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Todd Curley Q and A – Round 14

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 12:04 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle coach Todd Curley's weekly question and answer session during the 2015 McDonald's WAFL Premiership season.

Curley spoke this week after the thrilling two-point win over Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval that moved the Bulldogs up into fourth position on the WAFL ladder ahead of this week's bye before a run of five straight matches.

QUESTION: That was an exciting two-point win, but more importantly it was important in the context of the season?
They're all going to be important from here on in, but probably the way we played was the most pleasing thing. We probably didn’t make the most of our dominance of the game at times, but to get away with the win was a good effort.

Q: There was quite a few times you looked capable of breaking the game open including early in the last quarter when Haiden Schloithe kicked his fourth. They kept coming, but you would have been pleased with the way you played?
We thought we probably won most facets of the game for large periods, but really couldn’t transfer that to real scoreboard pressure. To their credit, they kept coming back and probably halfway through the last quarter they had a decision to make to try and win, or keep doing what they were doing, and they changed it up. They really went on the attack and it got quite close in the end.

Q: Haiden Schloithe kicked four goals again and that's important with Ben Saunders and Josh Pullman out, and the other tall forwards not firing?
We are obviously all about sharing the load but Saunders isn’t playing, Pullman's out and we only had Dell back this week. They're our three leading goalkickers and Schloithe is obviously on the way back. He played a bit more midfield this week and was still able to impact the scoreboard so we are really pleased with that.

Q: With no Saunders and Pullman, and Mugambwa back in the reserves, Sellar again struggled, the experiment of Strom forward didn’t work, how do you try and get more out of your key forwards?
I think they are having an impact and there's more than just the scoreboard we look at, and they are certainly giving us a real contest. I don’t think they allowed their opponents to take too many marks in the back 50 so they are still having an impact, but obviously we would like them to impact the scoreboard a little bit but they are working hard and playing their role so we are pretty happy.

Q: A massive captain's game by Ryan Cook finishing with 34 possessions and 16 marks in a best on ground display?
He was super and he's been very good for us all year. As well as his numbers, he spent most of the day head to head with Ryan Davis and I thought he was a really strong player for us. He was able to defend and help, but his ability to spread and push hard saw him really lead from the front.

Q: Ashton and Kyle Hams have been so good for so long that they might not get the recognition they deserve, but again both of them were as big a factor in the win as anyone?
They are really experienced players now, and they are smart and tough, and can play forward, back and mid. We're very lucky to have a couple of them but they certainly impact the game whether they are forward, back or in the middle. They bounce between playing a variety of roles and again were very important in our win.

Q: How important is the run and carry that Marlion Pickett is providing off half-back?
He's been a good player for us all year. He's had a really good season and his ability to break the lines really helps us, but to allow him to do that he's got some pretty good defenders around him to help. It's a team game and they defend as a team, and attack as a team. I think they are defending well together and building a good bond back there as a unit.

Q: It's obviously not something that's on your mind, but if an AFL club asked you if you felt Marlion could take that next step, what would you tell them?
Probably to take a look at the tape and watch every game this year to see for themselves. I think he contributes a lot more than he doesn’t and he's been fantastic for us, and he's a great kid.

Q: Do you think he's capable of taking that next step?
Well he's got all the attributes that's for sure.

Q: Brock Higgins continues to do a power of work basically carrying the ruck on his own?
He's a competitor and he just wants to win, and bash and crash. Apart from his ruck work, his ability to run and try to put pressure on the smalls from the opposition, and just compete and help his teammates helps us in a lot of areas. He has had a really consistent year for us.

Q: Another bye now before a long stretch of uninterrupted matches, how do you approach it?
We've obviously had a plan in place for it all year. We'll train Tuesday and Thursday, and then come back in the Monday following and start preparing pretty hard for Claremont.

Q: Claremont to come and that's another side around the same mark fighting for a finals position, so it's yet another of these virtual eight-point games?
It is such a close comp that really we concentrate so hard on the week we have and the challenge that is in front of us, so until we got the game with Swans out of the way, I didn’t even realise we had Claremont next. Coaches say it all the time but you just can't get too far ahead or you get bitten on the bum pretty quick.

Q: Jacob Dragovich went down late with a knee complaint, any update?
We're not sure. He got a knock to the door so I think we'll have a scan but we think it's nothing too bad.

Q: Craig White just a nasty cork?
Yeah we think so.

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2015 Auction Night

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 10:22 AM

The South Fremantle Football Club presents the '2015 Auction Night' on Saturday the 15th August 2015.

For only $60 per person or a table of 10 for $500, Numero Uno will be providing a 3 Course meal. We also include entertainment and guest speakers.

There will a range of amazing items and experiences to bid on through our new on-line bidding system.

Bookings for this exclusive function are essential, so call the South Fremantle Football Club on (08) 9335 1555 or email




Bulldogs hold on in thriller to beat Swans and move to fourth

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 12:58 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle has held on for a thrilling two-point victory over Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval on Saturday to improve to fourth position on the WAFL ladder on the day the 1970, 1980 and 2005 premierships were celebrated.

South Fremantle came into the contests following losses on the road to the top two teams, Subiaco and West Perth, so needed to bounce back and the Bulldogs did so winning a thriller by two points at Fremantle Oval, 12.10 (82) to 12.8 (80).

It was a memorable and important win for South Fremantle with the Bulldogs claiming the John Todd Cup and also winning in front of the 1970, 1980 and 2005 premiership teams who were having their 45, 35 and 10-year reunions on the day.

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Premiership stars on Whitey's Whispers ahead of reunion

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 9:41 PM - by Chris Pike

THE South Fremantle Football Club will be celebrating the triumphs of 1970, 1980 and 2005 on Saturday night at Fremantle Oval with three big premiership reunions following the clash with Swan Districts.

South Fremantle has won 13 WAFL premiership and three of those triumphs will be celebrated on Saturday night.

In 1970, South Fremantle won the club's first premiership since the Golden Era that brought six flags between 1947 and 1954 as the Bulldogs beat Perth in the grand final by 43 points in front of 40,620 people.

That team included the likes of Brian Ciccotosto who won the Simpson Medal and Hassa Mann who was captain-coach of the successful team.

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Round 14 Preview v Swan Districts

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 8:01 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle and Swan Districts are two of the teams locked in a battle for positions inside the WAFL's top five and both enter Saturday's clash at Fremantle Oval on identical win-loss records.

The Bulldogs and Swans are not only doing battle with a spot in the top five at stake, but they are also playing for the John Todd Cup.

That is named in honour of the man who coached both clubs to premierships, and who just last Saturday was elevated to Legend status in the South Fremantle Football Club Hall of Fame for the combination of his contribution to the Bulldogs as a star player and premiership coach.

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Player Column – Jarrod Parry Round 14

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:08 AM - by Jarrod Parry

BANTER at football clubs is a given, and is something us players enjoy besides playing games itself. That is one of the best things about a football team; there is an eclectic range of people with different personalities, backgrounds, cultures, attitudes, jobs and careers.

This creates opportunities for banter between the boys at the club over a variety of things; one being what each does to make a crust. We have a range of tradies, real estate agents, accountants, a bicycle technician, personal trainers and students, just to name a few. 

Leaving high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in regards to working and having a career. The popular dream of winning the lotto always was in the back of the mind but I knew I had to be more realistic. I decided to head to university and study exercise and sports science as it was a broad degree with many different pathways.

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Bulldogs cap massive weekend with successful country zone visits

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 4:54 PM - by Chris Pike

NOT only did the South Fremantle Football Club play for the Garlic Munchers Cup at HBF Arena on Saturday and celebrate the Hall of Fame induction dinner on Saturday night, but Sunday proved a successful day for the Bulldogs as well strengthening ties with the club's country zone.

It proved to be an eventful weekend for South Fremantle beginning with the clash on Saturday at Joondalup's HBF Arena which was for the annual Garlic Munchers Cup for a third successive year.

The result might not have gone South Fremantle's way, but it didn’t dampen the mood back at Fremantle Oval on Saturday night as the club hosted its second Hall of Fame induction dinner.

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Todd Curley Q and A – Round 13

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 4:55 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle coach Todd Curley's weekly question and answer session during the 2015 McDonald's WAFL Premiership season.

Curley spoke following Saturday's 15-point loss against West Perth at HBF Arena and looks ahead to this Saturday's clash at Fremantle Oval against Swan Districts.

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Bulldogs go down in Guglielmana's 100th for Garlic Munchers Cup

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 2:37 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle was unable to celebrate Adam Guglielmana's 100th WAFL match with a win on Saturday while also missing out on regaining the Garlic Munchers Cup and consolidating a spot in the top five further in the 15-point loss at the hands of West Perth at HBF Arena.

South Fremantle had won its last four visits to HBF Arena and had beaten the Falcons impressively in Round 1 so had every reason to head into Saturday's clash for the Garlic Munchers Cup full of confidence despite coming off a loss at the hands of Subiaco the previous week.

And South Fremantle put together a strong first half with scores tied at half-time with the second placed West Perth, and despite the Bulldogs staying in touch during the second half, the Falcons did appear in control of the contest and ended up winning 9.17 (71) to 8.8 (56).

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Eight Legends elevated in South Fremantle Football Club Hall of Fame

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 2:48 PM - by Chris Pike

EIGHT greats of the South Fremantle Football Club were elevated to Legend status in the Hall of Fame at a sold out function at Fremantle Oval on Saturday night with another 25 players and 10 officials also inducted and recognised for their contribution to the Bulldogs.

The South Fremantle Football Club hosted its first Hall of Fame function back in 2011 where 35 players and a further 10 officials were inducted, and from that group eight were elevated to Legend status in front of almost 400 people in the Griff John Function Centre on Saturday night.

Frank 'Scranno' Jenkins, Clive Lewington, Bernie Naylor, Frank Treasure, Steve Marsh, John Todd, John Gerovich and Stephen Michael are the eight who were elevated to Legend status of the South Fremantle Football Club.

All eight are more than deserving of the recognition and are among the all-time greats of not only the South Fremantle Football Club, but West Australian and Australian football as a whole.

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