They say a week is a long time in football, an adage that rang true for South Fremantle on Saturday afternoon.
Full of confidence after a big 34 point round 23 win over Peel in Mandurah the week before, the Bulldogs came up against the Thunder again in the opening game of the WAFL finals.
After a tight first quarter, Peel’s AFL-listed players showed their class and kicked away in the second and third, leading the Bulldogs 67-35 at the last break.
Having kicked only five goals to three quarter time, South Fremantle came back fighting in the fourth, but a flurry of four goals was not enough, going down 80-62.
Matthew Parker was the only multiple goal scorer for the Bulldogs with three, while Ashton Hams finished the game with 25 possessions and Haiden Schloithe and Timothy Kelly finished with 24 each.
For Peel, Gerald Ugle booted three goals with Leroy Jetta and Matthew Taberner kicking two each.
Nick Suban led the possessions with 31.
With a second chance up their sleeve, the Bulldogs will take on Swan Districts in the semi final on Sunday.
Fremantle’s premier 1 men are out of the finals after going down to YMCC on Saturday afternoon.
Down 1-0 at half time, the game was back on even terms in the 63rd minute when the Magpies’ Mark Ellis slapped home a goal off a penalty corner to level the game at 1-1.
The jubilation was short lived with YMCC scoring again just a minute later, eventually running out 2-1 winners.
Fighting not to lose its spot in the top league, Fremantle’s premier 1 women have split the difference in their first two games of the promotion/relegation series.
The Magpies went down 5-0 to the Suburban Lions on Thursday night before coming out 3-1 winners against Southern River on Sunday night.
All three of Fremantle’s goals came in the second half courtesy of Lauren Austin, Erin Hall and Lucy Clark.
Fremantle will have to win their game against Old Aquinians on Thursday to avoid relegation.