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Ray the 'Lizard' deservedly enters Hall of Fame

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 5:33 PM

SOUTH Fremantle champion full-back Ray Richards' career will be honoured on Wednesday night when he is inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame.

Richards won't be the only South Fremantle player inducted either with 2009 premiership player Peter Bell to also be honoured on the night.
Richards had a remarkable career with South Fremantle and will go down as the club's greatest ever full-back with his toughness and courage, combined with his brilliant marking and kicking skills making him a standout performer in the club's golden era.
After making his debut in 1951, the man affectionately known as 'Lizard' went on to play 148 games with the Bulldogs and was a key contributor in the premierships of 1952 and 1954 and was captain of the club in 1958.
Richards was then made a life member of the South Fremantle Football Club in 1965 and inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in 2011, and now deservedly will enter the WA Football Hall of Fame.
On top of his performances for South Fremantle where he deservedly goes down as the club's greatest full-back, he went on to captain-coach Claremont in 1959 and 1960 to take his WAFL games total to 195 while also representing Western Australia on 13 occasions.
Looking back now, Richards finds it hard to separate the winning premierships and state matches against Victoria as his career highlights.
"Undoubtedly the premierships of 1952 and 1954 stand out, but I also loved playing for Western Australia particularly against the Vics on a damp day," Richards said.
"They had the reputation of being the tough guys of footy. In fact, I thought many were wimps."
Richards arrived at South Fremantle from Deanmill, the same south west town as Sir Ross Hutchinson and John Todd, after being born in Pemberton.
At just 18, he won his club's fairest and best award as a centre half-forward before being encouraged to come to South Fremantle at the end of 1949 by Hutchinson.
After spending 1950 in the reserves, he received his chance the following season after the retirement of Bob Mason and immediately made the full-back position his own.
Aged just 21, he became a premiership player in 1952 when South Fremantle beat West Perth in the grand final but his 1953 season was hindered by a broken ankle. He missed the rest of the season and missed the club's premiership of that year.
However, he was back strongly in 1954 and starred in the premiership win of that year and also became a regular member of WA's team as its full-back. He played 13 games for WA in total, several as vice-captain, between 1955 and 1959.
Whether it was playing for South Fremantle, WA or Claremont, Richards was virtually unbeatable as a full-back because of his tremendous closing speed and ability to spoil his opponents from almost any position.
On top of that, he had a tremendous leap and his high-marking was a great highlight of his game as was his ever-improving kicking skills.
Richards was named captain of South Fremantle in 1958, but at the end of the season received an offer he couldn’t refuse to leave for Claremont and become captain-coach.
"It was a very good feeling being named captain and it made you feel wanted, that's for sure," Richards said.
"I then went to Claremont in 1959, though, when I was asked to join them. I said I could not leave South but they told me that Todd was going to be coach of South, and has the job even though it hadn’t been announced yet.
"Claremont told me that if I put my name down to be Souths coach they would knock me back and they did. Then I put my name down at Claremont. They said I could have the job and that's how I got to Claremont."
"It was pretty bad in those days because you had a fair few people trying to tell you how to coach the place," Richards said.
"It wasn’t the same as it is today. That's why I only stayed until 1961. I think it wouldn’t have been better if I was just coach and not playing though."
After two years and 34 games with the Tigers, Richards headed to Geraldton in 1962 to become playing-coach of Towns where he won the club's fairest and best in 1963 and was runner-up for the Clune Medal in 1963.
He retired soon after, but his contributions to football and interest in it have never died off. He served on the South Fremantle committee and continues to regularly attend home games at Fremantle Oval along with his daughter Susan, and granddaughters Kristy and Emmie.
He does think he would hold up quite well playing the modern game, though, up against even someone like Fremantle's Aaron Sandilands and without needing gloves or to overtrain.
"I still go to every home game," Richards said.
"I think the modern game is very good, but I still think that they change too much. And gloves. Anyone who can't mark a footy without gloves should be playing volleyball. Players are also overworked. They don’t get enough rest between training sessions.
"Now don't get me started on that silly handball game. And someone like Sandilands, well I wouldn’t have a problem. I wouldn’t get involved in the pushing and shoving. Simply I would stand well away and use my natural spring and leap over him. I'd kill him."
By Chris Pike

Richards won't be the only South Fremantle player inducted either with 2009 premiership player Peter Bell to also be honoured on the night.

Richards had a remarkable career with South Fremantle and will go down as the club's greatest ever full-back with his toughness and courage, combined with his brilliant marking and kicking skills making him a standout performer in the club's golden era.

After making his debut in 1951, the man affectionately known as 'Lizard' went on to play 148 games with the Bulldogs and was a key contributor in the premierships of 1952 and 1954 and was captain of the club in 1958.

Richards was then made a life member of the South Fremantle Football Club in 1965 and inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in 2011, and now deservedly will enter the WA Football Hall of Fame.

On top of his performances for South Fremantle where he deservedly goes down as the club's greatest full-back, he went on to captain-coach Claremont in 1959 and 1960 to take his WAFL games total to 195 while also representing Western Australia on 13 occasions.

Looking back now, Richards finds it hard to separate the winning premierships and state matches against Victoria as his career highlights.

"Undoubtedly the premierships of 1952 and 1954 stand out, but I also loved playing for Western Australia particularly against the Vics on a damp day," Richards said.

"They had the reputation of being the tough guys of footy. In fact, I thought many were wimps."

Richards arrived at South Fremantle from Deanmill, the same south west town as Sir Ross Hutchinson and John Todd, after being born in Pemberton.

At just 18, he won his club's fairest and best award as a centre half-forward before being encouraged to come to South Fremantle at the end of 1949 by Hutchinson.

After spending 1950 in the reserves, he received his chance the following season after the retirement of Bob Mason and immediately made the full-back position his own.

Aged just 21, he became a premiership player in 1952 when South Fremantle beat West Perth in the grand final but his 1953 season was hindered by a broken ankle. He missed the rest of the season and missed the club's premiership of that year.

However, he was back strongly in 1954 and starred in the premiership win of that year and also became a regular member of WA's team as its full-back. He played 13 games for WA in total, several as vice-captain, between 1955 and 1959.

Whether it was playing for South Fremantle, WA or Claremont, Richards was virtually unbeatable as a full-back because of his tremendous closing speed and ability to spoil his opponents from almost any position.

On top of that, he had a tremendous leap and his high-marking was a great highlight of his game as was his ever-improving kicking skills.

Richards was named captain of South Fremantle in 1958, but at the end of the season received an offer he couldn’t refuse to leave for Claremont and become captain-coach.

"It was a very good feeling being named captain and it made you feel wanted, that's for sure," Richards said.

"I then went to Claremont in 1959, though, when I was asked to join them. I said I could not leave South but they told me that Todd was going to be coach of South, and has the job even though it hadn’t been announced yet.

"Claremont told me that if I put my name down to be Souths coach they would knock me back and they did. Then I put my name down at Claremont. They said I could have the job and that's how I got to Claremont."

"It was pretty bad in those days because you had a fair few people trying to tell you how to coach the place," Richards said.

"It wasn’t the same as it is today. That's why I only stayed until 1961. I think it wouldn’t have been better if I was just coach and not playing though."

After two years and 34 games with the Tigers, Richards headed to Geraldton in 1962 to become playing-coach of Towns where he won the club's fairest and best in 1963 and was runner-up for the Clune Medal in 1963.

He retired soon after, but his contributions to football and interest in it have never died off. He served on the South Fremantle committee and continues to regularly attend home games at Fremantle Oval along with his daughter Susan, and granddaughters Kristy and Emmie.

He does think he would hold up quite well playing the modern game, though, up against even someone like Fremantle's Aaron Sandilands and without needing gloves or to overtrain.

"I still go to every home game," Richards said.

"I think the modern game is very good, but I still think that they change too much. And gloves. Anyone who can't mark a footy without gloves should be playing volleyball. Players are also overworked. They don’t get enough rest between training sessions.

"Now don't get me started on that silly handball game. And someone like Sandilands, well I wouldn’t have a problem. I wouldn’t get involved in the pushing and shoving. Simply I would stand well away and use my natural spring and leap over him. I'd kill him."

By Chris Pike

Nicky Winmar Cup

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 11:12 AM

The South Fremantle Indigenous metro 15yo team have gone back to back champions in the Nicky Winmar Cup over the weekend, beating Perth in the Grand Final by 18 points.

The South Fremantle team coached by South Fremantle greats Brad and Cliff Collard, started the carnival slowly just getting over the line against the Wheatbelt team by 2 points. The side would end up finishing the qualifying games in group 1 with 3 wins and 1 loss, the one loss being to Perth and finishing 2nd in group 1.

Finishing 2nd in their group would mean taking on Group 2 winners East Fremantle. The slow start the boys had to the qualifying games went out the window and took control when it counted most in the finals. South Fremantle would end up beating East Fremantle in the semi final by 29 points.

Some of the better players over the day were: Matthew Wilkes, Edward Warrell, Shai Bolton, Antoine Forrest-Yarran & Josh Kickett.

Scores:

Qualifying Games

South Fremantle beat Wheatbelt   26-24

South Fremantle beat South West   26-8

South Fremantle Lost to Perth     11-14

South Fremantle beat Peel    47-12

 
Semi Final 2
South Fremantle beat East Fremantle   36-7
Grand Final
South Fremantle beat Perth     34-16


Well done to Paul Mugambwa and his team on making this such a successful day and big congratulations to Brad, Cliff and the South Fremantle team on making it back to back PREMIERS.”

 

 

Further good signs despite loss to Falcons

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 1:37 AM

SOUTH Fremantle might have gone down to West Perth in Saturday night's pre-season hit out at Fremantle Oval, but once against there were plenty of encouraging signs for the Bulldogs.

West Perth did prevail in its first pre-season contest 17.11 (113) to 8.9 (57) under lights at Fremantle Oval on Saturday night, but results count for nothing at this point of the year and coach Paul Hasleby came away still with plenty of positives.
South Fremantle's midfield in particular won plenty of the ball on Saturday night and the fact that some experienced players, youngsters and recruits are all finding so much of the football two weeks out from Round 1 is a strong sign.
Once the chemistry is ironed out between the midfielders and forward-line featuring the likes of Ben Saunders, Alistair Gillespie and Paul Mugambwa, the Bulldogs look set to have a dangerous side.
Captain Ryan Cook showed that he is once again set for a big season leading South Fremantle as he gathered a game-high 27 possessions to go with seven marks and a goal.
Returning vice-captain Craig White is back from a year coaching and playing in Sydney with the Balmain Dockers, and he was in good form on Saturday night finishing with 26 disposals and 11 marks.
Port Adelaide recruit Mitch Banner was brilliant last week in his first game in Bulldogs colours against Perth, and backed that up with another strong performance against West Perth with 25 possessions, eight marks and a goal.
Toby Bairstow missed the last 10 games of 2012 with a hand injury, but is ready to fire up again in the midfield in 2013 and had 23 disposals and five marks.
Running half-back Adam McIntosh has been added to the leadership group this year and played well also with 20 disposals and two entries inside-50. Dylan Ross and Brendon Gulley were also solid in South Fremantle's back-line.
There was some good performances from young players as well with Jason Maskos collecting 19 disposals, Jacob Martinez 11 and Myles Bolger had 10 hit outs.
West Coast's Ashton Hams picked up 15 touches and kicked a goal while last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the league's leading goalkicker Saunders booted two.
The Bulldogs can still add Warrick Andreoli, Tyler Hall, John Sgherza, Nick Borovac, Adam Doughty, Shannon Burnett and Nick Borovac to what is their likely best line-up for Round 1 against Claremont.
The reserves lost narrowly to West Perth with Lewis Harvey breaking his leg against his former side in a terrible case of bad luck, but the colts showed they could be well be on track for a third straight premiership with a massive victory over the Falcons.SOUTH Fremantle might have gone down to West Perth in Saturday night's pre-season hit out at Fremantle Oval, but once against there were plenty of encouraging signs for the Bulldogs.

West Perth did prevail in its first pre-season contest 17.11 (113) to 8.9 (57) under lights at Fremantle Oval on Saturday night, but results count for nothing at this point of the year and coach Paul Hasleby came away still with plenty of positives.

South Fremantle's midfield in particular won plenty of the ball on Saturday night and the fact that some experienced players, youngsters and recruits are all finding so much of the football two weeks out from Round 1 is a strong sign.

Once the chemistry is ironed out between the midfielders and forward-line featuring the likes of Ben Saunders, Alistair Gillespie and Paul Mugambwa, the Bulldogs look set to have a dangerous side.

Captain Ryan Cook showed that he is once again set for a big season leading South Fremantle as he gathered a game-high 27 possessions to go with seven marks and a goal.

Returning vice-captain Craig White is back from a year coaching and playing in Sydney with the Balmain Dockers, and he was in good form on Saturday night finishing with 26 disposals and 11 marks.

Port Adelaide recruit Mitch Banner was brilliant last week in his first game in Bulldogs colours against Perth, and backed that up with another strong performance against West Perth with 25 possessions, eight marks and a goal.

Toby Bairstow missed the last 10 games of 2012 with a hand injury, but is ready to fire up again in the midfield in 2013 and had 23 disposals and five marks.

Running half-back Adam McIntosh has been added to the leadership group this year and played well also with 20 disposals and two entries inside-50. Dylan Ross and Brendon Gulley were also solid in South Fremantle's back-line.

There was some good performances from young players as well with Jason Maskos collecting 19 disposals, Jacob Martinez 11 and Myles Bolger had 10 hit outs.

West Coast's Ashton Hams picked up 15 touches and kicked a goal while last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the league's leading goalkicker Saunders booted two.

The Bulldogs can still add Warrick Andreoli, Tyler Hall, John Sgherza, Nick Borovac, Adam Doughty, Shannon Burnett and Nick Borovac to what is their likely best line-up for Round 1 against Claremont.

The reserves lost narrowly to West Perth with Lewis Harvey breaking his leg against his former side in a terrible case of bad luck, but the colts showed they could be well be on track for a third straight premiership with a massive victory over the Falcons.

Gascoyne Football Forum

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 12:43 PM

Gascoyne Football Forum

On Saturday 23rd February, CEO Stuart Kemp, Football Operations Manager Garry Davidson and Player Development Manager Daniel Vidovich travelled to Carnarvon to participate in a footy forum to discuss and resolve some of the issues confronting footy in our northern region.

Daniel travelled a day earlier and completed school clinics in Exmouth.

The Forum had representatives from the 4 clubs in the region, WAFC reps and Regional Development staff.

Much was gained from the exercise and it is very clear that if the WAFC and SFFC can secure funding to place a
Development Officer in the Gascoyne there will be tangible benefits for the region and further down the track for SFFC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home pre-season clash this Saturday

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 11:33 AM

SOUTH Fremantle steps out onto Fremantle Oval for the first match of 2013 when it hosts West Perth during the second week of WAFL pre-season action on Saturday.
It will be a full day of action at Fremantle Oval against the Falcons as well with the colts contest starting at 9am, the reserves at 4pm and the league contest under lights at 6.30pm.
The clash on Saturday will be the first of two straight home pre-season matches for the Bulldogs leading into the Saturday March 16 home and away season-opener against reigning premier Claremont at Claremont Oval.
Next Saturday, South Fremantle will take on last year's preliminary finalists Swan Districts as preparations kick fully into gear for a season proper that promises so much for the Bulldogs in Paul Hasleby's second year in charge as coach.
South Fremantle had its first hit out for 2013 last Saturday against Perth at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium with some encouraging signs.
Former Port Adelaide midfielder Mitch Banner was outstanding with 29 possessions and two goals with experienced midfielders Ryan Cook, Kris Miller and Toby Bairstow looking good.
Sean Tighe was good in the ruck and Reece Adams and Craig White, both premiership players together in 2009, made impressive returns after a year away from the club in 2012.
With some more new faces and returning players set to take on the Falcons on Saturday, we encourage all Bulldogs fans to get down to Fremantle Oval to see how the team is shaping up for a huge 2013 campaign for the mighty Red V.
SATURDAY MARCH 2 V WEST PERTH
Colts – Fremantle Oval, 9.00am
Reserves – Fremantle Oval, 4.00pm
League – Fremantle Oval, 6.30pm

SOUTH Fremantle steps out onto Fremantle Oval for the first match of 2013 when it hosts West Perth during the second week of WAFL pre-season action on Saturday.

It will be a full day of action at Fremantle Oval against the Falcons as well with the colts contest starting at 9am, the reserves at 4pm and the league contest under lights at 6.30pm.

The clash on Saturday will be the first of two straight home pre-season matches for the Bulldogs leading into the Saturday March 16 home and away season-opener against reigning premier Claremont at Claremont Oval.

Next Saturday, South Fremantle will take on last year's preliminary finalists Swan Districts as preparations kick fully into gear for a season proper that promises so much for the Bulldogs in Paul Hasleby's second year in charge as coach.

South Fremantle had its first hit out for 2013 last Saturday against Perth at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium with some encouraging signs.

Former Port Adelaide midfielder Mitch Banner was outstanding with 29 possessions and two goals with experienced midfielders Ryan Cook, Kris Miller and Toby Bairstow looking good.

Sean Tighe was good in the ruck and Reece Adams and Craig White, both premiership players together in 2009, made impressive returns after a year away from the club in 2012.

With some more new faces and returning players set to take on the Falcons on Saturday, we encourage all Bulldogs fans to get down to Fremantle Oval to see how the team is shaping up for a huge 2013 campaign for the mighty Red V.

SATURDAY MARCH 2 V WEST PERTH

Colts – Fremantle Oval, 9.00am

Reserves – Fremantle Oval, 4.00pm

League – Fremantle Oval, 6.30pm

Get down to the South Fremantle Function Centre

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 6:18 PM

THE South Fremantle Football Club wants Fremantle Oval to be the place to be for all members, supporters and the general public on Friday and Saturdays throughout 2013.

South Fremantle's facilities at Fremantle Oval includes a licensed bar and TAB that will be open on Friday and Saturdays with the Members Bar open on Friday night as well from 5.30pm.
One of the initiatives that new South Fremantle chief executive Stuart Kemp wants to really invest in this year is getting people back to the club and to Fremantle Oval not just on match-days.
The function centre is something he wants to see taken better advantage of and given the fact that it is the only TAB and Bar open Friday and Saturday nights in the city of Fremantle, it already has something to offer for everyone.
With some great food and entertainment on offer as well, he is excited to see as many people come down as possible throughout 2013.
"We are very excited about the function centre this year. We are planning on really promoting the facility with regular $15 Wednesday night steak nights, Friday night Bar open and we encourage all to get down for ‘Chase the Ace’ on the evening," Kemp said.
"We are re-launching our TAB which is the only Bar/Tab in Fremantle city. From the week of the 4th March the TAB will be open Friday afternoon and Saturday from 10am to 6pm."
As Kemp throws himself into making South Fremantle a strong and viable club going forward in the WAFL, he has no doubt the function centre can play a big part in that.
 
"The function centre and TAB is very important for South Fremantle Football Club’s viable future," Kemp said. 
"We believe we have a wonderful facility, great vista and plenty of space to have a really exciting environment for people to enjoy themselves.  Please see our website, www.southfremantlfc.com.au or look us up on Facebook and Twitter where will be promoting all function centre events."
Remember to continue to look out for some great events happening at the club this year and for more information go to our website, www.southfremantlefc.com.au.THE South Fremantle Football Club wants Fremantle Oval to be the place to be for all members, supporters and the general public on Friday and Saturdays throughout 2013.

South Fremantle's facilities at Fremantle Oval includes a licensed bar and TAB that will be open on Friday and Saturdays with the Members Bar open on Friday night as well from 5.30pm.

One of the initiatives that new South Fremantle chief executive Stuart Kemp wants to really invest in this year is getting people back to the club and to Fremantle Oval not just on match-days.

The function centre is something he wants to see taken better advantage of and given the fact that it is the only TAB and Bar open Friday and Saturday nights in the city of Fremantle, it already has something to offer for everyone.

With some great food and entertainment on offer as well, he is excited to see as many people come down as possible throughout 2013.

"We are very excited about the function centre this year. We are planning on really promoting the facility with regular $15 Wednesday night steak nights, Friday night Bar open and we encourage all to get down for ‘Chase the Ace’ on the evening," Kemp said.

"We are re-launching our TAB which is the only Bar/Tab in Fremantle city. From the week of the 4th March the TAB will be open Friday afternoon and Saturday from 10am to 6pm."

As Kemp throws himself into making South Fremantle a strong and viable club going forward in the WAFL, he has no doubt the function centre can play a big part in that.

"The function centre and TAB is very important for South Fremantle Football Club’s viable future," Kemp said. 

"We believe we have a wonderful facility, great vista and plenty of space to have a really exciting environment for people to enjoy themselves.  Please see our website, www.southfremantlfc.com.au or look us up on Facebook and Twitter where will be promoting all function centre events."

Remember to continue to look out for some great events happening at the club this year and for more information go to our website, www.southfremantlefc.com.au.

Bulldogs to be fitter, faster, stronger: Hasleby

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 11:52 AM

SOUTH Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby is confident that his Bulldogs outfit will be fitter, faster and stronger in 2013 largely thanks to the arrival of a new strength and conditioning coach.

Hasleby took over as coach of the Bulldogs fresh off retiring as a player heading into the 2012 season with the team already having commenced their pre-season work, meaning that for all intents and purposes this year is giving him the chance to have full control of the group for the first time.

The biggest decision before any recruiting or game plan thoughts were put into place was to get all players on the South Fremantle list fitter, faster and stronger for the 2013 season.

That has seen strength and conditioning coach Mike Vegar arrive from East Perth to run the fitness program and the players are enjoying a new gym set up invested in inside the South Fremantle change rooms at Fremantle Oval.

The results are already obvious after the pre-season campaign and Hasleby is delighted with how the players are looking physically after working closely in the weight room and out on the track with Vegar.

"The program is very new to our guys. We have had South Fremantle players who have hardly ever done weights before, but they are in the gym and we have had a big emphasis on high-speed running within our conditioning," Hasleby said.

"From where we finished off last year, we think they are going to be further advanced and that should equal a pretty good season."

As well as the addition of Vegar to his staff for 2013, Hasleby has also welcomed Michelle Cowan and former Richmond and Western Bulldogs AFL player Patrick Bowden to his coaching group as well.

"I came into the coaching role last year after the pre-season had started so there was a bit to plan from the get go and we didn’t have the chance to appoint someone like Mike Vegar like we have this year," he said.

"I feel terrific about our season ahead. We have good depth, we've got a good coaching group around us with Patrick Bowden and Michelle Cowan coming on board, so they both add a different expertise to our group.

"Combine that with the confidence that comes with having done it for a year now, we are ready to go as a coaching group and ready for the challenges that will be thrown at us."

Bowden originally moved west to work with the Clontarf Football Academy, but expressed an interest to be involved in coaching at WAFL level as well. When Hasleby heard that, he was quick to snap him up and add his experience and knowledge to South Fremantle.

"Patrick moved over here for the Clontarf Football Academy to work at one of the schools. I had played with Patrick's brother in my first year at East Fremantle and he gave me a call and said he wanted to get involved at the elite coaching level here in Perth," Hasleby said.

"I was very happy to get him on board because he was a very good AFL player, comes from a great family and he's obviously got a passion for improving and helping kids in the role that he has at Clontarf. The way he has fitted in has been enormous for us and he's going to be a great acquisition."

By Chris Pike

Banner the highlight in pre-season opener

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 5:20 PM

SOUTH Fremantle had its first pre-season hit out at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium on Saturday with a host of players showing exciting signs for the 2013 campaign that awaits.
Even though Perth won the game 12.14 (86) to 6.9 (45) on its home turf on Saturday, it's just the opening pre-season match for 2013 and the end result is far from the most important aspect.
What does matter for coach Paul Hasleby and his players is that they get some run into their legs, work on their match conditioning and work on getting the game plan right for the season proper.
The Bulldogs started the game well with three goals to two in the first quarter, but Perth managed to get on top from there and end up winning by 41 points.
However, it was Mitch Banner who was the star of the day in his first match in Bulldogs colours since coming to the WAFL after his AFL career with Port Adelaide came to an end at the end of last year.
Banner put on a dominant display on the wide expanses of Brownes Stadium finishing with 29 possessions, nine marks and two goals to show that he will be an outstanding addition to the South Fremantle midfield brigade in 2013.
Captain Ryan Cook gathered 20 possessions as well with Haiden Schloithe collecting 19, veteran Kris Miller 19, Toby Bairstow 16 and Sean Lynch 15.
Ruckman Sean Tighe also continued on from where he left off with a good first season with the Bulldogs last year in the ruck with 17 possessions, five marks, three tackles and 13 hit outs.
Alistair Gillespie has arrived from Claremont over summer to play as a key forward and back up ruckman, and had a solid first showing with nine possessions, seven hit outs and two goals.
Dylan Ross, Adam McIntosh, Mitch Carter, Craig White and Alex Grima were others in the red-and-white to put in good performances in the first hit out of the year.
South Fremantle will now continue its pre-season campaign this Saturday night against West Perth at Fremantle Oval. The Colts starts at 9am, reserves 4pm and league 6.30pm.

SOUTH Fremantle had its first pre-season hit out at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium on Saturday with a host of players showing exciting signs for the 2013 campaign that awaits.

Even though Perth won the game 12.14 (86) to 6.9 (45) on its home turf on Saturday, it's just the opening pre-season match for 2013 and the end result is far from the most important aspect.

What does matter for coach Paul Hasleby and his players is that they get some run into their legs, work on their match conditioning and work on getting the game plan right for the season proper.

The Bulldogs started the game well with three goals to two in the first quarter, but Perth managed to get on top from there and end up winning by 41 points.

However, it was Mitch Banner who was the star of the day in his first match in Bulldogs colours since coming to the WAFL after his AFL career with Port Adelaide came to an end at the end of last year.

Banner put on a dominant display on the wide expanses of Brownes Stadium finishing with 29 possessions, nine marks and two goals to show that he will be an outstanding addition to the South Fremantle midfield brigade in 2013.

Captain Ryan Cook gathered 20 possessions as well with Haiden Schloithe collecting 19, veteran Kris Miller 19, Toby Bairstow 16 and Sean Lynch 15.

Ruckman Sean Tighe also continued on from where he left off with a good first season with the Bulldogs last year in the ruck with 17 possessions, five marks, three tackles and 13 hit outs.

Alistair Gillespie has arrived from Claremont over summer to play as a key forward and back up ruckman, and had a solid first showing with nine possessions, seven hit outs and two goals.

Dylan Ross, Adam McIntosh, Mitch Carter, Craig White and Alex Grima were others in the red-and-white to put in good performances in the first hit out of the year.

South Fremantle will now continue its pre-season campaign this Saturday night against West Perth at Fremantle Oval. The Colts starts at 9am, reserves 4pm and league 6.30pm.

Cook to lead young Bulldogs again in 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 3:30 PM

RYAN Cook will again captain South Fremantle for the 2013 WAFL season and coach Paul Hasleby is excited by the leadership group that includes plenty of new and old faces.

Cook will remain captain with the returning Craig White vice-captain and 32-year-old 113-gamer Paul Mugambwa will be part of the leadership group for the first time along with Toby Bairstow, Adam Guglielmana, Adam McIntosh, Nick Borovac and the returning Mitch Carter.

Cook took over the captaincy in 2012 from Toby McGrath in his second year with the Bulldogs after coming west off his time in the AFL with Collingwood.

The hard running midfielder took to the captaincy well averaging 23.4 disposals a game as he continually led by example in whatever role asked of him by Hasleby.

By the end of the season, Cook was clearly comfortable in his role as captain and the young South Fremantle team was showing exciting signs for the future winning four of its last five games to go into the pre-season with some good momentum.

Hasleby had no hesitation in reappointing the 25-year-old Cook captain for 2013 and is excited by the leadership group surrounding him including returning 139-gamer former vice-captain and dual premiership player Craig White, and emerging youngsters like McIntosh and Borovac.

"He (Cook) has been appointed captain again and I thought he was fantastic in terms of his leadership last year in what was a pretty tough initiation for him and myself being new to those roles," Hasleby said.

"In the second year up he is going to have Craig White to support him and we have a really good leadership group pushing through made up of some guys who have been around five or six years, but also some second or third year players as well."

Last season was certainly a tough initiation into coaching for Hasleby as he had to oversee South Fremantle going from having one of the most experienced list, which included himself, in 2011 to suddenly being one of the youngest as 2012 unfolded.

With McGrath, Josh Head, Ryan Murphy and Hayden North now among those experienced players and leaders to have moved on, Hasleby saw plenty of good signs towards the end of last season that he now hopes can be built on.

With key players retiring and a season-ending injury to Toby Bairstow, Hasleby found himself having to blood youngster after youngster, and that ended up seeing South Fremantle finding form by the end of 2012.

It was the young players that provided much of the improvement and Hasleby is looking forward to that continuing.

"It was a frustrating year last year because we were so close in so many games, but we know in this game you have to win and if you don’t win, you don’t play finals and that's what happens. We did lose a few guys mid-season and with that came opportunities for the young guys," he said.

"They stepped up and took their chances, and you always find that with young guys who are hungry, and been waiting for their opportunity. The challenge is for them to back it up this year and not rest on their laurels."

"I also see a few of these young guys pushing through. Adam McIntosh and Nick Borovac are two of them who have been named in our leadership group now and they need to take the next step," Hasleby said.While White does return to the Bulldogs and will be a leader in the back-line, it was the defence with the likes of Borovac, McIntosh, Adam Doughty and Brendon Gulley that was outstanding, and Hasleby is backing them to go to another level again.

"We were very excited about some of the young players that came through last year, and we need them to follow through now and become 100-plus game players for this footy club."

More than handy recruits, returnees for 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 10:58 AM

SOUTH Fremantle will largely bank on youth to try to get back into WAFL finals action in 2013 but some talented recruits, and return of some experienced players will help that cause as well.

South Fremantle welcomes back important players Craig White and Reece Adams for the 2013 season with Alistair Gillespie on board from Claremont and Mitch Banner, Warrick Andreoli and Mitch Carter joining the Bulldogs after time in the AFL.

Those additions will add nicely to the experience of Ryan Cook, Kris Miller, Paul Mugambwa and Andrew McCarrey, developing leaders Sean Tighe, Adam Guglielmana, Jarrad Winter, Toby Bairstow and Adam McIntosh, and an exciting group of youngsters coming through.

White returns to the Bulldogs after a year away from the WAFL where he was with the Balmain Dockers where he was also coaching and playing alongside former South Fremantle premiership player Gerard Wilkie.

White will be a huge addition in terms of leadership, experience and quality for South Fremantle in 2013.

White is a 139-game, dual premiership player with South Fremantle and coach Paul Hasleby is delighted to have him back on board after playing alongside him in 2011.

"We are trying some new things in the back-line this year and he has been at the forefront of that, and leading from the front. His direction and talk is second to none in our team, that's for sure.""He has been enormous for me. He coached last year over in Sydney so to come back with that experience is fantastic for a young coach like myself," Hasleby said.

Gillespie was limited to four league games with Claremont last year due to the strength of its squad, but he starred in some Foxtel Cup appearances and also in the reserves premiership win where he was named best afield.

Hasleby was quick to lure him to South Fremantle once the season ended and now is looking forward to having him as a long-term forward and back-up ruckman with the Bulldogs.

A forward-line consisting of Gillespie, Ben Saunders, John Sgherza, McCarrey, Jayden Woods and Winter has the Bulldogs with the potential to put some big scores on the board.

"We saw a bit of a weakness in our forward-line in terms of our height and a back-up ruckman, so we chased Gillespie," he said.

"I saw in a few games last year what he could do, and even though he does have a lot to learn, when he puts it all together he is going to be an exciting player for our team hopefully for the next seven or eight years."

Hasleby was also pleased to attract three players fresh off AFL lists to Fremantle Oval for 2013 as well.

Banner arrives from Port Adelaide where the inside midfielder played 19 games between 2009-2012 but found himself off the Power's list at the end of last year under new coach Ken Hinkley.

Carter returns to South Fremantle after two years on Carlton's list where he was unable to crack it for an AFL game with Andreoli a recruit from St Kilda where he spent the last two seasons as a rookie.

Hasleby now hopes that Banner, Carter and Andreoli all play well enough to put themselves back in contention for a spot in the top league in 2014.

"With that they bring a lot of knowledge about different game plans from playing at the elite level. All those guys have fitted in well and we will look to play them in all different parts of the ground," he said.

"We'll get one of them in the back-line, Mitch Banner will go through the midfield and Andreoli will be a forward/mid as well.

"It gives us a lot of coverage and I'm looking forward to those guys getting back into the WAFL system, and hopefully with a successful season with us they get back into the AFL."

Adams is another Bulldog to return for 2013. Two seasons ago, Hasleby played with Adams and he appeared to be taking the next step with his football as a permanent WAFL midfielder.

He played every game that season, averaged almost 21 possessions a game and was one player Hasleby was hoping to build his new midfield around.

However, he took a year off from the WAFL in 2012 and now returns with Hasleby in no doubt he can get back to his best form.

"We really missed him last year just with his hardness around the ball and his ability to run and carry the ball," Hasleby said.

"He is such a team-orientated player. We've seen in the pre-season that he is back to his best already and he is going to play a big part within our midfield this year."

By Chris Pike