WAFL Round 3: South Fremantle account for East Perth to keep perfect start

Steven Edwards celebrates one of his three goals for the match with Haiden Schloithe. Picture: Bryce Luff
Steven Edwards celebrates one of his three goals for the match with Haiden Schloithe. Picture: Bryce Luff

SOUTH Fremantle enter this week’s bye undefeated after accounting for East Perth by 40 points at Fremantle Oval last Friday night.

The Bulldogs kept their perfect start intact with a 16.13 (109) to 10.9 (69) win, with Ben Saunders booting five goals and Haiden Schloithe notching up 34 disposals.

The opening term was a shootout, with the hosts holding sway after ramming home the final five goals of the first quarter in front of about 2000 people.

The second term was much tighter, with only Bulldog Blaine Johnson able to put the ball through the big sticks after 25 minutes.

It was his side’s eighth goal of the match and allowed South Fremantle to enter the major break with a 27-point lead.

Veteran Royals midfielder Craig Wulff tried to spark the visitors with two goals in the third quarter and plenty of drive through the midfield.

But the Bulldogs, thanks to big possession games from Schloithe and Ashton Hams (32 disposals) and three goals to the crafty Steven Edwards, ensured they entered the weekend off in perfect shape.

Chris Masten put his hand up for an AFL recall with 28 disposals and six tackles, while fellow Eagles Tom Lamb gathered 23 disposals and kicked four goals.

Fraser McInnes looked dangerous with seven strong marks and two goals.

In other matches Brennan Stack kicked three goals to help Perth defeat Claremont 14.11 (95) to 12.6 (78), and Rory O’Brien tallied 33 disposals in Peel’s 11.28 (94) to 6.6 (42) win over Swan Districts.

Subiaco also beat West Perth 17.15 (117) to 11.7 (73) to remain undefeated.