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Bulldogs make it 6 straight this season and over Falcons

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 10:41 AM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle continued its recent dominance over West Perth with a 47-point victory on Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval while making it six consecutive WAFL wins in the process.
 
South Fremantle was able to win by 47 points for the second straight time against West Perth, but it was a vastly more competitive showing all-round from the Falcons except in front of goals.
 
In the end, the Bulldogs kicked 20 goals from 26 scoring shots and the Falcons 11 from 24 and that was the major difference in the contest as South Fremantle went on to win 20.6 (126) to 11.13 (79).
 
Little separated the two teams across the field with both finishing with 307 possessions apiece while South Fremantle managed to take 17 more marks, have 43 more hit outs and eight extra inside-50 entries.
 
It was a sixth straight win overall by South Fremantle this season to improve the Bulldogs to a 13-4 record and remain well clear in second position with just four rounds of the season remaining.
 
It was also a sixth consecutive victory against West Perth with those coming by an average of 53.3 points.
 
Despite the loss, West Perth remains in fifth position but with an 8-8 record to only be one-game ahead of the sixth placed East Perth.
 
South Fremantle had four stars standing tall through the middle led by ruckman Brock Higgins who finished with 16 possessions, 67 hit outs and five inside-50 entries in his 98th WAFL appearance.
 
Haiden Schloithe continued his outstanding form with another 29 disposals, eight inside 50s, six marks, five tackles and a goal. Tim Kelly did as well with 28 touches and a goal while Shane Hockey did well also with 23 possessions and four tackles.
 
Cory Dell'Olio is right back to his best form after having to sit out all of 2016. He was tremendous up forward on Saturday with 14 possessions and four goals while setting up a handful of other goals for teammates.
 
Matthew Parker also had a debut to remember kicking four exciting goals from 16 possessions, five inside-50 entries and four tackles.
 
Blaine Johnson also kicked three goals for South Fremantle, Ben Saunders three, Mason Shaw two and Jake Florenca two.
 
South Fremantle's back-line held up strongly led by Josh Pullman keeping the dangerous Tyler Keitel to just the one goal after he kicked seven the previous week. Jason Maskos also kept Rudy Riddoch goalless while Steven Edwards was terrific out of defence with 21 possessions and seven marks.
 
The signs were ominous early for West Perth with South Fremantle kicking the opening two goals in the first nine minutes thanks to Schloithe and Parker as the rain began to fall. West Perth got one back before quarter-time thanks to Brayden Antonio to trail by just the six points at the first change.
 
The Falcons then drew level to start the second quarter with a goal to Nick Rodda. But South Fremantle answered almost immediately with two goals of their own with Dell'Olio and Shaw kicking truly. 
 
Parker soon added his second and when Saunders booted his first of the day in his fascinating battle with Kody Manning, the Bulldogs were threatening to kick away leading by 24 points.
 
West Perth showed some fight to respond with goals to Shane Nelson and Corey Chalmers to get back within 10 points, but Saunders kicked his second and then Florenca his first to put the Bulldogs on top by 24 points at the main break.
 
It took eight minutes for either team to kick a goal in the second half and after three behinds to West Perth, South Fremantle continued the trend of the day by taking its chances while the Falcons weren’t able to. Shaw kicked his second goal to make the margin a game-high 27 points.
 
The Falcons weren’t going away, though, and goals to Chalmers and Rodda had them right back in the game just 16 points behind. But again South Fremantle had the answers with Dell'Olio booting his second and then third in the space of three minutes.
 
West Perth did get one back courtesy of Rodda but the Bulldogs put the game away with four more goals leading into three quarter-time. Kelly kicked truly before Johnson added a couple and Saunders his third as the home team was 39 points up at the last change.
 
West Perth started brightly in the last quarter with three goals in seven minutes to Chalmers, Tyler Keitel and Chalmers. That had the Falcons back within 21 points and a big fightback wasn’t out of the question.
 
It wasn’t to be, though, and South Fremantle kicked the last five goals of the contest through Johnson, Dell'Olio, Parker, Florenca and then Parker again with his fourth in a memorable debut as the Bulldogs cruised to the 47-point victory.
 
South Fremantle's colts started the day at Fremantle Community Bank Oval defeating West Perth 16.11 (107) to 11.6 (72).
 
Luke Moore booted seven goals from 19 possessions and eight marks for South Fremantle with Jarren Colpitts, Alex Cabassi and Glenn Byron all kicking two apiece.
 
Jack Musika racked up 24 possessions for the Bulldogs, Regan Spooner 21, Matthew Ward 18, Byron 18 and ruckman Jonathon Frampton 18 to go with 16 hit outs.
 
Then in the reserves contest at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, the ladder-leading South Fremantle ended up beating West Perth 11.7 (73) to 5.11 (41).
 
Brandon Donaldson put his hand up for a league recall despite spots being tough to come by with 25 possessions, five marks, five tackles and three goals. Mitch Dzelebdzic and Andre Coutinho also kicked two goals.
 
Jesse Musika compiled 26 possessions and laid 10 tackles for the Bulldogs with Josh Collard collecting 25 disposals (11 tackles), Coutinho 19, Daniel Roy-McGregor 18, David Fiamengo 18 and Matthew Gundry 17.
 
Josh Branchi also played his first game of the season following a knee reconstruction and had 10 touches, 24 hit outs and a goal in the first half.
 
South Fremantle will look to make it seven straight wins this season and a fourth consecutive victory against East Fremantle back at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.
 
SOUTH FREMANTLE 2.1 8.3 15.5 20.6 (126)
WEST PERTH 1.1 4.3 8.8 11.13 (79)
 
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Dell'Olio, Parker 4; Saunders, Johnson 3; Florenca, Shaw 2; Schloithe, Kelly.
Best: Schloithe, Dell'Olio, Kelly, Higgins, Edwards, Hockey, Parker, Maskos, Pullman.
WEST PERTH – Goals: Chalmers 4; Rodda 3; Keitel, Nelson, Meadows, Antonio.
Best: Nelson, Lynch, Chalmers, Rodda, Black, Meadows, Wilhelm.
 

Round 19 Preview v West Perth

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 1:55 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle has won its past five WAFL matches, has won its past five against West Perth and is looking to keep both runs going against the Falcons at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.

The two teams have already met twice this season with the Bulldogs winning on both occasions ahead of Saturday's contest at the port that pits the second placed South Fremantle against the fifth placed West Perth.

There's plenty on the line for both teams with South Fremantle looking to win and further cement itself in second position whereas a loss will leave the door open for the chasing pack to still try and finish second over the last month of the season.

West Perth currently sits in fifth spot and a win on Saturday would maintain that advantage over whoever sits sixth by Saturday night and a three-game edge over the seventh placed team. It will also keep the Falcons a chance of finishing higher up inside the top five.

It is set to be a full day of action at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with the colts, reserves and league WAFL action between South Fremantle and West Perth. 

Then following the league contest will be the Country State contest featuring Western Australia and South Australia under lights at the port.

Player Column – Cory Dell'Olio Round 19 
Match Day Info – Round 19 
Bulldogs get starts in order and beat Royals for fifth straight 

South Fremantle comes into the game on a five-match winning streak following wins over West Perth, Perth, Claremont, Swan Districts and East Perth to improve to a 12-4 record in the season to remain three games behind Subiaco but two games ahead of Peel Thunder.

On top of that, South Fremantle has won its past five matches against West Perth by an average of 54.6 points. That included winning all three meetings in 2016 culminating in a 53-point qualifying final win.

And so far this season, South Fremantle beat West Perth by 103 on home turf in Round 4 and then downed the Falcons by 47 points at HBF Arena as well in Round 13.

West Perth might not have beaten South Fremantle since 2014, but returned to the winner's list last Saturday beating Perth by 53 points on the back of 51 possessions from Shane Nelson, seven goals from Tyler Keitel and six goals from Nick Rodda.

That ended a four-game losing run for West Perth to steady them with an 8-7 record to be two games ahead of both Claremont and East Perth who play one another on Saturday and currently hold respective 6-9 records.

South Fremantle beat East Perth by 30 points in Busselton last Saturday and from that team, Brandon Donaldson, Jake Florenca, Kyle Russell, Jarrod Garlett and potential debutant Matthew Parker all come into the squad to face the Falcons.

Ashton Hams and Jacob Dragovich are the two players to go out of the side that beat the Royals.

There are potentially plenty of changes at West Perth as well and at least two of them have been made in advance with the loss of Mark Hamilton and Conal Lynch who are out of the side that beat Perth last Saturday at Lathlain Park.

While Michael Lourey, Joe Morrow, Steve Potente and Scott Nelson remain sidelined through injury, plenty of players are pushing for selection with the Falcons to take on the Bulldogs including another potential debutant in Zac Guadagnin.

He is the younger cousin 191-game premiership winning star Matt and was impressive in the reserves last Saturday against the Demons with 22 possessions and seven marks.

Rudy Riddoch could also be straight back in for West Perth following a stint in the reserves while James Batterham, Sam Rotham and Scott Simpson are all in the mix to come in for the Falcons to try and stop the losing run against the Bulldogs.

ROUND 19
SOUTH FREMANTLE v WEST PERTH – FREMANTLE COMMUNITY BANK OVAL, SATURDAY 2.15PM
Broadcast – HFM (107.3FM), Footy Radio (WAFL App)

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Player Column – Cory Dell'Olio Round 19

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 12:31 PM - by Cory Dell\'Olio

IT was a really good game of footy on the weekend. East Perth are a really good side and we have had some good battles of late with them and it was nice to jump out of the blocks early for the first time in a month. 

To East Perth’s credit they came right back and did hit the front. The response from then on was good to see and to run out winners by five goals was a nice result, especially up against some quality AFL players. 

I would be lying if I didn’t say we didn’t talk about our slow starts of late in the lead up. But we didn’t change anything major about our week or the warm up. We just made sure we were ready to go and it showed we were. I think the first half of the year we were actually a really good first quarter side so it’s funny how everything swings around. 

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Match Day Info – Round 19

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 5:08 PM

SOUTH Fremantle is back to Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday to take on West Perth as part of the WAFL's Breast Cancer Awareness Round.

A big day is planned as the Bulldogs and Falcons lock horns in the WAFL colts, reserves and league fixtures at the port, but there's more to the day than that with it concluding on Saturday evening with a State Country clash between Western Australia and South Australia.

MATCH DAY INFO
SOUTH FREMANTLE v WEST PERTH
Saturday July 29, 2.15pm
Fremantle Community Bank Oval

KEY TIMES
8.00am – Main gate opens
9.00am – Colts game bouncedown
10.00am – Public bar opens
10.00am – Merchandise area opens
11.30am – Reserves game bouncedown
2.15pm – League game bouncedown
5.00pm – Country State game bouncedown – WA v SA
6.00pm – Post-match awards commence in Griff John Room

TICKETS
Purchase from the main gate on game day. Main gate located at the corner of Parry St and William St in Fremantle. Adult Tickets $15. Concession Tickets $12. Under 16s Free.

GETTING THERE
Nearest Bus Stop is on South Terrace. Buses 511, 513, 520, 530, 531, 532, 825, 920, 998 and 999 stop a two-minute walk from the main gate.

Nearest Train Station is Fremantle Station. Fremantle Line Train stops at Fremantle station every 15 minutes on game day which is an eight-minute walk from the main gate.

Numerous parking areas are in close proximity to the ground including parking areas on Parry St and multi-level parking on Henderson St. 

Please note parking inside the ground is limited to players and support staff on match days. 

REAL MEN WEAR PINK CAMPAIGN
This weekend is the Breast Cancer Round supporting the Real Men Wear Pink campaign for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
 
Real Men Wear Pink will help the National Breast Cancer Foundation fund life-changing breast cancer research focused on prevention.
 
It also highlights that breast cancer isn’t a women’s only cancer, men can be diagnosed too.

To donate now visit my.nbcf.org.au

STATE COUNTRY MATCH
Western Australia has named its strongest New Holland State Country team in the past decade to take on a South Australian country side at Fremantle Community Bank Oval at 5pm. The game will be broadcast live via the West Australian Country Football League Facebook page.

IMPORTANT NOTES FROM CITY OF FREMANTLE
Water Corp and Atco Gas works around the CBD
High Street, Queen Street and Adelaide Street are already (and will be) affected by works within the road reserve. Please expect road closures, off street parking unavailability and detours in the City Centre until mid-August 2017.  

FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN
WAFL footy is still family friendly fun. Everyone is welcome onto Fremantle Community Bank Oval at the quarter breaks and during half-time. Feel free to have a kick on field during the breaks or listen to the coaches quarter-time addresses. Please remember to give distance around team huddles and stay out of the centre square of the ground. 

MERCHANDISE AREA
Located inside the public bar, the friendly team at the merchandise stand can supply you with jumpers, beanies, scarves and all sorts of Bulldogs gear.

FOOD OUTLETS
A number of food options and street van outlets are available to fans at Fremantle Community Bank Oval:

JD's Fast Foods: Located inside the ground next to the main gates, this van serves a wide variety of hot food, cold drinks and snacks.

New York Hot Dog: Located in front of the Victoria Pavilion, this street van serves a variety of differing gourmet hot dogs to suit all tastes.  

South Fremantle Canteen: Located at the bar in the public area of the club, the canteen sells traditional footy food including hot chips, burgers and cold drinks. 

PUBLIC BAR & TAB FACILITIES
The public bar is open to all with the entrance through the main doors to the South Fremantle club rooms. TAB facilities are located within the public area of the main bar. Bar opens at 12pm. 

TOILETS
Please note that the toilet block behind the goals on the Fremantle Hospital end of the oval will be closed due to repairs and maintenance, during this Saturday's game.

Toilets are located inside the bar or the northern end of the ground.

FOLLOW THE GAME
The game will be broadcast on radio live on HFM (107.3FM). It will also be available at Footy Radio via the WAFL app. Visit www.wafl.com.au or download the WAFL App to stay up to date with all the action on game day including live stats and a radio broadcast. Alternatively stay tuned to all of South Fremantle's social media accounts to follow all the happenings.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow the South Fremantle Football Club on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for all your updates, news, informational and photos during the day. Find us on Facebook at @southfremantlefc or at @SFFCBulldogs everywhere else and don't forget to use the hashtag #BewareoftheBulldog.

PRE-MATCH AT THE NORFOLK HOTEL
If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy a meal or drink before any game this season, visit proud official partner The Norfolk Hotel. Situated just across from Fremantle Community Bank Oval with great food and drinks available, stop in there before coming along to cheering on the Mighty Red V.

1997 PREMIERSHIP REUNION
Get your tickets for the 1997 Premiership Reunion, held next Friday 4th August! Tickets are $60 for members, $65 for non-members.

For only $50 you get an exclusive Premiership Pack including: Premiership Tee, Stubby Holder, Team Photo and Grand Final DVD (these cannot be sold separately, and will be available for purchase only at the event).

You can also purchase your very own 1997 Guernsey that will be auctioned off only on the night - there are only 4 in stock!!

Call the club on 9335 1555 to purchase your tickets to this exclusive and memorable event!

POST-MATCH AT THE ESPLANADE HOTEL
Be sure to get down to another proud official partner, the Esplanade Hotel following the game where all South Fremantle members receive a 20 per cent discount on their food purchases at any of the fine eateries at the venue. It is one of the finest establishments in WA so to treat yourself to a visit and then just show your membership card for the discount. With a variety of different eateries, make the Esplanade Hotel your post-match spot to enjoy the night in Fremantle.

START YOUR NIGHT IN FREMANTLE
Gates are opened and entry is free for the last half of WAFL matches. Fremantle Community Bank Oval is the perfect spot to start a night in Fremantle. Get down after 4pm, enjoy a drink in the South Fremantle bar and make the most of a night in Fremantle with live WAFL action. 

MEMBERS/SUPPORTERS
Get down the club from 4.30pm every Friday night for all the fun and festivities. With happy hour between 5.30pm to 6.30pm and prizes on offer across the night, you never know your luck when you visit Fremantle Community Bank Oval. Once a month there is also a FREE sausage sizzle.

Bulldogs get starts in order and beat Royals for fifth straight

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 11:16 AM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle started better and finished strongly to make it five straight WAFL wins beating East Perth by 30 points on Saturday in Busselton.
 
South Fremantle might have started slowly the past three weeks and had to come from behind to win, but the Bulldogs were the ones starting strongly at Sir Stewart Bovell Park in Busselton on Saturday.
 
The Bulldogs led by as much as 31 points during the second term but the Royals fought back strongly and hit the front three minutes into the last term. But South Fremantle wouldn’t be denied and went on to kick five goals in 11 minutes to secure the 18.13 (121) to 14.7 (91) victory.
 
That makes it five wins in-a-row for South Fremantle who improves to a 12-4 record on the season to remain clear in second position on the ladder.
 
East Perth missed a chance to remain right in touch with fifth position slipping to 6-9 and two games back from the fifth placed West Perth.
 
South Fremantle once again had plenty of potency in attack led by five goals from Blaine Johnson with four of them coming in the second half.
 
Ben Saunders also kicked four goals from eight kicks, five marks and five tackles for the Bulldogs with Cory Dell'Olio and Mason Shaw chipping in with two apiece.
 
Tim Kelly's disposal numbers might have been a little down but his impact on the contest was significant with the South Fremantle on-baller finishing with 21 possessions, six tackles, six inside-50 entries and three goals.
 
Shane Hockey thrived in the conditions to continue his season-best form in recent weeks with another 30 disposals and eight tackles while Steve Verrier had 23 touches, Haiden Schloithe 22, Jacob Dragovich 22 and Steven Edwards 20. 
 
Ruckman Brock Higgins rose to the challenge against former side and up against both Jonathan Giles and Scott Jones to be the best ruckman in the game with 17 possessions and 31 hit outs.
 
Another former Royal albeit not by choice while he was listed with West Coast, Blayne Wilson, was terrific at centre half-back with 21 possessions and eight marks.
 
Following three straight weeks of slow starts that saw South Fremantle had to come back from being 29 points down against Perth, 25 points back from Claremont and trailing by 41 points against Swan Districts to win, the Bulldogs made a much brighter start in Busselton on Saturday.
 
It took just six minutes for South Fremantle to have two goals on the board thanks to Dell'Olio and Saunders. By the 15-minute mark, captain Ryan Cook got in on the action and the Bulldogs had solved their slow start problem at least for this week.
 
A couple of quick goals to East Perth co-captain Patrick McGinnity were much-needed to say the least, but the Bulldogs still answered thanks to Kelly and the 19-point quarter-time could have been much greater with some straighter kicking on goal.
 
Two quick goals to start the second term from Saunders saw South Fremantle take further control to lead by 31 points before again McGinnity responded for the Royals. Stan Wright then kicked truly also as did Giles to make the margin just 12 points.
 
South Fremantle answered through Dragovich but just a minute later McGinnity kicked his fourth of the half for the Royals. The Bulldogs did have the last say of the half with a goal to Johnson and that saw them 17 points up at the long break in Busselton.
 
East Perth did kick the first goal of the second half to stay in touch when Tom Lamb kicked truly. 
 
Even though Dell'Olio answered with his second of the game for the Bulldogs, the Royals had picked up some momentum and Partington kicked two goals in three minutes, and when Malcolm Karpany kicked truly all of a sudden they were in front and had all the momentum.
 
However, South Fremantle was able to respond firstly through Johnson and then Kelly. Shaw then kicked his first of the game to make the margin 16 points again but it was back to 10 on three quarter-time with a late major for East Perth from Snadden.
 
The game was right on the line still at three quarter-time and even more so with an early goal in the last quarter for East Perth to McGinnity, his fifth, to bring the Royals within three points.
 
That's as close as they would get, though, with South Fremantle putting the game out of reach over the next 15 minutes with a tremendous run with goals to Saunders, Johnson, Kelly, Shaw and then another two to Johnson to give him five for the day.
 
That saw South Fremantle's lead out to as much as 41 points before a couple of late East Perth goals to Lamb and Hill cut the final margin to 30.
 
The colts contest between East Perth and South Fremantle took place at Leederville Oval with the league teams in Busselton. It was a thriller with the Royals ending up beating the Bulldogs 10.8 (68) to 9.13 (67).
 
Luke Moore kicked three goals for the Bulldogs while Regan Spooner gathered 32 possessions, Glenn Byron 24, Matthew Ward 23, Ryan Burrows 21, Bruno Faulkner 20, Jonathon Frampton 18 and Jacob Warne 16 to go with seven marks and 22 hit outs.
 
The reserves clash on Saturday also took place at Leederville Oval between East Perth and South Fremantle, and this time it was the Bulldogs getting the three-point win, beating the Royals 12.7 (79) to 10.16 (76).
 
Mitch Dzelebdzic had three kicks and kicked three goals for South Fremantle with Brandon Donaldson and Jesse Musika also kicking two majors.
 
Jake Florenca responded to his demotion racking up 36 possessions for the Bulldogs with Jarrod Parry gathering 28 disposals, Kyle Russell 20, Daniel Cabassi 19, Jarrod Garlett 18, Josh Collard 18, Musika 18 and Caleb Datson 17.
 
South Fremantle is back to Fremantle Community Bank Oval this Saturday to take on West Perth looking for a fifth straight win this season, and a sixth in-a-row against the Falcons.
 
SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.7 8.9 12.10 18.13 (121)
EAST PERTH 2.0 6.4 11.6 14.7 (91)
 
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Johnson 5; Saunders 4; Kelly 3; Dell'Olio, Shaw 2; Cook, Dragovich.
Best: Hockey, Kelly, Johnson, S Verrier, Higgins, Wilson, Dragovich, Schloithe.
EAST PERTH – Goals: McGinnity 5; Lamb, Partington 2; Karpany, Wright, Hill, Giles, Snadden.
Best: Partington, McGinnity, Snadden, Mutimer, Watson, Masten.
 

Round 18 Preview v East Perth

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 2:38 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle heads to Busselton looking for a fifth straight WAFL victory and to down East Perth who just happen to be the last remaining team that the Bulldogs are yet to beat in 2017.

For the second straight week there will be a regional WAFL match as part of the Department of Sport and Recreation's Country Sport Enrichment Scheme.

After Subiaco played Claremont in Esperance last Saturday, this week will see East Perth and South Fremantle play at Sir Stewart Bovell Park in Busselton.

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Player Column – Adam McIntosh Round 18

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:11 AM - by Adam McIntosh

THINGS are going well for us on the field at the moment so I thought I would take the chance to give some insight to some of my team mates that I have been at the club with for a while. 

I'll start with the oldest player at the club in Ashton Hams. Being the oldest player you would think he would be the most mature but it is quite the opposite. If you ask any player at the club who the biggest pest or most annoying the answer will be Hamsy. He is the definition of someone who has 'small man syndrome'. 

If he's not punching you or hiding behind a corner trying to scare someone then he is making up stuff about you for his own amusement. Apart from him being a pest I think he is the biggest competitor at the club. He hates to lose and once he crosses that white line it's all business. He is one of our leaders at the club and is always willing to help his team mates get better.

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Match Day Info – Round 18

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:07 PM

SOUTH Fremantle heads to the south west town of Busselton on Saturday to take on East Perth trying to win a fifth consecutive WAFL match and to beat the Royals for the first time in 2017.

East Perth remains the only team South Fremantle is yet to defeat in 2017 and the two clubs will meet at Busselton's Sir Stewart Bovell Park on Saturday in a regional fixture hosted by the South West Football League as part of the Department of Sport and Recreation's Country Sport Enrichment Scheme.

A full day of action will take place in Busselton to celebrate the town hosting its second ever WAFL fixture.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Round 17

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 1:03 PM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say after South Fremantle came from 41 points down to kick 14 of the last 15 goals to beat Swan Districts on Saturday ahead of this Saturday's trip to Busselton to take on East Perth.

QUESTION: Similar story in some ways to the last couple of weeks where you started slowly, but the response from halfway through the second quarter onwards was impressive?
ANSWER:
It was a really slow start obviously but there were some different factors this week. We were kicking into a fairly steep breeze and they played some pretty close attention to key players early who weren’t able to influence the game. But I thought we worked our way back into it even though it was eight goals to one at one stage. It showed some really strong resilience to hang in and still believe.

Q: What started the turnaround from halfway through that second quarter?
A:
We started to get our hands on the ball and got much better in the contested situation. As a result we got our hands on the ball and gave our forwards a chance to score.

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Bulldogs with 81-point turnaround to beat Swans for John Todd Cup

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 3:01 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle kicked 14 of the last 15 goals to beat Swan Districts by 40 points after earlier being 40 down at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday to retain the John Todd Cup.
 
Swan Districts looked right on track to score what might have been its most impressive win of the season when kicking six of the first seven goals of the game to lead by 41 points 13 minutes into the second quarter.
 
It was a third time in the past four games that South Fremantle had started slowly and after just falling short of coming back to beat Peel, and then overrunning Perth and Claremont impressively, the Bulldogs had the job ahead of them again on Saturday.
 
This time it was against a top four team in winning form but five goals in 12 minutes late in the second quarter had the home side right back in the contest. Then nine goals to one after half-time and South Fremantle pulled off the 81-point turnaround.
 
The Bulldogs kicked 14 of the game's last 15 goals to end up winning 15.13 (103) to 9.9 (63).
 
The win improves South Fremantle to an 11-4 record on the season to remain clear in second position on the ladder.
 

Swan Districts remains fourth at 9-6 and two games clear in that position despite the loss.
 
South Fremantle ended up delivering quite the dominant performance and while the wet weather helped, the Bulldogs held Swans to just 242 possessions – the lowest tally of any club this season.
 
The Bulldogs ended up with 87 more disposals, 12 more marks, five more hit outs, 25 more entries inside the forward 50 and 28 scoring shots to 18 in the 40-point victory.
 
Swan Districts came into the game with the focus of paying close attention to South Fremantle's key ball winners in particular with Tom Smirk coming into the team to play a stopping role on centre half-back Blayne Wilson and Ryan Crowley and Jesse Manton sharing duties on Tim Kelly.
 
Neither Wilson nor Smirk had much influence but the South Fremantle defender did hurt a shoulder despite returning to the field. He played his role still despite only seven possessions and three marks.
 
Kelly was able to fight through the attention he received too to finish with 21 possessions.
 
Swans small forwards took their chances early, but from there South Fremantle Steven Edwards (24 possessions, seven marks) and Jason Maskos (21 touches, four marks, four tackles) were tremendous. Josh Pullman also did well holding Ricky Cary to one goal and seven kicks.
 
Adam McIntosh also held Brayden Noble scoreless and to just four kicks.
 
Haiden Schloithe worked through some close attention too to end up with 22 possessions, four tackles and a goal for South Fremantle. 
 
Shane Hockey also finished with 22 touches, Ashton Hams 21, Dylan Main 20, Brendan Verrier 19 and Ryan Cook 19.
 
Cory Dell'Olio came back after missing last week's win over Claremont to kick three goals with Blaine Johnson, Ben Saunders and Jake Florenca all kicking two goals each.

 
Brock Higgins battled hard in the ruck for 50 hit outs and nine possessions.
 
Swan Districts' small forwards were enjoying the wet weather conditions early in the game and with the black-and-whites kicking with the benefit of the breeze to start the game at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
 
It took just three minutes for Jamie Bennell to open the scoring for Swans. Johnson did get the immediate replay for South Fremantle after drawing a free-kick, but it was the visitors who had all the momentum to start the game.
 
Taryce Stewart, David Ellard, Stewart again and then Bennell all added majors for Swans before quarter-time to see them claim a 22-point advantage at the first change.
 
Swan Districts then continued that momentum in the second quarter starting with big man Cary kicking his only goal of the afternoon. Stewart then added a third in mercurial fashion deep in the pocket up against the boundary line.
 

When fourth-gamer Mitch Mackenzie marked and kicked the first goal of his career at the top of the goal square Swans looked to be heading for the big win with a 41-point advantage.
 
However, Swans wouldn’t kick another goal for more than another 60 minutes of playing time with the Bulldogs continuing their habit of setting themselves a big task with a slow start, but being up to it.
 
The turnaround began with Saunders earning a high tackle free-kick and going back to kick truly at the 15-minute mark of the second term. Less than a minute later Jacob Dragovich snapped truly out of congestion and the signs of another comeback were building.
 
Saunders then came out charging on a late, attacking the ball like a steam train to take the chest mark and go back to kick his second. With Johnson then adding his second and Dell'Olio his first before half-time, South Fremantle was right back in the contest just 10 points down at the long break.
 
Swans might have had the breeze again in the third term, but they couldn’t capitalise with the pressure and intensity of the Bulldogs having dramatically lifted all over the field.
 

It resulted in two crucial goals into the breeze for the quarter Schloithe and Florenca to see South Fremantle hold a narrow one-point lead.
 
Swan Districts did make things interesting to regain the lead with the opening goal of the last term when Ellard kicked his second, but it wouldn’t last.
 
Hams kicked a beauty from deep in the pocket on the wrong side for a left-footer to draw scores level and then they moved ahead with a second for the day to Dell'Olio.
 
Shaun Bewick then earned a free-kick directly in front and kicked truly to make the margin 14 points. It then became 21 when Marlion Pickett got one to roll through that he kicked from the centre square at the 23-minute mark.
 
South Fremantle was finishing all over Swan Districts by that stage and kicked three more goals through Florenca, Dell'Olio and Shaw to run out 40-point winners having been 41 down midway through the second quarter.
 
The day began at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with the colts contest that saw Swan Districts defeat South Fremantle 12.9 (81) to 6.8 (44).
 
Thomas Weston and Luke Moore kicked two goals each for South Fremantle.
 
Ryan Burrows racked up 28 possessions for the Bulldogs, Regan Spooner 27, Kyle Hamersley 18, Enrique Aiken-Featherstone 18, Bruno Faulkner 17 and Brodie Plunkett 17.
 
Then in the reserves at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, the ladder-leading South Fremantle kicked four goals to one in the last quarter to come away with the 8.11 (59) to 4.10 (34) victory.
 
Matthew Gundry, Mitch Dzelebdzic and Zac Strom all kicked two goals each for South Fremantle with the latter adding 20 possessions and five marks.
 
Tom Vandeleur amassed 34 possessions for the Bulldogs, Matthew Parker 26, Brandon Donaldson 25, Chad Pearson 24, Josh Collard 22, Kyle Russell 19, Jarrod Parry 18 and Andre Coutinho 18.
 
South Fremantle will look to continue its winning form next Saturday heading to Busselton to take on an East Perth team needing to win to stay in the race for the finals in 2017.
 
SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.3 6.6 8.8 15.13 (103)
SWAN DISTRICTS 5.1 8.4 8.8 9.9 (63)
 
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Dell'Olio 3; Johnson, Saunders, Florenca 2; Hams, Pickett, Shaw, Bewick, Dragovich, Schloithe.
Best: Edwards, Maskos, Main, Cook, Hockey, Schloithe, Kelly.
SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Stewart 3; Bennell, Ellard 2; Mackenzie, Cary.
Best: Notte, Gault, Ellard, Faulkner, Stewart, Turner.