Op­tions up front for South

Cockburn Gazette - - WAFL -

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

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