BRYCE Luff takes a look at Round 20 of the 2012 WAFL season.
South Fremantle V Perth Demons (Sunday August 5, 2012 @ Fremantle Oval)
SOUTH FREMANTLE moved a step closer to ensuring it won’t finish the home-and-away season in last place with a tough 24-point win over Perth at Fremantle Oval yesterday.
In a see-sawing affair the Bulldogs were only able to kick clear after two controversial free-kicks swung momentum their way.
Early in the final term, and with the ball deep inside the Bulldogs’ attacking 50m, Perth was penalised for deliberately running the ball out of bounds.
Sharp shooter Ben Saunders coolly slotted home one of his six goals for the afternoon.
With Perth players furious about the decision, they were again penalised - this time for verbal abuse - with Saunders extending his side’s lead to 18 points.
The Bulldogs soon had the lead out to 30 points and a last quarter rout looked on the cards.
To their credit the Demons managed to peg a few goals back, to better reflect the true nature of the contest, which up until the fourth quarter had been a tight scrap.
Saunders was easily the game’s most damaging player, while Perth’s West Coast recruit Simon Tunbridge finished with four.
Final score – South Fremantle 16.12 (108) Perth 12.12 (84)
Swan Districts V Peel Thunder (Saturday August 4, 2012 @ Bassendean Oval)
SIX goals to Ashley Hansen helped Swan Districts to a 99-point win over last-placed Peel Thunder at Bassendean Oval on Saturday.
With the hosts up by more than 10 goals and with winners all across the ground, the game was as good as done by half-time.
West Coast’s Andrew Embley was encouraging with 20 touches and two goals.
The 22.14 (146) to 7.5 (47) win moves Swans into second place on the WAFL table.