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Match Day Info – Qualifying Final

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 9:03 AM

SOUTH Fremantle is back to Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday to open the 2017 AHG WAFL Finals hosting the Qualifying Final against Peel Thunder.

The Bulldogs finished the WAFL season in second position on the ladder with a 16-4 record and having won nine straight matches to set up Saturday's clash with the reigning premiers at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

The game bounces down at 2.10pm with finals in the colts and reserves to be played earlier in the day at the ground. The league contest will be shown live on 7mate from 2pm.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Round 23

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:25 AM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say following the Round 23 victory against Peel Thunder in Mandurah and looking ahead to this Saturday's WAFL qualifying final against the same opponent at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

QUESTION: This was always going to be an interesting in games in terms of nothing riding on the result, but if you can keep playing well and beat the team you are playing the next week in a final it's never a bad thing?
It's a funny one with how to approach when you don’t have much to gain and we were a bit sluggish early but I thought in the second half we played some pretty good footy and we are going into the finals in pretty good shape.

Q: Did you treat it just like any other game or how did you approach it?
We obviously wanted to win and we've been pretty consistent so realistically the result takes care of itself if you play the right way. There were a few areas we identified in the first half we could get better at but the second half was better.

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Bulldogs make it nine straight heading into finals

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 6:57 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle will enter the WAFL finals for 2017 on a nine-game winning streak after beating Peel Thunder by 34 points in Mandurah on Saturday.
The two teams were already guaranteed of finishing second and third on the WAFL ladder at the end of the home and away season regardless of what happened in Mandurah on Saturday.
With them also set to face each other in the first week of the finals, it was always going to be intriguing how the teams went about the contest as well.
In the end, it was a tight affair for three quarters before South Fremantle kicked six goals to two in the last quarter to run out 18.12 (120) to 12.14 (86) victors.
The victory saw South Fremantle win the annual Gary Holland Cup and finish the season with nine consecutive victories and in second position on the WAFL ladder with a 16-4 record.
Peel Thunder finishes third at 12-8 to qualify for a third successive finals appearance.
The two teams will lock horns again this Saturday in the qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with the winner to play Subiaco the following week in the second semi-final at Leederville Oval.
South Fremantle came into the game off the bye last weekend and on an eight-game winning streak with second position secured, but the Bulldogs still wanted to stay in good form and enter the following week's qualifying final with some momentum.
They did that with the 34-point win on the back of the six-goal to two final quarter.
Mason Shaw ended up kicking four goals from 13 possessions and seven marks with Cory Dell'Olio booting three majors, Steve Verrier two, Ben Saunders two and Matt Parker two.
Brock Higgins' day ended early in the ruck after copping a slight knock but Zac Strom covered well and had 14 disposals, six marks and 24 hit outs.
South Fremantle's midfield was tremendous led once again by two of the Sandover Medal favourites, Tim Kelly and Haiden Schloithe. Kelly ended up with 26 possessions, 11 tackles, six marks and a goal with Schloithe contributing 26 disposals, seven marks and a goal.
They had plenty of help too with Steve Verrier racking up 25 touches, Shane Hockey 24, Ryan Cook 19 and Dylan Main 18 to go with 12 tackles.
The back-line held up strongly even with the absence of Marlion Pickett and Jason Maskos. Blayne Wilson made a strong return with 17 possessions and seven marks as did Josh Pullman while Steven Edwards had another 18 disposals and six marks, Chad Pearson 19 touches and five marks, and Shaun Bewick 17 possessions, nine marks and a goal.
Peel made the perfect start to the contest with Josh Deluca kicking truly after just a minute. The Bulldogs did answer with a good set shot from Blaine Johnson but the Thunder got the next through Brad McGowan.
South Fremantle got back in front with the next two from Cory Dell'Olio and the Bulldogs went into quarter-time two points in front as both teams continued to trade goals.
It was more of the same in the second term with four goals apiece that ended up seeing South Fremantle lead by four points at the main break.
Rival skippers Gerald Ugle and Ryan Cook kicked goals for their sides to open the second half but when Haiden Schloithe kicked truly at the 15-minute mark of the third, South Fremantle went in front and would stay there.
Up until then, the lead had changed hands 13 times between the two sides and being all square on another couple of occasions.
The Bulldogs kicked three of the last four goals of the third time and then six to two in the last, and five of the last six majors of the contest to run out 34-point victors.
South Fremantle's colts saw its season come to a close on Saturday at Bendigo Bank Stadium with Peel Thunder winning 11.7 (73) to 9.8 (62).
Jarren Colpitts kicked three goals for the Bulldogs, Jonathon Frampton two and Luke Moore two.
Captain Bruno Faulkner collected 25 possessions, Matthew Ward 24, Jack Musika 22, Alex Cabassi 18 and Frampton 17.
South Fremantle's colts finish the season in seventh position with an 8-12 record.
South Fremantle's ladder-leading reserves then won its 16 match of the season thrashing Peel Thunder 18.13 (121) to 5.3 (33) at Bendigo Bank Stadium.
Daniel Burke kicked five goals for South Fremantle and Mitch Dzelebdzic two.
Jake Florenca amassed 42 possessions for the Bulldogs, Jarrod Parry 30, Kyle Russell 30, Jesse Musika 25, Brandon Donaldson 24, Andrew Coutinho 24, Josh Collard 21, Chris Ah Siu 20, Seaton Thompson 19 and Caleb Datson 19.
South Fremantle's reserves have earned the rest in the first week of the finals before taking on the winner of the Claremont-Subiaco clash in the second semi-final.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.1 8.4 12.11 18.12 (120)
PEEL THUNDER 3.5 7.6 10.10 12.14 (86)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Shaw 4; Dell'Olio 3; S Verrier, Saunders, Parker 2; Schloithe, Bewick, Kelly, Johnson, Cook.
Best: Kelly, Schloithe, S Verrier, Hockey, Shaw, Edwards, Pearson, Main.
PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Jetta 3; Ugle 2; O'Brien, Lawler, McGowan, Bell, Milward, Kirby, Deluca.
Best: O'Brien, Walsh, Logue, Hancock, Jetta, Deluca.

Round 23 Preview v Peel Thunder

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 1:26 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle is back from the bye and looking to continue its winning run and stretching it to nine entering the finals ahead of Saturday's clash with Peel Thunder in the WAFL final round on Saturday at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

The two teams are guaranteed to finish second and third respectively come the end of the home and away season no matter what happens in Mandurah on Saturday.

That means that South Fremantle will be hosting Peel Thunder in next week's qualifying final on Saturday afternoon at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

That sets the stage for a trial run for both clubs on Saturday at Bendigo Bank Stadium, but winning form is always preferred heading into any finals campaign and a potential psychological blow could be struck if one team is able to get hold of the other in the contest.

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Player Column – Josh Pullman Round 23

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM - by Josh Pullman

WITH one game remaining in the home and away season, the business end of the year has arrived. 

This week, we’re up against Peel down at Bendigo Bank Stadium. 

I’m of the opinion that people who believe games like this are just a formality before finals time haven’t grasped the importance of momentum and confidence in sport. 

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Efficient Bulldogs win eighth straight with victory over Tigers

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 3:45 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle started on fire, kicked away with the breeze again in the third quarter and came away with an eighth straight win on Saturday beating a desperate Claremont by 32 points at Claremont Oval.
South Fremantle came into the clash at Claremont Oval unable to move from second position on the ladder but there were plenty of pressure on for spots at the Bulldogs meaning no player in the 22 will be looking to drop their form over the last three weeks.
Meanwhile, Claremont just had to win to stay a realistic finals chance in 2017 setting the stage for a terrific contest. 
South Fremantle was able to better take advantage of the breeze at Claremont Oval with six goals to one in the first quarter, and the only five goals of the third term to set up the eventual 14.9 (93) to 8.13 (61) victory.
The win is an eighth straight on the season for South Fremantle with the Bulldogs improving to a 15-4 record as they gear up for the qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
South Fremantle came into the game without Haiden Schloithe along with key defenders Blayne Wilson and Josh Pullman with Jason Maskos also having his day ended early.
But the Bulldogs covered the absence of the star foursome well even if key forwards Ben Saunders and Mason Shaw were also held to just the one goal between them.
Cory Dell'Olio made a blistering start to the game with three goals in the opening 12 minutes and he went on to kick four for the afternoon to go with 18 possessions, four marks and four tackles.
Blaine Johnson and Tom Vandeleur each kicked two goals for the Bulldogs.
It was a new look South Fremantle defence without Wilson, Pullman and Maskos, but Zac Strom returned and played the key role well with Beau Maister held goalless for Claremont. 
Adam McIntosh was strong with 14 possessions and six marks while Chad Pearson was impressive with 13 disposals and six marks. Steven Edwards provided good run again with 16 possessions.
Brock Higgins celebrated his 100th WAFL game with another strong performance in the ruck for South Fremantle with 17 possessions and 21 hit outs.
Tim Kelly worked hard again with another impressive display with a team-high 24 possessions and a goal while Ashton Hams returned to pick up 22 disposals. Dylan Main also had 21 touches, nine marks, eight tackles and a goal.
Brendan Verrier had 20 touches for the Bulldogs, Shane Hockey 17 and Steve Verrier 17 to go with six tackles, five marks and a goal.
Claremont ended up having 74 more possessions and 28 more marks than South Fremantle, but they were far too inefficient with the ball going inside-50 on seven less occasions and having two fewer scoring shots.
Starts might not have been South Fremantle's strong suit in recent times, but the Bulldogs were kicking with the handy breeze in the first quarter on Saturday at Claremont Oval and took full advantage.
Cory Dell'Olio kicked two quick goals for the Bulldogs before Tom Vandeleur added two more in quick succession. Dell'Olio then added a third and South Fremantle already had five goals on the board in the opening 12 minutes.
That soon became six in 18 minutes when Shaun Bewick kicked truly before Claremont got the last goal of the opening quarter thanks to Zac Langdon to cut South Fremantle quarter-time advantage to 28 points.
Claremont did come out with the breeze behind them in the second term and kicked the first goal through Matt Guelfi to close to within 21 points. 
South Fremantle managed to respond thanks to Tim Kelly. Guelfi added another for Claremont but the Bulldogs again answers through Blaine Johnson.
But the Tigers finished the half strong with goals to Oliver Eastland and Ian Richardson to be just 10 points down at the main break.
South Fremantle regained the breeze again in the third quarter and the Bulldogs took full toll with the only five goals courtesy of Steve Verrier, Ben Saunders, Johnson, Dell'Olio and Ashton Hams to hold a match-winning 45-point advantage by three quarter-time.
The Bulldogs lead grew to 50 points 10 minutes into the last quarter when Dylan Main kicked truly. Even though Claremont kicked the game's last three goals with two to Richardson and another to Ryan Murphy, that only cut South Fremantle's final winning margin to 32 points.
South Fremantle's colts continued its impressive finish to the season as well. Even though the Bulldogs look like just falling short of playing finals, they managed to upset Claremont 5.7 (37) to 4.10 (34) at Claremont Oval on Saturday.
Thomas Weston and Luke Moore booted two goals apiece for the Bulldogs.
Matthew Ward gathered 21 possessions, Regan Spooner 21, Zane Sumich 21, Toby McQuilkin 20, Jack Musika 19, Alex Cabassi 18, Ryan Burrows 18, Michael Redman 18, Bruno Faulkner 17, Glen Byron 17 and James Russell 17.
South Fremantle's big men were also impressive with Jacob Warne finishing with 17 touches, five marks and 28 hit outs, and Jonathon Frampton 18 possessions and eight hit outs.
Claremont's reserves managed to come away with a thrilling 8.6 (54) to 7.11 (53) victory against South Fremantle at Claremont Oval, but the Bulldogs remain three games clear on top of the ladder with two rounds and one game remaining.
Josh Collard and Seaton Thompson kicked two goals apiece for South Fremantle.
Jake Florenca showed how desperately he wants back in the Bulldogs league side with 33 possessions, 11 marks, 11 tackles and six inside-50 entries.
Collard also had 25 disposals for South Fremantle, Kyle Russell 25, Chris Ah Siu 19, Daniel Cabassi 19 and Jesse Musika 19.
Josh Branchi had 13 touches, five marks and 25 hit outs in the ruck with support from Jake Solomon who had 11 touches, four marks and 12 hit outs.
South Fremantle now has the bye this weekend on its eight-game winning streak before taking on Peel Thunder in the final round at Bendigo Bank Stadium in what is shaping up like a preview of the following week's qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 6.1 8.1 13.7 14.9 (93)
CLAREMONT 1.3 5.9 5.10 8.13 (61)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Dell'Olio 4; Johnson, Vandeleur 2; Bewick, Kelly, S Verrier, Main, Saunders, Hams.
Best: Dell'Olio, Kelly, McIntosh, S Verrier, Main, Hams, Strom.
CLAREMONT – Goals: Richardson 3; Guelfi 2; Eastland, R Murphy, Langdon.
Best: R Murphy, Busher, Bolton, J Murphy, Hamp, Richardson, Hardisty.

Round 21 Preview v Claremont

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:41 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle heads to Claremont Oval to take on a desperate Claremont on Saturday with the Bulldogs shooting for an eighth straight victory to continue to gear up for the upcoming finals campaign.

Claremont returns to its redeveloped home of Claremont Oval on Saturday hosting South Fremantle and needing to win to stay in contention for the finals.

It is a big task for the Tigers up against an in-form Bulldogs team who are on a seven-game winning streak to have guaranteed second position and a home qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

South Fremantle might not be able to move from second position but will want to ensure it enters the finals in good form on top of there being plenty of pressure within the team for spots so the Bulldogs still have plenty to play for.

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Higgins' passion for Bulldogs shines ahead of 100th game

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 10:37 AM - by Chris Pike

HAVING come to terms with the West Coast-aligned East Perth not being the place for him, Brock Higgins almost moved to Melbourne but he was persuaded to join South Fremantle and as he approaches his 100th WAFL game he admits it's the best decision he ever made.

Higgins had shown good signs as an emerging big man at East Perth but after missing out on selection in the finals in 2013 having played 14 games during the home and away season, he was on the lookout for a new home.

Initially he thought he would move to Melbourne, but then South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby was persuasive enough to make him decide to join the Bulldogs and four years later, he couldn’t be happier with the decision he made.

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Bulldogs confirm second position and home qualifying final

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 6:08 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle is guaranteed of finishing in second position on the WAFL ladder for a second straight season but there's no danger of complacency as coach Todd Curley looks to ensure the Bulldogs are firing come finals time.

The Bulldogs have now won their past seven matches since a one-goal loss to reigning premiers Peel Thunder to be guaranteed of finishing in second spot.

Those wins against West Perth, Perth, Claremont, Swan Districts, East Perth, West Perth and East Fremantle have come at an average of 49.1 points to see South Fremantle currently sit on a 14-4 record.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Round 20

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 9:51 PM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley said following Saturday's 45-point win against East Fremantle that was the Bulldogs' seventh straight victory heading into this Saturday's clash with Claremont at Claremont Oval.

QUESTION: They threw everything at you as you knew they would but I think you'd be happy with the solid win?
I thought we were alright but we don’t take a great deal out of the game to be honest with all respect to the opposition. I didn’t think we were at our best.

Q: Brock Higgins had another huge game in the ruck?
He competed pretty hard but we probably didn’t make the most of his work. We probably could have been a bit better because as far as clearances go, it was pretty even for the day so we have some stuff to work on for sure.

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