A FEROCIOUS South Fremantle have laid down the challenge as the most likely threat to Subiaco for this year’s premiership with a total domination of West Perth to move into next week’s second semi-final.
In a consistent fourquarter effort, the Bulldogs romped home by a massive 98 points over the disappointing Falcons, 22.12 (144) to 6.10 (46).
Marlion Pickett again displayed why his name is among the first mentioned for AFL honours in the near future with an impressive best on ground performance, including four goals, although he was also reported in the second quarter.
Spearhead Mason Shaw continued his recent excellent form and kicked a game-high six goals for the home side.
On the flip side, West Perth had too few contributors despite Shane Nelson and Aaron Black getting plenty of the ball.
Keegan Knott finished with three goals but the dual attack of Tyler Keitel and Andrew Strijk were limited to just three goals all day between them.
The Bulldogs dominated from the start and broke away to a 16-point lead at quarter-time with an impressive five goal to two quarter.
Another five in the second term, after an early comeback by the Falcons to get within striking distance, saw them start to pull away further and went to the main break with a solid 31-point margin.
The dam broke in the third term as the Falcons simply couldn’t match the run and carry of the powerful Bulldogs’ midfield and eight goals in the third quarter to just three points was making it ugly.
The Falcons could manage only a solitary goal for the final term while South put on another four to finetune for their second semifinal meeting with the imposing Lions next week.
West Perth will need to regroup to face a determined Claremont who are ■