Bull­dogs show bite

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

SOUTH Fre­man­tle bounced back to form with a con­vinc­ing win over 2016 WAFL pre­miers Peel on Satur­day.

SOUTH Fre­man­tle halted Peel’s per­fect start to 2017 with a 43-point win at Rush­ton Park on Satur­day.

The Bull­dogs won ev­ery quar­ter against the 2016 pre­miers on their way to a 12.14 (86) to 5.13 (43) re­sult, which moved them up to fourth spot on the WAFL table and within strik­ing dis­tance of top place.

Cory Dell’Olio was the star up for­ward with four goals.

Ma­son Shaw kicked three ma­jors, while Bren­dan Ver­rier, Blaine John­son, Ryan Cook, Ja­son Maskos and Ash­ton Hams also hit the score­board.

Hams was the vis­i­tors’ ma­jor ball win­ner with 34 dis­pos­als to go with his one goal.

He added 10 marks, two tack­les and four in­side-50s to a pretty com­plete game.

Peel strug­gled to find a dom­i­nant tar­get in their for­ward 50, with five in­di­vid­ual goal-scor­ers.

Matt Taberner strug­gled for ac­cu­racy, fin­ish­ing with 1.5.

That came a week after he put his hand up for an AFL re­call by boot­ing five straight against East Fre­man­tle.

Har­ley Balic looks close to an AFL de­but, with the 20year-old gath­er­ing 30 touches.

South Fre­man­tle will host sixth-place West Perth at Fre­man­tle Oval on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

East Fre­man­tle will travel to Lath­lain Park to play Perth, also on Satur­day.

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