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Ashton Hams wins 2015 WJ Hughes Medal

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 9:59 PM - by Chris Pike

ASHTON Hams has claimed his first WJ Hughes Medal as the South Fremantle Football Club fairest and best award winner capping off a tremendous 2015 WAFL season that included him representing Western Australia and earning life membership at the Bulldogs.

Hams had a tremendous season for South Fremantle with the 29-year-old dual premiership player spending the majority of the season in the midfield, averaging 29.9 possessions a game being tremendously consistent not having a game with less than 17 touches.

Along the way, he had 10 matches with 30 or more disposals and in the last 10 games of the 2015 season he was particularly outstanding averaging 33 possessions.

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Bulldogs end dominant reserves season with premiership

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 10:47 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle's reserves were the dominant team all season and didn’t trip up in the Grand Final at Domain Stadium on Sunday beating Swan Districts by 71 points for a second premiership in three years.

South Fremantle lost just two games all season long in the reserves and had won its last eight straight matches coming into the grand final, but it was Swan Districts who handed the Bulldogs their last defeat back in Round 14.

And Swans came into the grand final in good form following finals victories over West Perth and Subiaco, but come the decider it was a fresher and stronger South Fremantle line-up that was in control most of the contest despite the black-and-whites booting the first goal.

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Reserves Grand Final Preview v Swan Districts

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 2:58 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle has been the dominant team in the WAFL reserves competition all season long but Swan Districts is the last team to defeat the Bulldogs setting up Sunday's grand final at Domain Stadium.

South Fremantle won 18 of its 20 matches throughout the 2015 home and away season to finish four games clear on top of the ladder, and then won straight through into the grand final with a 47-point second semi-final victory over Subiaco at Medibank Stadium.

Swan Districts, meanwhile, has built some good momentum heading into the finals winning 10 of its last 11 matches before losing to Subiaco by two points in the qualifying final but then going on to beat West Perth by 32 points in the first semi-final and the Lions by 61 points in the preliminary final last Sunday.

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Bulldogs hungry for another reserves premiership in Mugambwa's farewell

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 6:58 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle has been the dominant reserves team all season and now coach Tony Walters is looking to finish the job in Sunday's grand final against Swan Districts in what will be Paul Mugambwa's final game with the Bulldogs.

South Fremantle's league team might have not made the finals since 2011, but the reserves have again delivered an outstanding 2015 season to have a chance of winning a second premiership in three years with Walters as coach.

The Bulldogs finished the home and away season with an 18-2 record to be four games clear as minor premiers earning them a break in the first week of the finals ahead of a second semi-final against Subiaco.

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Player Column – Dylan Ross Grand Final

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 4:41 PM - by Dylan Ross

IT has been hard over the last couple of weeks to keep this Sunday's grand final out of your mind. Any grand final is an exciting time to be part of and this is always the time of year you want to be playing footy. With the week off that we earned last week it kind of magnifies things, and it really gets you going and excited for what's to come.

We set ourselves for a big game against Subiaco in the second semi-final and Wilbur has been onto us through the whole finals series about keeping things similar, and keeping our attitude right. When that attitude is right, the effort is naturally there and we set ourselves for a big one two weeks ago, and we ended up with 23 contributors in a strong team effort to make the grand final. You only have to look at the statistics from the game and apart from maybe Colly and Bewy, most of the other blokes shared the load which was good.

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Ashton Hams leads Bulldogs hopes in Sandover Medal

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 2:57 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle hasn’t had a Sandover Medal winner since Toby McGrath back in the premiership year of 2005 but that could very well change this Monday night with Ashton Hams one of the hot favourites.

Hams has continued to put together one of the great modern careers of a South Fremantle footballer and if he's able to add a Sandover Medal to his growing resume, then it will only serve to add to his growing reputation.

The 29-year-old has already played in two premierships with South Fremantle, is a grand final and state game Simpson Medal winner, has played for WA twice and is a life member of the Bulldogs having reached his 150-game milestone late in the 2015 season.

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Dominant Bulldogs reserves advance straight to grand final

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 10:49 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle's reserves have been the dominant team right throughout the 2015 WAFL season and are now one win away from a second premiership in three years following a 47-point second semi-final win over Subiaco on Sunday.

South Fremantle's reserves finished the home and away season four games clear on top of the ladder as minor premiers to earn the bye in the first week of the finals as Subiaco beat Swan Districts in the qualifying final to set up Sunday's second semi-final at Medibank Stadium.

And it was the Bulldogs who dominated from the outset kicking the only six goals of the first quarter and then they were never really challenged the rest of the afternoon cruising to the 14.17 (101) to 7.12 (54) victory.

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Reserves Second Semi-Final Preview v Subiaco

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 12:15 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle looks to continue its dominant season in the reserves by moving straight through to the grand final but standing in the way is a Subiaco team in the second semi-final strengthened by players still hoping for a league opportunity and with home ground advantage.

The game will begin proceedings on Sunday at Medibank Stadium with South Fremantle looking for an eighth straight win to try and win a second reserves premiership in three years, but Subiaco just missed out on a flag last year and will be looking to go one better this year.

Subiaco moved into the second semi-final by winning a thriller over Swan Districts last Sunday and now the winner between the Bulldogs and Lions will be straight into the grand final while the loser will take on either Swan Districts or West Perth in the preliminary final.

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Selection dilemmas the only headache as Bulldogs reserves begin flag tilt

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 9:59 AM - by Chris Pike

THE only thing giving South Fremantle reserves coach Tony Walters headaches heading into Sunday's second semi-final against Subiaco is how to fit more than 30 capable and qualified players into the Bulldogs' team to play at Medibank Stadium.

South Fremantle's reserves dominated the 2015 home and away season winning 18 of 20 matches to be four games clear on top to claim the minor premiership, and then earn the week off in the first week of the finals before beginning the quest for a second flag in three years.

With South Fremantle's league side missing finals for a fourth straight season, that means that the likes of Jacob Dragovich, Mitch Carter, James Laurino, Josh Branchi, Zac Strom, Tim Stewart, Kade Stewart and Matthew Ah Siu return for the reserves after finishing the season in the senior side.

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Player Column – Dylan Ross Second Semi-Final

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 4:52 PM - by Dylan Ross

THIS year hasn’t been the greatest for myself personally. I've had a few challenges to go through and it's come to the pointy end of the season now where I've hit some form, but unfortunately the league boys aren’t in the finals.

I'm just putting all my concentration now into the finals series with the twos. Everyone goes through a tough year from time to time, but you just have to deal with it and push on from it.

I reckon my last three or four games in the twos had been really solid and I put some good numbers up, played some good footy and my defensive side was really good as well. If the league team was still alive I'd like to think I'd be knocking on the door to get a game by now, and if I got selected or not that would be up to the match committee.

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