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Player Column – Adam McIntosh First Semi-Final

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 11:58 AM - by Adam McIntosh

WE were pretty disappointed with last Saturday's performance. We thought we didn’t play anywhere near to our best footy and it was pretty frustrating because we showed in that last quarter when we do play well, we can put it on the scoreboard pretty quickly. It was a frustrating and disappointing day.

We knew at the start of the year that if East Perth or Peel made the finals that they could have 15 AFL-listed players so that's not an issue we are worrying about it, and it's certainly not an excuse for the way we played on Saturday. A lot of other people might be talking about that, but not us.

They probably beat us in the midfield, forward-line and back-line so that's pretty disappointing. We have just come back to the training track this week and worked hard on it, and hopefully we'll get a crack at either them or Subi next week if we're able to get past Swan Districts on Sunday. We would like another crack at them especially though.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Qualifying Final

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 7:11 AM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say following Saturday's WAFL qualifying final loss to Peel Thunder and looking ahead to this Sunday's cut-throat first semi-final against Swan Districts.

QUESTION: Was that a similar slow start to what you did suffer at different times during the second half of the season?
I actually don’t think it was much to do with our start, I think we were just beaten by a team that was a bit harder around the contest to be fair. I thought they were much better around the ball early and got it going their way. I don’t know if it was a sluggish start, I just thought we were beaten.

Q: That ability to be good in tight and win the contested ball has been a strength of yours throughout the season, what was your reaction to being beaten in that area?
It's probably disappointing more than anything. Certainly for the first half they were better around the ball than us but they even spread better than us which is not our go. The thing about finals is that you've got to be at your best and we were well below that with a lot of guys down. We had some senior guys who just couldn’t contribute so we have to be better.

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Bulldogs lose to Thunder but back home to host Swans

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 1:41 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle showed signs of a stirring comeback in the last quarter but it wasn’t enough with Peel Thunder winning the WAFL qualifying final by 18 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
South Fremantle came into the qualifying final on home turf at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and on a nine-game winning streak, but slow starts have been the problem for the Bulldogs at different times this season and it was again the case on Saturday.
It wasn’t so much that South Fremantle started slowly this time, but it was the sheer intensity that Peel came out with and their hardness at the contest and pressure they put on the Bulldogs that made life challenging for the home side.
Peel kicked the first two goals of the game and then had opened a 17-point advantage by half-time. That lead grew to 36 points by early in the last term and the game looked over.
But South Fremantle has shown the ability to pile on goals quickly right throughout the season and the Bulldogs got going for the first time in the game for a seven-minute stretch in the last quarter.
They kicked four goals in that stretch to bring most of the 3500 fans in attendance to full voice. But it wouldn’t last and Peel got a steadying goal to claim the 12.8 (80) to 9.8 (62) victory.
The win means that Peel advances to play Subiaco in Sunday's second semi-final at Leederville Oval with a grand final spot at stake on the back of winning all four finals last year on the way to the premiership.
South Fremantle now is into the knockout stages and will host Swan Districts on Sunday in the first semi-final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
Brock Higgins was the standout performer on the day for South Fremantle with the workhorse of a ruckman more than holding his own against Fremantle and Peel pair Jonathon Griffin and Sean Darcy. He finished the game with 18 possessions, 35 hit outs, five inside-50 entries and a goal. 
That goal was his first since last year's preliminary final and just his 10th in 71 games with South Fremantle.
Ashton Hams was a four-quarter contributor for the Bulldogs ending the game with 25 disposals, eight marks and a terrific long goal in the first quarter.
Tim Kelly (24 touches, 10 tackles) and Haiden Schloithe (24 disposals, six tackles) worked their way into the contest while captain Ryan Cook finished with 22 possessions and nine marks. Dylan Main also had 20 disposals for the Bulldogs.
South Fremantle's defence held up reasonably well led by the returning Jason Maskos who limited Leroy Jetta to four kicks and two goals while having 18 possessions and five marks himself.
Blayne Wilson ended up with 20 disposals and 11 marks from down back with Steven Edwards offering good run again with 19 touches and a goal. Marlion Pickett also had 18 possessions and seven tackles.
Matthew Parker was the pick of South Fremantle's forwards kicking three goals in his first final at league level and just his fifth game.
Peel's talls also had the potential to cause South Fremantle problems and that looked even more the case when Sean Darcy kicked the first goal of the qualifying final. The Thunder then ensured they made an impressive start with a goal to captain Gerald Ugle.
South Fremantle did respond with the next two through Matthew Parker and Ashton Hams, but Peel went into quarter-time with a nine-point lead and six scoring shots to two following a goal to Cameron Sutcliffe.
It took just 20 seconds of the second term for South Fremantle to get on the board courtesy of Brock Higgins who kicked his first goal of 2017. The Bulldogs then hit the front for the first time when Mason Shaw kicked truly also just two minutes later.
The momentum wouldn’t last for the Bulldogs, though, with Peel getting the immediate response through Matt Taberner. Leroy Jetta then kicked another for Peel and just before half-time Taberner added his second and the Thunder went into the break in front by 17 points.
That soon became 23 points in the third quarter when Ugle kicked his second and 29 after Jetta booted his second as well. 
Blaine Johnson eventually got a goal back for South Fremantle at the 21-minute mark but Peel remained in control with two more goals from Tom Sheridan and Ben Hancock before three quarter-time to be up 32 points.
Peel's lead grew to 36 points seven minutes into the final quarter when Taylin Duman kicked truly but South Fremantle was always going to fire at some point and that would happen over the next 10 minutes.
It started when Parker kicked his second of the game before Saunders added his first and then Parker kicked a beauty from 50m right in front of the vocal members.
All of a sudden with some scintillating ball movement Steven Edwards got to show off his lightning pace to run on to a ball and go into an open goal. That goal made the margin just 12 points with plenty of time and momentum on the side of the Bulldogs.
But a turnover in defence saw Ugle kick his third goal for the Thunder and they again led by 18 points and that was that.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 2.0 4.2 5.5 9.8 (62)
PEEL THUNDER 3.3 6.7 10.7 12.8 (80)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Parker 3; Hams, Saunders, Johnson, Higgins, Edwards, Shaw.
Best: Higgins, Hams, Maskos, Kelly, Wilson, Schloithe, Edwards.
PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Ugle 3; Jetta, Taberner 2; Sheridan, Hancock, Darcy, Sutcliffe, Duman.
Best: Suban, Deluca, Collins, O'Brien, Nyhuis, Ugle, Sutcliffe.

Qualifying Final Preview v Peel Thunder

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 10:41 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle heads into Saturday's WAFL qualifying final on a nine-game winning run and looking to get a measure of revenge on Peel Thunder and book in for a shot against Subiaco.

South Fremantle will host Peel Thunder in Saturday's qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval to open the AHG WAFL Finals Series for 2017 and it's shaping as a tremendous contest with plenty on the line.

South Fremantle earned the right to host the clash by finishing in second position at the end of the home and away season with a 16-4 record and currently being on a nine-game winning streak.

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Player Column – Tim Kelly Qualifying Final

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 3:12 PM - by Tim Kelly

IT is nice that the finals are here now and we've worked very hard to earn the right to have a home final. The boys and I now can't wait to get out there on Saturday.

Even though we might have known we were going to finish second for a while, we haven’t wanted to take our foot off the pedal at all and every game is a chance to practice good habits and to play the brand of footy we want to play. 

It can be challenging with a week like last week knowing you are playing the same team two weeks in-a-row, but we're not going to have the same team as last Saturday and neither will they. We know that this Saturday will be a whole different challenge and we are looking forward to it.

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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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