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Bulldogs make it 7 straight with 45-point derby victory

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 12:44 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle had to overcome a spirited East Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday but came away with the 45-point win to make it seven on the trot this WAFL season.
Following South Fremantle's 145-point WA Day Foundation Derby hammering of East Fremantle, neither team expected anything close to the same coming into Saturday's contest in the last derby contest of 2017.
East Fremantle certainly was far more committed and looked capable of being vastly more competitive, which they were, but South Fremantle went on goal kicking sprees at the end of the opening three quarters to maintain a handy lead.
That ended up seeing South Fremantle come away with the solid 22.9 (141) to 15.6 (96) victory with the margin exactly 100 points fewer than back on WA Day at East Fremantle Oval.
East Fremantle's cause wasn’t helped with the loss of Josh Cuneo and George Hampson to hamstring injuries, but South Fremantle also lost centre half-back Blayne Wilson to a hamstring complaint of his own.
The victory was a seventh straight on the season for South Fremantle with the Bulldogs improving to a 14-4 record and guaranteed of finishing in second position, hosting a qualifying final and having a finals double chance.
By being more competitive and losing by just 45 points with Perth going down to Claremont at the same time by 99, East Fremantle again got off the bottom of the ladder courtesy of percentage.
Brock Higgins again shone in the ruck for South Fremantle delivering just about his second straight best on ground performance in his 99th WAFL appearance. He ended the day with 22 possessions, 52 hit outs, eight inside-50 entries, six tackles and four marks.
South Fremantle's midfielders benefited greatly from his good work with Shane Hockey racking up another 31 possessions, Tim Kelly 30 (seven tackles, six inside 50s, one goal) and Dylan Main 22 (seven tackles, one goal).
Steven Edwards continued his blistering form out of defence not only continuing to do well when required defensively but then compiling 24 possessions, five tackles and a brilliant running goal.
Steve Verrier ended up with 27 disposals for the Bulldogs, Ryan Cook 24, Jarrod Garlett 20, Blaine Johnson 19, Mason Shaw 18 (nine marks), Matthew Parker 17 and Tom Vandeleur 17.
Shaw also kicked four goals for South Fremantle, Ben Saunders three in his 100th WAFL appearance, Haiden Schloithe two, Cory Dell'Olio two, Johnson two, Cook two, Parker two and Vandeleur two. They were Vandeleur's first two goals for the Bulldogs since returning to the club to start 2016.
East Fremantle came out a spirited outfit and desperate to make up for what happened back on WA Day while also having the motivation of still being able to avoid the wooden spoon in 2017. On the back of that the Sharks kicked the first two goals of the contest thanks to Jonathon Marsh and Ambrose Ryan.
It took 10 minutes for South Fremantle to kick its first goal and it was last week's debutant Parker who continued from where he left off by taking a strong mark and kicking truly.
But East Fremantle responded with the next two goals through Matthew Watson and captain Jamie McNamara to give the Sharks an impressive start with four of the first five goals of the game.
South Fremantle was able to stem the tide, though, and with the last three goals of the first term in the final eight minutes thanks to Vandeleur, Shaw and then a second Parker and scores were all tied up at quarter-time.
The Bulldogs then continued that momentum to start the second term firstly when captain Cook was left alone at centre half-forward to kick truly from just inside-50. Schloithe then showed his forward-line nous to mark on the lead and go back to goal.
That saw South Fremantle lead by 12 points having kicked five goals in succession but East Fremantle wasn’t going to go away on this occasion. The Sharks kicked the next three goals through Jack Perham, Hampson and Tom Bennett to be back on top to the tune of seven points.
Again the Bulldogs responded late in the quarter with the last four goals in the space of five minutes with Dell'Olio, Shaw, Cook and Vandeleur all booting majors to give the home team a 19-point advantage at half-time.
South Fremantle then started the third quarter strongly to make it six goals on the trot after Schloithe and Johnson both kicked early majors. That saw the Bulldogs go from seven points down 21 minutes into the second term to leading by 31 points five minutes into the third.
East Fremantle big men Cameron Symonds and Watson did combine for their team's three goals in the third term, but South Fremantle pulled away again late with four goals in the final six minutes with Main, Dell'Olio, Johnson and Saunders all helping give the Bulldogs a 45-point buffer.
Both teams managed to kick five goals apiece in an attacking and free-flowing final quarter but in the end the final margin was the same as it was at three quarter-time with South Fremantle winning by 45 points.
South Fremantle's colts began the day impressively at Fremantle Community Bank Oval upsetting the ladder-leading East Fremantle with the 14.8 (92) to 11.8 (74) victory.
Lachlan Feeney, Jonathon Frampton and Kyle Hamersley all kicked three goals each or South Fremantle with Ryan Burrows booting two.
Feeney also gathered 21 disposals for the Bulldogs, Matthew Ward 19, Jarren Colpitts 18, Zane Sumich 18, Burrows 16 and Hamersley 16.
South Fremantle's ladder-leading reserves also had a strong 18.17 (125) to 8.4 (52) win over East Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.
Jarrod Parry, Daniel Burke, Andre Coutinho, Caleb Datson and Mitch Dzelebdzic all booted two goals apiece for South Fremantle.
Brendan Verrier racked up 41 possessions, Jake Florenca 33, Parry 29, Josh Collard 26, Kyle Russell 20, Datson 19, Brandon Donaldson 18 and Zac Strom 18.
Josh Branchi was impressive in his first full game back from a knee reconstruction with 21 disposals, 10 marks and 33 hit outs.
South Fremantle is guaranteed of finishing in second position and of hosting the qualifying final in the opening week of the finals. 
But with plenty of pressure on for spots in the Bulldogs team, there will be no taking it easy over the last two games starting on Saturday against a desperate Claremont at Claremont Oval.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.1 10.4 17.8 22.9 (141)
EAST FREMANTLE 4.1 7.3 10.5 15.6 (96)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Shaw 4; Saunders 3; Schloithe, Dell'Olio, Johnson, Vandeleur, Cook, Parker 2; Kelly, Edwards, Main.
Best: Higgins, Edwards, Hockey, Kelly, Verrier, Shaw, Cook.
EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: Watson 4; Perham 3; McNamara, Marsh, Hampson, Schofield, Symonds, Kalajzic, Bennett, Ryan.
Best: Marsh, Watson, Schofield, Stephen, Jupp, Perham.

Round 20 Preview v East Fremantle

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 3:34 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle is looking to extend its winning run to seven this WAFL season and to four against East Fremantle in the last derby of 2017 on Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

South Fremantle looks all but secured of finishing in second position come the end of the season entering Saturday's derby at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with a 13-4 record and six-game winning streak.

That puts the Bulldogs in prime position to host a qualifying final in the first week of the finals and to have a finals double chance. 

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Saunders focused on team success ahead of 100th game

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 12:25 AM - by Chris Pike

HAVING originally come to South Fremantle for opportunity, Ben Saunders couldn’t be more passionate and dedicated to the Bulldogs and that's why he's turned himself into the ultimate team player in the hopes of achieving premiership glory.

The Mt Barker native began his career at Claremont coming through the ranks as a supremely talented goalkicker capable of kicking big bags, kicking the impossible goals and taking spectacular marks.

The only problem was he was trying to break in to begin his league career at the wrong time at Claremont. 

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Match Day Info – Round 20

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 6:43 PM

SOUTH Fremantle plays its last home game of the home and away season at Fremantle Community Bank Oval against East Fremantle on Saturday with the Uittenbroek-Ciccotosto Cup on the line.

The Bulldogs have enjoyed the opening two derbies of 2017 so far winning on ANZAC Day and in the WA Day Foundation Derby, and now Saturday is the third and final meeting for the season between WA football's longest and fiercest rivals.

The game will be played for the Uittenbroek-Ciccotosto Cup named in honour of two of the great servants of both clubs, East Fremantle's Bob Uittenbroek and South Fremantle's Brian Ciccotosto.

South Fremantle will also be celebrating its 1997 premiership on the day that saw the Bulldogs score one of the most remarkable grand final wins in WAFL history storming home to defeat East Fremantle.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Round 19

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:55 PM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say following the 47-point Round 19 WAFL victory against West Perth at Fremantle Community Bank Oval that was the Bulldogs' sixth straight win this season and sixth consecutive against the Falcons.

QUESTION: Another pretty solid four-quarter performance against a team that's in the finals mix?
Yeah I thought we were pretty good over the four quarters. We probably had a couple of little lapses here and there, and we still have some work to do on some of our defensive stuff. We were a bit disappointed to let them get a couple of goals too easily. But we still kicked 20 goals and were pretty even.

Q: It didn’t seem like there was too much in the game except you making the most of your chances up forward?
A lot of our shots were in quite deep and close to goal as well so we got it into the right positions in those conditions and were able to put them under pressure. It's a really good result and we'll move forward from it.

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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.

Broadcast – HFM (107.3FM), Footy Radio (WAFL App)


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.

Saturday July 29, 2.15pm
Fremantle Community Bank Oval

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

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.  

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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. 

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.