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Round 7 Preview v East Perth

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 8:47 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle heads to Leederville Oval on Saturday to take on an in-form East Perth with the equally on fire Bulldogs out to make it five consecutive WAFL wins to secure second position on the ladder.

It shapes as a tantalising match up between two teams who were in terrific form prior to last week's break for the State game when the Royals and Bulldogs meet at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

East Perth and South Fremantle both started their respective seasons with losses to Subiaco but since then neither has suffered defeats and have won four games in succession.

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Player Column – Brock Higgins State Game

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:02 AM - by Brock Higgins

LOOKING back on everything to do with the State game last week, it was one of the best experiences I've had in footy. 

At the start it can be a bit awkward at training and getting to know the blokes, but as the week built last week and we spent more time together, you get to know everyone a bit better and the excitement comes into the group about what you are attempting to do. Then the whole trip over there to go somewhere different and play on Adelaide Oval, which is a pretty massive thing, before a Showdown is huge. 

Then it's a strange one because you are playing against a team who you have no idea who anyone is and they don't know us, and we don’t usually play together. So it was a funny thing but it was a great experience and afterwards getting that win was just amazing with all the WA boys. The night that ensued was pretty good as well.

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Johnson, Higgins instrumental in WAFL win over SANFL

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 4:19 PM - by Chris Pike
BLAINE Johnson and Brock Higgins were both playing their first games for Western Australia and were strong contributors in the eventual 26-point victory against South Australia at Adelaide Oval.
 
Due to a combination of withdrawing through not being 100 per cent fit and missing out on final selection, Johnson and Higgins were the last two South Fremantle left to make the final WAFL team of 23 ahead of Nick Suban, Ashton Hams, Haiden Schloithe, Ben Saunders, Marlion Pickett and Ryan Cook.
 
It was a drought-breaking win for the WAFL in Adelaide as well Johnson and Higgins played significant roles in that final result. Read More ...

WAFL v SANFL – 2018 State Game Preview

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:59 PM - by Chris Pike

BLAINE Johnson and Brock Higgins will both make their debuts representing Western Australia as the WAFL takes on the SANFL in Saturday's State game at Adelaide Oval.

The WAFL State team is attempting to win a sixth straight match when it heads to Adelaide on Saturday with WA trying to beat the Croweaters in Adelaide for the first time since 1994.

While their South Fremantle teammates Ashton Hams, Ben Saunders, Haiden Schloithe, Nick Suban, Ryan Cook and Marlion Pickett won't be making the trip to Adelaide, Higgins and Johnson will be representing the WAFL for the first time.

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Bulldogs keep winning with strong win over Swans

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 1:27 PM - by Chris Pike
DESPITE missing some key players and with Swan Districts providing a good test, South Fremantle continued its impressive form to score a fourth straight win by 14 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.
 
South Fremantle and Swan Districts both played finals in 2017 and aside from a loss to Subiaco apiece in the opening five rounds, had largely been quite impressive to start 2018 heading into Saturday's clash at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
 
The Bulldogs also had to deal with the absence of key players Haiden Schloithe, Ashton Hams, Blayne Wilson and Steven Edwards with Tom Vandeleur, Jarrod Parry and Brendan Verrier already sidelined, but their depth came through against the black-and-whites. Read More ...

Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Round 6

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:25 AM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say following the Bulldogs' 13-point Round 6 WAFL victory against Swan Districts to give them four straight wins heading into the State Game break.

QUESTION: Swan Districts kept challenging you all day, but you kept responding too so I think you'll be really happy with that result?
ANSWER:
We were rapt. Obviously towards the end we conceded a bit more score than we would have liked but we had some challenges with personnel and then Saundo got a bit sore so we took him out. We had a few underdone as well and had seven blokes with 15 games or less. That shows good signs for the future there and Glenn Byron in his first game was good. We have some really young kids out there and I thought our leaders stood up as well so it was good.

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Round 6 Preview v Swan Districts

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:34 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle will look to head into the WAFL State game break on a four-game winning streak when the Bulldogs return to Fremantle Community Bank Oval for the second time in 2018 to host Swan Districts on Saturday.

The Bulldogs and Swans are both coming off some impressive victories too heading into their Round 6 contest at the port that takes on greater significance with the State game break to come next week meaning they will both be desperate to head into that in winning form.

South Fremantle has now won its past three matches against West Perth by eight points, East Fremantle by 94 and Claremont by 27 since a first up loss to Subiaco by 58 points.

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Seven Bulldogs named in WAFL State squad

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:30 AM - by Chris Pike

COMING off two straight preliminary finals appearances and a 3-1 start to the 2018 WAFL season, it's no surprise to see seven South Fremantle players named in the West Australian squad for next Saturday's State match against South Australia in Adelaide.

Ryan Cook, Ashton Hams, Brock Higgins, Blaine Johnson, Ben Saunders, Haiden Schloithe and Nick Suban are the seven players from South Fremantle included in the WAFL squad for next Saturday's clash with the SANFL.

Cook, Hams, Saunders and Schloithe have all combined to play for WA on 14 occasions previously on top of sharing two Simpson Medals while if selected, Higgins, Johnson and Suban will pull on the Black Swans jumper for the first time.

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Bulldogs finish strongly to beat Tigers in Albany

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:23 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle quality shone through late in the game against Claremont in Albany on Saturday with the Bulldogs winning a third straight match this season beating the Tigers by 27 points.
 
It was the fifth time that a WAFL game has been held in Albany since 1989 but the first time at Centennial Stadium following the first four matches in the city were played at Collingwood Park.
 
An impressive crowd of 2664 people turned out to watch the most competitive match of the weekend in the WAFL too with little separating the Tigers and Bulldogs over the first three quarters. Read More ...

Suban settling into WAFL life with the Bulldogs

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 1:49 PM - by Chris Pike

NICK Suban's time in the AFL might have come to an end earlier than he hoped at the end of 2017, but he was only too happy to join South Fremantle to begin the next phase of life and that already has seen named in the Western Australian State squad for next month's clash with South Australia.

For his entire adult life, Suban has known nothing aside from being an AFL football being drafted to the Fremantle Dockers in 2008 from North Ballarat.

In that time, he became a life member at Fremantle by playing 156 games including being part of the 2013 Grand Final team and for most of his time at the Dockers he had been a mainstay of the team.

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