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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

Bulldogs finish 2014 season with fifth straight victory

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 5:19 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle finished its 2014 WAFL season in style with a fifth successive victory thanks to a dominant final quarter at Fremantle Oval on Saturday to beat Peel Thunder by 30 points.

South Fremantle had beaten Peel also at Fremantle Oval by a point a month ago and it was a tight contest again for three quarters on Saturday before the Bulldogs piled on the last six goals of the match to run out 14.20 (104) to 10.14 (74) victors.

The win means that the Bulldogs have finished the 2014 season with five consecutive victories with two of them coming against the Thunder and the other three against finals teams – the second-placed Subiaco, third-placed East Fremantle and fourth-placed Swan Districts.

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Round 23 v Peel Thunder

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 6:11 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle is out to make it five straight wins to finish off the 2014 WAFL season when hosting Peel Thunder at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

South Fremantle's hopes of playing finals for the first time since 2011 might have ended with the Bulldogs losing 10 of the first 13 matches, but they have now finished the season in strong form.

The Bulldogs have now beaten East Fremantle, Peel, Swan Districts and Subiaco over the past month to now be on a four-game winning streak heading into the last match of the season this Saturday against the Thunder at Fremantle Oval.

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Red and WHITE – Craig White Column Round 23

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 1:26 AM - by Craig White

THERE is obviously a number of things I'm weighing up at the moment in regards to whether I play on or not next year. The way we are finishing the season with this momentum gives you a bit more motivation to think that something special might just be around the corner, and when you've been at the club for 10 or 11 years it is probably easy to go again.

I think the hard decision would be to pull the pin and I'm weighing up work commitments, wedding commitments and things like that next year off the field as well as my form, the new coach and what his vision is and what he sees my role being if he sees one for me at all. There's then also the pull from the playing group and not wanting to leave a young group who might not have enough leaders to guide them. Those are all the things I have to weigh up in the next few weeks.

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Guglielmana feels Bulldogs have learned from heartbreaking losses

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 1:11 AM - by Chris Pike

ADAM Guglielmana is not getting too carried away with South Fremantle's strong finish to the 2014 WAFL season knowing that it means nothing unless built on next year and it is that level-headedness that could very well see him a future captain of the Bulldogs.

Following last Friday night's win over Subiaco at Fremantle Oval, South Fremantle has now won four straight matches heading into this Saturday's final round clash with Peel Thunder also at the port.

In those four wins over the past month, the Bulldogs have beaten the second-placed Subiaco, third-placed East Fremantle and fourth-placed Swan Districts, but that came on the back of South Fremantle losing six straight matches between Rounds 9 and 15.

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Curley excited at Bulldogs squad but focused on hard work

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 9:48 PM - by Chris Pike

NEW South Fremantle coach Todd Curley is excited by the playing group he is inheriting at the Bulldogs and sees the potential there to be a strong unit in 2015, but is fully aware that nothing is guaranteed and that only hard work will bring about success.

Curley was last week appointed as the new South Fremantle coach for the 2015 and 2016 WAFL seasons with the option of continuing in 2017 as well and the former Collingwood, Western Bulldogs and West Perth defender has every reason to like the look of the squad he will be in charge of.

The dual West Perth premiership player and 118-game AFL veteran who then coached the Falcons for three years before three seasons as an assistant with Fremantle has cast a keen eye over the South Fremantle team in the second half of the season.

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Colts Report - Round 22

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:19 AM - by Arthur Maskos

WITH one round Qleft in the season, the South Fremantle's colts team heads into preparation for its fourth finals campaign in succession. This week they take on cellar dwellers Peel with some great form after laying to rest Subiaco’s last chance at playing in September last Saturday.

It was possibly the best performance by the colts side for 2014 on Saturday as they displayed some terrific team football. The game was just the tonic as we head toward the finals with renewed confidence.

The first quarter saw both sides exchange goals and some willingness to put the body on the line for the contested ball. Jacob Dragovich led the way with seven tackles and 29 disposals for the game.

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Bulldogs beat Lions on Friday night to make it four straight

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 2:30 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle continued its strong finish to the 2014 WAFL season having now won four straight matches with three wins over top-four teams in that period after the Bulldogs beat Subiaco by 14 points at Fremantle Oval on Friday night.

South Fremantle might not be a chance of playing finals in 2014 having won just 10 of its opening 13 matches of the season, but the Bulldogs after finishing Paul Hasleby's time as coach with plenty of momentum to give the incoming Todd Curley plenty to work with.

The Bulldogs kicked the only four goals of the first quarter on Friday night at Fremantle Oval and led by 29 points on two separate occasions during the match, and then responded to being challenged by the second-placed Subiaco to win 14.15 (99) to 12.13 (85).

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Round 22 Preview v Subiaco

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 1:43 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle looks to continue its winning streak this Friday night against Subiaco at Fremantle Oval with the Bulldogs looking to beat a finals bound opponent for the third time in a month.

South Fremantle might not be in the running to play finals in 2014, but the Bulldogs have now won three straight matches and even more impressively is the fact that two of those have come against the fourth-placed East Fremantle and third-placed Swan Districts.

That means that the Bulldogs enter Friday night's clash with the second-placed Subiaco full of confidence, but the Lions are guaranteed of a top-two finish this season and will be desperate to return to the winner's list ahead of the finals.

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Pickett makes immediate mark at league level for Bulldogs

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 5:05 PM - by Chris Pike

JARROD Pickett has made an immediate impact in his first three WAFL league matches with South Fremantle and that has only helped the recently-turned 18-year-old continue his charge to being a top AFL draft pick later this year.

While still 17 years of age, Pickett made his league debut with the Bulldogs in the Round 19 win in the derby over East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval during which he kicked a goal with his first kick and booted two majors for the day.

He then had a quiet game for most of the day the next week against Peel Thunder at Fremantle Oval before turning on a simply stunning performance in the final 10 minutes of the game.

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