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  • Writer's pictureJosh Kempton

Bulldogs star admits "frustrating" season to date

South Fremantle star Brandon Ah Chee has admitted both his personal season and the club’s 2023 campaign have been “frustrating”.

The Bulldogs’ season was derailed in March when the WAFC handed down an eight premiership point penalty for this year due to salary cap breaches in the 2021 season, with their finals hopes all but over after a 12-point loss to Peel Thunder last weekend that leaves them five games adrift of the top five.

Ah Chee, who is set to return to league football this weekend after missing six games with an Achilles injury told Sports Breakfast the club wanted to finish the year strongly.

“I think if you break it down into quarters, we’re in the top three or four for quarters won,” Ah Chee said.

“It’s just when it doesn’t go right, we can’t really get momentum back on our terms.

“We are quite a young squad. I think this last half of the season we can definitely learn a lot.

“The motivation levels are definitely still there, frustration levels are as well, but that’s feeding into us wanting to put it all together and finish off the year really strong, especially those young boys coming through who are going to be part of the club for many years to come.”

The Bulldogs host ladder-leaders Claremont at Fremantle Community Bank Oval this Saturday, with Ah Chee saying his side was eager to test themselves against the competition’s pacesetters.

“They’re top of the ladder in some pretty good form and we’ve been pretty inconsistent with ours,” he said.

“We know when we stick to what works, we can beat any team.

“It’s just going to be all about the contest and Claremont are a massive, competitive, contested team, especially in their midfield, so if we can match them or beat them there and get the ball going our way, I think the rest of our team dynamic will take over and we should be in the fight.”

Indigenous artist Darryl Bellotti has designed the club’s guernsey for this weekend as part of the WAFL’s NAIDOC Round, with Ah Chee, who also works for the Stephen Michael Foundation, saying the club was proud of their heritage in the space.

“It’s one of those things that probably doesn’t pop up in casual conversation too often, your Aboriginal history, so it’s good for the club to give everyone a chance to talk about it,” he said.

“I guess the good thing about South Freo and the other footy clubs I’ve been involved with is that it’s a great week to highlight it but it’s not just the seven days, it’s a year-round, constant thing.

“South Freo obviously have a massive history with Aboriginal players going through and being successful.”

The clash between South Fremantle and Claremont gets underway at 2:10 pm and is being broadcast live on 91.3 SportFM.



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