Four final-quarter goals to State forward Brennan Stack has helped Perth to a memorable 24-point win against South Fremantle at Brownes Stadium today.
Stack had been kept quiet by Adam McIntosh for the first three quarters, restricted to one goal.
But the livewire 25-year-old broke the shackles in the last quarter to help his team to a 17.13 (115) to 13.13 (91) victory in their last match of the season.
Midfielders Brett Hodge and Daniel O’Sullivan were also busy for the winners with South Fremantle ruckman Sean Tighe best afield in a dominant big-man display.
Tighe finished the match with 29 possessions, six marks, two tackles 33 hit-outs and six inside 50s in a tremendous all-round effort.
South had all the early running, following on from their 12-point upset win against East Perth at Fremantle Oval in the previous round.
The Bulldogs kicked the first five goals of the game, dominating through the middle of the ground, and led by 33 points at quarter time.
When veteran Kris Miller finished accurately in the opening minute of the second term, the visitors had stretched their ascendancy to 38 points.
The Demons awoke from their slumber, booting seven of the next goals to move to within a point after Joel Leeson snapped truly from a free kick deep in the forward pocket at the 27-minute mark of the second stanza.
State under-18 Blaine Johnson responded soon after for South Fremantle to give his side a seven-point advantage at the long break.
Johnson booted the opening goal of the second half and when Ben Saunders added his third soon after, the Bulldogs had skipped 18 points clear.
Goals to Stack and Dene White helped reduce South Fremantle’s lead to six points at the last change, the Demons powering home to snatch victory against a fading Bulldogs team.
South Fremantle won both minor grades in contrasting fashion, holding on for a six-point victory in the colts before crushing the Demons by 91 points in the reserves.Jarrad Parry was in tremendous touch for South Fremantle in the reserves with 32 possessions, while league regulars Jarrad Winter, Alex Grima and Mitch Carter also fared well.
|GOALS – PERTH: Stack 5; Leeson 3; Bevan, White 2; O’Sullivan, Reimers, Jacobs, Houghton, Richardson. SOUTH PERTH: Saunders 4; Johnson 3; Miller, Banner 2; Cook, Hams.|
BEST – PERTH: Hodge, Stack, Leeson, O’Sullivan, Sketcher, Reimers. SOUTH FREMANTLE: Tighe, Ross, Guglielmana, Banner, Miller, Pickett.
UMPIRES: M Dodgson, M Worobec, S McPhee.
CROWD: 1200 (approx) at Brownes Stadium.