Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT -

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 ■

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