Bull­dogs bark over even­tual vic­tory

Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT -

THE dog show rolls on as South Fre­man­tle re­main un­beaten on their quest for the big­gest rib­bon of all af­ter de­feat­ing Peel Thun­der by 35 points on Satur­day.

Bull­dog Nick Suban cred­ited his team’s com­mit­ment to the process in their 9.16 (70) to 5.5 (35) vic­tory at David Grays Arena, as well as a ca­reer-best year from mid­fielder Jake Florenca.

“He’s (Florenca) been su­per all year,” Suban said.

“He’s taken it to an­other level this year and he’d be lead­ing our best and fairest for sure.”

Florenca had 36 dis­pos­als and four tack­les to lead all com­ers in a com­plete per­for­mance.

It was also much needed as Peel Thun­der pushed the premiershi­p favourites for three quar­ters.

South Fre­man­tle could only man­age eight be­hinds in the first term de­spite their dom­i­nance and ended up with 16 for the match.

“It took to the last quar­ter but very happy we kept stick­ing to our pro­cesses and even­tu­ally got on top of them at the end,” Suban said.

“They brought the pres­sure and were re­ally good I thought, and it was just a com­bi­na­tion of not kick­ing straight and turn­ing the ball over in bad spots.”

The Bull­dogs turned it around in the sec­ond half, with skip­per Ma­son Shaw kick­ing four ma­jors as Peel’s young­ster’s faded.

“I thought all our for­wards got to work af­ter half­time,” Suban said.

“I thought all lines were pretty good to­day. We’ve got a lit­tle bit of work to do in the mid­field, but we’re go­ing OK.

“It’s just about stay­ing hun­gry and keep do­ing what we do.”

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