Gazette Sport Review: Souths to face Peel for WAFL grand final spot and Fremantle Hockey Club put one foot in promotion door


South Fremantle will have to beat Peel Thunder to make this year’s WAFL Grand Final
South Fremantle will have to beat Peel Thunder to make this year’s WAFL Grand Final

Football (WAFL)

South Fremantle will have to travel the long route to make this year’s WAFL grand final after being trounced by premiership favourites Subiaco in the pair’s semi final clash at Leederville Oval on yesterday.

After holding tough for the opening half, the Bulldogs were unable to resist the hosts in the third quarter and the floodgates burst open.

The Lions kicked six third quarter goals to split the game right open, going on to win 14.12 (96) to 9.2 (56).

Speedy Lions forward Liam Ryan put AFL scouts on notice with four goals, while Clancy Wheeler bagged three and Bradley Stevenson two.

Leigh Kitchin gathered a game-high 35 disposals and kicked one goal for the victors.

South Fremantle’s Ben Saunders and Blaine Johnson booted three majors each.

Tim Kelly led his side for disposals with 30.

Brock Higgins did a mountain of work in the ruck with 43 hitouts.

The loss means the Bulldogs will have to beat Peel Thunder at Fremantle Oval on Sunday to book a spot in the grand final on September 25.

Hockey

The Fremantle Hockey Club women have one foot in the door of a promotion to next year’s league competition after a big win on Sunday afternoon.

The Promotion 1 women made up for their big 6-1 loss to YMCC in game one to edge out the Lions 2-1 in game two.

They now have a must-win match against Hale on Thursday night, with the top two teams to be given the last two places in the 2017 League women competition.