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Get down to the South Fremantle Function Centre

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 6:18 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulldogs to be fitter, faster, stronger: Hasleby

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 11:52 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

Banner the highlight in pre-season opener

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 5:20 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cook to lead young Bulldogs again in 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 3:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More than handy recruits, returnees for 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 10:58 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

South Fremantle pre-season fixtures

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 1:52 PM

SOUTH Fremantle kicks off its pre-season campaign this Saturday morning in an intra-club game before three official hit outs against Perth, West Perth and Swan Districts before the 2013 season proper starts.

The Bulldogs finished the 2012 season full of promise winning four of its last five games with a host of youngsters stepping up.

Now with Toby McGrath, Ryan Murphy, Josh Head and Hayden North all off into retirement, the youngsters that shone so brightly late in 2012 will need to stand up even further this year.

However, along with the recruitment of Mitch Banner, Warrick Andreoli, Mitch Carter, Alistair Gillespie and returns of Craig White, Reece Adams and Tyler Hall, coach Paul Hasleby looks to have a strong squad at his disposal heading into his second season as senior coach.

While wingman Shaun Bewick has been the hard luck story of the pre-season after injuring his knee, the rest of the squad has greatly benefited from the arrival of new strength and conditioning coach Mike Vegar from East Perth.

Now this Saturday is the first opportunity for the team to get out in a competitive contest in an intra-club game at Fremantle Oval.

That leads into a pre-season clash with Perth at Brownes Stadium on Saturday February 23 followed by two home fixtures against West Perth and Swan Districts over the next two weeks leading into the WAFL 2013 season-opener against Claremont at Claremont Oval on Saturday March 16.

Hasleby has been impressed with the pre-season the team has undertaken leading into the 2013 campaign and now is looking forward to getting the competitive hit outs underway.

"In our first game we will mix up the teams and it's very hard to get a lot of time to do what you are trying to do, but the main aim is for the guys to get used to the high-intense environment in a properly umpired game where they can get rid of some of those pre-season cobwebs," Hasleby said.

"We have had a massive focus on the strength and conditioning part of our team this year brining in Mike Vegar full-time.

"We think the guys are a lot further advanced than they were last year in terms of their fitness, and that is coupled with a big focus of a defensive game plan which we think will hold us in good stead in close games this year, and also the big games hopefully later in the year."

Following the final pre-season game against Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval on Saturday March 9 the jumper presentation will take place at the club for the 2013 season. 

The colts presentation will take place in the club rooms at Fremantle Oval at 12.30pm and then the league's at 5.30pm following the game with Swans. Hasleby will be speaking and of course, everyone is welcome to attend with food and drinks available to all.

SOUTH FREMANTLE PRE-SEASON MATCHES

Saturday February 23 v Perth

Colts – Brownes Stadium, 9.10am

Reserves – Brownes Stadium, 11.40am

League – Brownes Stadium, 2.10pm

 

Saturday March 2 v West Perth

Colts – Fremantle Oval, 9.00am

Reserves – Fremantle Oval, 4.00pm

League – Fremantle Oval, 6.30pm

 

Saturday March 9 v Swan Districts

Colts – Fremantle Oval, 9.10am

Reserves – Fremantle Oval, 11.40am

League – Fremantle Oval, 2.10pm

Help us reach 1000 followers and win!

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 11:34 AM

THE South Fremantle Football Club is looking to reach 1000 followers on Twitter by the start of the 2013 WAFL season and by getting involved you can win some terrific prizes.
South Fremantle is offering two tickets to a Bulldogs President's Function during the season at Fremantle Oval AND two tickets to a Fremantle or West Coast AFL game of their choosing at Patersons Stadium.
To be in the running, all you have to do is follow the club's Twitter page at @SFFCBulldogs between now and the start of the season that kicks off on Saturday March 16 when South Fremantle plays reigning premiers Claremont at Claremont Oval.
Not only is South Fremantle setting the goal of reaching 1000 followers by the season-opener, but to also have the most followers of any WAFL club on the social media site.
Throughout the season, the club will be providing plenty of news, competitions and interaction via Twitter with the aim of overtaking East Fremantle as the WAFL club with the most followers.
East Fremantle currently has 1393 and Swan Districts is also ahead of the Bulldogs on 920, but South Fremantle always sets its goals high and wants your help to become the most popular WAFL club on Twitter through 2013.
New South Fremantle chief executive Stuart Kemp is behind the initiative and is only too happy to give away some highly sought after prizes to anyone who follows the club on Twitter.
Anyone who follows @SFFCBulldogs between now and the start of the season to help reach 1000 followers will go into the draw to win the terrific prizes.
"One of our main focuses this year is to engage our members and fans using social media," Kemp said.
"We are very excited about communicating better to our Bulldogs and want to reach 1000 followers before the start of the season.
"With this in mind the South Fremantle Football Club will give away two tickets for a lunch to a Bulldogs President's Function during the year and two tickets to an Eagles game or a Dockers game.  Tell all of your friends."

THE South Fremantle Football Club is looking to reach 1000 followers on Twitter by the start of the 2013 WAFL season and by getting involved you can win some terrific prizes.

South Fremantle is offering two tickets to a Bulldogs President's Function during the season at Fremantle Oval AND two tickets to a Fremantle or West Coast AFL game of their choosing at Patersons Stadium.

To be in the running, all you have to do is follow the club's Twitter page at @SFFCBulldogs between now and the start of the season that kicks off on Saturday March 16 when South Fremantle plays reigning premiers Claremont at Claremont Oval.

Not only is South Fremantle setting the goal of reaching 1000 followers by the season-opener, but to also have the most followers of any WAFL club on the social media site.

Throughout the season, the club will be providing plenty of news, competitions and interaction via Twitter with the aim of overtaking East Fremantle as the WAFL club with the most followers.

East Fremantle currently has 1393 and Swan Districts is also ahead of the Bulldogs on 920, but South Fremantle always sets its goals high and wants your help to become the most popular WAFL club on Twitter through 2013.

New South Fremantle chief executive Stuart Kemp is behind the initiative and is only too happy to give away some highly sought after prizes to anyone who follows the club on Twitter.

Anyone who follows @SFFCBulldogs between now and the start of the season to help reach 1000 followers will go into the draw to win the terrific prizes.

"One of our main focuses this year is to engage our members and fans using social media," Kemp said.

"We are very excited about communicating better to our Bulldogs and want to reach 1000 followers before the start of the season.

"With this in mind the South Fremantle Football Club will give away two tickets for a lunch to a Bulldogs President's Function during the year and two tickets to an Eagles game or a Dockers game.  Tell all of your friends."

SFFC Newsletter FEB 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 10:20 AM

Message from the CEO

Welcome to Season 2013!

It’s with great anticipation that we bring you our first newsletter for the year. We will be bringing these out monthly and hopefully you will get plenty of information to keep you up to date.

I can’t stress how important our website is moving forward for our organisation. Please visit www.southfremantlefc.com.au as many times as you want to get updated news, stories, events, merchandise and membership information. Game previews and summaries will be up on the site every week as well as interesting stories of day to day news on the players and all levels for the club.

We are also making a big effort this year to engage in the world of social media. Our Facebook site southfreofc and our twitter site @SFFCBulldogs is working well to connect with new supporters and members. We want everyone to know who we are and how to engage with us.

Don’t forget to enter your business in this year’s Corporate Classic 20th Anniversary. Tickets are $600 (+GST) and you could win your company’s logo on the back of the 2013 League and Reserves playing guernsey, and one year free advertising on the new giant LED screen.

The draw takes place on 22nd February so get your entries in to secure your place for this extra special 20th Anniversary celebration!

Our exclusive member’s only raffle is back again for 2013. Tickets are $60 and you have a 1 in 5 chance of winning $100 every Friday night for 10 weeks, starting on 12th April.

My short time at the club has been exciting and we are well placed for a competitive year ahead. I would like to thank Haydn Raitt and the Board of Directors for their support during the smooth transition from Cicco to myself. I can’t wait to meet our members during the year and all of us at the club are now looking forward to an exciting season.

Enjoy the read!!

Stuart Kemp

The 2012 Colts Premiership team celebrate their win

Back to back - Colts Premiers 2012

The SFFC Colts side again has taken all before them and made light work of the opposition in the 2012 WAFL Colts grand final.

In what was the first ever WAFL Colts Derby Grand Final the mighty Bulldogs produced a blistering start that was far too good for a Shark side unable to handle the abundant talent of the red and whites. The amount of pressure applied to the opposition was a sure sign that the Bulldogs had bought their 'A' game to Patersons Stadium.

The rugged midfield in Reece Miller, Sheldon Taylor and Brett Hill gave the forwards plenty of opportunity, which they made the most of. Mason Shaw (5 goals), Sam Rundle (5 goals) and Marvin Warrell (3 goals), were all dynamic and dangerous as they piled on nine goals during the first half to a paltry single from the Sharks outfit. Adam Carter showed great poise as he led the charge forward to set up a lead that was too far away from being caught. Dale Hamilton, Brendan Verrier and Dylan Main used their pace and skill to deliver many headaches to the blue and white team. This pace was surely a major asset to the Bulldogs on a long Subiaco Oval.

With the forwards and midfield dominating, the backline was able to squeeze the last remaining zone and deny the opposition any chance of relief. With Shaun Lynch, Simon Panizza and Jayden D'Vauz constantly rebounding any forward sorties from the Sharks and turning defence into attack through Tim Kelly, Manny Collard and Ben Sokol carrying the ball deep into the forward 50 metre arc. Robbie Thompson and Tom Vanderluer ruled the airways down back which led to the diminutive pair of Brendan Chen and Matthew Gundry sweeping up and clearing the loose ball.

It was such a polished performance that there were no passengers in the talent laden side and it was just too difficult to fault any effort throughout the entire game. Many thanks all the support staff, in particular Peter Robinson, Jason Ireland, Mark Foster and Sue Jones. Their efforts were just terrific and a great finish to the year is just reward for the all work they did. The SFFC colts program has once again proven to be the beneficiaries of an elite development system that has produced many gems that are only starting to have an impact on the football landscape.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 20.6 (126) def. EAST FREMANTLE 9.14 (68)

 

Around the kennel Football news

Season 2013

Training for the 2013 season is well underway, with a number of Colts players training with the league squad and the 2012 debutantes performing well. Jacob Martinez, Shannon Burnett have been the standouts amongst this group.

The first intra-club practice game is scheduled for Friday 16 February, with Saturday games scheduled for 23 February, 2 March and 9 March.

Details of venues and times will be advised as soon as they are available.

 

Get to know your staff

Michael Vegar – Strength and Conditioning Manager

In 2013 we have been very lucky to secure the services of Mike Vegar.

Mike put his stamp on the senior group immediately and his high performance methods see the group looking fitter and more prepared for the season ahead. Senior Coach Paul Hasleby says Mike has built a solid base for the players, "we are well in front of where we were this time last year" said Paul.

Some of Mike’s previous high profile roles include Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Australian Institute of Sport, looking after the Men’s National Hockey Squad, Strength and Conditioning Manager for the East Perth Football Club, and work with the Western Australian Football Commission with the Under 16 State Football Team.

Mike is a likeable guy with loads of energy and will be a fantastic acquisition to our team. We wish him all the best for the season ahead. Don’t forget to introduce yourself if you see him around the club!!

South Fremantle is pleased to welcome four new recruits to the Bulldog’s league squad for 2013.

Former Port Adelaide midfielder Mitch Banner joins returning South Fremantle and Carlton rookie midfielder Mitchell Carter, East Fremantle defender Justin Monaco and former Claremont tall forward Alistair Gillespie.

Originally recruited to Port Adelaide from the Western Jets with the 42nd selection in the 2008 AFL Draft, Banner played 10 AFL games after he had represented Victoria Metro at the 2008 AFL National Under 18 Championships.

Mitchell Carter rejoins Souths after being selected in the 2010 AFL Rookie Draft to Carlton. Carter played eight league games for Souths before being selected by Carlton.

Also joining the South's squad are tall defender Justin Monaco, who has transferred from East Fremantle after playing 12 League and 26 Reserve games with the Sharks, and tall forward/ruckman Alistair Gillespie from Claremont. Gillespie played six league and 35 reserve games for the Tigers, kicking six goals in the 2012 Reserves grand final.

 

Sponsors Corner

This year this section is solely for the benefit of our wonderful partners who contribute and support the club with their investment and services.

First up, we would like to thank Paul McGovern and WA Hino, one of our long term partners who have been a fantastic supporter for this club. WA Hino is an Official Partner for 2013 and will be recognised with their logo on the breast of the Senior and Reserves jumpers.

Named the 2011 Metro Dealer of the Year, WA Hino is one of the top dealerships in the country. They sell new and used Hino trucks and buses, such as the popular 300 series, 500 series and 700 series trucks.

WA Hino also organise finance and insurance, expert servicing, body-building and on-site repairs, and stock thousands of genuine Hino parts. Plus they sell other makes and models of used trucks and buses - from Isuzu to Fuso to Nissan to Volvo, and more.

Please call Paul McGovern on (08) 9351 2000 for any advice or for more information visit: www.wa.ahg.com.au/WA-Hino/

 

AFL careers on track

Congratulations Mason Shaw and Adam Carter on being selected in November's AFL Draft.

Mason was selected in Round 2, Pick 30 to Port Adelaide, while Adam was selected to the West Coast Eagles with their 59th pick.

Everyone involved with the club wishes these two young men all the best with their new clubs and hope they have long and successful careers in the AFL.

2013 membership drive

 

Have you renewed your membership for 2013?

Thank you sincerely for your support of the South Fremantle Football Club through the 2012 season.

We’re looking to set a new record for the number of financial members for 2013 and you can help the club achieve this by joining or renewing your membership now.

Without your generous support, the Bulldogs would not be able to achieve the ultimate goal of winning the Grand Final and build on the great record of 13 Grand Final wins.

So come onboard and join us now and assist us in maintaining the Bulldogs as the Premier Family Club in Western Australia Football League for 2013.

 

Corporate Classic 20th Anniversary

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 10:06 AM

Be a part of this historic event as the South Fremantle Corporate Classic celebrates its 20th Anniversary with some fantastic prizes to be won!


corporate classic 20th anniversary

corporate classic 20th anniversary

SFFC's Pickett stars in Australian win

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 10:14 AM

AT AN indoor athletics training track in late November last year, Jarrod Pickett paused, took position, steadied then bolted.

The West Australian, who is a member of the AIS-AFL Academy's level one squad, was in Canberra for a week-long camp at the Australian Institute of Sport headquarters. It was testing morning and it was time for the 20m sprint for the 16-year-old's group.

Pickett's run was over almost before it began, completing it in 2.85 seconds. He thought he could go faster.

It was the quickest result of any player at the camp, including the level two squad, who are hoping to be drafted this year (level one players are eligible for the draft in 2014.) Go back to last year's NAB AFL Draft Combine and only one player (Adam Saad, 2.81 seconds) beat Pickett's time.

Pickett's speed was on show on Saturday, when he starred in the level one Academy's 43-point win over New Zealand at Wellington Stadium.

The indigenous South Fremantle player, a close friend of recent Fremantle recruit Josh Simpson, booted four goals – three in the first term – and created several others to be judged best afield.

"The first nine minutes of the game there wasn't a goal scored and it was an arm wrestle before he broke it apart with three goals in seven minutes," said Kevin Sheehan, the AFL's national talent manager.

"His brilliant pace gave the Australians a lead at quarter-time and really from then it was about a 40-point break the whole way.

"But he was a shining light with his breakaway speed, his great contested ball winning, his clearances and his work up forward and through the midfield. He was a standout."

To provide a more even contest, the New Zealand side was made an open-age squad. Despite its slow start in the first term, the home side closed the game with more scoring shots than the Australians, losing 7.16 (58) to the visitors' 16.5 (101).

Pickett won an award for his performance from the coaching panel, as did Nicholas Coughlan, a key tall prospect from Albury. Coughlan kicked two goals for Australia, and impressed with his marking and reading of the play.

Captain Lachlan Weller also shone, the midfielder's poise helping set the standard early in the contest. The win was celebrated on Australia Day, a moment Sheehan said would stick with the players.

"If there's anyone who didn't believe that some of these boys didn't want to play for their country as Australian Rules footballers, they only had to see them in that huddle with the coaches, like Glen Jakovich, Mick O'Loughlin, Chris Johnson and Brad Johnson, singing the national anthem with enormous gusto," Sheehan said.

It was not only the Australians who were out to show their wares. Khan Haretuku, from Frankston in the VFL but raised in New Zealand, took the eye.

"He would have taken a dozen marks. He really pushed himself up in front of AFL clubs who were watching the game," Sheehan said.

And Shem Tatupu, who Hawthorn has committed to drafting as an international rookie at the end of this season, showed why the Hawks were so pleased to recruit the former rugby player.

"Shem was exceptional. For a boy who's had three years of footy, but maybe only six games a year of AFL while still playing rugby, he did some fantastic things up forward," Sheehan said.

"He has real presence with the contested ball in the air. He reads it so early and you can see him get into great position early. He kicked the goal of the day when he dodged a few, gave a great big 'don't argue' and snapped the goal over his shoulder."

Australian U17 7.1 9.2 14.3 16.5 (101)
New Zealand 0.1 1.10 3.12 7.16 (58)


GOALS
Australia:
Pickett 4, Watchman 2, Coughlan 2, Hammelmann 2, McGrath, Griffiths, Dawson, Miller-Lewis, Lamb, Bower
New Zealand: Tatupu 2, Clark 2, Christensen, Harris, Haretuku

BEST
Australia:
Pickett, Coughlan, Weller, McGrath, Smith, Lever, Duggan
New Zealand: Haretuku, Tatupu, Crighton, Miller, Riddell