan Districts in the colts win kicking six goals from nine kicks.
Brenton Hilton gathered 25 possessions for Swans, Jak Watson 23, Kade Wallrodt 21, Zane Trew 21, Jake Pasini 19, Ethan Nordahl 19, Ty Sears 19 and Seb Bright 18.
Malachi Walley kicked two goals for South Fremantle while Jack Musika racked up 23 possessions, Jacob Sax 23, Brodie Plunkett 21, Manfred Kelly 20, Jarrod Salmeri 16, Regan Ward 15, Brett Pitt 15 and Nash Miller 14 to go with 20 hit outs.
SUBIACO 5.5 (35) lost to EAST PERTH 10.8 (68)
East Perth made an impressive start to its 2019 WAFL Colts campaign beating the reigning premier Subiaco by 33 points in the clash of the Leederville Oval co-tenants.
Subiaco's colts are coming off the premiership from 2018 but have a new coach with Chayce Creedy taking over from Beau Wardman who is now coaching the league side.
But the Lions couldn’t get their premiership defence off to a winning start with East Perth proving too strong with Garry Moss coaching.
East Perth started well kicking five goals to three in the first quarter and then kicked the only two goals of the second term to lead by 27 points at half-time.
Subiaco did close the gap to 19 points by three quarter-time but East Perth responded with the only two goals of the final term to win 10.8 (68) to 5.5 (35).
Jaxon East produced a best on ground display for East Perth kicking three goals to go with 27 possessions, six marks and five entries inside the forward 50. Sebit Kuek kicked two goals as well.
Harley Sparks was tremendous for the Royals with 32 possessions while Cooper Sparks gathered 25 disposals, Cody Nash 23, Spider Lockitt 21, Jed Montgomerie 21 (11 hit outs), Adam Boules 19 (10 marks), and Cody Rodgers 19.
Nicholas Martin kicked two goals for Subiaco along with 19 possessions, five marks, three tackles and three inside 50s.
Tristan Hobley finished with 30 possessions and 10 tackles for Subiaco with Jacob Peletier gathering 26 disposals, Ben Golding 25, Isaac Clinch 20, Noah Ash 17, Jack Borchet 17 and Abraham Clinch 17.
PEEL THUNDER 11.7 (73) defeated WEST PERTH 8.8 (56)
Peel Thunder made a strong start to its 2019 WAFL Colts season beating West Perth by 17 points at Mandurah's David Grays Arena.
The Thunder got off to a good start in the first quarter on home soil to open the new season kicking four goals to one against the Falcons to lead by 18 points at the first change.
West Perth did mount a comeback in the second quarter to close Peel's lead to just three points at the main break, but the Thunder again pulled away with three goals to one in the third term.
That saw Peel lead by 15 points at the last change and then after another two goals each in final quarter the Thunder prevailed 11.7 (73) to 8.8 (56).
Tyrone Thorne kicked two goals for Peel to go with 17 possessions while Cliffton Stack kicked two goals while collecting 16 disposals and laying eight tackles.
Jarvis Pina racked up 32 possessions for the Thunder with Andrew Butler also finishing up with 26 disposals, Bradley Oldfield 22, Zac Rankin 20, Jackson Knight 18, Kyle Penny 17 and Tyler Nesbitt 16.
Ben Johnson booted two goals for West Perth along with 18 possessions, four inside 50s, three marks and three tackles.
Tyron Hindmarsh gathered 21 possessions for the Falcons, Jaxon Prior 20, Koopah Todd 20, Heath Chapman 17. Zak Patterson had 38 hit outs in the ruck.