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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.

Round 17 Preview v Swan Districts

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 7:10 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle is back to Fremantle Community Bank Oval to take on Swan Districts on Saturday looking for a fourth straight WAFL win and to retain the John Todd Cup.

It looms as a fascinating contest between two clubs who would be expected to be playing finals in 2017 from here.

Both teams come into the game at the port in tremendous form as well with South Fremantle having beaten West Perth, Perth and Claremont the past three games to improve to a 10-4 record and to be solid in second position on the ladder.

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Player Column – Tim Kelly Round 17

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 3:31 PM - by Tim Kelly

MY life away from footy is fairly different from most of my teammates but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I have a family of my own and I've been with my beautiful partner Caitlin going on six years now and we have a beautiful baby boy, our little son Tykeem who will be two in September.

Life changes pretty quickly when you settle down and have kids obviously but I love the fact that I'm a dad, and a young dad. I really enjoy everything about being a dad and I love my little son. He means the world to me.

A lot of the boys here at the footy club are still going out a lot and loving life, but I'm happy that I have a family to go home to and I can live through them a little bit. I enjoy some of the stories they can come back with but at the end of the day my responsibility is my family and my boy is nearly two now, so he's passed the point of where he needs attention 100 per cent of the time from both parents so we can get out and socialise every now and then. I love having them to come home to, it's as simple as that.

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Match Day Info – Round 17

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:37 AM

SOUTH Fremantle is back at Fremantle Community Bank Oval this Saturday to host the fourth placed Swan Districts with the John Todd Cup on the line.

With the Bulldogs celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the 1997 premiership next month, it's only fitting that this Saturday's clash with Swans will be for the John Todd Cup named in honour of the man who coached the Bulldogs to that triumph.

Of course he was also the youngest ever Sandover Medallist during his playing career at South Fremantle while also coaching Swan Districts to a hat-trick of premierships in 1982, 83 and 84.

So not only does Saturday's game pay tribute to a legend of West Australian football, but it's a crucial clash for both teams currently occupying two of the top four spots in the WAFL nearing the business end of the 2017 season.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley NAIDOC Round

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:22 AM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say following the Bulldogs' NAIDOC Round victory against Claremont at Claremont Oval to further consolidate second position in the WAFL.

QUESTION: Again a slow start but you would have been really pleased with the response after quarter-time?
ANSWER:
Obviously we were pretty slow at the start but to their credit, they really came out and challenged us. We were pretty ill-disciplined early and gave away a heap of free-kicks and going five goals to one down was a bit disappointing. But even in the first quarter over the last 10 minutes I thought we started to get to work a bit. 

Q: You gave away five off the ball free kicks in the first quarter. They made it a real focus to try and rattle you, were you pleased you fixed that up after quarter-time?
A:
It's just all about learning. We still have a fair few young guys in the team and they might have played a fair bit of footy, but deep down they are still young guys and will come up against new experiences every week. They got challenged a bit physically early and probably didn’t deal with it the right way. And a lot of the time it can be the guy who reacts that gets caught out. But it's another opportunity to learn and I think from the 20-minute mark of the first quarter we were OK in that regard.

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Bulldogs show bite to beat Tigers by 25 points

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 2:11 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle scored its first win at Claremont Oval since 2008, its first victory in NAIDOC Round since 2009 and Haiden Schloithe celebrated his 100th game as best on ground as the Bulldogs beat Claremont by 25 points on Saturday.
 
Claremont was back to Claremont Oval where it won three straight games at its redeveloped home prior to last week's loss to Peel at Bendigo Bank Stadium with the Tigers also having dominated the annual NAIDOC Round fixtures against South Fremantle since 2007.
 
The Tigers looked on track to keep both those runs going with a terrific start in the first quarter with five goals to one. They also did well getting under the skin of the Bulldogs who gave away from free-kicks off the ball.
 
But South Fremantle steadied from there kicking 13 goals to five after quarter-time to take out the 14.7 (91) to 10.6 (66) victory.
 
The win was South Fremantle's first in the NAIDOC Round against Claremont since 2009 and is the first win for the Bulldogs at Claremont Oval since 2008.
 
It improves South Fremantle to a 10-4 record on the season to remain clear in second position while Claremont remains in sixth spot at 6-8.
 
Haiden Schloithe was the star of the day for South Fremantle kicking a career-best five goals to go with a team-high 27 possessions with eight marks, five inside-50 entries and four tackles to celebrate his 100th WAFL appearance.
 
Having started in the midfield, Schloithe moved forward in the second quarter and was a catalyst in South Fremantle turning the game around. All day, he appeared the most dangerous forward on the ground even though he did well also when further up the field.
 
His partner in crime Tim Kelly received plenty of close attention from Baily Banfield but handled it well ending up with 25 possessions, five tackles and a goal including a host of dazzling runs through the middle of the ground.
 
Shane Hockey's form on the ball for South Fremantle is building nicely too and he had 24 possessions and eight tackles while Ryan Cook finished with 21 disposals, Dylan Main 20, Brendan Verrier 19, Jacob Dragovich 19 and Ashton Hams 19.
 
Jake Florenca stepped up to kick a career-best three goals for South Fremantle as well with Ben Saunders and Blaine Johnson kicking two goals apiece from limited opportunities.
 
South Fremantle's back-line held up tremendously with Josh Pullman and Blayne Wilson combining to limit Beau Maister and Eddie Simpson to a combined one goal, five kicks and three marks.
 
Steven Edwards also not only held CJ Oakley to five kicks and one goal, but was dynamic with 16 possessions, six marks and a goal as was Marlion Pickett with 15 disposals.
 
Claremont was back to its familiar surroundings of Claremont Oval where it won three straight games prior to last week's loss to Peel in Mandurah, and the Tigers got off to a terrific start on Saturday against the Bulldogs.
 
The Tigers kicked the game's opening goal at the seven-minute mark courtesy of Alex Manuel before Ian Richardson added his first and celebrated in his trademark fashion.
 
Claremont really had the better of the opening when premiership defender Jesse Laurie kicked just the seventh goal of his career and first since Round 24, 2013.
 
When Richardson booted his second as he played on from a free-kick and took the advantage, the Tigers had made a flying start with four goals on the board with just one behind to South Fremantle.
 
Saunders did get South Fremantle on the board against his former team but Claremont had all the answers and responded through ruckman Mitch Andrews directly after the Saunders goal.
 
Claremont received a free-kick and 50m penalty after South Fremantle ill-discipline in the first quarter proved costly. Andrews kicked the goal as a result and Claremont went into quarter-time leading by 24 points.
 
After trailing Perth by 29 points late in the first quarter two weeks ago and Peel by 46 points at half-time back in Round 12, South Fremantle was making a bit of a habit of the slow starts that continued Saturday.
 
But the Bulldogs have also been able to turn that around including on those two occasions to end up beating Perth by 110 points and only narrowly miss coming back to beat the Thunder.
 
And by 10 minutes into the second term against Claremont, South Fremantle was right back into the contest following goals to Schloithe, Florenca and then Schloithe again as he spent time deep in attack in his 100th game.
 
Claremont did get a steadying goal to Matt Guelfi to again lead by 12 points but South Fremantle had found some momentum that continued with Johnson's first touch of the game that turned into a good goal.
 
Florenca then kicked a good crumbing goal soon after to level scores and another to Edwards against his former side saw the Bulldogs take an eight-point lead into the long break.
 
It was a tight opening to the third term before Maister marked strongly and kicked truly on the counterattack for the Tigers. Claremont briefly claimed a narrow lead before again Schloithe bobbed up when resting out of the goal square to kick two goals in three minutes.
 
When Kelly got on the end of a tremendous pass from Johnson to run into an open goal, South Fremantle had taken control to be 17 points up at three quarter-time.
 
South Fremantle went further in front when Johnson nailed a tough shot from the same pocket that West Perth's Corey Chalmers narrowly missed his attempted match-winner two weeks ago.
 
A couple of Claremont goals from CJ Oakley and Richardson gave the home team a glimmer of hope, but that was squashed with a good running goal for South Fremantle from Florenca and then a huge mark from Saunders that he converted with a good shot on goal.
 
Schloithe capped his 100-game milestone by kicking his fifth goal before Nick Winmar brought the final margin to 25 points with a goal for Claremont after the siren.
 
Claremont opened the day at Claremont Oval with an 11.14 (80) to 6.7 (43) victory in the colts against South Fremantle.
 
Thomas Weston, Jacob Warne, Brodie Plunkett, Glenn Byron, Kyle Hamersley and Zane Sumich were the goal scorers for South Fremantle.
 
Captain Bruno Faulkner racked up 29 possessions for the Bulldogs, Matthew Ward 23 and Warne 17 to go with 32 hit outs.
 
Then in the reserves at Claremont Oval, the top-of-the-table South Fremantle overcame Claremont with a 13.9 (87) to 9.8 (62) victory.
 
Mitch Dzelebdzic had a day out for the Bulldogs kicking seven goals while Jarrod Garlett chimed in with two to go with 30 possessions, 10 marks, 10 tackles and seven entries inside-50. Zac De San Miguel also booted two majors.
 
Jarrod Parry amassed 33 disposals for South Fremantle, Chad Pearson 23, Kyle Russell 21, Matthew Parker 21, Andre Coutinho 20, Jesse Musika 20, Josh Collard 19 and Tom Vandeleur 18.
 
South Fremantle now looks ahead to taking on Swan Districts next Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval looking for a measure of revenge for a disappointing Round 2 loss at Steel Blue Oval.
 
SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.1 7.5 10.5 14.7 (91)
CLAREMONT 5.1 6.3 7.6 10.6 (66)
 
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Schloithe 5; Florenca 3; Saunders, Johnson 2; Kelly, Edwards.
Best: Schloithe, Kelly, Edwards, Hockey, Pullman, Pickett, Cook, Hams.
CLAREMONT – Goals: Richardson 3; Oakley, Maister, Manuel, Laurie, Andrews, Guelfi, Winmar.
Best: Bolton, Busher, Hamp, Lim, Le Fanu, Richardson, Banfield.

NAIDOC Round Preview v Claremont

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:41 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle is back from the WAFL bye to take on Claremont with the Bulldogs looking for a first NAIDOC Round win over the Tigers since 2009 and a first win at Claremont Oval since 2008.

Claremont and South Fremantle have now done battle in NAIDOC Round contests since 2007 to celebrate their Indigenous heritage.

The Tigers have dominated those contests as well but Saturday's clash at Claremont Oval has plenty riding on it for both clubs.

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