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Strong signs from Bulldogs in pre-season opener

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 11:23 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle opened its WAFL pre-season campaign against reigning premiers Subiaco at Medibank Stadium on Friday night and despite the 30-point loss, there were plenty of encouraging signs for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs were playing their first game under new coach Todd Curley with the former Western Bulldogs, Collingwood and West Perth defender, and West Perth senior coach and Fremantle assistant coach having taken over the helm for the 2015 season and beyond.

Friday night was the first chance for Curley's men to test themselves against real opposition following a strong pre-season training performance, and it was an opportunity for recruits, senior players and young players alike to see where they sit three weeks out from the season opener.

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Bulldogs to take on grand finalists in pre-season

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 8:39 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle's preparations for the 2015 McDonald's WAFL Premiership season will include pre-season matches against reigning premiers Subiaco and last year's runners-up East Perth.

The Bulldogs' first pre-season game will take place at Leederville's Medibank Stadium up against reigning WAFL premiers Subiaco.

It will be a good way for new league coach Todd Curley to gauge the Bulldogs' progress over the pre-season up against the team that won the 2014 grand final in style over East Perth.

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Young Dogs Learn New Tricks

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:50 AM

As part of the 16’s Development Program the South Fremantle Warriors recently held an educational camp at Fremantle Oval.

Whilst it was a great opportunity for the final squad members to begin their understanding of the game plan, structures and set-ups that will help them perform on the field, the camp also focused on areas off the field we see critical in helping them achieve their dreams and aspirations as footballers.

Players also went through seminars on goal setting, nutrition, core strength, vilification and anti-doping to name a few.

Another key topic we had the players take part in was cyber safety and the dangers of social media. The talk was presented by Paul Litherland who is currently an assistant coach with the Reserves and who worked in the Western Australian Police Force for 21 years before starting his own business surfonlinesafe.com.au. The presentation was well received by the boys who enjoyed the humour mixed in with seriousness of the topic. No doubt the highlight was seeing the fear in the players’ eyes when Paul advised he had been able to access the players’ public social media sites and pull photos of every single player.

 Overall we see the camp as a key component in the 16’s program and we look forward to seeing them improve on the footballers throughout the remainder of the carnival.

Bulldogs focus on growing off-field with on-field on track

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 1:26 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle chief executive Stuart Kemp likes the way the Bulldogs are shaping up on the field for 2015 while his focus off it remains on creating increased revenue streams for the club while determining the future of Fremantle Oval.

South Fremantle is gearing up for the 2015 WAFL season under new league coach Todd Curley and with the returns to the club of Cory Dell'Olio, Adam Carter, Kyle Hams and Sam Lowrie, and recruitment of Blayne Wilson on top of a playing group that has stuck together, there is every reason for optimism about what the Bulldogs can do on the field.

Kemp is confident that the football side of things at the Bulldogs is on track under Curley as league coach and with a new football operations manager in David Depane and player development manager Jason Pedulla.

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NAB Challenge Luncheon

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 2:28 PM

The South Fremantle Football Club will be hosting a special three-course lunch and drinks package on Thursday 5th March ahead of the AFL NAB Challenge clash between Fremantle and Melbourne.

For only $150 per person or $1400 for a table of ten, this also includes your gate entry and priority seating in South Fremantle Football Club's enclosured seating area.

Bookings for this exclusive function are essential, so call the South Fremantle Football Club on (08) 9335 1555 or email assistant@sffc.com.au 

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Curley focuses on having Bulldogs buy into shared vision

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 11:26 PM - by Chris Pike

TODD Curley's focus since taking over as South Fremantle coach ahead of the 2015 WAFL season has been on bringing together a talented playing group ensuring they all have a shared vision that they believe in to lead to a hopeful return to finals action for the first time since 2011.

Curley arrives at Fremantle Oval as senior coach of South Fremantle with the playing group coming off a run the last three years where at times they have shown what they are capable of, but the consistency hasn’t been there for them to at least make a finals appearance.

However, again the Bulldogs finished off the 2014 season in strong fashion to build hope that things were heading towards a positive outcome in 2015 and now Curley takes over as coach to try and steer the playing group in that direction.

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Curley happy with Bulldogs' on and off field

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 11:05 PM - by Chris Pike

NEW South Fremantle coach Todd Curley is settling in well ahead of his first season in charge of the Bulldogs and is happy with what the club has put together both on and off the field in preparation for 2015.

Prior to accepting the role as senior coach at South Fremantle for at least the next two seasons, Curley had never previously been involved in any other WAFL club than West Perth where he was a dual premiership player, captain and had his first taste of being a coach.

After coaching West Perth between 2006-08 following his decorated playing career not only with West Perth in the WAFL but also Collingwood and most notably the Western Bulldogs in the AFL, Curley was an assistant coach at Fremantle between 2009 and the start of 2012 before taking his first break from the game in over 20 years.

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2015 Nicky Winmar Carnival

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 2:44 PM

The 2015 Nicky Winmar Carnival will be bigger than ever before with more than 300 participants expected and a minimum of 12 teams from throughout regional and metro WA.

The carnival will be played in a round robin format, with all teams lead by Aboriginal coaches and current and former AFL and WAFL role models.

South Fremantle will also use this opportunity to identify talented players from within our district, there will be opportunities there for those who show great skill and commitment to be involved in Warriors Development Squads across.

The carnival will also provide the opportunity to select players and coaches for U15 State Aboriginal Squad, which will compete at the KickStart National Championships in April 2015.

Nominations are now open to coach or play in the carnival which will take place at Bendigo Bank Stadium, Mandurah on Sunday 1st March 2015.

South Fremantle will start training under the guidance of Aaron Hayden on Thursday 12th February at Lakelands Reserve, South Lake Road from 4:00pm.

To register click on the link below or contact South Fremantle District Development Officer Lachlan Harris lharris@wafc.com.au

Want to play in the 2015 Nicky Winmar Carnival?

To be eligible to play in the carnival you must:

Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Be born in 2000, 2001 or 2002*

*Players born in 2002 will need to make a special request to play in the carnival

Click here to register to play or coach

Coaches Report - Todd Curley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 9:28 AM

Firstly I would like to say a big hello to all Bulldogs members and supporters, I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to coach a great football club and I look forward to meeting you all during the football season. A big thank you to the Board, Peter Christie, CEO Stuart Kemp and his staff, Football Manager David Depane, the players, my support staff and all the volunteers who have made my family and I feel not only welcome but fully supported from the moment I was appointed.

The players, support staff and coaches have been hard at work since pre-season training kicked off on the 12th November 2014. The six week training block leading into Christmas is always a challenge with the football games being so far away, however the attitude and endeavour shown by everyone has been first class. The coaches have looked to challenge the players from early on with much of training made up of small sided games and drills that simulate the way in which we will look to play as a team in 2015.

The coaching staff will consist of Arthur Maskos and Brett Duffield assisting at senior level in 2015, reserves coach Tony Walters will continue with the support of Michelle Cowan and Paul Litherland, and Brett King has come on board to look after our talls program. Mike Vegar has been fantastic support to me and he will continue to lead the strength and conditioning team to give the players every opportunity to be the best players they can be.

We have seen the majority of the squad from 2014 return with a burning ambition to make the most of their football in 2015. We have been able to strengthen our list with the addition of former Bulldogs in Cory Dell’Olio (Essendon), Adam Carter (West Coast), Kyle Hams and Sam Lowrie. Our overall recruiting philosophy is to develop and promote our own players from within, target any former South Fremantle players coming out of the AFL and then look outside the club if there is any high quality talent who can come and help us in areas we think need to improve immediately. We were delighted to be able to secure Blayne Wilson (West Coast) who has a strong family connection to the club when he became available to strengthen our defence.

After a short break over the festive season, the squad reassembled on Monday January 5 to continue our preparation for season 2015, in a really pleasing sign the players returned fit, as always have been in good spirits and have jumped straight back into their work. Our aim for the remainder of the pre-season is to build on the hard work done pre-Christmas, and will continue to challenge the players strongly over the next 6-8 weeks as we progress through more contact and match simulation in training.

During the practice matches we will look to give players who have excelled consistently over the pre-season some opportunities at senior level and manage some of our ‘mature players’ to ensure our squad are fit and available for selection in Round 1 on March 20, 2015.

I look forward to seeing you all on Friday March 20 when we kick season 2015 off against West Perth at Fremantle Oval.

Go Dogs!

Todd Curley

Former Eagle Wilson joins Bulldogs for 2015 and beyond

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 9:05 AM - by Chris Pike

THE South Fremantle Football Club has made another significant signing for the 2015 WAFL season announcing the arrival of former West Coast defender Blayne Wilson.

The 22-year-old originally from Peel Thunder has been listed with the West Coast Eagles for the past three AFL seasons, but after being delisted following the 2014 campaign he was looking for a fresh start to his football.

Despite being sought after by several WAFL clubs, the quality and experienced defender of 65 WAFL and nine AFL matches has chosen to play his football with South Fremantle for the 2015 season and beyond.

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