The ANZAC day derby between port rivals East Fremantle and South Fremantle is on of the key fixtures in the WAFL calendar. The two teams are at opposite ends of the ladder with Fremantle hoping to go one game better than last years grand final loss while the Bulldogs are under seige and yet to register their first win of the 2013 WAFL Season six games into the season in what is their worst start in over 40 years.
Wearing special guernseys to commemorate Australia's armed forces the Sharks seemed to control the game after a tight first quarter which saw the home team lead by three points at the first break. James Bayliss and Mark McGough led from the front for the Sharks with 31 & 28 possessions respectively, while Sean Henson kicked 4 majors in a solid performance. For the South Fremantle Bulldogs Mitch Banner and Ryan Cook seemed to have the ball on a string with 34 and 29 possessions while the evergreen and former East Freo Shark Kris Miller totalled 26 possessions in his milestone match.
The second half saw the visitors over run the less experienced Bulldogs running out 12.11 (83) to 7.12 (54) 39 point winners.
Saturday the 17th July saw the league leaders (West Perth Falcons) visit the port city to take on finals bound South Fremantle Bulldogs in a game that would prove to be the match of the round.
West Perth jumped straight out of the blocks with a fast start and held a 40 point lead at half time. The comfortable lead would be short lived after the main break with the Bulldogs storming back into contention with the midfield engine of Kris Miller, Toby Bairstow, Ashton Hams providing much of the grunt work while Callum Wilson was sensational with 8 of his 9 goals in the second half.
In the end the steady hands and AFL experience of a heavily topped up Falcons team proved too much as they held out for a 135 - 118 victory. Andrew Strijk led a balanced scoring attack with four goals.
West Perth return to the comfortable surrounds of Arena Joondalup for an important home fixture vs the much improved Perth Demons while South Fremantle get a chance to regroup ahead of the final stretch of the season with a bye.
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