A ruthless Bulldogs defeated West Coast today in their final WAFL match for the season.
Despite a spirited performance from the Eagles after quarter time, the reigning premiers proved too strong, eventually toppling the side by 45 points 13.17 (95) to 7.8 (50).
But there were positive signs from the match, with WAFL-listed players Hamish Brayshaw (27 disposals, four marks, nine tackles) Joey Deegan (15, two, eight) and Harry Sinclair (15, five, six) showcasing their development, while Kieran Hug (11 disposals, one goal) celebrated his 50th game for the side.
AFL-listed players Ben Johnson (29 disposals, five marks, one tackle), Isiah Winder (16, six, one) and Brayden Ainsworth (30, four, two) must also be commended for their output in the match, with Winder amongst the best on ground for the day.
It was ideal football weather at Fremantle Oval today, with the Bulldogs taking full advantage of the conditions early, and claiming six unanswered goals.
Hug then managed the first for the Eagles in his milestone match, with Johnson rapidly following suit before the quarter time break.
In the second term, West Coast attempted to build on momentum found at the end of the first, with the preliminarily goal of the quarter coming from Sinclair.
But the Bulldogs eventually overwhelmed the Eagles, winning the contest and booting the ball inside their offensive arc while snapping two speedy goals.
At around the 15-minute mark Jak Cary managed to notch another major on the board for the West Coast outfit, as South Fremantle rounded out the quarter with four consecutive points.
After the long break, the Eagles’ Nicholas Watson and Cooper Nitschke snapped two early goals before accuracy dropped off, with West Coast then tallying five minor scores on the board.
Meanwhile, South Fremantle were able to take advantage of their inside 50 entries late in the term, snaring two goals and widening the margin significantly before the quarter’s end, despite a late goal from West Coast’s Isiah Winder.
In the final term, the Eagles were hanging on desperately, but the Bulldogs maintained the lead – while holding West Coast to a point for the quarter – and eventually took home the win by 45 points.
WEST COAST: 2.1 4.2 7.7 7.8 (50)
SOUTH FREMANTLE: 6.3 8.9 11.10 13.17 (95)
West Coast: Winder, Watson, Johnson, Sinclair, Hug, Nitschke, Cary
Peel Thunder: Ninyette 4, Donaldson, Motlop 2, Schloithe, Dragovich, Suban, Shaw, Schlensog
West Coast: Brayshaw, Winder, Curnow, Sinclair, Ainsworth, Johnson, Deegan, Hug
South Fremantle: Florenca, Suban, Dragovich, Pearson, Ninyette, Strom