A LAX third quarter cost Peel Thunder second spot on the ladder, going down by 32-points in the wet against South Fremantle on Sunday.
Five goals from Dockers young gun Ed Langdon kept the Thunder in the contest but a five goal third quarter blitz from the Bulldogs was enough to keep them second, behind ladder leaders Subiaco on percentage.
Peel has been one of the WAFL’s form teams over the past month having won three on the bounce before last week’s state game.
However, South Fremantle was looking to atone for its last outing where it went down to rivals East Fremantle.
A goal on the stroke of quarter time stung the Thunder, but the Mandurah outfit managed to cut the margin to just one-point at the main change.
From there it was all Bulldogs as Ben Saunders and Zachary Strom kicked three each while Shaun Bewick and ex-Port Adelaide forward Mason Shaw grabbed two apiece.
Rory O’Brien was a sound contributor for the Thunder with 31 touches while Tendai Mzungu had 29 disposals in the 15.11 (101) to 10.9 (69) loss.
Earlier in the day, the Bulldogs were big winners in the reserves and colts.
An eight goal to one third term sent Souths clear in the reserves despite a strong performance from Haydn Matthews who bagged three goals and 20 touches for the home side.
The 22.11 (143) to 10.6 (66) loss is the Reserves tenth loss of the season.
Meanwhile, the colts were subject to a defensive master class by Souths, losing 13.14 (92) to 4.7 (31).
On Saturday, Peel will again play hosts, this time to Swan Districts who are currently rooted to the bottom of the table.
Bounce down will be at 2.15pm.