Bulldogs shine under lights
Two close games to start the WAFL season...
THERE was a queue outside Fremantle Oval before the first game of the WAFL season. It was a good sign and the game began well with a series of hard body clashes before Andrew Siegert received a free and had the first kick of the season.
Jeff Farmer scored the first goal and it was on.
It was goal for goal for most of the first half. Swan Districts had control of the ruck through Llane Spaanderman, South Fremantle's defence looked well organised.
The Bulldogs took control in the third and got out to a 21-point lead with young forward Cory Dell'Olio kicking four goals before the Swans again came back to be within a kick at the last break.
South Fremantle, with Farmer prominent in the midfield, were on top early in the last quarter but didn't make the most of their opportunities. Swan Districts again got within a goal but South steadied to run out impressive 17-point winners.
Dell'Olio finished with five goals, Farmer kicked two in an important performance, Kris Miller had more that 40 disposals, Ashton Hams was busy and Keren Ugle handled the ball well and kicked two goals.
Ryan Davis was good in defence for Swan Districts, Ben Colreavy was solid in his first game for his new team and Tony Notte was clever in attack and kicked two goals.
Final score South Fremantle 15.14 (104) Swan Districts 13.9 (87)
In the other Friday night game Subiaco 10.21 (81) beat Claremont 10.6 (66). Two late goals made the margin look comfortable for the Lions. Shaun Hilderbrandt, Adam Cockie and Kyal Horsely were good for Subiaco. Chad Jones kicked three goals for Claremont and Luke Blackwell was good in his first outing for the Tigers.
•Lining up outside Fremantle Oval before the start of the WAFL season.