Football: Dockers back to winner's circle

STEVE PASCOESound Telegraph

With the league side on a bye, the Dockers’ colts were the main focus of attention as they tried to bounce back from the previous week’s disappointing game against Manning.

They did, beating North Fremantle in chilly but fine conditions by 22 points, 9.7 (61) to 5.9 (39).

With a handful of top players unavailable due to injury or Peel Thunder Colts duties, the Dockers’ line-up looked light.

Jake Spring wasmoved out of the backline to full-forward to balance the side, with Alden Savage taking on the fullback duties.

This proved a good move, with Spring leading well then working hard for the contested ball.

Scores stayed within a couple of kicks of each other for the first half, with the sides going virtually goal-for-goal, with neither able to get a break.

At half-time, the young Dockers were nine points down.

Wade Pascoe, Jordan Russell and Jacob Bowen worked hard across half-back and Cliff Brough had another good game in the ruck.

Daniel Molloy and Deon Perella showed confidence on their wings and contested well, and Nathan Dennis was also good on ball.

Savage had a harder time against one of the better full-forwards in the competition, but fought hard, conceding only three goals before doing a hamstring late in the final term.

The final term was shaping up to be a nail biter until Secret Harbour managed three goals in quick succession.

Damien Ross and Jake Spring finished with three goals each. Shaun Hunter contributed well, with Jesse Ironmonger putting in a disciplined second half.

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