After a low-profile start to the season, third-year rookie Clancee Pearce has completed a solid month of football for Swan Districts to emerge as Fremantle’s in-form WAFL player.

Pearce, 20, has flourished in a new high forward role, winning 28 possessions and taking 10 marks in Swans’ four-point win over Peel Thunder in round seven.

Assistant coach Simon Lloyd said Pearce, who has played 14 senior games for Fremantle, had trimmed down over the pre-season and was capitalising on his powerful running ability to take marks in damaging areas.

“In the past his marks have been behind the play, now he’s learning to take those marks ahead of the ball,” Lloyd said. “His positioning has been really good over the last few weeks.

“He was targeted and he was bumped and buffeted around the ball at different times against Peel, but he managed a number of clearances and 11 hard-ball gets. So he played a solid game.

“He’s been very professional, he’s really focused and we’re really happy with his progress.”

Ruckman Jon Griffin was Fremantle’s WAFL player of the round after a dominant performance for East Fremantle.

The Adelaide recruit had 48 hit-outs and improved his contested marking around the ground.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Richmond at the MCG, Lloyd shared his WAFL notes with fremantle

Peel Thunder 15.15 (105) lost to Swan Districts 16.13 (109)

Jesse Crichton
For most of the game Jesse had a hard run-with tag assigned to him, which was something new. He ran hard to free himself up, but we would have liked him to take his opponent to more stoppages to try and lose him in that congestion. He showed creative ball-use, he ran really hard in the first half and he had two inside 50s that created goals. It was really another learning opportunity for Jesse on how to work through a tag.

Viv Michie
Viv won some crucial contests and kept his feet for Peel, but it was really pleasing to see him run and carry the ball through the midfield, which is something we’ve been talking about with him. He played more across half-forward and had an impact on the game. We’ll keep working on mixing up his starting positions.

Clancee Pearce
Clancee had another solid game, winning a lot of the ball for Swan Districts and taking 10 marks. He was targeted physically by the opposition, but he shook two hard tags with good, long bursts of running. He was constantly in motion, always involved in the play and he’s playing with some real confidence at the moment. He had five inside 50s and delivered the ball well to leading forwards.

East Perth 12.12 (84) lost to East Fremantle 17.14 (116)

Jonathon Griffin
We’ve been saying weekly how good Jon’s ruck work has been, and he did a really good job again for East Fremantle, finishing with 48 hit-outs and a lot of clear taps to advantage. Our big thing for Jon this week was to focus on his contested marking and his nine marks were particularly pleasing.

Ben Bucovaz
Ben had a quiet first half in his return to league footy, but he got going in the second half and had some good touches for East Fremantle. He took a strong mark and kicked a good goal in the third quarter and used the ball well when he had it. He’ll continue building his ground time and will look to build on that performance this week.

Hamish Shepheard
Hamish was up against Griffin in the ruck, and whilst ‘Griff’ had a lot of the hit-outs, Hamish competed really hard for East Perth. His contested grabs early in the game were a highlight and he kicked a nice goal in the first quarter. He was significantly undersized in the ruck, but he was able to follow-up and win a number of clearances. His pressure in the forward line was good.

Claremont 11.10 (76) lost to West Perth 12.7 (79)

Byron Schammer
Byron took a little while to find his feet for Claremont but he got involved in the game though his work-rate and intelligent running in transition. He worked really hard around stoppages, where he provided first possession and showed a lot of second efforts in disputed ball contests. He kicked two goals through smart positioning, so overall it was a solid beginning for Byron after being out for a period of time.

Josh Mellington
Josh didn’t have a big game statistically, but he worked really hard to implement our running patterns and running volume, which is what we’ve been working on with him. His tackling pressure was evident and he was aggressive at the ball and man for West Perth. He finished the game and had nothing left, so he now understands the conditioning level he must aspire to.

South Fremantle 21.13 (139) def Subiaco 19.12 (126)

Jack Anthony
While it wasn’t a big possession day for Jack, he really took his opportunities. He kicked two long-range goals, one from 60m, and he kicked two opportunistic goals in the last quarter to keep Subiaco in the game. His leading patterns were really good and he competed well in the air. Jack’s playing some consistent football at WAFL level and putting his hand up.

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