Schloithe, Stewart, Hamersley star for Souths

Michael Traill and Cameron NewboldNarrogin Observer
South Fremantle’s Haiden Schloithe looks to handball as Claremont’s Ryan Murphy moves in.
Camera IconSouth Fremantle’s Haiden Schloithe looks to handball as Claremont’s Ryan Murphy moves in. Credit: Laurie Benson

Wagin’s Kyle Hamersley has continued his good form in the South Fremantle reserves side, named as an emergency in the club’s league squad for a second week in a row.

Hamersley picked up a team-high 27 touches, laid seven tackles and tallied four inside-50s in the Bulldogs’ 9.10 (64) to 9.7 (61) win over West Perth on Sunday.

Brookton-Pingelly’s Tom Blechynden and Boddington premiership player Jye Depane also produced solid performances on Sunday after both debuting in Souths’ reserves last week.

Blechynden was the Bulldogs’ second highest ball winner behind Hamersley with 25 disposals and an equal team-high six marks.

Tom Blechynden
Camera IconTom Blechynden

Depane amassed nine handballs, 10 kicks and four marks.

The trio will be looking to join Katanning pair Haiden Schloithe and Kade Stewart in the club’s league side, which held off a fast-finishing Falcons, 11.12 (78) to 10.2 (62), at Fremantle Oval on Sunday.

Played at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, 2017 Sandover Medal winner Schloithe was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ victory as he collected 27 disposals and kicked two goals to go with five tackles and five inside-50s.

Stewart has returned to the WAFL system this season and also impressed with 21 touches and two goals to continue his busy start to the year. He had 28 and 25 possessions in the first two rounds.

Both men appear strong chances to be in the initial State squad named this week by coach Michael Broadbridge ahead of WA’s clash with South Australia at Optus Stadium next month.

The Upper Great Southern’s colts contingent was equally impressive for South Fremantle on Sunday morning. In his third match for the side, Boddington young gun Jarrod Salmeri had his best game for Souths to date, picking up 23 disposals, eight tackles and three inside-50s in the Bulldogs’ six-point loss.

George Wessels, also from Boddington, was the Bulldogs’ leading possession winner with 28 touches to go with six inside-50s and six tackles, while Wagin’s Nathan Spooner booted two goals.

On Friday, Great Southern product Angus Litherland was impressive for Subiaco in their league win over West Coast Eagles at Leederville Oval.

Ongerup-bred Litherland finished with 23 disposals in a polished display as the premiers made it three wins on the trot.

In the AFL, Pingaring’s Liam Baker had a career-high 21 disposals for Richmond in their win over Sydney.

Liam Baker celebrates.
Camera IconLiam Baker celebrates. Credit: Getty Images

Baker, in just his fifth AFL game, kicked one goal, laid four tackles and went at 85 per cent efficiency with his 21 touches in a display sure to impress his coaches.

Lake Grace star Nat Fyfe dominated for Fremantle in their upset win over Great Western Sydney on Saturday. Fyfe had 31 disposals, 13 clearances and six inside-50s.

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