Bull­dogs put bite on Sharks

Melville Times - - Wafl - Paul Prior

THE first of the Fre­man­tle der­bies for sea­son 2018 was played in Round 4 at East Fre­man­tle Oval and it was South Fre­man­tle run­ning out 94point vic­tors, 18.24 (132) to East Fre­man­tle 5.8 (38).

Un­for­tu­nately, this mar­gin ac­tu­ally flat­tered East Fre­man­tle if you con­sider there were 42 scor­ing shots to 13, with an­other damn­ing statis­tic be­ing South Fre­man­tle’s whop­ping 71 in­side-50s to East Fre­man­tle’s 19.

East Fre­man­tle was com­pletely dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish. One clash that was rea­son­ably even was the ruck duel be­tween East Fre­man­tle’s Jonathon Grif­fin and South Fre­man­tle’s Brock Hig­gins. This was not re­flected in the mid­field bat­tle, with the South Fre­man­tle mid­field dom­i­nat­ing.

Vir­tu­ally any of the South Fre­man­tle play­ers could be sin­gled out for praise, with Bran­don Don­ald­son (also kick­ing three goals), Shane Hockey and the ever-re­li­able Haiden Schloithe the lead­ing dis­posal win­ners for the vic­tors.

Blaine Johnson was an­other to kick three goals, while Ash­ton Hams kicked four goals and was reg­u­larly the tar­get in­side 50.

Up un­til this game there was a lot of pos­i­tiv­ity around East Fre­man­tle and they will be very keen to put this maul­ing be­hind them and give a very strong ef­fort next week when they travel to Steel Blue Oval to con­front Swan Dis­tricts.

South Fre­man­tle eas­ily ac­counted for East Fre­man­tle in the sea­son’s first derby.

Catch ev­ery game live on your mo­bile de­vice

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