Bulldogs have a point to make
ONE point was all that separated South Fremantle and East Perth in a WAFL nail-biter on Saturday.
The Royals got the jump early when they took an 18point lead into the first break on the back of a sixgoal-to-three quarter, but things tightened up in the second when South Fremantle bounced back to kick 5.5 to their opponent’s three straight to see the home side down just one point at half-time.
The Bulldogs put their foot down in the third, kicking another five goals to take an 11-point lead and set up a captivating final quarter.
East Perth rallied in the last as inaccuracy plagued the Bulldogs, the visitors managing to kick 4.2 while South Fremantle sprayed shots to record 2.4, but it proved enough for the red and white to hold on to the 103-102 win.
Vice-captain Mason Shaw was damaging in front of goal, kicking 5.3, while Haiden Schloithe racked up 30 touches.
Across town, East Fremantle recorded their second straight win for the season after downing Perth 80-62.
The Sharks started the game strongly, scoring eight goals to three by halftime to take an early 28point lead.
Despite a Demons comeback in the fourth, East Fremantle were able to hold on to their advantage and the 18-point win.
Tom Monaghan finished with three goals and Luke Strnadica and Cameron Loersch kicked two each.
Cameron Eardley dominated through the middle with 37 touches, while Nick Kommer picked up 30.
After seven rounds South Fremantle sit second on the ladder on equal points with leaders Subiaco, while East Fremantle sit 10th on equal points with East Perth, West Coast and Swan Districts.
The cross-town rivalry will come to the fore on Monday when East Fremantle host South Fremantle in the local derby.