South Fremantle snapped a run of nine consecutive defeats to Claremont with a comprehensive 64-point win over the Tigers at Fremantle Oval today.
The Bulldogs had not beaten their opponents in nearly five years, the drought dating back to July 2009.
Full-forward Ben Saunders kicked four goals for South against his old side in the 17.13 (115) to 8.3 (51) win.
Claremont failed to capitalise on a string of forward 50 entries in the first term and South Fremantle made them pay, opening up a 20-point lead by quarter-time.
It took Claremont 23 minutes to kick their first goal through Jack Bradshaw.
Jacob Martinez found plenty of space to give the Bulldogs drive through the middle.
The margin was chopped back to 16 points by half-time after a hard-fought second term.
But as in the first quarter, it took Claremont until time-on to kick their first major of the third term.
By that time the Bulldogs had piled on four for the term to effectively put the game beyond the Tigers’ reach.
South kicked six goals in the final quarter to blow out the margin.
Martinez (33 possessions), Ryan Cook (28) and Adam Guglielmana (27) were the major ball winners for South, who had six multiple goal kickers.
Bradshaw kicked three for Claremont, while Luke Blackwell finished with 32 possessions as the leading ball winner on the day.
Earlier in the day, Claremont cruised to a 117-37 win in the reserves and South Fremantle won a tight colts game, 76-75.
|GOALS - SOUTH FREMANTLE: Saunders 4; Schloithe, White, Carter, Martinez, Pullman 2; McIntosh, Sellar, Pickett. CLAREMONT: Bradshaw 3; Neates 2; Taylor, Seaby, Cameron.|
BEST - SOUTH FREMANTLE: Martinez, Cook, Ross, White, Guglielmana, Hams, Higgins. CLAREMONT: Blackwell, Bradshaw, Neates, Orzel, Aitchison.