South Freo off to fine start

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

SOUTH Fre­man­tle made a stun­ning start to its clash with Perth at Lath­lain Park de­spite al­ready be­ing guar­an­teed of sec­ond po­si­tion and a home qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal.

The Bull­dogs kicked eight goals to nil in the first quar­ter. The Demons did not score un­til a be­hind to Liam McKenna at the 21-minute mark of the sec­ond term.

The Bull­dogs then kicked the only two sec­ond quar­ter goals to leave Perth goal­less un­til the three-minute mark of the third term.

Perth ac­tu­ally did well from there and kicked seven goals to four af­ter half-time.

But the dam­age was done and South Fre­man­tle cruised to the 52-point vic­tory ahead of its first fi­nals cam­paign since 2011.

It ends an im­proved sea­son for Perth, win­ning seven games.

Ben Saun­ders kicked four goals for South Fre­man­tle to give him 52 for the sea­son and to claim a third Bernie Nay­lor Medal since join­ing the Bull­dogs in 2012. Ma­son Shaw kicked three goals to give him 46 for the sea­son. Chris Pike

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