Sharks over De­mons again

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

EAST Fre­man­tle has con­tin­ued its im­proved run of form since the hor­rors of WA Day, with a solid 16-point vic­tory over Perth at East Fre­man­tle Oval on Satur­day to close in on mov­ing from the bot­tom of the WAFL lad­der.

The starts cer­tainly haven’t been a prob­lem for Perth, in­clud­ing the last meet­ing against East Fre­man­tle in round 13. Again on Satur­day the De­mons started promis­ingly with the open­ing goal, thanks to emerg­ing mid­fielder Corey Byrne.

But the Sharks soon got on top a bit ear­lier than back in round 13, thanks to goals to Matthew Wat­son and Ge­orge Hampson.

Perth man­aged a re­ply through Kris­tian Cary but East Fre­man­tle went into quar­ter­time 12 points in front af­ter goals also to Dion An­thony and Cameron Eard­ley.

The De­mons were fight­ing hard still and kicked the first goal of the sec­ond quar­ter through An­ton Scot­ney, but the Sharks were look­ing su­pe­rior all over the ground, in­clud­ing in at­tack. They kicked the last three goals of the first half to be in con­trol by 22 points at half­time.

East Fre­man­tle’s lead grew to 27 points eight min­utes into the third quar­ter, with a goal to Jonathan Marsh. Perth did re­spond with two quick goals to Gor­don Nar­rier and Cody Ninyette, but the Sharks had the an­swers with goals be­fore three quar­ter-time to Marsh, An­drew Stephen and Jack Per­ham to hold a match-win­ning 35-point lead.

The De­mons kicked the only three goals of the last quar­ter but all that did was cut the fi­nal mar­gin to 16 points.

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