FREMANTLE’S two WAFL teams sit at opposite ends of the ladder after last night’s Anzac Day derby.
Always a fierce contest regardless of where South Fremantle and East Fremantle sit, the game followed the script early with both teams exchanging leads multiple times in a tight first half.
The Sharks enjoyed an eight-point lead at half time, which extended into double digits in the opening minutes of the third quarter before the South Fremantle onslaught began; the Bulldogs kicking 10 goals to four in the second half to run out 100-59 winners.
Blaine Johnson kicked three for the Bulldogs and Mason Shaw and Ben Saunders each kicked two, while George Hampson proved himself a vital forward target for the Sharks, kicking four goals.
Haiden Schloithe was busy all around the ground, leading South Fremantle’s possession tally with 35, while East Fremantle’s Cameron Eardley and Jonathon Marsh tried hard all game with 30 possessions each.
The win sees South Fremantle enter this week’s bye on top of the ladder, while winless East Fremantle also has a bye.
In other Anzac Day sport action, Cockburn Cougars men made it two from two this weekend when it beat Rockingham at home.
It was a tight game all afternoon before Cockburn ran away with a 85-78 win thanks largely to import Jalen Billups, whose presence under the ring and a 27 point, 12 rebound double-double proved too much for the Flames to handle.
The Cockburn women were unable to back up Saturday’s first win of the season, going down to Rockingham 80-75.
The Cougars started the game strongly but were unable to hold on despite an inspirational 28-point contribution from Brianna Moyes and a hard fought 16-point, 16 rebound double double from Kersten Mitchell.
The Fremantle Hockey Club also had mixed results on Anzac Day, the Premier 1 men coming away with a nail-biting 2-1 win over the Old Aquinians courtesy of two first half goals from Mark Ellis and Andrew Walker, but the Premier 1 women slumped to its second big loss to open the season, going down to the Old Aquinians 1-7.