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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Round 15

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 9:15 AM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say following the Round 15 loss to Subiaco at Leederville Oval and looking ahead to this Saturday against Peel Thunder in Mandurah.

QUESTION: What are your first reflections after that performance Todd?
Clearly we were beaten by a much better team. They worked much harder than us for longer than us. I think if you look at the back 15 minutes of each quarter, it was nine goals to nothing and clearly we have to get better.

Q: What do you put that down to, because for large periods you were able to be competitive but that last quarter and the end parts of each quarter really were costly?
Clearly they are willing to work harder and for longer than some of ours. We competed and I thought our first three quartres saw us do some good stuff. If we took a couple of half chances here and there and maybe we could have been back within a couple of goals at three quarter-time. But it's a carbon copy of what's happened in the past against them. They kicked three goals really early in the last and the game was shot. We have got eight weeks to possibly earn the right to have another go at them but if we continue in the manner that we are, we are probably going to come up short.

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Day to forget for Bulldogs against Lions at Leederville

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:33 PM - by Chris Pike
IT was quite the day to forget for South Fremantle at Leederville Oval on Saturday in all three grades with the Bulldogs only managing a combined seven goals in three losses to Subiaco.
It was a day that promised plenty for South Fremantle heading to Leederville Oval but in the end the Bulldogs played three games to quickly forget against Subiaco league, reserves and colts teams that all now sit on top of the ladder.
South Fremantle only kicked three goals in each of the league and colts contests, and one in the reserves. The 3.10 kicked in the league contest was the Bulldogs' lowest score since 3.4 (22) in a 57-point loss to East Perth also at Leederville Oval on a Friday night in Round 23, 2004. Read More ...

Round 15 Preview v Subiaco

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 5:27 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle takes on the challenge of the undefeated league-leading Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Saturday with the Bulldogs attempting to hand the Lions their first loss of 2018.

The top two WAFL teams lock horns at Leederville Oval on Saturday afternoon as the Bulldogs attempt to become the first team to beat the Lions in 2018.

It should be a tremendous contest and it's only fitting it will be broadcast live on Channel 7 from 1.30pm with bouncedown to take place at 1.40pm.

The reserves contest takes place from 10.55am at Leederville Oval while the colts will take place after the league fixture from 4.30pm.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Round 14

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 10:24 AM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say following the Bulldogs' NAIDOC Round WAFL victory over Claremont at Fremantle Community Bank in what was Ryan Cook's 150th game.

QUESTION: It was hard work in the first half but I think you would have been especially pleased with some of the football you played in the second half to beat Claremont?
They've been going pretty well and obviously have quite a heralded midfield with a lot of good players in there, and they are pretty dangerous if you give them space. We were disappointed early but thought that certainly after quarter-time and especially after half-time that we played much better.

Q: It seemed to be a real grind for both teams in the first team, did you feel when it opened up a bit more in the second half that it suited you?
No doubt, I think they tried to close it down a bit and that's sort of the way they have been playing. They've been winning but not kicking huge scores, and defending pretty well. Even today they defended pretty well for most parts but I thought we were able to spread the ball much better in the second half and had a really even contribution. We didn’t have anyone getting super high numbers but we didn’t have anyone who was really low either.

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Bulldogs beat Tigers in annual NAIDOC Week fixture

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 3:29 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle geared up for its Subiaco challenge with a 26-point NAIDOC Week victory against Claremont at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday on the back of a dominant second half in Ryan Cook's 150th match.
Claremont returned to Fremantle Community Bank Oval having beaten South Fremantle at the port just six weeks earlier while the Tigers have dominated the NAIDOC Week battles over the years winning nine of the 11 contests since they began in 2007.
Claremont then came out and started strongly with the first two goals and still led by five points at half-time.  Read More ...

NAIDOC Round Preview v Claremont

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 9:16 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle will look for just its third NAIDOC Week victory over Claremont this Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and to earn a measure of revenge for six weeks ago in what is also the 150th game for Ryan Cook.

South Fremantle and Claremont began the NAIDOC Week concept in the WAFL back in 2007 by playing off for the Jimmy Melbourne Cup and with both teams wearing specially designed Indigenous themed jumpers to mark the occasions.

They have continued to do it every year since and will clash for the 12th time in NAIDOC Week this Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in what is an important game for both clubs.

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Earning life membership a proud honour for Cook

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 8:20 AM - by Chris Pike

EVER since arriving at South Fremantle, Ryan Cook has been blown away by the history of the club and the Life Member functions every year have become his favourite event and now on Saturday against Claremont by reaching 150 games he earns his own life membership.

Cook threw himself fully into the culture of the South Fremantle Football Club as soon as he arrived in 2011 and while he had no idea of the legacy he would go on to build in the years ahead, he instantly knew it was the right move following his time with Collingwood in the AFL.

He made an immediate impact upon arrival at the Bulldogs too in that 2011 season going on to play State football and win the WJ Hughes Medal all as part of a team that reached the finals.

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Player Column – Brock Higgins Round 14

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:08 AM - by Brock Higgins

COMING in after our bye, we always thought this next month of footy we have coming up would probably be our most critical for the season. We got East Perth and won that which is what we wanted, now we have Claremont, Subiaco and Peel. We see this block as setting up our season heading towards finals and then going on from there, so definitely in the context of the season it was a massive win.

Now coming into this week's game, that loss last time against Claremont has definitely been spoken about and we are looking to make amends. But they have been travelling really well and beating some good teams and etching out victories to get into the top five.

For me personally, it definitely gives me some added motivation losing last time just because I hate losing to teams, and especially when I feel like we are a stronger team. It eats at me a bit, but I can't speak for the rest of the boys.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Round 13

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 4:19 PM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say following the Round 13 WAFL victory against East Perth at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

QUESTION: You started slowly and East Perth jumped you and could have been further ahead at quarter-time, but you managed to turn it around after that?
ANSWER: It was disappointing to start that way and we did look sluggish. Whether it was because we were coming off the bye I'm not sure, but they certainly missed a few chances they could have taken too even though they had some long shots and wide ones as well. We certainly don’t want to roll up and start like that every week, but we eventually got going and I thought in the second and third quarter we were pretty good. We probably weren’t at our best late.

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Nine-goal second quarter sets up Bulldogs win over Royals

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 2:17 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle delivered an impressive nine-goal second quarter to beat East Perth by 21 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday to further consolidate second position on the WAFL ladder.
The last time the two teams met was back in Round 7 coming out of the State game with both teams on four-game winning runs after each started the season with a loss to Subiaco.
But a lot had changed since with the Royals coming into Saturday's clash at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on a five-match losing streak while the Bulldogs remained in second position. Read More ...