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Dalziell & Bourne Bite as Sharks Tame Tigers

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 12:34 PM

A stunning debut by Richard Bourne and a dominant midfield display by Bradd Dalziell has seen East Fremantle  ravage a toothless Claremont by 75 points at East Fremantle Oval.

18 year old Bourne will now be on the watch list of every AFL scout after the dashing small forward kicked 4 goals in the Shark's commanding 21.11(137) to 9.8(62) win over Claremont.

Bourne immediately impressed the home crowd with his pace and clean ball use, but it was his goal from his first kick in league football that had the Moss Street crowd buzzing.

Dalziell also bagged 4 goals and collected 30 disposals through the midfield as the Sharks midfielders had a day to remember.

East Fremantle put in their most confident display of the season so far with their methodical gameplay coming together thanks to clean disposal in all areas of the ground.

A dominant first half effort saw the Sharks lead by 32 points at the main break with Jack Perham and Bourne posing  major threats inside the forward fifty, kicking three goals each for the half.

The game started ominously for the home side when Keifer Yu converted from close range for the Tigers after just 19 seconds, however East Fremantle recovered from the poor start with Bradd Dalziell and Bourne combining for five of the Shark's six first quarter goals.

Claremont overturned the 11 point quarter time deficit to lead by a point following goals to Jack Richardson and former Shark Andrew Foster early in the second term.

Enter Jack Perham; the former Collingwood Rookie put a poor start to the season behind him kicking three consecutive goals to put East Fremantle into a comfortable position at the main break.

Both sides started sluggishly in the third stanza before back to back goals saw the Sharks extend their lead to 43 points.

Claremont struggled to gain any control of the match with Luke Blackwell's goal their first in over half an hour of football.

A set shot goal to Brett Peake and Bourne's fourth for the afternoon saw the Sharks take an unassailable 51 point lead into three quarter time.

With the result a foregone conclusion East Fremantle kicked 6 final quarter goals to Claremont's 2 to win by 75 points.

Scott Hancock, Sean Henson and Cameron Eardley impressed for East Fremantle through the middle, whilst Jordan Doritich and Tom Howlett put in strong performances across the half back line.

Big man James Bristow capped off the game for the Blue and Whites kicking an early contender for goal of the year - the ruckman dodging five Claremont players before unleashing a drop punt from 60 meters out.


East Fremantle

6.1, 11.5, 15.8, 21.11 (137)



4.2, 6.3, 7.5, 9.8 (62)



EF - Dalziell, Bourne 4; Perham 3; Henson, Peake 2; Eardley, R.O'Brien, McNamara, Young, Bristow, Lester-Smith 1.

C - Seaby 3; Richardson 2; Foster, Blackwell, Yeo, Davies 1.