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Bulldogs go down in final derby of 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 3:03 PM

SOUTH Fremantle was unable to repeat its Foundation Derby performance or continue its recent strong form on Saturday in a disappointing final derby for 2013 at Fremantle Oval.

South Fremantle was outstanding back in the Foundation Derby at East Fremantle Oval thumping East Fremantle by 67 points on that occasion and then the Bulldogs' recent form had been encouraging as well.
Following a disappointing 52-point loss to Swan Districts in Round 14, South Fremantle did well the next two weeks to be in winning positions against top-four teams Claremont and Perth in the final quarter before narrowly going down.
The Bulldogs then put in an outstanding performance last weekend up at Arena Joondalup to beat the second-placed West Perth in emphatic fashion by 39 points to climb off the bottom of the ladder.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs couldn’t continue that this Saturday at Fremantle Oval, though, with East Fremantle running out 20.18 (138) to 8.7 (55) winners to claim the Uittenbroek-Ciccotosto Cup in the final derby of 2013.
It was a disappointing day for South Fremantle but Mitch Banner once again did all he could finishing with another 31 possessions and kicking two goals to go with five entries inside the forward 50.
Captain Ryan Cook also worked tirelessly picking up 24 disposals while youngster Brendan Verrier showed strong signs gathering 21 disposals.
Haiden Schloithe also continued his emergence as a prime midfielder in the competition finishing with 23 possessions, six inside-50 entries and five tackles.
Reece Adams put in perhaps his best effort of the season to date with 20 touches and a goal while Kris Miller had 19 possessions, Toby Bairstow 18 and Tim Kelly 16.
The back-line was under siege all afternoon with East Fremantle going inside-50 a massive 65 times but the young Bulldogs defenders did all they could and Adam McIntosh ended up with 24 possessions, Dylan Ross 17, Nick Borovac 17 and Mitch Carter 16.
South Fremantle's reserves put in a strong performance, though, beating East Fremantle comfortably 16.12 (108) to 10.6 (66) in the tough conditions at Fremantle Oval.
John Sgherza kicked three goals for the Bulldogs from 17 possessions with Myles Bolger putting in a good effort in the ruck with 17 disposals, six marks, 15 hit outs, seven inside-50 entries and two goals.
Blaine Johnson and Kingsley Smith also kicked two goals for South Fremantle with Sam Lowrie outstanding with 24 possessions and two goals as well.
Rhys D'Alton gathered 21 disposals, Jarrod Parry 20, Alex Grima 17, Jason Maskos 17 and Dylan Main 17.
South Fremantle's colts started the derby day well at Fremantle Oval with a narrow 8.12 (60) to 7.12 (54) win over East Fremantle.
Willie Rioli booted four goals from just eight kicks for South Fremantle with Jermaine Lewis also booting two majors.
Bailey Matera finished with 21 possessions for the Bulldogs to go with five inside-50 entries and four tackles. Braden Fimmano collected 18 disposals, Jarrod Garlett 18, Tim Stewart 17 and Jacob Dragovich 17.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.1 5.3 7.4 8.7 (55)
EAST FREMANTLE 6.7 11.10 16.16 20.18 (138)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Saunders, Mugambwa, Banner 2; Adams, Gillespie.
Best: Banner, McIntosh, Schloithe, Verrier, Adams, Cook.
EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: Perham 5; Lester-Smith 4; Young 3; Dick 2; Depane, Bayliss, Cronan, Peake, Tropiano, Hadley.
Best: O'Brien, Hancock, Stephen, Tropiano, Perham, Cooper, Sheppard.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle was unable to repeat its Foundation Derby performance or continue its recent strong form on Saturday in a disappointing final derby for 2013 at Fremantle Oval.

South Fremantle was outstanding back in the Foundation Derby at East Fremantle Oval thumping East Fremantle by 67 points on that occasion and then the Bulldogs' recent form had been encouraging as well.

Following a disappointing 52-point loss to Swan Districts in Round 14, South Fremantle did well the next two weeks to be in winning positions against top-four teams Claremont and Perth in the final quarter before narrowly going down.

The Bulldogs then put in an outstanding performance last weekend up at Arena Joondalup to beat the second-placed West Perth in emphatic fashion by 39 points to climb off the bottom of the ladder.

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs couldn’t continue that this Saturday at Fremantle Oval, though, with East Fremantle running out 20.18 (138) to 8.7 (55) winners to claim the Uittenbroek-Ciccotosto Cup in the final derby of 2013.

It was a disappointing day for South Fremantle but Mitch Banner once again did all he could finishing with another 31 possessions and kicking two goals to go with five entries inside the forward 50.

Captain Ryan Cook also worked tirelessly picking up 24 disposals while youngster Brendan Verrier showed strong signs gathering 21 disposals.

Haiden Schloithe also continued his emergence as a prime midfielder in the competition finishing with 23 possessions, six inside-50 entries and five tackles.

Reece Adams put in perhaps his best effort of the season to date with 20 touches and a goal while Kris Miller had 19 possessions, Toby Bairstow 18 and Tim Kelly 16.

The back-line was under siege all afternoon with East Fremantle going inside-50 a massive 65 times but the young Bulldogs defenders did all they could and Adam McIntosh ended up with 24 possessions, Dylan Ross 17, Nick Borovac 17 and Mitch Carter 16.

South Fremantle's reserves put in a strong performance, though, beating East Fremantle comfortably 16.12 (108) to 10.6 (66) in the tough conditions at Fremantle Oval.

John Sgherza kicked three goals for the Bulldogs from 17 possessions with Myles Bolger putting in a good effort in the ruck with 17 disposals, six marks, 15 hit outs, seven inside-50 entries and two goals.

Blaine Johnson and Kingsley Smith also kicked two goals for South Fremantle with Sam Lowrie outstanding with 24 possessions and two goals as well.

Rhys D'Alton gathered 21 disposals, Jarrod Parry 20, Alex Grima 17, Jason Maskos 17 and Dylan Main 17.

South Fremantle's colts started the derby day well at Fremantle Oval with a narrow 8.12 (60) to 7.12 (54) win over East Fremantle.

Willie Rioli booted four goals from just eight kicks for South Fremantle with Jermaine Lewis also booting two majors.

Bailey Matera finished with 21 possessions for the Bulldogs to go with five inside-50 entries and four tackles. Braden Fimmano collected 18 disposals, Jarrod Garlett 18, Tim Stewart 17 and Jacob Dragovich 17.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.1 5.3 7.4 8.7 (55)

EAST FREMANTLE 6.7 11.10 16.16 20.18 (138)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Saunders, Mugambwa, Banner 2; Adams, Gillespie.

Best: Banner, McIntosh, Schloithe, Verrier, Adams, Cook.

EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: Perham 5; Lester-Smith 4; Young 3; Dick 2; Depane, Bayliss, Cronan, Peake, Tropiano, Hadley.

Best: O'Brien, Hancock, Stephen, Tropiano, Perham, Cooper, Sheppard.

By Chris Pike

Red and WHITE – Craig White column July 25

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:16 PM

I HAVE come back to the club this year knowing that I have to have a hand in fast tracking some of the younger guys coming along, and a little bit more pressure goes on guys like myself, Cooky, Millsy and Gumby to make sure that happens because we are really the only experienced players left.

In terms of leadership, I first felt myself developing in that way in the back end of 2007. John Dimmer showed a fair bit of confidence in me and gave me some bigger, and more important roles around the club and then in 2008 they took the plunge in an official leadership role.
Always as a kid, I enjoyed the leadership roles and at school I was in the leadership groups and what not there, so it's a bit part and parcel for me. But in terms of here at South Fremantle, it was in 2008 when I officially became a leader and getting in there started in the back end of 2007.
Up until coming back to the club this year, I have always had some great leaders around the South Fremantle Football Club since I have been playing but the most important year for me was in 2004 when I played a lot of reserves footy and so did Shaun Tinsley and Zane Parsons. Not only did we have leaders in our league team, but we also had them in the reserves team and that's probably one area where the whole of the WAFL has slipped in recent years.
There doesn’t seem to be too many older guys hanging around playing reserves footy anymore where as I learned a lot just from playing almost a full season with guys like Shaun Tinsley and Zane Parsons back in 2004.
It is different now in terms of players hanging in there to earn your spot by playing reserves as well. Sometimes the kids get instantly thrown in the deep end without playing much reserves footy, but I would put my development down to hugely playing a lot of reserves footy at the start of my career.
David Gault and Ray Smithers would be the two leaders I have played with who really helped in my development. Smithers became a big part of our leadership in 2009 when Peter Worsfold got our program up and running, and Ray really took a massive step in terms of his development as a leader and kind of showed us who hadn’t had AFL experience the way you need to operate to be a leader while performing on the track, off the field and on game day as well.
Now that Andrew McCarrey is retired as well from the club, I'm the third oldest player at the club and that's a bit of a scary thought. When you start and are coming through when you are 23, 24 or 25 you still think that you are a young guy and even now I'm not old in a real world sense, but at the footy club everyone tells me how old I am. I don’t really feel it, but you do quickly learn that you are the third oldest at the club and need to show the way for the rest of the group.
I really enjoyed coaching over in Sydney last year as well and it's something that I will definitely do again, but whether or not I do it again soon is another thing. I think I will concentrate on my career outside of footy for the next few years and then once I'm established there, and can free up some time I will look to get into coaching.
It definitely helped my leadership and opened up my eyes up in terms of what coaches go through with selection and man management so it was really good for me overall.
This is such a young team I'm part of at South Fremantle at the moment obviously, but a few of the younger guys like Nick Borovac, Adam McIntosh and Adam Carter are really taking the next step with their leadership.
Then young guys on the field like Jacob Martinez and Tim Kelly are starting to show leadership with the way they are playing football, but those other guys have taken on the roles of leadership really well this year and are going to be a big part of the club.
A lot of those young leaders are in the back-line and played a lot of footy together last year as well so they are starting to get around the 40-game experience mark and once they get another year under their belts, they will know each other inside out and we will be a good side.
Looking back to when we were such a good side in 2009 and 2010, that's when myself, the two Hams boys, Heady, Northy and all these guys had a good understanding down back and this group is one or two years from being there, but if they can stick together it will be a really strong group.
We feel like things are starting to come together now as well. it's a young group and it took a while to get going at the start of the year and we struggled to find the consistent effort we needed, but Hase has really focused in on three or four main areas that we are concentrating on and that's not just changing every week like it might have earlier in the year. There are three or four KPIs that we have to meet that we know will hold us in good stead in each game.
By Craig WhiteI HAVE come back to the club this year knowing that I have to have a hand in fast tracking some of the younger guys coming along, and a little bit more pressure goes on guys like myself, Cooky, Millsy and Gumby to make sure that happens because we are really the only experienced players left.

In terms of leadership, I first felt myself developing in that way in the back end of 2007. John Dimmer showed a fair bit of confidence in me and gave me some bigger, and more important roles around the club and then in 2008 they took the plunge in an official leadership role.

Always as a kid, I enjoyed the leadership roles and at school I was in the leadership groups and what not there, so it's a bit part and parcel for me. But in terms of here at South Fremantle, it was in 2008 when I officially became a leader and getting in there started in the back end of 2007.

Up until coming back to the club this year, I have always had some great leaders around the South Fremantle Football Club since I have been playing but the most important year for me was in 2004 when I played a lot of reserves footy and so did Shaun Tinsley and Zane Parsons. Not only did we have leaders in our league team, but we also had them in the reserves team and that's probably one area where the whole of the WAFL has slipped in recent years.

There doesn’t seem to be too many older guys hanging around playing reserves footy anymore where as I learned a lot just from playing almost a full season with guys like Shaun Tinsley and Zane Parsons back in 2004.

It is different now in terms of players hanging in there to earn your spot by playing reserves as well. Sometimes the kids get instantly thrown in the deep end without playing much reserves footy, but I would put my development down to hugely playing a lot of reserves footy at the start of my career.

David Gault and Ray Smithers would be the two leaders I have played with who really helped in my development. Smithers became a big part of our leadership in 2009 when Peter Worsfold got our program up and running, and Ray really took a massive step in terms of his development as a leader and kind of showed us who hadn’t had AFL experience the way you need to operate to be a leader while performing on the track, off the field and on game day as well.

Now that Andrew McCarrey is retired as well from the club, I'm the third oldest player at the club and that's a bit of a scary thought. When you start and are coming through when you are 23, 24 or 25 you still think that you are a young guy and even now I'm not old in a real world sense, but at the footy club everyone tells me how old I am. I don’t really feel it, but you do quickly learn that you are the third oldest at the club and need to show the way for the rest of the group.

I really enjoyed coaching over in Sydney last year as well and it's something that I will definitely do again, but whether or not I do it again soon is another thing. I think I will concentrate on my career outside of footy for the next few years and then once I'm established there, and can free up some time I will look to get into coaching.

It definitely helped my leadership and opened up my eyes up in terms of what coaches go through with selection and man management so it was really good for me overall.

This is such a young team I'm part of at South Fremantle at the moment obviously, but a few of the younger guys like Nick Borovac, Adam McIntosh and Adam Carter are really taking the next step with their leadership.

Then young guys on the field like Jacob Martinez and Tim Kelly are starting to show leadership with the way they are playing football, but those other guys have taken on the roles of leadership really well this year and are going to be a big part of the club.

A lot of those young leaders are in the back-line and played a lot of footy together last year as well so they are starting to get around the 40-game experience mark and once they get another year under their belts, they will know each other inside out and we will be a good side.

Looking back to when we were such a good side in 2009 and 2010, that's when myself, the two Hams boys, Heady, Northy and all these guys had a good understanding down back and this group is one or two years from being there, but if they can stick together it will be a really strong group.

We feel like things are starting to come together now as well. it's a young group and it took a while to get going at the start of the year and we struggled to find the consistent effort we needed, but Hase has really focused in on three or four main areas that we are concentrating on and that's not just changing every week like it might have earlier in the year. There are three or four KPIs that we have to meet that we know will hold us in good stead in each game.

By Craig White

Banner showing the way in debut Bulldogs' season

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:08 PM

WHILE Mitch Banner hopes to earn another crack at the AFL for his outstanding first season with South Fremantle, the Bulldogs' leading ball winner and goal kicker will be just as happy to stay at the port long-term if that doesn’t eventuate.

Banner spent the last four years in the AFL with Port Adelaide where he played 19 games with the Power before being delisted at the end of last year with the arrival of new coach Ken Hinkley.
However, his old school and football mate from their Western Jets days Sean Tighe was quickly on the phone to him to lure Banner to join him at the Bulldogs and now the result is that the pair are likely both in the top-three in South Fremantle's fairest and best voting so far in 2013.
Without question, Banner and Tighe have been two of the best recruits South Fremantle has added to the club for some time from interstate and for such a young team like the one the Bulldogs have, things are starting to come along as the season nears its end.
Prior to the Round 17 bye, South Fremantle put in good performances in tight losses to top-four teams Claremont and Perth, and then last weekend following the bye put in an outstanding effort to beat the second-placed West Perth by 39 points at Arena Joondalup
That win got the Bulldogs off the bottom of the ladder and Banner is glad to now be seeing things starting to come together after such a tough first half of the season.
"It shows that if we stick to what we are doing and what Hase is doing with our pressure, that even when teams come at us we can turn it back around and then get the momentum back. That happened this week and we were able to run away with it in the end," Banner said.
"There are still five games to go and we're not going to throw it in, you want to win every game you play and it doesn’t matter where you sit on the ladder or how many games you've won. We are going to look at next year as well and we don’t want to drop away in these last five games, we want to stick with what we've been doing and try to back up this week's performance now.
"It has obviously been a tough year for the boys but I guess I've come from a club where we were losing a lot as well so it wasn’t something totally new for me. In saying that, though, the boys have played really well for three quarters in a lot of games this year and we've been in the majority of games but have fell away for one quarters.
"To put a four-quarter performance together this week is rewarding and it shows that when our pressure is good for four quarters you can see what we can do. It's just disappointing that it's taken so long to be able to do it."
Banner has now kicked 29 goals and averaged over 26 possessions a game to be leading the way in both categories with South Fremantle for 2013, and he is happy with the way he's been able to settle in to the club and the WAFL.
However, it's the defensive side of his game that Port Adelaide wanted to see improvement in and the 23-year-old feels he has got better there as well.
"Obviously it takes a while and I didn’t get over here until the start of January. You have to get to know all the boys, learn how they play and all of that stuff," Banner said.
"I think my form has been coming together and obviously it's great to get the ball and kick goals, but at the end of the day the thing I need to work on is my defensive side.
"I think there has been an improvement, but it can definitely go up to another level. On the flipside the other stuff is going pretty well and it's just a bit of gelling, and getting to know the boys a lot better and how they play."
Banner has once before had to adjust to moving from Victoria to South Australia and now from the Power and the SANFL to WA and the WAFL, so he is used to making a big move but the difference in football has been stark.
The bigger WAFL grounds and running style of play is a lot different to what Banner became used to in South Australia but he is enjoying it.
"I've done it once when I came from Melbourne over to the SANFL which was a pretty similar move when I didn’t know anyone, only at that stage I was a bit younger. It's definitely hard, though, but I have been good mates with Sean Tighe going back to our school days, then Jets days and we played and travelled everywhere together," he said.
"He was the main culprit to get me over here and I liked it when I did that. It is hard making a move like this, but the boys have welcomed me with open arms and that's all you can really ask coming from interstate, and to a foreign place that you aren’t used to. It has been good so far.
"It's a lot different. In the SANFL the ovals are a lot smaller and there's a lot more bigger bodies, and you have to play inside because the grounds are small and there's more stoppages.
"In the WAFL, the grounds are massive and if you aren’t fit you won't be able to run and get out wide, which is so important to be able to do. The runners over here are the biggest difference compared to the bigger bodies in the SANFL which I guess comes down to the size of the grounds."
Having already spent four years on an AFL list with Port Adelaide and played 19 games, Banner knows what it takes at the top level and he is hopeful that his form with South Fremantle this season will see him get another chance, but he knows that's all out of his hands.
"I'm hopeful but you just never know. I was in the system for four years and feel like I got a grasp of it, and if the opportunity comes up I will take it with open arms. That's what I aspire to," he said.
"You want to do well as a team and help them as much as you can, but at the end of the day the end goal would be to get back.
"I'm hopeful but you can't say it's going to happen because you have no idea. Fingers crossed I can keep my form up for the rest of the year and if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t I will go back to drawing board and have another crack at it."
If things don't pan out and Banner doesn’t find a place back in the AFL in 2014, then he will be more than happy to stick around with South Fremantle.
"I like it here and the boys are great. It's disappointing that we've been losing but when you see a performance like we showed like this week you know that things are on the up," Banner said.
"We have a lot of young players with a lot of guys who have only played a handful of games, and you can definitely see the improvement."
By Chris PikeWHILE Mitch Banner hopes to earn another crack at the AFL for his outstanding first season with South Fremantle, the Bulldogs' leading ball winner and goal kicker will be just as happy to stay at the port long-term if that doesn’t eventuate.

Banner spent the last four years in the AFL with Port Adelaide where he played 19 games with the Power before being delisted at the end of last year with the arrival of new coach Ken Hinkley.

However, his old school and football mate from their Western Jets days Sean Tighe was quickly on the phone to him to lure Banner to join him at the Bulldogs and now the result is that the pair are likely both in the top-three in South Fremantle's fairest and best voting so far in 2013.

Without question, Banner and Tighe have been two of the best recruits South Fremantle has added to the club for some time from interstate and for such a young team like the one the Bulldogs have, things are starting to come along as the season nears its end.

Prior to the Round 17 bye, South Fremantle put in good performances in tight losses to top-four teams Claremont and Perth, and then last weekend following the bye put in an outstanding effort to beat the second-placed West Perth by 39 points at Arena Joondalup.

That win got the Bulldogs off the bottom of the ladder and Banner is glad to now be seeing things starting to come together after such a tough first half of the season.

"It shows that if we stick to what we are doing and what Hase is doing with our pressure, that even when teams come at us we can turn it back around and then get the momentum back. That happened this week and we were able to run away with it in the end," Banner said.

"There are still five games to go and we're not going to throw it in, you want to win every game you play and it doesn’t matter where you sit on the ladder or how many games you've won. We are going to look at next year as well and we don’t want to drop away in these last five games, we want to stick with what we've been doing and try to back up this week's performance now.

"It has obviously been a tough year for the boys but I guess I've come from a club where we were losing a lot as well so it wasn’t something totally new for me. In saying that, though, the boys have played really well for three quarters in a lot of games this year and we've been in the majority of games but have fell away for one quarters.

"To put a four-quarter performance together this week is rewarding and it shows that when our pressure is good for four quarters you can see what we can do. It's just disappointing that it's taken so long to be able to do it."

Banner has now kicked 29 goals and averaged over 26 possessions a game to be leading the way in both categories with South Fremantle for 2013, and he is happy with the way he's been able to settle in to the club and the WAFL.

However, it's the defensive side of his game that Port Adelaide wanted to see improvement in and the 23-year-old feels he has got better there as well.

"Obviously it takes a while and I didn’t get over here until the start of January. You have to get to know all the boys, learn how they play and all of that stuff," Banner said.

"I think my form has been coming together and obviously it's great to get the ball and kick goals, but at the end of the day the thing I need to work on is my defensive side.

"I think there has been an improvement, but it can definitely go up to another level. On the flipside the other stuff is going pretty well and it's just a bit of gelling, and getting to know the boys a lot better and how they play."

Banner has once before had to adjust to moving from Victoria to South Australia and now from the Power and the SANFL to WA and the WAFL, so he is used to making a big move but the difference in football has been stark.

The bigger WAFL grounds and running style of play is a lot different to what Banner became used to in South Australia but he is enjoying it.

"I've done it once when I came from Melbourne over to the SANFL which was a pretty similar move when I didn’t know anyone, only at that stage I was a bit younger. It's definitely hard, though, but I have been good mates with Sean Tighe going back to our school days, then Jets days and we played and travelled everywhere together," he said.

"He was the main culprit to get me over here and I liked it when I did that. It is hard making a move like this, but the boys have welcomed me with open arms and that's all you can really ask coming from interstate, and to a foreign place that you aren’t used to. It has been good so far.

"It's a lot different. In the SANFL the ovals are a lot smaller and there's a lot more bigger bodies, and you have to play inside because the grounds are small and there's more stoppages.

"In the WAFL, the grounds are massive and if you aren’t fit you won't be able to run and get out wide, which is so important to be able to do. The runners over here are the biggest difference compared to the bigger bodies in the SANFL which I guess comes down to the size of the grounds."

Having already spent four years on an AFL list with Port Adelaide and played 19 games, Banner knows what it takes at the top level and he is hopeful that his form with South Fremantle this season will see him get another chance, but he knows that's all out of his hands.

"I'm hopeful but you just never know. I was in the system for four years and feel like I got a grasp of it, and if the opportunity comes up I will take it with open arms. That's what I aspire to," he said.

"You want to do well as a team and help them as much as you can, but at the end of the day the end goal would be to get back.

"I'm hopeful but you can't say it's going to happen because you have no idea. Fingers crossed I can keep my form up for the rest of the year and if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t I will go back to drawing board and have another crack at it."

If things don't pan out and Banner doesn’t find a place back in the AFL in 2014, then he will be more than happy to stick around with South Fremantle.

"I like it here and the boys are great. It's disappointing that we've been losing but when you see a performance like we showed like this week you know that things are on the up," Banner said.

"We have a lot of young players with a lot of guys who have only played a handful of games, and you can definitely see the improvement."

By Chris Pike

Round 19 Preview v East Fremantle

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 6:10 PM

THE final Fremantle derby of the season is set to be another cracking contest this Saturday at Fremantle Oval with the Bulldogs looking to continue their best form of the season and the Sharks needing to win in order to stay alive in the finals race.

South Fremantle and East Fremantle have already met in two Fremantle derbies this season with the Sharks winning at Fremantle Oval in the ANZAC Day clash by 29 points before the Bulldogs turned that around in the Foundation Derby with a thumping 67-point victory.
This third clash of the season is again for the Uittenbroek-Ciccotosto Cup with the now annual contest taking place for the first time last season when South Fremantle scored an upset win over the eventual grand finalist East Fremantle.
South Fremantle might again be out of finals contention in 2013 but got off the bottom of the ladder last week with a terrific 39-point win over West Perth at Arena Joondalup.
Prior to that, the Bulldogs had played well in narrow losses to top-four teams Claremont and Perth as well and now return to Fremantle Oval this Saturday looking to maintain their best run of form so far in 2013.
East Fremantle, on the other hand, remains a chance to still play finals football in 2013 coming off making last year's grand final but the Sharks will have to win all of their remaining games to get there.
The Sharks have bounced back from a run of losing six of seven games to have now won their last two against Subiaco to improve to a 7-8 record on the season but they remain two games out of the four and won't be able to have a slip up in the run home.
South Fremantle's leading ball winner and goal kicker this season has been Port Adelaide recruit Mitch Banner and even though he's in his first season with the Bulldogs, he's picked up the Fremantle rivalry quickly and is looking forward to taking on the Sharks again.
"Coming from the Maggies we had a rivalry with Norwood and this Freo rivalry is pretty similarly because that goes back years and years, but the ferociousness of this derby over here takes it even to another level," Banner said.
"We beat them last time and it would be good to repeat that. They are going to come out firing no doubt and wouldn’t be happy we knocked them off last time, and we were probably in it against them the first game as well but just one quarter cost us.
"Hopefully we can put another four quarters together and come away with a win."
South Fremantle's only out at this stage is West Coast's Ashton Hams after being picked by the Eagles to take on the Western Bulldogs.
Hams was outstanding in the midfield last week in the win over West Perth with 35 possessions and also had 34 disposals and three goals back in the Foundation Derby win over the Sharks.
Reece Adams, Warrick Andreoli, Tyler Hall and Alex Grima are the South Fremantle players who have been showing form in the reserves that are putting their names up for a recall into the league side this week to take on the Sharks.
East Fremantle loses West Coast's Daniel Kerr to continued soreness in his knee following last week's convincing win over Subiaco with Jayden Schofield also out of the Sharks line-up to face the Bulldogs.
Another Eagle Brad Sheppard is set to return from injury for East Fremantle as are important defenders Steven Dodd and Brad Cooper.
Former Perth player Michael Edwards is a chance to make his East Fremantle debut after some good form in the reserves with Kurt Tropiano a possibility to come in and provide the Sharks some more height around the ground or up forward.
By Chris PikeTHE final Fremantle derby of the season is set to be another cracking contest this Saturday at Fremantle Oval with the Bulldogs looking to continue their best form of the season and the Sharks needing to win in order to stay alive in the finals race.

South Fremantle and East Fremantle have already met in two Fremantle derbies this season with the Sharks winning at Fremantle Oval in the ANZAC Day clash by 29 points before the Bulldogs turned that around in the Foundation Derby with a thumping 67-point victory.

This third clash of the season is again for the Uittenbroek-Ciccotosto Cup with the now annual contest taking place for the first time last season when South Fremantle scored an upset win over the eventual grand finalist East Fremantle.

South Fremantle might again be out of finals contention in 2013 but got off the bottom of the ladder last week with a terrific 39-point win over West Perth at Arena Joondalup.

Prior to that, the Bulldogs had played well in narrow losses to top-four teams Claremont and Perth as well and now return to Fremantle Oval this Saturday looking to maintain their best run of form so far in 2013.

East Fremantle, on the other hand, remains a chance to still play finals football in 2013 coming off making last year's grand final but the Sharks will have to win all of their remaining games to get there.

The Sharks have bounced back from a run of losing six of seven games to have now won their last two against Subiaco to improve to a 7-8 record on the season but they remain two games out of the four and won't be able to have a slip up in the run home.

South Fremantle's leading ball winner and goal kicker this season has been Port Adelaide recruit Mitch Banner and even though he's in his first season with the Bulldogs, he's picked up the Fremantle rivalry quickly and is looking forward to taking on the Sharks again.

"Coming from the Maggies we had a rivalry with Norwood and this Freo rivalry is pretty similarly because that goes back years and years, but the ferociousness of this derby over here takes it even to another level," Banner said.

"We beat them last time and it would be good to repeat that. They are going to come out firing no doubt and wouldn’t be happy we knocked them off last time, and we were probably in it against them the first game as well but just one quarter cost us.

"Hopefully we can put another four quarters together and come away with a win."

South Fremantle's only out at this stage is West Coast's Ashton Hams after being picked by the Eagles to take on the Western Bulldogs.

Hams was outstanding in the midfield last week in the win over West Perth with 35 possessions and also had 34 disposals and three goals back in the Foundation Derby win over the Sharks.

Reece Adams, Warrick Andreoli, Tyler Hall and Alex Grima are the South Fremantle players who have been showing form in the reserves that are putting their names up for a recall into the league side this week to take on the Sharks.

East Fremantle loses West Coast's Daniel Kerr to continued soreness in his knee following last week's convincing win over Subiaco with Jayden Schofield also out of the Sharks line-up to face the Bulldogs.

Another Eagle Brad Sheppard is set to return from injury for East Fremantle as are important defenders Steven Dodd and Brad Cooper.

Former Perth player Michael Edwards is a chance to make his East Fremantle debut after some good form in the reserves with Kurt Tropiano a possibility to come in and provide the Sharks some more height around the ground or up forward.

By Chris Pike

Gala Auction next Saturday night

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 4:48 PM

THE South Fremantle Football Club is encouraging on all members, sponsors, supporters, friends and family to come and be part of the 2013 Gala Auction next Saturday night.

The annual event is the club's main fundraiser for the season and is one of the most important events of the year, not to be mention one of the most enjoyable so the South Fremantle Club urges everyone to come along to Fremantle Oval and enjoy the night.
The Bulldogs will be playing Subiaco at Medibank Stadium that day and then we encourage everyone, hopefully after a South Fremantle win, to come back to Fremantle Oval and enjoy the night with doors opening at 6pm.
There is a fantastic variety of items available for auction this year with some of the exclusive pieces on offer including:
FRAMED, LIMITED EDITION ART COLLECTOR'S ITEMS:
ANZAC 1915 Battalion collectable with replica gun and medals
Elvis – The King
Marilyn Monroe Art Print
Rolling Stones Signed Guitar
LIMITED EDITION, FRAMED SPORTING ITEMS FROM SPORTING ICONS SUCH AS:
Dane Swan
Casey Stoner
Matthew Pavlich
Mike Tyson
Nat Fyfe
Nic Naitanui
Ronaldo
West Coast Captains
UNIQUE SPORTING MEMORABILIA:
Australian Cricket Bats
Bathurst Finish Flag - Signed by the greatest Bathurst winners in the 50yr history
Black Caviar - Signed Silks; Collector’s Edition Wine set and National Treasure Collectable
Signed Adam Gilchrist Gloves
OTHER ITEMS INCLUDE:
2013 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Package including two return Qantas economy class airfares, 3 night's accommodation at The Sofitel On Collins & entry to Flemington Race Course.
BBQ Package - A backyard BBQ for 20 people with $300 of barbeque meats, a home delivered keg fridge together with a keg of pale ale, a case of Driftwood Shiraz and Bulldogs apron.
Braid Buster Game Fishing Rod
Brownlow Calcutta Gold Sponsorship VIP Table of 10
South Fremantle Coaches Box Season 2014
Dinner for 8 persons including premium wines and a bottle of Grange at The Gate Bar & Bistro
Kailis Jewellery comprising a white gold pearl necklace and pearl cuff links
6PR Radio Advertising Package (20x 30 sec)
Dinner with Channel Ten Sports Team - See Perth's number one TV sports team in action. Live and commercial free. Then enjoy pizza, beer, wine, soft drink for kids in the plush Ten Perth boardroom.
If you haven't already, call the office now on 9335 1555 to book your ticket ($70) or table (10 for $650).
Or click here for the registration form.THE South Fremantle Football Club is encouraging on all members, sponsors, supporters, friends and family to come and be part of the 2013 Gala Auction next Saturday night.

The annual event is the club's main fundraiser for the season and is one of the most important events of the year, not to be mention one of the most enjoyable so the South Fremantle Club urges everyone to come along to Fremantle Oval and enjoy the night.

The Bulldogs will be playing Subiaco at Medibank Stadium that day and then we encourage everyone, hopefully after a South Fremantle win, to come back to Fremantle Oval and enjoy the night with doors opening at 6pm.

There is a fantastic variety of items available for auction this year with some of the exclusive pieces on offer including:

FRAMED, LIMITED EDITION ART COLLECTOR'S ITEMS:

ANZAC 1915 Battalion collectable with replica gun and medals

Elvis – The King

Marilyn Monroe Art Print

Rolling Stones Signed Guitar

LIMITED EDITION, FRAMED SPORTING ITEMS FROM SPORTING ICONS SUCH AS:

Dane Swan

Casey Stoner

Matthew Pavlich

Mike Tyson

Nat Fyfe

Nic Naitanui

Ronaldo

West Coast Captains

UNIQUE SPORTING MEMORABILIA:

Australian Cricket Bats

Bathurst Finish Flag - Signed by the greatest Bathurst winners in the 50yr history

Black Caviar - Signed Silks; Collector’s Edition Wine set and National Treasure Collectable

Signed Adam Gilchrist Gloves

OTHER ITEMS INCLUDE:

2013 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Package including two return Qantas economy class airfares, 3 night's accommodation at The Sofitel On Collins & entry to Flemington Race Course.

BBQ Package - A backyard BBQ for 20 people with $300 of barbeque meats, a home delivered keg fridge together with a keg of pale ale, a case of Driftwood Shiraz and Bulldogs apron.

Braid Buster Game Fishing Rod

Brownlow Calcutta Gold Sponsorship VIP Table of 10

South Fremantle Coaches Box Season 2014

Dinner for 8 persons including premium wines and a bottle of Grange at The Gate Bar & Bistro

Kailis Jewellery comprising a white gold pearl necklace and pearl cuff links

6PR Radio Advertising Package (20x 30 sec)

Dinner with Channel Ten Sports Team - See Perth's number one TV sports team in action. Live and commercial free. Then enjoy pizza, beer, wine, soft drink for kids in the plush Ten Perth boardroom.

If you haven't already, call the office now on 9335 1555 to book your ticket ($70) or table (10 for $650).
Or click here for the registration form.

Colts Report - Round 18

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 2:04 PM

THE South Fremantle colts side put on a solid four quarter effort last week against the West Perth side out at Brownes Stadium for the WAFL Colts Super Round.

They were able to maintain their dominant start through the entire 100 minutes and played a style of game that impressed many of the AFL recruiters on hand.

With a relatively easier game, the boys were able to move the ball quickly and methodically to the forward-line and give players like Traye Bennell, Bailey Matera and Jermaine Lewis the opportunity to cause havoc and set up many clever shots on goal.

The forward-line showed great desire to harass the West Perth backmen and display their many tricks to create some mercurial football.

The midfield were able to nullify the opposition and move the ball from the dominant back-line through the open space with precision and speed. Josh Hall and Dan Moore were good in the air allowing the likes of Jarrod Garlett, Jacob Dragovich and James Culleton sweep on the loose ball and use it effectively forward.

The back-line led by Matty Gundry were again superb in holding the Falcons to only five goals. Through the likes of Dylan Main, Tom Vanderluer and Jordan Comeagain we were able to start many attacking moves deep in defence and create space on the wide Brownes Stadium ground.

The team is regularly displaying some creative team displays and it is pleasing to see them group together and see the genuine sense of desire in contributing toward the team’s success. Another big challenge this week as we take on the arch enemy in East Fremantle.


Arthur Maskos
SFFC Colts Coach

Reclink Carnival Day

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 10:14 PM

South Fremantle was pleased to be able to donate jerseys to support the recent Reclink Carnival Day.

Held at East Fremantle Oval on 18 July, six teams were involved comprising:

Brothers United – Mental Health & Homelessness

HALO Magpies – Indigenous Youth at Risk

Noongar Next Generation (NNG) – Indigenous Youth at Risk

Kwinana Eagles – Indigenous Youth

Edmund Rice – Multicultural Youth

Claremont Tigers – UWA Abroad Students

The day consisted of modified games on a half ground to give everyone an opportunity to play each other.

A fabulous group of young volunteers from Big Help Mob cooked a BBQ and assisted with the running of the event.

Bulldogs win Garlic Munchers Cup to get off bottom

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 1:03 AM

SOUTH Fremantle put in an outstanding four-quarter performance at Arena Joondalup on Saturday to beat West Perth by 39 points to win the inaugural Garlic Munchers Cup and getting off the bottom of the WAFL ladder in the process.

The Bulldogs were coming off two strong performances before the bye last week where they were in winning positions against top-four sides Claremont and Perth at Fremantle Oval, but just came up short.
Rather than lose confidence from that, though, South Fremantle came out not only to continue that encouraging form but build on it and put in a strong, four-quarter performance against the second-placed West Perth at Arena Joondalup with the Falcons coming in having won four straight games.
However, the Bulldogs were switched on from the start and ended up running out 15.16 (106) to 9.13 (67) winners to climb off the bottom of the ladder at the expense of Peel Thunder for the first time since Round 6 and just the third week this season.
It also continued South Fremantle's good run at Arena Joondalup with the Bulldogs now having won their last three trips north and 14 of 22 over the past 20 years.
Mitch Banner has been South Fremantle's leading goal scorer and ball winner all season so far since making the move west after his time in the AFL with Port Adelaide, and continued that form on Saturday with a season-best five goals to go with 28 possessions and seven marks.
Meanwhile, Kris Miller kicked three goals to go with 25 possessions in his 293rd WAFL game with Ben Saunders also kicking three goals in his first game back from his second fractured collarbone of the season.
The South Fremantle midfield also worked its way on top of West Perth's with Ashton Hams racking up 35 possessions to go with seven tackles, seven clearances and six inside-50 entries.
Captain Ryan Cook also picked up 30 disposals to go with his seven marks, four tackles, seven clearances, eight inside-50 entries and a goal.
Fremantle-rookie Haiden Schloithe picked up 28 disposals and kicked a goal with Tim Kelly terrific on the ball as well finishing with 24 touches, five tackles, nine clearances and four inside 50s.
Toby Bairstow collected 23 possessions on the wing and Jarrad Winter returned to the side and finished with 22 touches and he worked hard to lay six tackles.
The Bulldogs' back-line was outstanding as well even with key defender Justin Monaco struck down with a hamstring injury.
Nick Borovac did a good job keeping West Perth veteran forward Anthony Tsalikis to just the one goal while Dylan Ross continued his terrific form at centre half-back with 16 possessions and eight marks.
Adam Guglielmana moved back with Adam Carter up with the West Coast Eagles and did well in a good battle with West Perth's Marc Crisp while picking up 24 possessions himself. Adam McIntosh also had 23 disposals, Craig White 19 and Mitch Carter 16 from defence.
Even though West Perth got the game's opening goal through Tsalikis, South Fremantle was in front by quarter-time thanks to a goal on the siren to Schloithe and maintained an eight-point lead by half-time even though some inaccurate kicking robbed them of a bigger advantage.
The Bulldogs turned on an inspired third term, though, with Banner booting three goals in the space of five minutes. Miller added another before three quarter-time to stretch the lead to 35 points by the last change.
West Perth tried hard to get back into the contest in the last term but couldn’t get closer than 27 points before Banner's fifth goal and Miller's third sealed South Fremantle's 39-point win. 
South Fremantle's reserves came up 34-point short of West Perth at Arena Joondalup despite two goals each from John Sgherza, Kingsley Smith and Simon Panizza.
Alex Grima racked up 31 possessions for the Bulldogs, Jarrod parry 25, Jason Maskos 22, Reece Adams 21, Warrick Andreoli 20 and James Laurino 20.
The Bulldogs' colts had a massive 85-point win over the Falcons as part of the Colts Super Round in their match at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium.
Jermaine Lewis kicked four goals for South Fremantle with Blaine Johnson booting three, Jarrod Garlett two, Jacob Dragovich two and Bailey Matera two.
Matthew Gundry racked up 27 possessions, Ben Sokol 24, Dragovich 23, Matera 23 and Garlett 22. 
SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.5 6.8 11.13 15.16 (106)
WEST PERTH 2.5 5.6 6.8 9.13 (67)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Banner 5; Miller, Saunders 3; Mugambwa, Gillespie, Schloithe, Cook.
Best: Banner, Cook, Hams, Borovac, Kelly, Miller, Guglielmana, Schloithe.
WEST PERTH – Goals: Crisp, Mellington 2; Kerr, van Berlo, Tsalikis, Marusic, Fowler.
Best: Kerr, Hunt, Jones, Pettigrew, Nelson, Manzone.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle put in an outstanding four-quarter performance at Arena Joondalup on Saturday to beat West Perth by 39 points to win the inaugural Garlic Munchers Cup and getting off the bottom of the WAFL ladder in the process.

The Bulldogs were coming off two strong performances before the bye last week where they were in winning positions against top-four sides Claremont and Perth at Fremantle Oval, but just came up short.

Rather than lose confidence from that, though, South Fremantle came out not only to continue that encouraging form but build on it and put in a strong, four-quarter performance against the second-placed West Perth at Arena Joondalup with the Falcons coming in having won four straight games.

However, the Bulldogs were switched on from the start and ended up running out 15.16 (106) to 9.13 (67) winners to climb off the bottom of the ladder at the expense of Peel Thunder for the first time since Round 6 and just the third week this season.

It also continued South Fremantle's good run at Arena Joondalup with the Bulldogs now having won their last three trips north and 14 of 22 over the past 20 years.

Mitch Banner has been South Fremantle's leading goal scorer and ball winner all season so far since making the move west after his time in the AFL with Port Adelaide, and continued that form on Saturday with a season-best five goals to go with 28 possessions and seven marks.

Meanwhile, Kris Miller kicked three goals to go with 25 possessions in his 293rd WAFL game with Ben Saunders also kicking three goals in his first game back from his second fractured collarbone of the season.

The South Fremantle midfield also worked its way on top of West Perth's with Ashton Hams racking up 35 possessions to go with seven tackles, seven clearances and six inside-50 entries.

Captain Ryan Cook also picked up 30 disposals to go with his seven marks, four tackles, seven clearances, eight inside-50 entries and a goal.

Fremantle-rookie Haiden Schloithe picked up 28 disposals and kicked a goal with Tim Kelly terrific on the ball as well finishing with 24 touches, five tackles, nine clearances and four inside 50s.

Toby Bairstow collected 23 possessions on the wing and Jarrad Winter returned to the side and finished with 22 touches and he worked hard to lay six tackles.

The Bulldogs' back-line was outstanding as well even with key defender Justin Monaco struck down with a hamstring injury.

Nick Borovac did a good job keeping West Perth veteran forward Anthony Tsalikis to just the one goal while Dylan Ross continued his terrific form at centre half-back with 16 possessions and eight marks.

Adam Guglielmana moved back with Adam Carter up with the West Coast Eagles and did well in a good battle with West Perth's Marc Crisp while picking up 24 possessions himself. Adam McIntosh also had 23 disposals, Craig White 19 and Mitch Carter 16 from defence.

Even though West Perth got the game's opening goal through Tsalikis, South Fremantle was in front by quarter-time thanks to a goal on the siren to Schloithe and maintained an eight-point lead by half-time even though some inaccurate kicking robbed them of a bigger advantage.

The Bulldogs turned on an inspired third term, though, with Banner booting three goals in the space of five minutes. Miller added another before three quarter-time to stretch the lead to 35 points by the last change.

West Perth tried hard to get back into the contest in the last term but couldn’t get closer than 27 points before Banner's fifth goal and Miller's third sealed South Fremantle's 39-point win. 

South Fremantle's reserves came up 34 points short of West Perth at Arena Joondalup despite two goals each from John Sgherza, Kingsley Smith and Simon Panizza.

Alex Grima racked up 31 possessions for the Bulldogs, Jarrod Parry 25, Jason Maskos 22, Reece Adams 21, Warrick Andreoli 20 and James Laurino 20.

The Bulldogs' colts had a massive 85-point win over the Falcons as part of the Colts Super Round in their match at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium.

Jermaine Lewis kicked four goals for South Fremantle with Blaine Johnson booting three, Jarrod Garlett two, Jacob Dragovich two and Bailey Matera two.

Matthew Gundry racked up 27 possessions, Ben Sokol 24, Dragovich 23, Matera 23 and Garlett 22. 

SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.5 6.8 11.13 15.16 (106)

WEST PERTH 2.5 5.6 6.8 9.13 (67)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Banner 5; Miller, Saunders 3; Mugambwa, Gillespie, Schloithe, Cook.

Best: Banner, Cook, Hams, Borovac, Kelly, Miller, Guglielmana, Schloithe.

WEST PERTH – Goals: Crisp, Mellington 2; Kerr, van Berlo, Tsalikis, Marusic, Fowler.

Best: Kerr, Hunt, Jones, Pettigrew, Nelson, Manzone.

By Chris Pike

Round 18 Preview v West Perth

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 4:10 PM

SOUTH Fremantle and West Perth will meet for the first of what will become an annual Garlic Munchers Cup at Arena Joondalup this Saturday while the Falcons try to maintain second spot on the ladder and the Bulldogs look to fight their way off the bottom.

The Falcons and Bulldogs will honour their players of southern European heritage with the introduction of the Garlic Munchers Cup and in recognition of that, both teams have named their Garlic Munchers' all-time best teams

South Fremantle's Garlic Munchers team includes Stan Magro, Tom Grljusich, Jon Dorotich, Glen Jakovich, Darren Gaspar, Peter Matera, John Gerovich, Scott Watters, Wally Matera, Peter Sumich, Phil Matera, Paul Vasoli, Allen Jakovich and Brian Ciccotosto is the captain with Tony Micale the coach.

West Perth's line-up includes Don Marinko junior and senior, Ray Marinko, George Michalczyk, Geoff Hendricks, Paul Mifka, Bill Valli, Ray Boyanich, John Gastev, Dennis Cometti, Joe Fanchi and current captain Jason Salecic. Peter Menaglio is the captain.

Both West Perth and South Fremantle had the bye last weekend so have had similar preparations for Saturday's clash at Arena Joondalup.

Even though South Fremantle has won just the two games this season, the Bulldogs have been in winning positions in most of their losses including the last two before the bye and the first meeting with West Perth this season.

The Bulldogs only lost to the Falcons by three points under lights at Fremantle Oval back in Round 4 and then prior to the bye were in winning positions during the last quarter against top-four teams Perth and Claremont, but narrowly went down on both occasions by 10 and four points respectively.

South Fremantle also has an outstanding record at Arena Joondalup both in history and recently.

The Bulldogs have won their last two trips to Joondalup winning last year by nine points and by 25 back in 2011. While West Perth did win three straight games at home before that, even prior to that South Fremantle won on five straight trips to Joondalup between 2005 and 2008.

Overall since West Perth made the move north, South Fremantle has won 13 of 21 matches played against the Falcons at Arena Joondalup.

West Perth remains in second position on the WAFL ladder with a 10-4 record to be two games clear of the chasing Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth.

Prior to the bye last weekend, the Falcons had won four straight matches and will need to keep winning to make sure second spot on the ladder remains theirs and that crucial double chance come finals time.

Adam Carter goes out of the South Fremantle team that narrowly went down to Claremont a fortnight ago after making his AFL debut last week for West Coast in the western derby against Fremantle. Alex Grima is also out of the South Fremantle line-up.

However, the Bulldogs have some key players returning led by last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the WAFL's leading goalkicker Ben Saunders.

He has played just two games this season due to two fractures to his collarbone, but kicked five goals in those and will be a big addition this week for South Fremantle to provide that spearhead target in the forward-line.

Star ruckman Sean Tighe also returns after being a late withdrawal a fortnight ago against Claremont with Jarrad Winter, Reece Adams and Warrick Andreoli also coming  back into the South Fremantle squad after good form in the reserves two weeks ago prior to last week's bye.

West Perth welcomes back Jordan Jones, Nick Rodda and Jason Salecic from the team that beat Peel Thunder a fortnight ago in Mandurah with Frank Stockley also a chance to come in to provide a back-up ruck option to Chris Keunen and also offer another tall forward target.

Joe Morrow slips out of the Falcons' line-up largely due to Jones returning and the similar role and position that they play.

While Ray Bartholomew, Laine Rasmussen and Matt Johnson won't immediately come back into the Falcons' league side this week, the trio should line up in the reserves on the comeback trail from injuries.

South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby knows that West Perth is another big challenge but is confident of a win if the Bulldogs can put in the efforts of the last two games, and maintain it.

"It's a different challenge and they are second for a reason," Hasleby said.

"They have been terrific this season under the guidance of their coach, but we know that like in any game if we bring the right attitude and right pressure, and try to execute our game plan for as long as we can that we will be in the contest.

"Hopefully we get ourselves in that position again and we can win this one."

By Chris Pike

Banner, band of youngsters standing up

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 1:46 PM

SOUTH Fremantle's 2013 season might not have quite gone to plan but there have been plenty of encouraging signs and among them has been the outstanding form of recruit Mitch Banner, and the development of a band of youngsters led by Jacob Martinez and Tim Kelly.

South Fremantle might have won just the two games this season heading into this Saturday's clash with the second-placed West Perth at Arena Joondalup, but without doubt there are exciting signs for the future with the group that is coming through under coach Paul Hasleby.
Youngsters like Martinez, Kelly, Haiden Schloithe, Mitch Carter, Nick Borovac, Adam Carter, Sam Lowrie, Jason Maskos, Justin Monaco, Shannon Burnett, Brendan Verrier, Tom Vandeleur, Zac Strom and Kaiden Matera are among the young players to have shown exciting signs for the future.
Then there is one of the recruits this season Banner who came from Port Adelaide in the AFL where the hard-running midfielder played 19 matches.
The 23-year-old has had an outstanding season for the Bulldogs as a damaging, goal kicking and prolific ball-winning on-baller and is the club's leading possession gatherer and goal kicker.
Banner is averaging 26.3 possessions a game this season with a high of 35 against Swan Districts in Round 14 and never picking up less than his 17 disposals against West Perth under lights at Fremantle Oval in Round 4.
Banner has also gone forward to kick 24 goals for the season including bags of three on three occasions, and two in seven other matches this season.
Hasleby knows that Banner still has some work to do on the defensive side of his game, but couldn’t be more impressed with what he has been able to bring to South Fremantle in an attacking sense this season.
"His work rate is phenomenal and he gets himself into good spots to receive the ball, and he's an elite decision-maker and disposer of the ball. To kick 24 goals up to this point of the season is outstanding," Hasleby said.
"There are areas that he needs to work on and he's aware of that with his defensive game, but you do need those guys who can finish really well in your team.
"Offensively there's no doubt he is good enough to be an AFL player, but he knows that the area that cost him at Port Adelaide was his defence and we've seen improvement throughout the year in that area, which has been pleasing but he can still go to another level.
"When he does that, no doubt clubs will look at him again."
Martinez is one young midfielder who has cemented himself as a permanent on-baller in the league side largely because of his enormous defensive capacities.
He is the Bulldogs' leading tackler and Hasleby has been giving him big jobs on the opposition's key midfielders, but Martinez is also showing that he can win his own ball averaging over 17 possessions a game.
Kelly has also now played the last six games for South Fremantle averaging almost 18 possessions while Verrier, Matera and Strom are among the youngsters to receive opportunities in recent weeks.
"Jacob has been in the system for two years now and he is one of the hardest midfielders going around defensively. I've given him tagging roles and he's done that for me most weeks," he said.
"Tim Kelly has been sensational and his ability to pick up a ball below his knees is as good as I've ever seen, and around clearances he is going to be an outstanding player whether with us or at the next level.
"'Freshy' Verrier has come in and shown that he can play league footy. He certainly knows how to get the ball so there has been encouraging signs from him. Matera and Strom came in for their first games against Claremont and it's tough against the best team in the competition, but they will learn from that."
South Fremantle's last two games prior to the bye were good performances with narrow losses against top-four teams Claremont and Perth.
While they were good performances and showed good signs, Hasleby knows his team now must take the next step and start winning games like that where they are in winning positions during the final quarter.
"It's the story of the year. When we apply the right pressure and put our best foot forward we're not that far away from the top teams in the comp," Hasleby said.
"To do it two weeks in-a-row was pleasing in that sense, but they are the games going forward that we need to start to win if we are going to be a successful side in the future. We need to get consistency of effort.
"In both of those games, we did it for three quarters but we need to do it for all four. To be 34 points down against Claremont at half-time was disappointing because we weren’t playing the style that we wanted to, but as I said to the guys after the game, most 2-10 sides would juts chuck it in when 34 points down against the top side in the competition."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle's 2013 season might not have quite gone to plan but there have been plenty of encouraging signs and among them has been the outstanding form of recruit Mitch Banner, and the development of a band of youngsters led by Jacob Martinez and Tim Kelly.

South Fremantle might have won just the two games this season heading into this Saturday's clash with the second-placed West Perth at Arena Joondalup, but without doubt there are exciting signs for the future with the group that is coming through under coach Paul Hasleby.

Youngsters like Martinez, Kelly, Haiden Schloithe, Mitch Carter, Nick Borovac, Adam Carter, Sam Lowrie, Jason Maskos, Justin Monaco, Shannon Burnett, Brendan Verrier, Tom Vandeleur, Zac Strom and Kaiden Matera are among the young players to have shown exciting signs for the future.

Then there is one of the recruits this season Banner who came from Port Adelaide in the AFL where the hard-running midfielder played 19 matches.

The 23-year-old has had an outstanding season for the Bulldogs as a damaging, goal kicking and prolific ball-winning on-baller and is the club's leading possession gatherer and goal kicker.

Banner is averaging 26.3 possessions a game this season with a high of 35 against Swan Districts in Round 14 and never picking up less than his 17 disposals against West Perth under lights at Fremantle Oval in Round 4.

Banner has also gone forward to kick 24 goals for the season including bags of three on three occasions, and two in seven other matches this season.

Hasleby knows that Banner still has some work to do on the defensive side of his game, but couldn’t be more impressed with what he has been able to bring to South Fremantle in an attacking sense this season.

"His work rate is phenomenal and he gets himself into good spots to receive the ball, and he's an elite decision-maker and disposer of the ball. To kick 24 goals up to this point of the season is outstanding," Hasleby said.

"There are areas that he needs to work on and he's aware of that with his defensive game, but you do need those guys who can finish really well in your team.

"Offensively there's no doubt he is good enough to be an AFL player, but he knows that the area that cost him at Port Adelaide was his defence and we've seen improvement throughout the year in that area, which has been pleasing but he can still go to another level.

"When he does that, no doubt clubs will look at him again."

Martinez is one young midfielder who has cemented himself as a permanent on-baller in the league side largely because of his enormous defensive capacities.

He is the Bulldogs' leading tackler and Hasleby has been giving him big jobs on the opposition's key midfielders, but Martinez is also showing that he can win his own ball averaging over 17 possessions a game.

Kelly has also now played the last six games for South Fremantle averaging almost 18 possessions while Verrier, Matera and Strom are among the youngsters to receive opportunities in recent weeks.

"Jacob has been in the system for two years now and he is one of the hardest midfielders going around defensively. I've given him tagging roles and he's done that for me most weeks," he said.

"Tim Kelly has been sensational and his ability to pick up a ball below his knees is as good as I've ever seen, and around clearances he is going to be an outstanding player whether with us or at the next level.

"'Freshy' Verrier has come in and shown that he can play league footy. He certainly knows how to get the ball so there has been encouraging signs from him. Matera and Strom came in for their first games against Claremont and it's tough against the best team in the competition, but they will learn from that."

South Fremantle's last two games prior to the bye were good performances with narrow losses against top-four teams Claremont and Perth.

While they were good performances and showed good signs, Hasleby knows his team now must take the next step and start winning games like that where they are in winning positions during the final quarter.

"It's the story of the year. When we apply the right pressure and put our best foot forward we're not that far away from the top teams in the comp," Hasleby said.

"To do it two weeks in-a-row was pleasing in that sense, but they are the games going forward that we need to start to win if we are going to be a successful side in the future. We need to get consistency of effort.

"In both of those games, we did it for three quarters but we need to do it for all four. To be 34 points down against Claremont at half-time was disappointing because we weren’t playing the style that we wanted to, but as I said to the guys after the game, most 2-10 sides would juts chuck it in when 34 points down against the top side in the competition."

By Chris Pike