Bulldogs put bite on Sharks in derby
THE first of the Fremantle derbies for season 2018 was played in Round 4 at East Fremantle Oval and it was South Fremantle running out 94-point victors, 18.24 (132) to East Fremantle 5.8 (38).
Unfortunately, this margin actually flattered East Fremantle if you consider there were 42 scoring shots to 13, with another damning statistic being South Fremantle’s whopping 71 inside-50s to East Fremantle’s 19.
East Fremantle was completely dominated from start to finish. One clash that was reasonably even was the ruck duel between East Fremantle’s Jonathon Griffin and South Fremantle’s Brock Higgins. This was not reflected in the midfield battle, with the South Fremantle midfield dominating.
Virtually any of the South Fremantle players could be singled out for praise, with Brandon Donaldson (also kicking three goals), Shane Hockey and the ever-reliable Haiden Schloithe the leading disposal winners for the victors.
Blaine Johnson was another to kick three goals, while Ashton Hams kicked four goals and was regularly the target inside 50.
Paul Prior EAST Perth has improved its record to 2-1 with a comfortable 37-point victory over Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday.
The Royals led at every change to run out 21.10 (136) to 15.9 (99) winners.
Jake Petrucelle booted four goals for East Perth, while Sharrod Wellingham (25 disposals, three goals), Brayden Ainsworth (23, one goal) and Will Maginness (22, one goal) were all influential.
Corey Leggett (31 disposals, two goals) and Brant Colledge (30, one goal) tried hard, but the Demons couldn’t match the Royals’ speed or intensity around the contest.
Chris Mason A DOMINANT midfield performance propelled West Perth Falcons to third spot on the WAFL ladder after their Round 4 victory over Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.
Led by early Sandover Medal favourite Shane Nelson and Corey Chalmers, the Falcons controlled the midfield to allow the visitors to kick nine goals to four after the main break to avenge their 2017 Elimination Final loss to the Swans.
Despite trailing by just four points at half-time, the home side let themselves down with a goalless third quarter while the Falcons managed to put the game out of reach, piling on seven majors.
Swans were able to take something out of the game, winning two of the quarters, but they had no answer to the Falcons, who dominated a majority of the statistics on the day to run out 15.6 (96) to 9.11 (65) victors.
Anthony Guerriero THE Subiaco juggernaut continued Thursday night at Leederville Oval to begin Round 4 with a convincing 84-point victory, 20.15 (135) to Claremont 7.7 (49). Cam Robbins
South Fremantle easily accounted for East Fremantle in the season’s first derby.