Bull­dogs all over De­mons

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - SPORT -

SOUTH Fre­man­tle took lit­tle time to make up for a poor start against Perth at Fre­man­tle Oval on Sun­day, kick­ing 22 of the last 23 goals to run out win­ners to the tune of 110 points.

Perth was coming off its worst half of foot­ball of the sea­son last week, go­ing from 23 points up against East Fre­man­tle at half-time to end up los­ing to the pre­vi­ously win­less Sharks by 58 points.

That was an East Fre­man­tle team that had lost to South Fre­man­tle by 145 points as well on WA Day, so the signs were omi­nous coming into the clash on Sun­day for the De­mons at the port.

But the young Perth line-up came out a spir­ited out­fit and de­liv­ered a ter­rific first quar­ter, kick­ing five goals to two and lead­ing by as much as 29 points.

They also kicked an early sec­ond-quar­ter goal through Cal­lum Papertalk, but from there it was all South Fre­man­tle.

The Bull­dogs kicked 22 goals to one from that point on in the game and af­ter be­ing 29 points be­hind, went on to win em­phat­i­cally 25.13 (163) to 7.11 (53).

It was a ca­reer-best day for a host of Bull­dogs play­ers, with Blaine John­son boot­ing nine goals from 19 pos­ses­sions and four marks. That beats his pre­vi­ous ca­reer-best of six this sea­son against Clare­mont.

Cory Dell’Olio booted six goals for the first time in his 87game WAFL ca­reer. He had pre­vi­ously kicked five goals on four oc­ca­sions but this was his first time reach­ing the half-dozen to go with 16 dis­pos­als and six marks.

Ma­son Shaw equalled his ca­reer-best of five goals from 12 dis­pos­als and eight mostly strong con­tested marks.

Those three for­wards com­bined for 20 of South Fre­man­tle’s 25 goals fol­low­ing full-for­ward Ben Saun­ders be­ing car­ried off early af­ter cop­ping a knock and suf­fer­ing a con­cus­sion.

He is ex­pected to be fine to play Clare­mont af­ter the bye.

Perth started brightly and a big part of that was Cal­lum Papertalk kick­ing four goals up un­til the five-minute mark of the sec­ond quar­ter.

He didn’t get an­other kick the rest of the day but he showed he still has a fu­ture at league level de­spite his de­layed start.

An­ton Scot­ney tried to pro­vide a for­ward tar­get in the ab­sence of the likes of Sam Gar­stone and Spencer White, and kicked two goals from nine dis­pos­als and seven marks.

Ai­dan Tropi­ano bat­tled hard for 24 pos­ses­sions and 13 tack­les, while Clint Jones gath­ered 23 dis­pos­als, Michael Sin­clair 21 and Devin McFarlane.

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