Bull­dogs put bite on Sharks in derby

Weekend Courier - - Wafl -

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.

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