Sharks rise up from the depths

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

SUP­PORTED BY OR­ANGE AUTOS EAST Fre­man­tle is back on the win­ners list af­ter hold­ing out Swan Dis­tricts by three goals.

The Sharks snapped a fourgame los­ing streak, win­ning their first match since round 12 with a 13.13 (91) to 11.7 (73) re­sult against the com­pe­ti­tion’s bot­tom side at Bassendean Oval on Satur­day.

Brett Peake and Matthew Wat­son booted three goals each, while Liam An­thony gath­ered 41 dis­pos­als, laid six tack­les, put the ball in­side 50 four times and topped it off with a goal.

Ge­orge Hamp­son booted two goals from his 35 dis­pos­als. He also scored three be­hinds but pro­vided plenty of ball for his for­wards with a game-high nine in­side 50s.

Matt Rig­gio won the ball 36 times for the Swans, laid six tack­les and put the ball in­side 50 five times.

Todd Ban­field booted two goals for the hosts, as did Kirk Ugle. The win kept the Sharks one game out­side the top five.

South Fre­man­tle is on a three-game los­ing streak af­ter los­ing a top of the ta­ble clash with Su­bi­aco at Leed­erville Oval on Thurs­day night.

The Bull­dogs were beaten 10.9 (69) to 9.4 (58) in a con­test that was tight bar an open­ing quar­ter where the hosts jumped out to a four goal lead.

The match fea­tured the com­pe­ti­tion’s three best sharp­shoot­ers, with South Fre­man­tle’s Ben Saun­ders boot­ing three goals.

Saun­ders moved to 37 goals for the sea­son, but team­mate Ma­son Shaw failed to hit the score­board.

Saun­ders now shares the lead­ing goal­kicker ti­tle with Su­bi­aco’s Hamish Shep­heard, who kicked two on Thurs­day.

Christo­pher Phe­lan led the Lions for dis­pos­als with 29, while Liam Ryan kicked three ma­jors in the win.

Steven Ver­rier gath­ered 28 dis­pos­als for the Bull­dogs and Blayne Wil­son tal­lied 26.

The match was Ryan Cook’s 86th ap­pear­ance as South Fre­man­tle skip­per with the former Colling­wood player over­tak­ing Peter Wors­fold as the club’s long­est serv­ing cap­tain.

Cook gath­ered 21 dis­pos­als, took seven marks, laid four tack­les, tal­lied seven in­side 50s and kicked a goal.

Picture: Phil El­liott/ PixEll Pho­tog­ra­phy

East Fre­man­tle’s Ge­orge Hamp­son fires a hand­ball.

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