Haiden Schloithe and Pingelly’s Tom Blechynden help get South Fremantle home in a thriller

Taj StubberGreat Southern Herald
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South Fremantle’s Haiden Schloithe is tackled by Claremont’s Bailey Rogers.
Camera IconSouth Fremantle’s Haiden Schloithe is tackled by Claremont’s Bailey Rogers. Credit: The Sunday Times

Upper Great Southern duo Haiden Schloithe and Tom Blechynden helped South Fremantle move a step closer to another WAFL grand final after a thrilling one-point win over Claremont in the qualifying final on Saturday.

The two grand finalists from last season played out another epic match and the Bulldogs hung on with Tigers co-captain Jared Hardisty missing a set shot after the siren.

The Bulldogs, who are chasing back-to-back league flags, will now face minor premiers Subiaco in the second semifinal this Saturday and the winner will progress to the grand final at Optus Stadium next month.

South Fremantle’s Tom Blechynden gets his kick away.
Camera IconSouth Fremantle’s Tom Blechynden gets his kick away. Credit: The Sunday Times

Schloithe, a Katanning product, was named in the Bulldogs best in the 9.11 (65) to 9.10 (64) victory.

The midfielder collected 22 disposals, four marks, five tackles and kicked a goal while sending the ball inside his forward 50 six times.

Pingelly’s Blechynden was also a vital contributor in the triumph finishing with 20 possessions, eight tackles, four marks, five inside-50s and a goal.

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