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Sandover Medal Preview

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 5:21 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle hasn’t had a Sandover Medal winner since Toby McGrath in 2005 but that could very well change this Monday night with goalkicking midfielder Haiden Schloithe entering the night one of the favourites.

The 2011 Sandover Medal winner Luke Blackwell and last year's winner Rory O'Brien appear to be two players in the running to take out the award as the WAFL's fairest and best player for the second time, but there isn't a shortage of players that they will be contending with on the night.

The Sandover Medal count for 2014 will be held this Monday night in the Grand Ball Room at Crown Perth with the event broadcast live on radio via 91.3 SportFM from 6.30pm while it will be live streamed at www.thewest.com.au from 8.30pm.

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Bulldogs lose preliminary final by a point

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:55 PM - by Chris Pike

CLAREMONT and South Fremantle played out a classic WAFL colts preliminary final on Sunday morning in a rematch of last year's grand final with the Tigers holding on to win a thriller by a point.

Claremont beat South Fremantle by six points in a thrilling WAFL colts grand final in 2013 and the two again met on Sunday in the preliminary final for the right to meet Swan Districts in next Sunday's grand final at Patersons Stadium.

South Fremantle finished the home and away season in third position but qualified for the preliminary final by beating East Perth in the first semi-final also at Medibank Stadium.

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Colts Preliminary Final Preview v Claremont

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:14 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle has played the last three WAFL colts grand finals and now can make it four with a win in Sunday's preliminary final against Claremont at Medibank Stadium.

South Fremantle's colts won premierships in 2011 and 2012, and then again made the grand final in 2013 before losing a narrow contest against Claremont in the decider.

Now the Bulldogs and Tigers meet in a grand final rematch with only one of them to be able to go through to the premiership decider for 2014.

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Curley refreshed, energised to return to coaching ranks with Bulldogs

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:55 PM - by Chris Pike

NEW South Fremantle coach Todd Curley feels refreshed after a break from top-level from football for the first time in 20 years and takes over at the Bulldogs having learned plenty with no doubt he will be an improved senior coach the second time around.

Curley made his WAFL debut with West Perth as a player back in 1991 and from that point up until the end of the 2005 season, played 266 senior matches made up of three with Collingwood, 115 with the Western Bulldogs and 148 with the Falcons.

He then went straight into taking over as senior coach at West Perth in 2006 immediately after playing and did well in that three-year stint making the finals in two of the three seasons, narrowly missing making a grand final and only just missed making the finals the other year.

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Bulldogs colts one step closer to another grand final

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 10:05 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle's colts are one step away from a fourth straight WAFL grand final after coming from behind to beat East Perth in Sunday's first semi-final at Medibank Stadium.

South Fremantle's colts have played in the last three grand finals for premiership wins in 2011 and 2012, and now have the chance to win through to another after booking a preliminary final berth with a win over East Perth on Sunday.

Despite trailing by two goals at half-time, South Fremantle kicked eight goals to three in the second half to end up winning 11.10 (76) to 8.7 (55).

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Colts Report - First Semi-Final

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 9:30 AM - by Arthur Maskos

SOUTH Fremantle's colts were able to put together a scrappy win over their tough East Perth opponents in Sunday's first semi-final at Medibank Stadium. South Fremantle’s good start was wasted as the Royals took advantage of some undisciplined acts in the second term and found themselves two goals up at half-time.

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Colts First Semi-Final Preview v East Perth

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 10:51 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle's colts begin its quest for a fourth straight WAFL grand final when the Bulldogs take on East Perth in a cut-throat first semi-final at Medibank Stadium this Sunday morning.

South Fremantle's colts won premierships in 2011 and 2012 before again making the grand final in 2013 and falling just short of a hat-trick of flags by going down to Claremont.

Things haven’t completely gone the Bulldogs' colts way in 2014 with a combination of key players moving on, others being injured, State duties and then in the second half of the season a host of players moving up to play reserves and league football with South Fremantle.

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Haiden Schloithe claims 2014 WJ Hughes Medal

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 10:13 PM - by Chris Pike

HAIDEN Schloithe has been recognised for his outstanding season on return from Fremantle's AFL list with the South Fremantle Football Club awarding him the WJ Hughes Medal as its fairest and best winner for the 2014 WAFL season.

The WJ Hughes Medal night for 2014 was held on Friday in the Griff John Function Centre at Fremantle Oval and was a time to acknowledge the efforts of senior coach Paul Hasleby over the past three seasons and to look forward to a strong future that he has helped set up for incoming coach Todd Curley.

South Fremantle might have missed finals for the third straight season, but there were terrific signs with five straight wins to close out the season and with each and every player featured on the fairest and best leaderboard committed to being with the club in 2015, the future looks bright.

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Saunders claims second Bernie Naylor Medal in three years

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 2:38 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle full-forward Ben Saunders has claimed his second Bernie Naylor Medal as the WAFL's leading goalkicker in three years since joining the Bulldogs from Claremont.

The 22-year-old has just completed his third season with South Fremantle and now has a second Bernie Naylor Medal to show for it after kicking 59 goals in 2014 to lead the WAFL in terms of goals kicked.

Saunders claimed the 2014 Bernie Naylor Medal ahead of Subiaco full-forward Matt Boland who kicked 51 goals for the season with Swan Districts' Ricky Cary next on 44 goals followed by Tim Geappen (Swan Districts) with 39, Brett Peake (East Fremantle) 39, Jack Bradshaw (Claremont) 38 and Josh Smith (East Perth) 38.

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Colts Report - Round 23

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 10:32 AM - by Arthur Maskos

Round 23 saw the best of the colts side for 2014. With most of the side playing together for the first time this year it was pleasing to see them perform as a side that belongs in the upcoming finals series. Most the players had the benefit of playing together previously last season and during their time on Warriors development duties. It can only be described as seamless as they gelled to show a balance of poise and aggression to find their best form a week out of a fourth straight finals series.

An inexperienced Peel side was overcome early as the Bulldogs placed enormous pressure on them. A four goal first quarter put the game out of reach early and gave the home team an opportunity to refine their game plan. Kade Stewart looked dangerous in his forward role and kicked a pair of fine goals. He finished the game with three goals and had a great impact on the team’s fortunes. Ruckman Bill Frampton dominated in the ruck and took many telling marks (9) around the ground. He was adjudged best on ground with 25 disposals and 44 hit-outs.

The second quarter was much the same as the first with the South team continuing to dominate in all areas. The Bulldogs kept the pressure on their opponents and allowed them only one goal for the half while kicking five more of their own. Jarrod Garlett (19 disposals) returned from senior duties and set about dominating the centre square and was dangerous up forward with four goals. He along with Joel McComb (3 goals and 19 disposals) ran hard and thrived on the opportunities in forward line.

The Bulldogs took their game to new levels in the second half with many fine displays of clean crisp ball movement. Cam Loersch took many telling grabs and used the ball well by setting up many scoring opportunities and scored a pair of his own goals to take his tally to 55 for the season. The home team had winners all over the ground. Bradd McPhail (16), Jesse Mirco (15) and Luke Pearson were irrepressible in defence and gave up only three goals for the day. Bailey Matera (23), Bill Collier (24), Matty Ah Siu (20) and Jacob Dragovich (18) were all great contributors with a midfield display that showed the class and skill of this talent laden side. 

With the game safely in their grasp, the players were able to work on the finer points of the game that will see them give the other finalists a couple of headaches in the next few weeks. Exciting youngsters Shae Bolton, Alex Robinson and Dylan Brown have enjoyed the chance to play with the colts and have given the coaches many headache selections as they attempt to fit in players like Jarrod Pickett and Noah Strom back into the side. Debutant Jake Dubikin also played a game that made this week’s selection process very difficult.

This week the boys take on an East Perth side that has made a late run into the final four. The game at Medibank Stadium on Sunday promises to be a tough encounter.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my support staff that has once again delivered in all areas. The team has benefitted from the best off field crew in the competition. These volunteers are dedicated in giving the boys the best possible opportunity to play well.  I am sure the players will show their appreciation by bringing home a win this Sunday.

Arthur Maskos 
SFFC Colts Coach