SOUTH Fremantle’s Josh Pullman says Ashton Hams is “champing at the bit” to tackle Peel Thunder in Sunday’s preliminary final at Fremantle Oval.
Hams was suspended for striking West Perth’s Dean Munns during the first quarter of their qualifying final.
After missing the semi final loss to Subiaco last weekend, Pullman said his talented teammate is keen to have an influence in the do-or-die clash this weekend.
“He’s a huge player for us, both off the field and on the field,” he said.
“We’re really looking forward to having his skill set and his on-ground leadership back amongst the player group.”
Pullman said the Bulldogs did not get too down on themselves after losing the semi final to Subiaco by 40 points.
The Bulldogs were well in the contest at half time, but were split open in the third term.
“We were pretty happy with most of our game,” Pullman said.
“There was a bit at the start of the third quarter (where) we would have liked to have kicked a bit straighter and put more scoreboard pressure on.
“I think there was 15 minutes where we were in pretty good shape and it was up our end but Subiaco were always going to come back.
“Because we didn’t put the scoreboard pressure on we left the door open and they responded and made it pretty hard for us at three quarter time.”
The Bulldogs tackle the Thunder at Fremantle Oval on Sunday starting 2.40pm.