SOUTH Fremantle might have qualified for the WAFL finals from second position for a fourth consecutive year, but given the changeover in his squad from 12 months ago, coach Todd Curley is proud of the performance and looking forward to what lies ahead.
South Fremantle spent four years out of finals action after losing the first semi-final to Subiaco in 2011 but then in Curley's second season in charge in 2016, they finished the home and away in second position on the ladder.
The Bulldogs would go on to lose the preliminary final to Peel Thunder and then the last two years would follow suit with preliminary final exits to Subiaco and West Perth respectively over the past two seasons.
CLAREMONT co-captain Ian Richardson kicked six goals for the first time in eight years last week to almost put the Tigers into hosting position for this Saturday's qualifying final, but now his focus is an improved showing against South Fremantle.
As it turned out, Richardson's six goals that helped in Claremont's 106-point win over Swan Districts last week helped give the Tigers a superior percentage to South Fremantle.
So all Claremont needed was West Perth to kick one more goal to beat the Bulldogs at HBF Arena and the Tigers would finish up in second position and earn the right to host this Saturday's qualifying final.
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The 2019 League season-decider will be played at Optus Stadium at 2:40pm on Sunday, 22 September featuring another exciting public kick-to-kick on the ground for fans.
The day will also include the Colts and Reserves Grand Final and heaps of activities for the fans to enjoy and celebrate WA Football.
DESPITE his former teammate Mason Shaw leading most of the season, Ben Sokol stormed home in remarkable fashion for Subiaco to claim the Bernie Naylor Medal for 2019 which could lead to an AFL future.
Ever since Sokol left South Fremantle following the 2015 WAFL season to join Subiaco, he has continued to grow and improve year on year, and now without question 2019 has been the year of his burgeoning career to date.
On the back of kicking 49 and 43 goals the past two years respectively with the Lions, Sokol was having another good year right throughout 2019 which included playing for the WAFL State Team against South Australia where he kicked four goals.
THE first ever WAFL Women's finals series begins this Sunday with Subiaco and East Fremantle battling for a Grand Final berth while Swan Districts and Claremont are fighting just to stay alive.
It was quite the successful and eventful inaugural edition of the Optus WAFLW Premiership Season with the five competing teams all chock full of talent and in the end only Peel Thunder now eliminated with the finals to begin this Sunday afternoon.
Both semi-final match ups take place this Sunday afternoon and by Sunday evening, we will have the team qualified for the first ever WAFLW Grand Final and we will have a team who has been eliminated.
The West Australian Football Commission has reviewed an application from the West Coast Eagles requesting special permission for AFL-listed players Patrick Bines, Jarrod Cameron, Liam Duggan and Mark Hutchings to participate in WAFL Finals as unqualified players.
Under the WAFL Rules & Regulations, there is provision for the West Coast Eagles to apply for players to participate in WAFL Finals when they are not qualified under Finals Qualification Rules, if they meet the special permission eligibility criteria as ‘young emerging’ or ‘long term injured’ players.
IT was quite the exciting race to the finals in 2019 and now the battle for the WAFL premiership heats up this weekend with South Fremantle and Claremont having earned a double chance while it's do-or-die between the West Coast Eagles and West Perth.
The make up of the final five wasn’t decided until Sunday evening after the last game of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season had been played.
That saw the West Coast Eagles qualify for finals by winning that game against East Fremantle and breaking the hearts of all the Perth faithful with the Demons the team to miss out on finals action for the 22nd straight year having occupied a spot inside the top five all season long.
WITH such a hotly contested season, finals positions were always destined to come down to the last round in the WAFL and that's how it turned out with West Coast Eagles winning to eliminate Perth while there were Round 20 wins for Subiaco, South Fremantle, Claremont and Peel Thunder.
All 10 teams in the WAFL this season have had their moments and even though Swan Districts, East Perth, East Fremantle and Peel Thunder were out of the finals race come Round 20, they had all been in contention at one point and were keen to finish their campaigns on a high.
And Peel was able to do just that by beating Perth 12.12 (84) to 12.9 (81) at Mandurah's David Grays Arena to mean that the only way the Demons would still play finals was with a Sunday loss for the West Coast Eagles.
EAST Fremantle secured second position in the inaugural WAFL Women's season with a win against Claremont in Round 15 action while Subiaco also geared up for the finals with a thumping victory over Peel Thunder.
With Swan Districts having the bye in the final round of the 2019 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season, Round 15 featured a contest between the bottom and top placed teams in the competition but also two other teams trying to finish up as high as possible.
The round began on Saturday morning at the newly renamed Claremont Oval, now known as Revo Fitness Stadium, and it was a crucial game for both Claremont and East Fremantle.
THE teams taking part in the finals in the Colts for 2019 might have already been set entering the final round but there was still plenty to play for and it saw wins for West Perth, Peel Thunder, Subiaco and Claremont.
The four matches were held at two venues across the two days of the weekend starting at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park on Saturday with West Perth beating South Fremantle 12.7 (79) to 9.8 (62), and then Peel Thunder defeating Perth 10.14 (74) to 8.4 (52).
The other two matches then took place on Sunday at Leederville Oval with Subiaco beating East Perth 10.10 (70) to 9.13 (67) while Claremont then prevailed 7.12 (54) to 8.5 (53) against Swan Districts.
The inaugural Optus WAFLW Finals Series will begin this Sunday at Leederville and Steel Blue Oval.
Find out all the information around every fixture this weekend.
WAFLW League Fixtures:
2nd Semi-Final: Subiaco v East Fremantle: Leederville Oval: Sunday, September 1, 3.30pm
1st Semi-Final: Swan Districts v Claremont: Steel Blue Oval: Sunday, September 1, 1.00pm
WAFLW Reserves Fixtures:
2nd Semi-Final: Claremont v South Fremantle: Steel Blue Oval: Sunday, September 1, 11.00am
1st Semi-Final: East Fremantle v Peel Thunder: Leederville Oval: Sunday, September 1, 12.00pm
Rogers Cup Fixtures:
2nd Semi-Final: South Fremantle v Peel Thunder: Steel Blue Oval: Sunday September 1, 9.30am
1st Semi-Final: Subiaco v East Fremantle: Leederville Oval: Sunday, September 1, 2.00pm
The Optus WAFL Finals Series is locked in for season 2019.
Find out all the information around every fixture this weekend.
Saturday, August 31 (All at Fremantle Community Bank Oval)
Colts Elimination Final: East Perth v Swan Districts: 9.15am
Reserves Elimination Final: East Fremantle v East Perth: 11.50am
League Qualifying Final: South Fremantle v Claremont: 2.40pm
Sunday, September 1 (All at Joondalup Arena)
Colts Qualifying Final: Claremont v West Perth: 9.15am
Reserves Qualifying Final: West Perth v Subiaco 11.50am
League Elimination Final: West Coast v West Perth: 2.40pm
THE last game of the WAFL season took place on Sunday afternoon and it was only fitting that it decided the finals positions with West Coast Eagles winning to advance break the hearts of Perth in the process.
Perth had started the season in blistering form winning its opening five matches and as a result the Demons have occupied a position in the top five all season long, and were still in fifth position even after losing to Peel Thunder on Sunday night.
But that was with the West Coast Eagles still having to play East Fremantle on Sunday afternoon at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park.
The 2019 Optus WAFL Finals Series will commence on Saturday, August 31 with four rounds culminating in the Optus WAFL Grand Final on Sunday, September 22.
The Qualifying Final will see South Fremantle take on Claremont at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday, with bouncedown at 2.40pm.
The Elimination Final features West Coast taking on West Perth to remain in the Premiership race on Sunday at Joondalup Arena. The game will begin at 2.40pm.
Subiaco have a first-round bye due to finishing the home-and-away season on top of the ladder.
THIS weekend will see the final round of the inaugural WAFL Women's season and it's an especially important game on Saturday for Claremont against East Fremantle.
Round 15 of the inaugural 2019 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season will bring to a close the home and away season and it includes a crucial match up between Claremont and East Fremantle.
The Tigers and Sharks will lock horns at the newly renamed Revo Fitness Stadium on Saturday morning with Claremont to finish in third position with a win while East Fremantle will end up in second spot should they prevail.