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took full ad­van­tage to kick seven unan­swered goals, turn­ing a 15-point quar­ter time deficit into a 29-point lead at the main break.

Dis­carded West Coast Ea­gle Dom Sheed per­formed well for East Perth but Peel had too many win­ners on the day.

East Perth didn’t take full ad­van­tage of the strong wind in the third term, only kick­ing three goals while al­low­ing Peel to an­swer with two of their own against the breeze.

East Perth may not be out of the five for long with a game against bot­tom-ofthe-ta­ble East Fre­man­tle this week and a Round 21 clash be­tween these two teams could de­ter­mine who makes it to the fi­nals.

ONLY five points sep­a­rated the teams se­cond and third on the WAFL lad­der when the siren sounded at Fre­man­tle Oval on Satur­day.

South Fre­man­tle snatched a handy vic­tory to draw level with West Perth on premier­ship points with the hard-fought 10.8 (68) to 10.3 (63) win.

It was pri­mar­ily a bat­tle of two strong mid­fields, with Schloithe, Hockey and Cook fac­ing off against Mead­ows, Black and Nel­son for West Perth.

An­drew Strijk con­tin­ued his goal­kick­ing form with a game-high three for the Fal­cons, while Dell’ Olio, Parker and Ma­son Shaw kicked two each for the home team.

Ash­ton Hams cel­e­brated his 200th game with a clever goal in the fi­nal term to put South Fre­man­tle back in front.

Nine goals straight were kicked in an en­ter­tain­ing first quar­ter, con­sid­er­ing the con­di­tions, with the Bull­dogs able to take a one goal lead to quar­ter time.

The match tight­ened in the se­cond term with the Fal­cons scor­ing two goals to one to bring the mar­gin back to only four points at half-time, thanks to an in­ac­cu­rate South Fre­man­tle wast­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with 1.5 for the quar­ter.

West Perth re­sponded and hit the lead in the third quar­ter be­fore the Bull­dogs re­tal­i­ated and were only two points adrift at the fi­nal change.

Kick­ing with the strong breeze, South Fre­man­tle were able to hold on by kick­ing two goals to one in a tough fi­nal quar­ter.

The two teams will now fight it out for se­cond po­si­tion in the fi­nal three rounds. The Bull­dogs have the bet­ter run home and could now snatch se­cond off the Fal­cons.

IT’S WAWFL fi­nals time af­ter the reg­u­lar sea­son com­pleted this week, with Swan Dis­tricts prov­ing too pow­er­ful for Peel Thun­der in a great game 8.4 (52) to 4.3 (27). East Fre­man­tle con­tin­ued its great run with a thump­ing 20.10 (130) vic­tory over South Fre­man­tle

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