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Bulldogs stars recognised in Team of the Year

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 1:49 AM - by Chris Pike

FIVE South Fremantle players have been named in the Team of the Year and another as an emergency in recognition of the Bulldogs' outstanding 2017 McDonalds WAFL Premiership Season.

Steven Edwards was named in the back pocket of the Team of the Year, Haiden Schloithe and Cory Dell'Olio both on the half-forward flank, Blaine Johnson the forward pocket, Tim Kelly on the ball and then ruckman Brock Higgins as an emergency.

Each round during the season, a Team of the Round was named on, with 192 different players named at least once across the 23 weeks, making them eligible for selection in the overall Team of the Year.

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District Grand Finals to be held this weekend

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:27 PM

OUR junior district grand finals will be held this weekend beginning Friday night and continuing with full days of action on Saturday and Sunday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Here is a run down on each of the grand finals to be played across this weekend:

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley First Semi-Final

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 1:08 PM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say after the Bulldogs' 80-point first semi-final win against Swan Districts and looking ahead to this Sunday's WAFL preliminary final against Subiaco at Leederville with a place in the Grand Final against Peel Thunder at stake.
QUESTION: You always knew Swan Districts would throw everything at you early but to withstand that and kick away from the second quarter onwards must have been pleasing with your season on the line?
I thought the first quarter was pretty even but we were pretty good around the ball and with the ball, but just maybe didn’t defend as well as maybe would have liked. But after quarter-time we had shots on goal and kicked 17 goals to three with a couple of men down for a long time. I thought it was a pretty courageous win.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 10:30 AM - by Tom Bottrell

Dear Members, After a very good performance on Sunday in the 1st Semi-Final, we have at least given ourselves a look at Grand Final day by winning our way to the Preliminary Final this week. 

Subiaco have been a high performance team for the majority of the last decade and have certainly been the stand out team this year, so we know we have a challenging game this week but are really confident that we have the firepower to win the game if we get it right.

I write to you on the back of some vocal opposition to the Fremantle Dockers aligned Peel Thunder Football Club (PTFC) and the talk of supporters boycotting the WAFL Grand Final. Firstly, the ruling around PTFC being able to field a maximum of 15 Fremantle Dockers players in the WAFL finals series is not a new one. We have known about the rule for the best part of 12 months and whether we all agree with or not, it is the rule as it stands in 2017 and our players won’t use this as an excuse for last week’s Qualifying Final loss.

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Dominant Bulldogs reserves win through to Grand Final

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:41 AM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle has been the dominant WAFL reserves team all season and now the Bulldogs are straight into the Grand Final for 2017 after beating Subiaco in the second semi-final at Leederville Oval on Sunday.
Despite having the misfortune of having to give up home ground advantage that was earned during a standout home and away season, the Bulldogs reserves shook off that disappointment on Sunday morning despite the Lions picking up the bonus of getting to play on home turf.
Subiaco had booed a spot in the second semi-final on Sunday by beating Claremont by two points the previous Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval while South Fremantle earned the break in the opening week of the finals having finished the season with a 16-4 record to claim the minor premiership.
The added bonus and incentive for both clubs is that they have their league sides in the finals still as well so there are a host of players in each team desperate to still try and push for a spot in the senior group.
In the end, it was South Fremantle who had greater depth of talent throughout its 22 players with the Bulldogs virtually leading from start to finish to end up winning 11.10 (76) to 5.9 (39).
The win sees South Fremantle move straight into the Grand Final for 2017 in what has been a tremendous performance by first-year coach Paul Litherland.
Subiaco will now take on Claremont in the preliminary final this Sunday to earn the right to play South Fremantle in that Grand Final on Sunday September 24 at Domain Stadium.
There were a host of South Fremantle players who delivered starring performances to show they are ready for a call up into the league side if an opportunity presents.
Brendan Verrier was outstanding for the Bulldogs amassing 39 possessions to go with 10 marks, six tackles, six inside-50 entries and a goal.
Jacob Dragovich returned from a hamstring injury and was superb with 38 disposals, 10 marks, seven tackles, seven inside 50s and a goal.
Jake Florenca also made sure he continued to put his hand up with 28 touches and 10 tackles while Jarrod Parry collected 25 possessions, Andre Coutinho 21, Jesse Musika 19, Kyle Russell 18, Daniel Burke 18 and Brandon Donaldson 17.
David Fiamengo was South Fremantle's only multiple goal-scorer kicking two while Mitch Dzelebdzic worked hard for 17 disposals, six marks and a goal.
Josh Pullman kept South Fremantle's defence together to put his hand up for a league recall for this Sunday's preliminary final against Subiaco at Leederville Oval.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 2.4 6.6 8.9 11.10 (76)
SUBIACO 1.5 3.6 5.7 5.9 (39)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Fiamengo 2; Musika, Dzelebdzic, Thompson, Coutinho, Pearson, Burke, Verrier, Branchi, Dragovich.
Best: Verrier, Dragovich, Florenca, Parry, Pullman, Musika, Coutinho.
SUBIACO – Goals: Nelson, Stevenson 2; Matera.
Best: Stevenson, Parry, Fimmano, Leach, Ainsworth.

Bulldogs return to ominous form to book preliminary final berth

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 4:25 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle bounced back emphatically beating Swan Districts by 80 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in the first semi-final on Sunday kicking 17 of the last 20 goals to advance to the preliminary final against Subiaco.
After having such an impressive home and away season ending with a nine-game winning streak for a 16-4 record and to be in second position, the pressure was back on South Fremantle to beat Swan Districts on Sunday in the first semi-final on home turf.
The Bulldogs had lost by 18 points in the qualifying final last Saturday while Swans were coming in off the high of a strong performance to beat West Perth in the elimination final at Steel Blue Oval last Sunday setting up an intriguing cut-throat contest.
Swans came out and threw everything at the Bulldogs early as well and with Ryan Crowley and David Ellard particularly prominent through the middle, they were able to hold a nine-point advantage early in the second quarter.
But from there South Fremantle regained some of its most impressive form kicking 17 of the game's last 20 goals to end up winning 20.16 (136) to 8.8 (56).
That means the Bulldogs advance to the preliminary final on Sunday against Subiaco at Leederville Oval with the winner to move into the Grand Final for 2017 against Peel Thunder.
The season is over for Swan Districts as are the careers of Tallan Ames, Ryan Crowley and Jamie Bennell along with the coaching tenure of Greg Harding who has been at the helm since 2011.
South Fremantle had a host of players who needed to stand up following the qualifying final loss to Peel, but one of those wasn’t ruckman Brock Higgins and the big man delivered another standout performance up against Corey Gault from Swan Districts.
Higgins finished with 15 possessions and 45 hit outs.
Shane Hockey stood up to deliver a standout performance in the midfield too with 34 disposals, seven inside 50s and five tackles while getting outstanding support from a host of others.
Haiden Schloithe ended up with 32 possessions and two goals, Ashton Hams 26 disposals, Ryan Cook 26 touches and nine marks, Tim Kelly 23 possessions and three goals, and Dylan Main 21 disposals and two goals. Jarrod Garlett also had his good moments with 19 possessions.
South Fremantle's forward-line struggled against Peel but was outstanding against Swan Districts starting with the pressure coming from those forwards. Blaine Johnson also kicked four goals and Ben Saunders three.
Tom Vandeleur played a defensive forward role on Swan Districts big man Tony Notte and did well limiting the 201-game player to 12 touches and four marks while having 11 disposals, five marks and a goal himself.
The Bulldogs' back-line stood tall also with Zac Strom who was outstanding against Swans full-forward Ricky Cary holding him to four kicks and one goal. Blayne Wilson also had 14 disposals and eight marks down back while Jason Maskos held Bennell to one goal and six kicks.
The only downside was a groin injury for South Fremantle to Steve Verrier but he remains hopeful of playing in Sunday's preliminary final.
It took just two minutes for the Bulldogs to start brightly with an early goal to Ben Saunders after he was part of the quiet forward-line a week ago. But Swans had again come out a determined outfit and kicked the next two goals from Brayden Noble and Ryan Crowley.
South Fremantle regained the lead through Cory Dell'Olio before Todd Banfield put Swans back in front after two 50m penalties. 
The lead changes continued with a Bulldogs goal to Dylan Main but the black-and-whites went into quarter-time three points up thanks to a late opportunist snap from Jamie Bennell that cleared Shaun Bewick who slipped in the goal square.
Swans threatened to really build some momentum with the opening goal of the second term to Crowley to put the pressure right back on the highly-favoured South Fremantle.
But the Bulldogs responded impressively kicking the next five goals in the space of 13 minutes as their pressure in the forward half went up a cog to create a host of chances.
Crowley's third steadied things briefly for the black-and-whites before South Fremantle again kicked three more before half-time to Blaine Johnson, Schloithe and Main to be 35 points up at the long break.
Swans did keep somewhat in touch to start the second half with the opening goal courtesy of Banfield. It took South Fremantle until the 17-minute to get a goal but they had been missing a host of chances before Saunders kicked truly with his third major.
Bewick then marked his return with a terrific goal from 50 and when Johnson added a second just before three quarter-time, the Bulldogs were on the way to the preliminary final with 49 points.
South Fremantle's lead grew to 56 points to start the last term with a goal to Ryan Cook before Swans responded through Ricky Cary who had just four kicks for the day.
But it was all South Fremantle from there as the Bulldogs enjoyed themselves and built up the confidence ahead of the preliminary final with Subiaco. South Fremantle finished the game with goals to Kelly, Johnson, Tom Vandeleur, Kelly again and Johnson again to end up winning by 80 points.
There was a nice moment late when Swan Districts orchestrated for Tallan Ames to try and finish his career with his 54th goal but unfortunately his left boot wasn’t quite on target.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.4 11.7 14.13 20.16 (136)
SWAN DISTRICTS 4.1 6.2 7.5 8.8 (56)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Johnson 4; Saunders, Kelly 3; Schloithe, Main 2; Dell'Olio, Bewick, Vandeleur, Parker, Hams, Cook.
Best: Higgins, Hockey, Schloithe, Kelly, Strom, Vandeleur, Cook, Kelly.
SWAN DISTRICS – Goals: Crowley 3; Banfield 2; Bennell, Cary, Noble.
Best: Crowley, Ellard, Taylor, Ugle, Riggio, Banfield.

McIntosh proud to join Bulldogs greats on No. 7 locker

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 5:35 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle defender Adam McIntosh wanted to leave a legacy at the Bulldogs and his first chance to do that is by reaching 100 games in Sunday's first semi-final as he joins the likes of Steve Marsh and Theo Adams on the No. 7 locker.

McIntosh made his league debut with South Fremantle back in 2011 having had to do a significant apprenticeship to earn that chance under dual premiership coach John Dimmer, but his first stint was short-lived to do a knee injury suffered early in Round 5 against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

He was back for the start of 2012 and aside from a stint in the reserves in the back half of 2014 and then missing the second half of 2016 with his horrible broken ankle, McIntosh has cemented himself as one of the most consistent and reliable mid-size defenders in the WAFL.

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First Semi-Final Preview v Swan Districts

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 1:24 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle is back at home on Sunday to host Swan Districts in a WAFL first semi-final looking to bounce back hard from last week to remain alive in the race for the 2017 premiership.

South Fremantle is back at Fremantle Community Bank Oval for the second straight week to open the AHG WAFL Finals Series but this time it's a cut-throat first semi-final against a Swan Districts on a high after winning last Sunday.

The Bulldogs hosted last Saturday's qualifying final against Peel Thunder but went down by 18 points to need to beat Swans this Sunday to avoid what would be a disappointing straight sets finals exit given the season they have had.

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Reserves Second Semi-Final Preview v Subiaco

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 1:15 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle's reserves have been the dominant team throughout the 2017 season and the Bulldogs will look to shake off the disappointment of losing home ground advantage on Sunday to advance through to the Grand Final.

The Bulldogs' reserves had an outstanding 2017 season ending up with a 16-4 record to be two games and percentage clear on top of the ladder earning the break in the opening week of the AHG WAFL Finals Series.

That saw Subiaco and Claremont do battle in last week's qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval for the right to play South Fremantle in this Sunday's second semi-final.

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Match Day Info – First Semi-Final

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 5:58 PM

SOUTH Fremantle will host a big day of AHG WAFL Finals Series action again this Sunday with the Bulldogs hosting Swan Districts in the first semi-final.

Having lost to Peel Thunder in the qualifying final last Saturday, South Fremantle now must beat Swan Districts on Sunday to keep its season alive. The winner will advance to the preliminary final against the loser of the second semi-final between Subiaco and Peel Thunder. The season is over for the loser.

It will be a big day at Fremantle Community Bank Oval starting with the colts first semi-final between Swan Districts and East Perth. The reserves first semi-final then sees Claremont take on Swan Districts.

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