16.9.105

Guardian Express - - SPORT -

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

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