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Googs' Gabble – Adam Guglielmana column April 24

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 2:35 PM

THE reason I play football is the first few hours after a good win, or even a bad win, if there is such a thing!

You get an opportunity to sit around with your best mates knowing you’ve all worked hard and achieved a common goal. The supporters, coaching staff and players are always much happier after a win, and you don’t feel so bad having a few beers to 'reward' yourself. It’s safe to say there hasn’t been much 'rewarding' going on this year as we currently sit 0-5, but a good win is just around the corner and there’s no better time to start than an ANZAC Day derby.

Somewhat ironically this week I’m writing about the five best wins we’ve had since I started playing senior footy for the club in 2008. To be honest I had a hard time picking my five favourite wins, not because of the sheer number of wins I’ve accumulated in my paltry 58 game career, but because only a few really stick in my memory. The ones that I have included tend to have a common theme, they were against the odds and none of them were easy or massive wins. I can’t remember if I played well in any of them, which probably reflects the great team efforts they were, or maybe I’ve played so badly I’ve suppressed the memories of them.  Anyway, if you’re still reading, in no particular order here are my five most memorable wins at the South Fremantle Football Club.

ROUND 16 2009 V EAST PERTH

This game was on a wet and cold Friday night under lights at Fremantle in winter. We lost a couple players to injury before half-time, at which point we led by 15 points. I remember coming in at half-time being absolutely exhausted due to the physical nature of the game and the fact we had lost a couple of players early. This game could have gone either way at half-time, but this was during a streak of wins against East Perth that had started in 2004 and didn’t end until 2012.

We really thought East Perth could not beat us and we had some great wins in this time. It was also Ray Smithers' 150th game and John Dimmer made it pretty clear at half-time that we could not lose for a guy of Ray’s standing. The second half was a slog but Kyle Hams played as if it was a dry day finishing with 41 touches from half-back. At one stage in the last quarter I have an everlasting memory of East Perth bombing it out of defence the ball landing in Kyle’s arms once again and he just torpedoed it back into our forward 50 as if to say "get this thing away from me, I’m stuffed”.  We ended up winning by 47 points which really showed how much we wanted to honour a guy like Ray on the day he became a life member of the club. 2009 was a special year for the club and this was the catalyst for a great run of form for the league side.

ROUND 1 2010 V EAST PERTH

This was easily the hardest game I’ve ever played in from a physical perspective. Once again it was a slippery and humid Friday night game against East Perth to kick off the season. We lost four players to injury before half-time including important players Toby McGrath and Jaymie Graham. We had a young side in after losing a lot of the previous year’s premiership players to retirement and Joel Palumbo, Anthony Collica and Mitch Carter were all debuting in the Round 1 clash. Once again at half-time John let us know that although we were against the odds he would not accept anything less than a win, and if we won he would put a sign up in the change rooms saying 'Home of the Brave'.

We managed to hold on despite a dramatic last term in which East Perth reduced our lead to only four points with minutes remaining. When the final siren sounded all I felt was relief as we had secured the four points when it looked like we would be over run. No player got a break on the bench in the second half and it really was a phenomenal win considering that especially when you saw plenty of us go down with cramp. We were always chock full of confidence playing East Perth during this run and this was probably the pinnacle of any of the wins we had. John was also true to his half-time words and put a huge sign up in the rooms saying 'Home of the Brave' and it always reminded me of that win.

ROUND 1 2012 V PERTH DEMONS

Going into any season, supporters and players alike carry some expectation and hope that their club is going to have a successful year. In the week leading into the first game and the first in charge for our new coach Paul Hasleby, we watched a few video clips based on the theme 'Never give up' and it proved to be quite prophetic.

I was coming back from a knee reconstruction and had to sit in the stands for this game. It was three quarters of footy that was hard to watch as a south supporter and the home crowd were getting restless. I was sitting with a few ex-players and they voiced their doubts about our fitness and skill level as we trailed at three quarter-time by 50 points. We kicked the first three of the final term as it looked like the boys would at least return a bit of respectability to the scoreboard, but Perth’s Paul Bevan kicked his fourth to seemingly snuff out any chance of victory. Somebody forgot to tell the players that though, as they pegged back the deficit goal by goal until Paul 'Gumby' Mugambwa put us in front at the 28th minute mark of the last quarter with a Ben Saunders goal on the siren extending the winning margin to eight points in one of the best WAFL comebacks of all time.

GRAND FINAL DAY 2009

2009 was an amazing year for the footy club and this day is still the greatest day I’ve had playing football. Unfortunately I had been dropped after the last regular season game of the year and had accepted the fact that if I was to play in a grand final it was to be with the reserves. Luckily enough both the reserves and league side made it to Grand Final day in 2009 and we had an opportunity to win both grades for the first time in many years at South Fremantle. The reserves side was stacked full of talent with guys like Toby Bairstow and Hayden North missing out on selection despite playing league football for the majority of the year. We were never really in doubt and ended up winning the reserves flag by 21 points. The boys were jubilant and excited but we knew that unless the league side won, the spirits around the club would be severely dampened, so we got changed quickly and headed up into the stands.

As it turned out the league boys had an unassailable lead about midway through the third quarter, about the same time the victory drinks really started to affect some of the reserves team. There was a lot of chanting and song singing right up until the end when we stormed the ground after the siren had blown on an 18-point victory. The buzz back at the club that night was unbelievable and I remember trying to sneak off with Ashton Hams (or 'Simpson Medal winner' as he was calling himself at the time) for some shut eye at about 4am but we were sprung by Craig White who was fresh after playing about 10 minutes of the game before breaking his collarbone. Whitey made it pretty clear that the celebrations weren’t over and we had to push through until the end of 'Mad Monday'. It was an unbelievable time to be involved with the footy club and despite it being only my second year in the seniors I could see how much it meant to guys like Kris Miller and Andrew Siegert when I received a text message from the two of them having a beer at 10am at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel, five days after the game.

ROUND 21 2012 V EAST FREMANTLE

Being derby week I thought it would only be fitting if my final choice was a derby win and the best and freshest in my memory is in fact the last derby we played in Round 21 of last year.

After training the night before the game coach Paul Hasleby introduced retiring CEO Brian Ciccotosto to share a few of his thoughts on our opposition East Fremantle. It’s fair to say Cicco’s hatred of East Fremantle ran pretty deep, he spoke with passion about what it meant to represent South Fremantle and about why he disliked East Fremantle so much. He said he had received an invite to attend a lunch in his honour at the ground the following day but he was unsure if he would go as he hadn’t been to Moss St for something like 20 years.

One story Cicco told was that of the 1997 Derby Grand Final that South Fremantle won, he said we should take note of the way that team never gave up, even when they were playing so badly that at three quarter-time the East Fremantle powers that be supposedly sent someone to pipe 'Grand Final winners 1997' on the cake.

The game was a tight one but we could never seem to gain any momentum until halfway through the last quarter, almost exactly like the 1997 grand final as Cicco had explained to us. East Fremantle kicked the first three in the last quarter extending their lead to over 25 points with no more than 15 minutes remaining. Suddenly we got on a roll and were within striking distance reducing the margin to two points with five minutes remaining. All of a sudden Benny Saunders marked about 55m out wheeled around and goaled. Giving us a four point lead we held until the siren.

Hopefully this week the boys can add another win to this list as the supporters and coaches, as well as the players really deserve it. We realise it’s a hard time for the supporters, but please stick with us as we are working hard to turn a bad start to the season into something very special. The group is a really young one, and as long as we stay positive and work hard we can still make the finals, and in a final four format anything can happen.

By Adam Guglielmana

South Fremantle Warriors' 20th Anniversary

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 6:12 AM

The South Fremantle Warriors' 20th Anniversary function will be held on Saturday 15th June, at 6.30pm in the Griff John Function Centre.

Tickets are $40 per head which includes a 3 course meal and entertainment. Drinks can be purchased from the bar.

The SF Warriors' team of two decades will be announced on the evening, as well as the 2013 Jim Hurst Medal Count, plus there will be an auction.

Contact Raelene Foster 0411 592 638 to purchase your tickets!

Bulldogs go down at home to Subiaco

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 4:35 PM

SOUTH Fremantle started strongly but couldn’t keep it going against Subiaco at Fremantle Oval on Saturday with full focus now turned to the ANZAC Day derby this Thursday.

The Bulldogs came out looking terrific in the first quarter kicking four of the first five goals of the game to lead by 17 points late in the opening term, but Subiaco got on top after that to run out 16.17 (113) to 10.12 (72) winners.

The result means that South Fremantle slips to a 0-5 record to remain the only winless team left in the competition after Peel Thunder managed to beat Swan Districts on Sunday in Mandurah.

The bad news continued for the Bulldogs with the 0-5 start being the worst opening to a season since the South Fremantle team of 1965 lost its opening seven matches.

If that wasn’t bad enough, 173-game veteran swingman Andrew McCarrey went down in the third quarter with a serious knee injury, which if scans determine early in the week that he requires a reconstruction could potentially spell the end of the 30-year-old's terrific career.

South Fremantle did start Saturday's game in strong form with Anthony Collica returning to the league side and snapping truly at the three-minute mark for the first goal of the game. That after he kicked four behinds in the reserves last week against Swan Districts.

Alistair Gillespie then got on the end of a terrific passage of play to get the Bulldogs' second goal. Craig White kicked the ball in from a Subiaco behind to Kris Miller who got it on to Alex Grima on the centre who bombed it forward for Gillespie to run onto and soccer it through.

Miller then kicked a good long goal and Mitch Banner added another to give South Fremantle a 17-point advantage at the 24-minute mark of the first quarter.

It was still 11 at quarter-time and the Bulldogs were still in control at the 25-minute mark of the second term after an outstanding running goal from Gillespie to stretch the home side's lead back out to 13 points.

However, Subiaco kicked three late goals just before half-time to lead by a goal at the main break, and then kicked nine goals to the Bulldogs' three in the second half to win by 41 points.

Banner tried hard all day for the Bulldogs racking up 32 possessions to go with seven marks, five tackles and the goal. Captain Ryan Cook spent more time on the ball than the wing and picked up 30 disposals, 10 marks and five entries inside-50.

Miller returned to the side after a one-week suspension and had 24 touches and two goals while Haiden Schloithe picked up 23 disposals and laid eight tackles. Defender Craig White also picked up 23 possessions, Toby Bairstow 22 and ruckman Sean Tighe 19 to go with five marks and 29 hit outs.

Meanwhile, the reserves put in a good performance earlier in the day beating Subiaco 14.6 (90) to 8.8 (56).

Adam McIntosh was outstanding in response to being dropped finishing with 37 possessions, seven marks and six entries inside-50 to do his chances of being recalled for ANZAC Day no harm.

Jacob Martinez also responded well to playing in the reserves picking up 27 possessions while Joe Pantano also had it 26 times, Tim Kelly 24, Rhys D'Alton 19 and Justin Monaco 19 in his first appearance for the Bulldogs since crossing from East Fremantle.

The colts went down by 26 to start the day, though, against Subiaco.

Cameron McCarthy kicked four goals for South Fremantle with Ben Sokol adding three and Matthew Ah Siu two. Tim Stewart racked dup 33 possessions, Bailey Matera 20 and Sokol 18.

SOUTH FREMANTLE                        4.3          7.5          9.6          10.12     (72)

SUBIACO                                             2.4          7.11        11.17     16.17     (113)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Miller, Collica, Gillespie 2; Smith, Mugambwa, Banner, Sgherza.

Best: Cook, Miller, Banner, White, Tighe, Schloithe.

SUBIACO – Goals: Herring 4; Stevenson 3; Pickett, Bristow 2; Kayler-Thomson, Hampson, Phillips, Mahoney, Phelan.

Best: Kayler-Thomson, Daniels, Hampson, Leishman, Bristow, Sheed, Davey.

By Chris Pike

Round 6 Preview v Subiaco

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:12 AM

SOUTH Fremantle returns to Fremantle Oval this Saturday for the first of two games within five days as the Bulldogs desperately search for their first win of the 2013 WAFL season against Subiaco.

Even though South Fremantle has lost its first four games of the season there has been encouraging signs in each game especially the first half against Claremont, the performance either side of half-time against West Perth, the first and third quarters against Perth and everything outside of the second term last Saturday against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

However the fact is that the Bulldogs have lost those four games largely thanks to falling away in the second half against the Tigers, a slow start against West Perth and then disappointing second terms against both Perth and Swan Districts.

Despite those four losses, South Fremantle has been a chance to win each game and a couple of kicks either way and a bit of luck, and the record could easily be 3-1 but the facts are that it's 0-4 making Saturday's clash with Subiaco a crucial one.

Subiaco hasn’t been in the best of form either so will be equally hungry to win after kicking its lowest ever score against Claremont in a 54-point loss last Friday night. The Lions have only managed a win this season against East Perth while losing to West Perth and East Fremantle.

One win between the Bulldogs and Lions so far this season heading into Round 6 says it all about how determined both sides will be to come away with the four points on Saturday.

For South Fremantle, a win on Saturday will be the perfect lead in to a massive derby against East Fremantle also at Fremantle Oval on ANZAC Day this coming Thursday.

While Adam Guglielmana and Ben Saunders are still among the players on the sideline for the Bulldogs, there are some big inclusions including three-time fairest and best winner Kris Miller after his one-week suspension and dual premiership defender Craig White after he was a late withdrawal last week.

Young midfielder Anthony Collica made a solid return in the reserves last week and is a good chance to come back into the side to take on Subiaco as well with West Coast-listed utility Adam Carter likely to get a chance after also building some form in the reserves over the early weeks of the season.

Warrick Andreoli is the only out at this stage with some good pressure on for spots with those four returnees all likely starters in the 22 meaning that coach Paul Hasleby will have some thinking to do over who makes the cut and who doesn’t to take on Subiaco.

South Fremantle will be especially backing in ruckman Sean Tighe to give his midfielders first use of the ball against Subiaco. Tighe was this week included in the WA squad that will take on Victoria next month while with Callum Sinclair playing for West Coast, Subiaco is without a recognised ruckman.

Last week, captain Aidan Parker and Clancy Wheeler both battled manfully while outmatched against Claremont's Mark Seaby and Mitch Andrews.

Tighe will be looking for another big game against the Subiaco pair with Miller, Collica, Mitch Banner, Ryan Cook, Toby Bairstow, Reece Adams and Haiden Schloithe looking to take full advantage.

By Chris Pike

Chewin' the Fat – Kris Miller column April 18

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 5:43 PM

EARLY last week it was strange knowing that I was about to miss my first game since joining South Fremantle and the team was preparing for a game I wouldn’t be playing, but as the week went on I started thinking of the benefits of having a forced week off.

I would never have taken a week off myself, but having it forced upon me might help me with a few little issues that I've got. By the end of the week, I was pretty content and looked at it as more of a positive than a negative in some ways.

It wasn’t great because you aren’t out there. I think I've only watched a game once when I haven’t been playing so I've never had any experience of watching my own team play without me out there. I don’t go to a lot of live games these days either so it was very different watching on. It's tough because you don’t have any impact when you are sitting there watching. I just watched as a keen spectator I suppose, it was a bit strange.

The thing that it will help with is that it means that I won't play four games in-a-row for the rest of the season because we mostly have three games before a bye comes up so I will be able to work in smaller blocks of games before having a week off. I will just concentrate on each individual block of games now.

When people ask me why I have been able to play so many games without missing through injury, I think the main thing is the desire I have to compete. You play sport because you love it and I'm there to play football so when there's an opportunity to play every Saturday I make sure that I am available to play. I probably suffer the consequences sometimes the next day, but I don’t worry about what happens as a result of playing, I'm just more interested in getting out there to play. Your career isn’t that long really even though mine has been all right and I wouldn’t play sport if I didn’t want to play. It's as simple as that. I just like to play and as long as I'm not going to be a detriment to the side, I am always keen to play.

There's no doubt a hell of a lot of luck has been involved as well. I hurt my knee four years back and I did the exact same thing as David Hille did for Essendon and he had a full knee reconstruction, but I played the next week. Admittedly I did have a little tear in my ACL, but that didn’t affect anything I did on the field. Obviously it's a toss of a coin and he was unlucky, and I was lucky. Luck has been a huge part of it, but so is the pain threshold that you have as well. My brother had a pretty high pain threshold as well, but he had some bad luck along the way.

I'm certainly not surprised when some guys who sit out games for very minor problems don’t end up playing many games over their career, or walk away from WAFL level after two or three years because things didn’t work out how they thought things would work out. I don’t necessarily know what each individual goes through with their injuries, but I have played through quite a few and I am dumbfounded at times with what some blokes take a week off for. Mind you, they are blokes who generally aren’t going to make it anyway and it just helps them hang around the club instead of getting dropped or told they aren’t up to it.

As for this season, I had a good pre-season. Up until Christmas, I just did running and that's all I did. I didn’t do any skills or weights, I just did a running component because I felt that running is such an important part of the game and that skill-wise I thought I could pick that back up pretty quickly. I wanted to put all my efforts into running as opposed to working on my skills, getting tired and then trying to run. I made sure I did my running when I was as fresh as I could be so I could get the most out of it. Then after Christmas and the New Year, I jumped in and did everything.

Now as for the season itself, I think my start hasn’t really been any better or worse than what I have normally done. From an individual point of view, I certainly think that I can walk around knowing that I've done my best for the team and that my best has been pretty good, so I think over the first three rounds I have played as well as I did when I was 22 or 23. I play a bit differently now, but I think that impact-wise I can have just as much now as I have ever done before.

As a team we are a long way from finished this season as far as I'm concerned. The competition is that even this year that the number of wins that you need to get into the finals might not be very high, you might get in with about 10 wins. There could be five or six teams all around that 10-win mark so we still have 16 games to go and we might only have to go at a bit better than one in two. I don’t think we are far away and our losses suggest that we aren’t far away. We just need to break through for that first win to get the belief and once that happens, the wheel can turn pretty quickly.

By Kris Miller

ANZAC Day functions at Fremantle Oval

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:59 AM

ANZAC Day at Fremantle Oval is shaping to be one of the events not to be missed of the WAFL season when South Fremantle hosts East Fremantle. 

South Fremantle and East Fremantle will be paying tribute to ANZAC Day with the Bulldogs to be decked out in specially designed Navy jumpers and the Sharks one representing the Airforce as the two Fremantle clubs continue the recent tradition of a derby commemorating the occasion.

Not only will the game at Fremantle Oval bouncing down at 4.15pm be an occasion not to be missed, but you have a chance to be part of what is sure to be a special President's Lunch as well.

It will be hosted by former West Coast Eagles, Perth and Western Reds player, and Channel 7's Adrian Barich, and by booking your spot now it will include entry to the game, a gourmet lunch and refreshments plus a special commemorative program.

You can also choose to attend the Coach's Lunch which will be held on the Fremantle Dockers' board room and balcony. This will include entry to the game, tasting plates and a buffet, a bar and the commemorative program.

For bookings call Jess at the club on 9335 1555 or on email at bulldogs@sffc.com.au.

Media Release

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 10:50 AM

Sharks & Bulldogs to wear unique ANZAC jumpers

SOUTH Fremantle and East Fremantle will wear one-off Navy and Air Force jumpers this ANZAC Day featuring the names of servicemen from each club that have been killed in action.

The tribute to Australian servicemen and women has been arranged in partnership with Legacy in WA as part of the WAFL’s ANZAC Round for Legacy in WA. The match will also feature a pre-game ANZAC service commencing at 4pm sharp at Fremantle Oval.

WAFL ANZAC Round for Legacy in WA

Thursday, April 25

2.10pm - Perth v East Perth (Brownes Stadium)

3.15pm - West Perth v Swan Districts (Arena Joondalup)

4.15pm - South Fremantle v East Fremantle (Fremantle Oval)

Saturday, April 27

2.10pm - Peel Thunder v Claremont (Bendigo Bank Stadium)

South Fremantle (Navy) and East Fremantle (Air Force) will play for the Sir Hughie Edwards Cup, named in honour of the air force hero who played for the Bulldogs and later became Governor of Western Australia.

Entry to the game is free for all servicemen and veterans and will include fundraising for Legacy in WA, which formed a new partnership with the WA Football Commission this season to increase awareness and fundraising opportunities among footy fans.

The new partnership will see Legacy in WA promoted throughout the season, with a special focus on ANZAC Day. Promotions will also tie in with Legacy Week, which runs from August 31 to September 7, 2013.

John Rigg, Chairman of Torchbearers for Legacy in WA , said: “This exciting partnership will generate significant awareness among thousands of footy fans, many of whom have a natural inclination to support those most in need in our society.”

ABOUT LEGACY

Legacy is a not-for-profit organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life to care for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans.
Legacy is dedicated to enhancing the lives and opportunities of its families through innovative and practical programs aimed at:

  • the protection of individuals and families basic needs;
  • advocating for their entitlements, rights and benefits;
  • assisting families through bereavement; and
  • helping people thrive, despite their adversity and loss.

 

For more information about Legacy visit - http://www.legacy.com.au

Lucky Lottery Winners - Draw 1

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:41 AM

Congratulations to the below winners: 

43 – Val Baskerville

62 – Ron Greer

77 – Reg Hosking

597 – Kevin Saint

757 – Joan Garces

Colts Report - Round 5

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 9:53 AM

SOUTH Fremantle's colts game at Bassendean was a close affair on the weekend with the result going down to the wire. Luckily the result fell the Bulldogs way and we remain in touch with the top sides and continue to show good signs.

With the talented Swans midfielders controlling the centre breaks it was left to the Souths backline to repel numerous forward thrusts. Mitch Banks and Jacob Dragovich along with best on ground Bradd McPhail (K Craft Bullbars award winner) held tough early until the Bulldogs running players became more competitive and eased back control.

Getting in front before half-time was mainly due to team leaders Ben Sokol, Dylan Main and Blaine Johnson. Their clever skills and ball use gave forwards like Cameron McCarthy and Matty Ahsui every chance to make an impact on the scoreboard.

The tight tussle went down to the line and tough nuts like Tim Stewart and Jacob Tartaglia revelled in the damp, warm and overcast conditions and gave the Swans ball winners plenty to think about around the stoppages.

Congratulations to Daniel Moore and Jayden Bootsma on their debuts with the big Red V.

Another tough ask in next week’s opponents Subiaco. The players need to continue their development and improve with each week that passes.

 

Arthur Maskos

SFFC Colts Coach