South’s Win a Dog Fight


Written By: Andrew Owen | Photo By: Michael Flood

South Fremantle has won a close hard fought game against Subiaco by eight-points.

Ryan Cook led the way for the Bulldogs with 28 possessions and was aided by team mates Haiden Schloithe (28), Jacob Martinez (26) and Ben Saunders who kicked six goals.

For the Lions George Hampson had 26 disposals, Abe Davey had 21 and Charles LeFanu kicked three goals.

Paul Mugambwa kicked the first goal of the game to give South Fremantle the perfect start.

After this the Subiaco kicked into gear, kicking the next three goals.  The Bulldogs fought back, kicking four of the next five goals to have them ahead by six-points at quarter time.

Both sides worked hard in the second quarter but neither could break way from one another.  At half time the margin was still six-points in favour of South Fremantle.

Kris Miller and Mugambwa combined together at the start of the third quarter to allow Saunders to kick two quick goals to establish 17-point lead in favour of the Bulldogs.

The Lions then kicked six of the next seven goals to give them a 13-point lead at three quarter time.

South Fremantle stormed home in the final quarter kicking six goals to Subiaco’s two, giving them a 16.10 (106) to 14.14 (98) victory.


First Quarter

Paul Mugambwa gave the Bulldogs the perfect start when he kicked the first goal of the game.

South Fremantle were the more promising team early on but this soon changed when Subiaco started to find the football and worked their way into the game.

Subiaco’s first goal came through a brilliant smother from Joel Ashman who then knocked the ball into the path of Brett Mahoney who slotted the ball through the middle of the sticks.

The Lions then went forward again and when Rhys Waters was taken high, he received a free kick and converted his sides second goal of the game.

Subiaco kept pilling on the pressure and soon had their third goal courtesy of Charles Le Fanu.

The Bulldogs were finally able to work their way forward and when they did Kris Miller took a strong mark and went back and kicked the goal.

The Lions soon re-established their lead when another Ashman smother resulted in a goal to Michael Wood.

When South Fremantle kicked back to back goals through Alistair Gillespie and Ben Saunders, the Bulldogs had hit the lead, albeit by one-point.

Miller soon extended South Fremantle’s lead when he intercepted a wayward Subiaco handpass and spun around onto his right foot and kicked his second of game and the Bulldogs fifth.

At quarter time South Fremantle 5.3 (33) were leading the Lions 4.3 (27).

Haiden Schloithe was the leading ball getter on the ground for the Bulldogs with 11 disposals while Ryan Cook (11), Adam Guglielmana (8) and Adam McIntosh (8) were the other good players on the ground in the opening quarter.

For Subiaco George Hampson and Brad Stevenson both had six possessions while Ashman, Ray Daniels and Rhett Kerr each had five.

Second Quarter

LeFanu got the Lions off to the perfect start when he kicked a remarkable goal from hard up on the boundary line which gave his side a one-point lead.  Aiden Parker had the perfect opportunity to extend Subiaco’s lead when he picked up a loose ball in the goal square, however was stopped in his tracks when Mitch Carter made a diving tackle on the goal line.

South Fremantle’s lead was restored when Saunders kicked the ball off the ground to get his second of the game.

Both teams then traded points at either end of the ground before Andrew McDougall was able to take a strong pack mark 45 metres out from goal.  McDougall went back and converted the goal to give the lead back to the Lions. 

Both teams were playing hard contested football and when the Bulldogs sent the ball inside their forward 50 a leaping Mugambwa took a brilliant one handed grab.  Mugambwa went back and kicked a brilliant goal from 48 metres out to give his side the lead back.

South Fremantle had the chance to extend their lead late in the quarter but could only manage to kick two behinds.

At half time Subiaco still trailed the Bulldogs by six-points.

Schloithe was still the leading possession getter on the ground with 16 disposals for South Fremantle while his team mate Sean Tighe had 14

For the Lions Hampson had 13 disposals while Abe Davey had 12 possessions.

Third Quarter

The game appeared to be opening up at the start of the third quarter with both teams playing on and moving the ball quickly through the middle of the ground.

When Miller ran down the wing into the forward 50 he was able to handpass over the top of a Subiaco player to Mugambwa who then handpassed the ball to Saunders who was waiting in the goal square and kicked the goal.  This gave the Bulldogs had an 11-point lead.

The same three players combined again a couple of minutes later in similar fashion and Saunders was able to kick his fourth goal of the game to give South Fremantle a 17-point lead.

The Lions were not giving in though and when Wood marked in front of his opponent, Subiaco had pulled one back.

The Lions kept pushing and sent the ball into their forward 50 again were they had more numbers than the Bulldogs.  This resulted in Parker taken a strong contested grab and going back and converting the goal.  Subiaco were now within five-points of the lead.

Miller was leading the way for South Fremantle and when he received a handpass from Mugambwa he kicked into the path of a running Brendan Verrier.  Verrier had the opportunity to run into an open goal but decided to go back and have a set shot which he converted.

The Lions then kicked four goals in a row through Hampson, Kyle Halligan, LeFanu and Chris Phelan to establish a 13-point lead at three quarter time.

Davey and Hampson were the leading disposal winners for Subiaco with 20 each while for the Bulldogs Tighe had 21.

Fourth Quarter

South Fremantle received a spray at three quarter time from Coach Paul Haselby and this resulted in his side coming out on fire, kicking the opening three goals of the quarter, putting them in front by five-points.

The Lions went forward but only managed to kick two behinds.  The Bulldogs then went forward again to try and extend their lead and were able to do so when Miller kicked his third.

Halligan then kept Subiaco in the contest when he kicked his second of the game.  This was cancelled out when Ben Saunders kicked his fifth of the game.  When Stevenson kicked one for the Lions the margin was just two-points.

When Saunders kicked his sixth of the game and extended South Fremantle’s lead to eight-points there was not much time left on the clock.  Subiaco kept on pushing though, however time just simply ran out.

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FINAL
SUBIACO 4.3 6.7 12.10 14.14 98
South Freo 5.3 7.7 10.9 16.10 106
GOALS: 6 B.Saunders, 3 K.Miller, P.Mugambwa, 1 A.Guglielmana, B.Verrier, H.Schloithe, A.Gillespie
BEST: B.Saunders, K.Miller, H.Schloithe, D.Ross, A.Gillespie

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