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Qualifying Final Preview v Peel Thunder

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 10:41 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle heads into Saturday's WAFL qualifying final on a nine-game winning run and looking to get a measure of revenge on Peel Thunder and book in for a shot against Subiaco.

South Fremantle will host Peel Thunder in Saturday's qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval to open the AHG WAFL Finals Series for 2017 and it's shaping as a tremendous contest with plenty on the line.

South Fremantle earned the right to host the clash by finishing in second position at the end of the home and away season with a 16-4 record and currently being on a nine-game winning streak.

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Player Column – Tim Kelly Qualifying Final

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 3:12 PM - by Tim Kelly

IT is nice that the finals are here now and we've worked very hard to earn the right to have a home final. The boys and I now can't wait to get out there on Saturday.

Even though we might have known we were going to finish second for a while, we haven’t wanted to take our foot off the pedal at all and every game is a chance to practice good habits and to play the brand of footy we want to play. 

It can be challenging with a week like last week knowing you are playing the same team two weeks in-a-row, but we're not going to have the same team as last Saturday and neither will they. We know that this Saturday will be a whole different challenge and we are looking forward to it.

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Match Day Info – Qualifying Final

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 9:03 AM

SOUTH Fremantle is back to Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday to open the 2017 AHG WAFL Finals hosting the Qualifying Final against Peel Thunder.

The Bulldogs finished the WAFL season in second position on the ladder with a 16-4 record and having won nine straight matches to set up Saturday's clash with the reigning premiers at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

The game bounces down at 2.10pm with finals in the colts and reserves to be played earlier in the day at the ground. The league contest will be shown live on 7mate from 2pm.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Round 23

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:25 AM - by Chris Pike

WHAT South Fremantle coach Todd Curley had to say following the Round 23 victory against Peel Thunder in Mandurah and looking ahead to this Saturday's WAFL qualifying final against the same opponent at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

QUESTION: This was always going to be an interesting in games in terms of nothing riding on the result, but if you can keep playing well and beat the team you are playing the next week in a final it's never a bad thing?
ANSWER:
It's a funny one with how to approach when you don’t have much to gain and we were a bit sluggish early but I thought in the second half we played some pretty good footy and we are going into the finals in pretty good shape.

Q: Did you treat it just like any other game or how did you approach it?
A:
We obviously wanted to win and we've been pretty consistent so realistically the result takes care of itself if you play the right way. There were a few areas we identified in the first half we could get better at but the second half was better.

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Bulldogs make it nine straight heading into finals

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 6:57 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle will enter the WAFL finals for 2017 on a nine-game winning streak after beating Peel Thunder by 34 points in Mandurah on Saturday.
 
The two teams were already guaranteed of finishing second and third on the WAFL ladder at the end of the home and away season regardless of what happened in Mandurah on Saturday.
 
With them also set to face each other in the first week of the finals, it was always going to be intriguing how the teams went about the contest as well. Read More ...

Round 23 Preview v Peel Thunder

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 1:26 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle is back from the bye and looking to continue its winning run and stretching it to nine entering the finals ahead of Saturday's clash with Peel Thunder in the WAFL final round on Saturday at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

The two teams are guaranteed to finish second and third respectively come the end of the home and away season no matter what happens in Mandurah on Saturday.

That means that South Fremantle will be hosting Peel Thunder in next week's qualifying final on Saturday afternoon at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

That sets the stage for a trial run for both clubs on Saturday at Bendigo Bank Stadium, but winning form is always preferred heading into any finals campaign and a potential psychological blow could be struck if one team is able to get hold of the other in the contest.

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Player Column – Josh Pullman Round 23

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM - by Josh Pullman

WITH one game remaining in the home and away season, the business end of the year has arrived. 

This week, we’re up against Peel down at Bendigo Bank Stadium. 

I’m of the opinion that people who believe games like this are just a formality before finals time haven’t grasped the importance of momentum and confidence in sport. 

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Efficient Bulldogs win eighth straight with victory over Tigers

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 3:45 PM - by Chris Pike
SOUTH Fremantle started on fire, kicked away with the breeze again in the third quarter and came away with an eighth straight win on Saturday beating a desperate Claremont by 32 points at Claremont Oval.
 
South Fremantle came into the clash at Claremont Oval unable to move from second position on the ladder but there were plenty of pressure on for spots at the Bulldogs meaning no player in the 22 will be looking to drop their form over the last three weeks.
 
Meanwhile, Claremont just had to win to stay a realistic finals chance in 2017 setting the stage for a terrific contest.  Read More ...

Round 21 Preview v Claremont

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:41 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle heads to Claremont Oval to take on a desperate Claremont on Saturday with the Bulldogs shooting for an eighth straight victory to continue to gear up for the upcoming finals campaign.

Claremont returns to its redeveloped home of Claremont Oval on Saturday hosting South Fremantle and needing to win to stay in contention for the finals.

It is a big task for the Tigers up against an in-form Bulldogs team who are on a seven-game winning streak to have guaranteed second position and a home qualifying final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

South Fremantle might not be able to move from second position but will want to ensure it enters the finals in good form on top of there being plenty of pressure within the team for spots so the Bulldogs still have plenty to play for.

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Higgins' passion for Bulldogs shines ahead of 100th game

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 10:37 AM - by Chris Pike

HAVING come to terms with the West Coast-aligned East Perth not being the place for him, Brock Higgins almost moved to Melbourne but he was persuaded to join South Fremantle and as he approaches his 100th WAFL game he admits it's the best decision he ever made.

Higgins had shown good signs as an emerging big man at East Perth but after missing out on selection in the finals in 2013 having played 14 games during the home and away season, he was on the lookout for a new home.

Initially he thought he would move to Melbourne, but then South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby was persuasive enough to make him decide to join the Bulldogs and four years later, he couldn’t be happier with the decision he made.

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