Bull­dogs have a point to make

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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