ROUND 3 PREVIEW V CLAREMONT

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 4:02 PM by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle has started the 2020 WAFL Premiership Season in fine style but there's no question the biggest test for the Bulldogs yet will come this Saturday at the hands of Claremont.

South Fremantle is back home to play Claremont on Saturday afternoon at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in a clash where the two teams come in having won their opening two matches in 2020.

That means that the winner will race out to a 3-0 start and sit clear on top of the WAFL ladder and in the shortened season due to COVID-19, that would put them in a tremendous spot to lay a claim to a place in the finals.

The game gets underway at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday from 3.05pm and if you can't be there in person, you can tune in and watch it live on Channel 7.

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South Fremantle and Claremont have both started the 2020 season impressively with the Bulldogs opening up with a 95-point thumping of East Fremantle and backing up with a hard fought eight-point victory at Joondalup against West Perth last Saturday.

Claremont opened its season by beating the premiers of the past two seasons, Subiaco, before backing it up with a solid showing at home last week to Swan Districts.

That sets the stage for the two undefeated sides to lock horns at Fremantle Community Bank Oval where they are no strangers to one another.

Both in the qualifying final and preliminary final of last year did the two teams meet at the same ground with South Fremantle winning on both occasions with the latter triumph seeing the Bulldogs book in a Grand Final berth before going on to lose to Subiaco a week later.

South Fremantle has made two changes to the team that defeated West Perth last Saturday and they are two of the biggest inclusions you can get.

Captain Dylan Main returns after injuring his ribs in the Round 1 win against East Fremantle in a typically inspirational chase down tackle.

Haiden Schloithe is also back having felt a twinge in his upper leg during his 150-game milestone back two weeks ago against the Sharks.

The two unlucky players to lose their place in the Bulldogs line-up are Kyle Russell and Tom Blechynden, but depth and overall health of the group is a great strength of South Fremantle right now.

Claremont has made just the one change with Anthony Davis in for Ben Edwards.

South Fremantle coach Todd Curley is looking forward to welcoming back Main and Schloithe after taking the cautious approach with the pair last week while looking forward to the challenge that Claremont will present on Saturday.

"All expectations are that they will be right go. If they played sore this week then they might carry that soreness for a few weeks or even the whole season so we thought it best they sit out and get right," Curley said.

"I haven’t seen a whole heap of them but obviously they had a great win against Subi and then won again against Swans. We played them three times within about five weeks last year and they were all really competitive and great games. 

"All the games we've had against them the past few years have been pretty good and close games which could go either way. We look forward to it, can't wait and hopefully we get a nice, fine day and another big crowed at Fremantle Oval."
 


ROUND 3 – OPTUS WAFL PREMIERSHIP SEASON
SOUTH FREMANTLE v CLAREMONT – FREMANTLE COMMUNITY BANK OVAL, SATURDAY 3.05PM

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