Bulldogs just fall short in Kris Miller's 300th WAFL game

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 3:52 PM - by Chris Pike

PERTH stormed home at Fremantle Oval on Friday night to come back from 44 points behind to beat South Fremantle by five points in Kris Miller's 300th WAFL match.

The Bulldogs shot out of the blocks with eight goals to two in the first quarter and then were 44 points in front when Jacob Martinez kicked his third goal to start the second term, and looked on track to celebrate the remarkable feat of Miller in the best possible way.
However, the Demons have new found belief, confidence and hardness it appears in 2014 and they managed to whittle down that deficit, hit the front in the fourth quarter to lead by 17 points in the dying minutes.
Two late goals to Craig White and captain Ryan Cook, trying desperately to win for their teammate Miller, brought South Fremantle back to within five points with the ball back to the middle with only 40 seconds left on the clock.
South Fremantle made one more attacking foray and full-forward Ben Saunders almost latched onto a mark in the goal square, but it wasn’t paid and the siren sounded as Perth recorded a remarkable 19.9 (123) to 18.10 (118) victory.
It was a night of WAFL football that simply had it all.
Miller's achievement of reaching 300 WAFL games is something that is unlikely to be repeated in the modern game.
The 33-year-old previously played 153 games at East Fremantle before joining South Fremantle in 2007 where he has now added a further 147 matches, won three fairest and best awards and played in the 2009 premiership.
It was a heart-warming scene seeing him enter Fremantle Oval on Friday night carrying his newborn son Noah in his arms while his daughters Hannah and Charlotte ran out with him decked out in Bulldogs jumpers with No. 9 on the back and 'Daddy' written above the number.
Their mother, and his wife Jenae was there to greet them after they led the South Fremantle team out through the banner.
Miller then went on to spend most of the game on the ball for the Bulldogs and worked tirelessly finishing with 19 possessions and eight tackles before being chaired off by Craig White and Adam Guglielmana, as both teams formed a guard of honour.
On top of Miller's milestone, a good crowd turned out to Fremantle Oval to watch the clash that turned into a classic contest.
South Fremantle was clearly inspired by Miller's milestone and after a disappointing Round 1 showing, played brilliant football in the first quarter and-a-half to lead by 44 points.
However, Perth was coming off a 65-point win over Claremont and with the experience of the three Morton brothers playing together for the first time – Jarryd, Cale and Mitch, the Demons never gave in and stormed home for a victory they will remember for years to come.
The Morton brothers were all outstanding as well with Sydney premiership player Mitch spending most of the game on the ball and ending up with 18 possessions and two goals.
Cale added 18 touches and two goals as well as six inside-50 entries while across half-back, Jarryd finished with 18 possessions.
Young small forward Callum Collard booted five goals for the Demons as well while Brennan Stack kicked three goals.
Dene White was outstanding in the midfield with24 possessions, six tackles and two goals with Gerald Ugle collecting 23 disposals, Kieran Hug 21, Reese Richardson 20, Cameron Manuel 20 and Michael Florio 20.
The ruck battle between Mitchell Lleyendekkers and James Sellar was also fascinating with the Demon finishing with 11 touches, seven tackles, 41 hit outs and a goal and the Bulldog 13 possessions and 32 hit outs.
Martinez kicked his three goals early for the Bulldogs and finished the night with 19 possessions and fellow young Indigenous star Marlon Pickett was simply brilliant with 26 possessions, six hit outs, five tackles and three goals.
Adam Guglielmana and Ben Saunders both kicked two goals apiece for South Fremantle as well.
Captain Cook also finished with 25 possessions while Brendan Verrier had 21 touches, Tim Kelly 24 and Shaun Bewick 18.
Nick Borovac was outstanding in defence especially in the first half shutting down Perth captain Paul Bevan forcing him to be moved into defence in the second half.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 8.2 12.6 14.9 18.10 (118)
PERTH 2.1 8.4 13.6 19.9 (123)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Pickett, Martinez 3; Saunders, Guglielmana 2; Schloithe, Bewick, Kelly, B Verrier, White, Sokol, Cook, Hams. 
Best: Pickett, Cook, Borovac, Kelly, B Verrier, Martinez, Miller, Guglielmana.
PERTH – Goals: Collard 5; Stack 3; M Morton, White, C Morton 2; Boyle, Hug, Houghton, Lleyendekkers, Leeson.
Best: White, Collard, M Morton, Ugle, Manuel, C Morton, Florio.
By Chris PikePERTH stormed home at Fremantle Oval on Friday night to come back from 44 points behind to beat South Fremantle by five points in Kris Miller's 300th WAFL match.

The Bulldogs shot out of the blocks with eight goals to two in the first quarter and then were 44 points in front when Jacob Martinez kicked his third goal to start the second term, and looked on track to celebrate the remarkable feat of Miller in the best possible way.

However, the Demons have new found belief, confidence and hardness it appears in 2014 and they managed to whittle down that deficit, hit the front in the fourth quarter to lead by 17 points in the dying minutes.

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Round 2 Preview v Perth

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 5:01 PM - by Chris Pike

THIS Friday night is a massive occasion at Fremantle Oval with South Fremantle's home-opener for 2014 with the Bulldogs desperate for their first win of the season and to also celebrate the remarkable achievement of Kris Miller playing his 300th WAFL match.

Night football has always been a popular fixture at Fremantle Oval and there is no better way for South Fremantle's first home match of season 2014 to take place than under lights this Friday night against Perth with bounce down at 7pm.
South Fremantle's season didn’t get off to the best start last Saturday night in a 38-point loss to Subiaco at Leederville's Medibank Stadium either, so the Bulldogs will be desperate to get their first win on the board this Friday night especially after losing the opening seven matches of 2013.
Perth won't be an easy opponent, though, with the Demons coming off a 65-point win over Claremont last Saturday.
The Bulldogs over time have enjoyed their home games at Fremantle Oval on Friday nights, though, and have a good run in recent times against the Demons.
Since 2004, South Fremantle has won 23 of the 34 night matches hosted at Fremantle Oval.
South Fremantle and Perth have played out some remarkable contests in recent years under lights at the port as well with the Bulldogs storming back from being 50 points down at three quarter-time to win in Round 2, 2012 while the Demons scored a one-point win in 2011.
Perth might have won all three matches over South Fremantle in 2013 but before that between 2002 and 2012, the Bulldogs won 17 out of 24 matches in a dominant period against the Demons.
South Fremantle has no outs at this stage from its team that lost to Subiaco last week with Toby Bairstow, James Laurino and Brendan Verrier coming into the squad.
Meanwhile from the Perth team that thumped Claremont at home last Saturday, Sydney Swans AFL premiership player Mitch Morton comes in to make his debut for the Demons while former South Fremantle colts premiership player Sean Lynch is a chance to line-up as well.
And of course just in case South Fremantle needed any added motivation to win, Kris Miller will become just the sixth player in WAFL history to play 300 matches when he runs out for his 147th appearance for the Bulldogs.
Miller is on the verge of becoming the first player in history to reach 150 games at two clubs and with a career already consisting of a premiership and four fairest and best awards, he will go down as one of the WAFL's all-time greats.
RESERVES SQUAD – Saturday 2pm
T Bairstow, M Banks, T Bennell, M Bolger, S Borovac, M Carter, E Collard, A Collica, J D'Vauz, A Gillespie, M Gundry, J Hall, L Harvey, K Hogan, J Laurino, J Louthean, L Lucev, K Matera, M Nicholson, N Olds, S Panizza, J Pantano, J Parry, T Stewart, Z Strom, J Symmans, J Tartaglia, B Verrier, M Walley
COLTS SQUAD – Saturday 11.25am
C Ah Chee, M Ah Siu, B Colbung, B Collier, J Culleton, J Depane, B Donaldson, J Dragovich, B Fimmano, W Frampton, J Garlett, C Loersch, B Matera, J McComb, G McLeod, J McMaster, B McPhail, J Mirco, D Moore, A Nodari, L Pearson, J Pickett, C Salmon, O Sexton, K Stewart, N Strom, B Truss, T Wheeler
By Chris PikTHIS Friday night is a massive occasion at Fremantle Oval with South Fremantle's home-opener for 2014 with the Bulldogs desperate for their first win of the season and to also celebrate the remarkable achievement of Kris Miller playing his 300th WAFL match.

Night football has always been a popular fixture at Fremantle Oval and there is no better way for South Fremantle's first home match of season 2014 to take place than under lights this Friday night against Perth with bounce down at 7pm.

South Fremantle's season didn’t get off to the best start last Saturday night in a 38-point loss to Subiaco at Leederville's Medibank Stadium either, so the Bulldogs will be desperate to get their first win on the board this Friday night especially after losing the opening seven matches of 2013.

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Red and WHITE – Craig White Column Round 2

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 7:38 PM - by Craig White

I HAVE done some sums and out of my 158 games, I've played 122 so far with Millsy and there's only been one game at South Fremantle since 2007 aside from when I was away in 2012 that I haven’t played with him.

For me to be at the top of the list of guys he has played with is something we will probably talk about when we get a bit older. He has been someone I have enjoyed playing my footy with and to know that I am the guy he has played with the most over his career is something I'm actually pretty chuffed about.
It is something we will speak a lot about this week and make a pretty big deal about it. We will need to draw upon as much inspiration as we can to get a win on the board to get the ball rolling. His 300th game comes at a good time so we can put a little bit more emphasis on this game as well. You don’t want to think you can try extra hard for a game, but I don’t think anyone will play 300 games in the WAFL ever again so it's a remarkable occasion to be part of. I'm really looking forward to it.
It is a pretty amazing feat to get to 300 games and it's not something I can even think about. I've been playing since 2004 and apart from that one year I was away, haven’t missed too many games along the way and I'm only up to 158. It just shows the durability and quality of player that he is. He has missed four or five games since his debut in 1999 and it's just an amazing effort, and I can't see it happening ever again.
It's an amazing feat what he is about to accomplish. Not only is he about to play 300 games, but in a couple of weeks he will become the first player to ever play 150 games at two different clubs. The durability and mental strength to keep getting through pre-seasons to do that is just amazing.
When I started my league career in 2004, he was still at East Fremantle and someone we put a lot of time into trying to stop. They had a good midfield brigade there in the mid-2000s.
I can still remember the last derby of 2006, and the last one that both Tim Malseed and Millsy ended up playing for East Fremantle before coming across to South, and they towelled us up ending up with over 50 possessions and five goals between them, so as an opponent we always knew how much quality Millsy had.
But he has been able to play just as good footy at South Fremantle. He has repaid us by winning a few best and fairests, but he definitely gave good service to East Fremantle before that as well.
At that time, we already had big Bourkey with us from the year before and then in 2007 Malseed and Miller joined us from East Fremantle. We kind of had an inkling that people weren’t all that happy at East Fremantle, but from day one when he arrived he has fitted in with the group. It has obviously been beneficial to the club and he's a people's person who fits in quite easily wherever he goes.
Millsy is deceivingly quicker than you think. A lot of people see him as being slow, but he makes himself look a bit quicker whenever the ball is in the vicinity and then his cleanliness with the ball when he has brings other people into the game, which is probably his biggest strength.
He is just such a natural ball-winner and is clean with his hands. Some players might get 10 or 12 touches and not be effective, but he can only have that much of it and still be effective and set up goals. He is still a strong contributor to team and will do that for the rest of this year, and whatever he decides from there then so be it.
In my list of WAFL players I've played with or against, I left him out of my top three last year and Millsy was quick to point that out to me, so I probably have to put him fourth. I think he has been the best in-and-under player I've played with in terms of using his hands and then his ability to go forward and kick a goal as well.
Millsy does love a footy trip and I don’t think he ever missed one so he definitely wears the pants in the family, but he's not the best performer. He does tend to take it a little easy and he might not go as hard as what some of the other boys do. There was even one instance in Queenstown, New Zealand where he was caught throwing shots over his shoulder into the wall.
He definitely has Andrew McCarrey covered though. Macca is one of the worst I've ever seen on a footy trip and to Millsy's credit, he is always up and about on footy trips and is a joy to have a drink with.
Closer to home, after every game he likes to visit his 24-hour deli on the corner of Stock Rd and Leach Hwy there. His favourite food there is the battered chewy so that has been his weekly ritual after games which has seen him get through 299 of them so far.
By Craig WhiteI HAVE done some sums and out of my 158 games, I've played 122 so far with Millsy and there's only been one game at South Fremantle since 2007 aside from when I was away in 2012 that I haven’t played with him.

For me to be at the top of the list of guys he has played with is something we will probably talk about when we get a bit older. He has been someone I have enjoyed playing my footy with and to know that I am the guy he has played with the most over his career is something I'm actually pretty chuffed about.

For the record and by my reckoning, I have played 122 games with Millsy while Andrew McCarrey has played 118, Paul Mugambwa 117, Tim Malseed 115 and Toby McGrath 105 - who just happened to produce this cracking picture of the great man.

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Miller's 300-game white boots up for auction

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 1:42 PM - by Chris Pike

IN 299 WAFL matches, Kris Miller has never worn anything but his black Puma King football boots – but that will change this Friday night as he becomes the sixth player in league history to reach the triple-century with the game ball and his specially-designed white boots up for auction.

Miller has had made a special pair of white Puma King boots embroidered with 300 that he will wear just for the occasion of his 300th WAFL match which will take place this Friday night at Fremantle Oval when he lines up for South Fremantle against Perth.
The 33-year-old will only get the boots on Thursday after having them embroidered in the eastern states, have one training session in them on Thursday night and then wear them in the game on Friday night.
By reaching 300 WAFL matches, Miller joins Bill Dempsey, Mel Whinnen, Jack Sheedy, Bill Walker and Brian Peake as the only other WAFL players to ever reach the triple-century mark in the long and storied history of the WAFL.
That is why he decided to play his very first, and likely only, game of his remarkable career without his trademark black boots.
Since making his WAFL debut in 1999 with East Fremantle, Miller went on to play 153 games with the Sharks and win a fairest and best award before joining South Fremantle for the 2007 season.
At the Bulldogs, Miller has now played another 146 matches, played in the 2009 premiership and won three more fairest and best awards.
He now will add another remarkable achievement on Friday night and the boots for the occasion will be the prizes awarded for a raffle that will take place at Fremantle Oval during the match.
Tickets will be sold at Fremantle Oval on Friday night to raise money for the boots and ball and will be available $10 for six, $5 for three and $2 for one.
By Chris PikeIN 299 WAFL matches, Kris Miller has never worn anything but his black Puma King football boots – but that will change this Friday night as he becomes the sixth player in league history to reach the triple-century with the game ball and his specially-designed white boots up for auction.

Miller has had made a special pair of white Puma King boots embroidered with 300 that he will wear just for the occasion of his 300th WAFL match which will take place this Friday night at Fremantle Oval when he lines up for South Fremantle against Perth.

The 33-year-old will only get the boots on Thursday after having them embroidered in the eastern states, have one training session in them on Thursday night and then wear them in the game on Friday night.

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Miller proud to not be limping to 300 games

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:10 AM - by Chris Pike

CONSISTENCY, quality and longevity easily sum up the remarkable WAFL career of Kris Miller who this Friday night will join the all-time greats of West Australian football becoming just the sixth player in the competition's storied history to play 300 matches.

Miller has never missed a game through injury in his entire career that began at East Fremantle in 1999 and while he hasn’t missed a game, there has been no drop off in form either throughout each one of his 299 matches in the WAFL to date either as a midfielder or half-forward.
Over 153 matches at East Fremantle that saw him earn life membership, win a Lynn Medal and play in the losing 2000 grand final, he was one of the Sharks' best players the entire time no matter how the club was performing.
Remarkably, since arriving at South Fremantle in 2007 he has had an ever better period of his career both in terms of individual accolades and team success though.
A premiership was what he craved and he achieved that in 2009 while winning one of his three WJ Hughes Medals as South Fremantle fairest and best in the same year.
He is now closing in on life membership at the Bulldogs, but before that becomes just the sixth player in WAFL history to play 300 games this Friday night at Fremantle Oval against Perth – after Bill Dempsey, Mel Whinnen, Jack Sheedy, Bill Walker and Brian Peake.
Miller is excited to reach the milestone this Friday night to see him join that list of champions of WAFL football and it's unlikely to be a feat repeated with East Perth's Craig Wulff the next longest-serving current player with 223 matches under his belt.
"It's exciting actually and it has obviously been a long time coming. I have been thinking about it for a while and at the end of last year I didn’t know if I would be able to play on or not, so it has sort of been hovering around for six months. It is pretty exciting for me and my family I think so I'm looking forward to it," Miller said.
"If you look at the names of the players who have done it, they are in the upper echelon of the history of WA football. If I can't be anywhere near as good as them, at least my name is up there among those players for something with the games we've played.
"I think it's something that is pretty special and it will probably mean even more when I finish and can look back and say I got to 300 games."
Miller isn’t sure what his secret to being so durable has been, but not having serious injuries to keep him sidelined has certainly help as has the fact that his form has always been so strong over 299 matches that has never seen him being in danger of being dropped.
"I'm not sure there is a secret to it. I suppose I've been lucky with injuries. Really I have got there because of a lot of luck and fortunately I have been able to play good enough footy where generally my head hasn’t been on the chopping block. I try to pride myself on being a good, consistent player week in week out, year after year," he said.
"One of the proudest things with my career I have is that I like to think I have been really consistent the whole way through.
"Getting to your 100 or 150 or 200 or 250-game milestones is one thing, but I'm proud that I don’t think I have been towed along to any of them and instead I've been partially doing the towing for whatever team I've played for. That sits more with me than anything that I know that I have been doing a good job for my team and earned my spot for 300 games now."
Through his first 153 matches, Miller was as passionate about East Fremantle as anybody and certainly didn’t think that he would end up playing more matches with the Bulldogs by the end of his career.
"I remember saying when I got to 150 games that I felt I could play for another five years but you just don’t know what will happen and as it turns out that was only halfway through my career," he said.
"This is now my eighth year at Souths and I never imagined playing here this long, but they came along at the right time and the premiership I won here was the ultimate achievement in my career."
Miller was disappointed with what happened at the end of 2006 to see him end up departing East Fremantle prematurely, but the result for him personally has been the best thing to ever happen to his career.
He fitted in at South Fremantle instantly and will be remembered as a great of the Bulldogs in his own right as a life member, three-time fairest and best winner and a premiership player.
And when you consider he had a whole 153-game career under his belt when he arrived at Fremantle Oval, the Miller story is a remarkable one, will never be repeated and will see him always remembered now as an all-time great of WA football.
"What happened at East Fremantle happened but not in my wildest dreams at that point did I imagine I would still end up playing 300 games and earn life membership at Souths after doing the same thing at East Fremantle," Miller said.
"It's just funny how things turn out. I loved my majority of time at East Fremantle when I was there as well and things turned a bit sour, but that wasn’t through my decisions. Things happen and I wasn’t interested in being part of the direction they were going.
"John Dimmer was down here and I liked the way he went about things and it was only another five minutes down the road so it was convenient as well for me.
"South Fremantle has embraced me since I arrived and I certainly have embraced South Fremantle so I am comfortable that I have got as much out of them as they have from me."
By Chris PikeCONSISTENCY, quality and longevity easily sum up the remarkable WAFL career of Kris Miller who this Friday night will join the all-time greats of West Australian football becoming just the sixth player in the competition's storied history to play 300 matches.

Miller has never missed a game through injury in his entire career that began at East Fremantle in 1999 and while he hasn’t missed a game, there has been no drop off in form either throughout each one of his 299 matches in the WAFL to date either as a midfielder or half-forward.

Over 153 matches at East Fremantle that saw him earn life membership, win a Lynn Medal and play in the losing 2000 grand final, he was one of the Sharks' best players the entire time no matter how the club was performing.

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Unexpected inspiration spurs Miller on to 300 games

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 2:25 PM - by Chris Pike

KRIS Miller found some inspiration from an unexpected source over the summer that made his decision to play on in 2014 for him and now this Friday night that will result in him reaching 300 WAFL games in a remarkable milestone.

Miller has been playing WAFL football since he made his league debut in 1999 with East Fremantle and he has been at South Fremantle since 2007, and his durability has been remarkable as he now prepares to become just the sixth player in history to play his 300th game this Friday night against Perth at Fremantle Oval.
The 300-game milestone was only two matches away when Miller finished his 2013 season at South Fremantle where once again his form showed no signs of dropping away despite playing a different role in the forward-line in the second half of the campaign than the on-ball role he's accustomed to.
However, it was not a foregone conclusion that the 33-year-old would play on in 2014 despite the rare 300-game mark being so close.
His best mate, and coach, Paul Hasleby made it clear he had to earn his spot in the team and would be handed nothing, and Miller's pride in his consistently strong form over 298 games meant he would not allow himself to play unless fully committed.
He started pre-season training at the Bulldogs, but it wasn’t until he was inspired at the Busselton Iron Man event in early December that he decided that he would be playing on for at least one more WAFL season.
"I started training in the pre-season and people might not believe this, but I honestly didn’t know if I would play. I knew I had to start training to give myself a chance if I wanted to play because if I hadn’t been training and decided to play, I would have had too much catching up to do," Miller said.
"The time I actually made the decision was when I went down to the Busselton Iron Man because my sister competed in that. Seeing all the people competing was inspirational and she did well, but what stuck out was one guy who finished it with only one leg.
"That made me think that if he could do an iron man on one leg, that I could get through at least another season of playing football. That was the actual point that I decided I was playing, up to then I wasn’t sure and I obviously didn’t go down there knowing that would happen."
As much as Miller is looking forward to Friday night himself to enjoy reaching 300 games, he knows that it likely is even more special for his family and those close to him.
In recent years when he has reached the 200 and 250-game mark, the occasions have served as somewhat of a reunion for old mates, teammates and certainly a lot of family members and this Friday night is no different.
Miller is looking forward to seeing the enjoyment his family and friends get out of the occasion – especially his ever present parents plus his brother and sister, and wife Jenae, daughters Hannah and Charlotte, and newborn son Noah.
"I think it means just as much to my family, and maybe more, than it does to me. My parents have hardly missed any games and I have been out there playing so I get that enjoyment naturally, but for them recognition of a milestone like this reflects a lot on what their support has meant," he said.
"They might even get more enjoyment out of it than me at the moment as well so they are all very excited about it, I know that."
Playing 300 WAFL games is not an achievement that should be sneezed at.
While still a special achievement in the AFL, there is no question it is a lot easier to spend 16 years in the AFL as a full-time footballer than it is in the WAFL where the demands at the football club are huge but on top of that players must work to make a living and build a family.
Remarkably as well as his decorated playing career that has seen him play 153 games at East Fremantle where he won a fairest and best, and now 146 more at South Fremantle with a premiership and three club champion awards, the rest of Miller's life is successful too.
He is doing well with his business Country Solar WA while his family at home has recently expanded with son Noah joining daughters Hannah and Charlotte, but Miller is fully aware he wouldn’t have been able to play in the WAFL for as long as he has without the support of his wife Jenae.
"It's bloody hard on my family to be honest. I'm gone early in the mornings for work and then get home and have to shoot off for training straight away a lot of the time. My wife has got to do everything and our two girls have started school now, and we've just had a boy as well," Miller said.
"So she has to get the girls ready for school, make sure our boy is looked after and she has a lot she has to take care of with getting three kids in and out of the car every morning and afternoon, and everything else.
"With my business, it's hard to be around to help with a lot of that stuff as well, and then when I get home I have to go to the footy club. At the end of the day, I couldn’t have kept playing footy without her being as understanding and amazing as she has been."
With everything that is going on surrounding Miller's remarkable milestone this Friday night, it's easy to forget there are four points up for grabs.
They are an important four points as well after South Fremantle lost to Subiaco last Saturday by 38 points and now will be desperate to bounce back against Perth this Friday night at Fremantle Oval. Especially after the way they started 2013 with seven straight losses.
The last thing Miller wants is to remember his 300th game for being a loss for the Bulldogs.
"It was very disappointing and we played terribly. We lost by 38 points in the end even though we had more scoring shots and possession. There were a lot of indicators saying we went OK but we were just terrible. The bigger ground undid us a little bit and we have been working so hard, but didn’t adjust to the bigger ground at times," Miller said.
"It's massively important we win this week. Last year we were 0-7 and you can't afford to put yourselves in a position where you are chasing your tail all season. There is a lot more confidence in our squad this year and with the personnel we have to suggest that we should be going a lot better at the start of the year."
By Chris PikeKRIS Miller found some inspiration from an unexpected source over the summer that made his decision to play on in 2014 for him and now this Friday night that will result in him reaching 300 WAFL games in a remarkable milestone.

Miller has been playing WAFL football since he made his league debut in 1999 with East Fremantle and he has been at South Fremantle since 2007, and his durability has been remarkable as he now prepares to become just the sixth player in history to play his 300th game this Friday night against Perth at Fremantle Oval.

The 300-game milestone was only two matches away when Miller finished his 2013 season at South Fremantle where once again his form showed no signs of dropping away despite playing a different role in the forward-line in the second half of the campaign than the on-ball role he's accustomed to.

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Bulldogs go down to Lions in season-opener

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 8:12 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle's highly-anticipated 2014 WAFL season didn’t get off to the ideal start on Saturday at Leederville's Medibank Stadium with Subiaco ending up winning by 38 points.

Inaccuracy in front of goal proved costly for the Bulldogs as the game wore on with six straight behinds in the third quarter, and then 2.5 in the last quarter as Subiaco ran out 17.9 (111) to 9.19 (73) victors.
South Fremantle finished the game with 27 more disposals than Subiaco, 17 more entries inside the forward 50 and 28 scoring shots to 25, but converting just nine of those 65 inside-50 entries and 28 shots into goals proved costly in the end.
There were high hopes for the Bulldogs coming into 2014 and certainly one loss doesn’t change any of that, but South Fremantle will now look to bounce back quickly this Friday night at Fremantle Oval against a Perth team that thrashed Claremont by 65 points on Saturday.
Ashton Hams was clearly South Fremantle's best player on Saturday against Subiaco finishing with 32 possessions, eight inside-50 entries and a goal.
Jacob Martinez worked hard for 24 possessions while also laying six strong tackles and kicking a goal.
Haiden Schloithe also worked hard finishing with 25 disposals, seven inside 50s and four tackles while Ryan Cook had 20 touches.
The forward-line was led by Ben Saunders who kicked three goals but he did add four behinds while Adam Guglielmana and Kris Miller worked hard combining for 40 possessions, but also four points between them.
Centre half-forward Josh Pullman also had just two behinds but he continually presented hard finishing with 16 possessions, eight marks and four inside 50s.
South Fremantle's back-line stood up reasonably well led by Adam McIntosh (19 possessions), Craig White (16), Steve Mills (10), Nick Borovac (nine), Jason Maskos (15) and Dylan Ross (13).
Ruckman James Sellar made his WAFL debut and finished with 16 disposals, 27 hit outs, five tackles, four inside 50s and a goal.
Unfortunately, South Fremantle's start to the game set the tone with four straight behinds the first goal came through Saunders.
When Marlon Pickett added another and Hams also kicked one than the Bulldogs led by eight points, but by quarter-time the Lions were up by four.
However, Saunders booted the first two goals of the second quarter and South Fremantle led by seven points, but again by half-time Subiaco was out to a 10-point advantage.
South Fremantle peppered the goals in the third quarter, but managed just the six behinds while Subiaco added four goals as the Lions led by 30 points at three quarter-time.
Goals in the final term to Mugambwa, Martinez and Brock Higgins again gave South Fremantle a sniff, but the Bulldogs never got closer than 22 points before losing by 38.
Meanwhile, South Fremantle's day got off to a perfect start in the colts with the Bulldogs beating the Lions 14.7 (91) to 7.8 (50).
South Fremantle's colts did trail by 10 points at half-time, but kicked 10 goals to two in the second half to run out convincing 41-point winners.
Cameron Loersch kicked four goals for the Bulldogs and Matthew Ah Siu added three and Thomas Wheeler two.
Jacob Dragovich led the way with 30 possessions while Ah Siu gathered 28 touches, Callum Ah Chee 27, Jarrod Pickett 26, Braden Fimmano 23 and William Frampton 19 to go with 22 hit outs and six marks.
And in the reserves, the Bulldogs lost three players through injury and had to bounce back from an 11-point deficit to end up recording a terrific 11.11 (77) to 8.9 (57) victory to begin their premiership defence in style.
South Fremantle's reserves kicked eight goals to three after half-time to end up beating Subiaco by 20 points despite losing Anthony Collica, Josh Branchi and Josh Hall to injury throughout the match.
Traye Bennell and Kaiden Matera booted three goals apiece for the Bulldogs while Lewis Harvey added two.
Brendan Verrier led the way with 27 possessions while Jarrod Parry collected 26 disposals, James Laurino 25, Nick Olds 25, Mitch Carter 23 and Toby Bairstow 22.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.5 6.8 6.14 9.19 (73)
SUBIACO 4.3 8.6 12.8 17.9 (111)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Saunders 3; Higgins, Sellar, Martinez, Mugambwa, Pickett, Hams.
Best: Hams, Martinez, Sellar, Schloithe, Guglielmana, Cook, Saunders.
SUBIACO – Goals: Waters 5; Boland 4; Yarran 3; Bristow, Kayler-Thomson, Deluca, Hampson, Moore.
Best: Waters, Phelan, Twomey, Boland, Yarran, Hampson, Bristow.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle's highly-anticipated 2014 WAFL season didn’t get off to the ideal start on Saturday at Leederville's Medibank Stadium with Subiaco ending up winning by 38 points.

Inaccuracy in front of goal proved costly for the Bulldogs as the game wore on with six straight behinds in the third quarter, and then 2.5 in the last quarter as Subiaco ran out 17.9 (111) to 9.19 (73) victors.

South Fremantle finished the game with 27 more disposals than Subiaco, 17 more entries inside the forward 50 and 28 scoring shots to 25, but converting just nine of those 65 inside-50 entries and 28 shots into goals proved costly in the end.

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Hasleby sees Bulldogs as further advanced for 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 2:45 PM - by Chris Pike

PRE-season training has gone to plan, the injury list is virtually empty and some recruits have added to the depth meaning that South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby feels the Bulldogs are further advanced coming into 2014 than any other time he has been in charge.

Hasleby is now entering his third season as coach of the Bulldogs since retiring at the end of 2011 following one season back in the WAFL with South Fremantle following his glittering AFL playing career with the Fremantle Dockers.
In both the last two years, South Fremantle has got off to slow starts and been hurt by injury troubles in both instances, but been able to show a glimpse of their abilities with strong finishes.
Now coming into 2014, there are virtually no injuries, the majority of players are back again and in most cases fitter than ever, and then there is the addition to the squad of James Sellar, Brock Higgins, Steve Mills and Josh Pullman.
Hasleby is as happy as he could be with South Fremantle's preparation for the 2014 season that begins on Saturday against Subiaco at Leederville's Medibank Stadium at 4.05pm.
"We are certainly further advanced than in any time I have been coaching at this club. We have a lot of forward options and it's very handy as a coach to bring in James Sellar and Josh Pullman who will not only be outstanding contributors for us, but among the best players in the competition," Hasleby said.
"That really frees up Ben Saunders and if Paul Mugambwa can play as the fourth best forward then we know we are going to have a good team in that regard.
"We have been developing over the last couple of years with a lot of young players but we feel that this year we have the balance right with the youth mixed with some classy experience."
Pressure on for spots at South Fremantle is enormous coming into 2014 and that's exactly how any coach wants it to be.
"The best 22 will pick themselves from the work they have done over the pre-season but for us these matches is about getting confidence in the game plan," he said.
"The last two years we have started the season slowly which has put us behind the ledger and under pressure from an early period. We want to be up and about early this season and we have gone in with the mentality of trying to get as much confidence in what we are doing as we can."
Coming into 2013, a host of South Fremantle's key players had limited pre-seasons and as a result had slow starts to the season itself, but it's the totally opposite now heading into 2014 with everyone up and running, and ready to fire.
"Personnel-wise last year we came into the pre-season with a lot of injuries. We didn’t have Mugambwa training, we didn’t have Johnny Sgherza training, we didn’t have Gillespie or Borovac training either, and going into our first pre-season game Zac Strom was our only forward when we played Perth," Hasleby said.
"That meant a lot of guys missed a lot of pre-season so we were underdone, and then we lost Ben Saunders in Round 1. That is in the past, though, and it's just good having everyone available now and with some targeted recruiting, I think there is a real hunger in our group to improve and they all know there is genuine competition for spots."
By Chris PikePRE-season training has gone to plan, the injury list is virtually empty and some recruits have added to the depth meaning that South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby feels the Bulldogs are further advanced coming into 2014 than any other time he has been in charge.

Hasleby is now entering his third season as coach of the Bulldogs since retiring at the end of 2011 following one season back in the WAFL with South Fremantle following his glittering AFL playing career with the Fremantle Dockers.

In both the last two years, South Fremantle has got off to slow starts and been hurt by injury troubles in both instances, but been able to show a glimpse of their abilities with strong finishes.

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South Fremantle's 2014 senior playing squad

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 5:55 AM - by Chris Pike

HERE is a complete look at the entire South Fremantle Football Club senior playing squad for the 2014 WAFL season.

HERE is a complete look at the entire South Fremantle Football Club senior playing squad for the 2014 WAFL season.
1. HAIDEN SCHLOITHE
Age – 20
From – Katanning/Fremantle
WAFL Games – 35
WAFL Debut – 2011
SF Games – 35
SF Debut - 2011
2. ADAM GUGLIELMANA
Age – 25
From – Jandakot
WAFL Games – 72
WAFL Debut – 2008
SF Games – 72
SF Debut - 2008
3. JOHN SGHERZA
Age – 23
From – East Fremantle
WAFL Games – 31
WAFL Debut – 2010
SF Games – 25
SF Debut - 2012
4. TOBY BAIRSTOW
Age – 25
From – South Bunbury
WAFL Games – 90
WAFL Debut – 2008
SF Games – 90
SF Debut - 2008
5. JARROD PARRY
Age – 23
From – Bibra Lake
WAFL Games – 6
WAFL Debut – 2010
SF Games – 6
SF Debut - 2010
6. SHAUN BEWICK
Age – 24
From – West Perth
WAFL Games – 49
WAFL Debut – 2009
SF Games – 19
SF Debut - 2012
7. ADAM McINTOSH 
Age – 23
From – Jandakot
WAFL Games – 36
WAFL Debut – 2011
SF Games – 36
SF Debut - 2011
8. TIM KELLY
Age – 19
From – Palmyra
WAFL Games – 12
WAFL Debut – 2013
SF Games – 12
SF Debut - 2013
9. KRIS MILLER
Age – 33
From – East Fremantle
WAFL Games – 298
WAFL Debut – 1999
SF Games – 145
SF Debut - 2007
10. ANTHONY COLLICA
Age – 23
From – Kardinya
WAFL Games – 23
WAFL Debut – 2010
SF Games – 23
SF Debut - 2010
11. BROCK HIGGINS
Age – 24
From – East Perth
WAFL Games – 30
WAFL Debut – 2011
SF Games – 0
SF Debut – Yet to debut
12. JAMES LAURINO
Age – 21
From – Katanning
WAFL Games – 4
WAFL Debut – 2013
SF Games – 4
SF Debut - 2013
14. JAMES SELLAR
Age – 24
From – Melbourne
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
15. BRENDAN VERRIER
Age – 19
From – Kwinana
WAFL Games – 9
WAFL Debut – 2011
SF Games – 9
SF Debut - 2011
16. CRAIG WHITE
Age – 29
From – Williams
WAFL Games – 157
WAFL Debut – 2004
SF Games – 157
SF Debut – 2004
17. MITCH CARTER
Age – 22
From – Jandakot
WAFL Games – 23
WAFL Debut – 2010
SF Games – 23
SF Debut - 2010
18. STEVEN VERRIER
Age – 20
From – Kwinana/Richmond
WAFL Games – 1
WAFL Debut – 2011
SF Games – 1
SF Debut - 2011
19. JACOB MARTINEZ
Age – 21
From – South Coogee
WAFL Games – 27
WAFL Debut – 2012
SF Games – 27
SF Debut - 2012
20. PAUL MUGAMBWA
Age – 32
From – Bull Creek Leeming
WAFL Games – 128
WAFL Debut – 2005
SF Games – 128
SF Debut - 2005
21. ALISTAIR GILLESPIE
Age – 24
From – Claremont
WAFL Games – 26
WAFL Debut – 2011
SF Games – 20
SF Debut – 2013
22. STEPHEN MILLS
Age – 18
From – Southport, Queensland
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
23. JOSH PULLMAN
Age – 24
From – Queensland/Swan Districts
WAFL Games – 23
WAFL Debut – 2008
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
24. BEN SAUNDERS
Age – 22
From – Claremont
WAFL Games – 33
WAFL Debut – 2011
SF Games – 28
SF Debut - 2012
25. MARLON PICKETT
Age – 22
From – Swan Districts
WAFL Games – 2
WAFL Debut – 2013
SF Games – 2
SF Debut - 2013
26. BEN SOKOL
Age – 18
From – South Coogee
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
27. MYLES BOLGER
Age – 20
From – Kwinana
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
28. NICK BOROVAC
Age – 22
From – Winnacott
WAFL Games – 40
WAFL Debut – 2011
SF Games – 40
SF Debut - 2011
29. JAYDEN WOODS
Age – 24
From – Claremont
WAFL Games – 28
WAFL Debut – 2009
SF Games – 25
SF Debut - 2011
30. JUSTIN MONACO
Age – 21
From – East Fremantle
WAFL Games – 20
WAFL Debut – 2011
SF Games – 8
SF Debut - 2013
31. JAYDEN D'VAUZ
Age – 19
From – Kelmscott
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
32. RYAN COOK
Age – 26
From – Collingwood
WAFL Games – 60
WAFL Debut – 2011
SF Games – 60
SF Debut - 2011
33. JASON MASKOS
Age – 21
From – South Coogee
WAFL Games – 10
WAFL Debut – 2012
SF Games – 10
SF Debut - 2012
34. SIMON PANIZZA
Age – 20
From – Williams
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
35. DYLAN ROSS
Age – 23
From – Claremont
WAFL Games – 41
WAFL Debut – 2009
SF Games – 33
SF Debut - 2011
36. LEWIS HARVEY
Age – 23
From – West Perth
WAFL Games – 20
WAFL Debut – 2009
SF Games – 1
SF Debut - 2012
37. ASHTON HAMS
Age – 27
From – Busselton/West Coast
WAFL Games – 115
WAFL Debut – 2004
SF Games – 115
SF Debut - 2004
38. TRAYE BENNELL
Age – 19
From – Eaton
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
39. KAIDEN MATERA
Age – 19
From – East Fremantle
WAFL Games – 3
WAFL Debut – 2013
SF Games – 3
SF Debut - 2013
40. STEPHEN BOROVAC
Age – 24
From – Winnacott
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
41. MICHAEL RUSSELL
Age – 22
From – Eaton
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
42. JOSH BRANCHI
Age – 19
From – Eaton
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
43. ZAC STROM
Age – 20
From – Exmouth
WAFL Games – 1
WAFL Debut – 2013
SF Games – 1
SF Debut - 2013
44. JOE PANTANO
Age – 23
From – CBC
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
45. KARL HOGAN
Age – 20
From – East Fremantle
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
46. MITCH BANKS
Age – 18
From – Boddington
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
47. MATTHEW GUNDRY
Age – 18
From – Winnacott
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
48. LEE LUCEV
Age – 20
From – Kojonup
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
50. EMMANUEL COLLARD
Age – 19
From – Kwinana
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
51. TIM STEWART
Age – 18
From – Katanning
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
52. BRETT HILL
Age – 20
From – Cunderdin
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
53. NICK OLDS
Age – 24
From – East Fremantle
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
54. JARRAD SYMMANS
Age – 21
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
55. JAKE LOUTHEAN
Age – 20
From – Melville
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
56. MARTY WALLEY
Age – 23
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
57. MATTHEW NICHOLSON
Age – 19
From – CBC
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
58. JAKEB TARTAGLIA
Age – 18
From – Winnacott
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
59. ADAM GALIANO
Age – 21
From – South Coogee
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
60. ANDREW DURACK
Age – 18
From – Katanning
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
61. CALLUM PHILLIPS
Age – 21
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
63. JACKSON LYONS
Age – 20
From – Melville
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
64. JOSH HALL
Age – 19
From – Huntingdale
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
65. DOMBIA ALIIR
Age – 22
From – Lynwood
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0
SF Debut - Yet to debut
67. GREG NELSON
Age – 20
From – Mandurah
WAFL Games – 0
WAFL Debut – Yet to debut
SF Games – 0

Round 1 Preview v Subiaco

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 5:54 PM - by Chris Pike

ALL signs point to South Fremantle being a vastly improved outfit in the 2014 WAFL season but those predictions count for little once the Bulldogs run out against Subiaco needing to put those high hopes into action at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.

South Fremantle finished the 2013 season in impressive fashion beating both grand finalists West Perth and East Perth on the way to winning four of its last six matches, but the whole campaign still only brought about six wins following a seven-game losing run to start things off.
However, through a combination of the majority of key players remaining at the club and being fighting fit, a host of young players looking to step up and some strong recruiting has South Fremantle deservedly confident of a strong 2014 season.
Ashton Hams, Steven Verrier and Haiden Schloithe all return to the Bulldogs full-time in 2014 after being on AFL lists at West Coast, Richmond and Fremantle respectively.
Then there are those new to the club with James Sellar, Brock Higgins, Steve Mills and Josh Pullman all looking as though they will make a huge, and immediate impact at South Fremantle.
All four have been named to play Subiaco in Round 1 at Medibank Stadium and add plenty of size, quality and experience to the Bulldogs' line-up.
Sellar brings with him 44 games of AFL experience at Adelaide and Melbourne, and the 196cm 24-year-old is capable of holding down the ruck following the departure of Sean Tighe, but also will be more than handy in key position roles at either end of the ground.
Higgins arrives at Fremantle Oval having previously played 30 league games over the last three years with East Perth. The versatile 195cm big man can also fill a variety of roles for the Bulldogs capable of holding down the ruck, but also a key post either forward or back.
Mills arrives from Queensland having played the last two years in the NEAFL including some appearances for the Gold Coast Suns reserves team, and over the pre-season he has impressed to the point where he looks set to be given a chance as a key defender in Round 1.
Pullman is also no stranger to the WAFL despite having played the last three seasons in Queensland.
The former Swan Districts colts premiership captain played 23 league games for Swans between 2008-2010 and kicked 31 goals including a bag of seven in 2010 against peel.
He is a natural centre half-forward who works hard, leads well and is tremendously strong. The 24-year-old is also a natural leader and will fit in tremendous in the Bulldogs' forward-line that will include Ben Saunders, Paul Mugambwa, Kris Miller and Adam Guglielmana.
It isn't just the new arrivals who are giving the Bulldogs reason for optimism coming into 2014 though.
The back-line will again be strengthened by Dylan Ross, Nick Borovac, Craig White and Adam McIntosh.
Captain Ryan Cook will again lead the way through the middle along with Hams, Jacob Martinez, Tim Kelly, Schloithe, Brendan and Steven Verrier, and wingman Shaun Bewick who has been in outstanding pre-season form after injury ruined his 2013 campaign.
Then there are the young players looking to make the most of their league opportunities in 2014 including Zac Strom, James Laurino, Marlon Pickett, Ben Sokol and Jason Maskos.
South Fremantle has had a pre-season where virtually everything has gone exactly to plan and the Bulldogs head into the season proper with virtually a full squad to pick from.
That's highlighted by the strength of the reserves team to play Subiaco that includes Toby Bairstow, Mitch Carter, Anthony Collica, Alistair Gillespie and Jarrod Parry.
All of that suggests the Bulldogs will head to Medibank Stadium to face Subiaco on Saturday full of confidence, but the Lions aren’t going to hand over the four points.
Subiaco has added Shaun Hildebrandt, Wayde Twomey, Lachlan Delahunty, Mitch Boland and Frank Stockley to its team in 2014 that still includes quality players like Darren Rumble, Chris Phelan, Jarrod Kayler-Thomson, George Hampson, Brett Mahoney and Jason Bristow.
The league match at Leederville's Medibank Stadium on Saturday bounces down at 4.05pm.
RESERVES SQUAD
T Bairstow, M Banks, T Bennell, M Bolger, S Borovac, J Branchi, M Carter, A Collica, J D'Vauz, A Gillespie, M Gundry, J Hall, L Harvey, K Hogan, J Laurino, J Louthean, L Lucev, K Matera, M Nicholson, N Olds, S Panizza, J Pantano, J Parry, T Stewart, Z Strom, J Symmans, J Tartaglia, B Verrier, M Walley
COLTS SQUAD
C Ah Chee, M Ah Siu, B Colbung, B Collier, J Culleton, J Depane, B Donaldson, J Dragovich, B Fimmano, W Frampton, J Garlett, C Loersch, B Matera, J McComb, G McLeod, J McMaster, B McPhail, J Mirco, D Moore, A Nodari, L Pearson, J Pickett, C Salmon, O Sexton, K Stewart, N Strom, B Truss, T Wheeler
By Chris PikeALL signs point to South Fremantle being a vastly improved outfit in the 2014 WAFL season but those predictions count for little once the Bulldogs run out against Subiaco needing to put those high hopes into action at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.

South Fremantle finished the 2013 season in impressive fashion beating both grand finalists West Perth and East Perth on the way to winning four of its last six matches, but the whole campaign still only brought about six wins following a seven-game losing run to start things off.

However, through a combination of the majority of key players remaining at the club and being fighting fit, a host of young players looking to step up and some strong recruiting has South Fremantle deservedly confident of a strong 2014 season.

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