A Grade- Race for the finals heats up with four rounds to goMonday, July 17, 2017 - 4:25 PM

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There are just four games left in the 2017 WAAFL season. With the finals edging closer the next four weeks could be vital for our A Grade team’s finals chances as well as those in regulation positions.

North Beach currently sit on top of the ladder by one game but they have a tough month ahead facing three teams in the top four. Out of the three teams they have defeated two previously this season with those being Scarborough and University. They failed to beat Fremantle CBC in their last meeting in round eight however the match was close with just nine points the difference in the end.

University are sitting in second position but have the highest percentage in the grade. They face two teams in the top four, North Beach and Scarborough. University defeated Scarborough last time they met by 46 points while they lost to North Beach by two goals. They also face Trinity Aquinas and Curtin Uni Wesley.

Fremantle CBC are in third position with percentage keeping them out of second spot. Fremantle CBC come up against tough oppositions in the lead up to finals with Scarborough, North Beach and Trinity Aquinas still to come. They have beaten all three teams previously this season in tight contests.

Last year’s runners up Scarborough are in fourth spot with seven wins for the season. They face the three teams above them on the ladder over the next three weeks. They have lost to all three of the teams in previous meetings this season and will have to find a way to win if they want to stay in the top four. 

Last year’s premiers Trinity Aquinas find themselves in fifth position, three spots lower than this time last season. Their run home features two sides in the top four and two sides in the bottom four. Out of the four teams they have only beaten one of the sides this season and will need to find some form if they want to hold on to their finals position.

Curtin Uni Wesley still have a chance to make finals as they sit just outside the top five by percentage. They have an easier run home than Trinity Aquinas and could fill fifth position with wins over Kalamunda, Wembley and West Coast. They also face University which they only lost to by one point in round six.

Kalamunda look safe to survive relegation at this stage as they sit three wins ahead of ninth position. However, they are still set to face Curtin Uni Wesley, Trinity Aquinas and Scarborough who all sit ahead of them on the ladder. A comfortable win over West Coast this weekend will be needed if they are to hold their position before they face tougher opponents over the coming weeks.

Positions eight and nine which are currently occupied by Wembley and West Coast will be a battle to survive relegation as the coming weeks will decide their fate.  Wembley face Whitford, Curtin Uni and Trinity Aquinas while West Coast have winnable matches against Kalamunda, Whitford and Curtin Uni Wesley. Round sixteen will see both sides face off with the loser likely to finish in ninth spot. West Coast have not been in B Grade since 2013.

Whitford are sitting in tenth spot with just the one win over Kalamunda for the year. Whitford would have to win their remaining four matches to have a chance to push themselves into eighth spot. They face Wembley, North Beach, West Coast and Fremantle CBC.


A Grade Ladder

POS TEAM  W L      % PTS Upcoming Games
1 North Beach  12 2 136.68 48 SCA, WHI, CBC, UNI
2 University   11 3 158.65 44 CUW, TA, SCA, NB
3 Fremantle CBC 11 3 141.34 44 TA, SCA, NB, WHI
4 Scarborough   9 5 139.05 36 NB, CBC, UNI, KAL
5 Trinity Aquinas  7 7 103.08 28 CBC, UNI, KAL, WEM
6 Curtin Uni Wesley 7 7 101.79 28 UNI, KAL, WEM, WC
7 Kalamunda     6 8 93.24 24 WC, CUW, TA, SCA
8 Wembley    3 11 81.53 12 WHI, WC, CUW, TA
9 West Coast 3 11 70.06 12 KAL, WEM, WHI, CUW
10 Whitford       1 13 48.83 4 WEM, NB, WC, CBC