SUBIACO progressed to their fifth consecutive grand final despite a real scare from a gallant South Fremantle at Leederville Oval on the weekend.
The Bulldogs started hard and fast and scored a stunning five goals to one in the first quarter, giving them a 23-point lead by quarter-time. The lead could have been bigger had South converted more shots on goal.
South ruckman Brock Higgins was a late withdrawal and this had ramifications as the game progressed. It allowed former Docker Zac Clarke to play a major part in the fightback that saw Subiaco run out victors by 18 points, 12.12 (84) to 10.6 (66).
After a stern address from coach Jarrad Schofield at quarter-time, the league trendsetting Lions fought back in the second term, reducing the margin to just 10 points at the major break.
Josh Deluca was a very solid contributor as always for Subiaco, but their allstar midfield didn’t have it their own way as South showed they can take the game up to Subiaco.
Sandover Medallist Hayden Schloithe was one of the best for the Bulldogs again. ■ WEST Perth soundly accounted for a disappointing Claremont by 53 points after a thrashing themselves last week at the hands of South Fremantle.
The 19.9 (123) to 10.10 (70) victory gives the Falcons a rematch against their tormentors of last week, South Fremantle, to establish the challenger to Subiaco for the 2018 premiership title.
The Falcon midfield of Aaron Black, Shane Nelson and Luke Meadows had a day out, as did Tyler Keitel after a disappointing game last week as he returned to form with four goals.
Claremont simply could not replicate the tackling pressure and endeavour of their game the week before when they knocked East Perth out of the finals.
Seven goals in the first term really set the scene for ■