Bulldogs bark over eventual victory
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.”