Gutsy Sharks break drought

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

IT took 13 rounds, but East Fre­man­tle is off the mark in 2017 af­ter a crush­ing 58-point win over Perth at East Fre­man­tle Oval on Satur­day.

The Sharks, af­ter trail­ing by 23 points at the main change, ran ram­pant in the sec­ond half to chalk up their first points of the sea­son, 19.17 (131) to 11.7 (73).

Corey Holmes added a goal to his team-high 28 dis­pos­als, while Jay­den Schofield (25 dis­pos­als), Tom Mar­shall (24), SUP­PORTED BY LUX MO­TORS Thomas Ben­nett (23) and Ben Hard­ing (23) saw plenty of the football.

Tim Bris­tow bagged three goals in the win, as did Jesse Mirco and Nathan Fa­hey.

For Perth, Clin­ton Jones led the way for dis­pos­als with 31. He also kicked one goal.

Matt Thomp­son, Mitchell Hen­der­son and Jake Sch­le­icher kicked two goals each.

Perth, who sat two games ahead of the bot­tom-placed Sharks be­fore the first bounce, got the jump on the hosts to lead by four goals at the first change.

The Sharks won the sec­ond quar­ter by one point, but much of their early work was un­done when Perth worked their way out to a handy buf­fer be­fore the long break.

But the hosts were a re­freshed team in the third quar­ter, mov­ing the ball quickly and cut­ting off Perth thrusts for­ward across half-back.

The Sharks kicked 8.8 in

BAS­KET­BALL the third quar­ter and, if not for some missed op­por­tu­ni­ties and a late goal to Perth’s Mitchell Hen­der­son, could have had the points in the bag at the last change.

It mat­tered lit­tle as the Sharks turned a 26-point lead into a 58-point win with a fur­ther six goals in the fi­nal term.

South Fre­man­tle con­sol­i­dated sec­ond spot on the ta­ble af­ter a 16.15 (111) to 10.4 (64) win over West Perth at Joon­dalup Arena on Satur­day.

Cock­burn’s Lochlan Cum­mings takes it to the ring against Stir­ling on his way to 21 points for the game.

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