Sharks over Demons again
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.