Bulldogs all over Demons
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.