Options up front for South
THE Bulldogs maintained second position on the ladder with a 21-point victory over the Royals at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, 16.9 (105) to 12.12 (84).
After a promising first quarter when the Royals kicked four goals to one, South dominated the second quarter to slam on nine majors.
South, who lost key forward Blaine Johnson for personal reasons during the week, still had a number of other options up forward, with Dell-Olio and Saunders kicking three goals, and three goals by Ashton Hams in the third quarter.
Although the Royals kicked five goals to stage a mini-comeback in the last quarter, the Bulldogs steadied through goals to Shaw and Saunders.
Best players for the Bulldogs were Marlion Pickett, Dragovich, Suban and Schloithe, who played in an uncharacteristic role off half-back.
Better players for the Royals were Eagles listed ruckman in Vardy with 57 hit-outs and many contested marks up forward, Dom Sheed with 34 possessions and encouraging performances from young halfback Jaxon Cahill and firstgame players in Angus Brayshaw and Tony Olango, who are both on the Eagles list.
Peel Thunder stayed in the hunt for the finals with a solid, if not spectacular victory over Swan Districts at Bendigo Bank Stadium in Mandurah on Saturday.
The Fremantle-loaded Thunder, with 14 Fremantle players in their side, ran out 18-point winners 10.18 (78) to 9.6 (60).
Bradley Hill made a successful return to the field after injury and suspension for indiscretions kept him sidelined, and Danyle Pearce and an ever-improving Harley Bennell providing a lot of drive for the Mandurah side.
Turner, Banfield and Riggio were solid contributors for Swans, who remain fourth on the ladder by percentage over Claremont and Peel.
A crowd reported to be over 5000 people enjoyed excellent conditions celebrating the annual International Round game at Joondalup between West Perth and Subiaco.
West Perth were bold but just couldn’t match the class and skills of a powerful Subiaco side that continued their undefeated run with a 33-point victory, 15.9 (99) to 10.6 (66).
Five goals each to Lachlan Delahunty and newcomer Ryan Borchet was too much for a West Perth side that started very well and led at quarter-time but couldn’t withstand the pressure that Subiaco brings to the contest.
A tough battle as always between these sides saw only seven points the gap at half-time, but then the Lions roared into life, producing a six-goal third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Both teams have outstanding midfields and this battle was a highlight, with Black, Nelson and Meadows all contributing strongly, but the usual suspects for Subiaco in Phelan, Horsley, Deluca and Kitchin were slick and the Subiaco forward line was better able to capitalise on the supply from the midfield.
Andrew Strijk continued his good form in attack for the Falcons with another four goals, but overall they just couldn’t match the all- round depth and power of the undefeated Subiaco outfit.
Claremont were in front all day but were challenged late in the match against East Fremantle in Geraldton on Saturday, but ended up 20-point victors, 13.11 (89) to the Sharks 10.9 (69).
Ian Richardson again led the way with four goals and Keifer Yu had three, whilst Loersch and Perham kicked three each for East Fremantle.
A seven-goal lead at halftime was always going to be too much for the Sharks to chase, but they kicked eight goals to four after half time to reduce the margin.
In WA Women’s Football League action, East Fremantle bounced back from their first loss of the season last week in emphatic fashion