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Bulldogs reserves go straight into 2013 grand final

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 8:02 PM

SOUTH Fremantle's reserves have won straight through to the 2013 WAFL grand final by winning its sixth straight match in Sunday's second semi-final against Perth by five points.

The Bulldogs' reserves team finished the home and away season in outstanding form winning five matches on the trot, including a 91-point Round 24 thumping over the minor premier Perth, to secure second position on the ladder.
That set up a clash on Sunday at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval with a grand final berth up for grabs and the opponent just happened to be the same Demons team that the Bulldogs had beaten by almost 100 points the previous week.
At the super early bounce down time of 9.05am, South Fremantle started strongly at the Bassendean venue against Perth kicking five goals to one in the opening quarter to lead by 21 points at the first break.
The Demons were able to hit back in the second term with four goals to just two from the Bulldogs with South Fremantle holding onto an 11-point lead at the main break.
South Fremantle again started strongly in the third quarter kicking three goals to just one from Perth to see the Bulldogs open up a 26-point lead at three quarter-time.
Perth had finished the home and away season as the minor premier, though, and the Demons had some quality league players in their side including Joel Leeson, Haydn Busher, Kane Ransted, Joel Houghton and Jarrad Irons, and they wouldn’t go away.
The Demons kicked five goals to two in the last quarter to get to as close as five points in the dying stages, but South Fremantle held on for the 12.11 (83) to 11.12 (78) victory.
Alex Grima, Jarrad Winter and Kingsley Smith all kicked two goals apiece for the South Fremantle reserves.
Jason Maskos played the first six games of 2013 in the league side and showed his talent again in the second semi-final for the reserves on Sunday finishing with 23 possessions and a goal.
Reece Adams played 12 league matches in 2013 and is also a premiership player from 2009, and was a strong contributor on Sunday with 19 possessions.
As well as kicking his two goals, Grima finished with 18 disposals and six inside-50 entries while James Laurino carried on his form from late in the year with the league side with 19 disposals on Sunday.
Jarrod Parry picked up 17 possessions for the Bulldogs, Winter 17 to go with his two goals, Warrick Andreoli 17, Tim Kelly 15 and Marlon Pickett 15.
Myles Bolger also had a good morning in the ruck with 12 touches, five marks and 14 hit outs.
The second semi-final win sees South Fremantle win straight into the 2013 grand final at Subiaco's Patersons Stadium on Sunday September 22.
The Bulldogs will play the winner of this Sunday's preliminary final between Perth and West Perth at Claremont Oval.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 5.1 7.4 10.9 12.11 (83)
PERTH 1.4 5.5 6.7 11.12 (78)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Smith, Winter, Grima 2; Parry, Maskos, Matera, Kelly, Pickett, Johnson.
Best: Maskos, Laurino, Adams, Grima, Winter, Pickett, Parry.
PERTH – Goals: Houghton 3; Manuel 2; Leeson, Stuart, Sandilands, Star, Chrimes, Fry.
Best: Irons, Leeson, Hug, Busher, Hunt, Richardson.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle's reserves have won straight through to the 2013 WAFL grand final by winning its sixth straight match in Sunday's second semi-final against Perth by five points.

The Bulldogs' reserves team finished the home and away season in outstanding form winning five matches on the trot, including a 91-point Round 24 thumping over the minor premier Perth, to secure second position on the ladder.

That set up a clash on Sunday at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval with a grand final berth up for grabs and the opponent just happened to be the same Demons team that the Bulldogs had beaten by almost 100 points the previous week.

At the super early bounce down time of 9.05am, South Fremantle started strongly at the Bassendean venue against Perth kicking five goals to one in the opening quarter to lead by 21 points at the first break.

The Demons were able to hit back in the second term with four goals to just two from the Bulldogs with South Fremantle holding onto an 11-point lead at the main break.

South Fremantle again started strongly in the third quarter kicking three goals to just one from Perth to see the Bulldogs open up a 26-point lead at three quarter-time.

Perth had finished the home and away season as the minor premier, though, and the Demons had some quality league players in their side including Joel Leeson, Haydn Busher, Kane Ransted, Joel Houghton and Jarrad Irons, and they wouldn’t go away.

The Demons kicked five goals to two in the last quarter to get to as close as five points in the dying stages, but South Fremantle held on for the 12.11 (83) to 11.12 (78) victory.

Alex Grima, Jarrad Winter and Kingsley Smith all kicked two goals apiece for the South Fremantle reserves.

Jason Maskos played the first six games of 2013 in the league side and showed his talent again in the second semi-final for the reserves on Sunday finishing with 23 possessions and a goal.

Reece Adams played 12 league matches in 2013 and is also a premiership player from 2009, and was a strong contributor on Sunday with 19 possessions.

As well as kicking his two goals, Grima finished with 18 disposals and six inside-50 entries while James Laurino carried on his form from late in the year with the league side with 19 disposals on Sunday.

Jarrod Parry picked up 17 possessions for the Bulldogs, Winter 17 to go with his two goals, Warrick Andreoli 17, Tim Kelly 15 and Marlon Pickett 15.

Myles Bolger also had a good morning in the ruck with 12 touches, five marks and 14 hit outs.

The second semi-final win sees South Fremantle win straight into the 2013 grand final at Subiaco's Patersons Stadium on Sunday September 22.

The Bulldogs will play the winner of this Sunday's preliminary final between Perth and West Perth at Claremont Oval.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 5.1 7.4 10.9 12.11 (83)

PERTH 1.4 5.5 6.7 11.12 (78)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Smith, Winter, Grima 2; Parry, Maskos, Matera, Kelly, Pickett, Johnson.

Best: Maskos, Laurino, Adams, Grima, Winter, Pickett, Parry.

PERTH – Goals: Houghton 3; Manuel 2; Leeson, Stuart, Sandilands, Star, Chrimes, Fry.

Best: Irons, Leeson, Hug, Busher, Hunt, Richardson.

By Chris Pike

Colts Report - Semi Final

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 5:48 PM

THE Bulldogs colts side has booked its third grand final appearance in as many years with a stirring come from behind win against Claremont at Claremont Oval on Sunday.

Both sides started with some fine play in the first quarter and the spoils were shared as they went into the first break on an even footing. Ben Sokol stood out early with some telling grabs and was the Bulldogs main avenue to goals along with 15-year-old Callum Ah Chee.

Bailey Matera was also creative early with his run and tenacity moving the ball forward to his team mates advantage. Facing the next quarter against the wind, the Claremont side proved to be the experts of the second term as they harassed the South boys and ran hard to spread from the resulting turnovers.

They showed that they can create opportunities from a determined effort and mindset. They went in the main break with a four goal buffer which may have been much larger if not for the efforts of the composed back-line of the Bulldogs.

Tom Vandeleur was a rock in defence and took many telling marks to save his side countless times. He along with Matty Gundry, Bradd McPhail, Mitch Banks and Dylan Main held fast under a barrage of offensive thrusts and were able to keep their side in touch with a rampaging Tigers side.

After some stern words from the coach, about their poor second quarter, the boys were able to play their running brand of football into the wind and eradicate the deficit quickly to gain a foothold in the contest. Bill Frampton stood tall at half forward and gave a target for the running back-line. He proved a handful by not only his height but also his second efforts on the ground.

His presence gave those around him great confidence and in doing so they all lifted. The move of Ben Sokol and Dylan Main to the midfield was definitely a major influence on the Souths side winning multiple centre clearances as ruckman Daniel Moore competed well against a much larger opponent.

This proved the telling aspect of the game as both sides were very good in converting centre breaks into scoring opportunities. The run of Jarrod Garlett and the ball use of Braden Fimmano complimented the gritty work by James Culleton around the stoppages.

With the wind in their sails the Bulldogs were relentless with their aggression and ran out a great last quarter with five goals while holding the Tigers goalless.

It was a great comeback done with style and hard work both from the playing group and the coaching staff that produced a stunning result.

The playing group were reminded that the quality second half effort has only given them an opportunity for better things if they are prepared to knuckle down and put all their energies into being ready for the biggest game of the year in two weeks’ time.

We look forward in representing the club along with Tony Walters and his reserves boys on grand final day.


Arthur Maskos
SFFC Colts Coach

Colts Second Semi-Final Preview v Claremont

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 8:51 PM

SOUTH Fremantle's colts have won the last two premierships and will be looking to make it back to another grand final heading into Sunday's second semi-final against Claremont.

The Bulldogs colts side has had yet another strong 2013 home and away season finishing in second position on the ladder to set up a second semi-final clash on Sunday against Claremont at Claremont Oval at the later bounce down time of 11.35am.
The colts teams of the past two years have produced some outstanding AFL and WAFL talent as well.
From the 2011 side that beat Claremont by 44 points in the grand final, Haiden Schloithe, Adam Carter, Mason Shaw, Shane Kersten and Josh Bootsma are now in the AFL.
On top of that, Shannon Burnett, Jason Maskos, Brendan Verrier, James Laurino and Jacob Martinez have all played league football with South Fremantle.
The Bulldogs' colts then made it back-to-back flags last year with a thumping 58-point grand final win over East Fremantle with Shaw and Sam Rundle kicking five goals apiece.
Marvin Warrell, Brendan Verrier, Adam Carter, Sean Lynch, Simon Panizza, Shaw, Dale Hamilton, Emmanuel Collard and Robert Thompson all played in both premiership teams meaning they have all stepped up into being senior footballers to open up room for other youngsters to step up.
Jacob Dragovich, Bailey Matera, Tim Stewart, Braden Fimmano and Jakeb Tartaglia are among those players to step up and become key players in the South Fremantle colts team of 2013.
Matthew Ah Siu has been the Bulldogs colts leading goalkicker with 25 from 20 matches but Willie Rioli came home with a rush booting 24 in just six games after beginning his season playing in the reserves.
Jermaine Lewis and Ben Sokol have both kicked 21 goals apiece for the colts side in 2013 while Cameron McCarthy kicked 20 in eight matches before going down injured.
Coming off the last two premierships and with a healthy turnover of players, South Fremantle's colts did lose its first two games of the season against Claremont and Perth.
They bounced back with a win over West Perth but then again lost by just three points to Swan Districts.
It was then two straight wins against Subiaco and East Fremantle before another hiccup in Round 8 against East Perth.
There were then two more wins over Peel Thunder and Claremont before successive losses in Rounds 11 and 12 against East Fremantle and Subiaco.
Three straight wins had South Fremantle back on track and then after a loss to West Perth in Round 18 at Arena Joondalup, the Bulldogs finished the season with five straight victories against East Fremantle, Subiaco, Peel, East Perth and Perth.
Now if South Fremantle is able to beat Claremont in Sunday's second semi-final at Claremont Oval the Bulldogs will be into another grand final. A loss will mean a preliminary final against the winner of the first semi-final between Perth and Subiaco being played at Steel Blue Oval.
SOUTH FREMANTLE TEAM:
Callum Ah Chee, Mathew Ah Siu, Mitchell Banks, Traye Bennell, Jordan Comeagain, James Culleton, Jye Depane, Jacob Dragovich, Braden Fimmano, William Frampton, Jarrod Garlett, Matthew Gundry, Josh Hall, Connor MacDonald, Dylan Main, Bailey Matera, Joel McComb, Bradley McPhail, Daniel Moore, Matthew Nicholson, Jarrod Pickett, Willie Rioli, Oliver Sexton, Ben Sokol, Tim Stewart, Jakeb Tartaglia, Josh Tucker, Tom Vandeleur.
CLAREMONT TEAM:
Thomas Barrass, Isaac Baum, Jack Beeck, Maximillian Bentley, Samuel Bevan, Aaron Birch, Darcy Cameron, Jack Carruthers, Harrison Court, Joel Ebert, Steven Edwards, Lawrence Evans, Joel Fiegert, Jared Hardisty, Benjamin Higgs, Timm House, Elijah Howard, Sam Humphry, Jordan Law, Ryan Lim, Harrison McCracken, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Rowen Powell, Bailey Rogers, Luke Rosher, Eddie Simpson, Nicholas Steens, Harry Taylor, Alec Waterman, Francis Watson, Mason Whitehead, Jyrin Woods.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle's colts have won the last two premierships and will be looking to make it back to another grand final heading into Sunday's second semi-final against Claremont.

The Bulldogs colts side has had yet another strong 2013 home and away season finishing in second position on the ladder to set up a second semi-final clash on Sunday against Claremont at Claremont Oval at the later bounce down time of 11.35am.

The colts teams of the past two years have produced some outstanding AFL and WAFL talent as well.

From the 2011 side that beat Claremont by 44 points in the grand final, Haiden Schloithe, Adam Carter, Mason Shaw, Shane Kersten and Josh Bootsma are now in the AFL.

On top of that, Shannon Burnett, Jason Maskos, Brendan Verrier, James Laurino and Jacob Martinez have all played league football with South Fremantle.

The Bulldogs' colts then made it back-to-back flags last year with a thumping 58-point grand final win over East Fremantle with Shaw and Sam Rundle kicking five goals apiece.

Marvin Warrell, Brendan Verrier, Adam Carter, Sean Lynch, Simon Panizza, Shaw, Dale Hamilton, Emmanuel Collard and Robert Thompson all played in both premiership teams meaning they have all stepped up into being senior footballers to open up room for other youngsters to step up.

Jacob Dragovich, Bailey Matera, Tim Stewart, Braden Fimmano and Jakeb Tartaglia are among those players to step up and become key players in the South Fremantle colts team of 2013.

Matthew Ah Siu has been the Bulldogs colts leading goalkicker with 25 from 20 matches but Willie Rioli came home with a rush booting 24 in just six games after beginning his season playing in the reserves.

Jermaine Lewis and Ben Sokol have both kicked 21 goals apiece for the colts side in 2013 while Cameron McCarthy kicked 20 in eight matches before going down injured.

Coming off the last two premierships and with a healthy turnover of players, South Fremantle's colts did lose its first two games of the season against Claremont and Perth.

They bounced back with a win over West Perth but then again lost by just three points to Swan Districts.

It was then two straight wins against Subiaco and East Fremantle before another hiccup in Round 8 against East Perth.

There were then two more wins over Peel Thunder and Claremont before successive losses in Rounds 11 and 12 against East Fremantle and Subiaco.

Three straight wins had South Fremantle back on track and then after a loss to West Perth in Round 18 at Arena Joondalup, the Bulldogs finished the season with five straight victories against East Fremantle, Subiaco, Peel, East Perth and Perth.

Now if South Fremantle is able to beat Claremont in Sunday's second semi-final at Claremont Oval the Bulldogs will be into another grand final. A loss will mean a preliminary final against the winner of the first semi-final between Perth and Subiaco being played at Steel Blue Oval.

SOUTH FREMANTLE TEAM:

Callum Ah Chee, Mathew Ah Siu, Mitchell Banks, Traye Bennell, Jordan Comeagain, James Culleton, Jye Depane, Jacob Dragovich, Braden Fimmano, William Frampton, Jarrod Garlett, Matthew Gundry, Josh Hall, Connor MacDonald, Dylan Main, Bailey Matera, Joel McComb, Bradley McPhail, Daniel Moore, Matthew Nicholson, Jarrod Pickett, Willie Rioli, Oliver Sexton, Ben Sokol, Tim Stewart, Jakeb Tartaglia, Josh Tucker, Tom Vandeleur.

CLAREMONT TEAM:

Thomas Barrass, Isaac Baum, Jack Beeck, Maximillian Bentley, Samuel Bevan, Aaron Birch, Darcy Cameron, Jack Carruthers, Harrison Court, Joel Ebert, Steven Edwards, Lawrence Evans, Joel Fiegert, Jared Hardisty, Benjamin Higgs, Timm House, Elijah Howard, Sam Humphry, Jordan Law, Ryan Lim, Harrison McCracken, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Rowen Powell, Bailey Rogers, Luke Rosher, Eddie Simpson, Nicholas Steens, Harry Taylor, Alec Waterman, Francis Watson, Mason Whitehead, Jyrin Woods.

By Chris Pike

Reserves Second Semi-Final Preview v Perth

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 6:40 PM

SOUTH Fremantle's reserves has been outstanding right throughout 2013 benefitting from 42 players used in the league team of 2013 and now head into Sunday's second semi-final a strong chance of going straight through to the grand final.

South Fremantle's reserves finished the home and away season with a 13-7 record to be in second position to book in a second semi-final against the minor premiers Perth.
The game will take place on Sunday morning at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval at the earlier start time of 9.05am.
The Bulldogs' reserves did lose their first two and three of the first four reserves games of the season and after Round 12 were sitting on just a 5-6 record, but lost just one more match the rest of the way home in a tremendous run of form.
With the league side performing better, injuries lessening and form players fighting to earn their place back in the senior side, the reserves became a well-oiled machine for South Fremantle in the second half of the home and away season.
They went on a three-game winning between Rounds 14 and 16 with wins over Swan Districts, Perth and Claremont before a hiccup in Round 18 against West Perth at Arena Joondalup.
However, that was to be South Fremantle's last loss of the season as the reserves team finished off with wins against East Fremantle, Subiaco, Peek, East Perth and Perth to secure second position on the ladder and a finals double chance.
Now if South Fremantle beats Perth on Sunday morning, the Bulldogs reserves will be straight through to the grand final. Meanwhile a loss will mean a preliminary final next Sunday against the winner of the first semi-final between East Perth and West Perth at Claremont Oval on Sunday.
It is a strong-looking South Fremantle side as well with Reece Adams, Warrick Andreoli, Alex Grima, Tyler Hall, Blaine Johnson, Tim Kelly, James Laurino, Jason Maskos, Kaiden Matera, Justin Monaco, Marlon Pickett, Kingsley Smith, Zac Strom, Brendan Verrier and Jarrad Winter all playing league football in 2013.
Several of those players because key players in the league line-up as well.
Adams, a premiership player from 2009, played 12 league games to take his career tally to 61 while Grima has played 25 matches, Winter 65 and Bewick 49.
Meanwhile, both Johnson and Pickett played the last two games of the year in the league team and were tremendous.
Pickett, 21, made one of the most memorable debuts ever in the win over East Perth and then backed it up with a strong showing against Perth in the final round while Johnson was terrific in his second game with 18 possessions and three goals against the Demons.
Laurino played the last three games and was outstanding in run-with roles keeping quiet Subiaco's Jarrod Kayler-Thomson and the AFL-listed Cale Morton.
Andreoli struggled in the first half of the season, but finished off the year in the league team playing tremendous football running off half-back.
Smith kicked 10 goals in 11 games in the league side to go with 16 goals in nine reserves matches.
Verrier proved himself an outstanding ball winner at league level over the last eight games including a high of 32 in Round 22 against Peel while Kelly is one of the most exciting young players in the WAFL playing the last 12 league games averaging over 19 possessions.
Matera also played three leagues during the year but in the reserves he starred as the competition's leading goalkicker with 47 majors.
Simon Panizza, Jarrod Parry, Strom, Dale Hamilton and Rhys D'Alton were also strong performers all season long in the reserves side with Myles Bolger showing good signs in the ruck.
The Perth team, however, is strong as well with league players from this year Mark Deaves, Simon Donovan, Brad Fry, Joel Houghton, Kieran Hug, Matthew Hunt, Jarrad Irons, David Johnson, Joel Kalajzic, Joel Leeson, Mitchell Lleyendekkers, Cameron Manuel, Michael Mather, Kane Ransted and Reese Richardson to line-up on Sunday at Bassendean.
SOUTH FREMANTLE TEAM:
Reece Adams, Warrick Andreoli, Shaun Bewick, Myles Bolger, Steven Borovac, Rhys D'Alton, Jayden D'Vauz, Alex Grima, Tyler Hall, Dale Hamilton, Blaine Johnson, Tim Kelly, James Laurino, Jason Maskos, Kaiden Matera, Justin Monaco, Simon Panizza, Joseph Pantano, Jarrod Parry, Marlon Pickett, Michael Russell, Kingsley Smith, Zac Strom, Anthony Van Manen, Brendan Verrier, Jarrad Winter.
PERTH TEAM:
Daniel Arangio, Tyler Chrimes, Jason Currie, Mark Deaves, Simon Donovan, Aaron Dow, Kristian Egan, Brad Fry, Ryan Gray, Sean Holland, Joel Houghton, Kieran Hug, Matthew Hunt, Jarrad Irons, David Johnston, Cameron Jones, Joel Kalajzic, Joel Leeson, Mitchell Lleyendekkers, Cameron Manuel, Michael Mather, Harrison Morgan, Kane Ransted, Reese Richardson, Blake Robinson, Chad Sandilands, Josh Stark, Kerwin Stuart.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle's reserves has been outstanding right throughout 2013 benefitting from 42 players used in the league team of 2013 and now head into Sunday's second semi-final a strong chance of going straight through to the grand final.

South Fremantle's reserves finished the home and away season with a 13-7 record to be in second position to book in a second semi-final against the minor premiers Perth.

The game will take place on Sunday morning at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval at the earlier start time of 9.05am.

The Bulldogs' reserves did lose their first two and three of the first four reserves games of the season and after Round 12 were sitting on just a 5-6 record, but lost just one more match the rest of the way home in a tremendous run of form.

With the league side performing better, injuries lessening and form players fighting to earn their place back in the senior side, the reserves became a well-oiled machine for South Fremantle in the second half of the home and away season.

They went on a three-game winning between Rounds 14 and 16 with wins over Swan Districts, Perth and Claremont before a hiccup in Round 18 against West Perth at Arena Joondalup.

However, that was to be South Fremantle's last loss of the season as the reserves team finished off with wins against East Fremantle, Subiaco, Peek, East Perth and Perth to secure second position on the ladder and a finals double chance.

Now if South Fremantle beats Perth on Sunday morning, the Bulldogs reserves will be straight through to the grand final. Meanwhile a loss will mean a preliminary final next Sunday against the winner of the first semi-final between East Perth and West Perth at Claremont Oval on Sunday.

It is a strong-looking South Fremantle side as well with Reece Adams, Warrick Andreoli, Alex Grima, Tyler Hall, Blaine Johnson, Tim Kelly, James Laurino, Jason Maskos, Kaiden Matera, Justin Monaco, Marlon Pickett, Kingsley Smith, Zac Strom, Brendan Verrier and Jarrad Winter all playing league football in 2013.

Several of those players because key players in the league line-up as well.

Adams, a premiership player from 2009, played 12 league games to take his career tally to 61 while Grima has played 25 matches, Winter 65 and Bewick 49.

Meanwhile, both Johnson and Pickett played the last two games of the year in the league team and were tremendous.

Pickett, 21, made one of the most memorable debuts ever in the win over East Perth and then backed it up with a strong showing against Perth in the final round while Johnson was terrific in his second game with 18 possessions and three goals against the Demons.

Laurino played the last three games and was outstanding in run-with roles keeping quiet Subiaco's Jarrod Kayler-Thomson and the AFL-listed Cale Morton.

Andreoli struggled in the first half of the season, but finished off the year in the league team playing tremendous football running off half-back.

Smith kicked 10 goals in 11 games in the league side to go with 16 goals in nine reserves matches.

Verrier proved himself an outstanding ball winner at league level over the last eight games including a high of 32 in Round 22 against Peel while Kelly is one of the most exciting young players in the WAFL playing the last 12 league games averaging over 19 possessions.

Matera also played three leagues during the year but in the reserves he starred as the competition's leading goalkicker with 47 majors.

Simon Panizza, Jarrod Parry, Strom, Dale Hamilton and Rhys D'Alton were also strong performers all season long in the reserves side with Myles Bolger showing good signs in the ruck.

The Perth team, however, is strong as well with league players from this year Mark Deaves, Simon Donovan, Brad Fry, Joel Houghton, Kieran Hug, Matthew Hunt, Jarrad Irons, David Johnson, Joel Kalajzic, Joel Leeson, Mitchell Lleyendekkers, Cameron Manuel, Michael Mather, Kane Ransted and Reese Richardson to line-up on Sunday at Bassendean.

SOUTH FREMANTLE TEAM:

Reece Adams, Warrick Andreoli, Shaun Bewick, Myles Bolger, Steven Borovac, Rhys D'Alton, Jayden D'Vauz, Alex Grima, Tyler Hall, Dale Hamilton, Blaine Johnson, Tim Kelly, James Laurino, Jason Maskos, Kaiden Matera, Justin Monaco, Simon Panizza, Joseph Pantano, Jarrod Parry, Marlon Pickett, Michael Russell, Kingsley Smith, Zac Strom, Anthony Van Manen, Brendan Verrier, Jarrad Winter.

PERTH TEAM:

Daniel Arangio, Tyler Chrimes, Jason Currie, Mark Deaves, Simon Donovan, Aaron Dow, Kristian Egan, Brad Fry, Ryan Gray, Sean Holland, Joel Houghton, Kieran Hug, Matthew Hunt, Jarrad Irons, David Johnston, Cameron Jones, Joel Kalajzic, Joel Leeson, Mitchell Lleyendekkers, Cameron Manuel, Michael Mather, Harrison Morgan, Kane Ransted, Reese Richardson, Blake Robinson, Chad Sandilands, Josh Stark, Kerwin Stuart.

By Chris Pike

Opportunity of a lifetime

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 8:34 PM

The opportunity of a lifetime - your chance to play a round of golf with Paul Hasleby, Shaun McManus and golf legend Terry Gale!

The Bulldogs annual golf day is being held next Friday 13 September at the Royal Fremantle Golf Club and we are giving supporters the opportunity to be the 4th player in this team.

Bid price starts at $500.00 for this exclusive offer!!

Place your bids ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE ONLY in the comment box.

Final bids close Thursday 12 September at 12pm.

WAFL Grand Final lunch with Kevin Sheedy

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 5:04 PM


Sunday 22 September • Bill Walker Room • Patersons Stadium • 12.30pm
Tickets : $150

 

Ticket includes 3 course meal plus beer, wine and soft drinks
Premium undercover seating for the Grand Final match
RSVP: Tracy Thompson (tthompson@wafc.com.au or 9381 5599)
by Tuesday 17 September

 

Bulldogs just fall short of fourth straight win to end season

Monday, September 2, 2013 - 3:18 AM

SOUTH Fremantle started on fire kicking the first five goals against Perth at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium on Saturday but just fell short in the end of finishing the season with a fourth straight win.

The Bulldogs were in tremendous form heading to the Lathlain venue for the final game of the 2013 season having won their last three matches against East Perth, Peel Thunder and Subiaco, and four of their last five overall to be building some good momentum.
That continued into the start of the contest against the Demons with the Bulldogs kicking the first five goals in the first quarter and leading most of the day, but Perth finished the stronger to end up winning 17.13 (115) to 13.13 (91).
South Fremantle now finishes the 2013 season in seventh position on the ladder with a 6-14 record but things improved markedly after a 0-7 start to the year.
The Bulldogs went 6-7 from that point on but more impressively won four of their last six matches including impressive victories over finals teams West Perth and East Perth along the way.
Bulldogs ruckman Sean Tighe was outstanding as he has been since arriving two years ago finishing the season off with a best on ground display with 29 possessions, six marks, 36 hit outs and six inside-50 entries.
Mitch Banner racked up 25 possessions and kicked two goals also to secure the club's leading goalkicker award for 2013 with Paul Mugambwa not managing a major for the afternoon.
Last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner Ben Saunders kicked four goals while second-gamer Blaine Johnson booted three from 18 disposals.
Veteran Kris Miller also kicked two goals from 18 possessions and four inside-50 entries in his 298th WAFL game, and 145th with South Fremantle.
South Fremantle's back-line again provided strong run and drive led by 24 possessions from Adam Guglielmana with Dylan Ross having 21 disposals, Warrick Andreoli 20, Nick Borovac 19 and Adam McIntosh 19.
Ashton Hams was back from his one-week suspension after the win over Peel a fortnight ago and picked up 22 possessions with Toby Bairstow returning to the league side with 19 touches, Jacob Martinez 18, James Laurino 17, Tim Kelly 16 and Brendan Verrier 15.
Second-gamer Marlon Pickett again showed exciting signs after his remarkable debut last week against East Perth. On this occasion, he finished with 22 possessions, seven inside-50 entries, five marks and even four hit outs in another strong all-round performance.
South Fremantle's league team might have missed out on playing finals for the second straight year, but both the Bulldogs' reserves and colts sides will be taking part in the finals.
The reserves hammered Perth 16.15 (111) to 2.8 (20) and now the two teams will do battle once again in the second semi-final this weekend with a grand final spot up for grabs.
Alex Grima, Reece Adams, Jarrad Winter, Anthony van Manen, Kaiden Matera and Ben Sokol all kicked two goals each for South Fremantle's reserves in the massive 91-point victory.
Jarrod Parry collected 32 possessions for the Bulldogs with Dylan Main finishing with 25 touches, Winter 24, Shaun Bewick 23, Grima 23, Mitch Carter 23, Sokol 20, Simon Panizza 20, van Manen 20 and Adams 18.
The colts are on the hunt for a third straight premiership and finished the home and away season in second position with a 15-5 record to set up a second semi-final match-up with Claremont with the winner into the grand final for 2013.
Willie Rioli and Callum Ah Chee kicked three goals each for South Fremantle with Tim Stewart kicking two while Jacob Dragovich collected 26 possessions, Stewart 20, Jye Depane 18, Oliver Sexton 16 and Jarrod Garlett 16.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 6.4 9.6 11.9 13.13 (91)
PERTH 1.2 8.5 10.9 17.13 (115)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Saunders 4; Johnson 3; Miller, Banner 2; Hams, Cook.
Best: Tighe, Banner, Pickett, Guglielmana, Johnson, Miller, Andreoli, Ross.
PERTH – Goals: Stack 5; Leeson 3; Bevan, White 2; O'Sullivan, Reimers, Jacobs, Houghton, Richardson.
Best: Leeson, Reimers, Hodge, Stack, O'Sullivan, Sketcher.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle started on fire kicking the first five goals against Perth at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium on Saturday but just fell short in the end of finishing the season with a fourth straight win.

The Bulldogs were in tremendous form heading to the Lathlain venue for the final game of the 2013 season having won their last three matches against East Perth, Peel Thunder and Subiaco, and four of their last five overall to be building some good momentum.

That continued into the start of the contest against the Demons with the Bulldogs kicking the first five goals in the first quarter and leading most of the day, but Perth finished the stronger to end up winning 17.13 (115) to 13.13 (91).

South Fremantle now finishes the 2013 season in seventh position on the ladder with a 6-14 record but things improved markedly after a 0-7 start to the year.

The Bulldogs went 6-7 from that point on but more impressively won four of their last six matches including impressive victories over finals teams West Perth and East Perth along the way.

Bulldogs ruckman Sean Tighe was outstanding as he has been since arriving two years ago finishing the season off with a best on ground display with 29 possessions, six marks, 36 hit outs and six inside-50 entries.

Mitch Banner racked up 25 possessions and kicked two goals also to secure the club's leading goalkicker award for 2013 with Paul Mugambwa not managing a major for the afternoon.

Last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner Ben Saunders kicked four goals while second-gamer Blaine Johnson booted three from 18 disposals.

Veteran Kris Miller also kicked two goals from 18 possessions and four inside-50 entries in his 298th WAFL game, and 145th with South Fremantle.

South Fremantle's back-line again provided strong run and drive led by 24 possessions from Adam Guglielmana with Dylan Ross having 21 disposals, Warrick Andreoli 20, Nick Borovac 19 and Adam McIntosh 19.

Ashton Hams was back from his one-week suspension after the win over Peel a fortnight ago and picked up 22 possessions with Toby Bairstow returning to the league side with 19 touches, Jacob Martinez 18, James Laurino 17, Tim Kelly 16 and Brendan Verrier 15.

Second-gamer Marlon Pickett again showed exciting signs after his remarkable debut last week against East Perth. On this occasion, he finished with 22 possessions, seven inside-50 entries, five marks and even four hit outs in another strong all-round performance.

South Fremantle's league team might have missed out on playing finals for the second straight year, but both the Bulldogs' reserves and colts sides will be taking part in the finals.

The reserves hammered Perth 16.15 (111) to 2.8 (20) and now the two teams will do battle once again in the second semi-final this weekend with a grand final spot up for grabs.

Alex Grima, Reece Adams, Jarrad Winter, Anthony van Manen, Kaiden Matera and Ben Sokol all kicked two goals each for South Fremantle's reserves in the massive 91-point victory.

Jarrod Parry collected 32 possessions for the Bulldogs with Dylan Main finishing with 25 touches, Winter 24, Shaun Bewick 23, Grima 23, Mitch Carter 23, Sokol 20, Simon Panizza 20, van Manen 20 and Adams 18.

The colts are on the hunt for a third straight premiership and finished the home and away season in second position with a 15-5 record to set up a second semi-final match-up with Claremont with the winner into the grand final for 2013.

Willie Rioli and Callum Ah Chee kicked three goals each for South Fremantle with Tim Stewart kicking two while Jacob Dragovich collected 26 possessions, Stewart 20, Jye Depane 18, Oliver Sexton 16 and Jarrod Garlett 16.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 6.4 9.6 11.9 13.13 (91)

PERTH 1.2 8.5 10.9 17.13 (115)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Saunders 4; Johnson 3; Miller, Banner 2; Hams, Cook.

Best: Tighe, Banner, Pickett, Guglielmana, Johnson, Miller, Andreoli, Ross.

PERTH – Goals: Stack 5; Leeson 3; Bevan, White 2; O'Sullivan, Reimers, Jacobs, Houghton, Richardson.

Best: Leeson, Reimers, Hodge, Stack, O'Sullivan, Sketcher.

By Chris Pike

Excitement machine Mugambwa to keep flying for Bulldogs

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 2:00 AM

SOUTH Fremantle excitement machine Paul Mugambwa has confirmed he will play on in 2014 and likely the year after for the Bulldogs with the lure of life membership and the excitement from the strong band of youngsters too much to walk away from.

The 32-year-old has now played 127 games with South Fremantle since making his league debut with the Bulldogs in 2005 so in order to get to 150 matches to earn life membership; he will need to either play on in 2015 or for the team to play in at least two finals without him missing a game.
The story of the South African-born Mugambwa is one of the best ever WAFL success stories and he had to put in a lot of work, and he continues to, on his football skills after not playing the game growing up.
However, he has perhaps the biggest leap that any South Fremantle player ever has had and that has meant that despite standing only 182cm and weighing 80kg, he has been able to spend much of his career playing well above his stature and build.
Mugambwa has spent significant time in the ruck throughout his career but mostly it has been as a key forward target, but the added bonus for South Fremantle is that he is the best pressure forward in the competition as well and outstanding at ground level.
The first half of the 2013 season was tough to be the main forward target for Mugambwa given the team lost their first seven games and full-forward Ben Saunders was out injured, but has continued to battle hard.
He kicked another three goals from 14 possessions and six marks in last Saturday's thrilling and high-scoring win over East Perth at Fremantle Oval to now be leading South Fremantle's goalkicking with 32 for the season.
Mugambwa has now kicked 140 goals overall in his 127-game career and he sees no end in sight just yet while he is still enjoying what he is doing so much.
"I've always said to myself that the only things that would stop me from playing would be if my body couldn’t do it anymore or if I lost the excitement to play," Mugambwa said.
"I still love coming down and this was a great example of how exciting it can be when you see young guys make their debuts and carve it up. It's exciting times at the club and you can see the potential so I definitely want to hang around to play my role as much as I can."
There will be no South Fremantle player with a greater story to become a life member if Mugambwa is able to reach 150 games either late next year or in 2015.
That is something he would certainly be proud to achieve, but with him already having his name booked on the No. 20 locker and being a premiership player in 2009 means he already has left quite the legacy – not to mention excited each and everyone who has watched him play.
"If I play a full year next year I might end up at 148 if we don’t play finals, but I have been at the club for 11 years and I have set myself a few personal milestones. If I could get to 150 and be a life member of this club it would be an amazing achievement," he said.
"As you get older you tend to reflect a bit more and even this week I was thinking to myself that I'm not ready to leave all of this yet. I just love being around the boys and over the years I have literally seen hundreds of players come and go from this club.
"Some have stayed for two weeks and some for five years, but I have seen a lot of faces and to have been here for 11 years this club is my second home. For me to keep going with that lure of the 150 games would be a major achievement if I can get there."
While South Fremantle's attacking game was outstanding in last Saturday's 22.13 (145) to 21.7 (133) win over East Perth with Kris Miller kicking five goals, Ben Saunders four and Mugambwa three along with three from debutant Marlon Pickett, it was the other end that Mugambwa was impressed with.
Dylan Ross and Nick Borovac have held down the key defensive positions all season tremendously while Adam McIntosh has continued his emergence as a leader and key player.
However, it's important to have strong defence all over the field and Mugambwa has also been impressed with the outstanding run-with roles James Laurino has succeeded with early in his career – firstly Jarrod Kayler-Thomson and now Cale Morton.
"Our defence has probably been our best line this year. Dylan Ross, Nick Borovac and 'Smack' have been unbelievable in terms of some of the big games they've had to play against experienced players," Mugambwa said.
"Jimmy Laurino came in for his first game and shut down Kayler-Thomson and this week he got the job on an AFL player and he just did his job. Everyone in our team knows they have a role and if everyone does their job we will improve, and hopefully get more wins."
South Fremantle had a tough first half of 2013, but has now won its last three games impressively and four of the last five including victories over top-four sides West Perth and East Perth.
Mugambwa has enjoyed seeing the team come together at the end of the season and that has him excited for the future as well.
"We've got a young group and it has taken some time for everyone to find their place and role, and for us to perfect our game plan," he said.
"The game plan has changed a little bit, but over the last two months we have kind of gelled a lot tighter, the way we've been executing our game plan has been outstanding and we've got a lot of exciting young guys coming up. It's been great and hopefully we finish off with another win next week now."
While young players like Tim Kelly, Brendan Verrier, Jacob Martinez, Pickett, Warrick Andreoli, Kaiden Matera, Mitch Carter and a host of players give the Bulldogs reason for optimism looking forward, Mugambwa also knows keeping some experience around is crucial.
That's why he wants to continue playing and he has certainly enjoyed having more help in the forward-line in recent weeks not only with the return of Saunders, but with 297-game veteran Miller also joining him in attack.
With Miller still playing such outstanding football and kicking five goals last Saturday for the first time in his remarkable career, and being so close to 300 WAFL games and 150 with South Fremantle, Mugambwa can't fathom how the soon to be 33-year-old could even consider retiring.
"Obviously as you get a bit older and I'm still only 5'11 and am asked to play a key position which can be hard, but when Benny comes back in that helps us a lot. He just finds a way to kick goals and he might only have three kicks but you know they will all be goals," Mugambwa said.
"Kris Miller is just so smart around the ball and so experienced that he thinks a step ahead. It's amazing to watch him because he's not that fast and they try older and younger guys on him, and he still outsmarts them. It's been great watching him close up since he joined us up forward.
"He has to play on, I don’t think it's an option to be honest. He's close to playing 300 games and isn’t far off life membership here where it would be an amazing milestone. He is so close to those milestones and he's playing really good footy so as far as I'm concerned he should definitely be playing next year."
By Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle excitement machine Paul Mugambwa has confirmed he will play on in 2014 and likely the year after for the Bulldogs with the lure of life membership and the excitement from the strong band of youngsters too much to walk away from.

The 32-year-old has now played 127 games with South Fremantle since making his league debut with the Bulldogs in 2005 so in order to get to 150 matches to earn life membership; he will need to either play on in 2015 or for the team to play in at least two finals without him missing a game.

The story of the South African-born Mugambwa is one of the best ever WAFL success stories and he had to put in a lot of work, and he continues to, on his football skills after not playing the game growing up.

However, he has perhaps the biggest leap that any South Fremantle player ever has had and that has meant that despite standing only 182cm and weighing 80kg, he has been able to spend much of his career playing well above his stature and build.

Mugambwa has spent significant time in the ruck throughout his career but mostly it has been as a key forward target, but the added bonus for South Fremantle is that he is the best pressure forward in the competition as well and outstanding at ground level.

The first half of the 2013 season was tough to be the main forward target for Mugambwa given the team lost their first seven games and full-forward Ben Saunders was out injured, but has continued to battle hard.

He kicked another three goals from 14 possessions and six marks in last Saturday's thrilling and high-scoring win over East Perth at Fremantle Oval to now be leading South Fremantle's goalkicking with 32 for the season.

Mugambwa has now kicked 140 goals overall in his 127-game career and he sees no end in sight just yet while he is still enjoying what he is doing so much.

"I've always said to myself that the only things that would stop me from playing would be if my body couldn’t do it anymore or if I lost the excitement to play," Mugambwa said.

"I still love coming down and this was a great example of how exciting it can be when you see young guys make their debuts and carve it up. It's exciting times at the club and you can see the potential so I definitely want to hang around to play my role as much as I can."

There will be no South Fremantle player with a greater story to become a life member if Mugambwa is able to reach 150 games either late next year or in 2015.

That is something he would certainly be proud to achieve, but with him already having his name booked on the No. 20 locker and being a premiership player in 2009 means he already has left quite the legacy – not to mention excited each and everyone who has watched him play.

"If I play a full year next year I might end up at 148 if we don’t play finals, but I have been at the club for 11 years and I have set myself a few personal milestones. If I could get to 150 and be a life member of this club it would be an amazing achievement," he said.

"As you get older you tend to reflect a bit more and even this week I was thinking to myself that I'm not ready to leave all of this yet. I just love being around the boys and over the years I have literally seen hundreds of players come and go from this club.

"Some have stayed for two weeks and some for five years, but I have seen a lot of faces and to have been here for 11 years this club is my second home. For me to keep going with that lure of the 150 games would be a major achievement if I can get there."

While South Fremantle's attacking game was outstanding in last Saturday's 22.13 (145) to 21.7 (133) win over East Perth with Kris Miller kicking five goals, Ben Saunders four and Mugambwa three along with three from debutant Marlon Pickett, it was the other end that Mugambwa was impressed with.

Dylan Ross and Nick Borovac have held down the key defensive positions all season tremendously while Adam McIntosh has continued his emergence as a leader and key player.

However, it's important to have strong defence all over the field and Mugambwa has also been impressed with the outstanding run-with roles James Laurino has succeeded with early in his career – firstly Jarrod Kayler-Thomson and now Cale Morton.

"Our defence has probably been our best line this year. Dylan Ross, Nick Borovac and 'Smack' have been unbelievable in terms of some of the big games they've had to play against experienced players," Mugambwa said.

"Jimmy Laurino came in for his first game and shut down Kayler-Thomson and this week he got the job on an AFL player and he just did his job. Everyone in our team knows they have a role and if everyone does their job we will improve, and hopefully get more wins."

South Fremantle had a tough first half of 2013, but has now won its last three games impressively and four of the last five including victories over top-four sides West Perth and East Perth.

Mugambwa has enjoyed seeing the team come together at the end of the season and that has him excited for the future as well.

"We've got a young group and it has taken some time for everyone to find their place and role, and for us to perfect our game plan," he said.

"The game plan has changed a little bit, but over the last two months we have kind of gelled a lot tighter, the way we've been executing our game plan has been outstanding and we've got a lot of exciting young guys coming up. It's been great and hopefully we finish off with another win next week now."

While young players like Tim Kelly, Brendan Verrier, Jacob Martinez, Pickett, Warrick Andreoli, Kaiden Matera, Mitch Carter and a host of players give the Bulldogs reason for optimism looking forward, Mugambwa also knows keeping some experience around is crucial.

That's why he wants to continue playing and he has certainly enjoyed having more help in the forward-line in recent weeks not only with the return of Saunders, but with 297-game veteran Miller also joining him in attack.

With Miller still playing such outstanding football and kicking five goals last Saturday for the first time in his remarkable career, and being so close to 300 WAFL games and 150 with South Fremantle, Mugambwa can't fathom how the soon to be 33-year-old could even consider retiring.

"Obviously as you get a bit older and I'm still only 5'11 and am asked to play a key position which can be hard, but when Benny comes back in that helps us a lot. He just finds a way to kick goals and he might only have three kicks but you know they will all be goals," Mugambwa said.

"Kris Miller is just so smart around the ball and so experienced that he thinks a step ahead. It's amazing to watch him because he's not that fast and they try older and younger guys on him, and he still outsmarts them. It's been great watching him close up since he joined us up forward.

"He has to play on, I don’t think it's an option to be honest. He's close to playing 300 games and isn’t far off life membership here where it would be an amazing milestone. He is so close to those milestones and he's playing really good footy so as far as I'm concerned he should definitely be playing next year."

By Chris Pike

Chewin' the Fat – Kris Miller column August 29

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 12:34 AM

THE WAFL is a fantastic competition and it has obviously been around for a long time and it has changed a lot over the last 25 years with the AFL kicking in, but in terms of its position in the state as a feeding competition it is hugely important.

It is a competition that I don’t think anyone would let dwindle. People can say it's struggling here and there, and whilst the AFL is the strongest sport in Australia, the second-tier competitions will never dwindle out because even the AFL knows how important they are.
It is probably even more important for the blokes who won't get to play in the AFL. It gives them a chance to play in a competition where your commitment is the biggest factor in you succeeding or not. You don’t need that commitment in the country or amateurs. We have 40 or 50 blokes at training every night, we have good facilities, we have physios and trainers here every night and you wouldn’t get that anywhere else below the AFL except in the WAFL in Western Australia.
From a playing perspective, I see that the competition is in a really good position but I wouldn’t have a clue from an administration point of view how hard it is to tap into the corporate dollar. From a playing perspective and a spectator's point of view, I think the competition is as good as it's been for a fair while though.
Whether I'm slowing down or not I don’t know, but it definitely seems like the game in the WAFL is a lot faster now than what it was when I first started when blokes would sit on the bench for three quarters and then come on and play in the last quarter. Now you come on in the first five minutes if you start on the bench so the amount of rotations has helped to speed the game up quite a bit.
Another big change in my time has been that you just don’t have the same amounts of senior players sticking around the club than there was back then but I think that is a bit of a reflection on society as well. Young kids tend to want things easier and easier these days and they aren’t as prepared to work hard for things as we were brought up to do. Even the generation before me, they had a totally different attitude to things where they persisted until they couldn’t give anymore but now if things don’t happen for young blokes straight away a lot of them don’t stick it out.
That is probably part of the reason why you don’t have a heap of senior players hang around clubs these days. A lot of guys might stay for a couple of years and as soon as it gets a bit harder or they get dropped or something, and they just disappear and give up.
The most important thing at WAFL level to maintain the players at the club, and not let them walk away just because things get a bit hard. I think sometimes the players get undervalued and forgotten when they are actually the club's greatest asset. People think that there are a lot of other people and factors more important than players, but at the end of the day without players there'd be no club. A club would survive for a year without a coach, CEO or doctor but they wouldn’t survive without players. That can get lost in translation sometimes and the club that can maintain the most senior players will end up coming out on top eventually.
When it comes to your coach, the most important thing is the way they manage people at this level. You have to man manage 50 or 60 who all have different jobs and lives away from the club, but if you are able to do it you are a long way ahead of the game. It wouldn’t be an easy thing to do and you still are never going to please everyone, but if most players are enjoying being here and want to stay then I really think the rest takes care of itself. WAFL players need to have enormous commitment and dedication so if a coach can keep them happy, then he's done half his job. 
Without a doubt, John Dimmer is the best man manager as a coach I've played under and as a result he is the one I have had the most team success under as well. He really did keep things very simple but he also put a lot of trust in us senior players. If you had work commitments or couldn’t train for some reason, he would never question your commitment or anything like that and you get to a point where you just never want to do the wrong thing by him because of the trust he has put in you. No one wanted to let him down and that trust between him and his players was a big reason why he was so successful.
There is a lot of talk with the alignments next year that will come into play and I think they will have a fair impact on the competition, but it will come down to when you play a side and what sort of AFL players they have available. You might play Peel one week with all their Dockers players available so they will be a very good, but then another side might play them the next with no Fremantle players available and they could be a terribly weak side. In terms of that, it will have a big impact because you might play East Perth and Peel at full strength and another team might play them when they are weakened.
East Perth might be a bit different, but Peel will be very up and down dependant on their Dockers players. They could be very strong one week and very weak the next because I don’t think they will have the depth to be strong without their Fremantle players. If they can't have the depth there this year when it's not a full alignment, then next year is going to be a lot worse I would think.
The thing with East Perth back in the early 2000s, and I was at East Fremantle when we played them in the 2000 grand final when they won their first premiership, was that their strength was actually their senior players not the Eagles ones. They had Devan Perry, Rod Wheatley, Jeremy Barnard, David Swan, Ryan Turnbull and all those guys so that was their strength and then they had these young Eagles players who were top up to that. It was East Perth's core group who won them those flags and they also had some good young Eagles blokes to help out, but they had that stability of a core group so they didn’t rely on any AFL players to be their best players every week.
That's why I think East Perth will be better off than Peel next year if their senior guys like Johnson, Smith, Swan, Wulff, Seal and those types all play on. They will be a terribly difficult side to beat next year because they are a good side now this year and they only had two West Coast Eagles players against us on the weekend so they could have a side similar to the early 2000s if they were able to keep a lot of those senior players.
Off the field, things at the club have changed a lot over my career. Now there is a lot more emphasis on GPS and these sorts of things that weren’t available before. I wore one once and I blew it up, they weren’t able to actually get the data off it. I cooked it. Things like a GPS can't measure effort or commitment or desire or even your ability to find the footy, and there are more important things than how far you run. If you have that competitive desire, that will get you a lot further than winning a running race as such. There are a lot of fit people out there who wouldn’t be able to play good WAFL footy so all that sports science is nowhere near as important as people are making out.
By Kris MillerTHE WAFL is a fantastic competition and it has obviously been around for a long time and it has changed a lot over the last 25 years with the AFL kicking in, but in terms of its position in the state as a feeding competition it is hugely important.

It is a competition that I don’t think anyone would let dwindle. People can say it's struggling here and there, and whilst the AFL is the strongest sport in Australia, the second-tier competitions will never dwindle out because even the AFL knows how important they are.

It is probably even more important for the blokes who won't get to play in the AFL. It gives them a chance to play in a competition where your commitment is the biggest factor in you succeeding or not. You don’t need that commitment in the country or amateurs. We have 40 or 50 blokes at training every night, we have good facilities, we have physios and trainers here every night and you wouldn’t get that anywhere else below the AFL except in the WAFL in Western Australia.

From a playing perspective, I see that the competition is in a really good position but I wouldn’t have a clue from an administration point of view how hard it is to tap into the corporate dollar. From a playing perspective and a spectator's point of view, I think the competition is as good as it's been for a fair while though.

Whether I'm slowing down or not I don’t know, but it definitely seems like the game in the WAFL is a lot faster now than what it was when I first started when blokes would sit on the bench for three quarters and then come on and play in the last quarter. Now you come on in the first five minutes if you start on the bench so the amount of rotations has helped to speed the game up quite a bit.

Another big change in my time has been that you just don’t have the same amounts of senior players sticking around the club than there was back then but I think that is a bit of a reflection on society as well. Young kids tend to want things easier and easier these days and they aren’t as prepared to work hard for things as we were brought up to do. Even the generation before me, they had a totally different attitude to things where they persisted until they couldn’t give anymore but now if things don’t happen for young blokes straight away a lot of them don’t stick it out.

That is probably part of the reason why you don’t have a heap of senior players hang around clubs these days. A lot of guys might stay for a couple of years and as soon as it gets a bit harder or they get dropped or something, and they just disappear and give up.

The most important thing at WAFL level to maintain the players at the club, and not let them walk away just because things get a bit hard. I think sometimes the players get undervalued and forgotten when they are actually the club's greatest asset. People think that there are a lot of other people and factors more important than players, but at the end of the day without players there'd be no club. A club would survive for a year without a coach, CEO or doctor but they wouldn’t survive without players. That can get lost in translation sometimes and the club that can maintain the most senior players will end up coming out on top eventually.

When it comes to your coach, the most important thing is the way they manage people at this level. You have to man manage 50 or 60 who all have different jobs and lives away from the club, but if you are able to do it you are a long way ahead of the game. It wouldn’t be an easy thing to do and you still are never going to please everyone, but if most players are enjoying being here and want to stay then I really think the rest takes care of itself. WAFL players need to have enormous commitment and dedication so if a coach can keep them happy, then he's done half his job. 

Without a doubt, John Dimmer is the best man manager as a coach I've played under and as a result he is the one I have had the most team success under as well. He really did keep things very simple but he also put a lot of trust in us senior players. If you had work commitments or couldn’t train for some reason, he would never question your commitment or anything like that and you get to a point where you just never want to do the wrong thing by him because of the trust he has put in you. No one wanted to let him down and that trust between him and his players was a big reason why he was so successful.

There is a lot of talk with the alignments next year that will come into play and I think they will have a fair impact on the competition, but it will come down to when you play a side and what sort of AFL players they have available. You might play Peel one week with all their Dockers players available so they will be a very good, but then another side might play them the next with no Fremantle players available and they could be a terribly weak side. In terms of that, it will have a big impact because you might play East Perth and Peel at full strength and another team might play them when they are weakened.

East Perth might be a bit different, but Peel will be very up and down dependant on their Dockers players. They could be very strong one week and very weak the next because I don’t think they will have the depth to be strong without their Fremantle players. If they can't have the depth there this year when it's not a full alignment, then next year is going to be a lot worse I would think.

The thing with East Perth back in the early 2000s, and I was at East Fremantle when we played them in the 2000 grand final when they won their first premiership, was that their strength was actually their senior players not the Eagles ones. They had Devan Perry, Rod Wheatley, Jeremy Barnard, David Swan, Ryan Turnbull and all those guys so that was their strength and then they had these young Eagles players who were top up to that. It was East Perth's core group who won them those flags and they also had some good young Eagles blokes to help out, but they had that stability of a core group so they didn’t rely on any AFL players to be their best players every week.

That's why I think East Perth will be better off than Peel next year if their senior guys like Johnson, Smith, Swan, Wulff, Seal and those types all play on. They will be a terribly difficult side to beat next year because they are a good side now this year and they only had two West Coast Eagles players against us on the weekend so they could have a side similar to the early 2000s if they were able to keep a lot of those senior players.

Off the field, things at the club have changed a lot over my career. Now there is a lot more emphasis on GPS and these sorts of things that weren’t available before. I wore one once and I blew it up, they weren’t able to actually get the data off it. I cooked it. Things like a GPS can't measure effort or commitment or desire or even your ability to find the footy, and there are more important things than how far you run. If you have that competitive desire, that will get you a lot further than winning a running race as such. There are a lot of fit people out there who wouldn’t be able to play good WAFL footy so all that sports science is nowhere near as important as people are making out.

By Kris Miller

Round 24 Preview v Perth

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 8:25 PM

SOUTH Fremantle is aiming to continue its strong late season form heading to Lathlain's Brownes Stadium on Saturday to take on a Perth team who hasn’t been able to capitalise on an outstanding start to 2013.

South Fremantle and Perth's seasons have followed opposite paths with the Bulldogs having a horror start but now finishing strongly while the Demons started tremendously before now finishing off in disappointing fashion.
The Bulldogs lost their first seven games of the season before breaking through with a win over Peel in Round 9. South Fremantle then scored a tremendous Foundation Derby win over East Fremantle two weeks later, but then again went on another four-game losing run.
However, South Fremantle has now found some outstanding and exciting form for the future with a 39-point win over West Perth in Round 18, eight-point win over Subiaco in Round 20, 93-point thumping of Peel in Round 22 and then last Saturday's impressive 12-point win over East Perth.
That means that South Fremantle has now won its last three games and four of its last five heading into Saturday's clash with Perth, but the Demons' season has headed in the opposite direction.
Perth started the season in exciting fashion winning its first three games and five of its first seven with the only two losses being by under a goal in thrillers against East Fremantle and Claremont.
The Demons lost three straight games between Rounds 10 and 13, but then bounced with four wins in five matches to again look set for a first finals campaign since 1997.
However, since Perth has lost to East Fremantle by 28 points in Round 20, by 60 to West Perth in Round 21, 48 to East Perth in Round 22 and then by 21 points last Saturday against Claremont to have now fallen to a 9-10 record.
The Demons and Bulldogs have met twice so far in 2013 with Perth winning two tight affairs – the first one by 13 points in Round 3 at Brownes Stadium and then the return clash by 10 points at Fremantle Oval in Round 15.
In that last meeting, Perth kicked the last two goals to win the game after South Fremantle appeared set to record the win when in front during time-on.
If Perth hoped to bounce back from a disappointing finish to the season and get a win at home in the final round, then it hasn’t been helped both at selection and with the fact that an in-form South Fremantle is coming to Lathlain looking to keep its own winning run continuing.
Perth loses four key players from the side that went down to Claremont last Saturday with ruckman Mitchell Lleyendekkers, centre half-forward Fraser McInnes, dangerous forward Simon Tunbridge and classy midfielder Jarryd Morton all out of the line-up for the Demons.
A host of players are looking to come into the Perth side for its last game of 2013 led by Jackson Sketcher who racked up 40 possessions in the reserves last week.
Joel Kalajzic, Christian Eyres, Mark Deaves, Kieran Hug, Matthew Hunt and Daniel O'Sullivan are the other players look to earn a spot in the Perth side.
South Fremantle's hopes of finishing the season with a fourth straight win have received a massive boost at selection with West Coast's Ashton Hams to return.
Last time he played for the Bulldogs was two weeks ago against Peel when he kicked six goals with 31 possessions while averaging 25 disposals in his eight games for the Bulldogs this season while also kicking 22 goals.
Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe does go out for South Fremantle, though, after injuring his ankle in the dying stages of last Saturday's exciting win over East Perth at Fremantle Oval.
Experienced duo Toby Bairstow and Reece Adams, and Mitch Carter and Kaiden Matera are all trying to earn a spot in the South Fremantle league team for the last game of 2013 as well.
Veteran South Fremantle forward Paul Mugambwa knows it's crucial for the Bulldogs to continue their strong recent form now on Saturday.
"It's 100 per cent crucial that we finish off strongly against Perth," Mugambwa said.
"We're not taking anything lightly and to our credit we knew six weeks ago that we weren't going to play finals and we could have flown the white flag, but we are set on finishing strong and hopefully beating Perth, and then supporting our ressies and colts in the finals."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle is aiming to continue its strong late season form heading to Lathlain's Brownes Stadium on Saturday to take on a Perth team who hasn’t been able to capitalise on an outstanding start to 2013.

South Fremantle and Perth's seasons have followed opposite paths with the Bulldogs having a horror start but now finishing strongly while the Demons started tremendously before now finishing off in disappointing fashion.

The Bulldogs lost their first seven games of the season before breaking through with a win over Peel in Round 9. South Fremantle then scored a tremendous Foundation Derby win over East Fremantle two weeks later, but then again went on another four-game losing run.

However, South Fremantle has now found some outstanding and exciting form for the future with a 39-point win over West Perth in Round 18, eight-point win over Subiaco in Round 20, 93-point thumping of Peel in Round 22 and then last Saturday's impressive 12-point win over East Perth.

That means that South Fremantle has now won its last three games and four of its last five heading into Saturday's clash with Perth, but the Demons' season has headed in the opposite direction.

Perth started the season in exciting fashion winning its first three games and five of its first seven with the only two losses being by under a goal in thrillers against East Fremantle and Claremont.

The Demons lost three straight games between Rounds 10 and 13, but then bounced with four wins in five matches to again look set for a first finals campaign since 1997.

However, since Perth has lost to East Fremantle by 28 points in Round 20, by 60 to West Perth in Round 21, 48 to East Perth in Round 22 and then by 21 points last Saturday against Claremont to have now fallen to a 9-10 record.

The Demons and Bulldogs have met twice so far in 2013 with Perth winning two tight affairs – the first one by 13 points in Round 3 at Brownes Stadium and then the return clash by 10 points at Fremantle Oval in Round 15.

In that last meeting, Perth kicked the last two goals to win the game after South Fremantle appeared set to record the win when in front during time-on.

If Perth hoped to bounce back from a disappointing finish to the season and get a win at home in the final round, then it hasn’t been helped both at selection and with the fact that an in-form South Fremantle is coming to Lathlain looking to keep its own winning run continuing.

Perth loses four key players from the side that went down to Claremont last Saturday with ruckman Mitchell Lleyendekkers, centre half-forward Fraser McInnes, dangerous forward Simon Tunbridge and classy midfielder Jarryd Morton all out of the line-up for the Demons.

A host of players are looking to come into the Perth side for its last game of 2013 led by Jackson Sketcher who racked up 40 possessions in the reserves last week.

Joel Kalajzic, Christian Eyres, Mark Deaves, Kieran Hug, Matthew Hunt and Daniel O'Sullivan are the other players look to earn a spot in the Perth side.

South Fremantle's hopes of finishing the season with a fourth straight win have received a massive boost at selection with West Coast's Ashton Hams to return.

Last time he played for the Bulldogs was two weeks ago against Peel when he kicked six goals with 31 possessions while averaging 25 disposals in his eight games for the Bulldogs this season while also kicking 22 goals.

Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe does go out for South Fremantle, though, after injuring his ankle in the dying stages of last Saturday's exciting win over East Perth at Fremantle Oval.

Experienced duo Toby Bairstow and Reece Adams, and Mitch Carter and Kaiden Matera are all trying to earn a spot in the South Fremantle league team for the last game of 2013 as well.

Veteran South Fremantle forward Paul Mugambwa knows it's crucial for the Bulldogs to continue their strong recent form now on Saturday.

"It's 100 per cent crucial that we finish off strongly against Perth," Mugambwa said.

"We're not taking anything lightly and to our credit we knew six weeks ago that we weren't going to play finals and we could have flown the white flag, but we are set on finishing strong and hopefully beating Perth, and then supporting our ressies and colts in the finals."

By Chris Pike