Sharks rise up from the depths
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.
East Fremantle’s George Hampson fires a handball.