Bulldogs come up short at preliminary final hurdle

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 4:14 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle was again unable to get past the WAFL preliminary final hurdle with West Perth making a flying start and holding off the Bulldogs in the second half to book their place in the 2018 Grand Final.
Despite South Fremantle having beaten West Perth the past nine occasions including by 98 points two weeks earlier in the qualifying final, and the Bulldogs entering the preliminary final the warmest of favourites, it was the Falcons who shot out of the blocks.
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Preliminary Final Preview v West Perth

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 3:21 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle is back to Fremantle Community Bank Oval to take on West Perth in the preliminary with a spot in the 2018 WAFL Grand Final on the line.

South Fremantle has reached a third successive preliminary final having finished second on the ladder at the end of the home and away season for a third straight year with the Bulldogs now hoping to jump the hurdle and reach the Grand Final.

South Fremantle and West Perth meet in the preliminary final of 2018 at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday looking to book in a meeting with Subiaco at Optus Stadium in next Sunday's Grand Final.

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Cook hoping to achieve success with the Bulldogs

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 3:14 PM - by Chris Pike

RYAN Cook has done it all with South Fremantle since arriving in 2011 besides playing in a Grand Final and winning a premiership and he hopes that both can happen over the next eight days.

Cook decided to make the move to Western Australia and join South Fremantle back ahead of the 2011 season following his four-year stint in the AFL with Collingwood where he played 14 matches and was a strong performer at VFL level.

He had no possible idea that he would end up wanting to call Perth home now even beyond his playing career, but the mark he has made at the Bulldogs has seen him achieve everything now except play in a Grand Final and win a premiership.

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Defensive maestro Maskos ready for big challenge

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 3:25 PM - by Chris Pike

JASON Maskos will have one of the biggest jobs on Fremantle Community Bank Oval in Sunday's WAFL preliminary final, but having proven himself one of the league's best defenders, he's hoping to help South Fremantle into the Grand Final by playing his role on West Perth's Andrew Strijk.

Maskos is now a seasoned WAFL performer with 79 games under his belt and even though his early part of 2018 was slowed through injury, there's no question his second half of the season has seen him produce the best run of form in his career.

He could very well lay claim to being the best lockdown defender in the competition when it comes to limiting the influence of the league's small and mid-size forwards and Strijk provides no bigger challenge for someone in that category.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Second Semi-Final

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:34 PM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say following the 18-point second semi-final loss to Subiaco and looking ahead to this Sunday's preliminary final against West Perth at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

QUESTION: What are your first thoughts after that game?
It was interesting, we did a lot of things right but we had a bad third quarter and that really cost us. I thought we did some good stuff and think we have some growth left in us. We just have to recover well now and get ready for next week.

Q: You probably put them under heat they haven’t been under all season, you would have especially taken heart from the way you started the game?
I don’t think it matters who you're playing, if you are under pressure it makes it hard to execute. We probably weren’t able to sustain it at times but I thought the boys really hung in and we were still really pushing even late in the game. We just couldn’t take our opportunities and I thought we blew a few, but they did too. I thought we were still coming but they were just a bit better on the day overall.

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Second Semi-Final Preview v Subiaco

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 8:16 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle has the chance to make it six straight victories and earn a spot in the 2018 WAFL Grand Final up against Subiaco in Sunday's second semi-final at Leederville Oval.

Subiaco and South Fremantle do battle on Sunday afternoon at Leederville Oval in the second semi-final with the winner to advance to the 2018 Grand Final at Optus Stadium in two weeks' time.

There will be a second chance for the loser who will go on to host the preliminary final next Sunday too against the winner of Sunday's first semi-final between West Perth and Claremont, but neither the Lions or Bulldogs will be thinking about that heading into the second semi-final.

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Player Column – Brock Higgins Second Semi-Final

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 6:37 PM - by Brock Higgins

EVERYONE is very excited looking ahead to Sunday and this is the game we want to win so we go straight into the Grand Final. To have a crack at Subiaco when both teams are at full strength should mean it's going to be a great game.

We come into the game in pretty good form having won our last five games and we have been focusing on playing our style of footy and we believe that can hold up against anyone. But when you play Subi, you just can't make mistakes and you can't turn the ball over because you know they'll hurt you and make you pay going back the other way. 

We have been able to play our style of football in patches against Subiaco this year but not for four quarters which is a difficult thing to do because of how good their pressure is. As soon as you make a mistake, that's it and the ball is down the other end. It's not so much that we've been preparing for Subi even though this week we train specifically to play them and do drills that we believe replicates their game style, but it's more about us and having the confidence to pull the trigger when we have to. In the past we might not have done that as much against Subi so everyone is geed up to do what we say we're going to do.

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Suban signing paying dividends for Bulldogs

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 6:09 PM - by Chris Pike

NICK Suban continues to get better and better the longer 2018 goes on in his first season at South Fremantle, and having beaten Subiaco in each of the past two WAFL Grand Finals with Peel Thunder, he could be an invaluable resource for the Bulldogs this week.

South Fremantle takes on Subiaco in this Sunday's WAFL second semi-final at Leederville Oval and while the Lions haven't lost at all in 2018, Suban was part of the Peel teams the past two Grand Finals that defeated the Lions.

He will look to help provide South Fremantle with some invaluable insight into what it takes to topple Subiaco in finals football as the Bulldogs chase a first Grand Final appearance and first premiership in the WAFL since 2009.

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Four Bulldogs named to WAFL Team of the Year

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 11:48 AM - by Chris Pike

THEIR focus is on the current finals campaign and trying to win a premiership with South Fremantle but Nick Suban, Haiden Schloithe, Marlion Pickett and Shane Hockey have all been named to the 2018 WAFL Team of the Year.

Over the course of the 2018 WAFL season, the wafl.com.au team selected a Team of the Round after each weekend of football. 

Based on those 21 teams selected, the TABtouch Team of the Year has been named featuring 22 players and four emergencies that have been standout performers in the WAFL in 2018.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Qualifying Final

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 3:37 PM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say following the WAFL qualifying final victory over West Perth by 98 points that sets up a second semi-final contest this Sunday against Subiaco at Leederville Oval.

QUESTION: Up until midway through the second quarter it was a pretty tight game, how were you able to get on top and dominate the way you did?
Not sure really. Our effort probably was more consistent, I'm not sure, but I thought we worked really hard early and just didn’t use the ball as well as we had the last few weeks in the first half. But we continued to hang in there and used the ball, and ran pretty hard after that. 

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