Bull­dogs con­tinue win­ning ways

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

South Fre­man­tle 17.10 (112) de­feated Perth 11.8 (74) at Fre­man­tle Oval. SOUTH Fre­man­tle moved to third on the WAFL ta­ble, record­ing an im­pres­sive 38-point win over Perth at Fre­man­tle Oval on Satur­day.

The Bull­dogs led by a kick at the fi­nal change but put through seven goals straight to sprint home 17.10 (112) to 11.8 (74) win­ners.

Josh Pull­man booted four goals and was an im­por­tant for­ward op­tion in the fi­nal term when the game was in the bal­ance.

Shaun Bewick booted two goals, as did Craig White, the high-fly­ing Paul Mugambwa, Ja­cob Dragovich and the smooth­mov­ing Ash­ton Hams, who also had 23 dis­pos­als.

Cory Dell’Olio, who seemed to be in a par­tic­u­larly prickly mood, also booted two.

Steven Ver­rier notched up 27 pos­ses­sions and four in­side-50s in an im­por­tant per­for­mance, con­sid­er­ing the Bull­dogs were with­out Tim Kelly, Haiden Schloithe and Ja­cob Martinez.

Demons mid­fielder Ai­dan Tropi­ano had a game-high 36 dis­pos­als and 10 tack­les.

Michael Sin­clair had 27 dis­pos­als, Liam McKenna 28 and Den White 22 and one goal.

Up for­ward Jar­ryd Morton and Cody Leggett fin­ished with three goals each.

Bull­dogs coach Todd Cur­ley said it was a pleas­ing re­sult con­sid­er­ing his side was com­ing off a short break, hav­ing played East Fre­man­tle the pre­vi­ous Mon­day.

“They (Perth) had a cou­ple of op­por­tu­ni­ties early in the last quar­ter that un­for­tu­nately for them they couldn’t take,” he said.

“We didn’t re­ally play that well, I didn’t think, for the ma­jor­ity of the day, but some of our lead­ers lifted at three-quar­ter time.

With regular for­ward Ben Saun­ders miss­ing, Cur­ley praised Pull­man for his role in the win, with his “su­per” work rate.

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