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Monday, June 24, 2013 - 11:14 AM

Congratulations to the following members!

1st Prize: Michael Main -   413
2nd Prize: Loretta Coates -   127
3rd Prize: Eric Tonkin -   671

Bulldogs lose at home to Swans despite better second half

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 10:31 PM

ONCE again one quarter let South Fremantle down against Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval on Saturday but there were better signs after half-time and the colts and reserves put in particularly impressive performances.

South Fremantle was coming off the bye last weekend and Swan Districts had won its last two games, and came storming out of the blocks to lead by 21 points by quarter-time.
The black-and-whites then piled on eight goals to just one from the Bulldogs in the second quarter to lead by a massive 65 points by half-time.
Coming from such a deficit to actually win was always likely to be a task beyond the Bulldogs, but putting in a stronger showing in the second half was a requirement and they did deliver on that.
Justin Monaco kicked his first goal as a Bulldog in his third game since crossing from East Fremantle and then Adam Guglielmana and Mitch Banner also kicked early goals in the third quarter.
Kris Miller and Guglielmana then added two more in succession for South Fremantle to close the gap to 53 points before Swan Districts led by 54 at three quarter-time.
It was a better start to the final term as well with South Fremantle at one stage closing the margin to just 37 points before Swan Districts went on to win by 52, 20.18 (138) to 13.8 (86).
Banner continued his terrific first season with South Fremantle with another 35 possessions, eight marks, five inside-50 entries and two goals.
Paul Mugambwa, Ashton Hams and Guglielmana all kicked two goals apiece with Hams having 22 possessions to go with it.
Jacob Martinez also continued his strong form with the youngster picking up 25 possessions, eight marks and four entries inside-50.
Alex Grima picked up 23 disposals to go with 11 marks and seven inside 50s. Toby Bairstow picked up 21 touches and Sean Tighe had 20 disposals, and 19 hit outs in the ruck.
Another youngster Tim Kelly picked up 18 disposals and took eight marks with Nick Borovac and Reece Adams picking up 17 touches. Experienced dual premiership defender Craig White had 18 possessions and kicked his first goal of the season.
The South Fremantle reserves had a strong 22-point win over Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval with Sam Lowrie outstanding with 29 possessions and three goals.
Andrew McCarrey kicked two goals in his first game back from a knee injury with Anthony van Manen, Zac Strom and Marlon Pickett all adding two goals apiece.
Brendan Verrier gathered 30 possessions, Simon Panizza 23, James Laurino 23 and Shannon Burnett 23. Rhys D'Alton also had 21 disposals and Tyler Hall 19.
South Fremantle's colts record an incredible thumping of Swan Districts ending up winning by 167 points, 25.24 (174) to 1.1 (7).
South Fremantle kicked six goals to no score in the first quarter and then another eight goals to no score in the second to remarkably lead 14.11 (95) to nothing at half-time.
Swan Districts finally scored a goal in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs piled on another five goals and then six more in the last two one behind from the black-and-whites to run out 167-point victors.
Jacob Dragovich was outstanding for South Fremantle with 33 possessions, eight inside-50 entries and a goal.
Ben Sokol kicked six goals from 28 disposals and 12 marks with Matthew Ah Siu also kicking five goals, Jayden D'Vauz three, Jarrod Garlett three, James Culleton two and Jarrod Pickett two.
Matthew Nicholson also gathered 25 possessions, Pickett 26, Garlett 22 and Mitchell Banks 22.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 2.2 3.4 8.6 13.8 (86)
SWAN DISTRICTS 5.5 13.9 16.12 20.18 (138)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Guglielmana, Banner, Mugambwa, Hams 2; Monaco, M Carter, White, Miller. Gillespie.
Best: Banner, Martinez, Grima, Tighe, Hams, Kelly.
SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Garlett 5; Ugle 4; Notte 3; Geappen, Davis 2; Hildebrandt, Robinson, Newman, Bennell.
Best: Hildebrandt, Ugle, Hams, Davis, Garlett, Geappen, Roach, Riggio.
By Chris PikeONCE again one quarter let South Fremantle down against Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval on Saturday but there were better signs after half-time and the colts and reserves put in particularly impressive performances.

South Fremantle was coming off the bye last weekend and Swan Districts had won its last two games, and came storming out of the blocks to lead by 21 points by quarter-time.

The black-and-whites then piled on eight goals to just one from the Bulldogs in the second quarter to lead by a massive 65 points by half-time.

Coming from such a deficit to actually win was always likely to be a task beyond the Bulldogs, but putting in a stronger showing in the second half was a requirement and they did deliver on that.

Justin Monaco kicked his first goal as a Bulldog in his third game since crossing from East Fremantle and then Adam Guglielmana and Mitch Banner also kicked early goals in the third quarter.

Kris Miller and Guglielmana then added two more in succession for South Fremantle to close the gap to 53 points before Swan Districts led by 54 at three quarter-time.

It was a better start to the final term as well with South Fremantle at one stage closing the margin to just 37 points before Swan Districts went on to win by 52, 20.18 (138) to 13.8 (86).

Banner continued his terrific first season with South Fremantle with another 35 possessions, eight marks, five inside-50 entries and two goals.

Paul Mugambwa, Ashton Hams and Guglielmana all kicked two goals apiece with Hams having 22 possessions to go with it.

Jacob Martinez also continued his strong form with the youngster picking up 25 possessions, eight marks and four entries inside-50.

Alex Grima picked up 23 disposals to go with 11 marks and seven inside 50s. Toby Bairstow picked up 21 touches and Sean Tighe had 20 disposals, and 19 hit outs in the ruck.

Another youngster Tim Kelly picked up 18 disposals and took eight marks with Nick Borovac and Reece Adams picking up 17 touches. Experienced dual premiership defender Craig White had 18 possessions and kicked his first goal of the season.

The South Fremantle reserves had a strong 22-point win over Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval with Sam Lowrie outstanding with 29 possessions and three goals.

Andrew McCarrey kicked two goals in his first game back from a knee injury with Anthony van Manen, Zac Strom and Marlon Pickett all adding two goals apiece.

Brendan Verrier gathered 30 possessions, Simon Panizza 23, James Laurino 23 and Shannon Burnett 23. Rhys D'Alton also had 21 disposals and Tyler Hall 19.

South Fremantle's colts record an incredible thumping of Swan Districts ending up winning by 167 points, 25.24 (174) to 1.1 (7).

South Fremantle kicked six goals to no score in the first quarter and then another eight goals to no score in the second to remarkably lead 14.11 (95) to nothing at half-time.

Swan Districts finally scored a goal in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs piled on another five goals and then six more in the last two one behind from the black-and-whites to run out 167-point victors.

Jacob Dragovich was outstanding for South Fremantle with 33 possessions, eight inside-50 entries and a goal.

Ben Sokol kicked six goals from 28 disposals and 12 marks with Matthew Ah Siu also kicking five goals, Jayden D'Vauz three, Jarrod Garlett three, James Culleton two and Jarrod Pickett two.

Matthew Nicholson also gathered 25 possessions, Pickett 26, Garlett 22 and Mitchell Banks 22.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 2.2 3.4 8.6 13.8 (86)

SWAN DISTRICTS 5.5 13.9 16.12 20.18 (138)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Guglielmana, Banner, Mugambwa, Hams 2; Monaco, M Carter, White, Miller. Gillespie.

Best: Banner, Martinez, Grima, Tighe, Hams, Kelly.

SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Garlett 5; Ugle 4; Notte 3; Geappen, Davis 2; Hildebrandt, Robinson, Newman, Bennell.

Best: Hildebrandt, Ugle, Hams, Davis, Garlett, Geappen, Roach, Riggio.

By Chris Pike

Round 14 Preview v Swan Districts

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 6:20 PM

SOUTH Fremantle returns from a bye this Saturday to host dual premiership player Kyle Hams and Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval with the chance for the Bulldogs to return to winning form.

South Fremantle had the bye last weekend following a disappointing loss to Subiaco by 53 points, but the Bulldogs were actually in control of that game for long periods prior to a run of nine consecutive goals from the Lions either side of three quarter-time.
Prior to that, though, South Fremantle had won two of its last three games to string some good form together with a 15-point win over Peel back in Round 9 and then an outstanding performance in the Foundation Derby to down East Fremantle by 67 points at East Fremantle Oval.
Now after a bye following the loss to Subiaco, South Fremantle gets back out onto Fremantle Oval this Saturday to host a Swan Districts team coming off two straight wins to be knocking on the door of a position inside the top-four.
South Fremantle welcomes back Ashton Hams from the West Coast Eagles with Mitch Carter and Brendan Verrier in the mix to come into the line-up as well with Reece Adams and John Sgherza going out.
Bulldogs vice-captain Craig White had a firsthand look at Swan Districts last week in its 47-point win over Subiaco and was impressed with the way the black-and-whites played, but knows that if South Fremantle sticks to its plan then it is certainly a winnable game.
"They have shown in a number of games this year that they can be pretty strong when their senior players get up and going like Geappen, Roach, Kyle Hams and guys like that. They can be as good as any team going," White said.
"Last week they seemed to kick long and their skills throughout their midfield group was really good. We are going to have to be right up on them and put pressure in their face, and try to make them turn it over and then go the other way and score ourselves."
With Ashton Hams coming back for South Fremantle, it sets up a likely match-up on his twin brother Kyle that could very well be worth the price of admission alone.
The twins played in the 2005 and 2009 premierships with South Fremantle together before Ashton was drafted by the Eagles and Kyle has since joined Swan Districts, but with Ashton now a regular forward and Kyle the best small defender for Swans, they look ideally suited as opponents for one another.
White is glad to have Ashton back into the South Fremantle line-up especially given his last outing in the Red V was a best afield display in the Foundation Derby when he had 34 possessions, seven marks, seven clearances and three goals.
"He is probably the best player who comes back into the WAFL from both the AFL teams. He performs week in and week out when he comes back," White said.
"He obviously played a lot of WAFL football before got drafted and we really enjoy when we have Ashton back. It might be a good match up this week if he gets to play on his brother."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle returns from a bye this Saturday to host dual premiership player Kyle Hams and Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval with the chance for the Bulldogs to return to winning form.

South Fremantle had the bye last weekend following a disappointing loss to Subiaco by 53 points, but the Bulldogs were actually in control of that game for long periods prior to a run of nine consecutive goals from the Lions either side of three quarter-time.

Prior to that, though, South Fremantle had won two of its last three games to string some good form together with a 15-point win over Peel back in Round 9 and then an outstanding performance in the Foundation Derby to down East Fremantle by 67 points at East Fremantle Oval.

Now after a bye following the loss to Subiaco, South Fremantle gets back out onto Fremantle Oval this Saturday to host a Swan Districts team coming off two straight wins to be knocking on the door of a position inside the top-four.

South Fremantle welcomes back Ashton Hams from the West Coast Eagles with Mitch Carter and Brendan Verrier in the mix to come into the line-up as well with Reece Adams and John Sgherza going out.

Bulldogs vice-captain Craig White had a firsthand look at Swan Districts last week in its 47-point win over Subiaco and was impressed with the way the black-and-whites played, but knows that if South Fremantle sticks to its plan then it is certainly a winnable game.

"They have shown in a number of games this year that they can be pretty strong when their senior players get up and going like Geappen, Roach, Kyle Hams and guys like that. They can be as good as any team going," White said.

"Last week they seemed to kick long and their skills throughout their midfield group was really good. We are going to have to be right up on them and put pressure in their face, and try to make them turn it over and then go the other way and score ourselves."

With Ashton Hams coming back for South Fremantle, it sets up a likely match-up on his twin brother Kyle that could very well be worth the price of admission alone.

The twins played in the 2005 and 2009 premierships with South Fremantle together before Ashton was drafted by the Eagles and Kyle has since joined Swan Districts, but with Ashton now a regular forward and Kyle the best small defender for Swans, they look ideally suited as opponents for one another.

White is glad to have Ashton back into the South Fremantle line-up especially given his last outing in the Red V was a best afield display in the Foundation Derby when he had 34 possessions, seven marks, seven clearances and three goals.

"He is probably the best player who comes back into the WAFL from both the AFL teams. He performs week in and week out when he comes back," White said.

"He obviously played a lot of WAFL football before got drafted and we really enjoy when we have Ashton back. It might be a good match up this week if he gets to play on his brother."

By Chris Pike

Lucky Lottery Winners - Draw 10

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Congratulations to the following members!

Lindsay Coates -   126
Emilio Epis -   215
Joseph Pausin -   526
Coral Rotendella -   589
Joe Rotendella -   590

White sees light at end of tunnel for Bulldogs

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 1:12 PM

SOUTH Fremantle vice-captain Craig White is confident that the challenging times the Bulldogs are currently experiencing so far in 2013 will only serve to hold the club in good stead down the track.

While South Fremantle has managed just two wins from its first 11 games of the season, there is without question signs that a strong side for the future is being built under coach Paul Hasleby.
Young players like Nick Borovac, Justin Monaco, Tim Kelly, Alistair Gillespie and Jacob Martinez have all shown exciting signs with Dylan Ross, Nick Borovac, Jarrad Winter, Haiden Schloithe and Sean Tighe among the players to have taken their games to another level as well.
While the wins haven’t been there so far this season for the Bulldogs as they would have liked, White can without question see plenty of good signs for the future.
"Obviously at the start of the season we had aspirations to play in the finals and it hasn’t gone that way so far, but we have been able to blood a lot of young players who seem to be showing glimpses that they are going to be good players in the future," White said.
"Looking through our list, the average age is about 21 or 22, and we are starting to get games into these guys. It's not going to happen overnight, but I think down the track we are going to have a good side in years to come.
"We've been unlucky in a number of games and we've probably fallen away in others due to a little bit of inexperience, but we take the positives out of those games. Paul really hones in on that mid-week and tries to keep it as positive as he can for the young group. We're not that far away and hopefully a bit of luck in the back end of the year and we can sneak off the bottom of the ladder."
One player at South Fremantle who has had an outstanding first half of the 2013 season is ruckman Sean Tighe.
White didn’t get to play with the big man last year in his first season with the Bulldogs after crossing from VFL club Werribee because he was the playing-coach at the Balmain Dockers in Sydney as he took a break from living in WA for the first time and playing at South Fremantle for the first time in more than a decade.
The colts, reserves and league premiership star who is nearing 150 games at the Bulldogs to earn life membership has played with outstanding ruckmen before in particular Jaymie Graham, and has been tremendously impressed by Tighe already.
"He has been a massive influence on the group. He is probably a little bit undersized as a ruckman, but the effort that he puts in week in and week out is enormous," he said.
"He pretty much does it alone and he has carried the ruck duties very well. He was probably unlucky to miss out on the state side, but he will figure pretty high in our best and fairest."
Prior to last week's bye, South Fremantle had a run of four games since the state game break that brought about impressive wins over Peel and East Fremantle, but disappointing losses to Claremont and Subiaco.
The break gave the players the chance to freshen up last weekend with some like White choosing to stick around and watch this week's opponent Swan Districts play Subiaco on Saturday, and then head down to Shark Park on Sunday while some took the chance to have a complete break from football.
"There were a couple of training sessions before the weekend and then Paul gave us the weekend off which was good as a mental freshen up more than anything," White said.
"It's been a pretty tough year for the boys, so it was good to have the weekend off. A few of the boys went away and did a bit of fishing up north, and a few guys hung around town and watched a bit of footy to keep their finger on the pulse."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle vice-captain Craig White is confident that the challenging times the Bulldogs are currently experiencing so far in 2013 will only serve to hold the club in good stead down the track.

While South Fremantle has managed just two wins from its first 11 games of the season, there is without question signs that a strong side for the future is being built under coach Paul Hasleby.

Young players like Nick Borovac, Justin Monaco, Tim Kelly, Alistair Gillespie and Jacob Martinez have all shown exciting signs with Dylan Ross, Nick Borovac, Jarrad Winter, Haiden Schloithe and Sean Tighe among the players to have taken their games to another level as well.

While the wins haven’t been there so far this season for the Bulldogs as they would have liked, White can without question see plenty of good signs for the future.

"Obviously at the start of the season we had aspirations to play in the finals and it hasn’t gone that way so far, but we have been able to blood a lot of young players who seem to be showing glimpses that they are going to be good players in the future," White said.

"Looking through our list, the average age is about 21 or 22, and we are starting to get games into these guys. It's not going to happen overnight, but I think down the track we are going to have a good side in years to come.

"We've been unlucky in a number of games and we've probably fallen away in others due to a little bit of inexperience, but we take the positives out of those games. Paul really hones in on that mid-week and tries to keep it as positive as he can for the young group. We're not that far away and hopefully a bit of luck in the back end of the year and we can sneak off the bottom of the ladder."

One player at South Fremantle who has had an outstanding first half of the 2013 season is ruckman Sean Tighe.

White didn’t get to play with the big man last year in his first season with the Bulldogs after crossing from VFL club Werribee because he was the playing-coach at the Balmain Dockers in Sydney as he took a break from living in WA for the first time and playing at South Fremantle for the first time in more than a decade.

The colts, reserves and league premiership star who is nearing 150 games at the Bulldogs to earn life membership has played with outstanding ruckmen before in particular Jaymie Graham, and has been tremendously impressed by Tighe already.

"He has been a massive influence on the group. He is probably a little bit undersized as a ruckman, but the effort that he puts in week in and week out is enormous," he said.

"He pretty much does it alone and he has carried the ruck duties very well. He was probably unlucky to miss out on the state side, but he will figure pretty high in our best and fairest."

Prior to last week's bye, South Fremantle had a run of four games since the state game break that brought about impressive wins over Peel and East Fremantle, but disappointing losses to Claremont and Subiaco.

The break gave the players the chance to freshen up last weekend with some like White choosing to stick around and watch this week's opponent Swan Districts play Subiaco on Saturday, and then head down to Shark Park on Sunday while some took the chance to have a complete break from football.

"There were a couple of training sessions before the weekend and then Paul gave us the weekend off which was good as a mental freshen up more than anything," White said.

"It's been a pretty tough year for the boys, so it was good to have the weekend off. A few of the boys went away and did a bit of fishing up north, and a few guys hung around town and watched a bit of footy to keep their finger on the pulse."

By Chris Pike

Mac Chat – Andrew McCarrey column Round 13

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 11:47 AM

WITHIN every sporting code and every club there are the loyal, tireless supporters, which regardless of the score on the board or the position on the ladder will continuously show their support week in week out.

They are also the people that are seldom acknowledged for the crucial part they play within a club.  As a player, these are the people that when things are not going in our favour, I can draw energy from to stay determined and maintain a positive outlook.
At South Fremantle we are fortunate that we have a group of long time, loyal supporters and followers that have and will continue to stick with us through thick and thin. This has been clearly displayed during the first half of this season, which has obviously not gone to plan. However I do strongly believe that our ladder position does not reflect our true ability and potential. In light of this it would be fitting to acknowledge and get to know some of our well known, dedicated faces around the club, whose support is unwavering.
Wayne Didcock has been a loyal South Fremantle supporter since he was eight years of age. Wayne first became involved 41 years ago when his father would bring him to watch games as a member of the official South Fremantle cheer squad.
It is quite ironic that Wayne started supporting South Fremantle, as he grew up in the Perth Football Club district. He lived in Victoria Park and attended school at Kent Street. He can recall playing a little league game for Perth against South Fremantle at Lathlain Park. He remembers being frustrated as he had to wear the Perth guernsey when he was a loyal South Fremantle supporter. 
Wayne has shared with me numerous great memories from the hundreds of games he has attended.  Of the five premierships he has seen, the 1997 nail biting derby win stands out. East Fremantle gave away a 50 metre penalty in the dying minutes and Warren Campbell sealed the game with a winning goal. Another stand out game was in 1983, where Noel Carter kicked a winning point. He remembers storming onto the ground and embracing the players after the final siren.
In asking Wayne why he chooses to follow WAFL over AFL he explains that he thoroughly enjoys watching the players develop from a young age in colts and then transcend through the ranks to senior football. He also gets great satisfaction from the close player and club interaction. Quite often, come rain, hail and shine, Wayne can be found down at Fremantle oval mid-week, encouraging the players as they prepare for the upcoming game. This amazing commitment is further highlighted by the fact that he has to make his way there via public transport, often catching numerous buses and trains from Maylands.
In his private life away from football, Wayne enjoys spending time with his four siblings. His favourite food is beef curry and he enjoys listening to football related radio. He can often be heard calling in offering his opinion and advice on football matters on 91.3 Sport FM or 100.1 Curtin Radio.
Wayne Didcock will always be a much loved and welcomed face down at South Fremantle. I know that the boys get great satisfaction at training and games from Wayne's presence and constant optimistic outlook. 
Another long time staunch South supporter that can often be seen barracking in the members grandstand is Joan Jones.  She has been supporting South Fremantle since 1973 when she moved to Perth from Balmain in Sydney. She describes the 1980 grand final win over Swan Districts as being her most memorable game. The premiership team was coached by Mal Brown and consisted of many greats such as Stephen Michael and Noel Carter.
Her favourite player over the years is Barry Cooper who was a tireless midfielder back in the late 1970s. Joan currently resides just down the road from Fremantle Oval in White Gum Valley. One of our directors, Terry Dean will often pick her up and take her to games. 
Away from football, Joan has six children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Her favourite food is seafood and she enjoys watching mystery dramas. When asked why she enjoys following the WAFL over AFL, her response was very similar to Wayne who also enjoys the close player interaction and watching the waves of young footballers progress through the system.  
A family that's name is synonymous with South Fremantle Football Club is the McGuinness family. Their support spans three generations with Pam McGuinness and her son Lorne, still actively involved at the club.  
Pam's earliest memories of South Fremantle date back to when she was a young child in the 1940s.  Her father Claude Law served at the club for 40 years in numerous roles including the vice presidency. Pam followed in the footsteps of her mother Thelma Law as a member of the South Fremantle Ladies Committee. Pam then went on to marry Roy McGuinness.
Roy played for South Fremantle from 1948-1952. The reserves fairest and best medal is now named after him. Roy and Pam had two sons, Brad and Lorne. Brad was an active member at the club for many years contributing in many roles, including chairmen of selectors and team runner. Brad is now heavily involved in business outside of football, but still passionately supports the club.
His younger brother Lorne currently runs water for us, which is greatly appreciated by the boys. Lorne has very fond memories of watching South Fremantle play over the years. A notable stand out game was the 1970 grand final win against Perth.  
Whilst residing in Attadale over the years, which lies within the East Fremantle district, the McGinness's had strong ties to South Fremantle. They owned a news agency on South Terrace where Pam has fond memories of future WAFL greats playing with Lorne around her shop. She recalls Stan Magro, Tony Micale and Brian Ciccotosto as children, using the newsagency's front door as goals.
Pam has remained very active herself over the years, only retiring from pennant tennis competition at the age of 60. Both Pam and Lorne's favourite TV show is Home and Away and Lorne loves a good steak!
One of the features that South Fremantle Football Club prides itself upon is being a "Family Club".  This involves embracing and encouraging the diverse range of supporters and creating a caring and nurturing atmosphere. The passion and loyalty demonstrated by these stalwarts underpins the proud foundations of this great club.
This season we are doing it tough, but I know the team really appreciates the unwavering support and faith of Wayne, Joan, Pam, Lorne and the numerous other avid supporters whom I have not mentioned. I have no doubt that success if not far around the corner!
Andrew McCarrey #11WITHIN every sporting code and every club there are the loyal, tireless supporters, which regardless of the score on the board or the position on the ladder will continuously show their support week in week out.

They are also the people that are seldom acknowledged for the crucial part they play within a club.  As a player, these are the people that when things are not going in our favour, I can draw energy from to stay determined and maintain a positive outlook.

At South Fremantle we are fortunate that we have a group of long time, loyal supporters and followers that have and will continue to stick with us through thick and thin. This has been clearly displayed during the first half of this season, which has obviously not gone to plan. However I do strongly believe that our ladder position does not reflect our true ability and potential. In light of this it would be fitting to acknowledge and get to know some of our well known, dedicated faces around the club, whose support is unwavering.

Wayne Didcock has been a loyal South Fremantle supporter since he was eight years of age. Wayne first became involved 41 years ago when his father would bring him to watch games as a member of the official South Fremantle cheer squad.

It is quite ironic that Wayne started supporting South Fremantle, as he grew up in the Perth Football Club district. He lived in Victoria Park and attended school at Kent Street. He can recall playing a little league game for Perth against South Fremantle at Lathlain Park. He remembers being frustrated as he had to wear the Perth guernsey when he was a loyal South Fremantle supporter. 

Wayne has shared with me numerous great memories from the hundreds of games he has attended.  Of the five premierships he has seen, the 1997 nail biting derby win stands out. East Fremantle gave away a 50 metre penalty in the dying minutes and Warren Campbell sealed the game with a winning goal. Another stand out game was in 1983, where Noel Carter kicked a winning point. He remembers storming onto the ground and embracing the players after the final siren.

In asking Wayne why he chooses to follow WAFL over AFL he explains that he thoroughly enjoys watching the players develop from a young age in colts and then transcend through the ranks to senior football. He also gets great satisfaction from the close player and club interaction. Quite often, come rain, hail and shine, Wayne can be found down at Fremantle oval mid-week, encouraging the players as they prepare for the upcoming game. This amazing commitment is further highlighted by the fact that he has to make his way there via public transport, often catching numerous buses and trains from Maylands.

In his private life away from football, Wayne enjoys spending time with his four siblings. His favourite food is beef curry and he enjoys listening to football related radio. He can often be heard calling in offering his opinion and advice on football matters on 91.3 Sport FM or 100.1 Curtin Radio.

Wayne Didcock will always be a much loved and welcomed face down at South Fremantle. I know that the boys get great satisfaction at training and games from Wayne's presence and constant optimistic outlook. 

Another long time staunch South supporter that can often be seen barracking in the members grandstand is Joan Jones.  She has been supporting South Fremantle since 1973 when she moved to Perth from Balmain in Sydney. She describes the 1980 grand final win over Swan Districts as being her most memorable game. The premiership team was coached by Mal Brown and consisted of many greats such as Stephen Michael and Noel Carter.

Her favourite player over the years is Barry Cooper who was a tireless midfielder back in the late 1970s. Joan currently resides just down the road from Fremantle Oval in White Gum Valley. One of our directors, Terry Dean will often pick her up and take her to games. 

Away from football, Joan has six children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Her favourite food is seafood and she enjoys watching mystery dramas. When asked why she enjoys following the WAFL over AFL, her response was very similar to Wayne who also enjoys the close player interaction and watching the waves of young footballers progress through the system.  

A family that's name is synonymous with South Fremantle Football Club is the McGuinness family. Their support spans three generations with Pam McGuinness and her son Lorne, still actively involved at the club.  

Pam's earliest memories of South Fremantle date back to when she was a young child in the 1940s.  Her father Claude Law served at the club for 40 years in numerous roles including the vice presidency. Pam followed in the footsteps of her mother Thelma Law as a member of the South Fremantle Ladies Committee. Pam then went on to marry Roy McGuinness.

Roy played for South Fremantle from 1948-1952. The reserves fairest and best medal is now named after him. Roy and Pam had two sons, Brad and Lorne. Brad was an active member at the club for many years contributing in many roles, including chairmen of selectors and team runner. Brad is now heavily involved in business outside of football, but still passionately supports the club.

His younger brother Lorne currently runs water for us, which is greatly appreciated by the boys. Lorne has very fond memories of watching South Fremantle play over the years. A notable stand out game was the 1970 grand final win against Perth.  

Whilst residing in Attadale over the years, which lies within the East Fremantle district, the McGinness's had strong ties to South Fremantle. They owned a news agency on South Terrace where Pam has fond memories of future WAFL greats playing with Lorne around her shop. She recalls Stan Magro, Tony Micale and Brian Ciccotosto as children, using the newsagency's front door as goals.

Pam has remained very active herself over the years, only retiring from pennant tennis competition at the age of 60. Both Pam and Lorne's favourite TV show is Home and Away and Lorne loves a good steak!

One of the features that South Fremantle Football Club prides itself upon is being a "Family Club".  This involves embracing and encouraging the diverse range of supporters and creating a caring and nurturing atmosphere. The passion and loyalty demonstrated by these stalwarts underpins the proud foundations of this great club.

This season we are doing it tough, but I know the team really appreciates the unwavering support and faith of Wayne, Joan, Pam, Lorne and the numerous other avid supporters whom I have not mentioned. I have no doubt that success if not far around the corner!

Andrew McCarrey #11

Mike Sheahan Lunch is TOMORROW!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 2:23 AM

TODAY is your last chance to get your ticket to hear Mike Sheahan speak at a special lunch tomorrow afternoon at the South Fremantle Football Club.

With news in the AFL this week at a fever pitch what better opportunity is there to hear from one of the legendary news breakers in AFL history.
The South Fremantle Football Club is giving you the chance to hear firsthand some of the great football stories and opinions from almost 50 years when Mike Sheahan hosts a special lunch tomorrow.
Sheahan might now be retired from writing regularly with the Herald Sun newspaper, but continues to be a prominent AFL analyst on television and radio and he will provide an afternoon not to be missed at the South Fremantle Football Club Function Centre at Fremantle Oval.
Sheahan has seen it all in the game both in the media and working for the AFL (then the VFL).
He has seen them all from Royce Hart to Wayne Carey, Gary Ablett senior to Gary Ablett junior, Leigh Matthews to Lance Franklin, Sam Newman to Don Scott and anyone else you can think of who has played at the top level over the past 50 years.
Sheahan was the chief football writer at the Herald Sun for 18 years, but has also worked as the media manager for the league and more recently taken his knowledge and opinions to the electronic media.
He was a groundbreaker on TV firstly with Talking Footy on Channel 7 and now continues to appear on Fox Footy's On the Couch as well as Open Mike where he sits down with some of the greats of the game for some in-depth discussions.
Sheahan's regular Top 50 lists of players before and after each AFL season have all become topical and always create quite the talking-point.
So if you come along to his lunch tomorrow you will be able to hear his thoughts on everything he has seen during his long and distinguished career.
There will also be an open question and answer session where you can ask him anything that you would like him to expand upon so it will be an afternoon you will not want to miss.
MIKE SHEAHAN LUNCH
Wednesday June 19
Start – 12.30pm sharp
Tickets are $90
Includes beer, wine, soft drink and a sit-down lunch
For tickets call the South Fremantle Football Club on 9335 1555 or by email on bulldogs@sffc.com.au.TODAY is your last chance to get your ticket to hear Mike Sheahan speak at a special lunch tomorrow afternoon at the South Fremantle Football Club.

With news in the AFL this week at a fever pitch what better opportunity is there to hear from one of the legendary news breakers in AFL history.

The South Fremantle Football Club is giving you the chance to hear firsthand some of the great football stories and opinions from almost 50 years when Mike Sheahan hosts a special lunch tomorrow.

Sheahan might now be retired from writing regularly with the Herald Sun newspaper, but continues to be a prominent AFL analyst on television and radio and he will provide an afternoon not to be missed at the South Fremantle Football Club Function Centre at Fremantle Oval.

Sheahan has seen it all in the game both in the media and working for the AFL (then the VFL).

He has seen them all from Royce Hart to Wayne Carey, Gary Ablett senior to Gary Ablett junior, Leigh Matthews to Lance Franklin, Sam Newman to Don Scott and anyone else you can think of who has played at the top level over the past 50 years.

Sheahan was the chief football writer at the Herald Sun for 18 years, but has also worked as the media manager for the league and more recently taken his knowledge and opinions to the electronic media.

He was a groundbreaker on TV firstly with Talking Footy on Channel 7 and now continues to appear on Fox Footy's On the Couch as well as Open Mike where he sits down with some of the greats of the game for some in-depth discussions.

Sheahan's regular Top 50 lists of players before and after each AFL season have all become topical and always create quite the talking-point.

So if you come along to his lunch tomorrow you will be able to hear his thoughts on everything he has seen during his long and distinguished career.

There will also be an open question and answer session where you can ask him anything that you would like him to expand upon so it will be an afternoon you will not want to miss.

MIKE SHEAHAN LUNCH

Wednesday June 19

Start – 12.30pm sharp

Tickets are $90

Includes beer, wine, soft drink and a sit-down lunch

For tickets call the South Fremantle Football Club on 9335 1555 or by email on bulldogs@sffc.com.au.

Martinez impressing as Hasleby backs stars for AFL

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 9:17 PM

SOUTH Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby is obviously happy to have Ryan Cook and Ashton Hams as much as he can in his team, but believes both deserve to be regular AFL players while he continues to be impressed at the emergence of hard-at-it midfielder Jacob Martinez.

South Fremantle has been ably led by its captain Cook for all of what has been a tough 2013 season to date in his third year at the Bulldogs and second as skipper.
Cook played 14 games in five years with Collingwood before coming to South Fremantle at the start of the 2011 season. He has now played 52 with the Bulldogs, twice for WA and become one of the hardest running ball-winning midfielders in the competition.
The 25-year-old has also shown strong leadership qualities of a young group and that's why Hasleby believes he is primed for another chance at the AFL.
Meanwhile Hams is on West Coast's list and did receive a call-up to play in Sunday's win over St Kilda, but only because of Mark LeCras not playing.
He has played three times for South Fremantle this season and starred in the Bulldogs' only two wins with four goals and 24 possessions against Peel in Round 9, and a best on ground 34 disposals and three goals against East Fremantle in Round 11.
Hasleby has no doubt he is the best AFL-listed player who performs when back in the WAFL and can't fathom why isn’t playing with the Eagles and every week.
Having played 208 games himself with Fremantle where he was an All-Australian midfielder, Hasleby is in a good position to judge and even if it's to the detriment of South Fremantle, he hopes to see Cook and Hams playing regularly in the AFL come 2014.
"They are both great players," Hasleby said.
"In my opinion, they both should be back in the AFL or playing in the AFL particularly Ryan Cook with his season so far. He has been an absolute star and he has really worked on some of the deficiencies in his game. I think he is ready now for another shot at the elite level.
"I believe he (Hams) is the best AFL player when he comes back and plays in the WAFL with his impact on games and on the scoreboard."
Another player to impress with South Fremantle has been hard-working 20-year-old midfielder Jacob Martinez.
After being challenged by Hasleby earlier in the season and dropped to the reserves, he has returned with a vengeance and over the past fortnight done impressive run-with jobs on East Fremantle's Rory O'Brien and Subiaco's Jason Bristow.
In his last five games, Martinez has laid 40 strong tackles with his defensive pressure enormous while he can also win the ball and has gathered 43 disposals the last fortnight. Hasleby sees plenty of similarities with him another ex-Fremantle teammate of his.
"His defensive intensity reminds me a lot of Troy Cook in the way he goes about it," he said.
"He was also very good with ball in hand this week, but I thought he stopped O'Brien from having much influence on the game as well and he has cut us up quite a bit in the past. Full credit goes to 'Spaniard' for his effort."
South Fremantle did appear to have turned a corner with its thumping win over East Fremantle two weeks ago. The Bulldogs then could have been in front of Subiaco at half-time on Saturday but didn’t take their chances, and then totally dominated the third quarter but couldn’t kick a goal.
The Lions then turned around to kick nine straight goals either side of three quarter-time and Hasleby is fully aware that the Bulldogs need to find a way produce more of the effort that they had against East Fremantle if they are to climb off the bottom of the ladder.
"You are kidding yourselves if you don’t give that effort every week," Hasleby said.
"As a club, that's what we strive for and if you bring that attitude in any game, you will be a chance. Even though we are a young group, we need to learn that is the standard effort and we can continue that, and keep raising the standard then we will be a good football team in the future."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby is obviously happy to have Ryan Cook and Ashton Hams as much as he can in his team, but believes both deserve to be regular AFL players while he continues to be impressed at the emergence of hard-at-it midfielder Jacob Martinez.

South Fremantle has been ably led by its captain Cook for all of what has been a tough 2013 season to date in his third year at the Bulldogs and second as skipper.

Cook played 14 games in five years with Collingwood before coming to South Fremantle at the start of the 2011 season. He has now played 52 with the Bulldogs, twice for WA and become one of the hardest running ball-winning midfielders in the competition.

The 25-year-old has also shown strong leadership qualities of a young group and that's why Hasleby believes he is primed for another chance at the AFL.

Meanwhile Hams is on West Coast's list and did receive a call-up to play in Sunday's win over St Kilda, but only because of Mark LeCras not playing.

He has played three times for South Fremantle this season and starred in the Bulldogs' only two wins with four goals and 24 possessions against Peel in Round 9, and a best on ground 34 disposals and three goals against East Fremantle in Round 11.

Hasleby has no doubt he is the best AFL-listed player who performs when back in the WAFL and can't fathom why isn’t playing with the Eagles and every week.

Having played 208 games himself with Fremantle where he was an All-Australian midfielder, Hasleby is in a good position to judge and even if it's to the detriment of South Fremantle, he hopes to see Cook and Hams playing regularly in the AFL come 2014.

"They are both great players," Hasleby said.

"In my opinion, they both should be back in the AFL or playing in the AFL particularly Ryan Cook with his season so far. He has been an absolute star and he has really worked on some of the deficiencies in his game. I think he is ready now for another shot at the elite level.

"I believe he (Hams) is the best AFL player when he comes back and plays in the WAFL with his impact on games and on the scoreboard."

Another player to impress with South Fremantle has been hard-working 20-year-old midfielder Jacob Martinez.

After being challenged by Hasleby earlier in the season and dropped to the reserves, he has returned with a vengeance and over the past fortnight done impressive run-with jobs on East Fremantle's Rory O'Brien and Subiaco's Jason Bristow.

In his last five games, Martinez has laid 40 strong tackles with his defensive pressure enormous while he can also win the ball and has gathered 43 disposals the last fortnight. Hasleby sees plenty of similarities with him another ex-Fremantle teammate of his.

"His defensive intensity reminds me a lot of Troy Cook in the way he goes about it," he said.

"He was also very good with ball in hand this week, but I thought he stopped O'Brien from having much influence on the game as well and he has cut us up quite a bit in the past. Full credit goes to 'Spaniard' for his effort."

South Fremantle did appear to have turned a corner with its thumping win over East Fremantle two weeks ago. The Bulldogs then could have been in front of Subiaco at half-time on Saturday but didn’t take their chances, and then totally dominated the third quarter but couldn’t kick a goal.

The Lions then turned around to kick nine straight goals either side of three quarter-time and Hasleby is fully aware that the Bulldogs need to find a way produce more of the effort that they had against East Fremantle if they are to climb off the bottom of the ladder.

"You are kidding yourselves if you don’t give that effort every week," Hasleby said.

"As a club, that's what we strive for and if you bring that attitude in any game, you will be a chance. Even though we are a young group, we need to learn that is the standard effort and we can continue that, and keep raising the standard then we will be a good football team in the future."

By Chris Pike

Lucky Lottery Winners - Draw 9

Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 11:48 PM

Congratulations to the following members!

Darrell Cowie -   146
Lorenzo Fortini -   239
Michael Grubelich -   296
Geoffrey Higham -   320
Ronald Hitchens -   322

Bulldogs fall away against in-form Lions

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 12:59 PM

SOUTH Fremantle had its chances to put a good score on the board through the first three quarters against Subiaco at Leederville's Medibank Stadium, but couldn’t and then the Lions turned it on with a run of nine straight goals to win by 53 points.

The Bulldogs came into the game coming off their best performance of the season with a thumping 67-point win over East Fremantle in last Sunday's Foundation Derby, but Subiaco was in hot form as well having handed Claremont its first loss of the 2013 season also last Sunday.
That meant that it was a battle of two in-form teams at Medibank Stadium on Saturday even though both occupied spots near the bottom of the WAFL ladder.
Subiaco kicked the first two goals of the game, but then South Fremantle worked into the contest nicely with a goal to Kris Miller and then to Mitch Banner 15 minutes later.
The Bulldogs blew plenty more chances on goal throughout the mid-stages of the quarter, but inaccurate kicking came back to bite with Subiaco going into quarter-time with a two-point lead after a goal just before the break to Michael Wood.
The Lions again started the second term strongly with the first two goals, but the Bulldogs steadied mid quarter. Goals to defender Adam McIntosh, John Sgherza and Banner took South Fremantle from 15 points behind to two points in front just before half-time.
Subiaco did enter the main break two points in front after a late goal to Andrew McDougall, but things were right in the balance at the main break.
It took almost 25 minutes of the third quarter for the first goal to be scored, but South Fremantle was in complete control of play for the majority of that time and had numerous moves inside the forward 50 that should have resulted in goals, but didn’t either because the last pass inside-50 wasn’t up to standard or the shot on goal itself was off target.
Subiaco hung in there and then eventually went down the other end to kick two quick goals just before three quarter-time to lead by 15 points at the last change.
The Bulldogs remained a chance at the last change if they got the first goal of the final term, but it didn’t happen with Subiaco piling on the first seven to lead by as much as 63 points.
Adam Guglielmana kicked two consolation goals but all that did was bring the final margin to 53 points.
Jacob Martinez was once again South Fremantle's hardest and most consistent contributor throughout the four quarters. The 20-year-old picked up 20 possessions to go with nine tackles, six clearances, three inside-50 entries and two rebounds from the defensive 50.
He also had a good battle with prolific Subiaco ball-winner Jason Bristow restricting his influence to a below average 19 possessions and two goals.
Banner worked hard for 23 possessions and kicked two first half goals while Toby Bairstow finished with 20 disposals, four clearances and five inside-50 entries.
Ruckman Sean Tighe hurt his ankle in last week's win over East Fremantle and battled manfully despite still being hobbled, and was the best big man on the field with 20 possessions, 24 hit outs and seven clearances.
Adam Carter was solid in the back-line picking up 17 touches, five marks and four rebound 50s.
Dylan Ross continued his good form at centre half-back for the Bulldogs getting the better of his battle with state player Clancy Wheeler.
Third-gamer Tim Kelly was another to show encouraging signs for the Bulldogs finishing with 16 possessions, five tackles, five clearances and four inside 50s.
South Fremantle's reserves also had a match to forget losing to Subiaco by 94 points.
Kaiden Matera made the most of his chances with five goals from nine kicks while Marcus Cronan also kicked three goals.
Brendan Verrier picked up 26 possessions, James Laurino 24 and Jarrod Parry 21.
Anthony Collica made a return from injury and picked up 13 disposals.
The Bulldogs' colts did have a win, though, beating the Lions by 26 points.
Jayden D'Vauz kicked four goals for South Fremantle with Tim Stewart racking up 35 possessions, Jakeb Tartaglia 29, Jacob Dragovich 26, Oliver Sexton 23 (and two goals), Braden Fimmano 23 and Bailey Matera 23.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 2.6 5.8 5.11 7.11 (53)
SUBIACO 3.2 6.4 8.8 15.16 (106)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Guglielmana, Banner 2; McIntosh, Sgherza, Miller.
Best: Martinez, Tighe, Banner, Ross, Kelly, A Carter.
SUBIACO – Goals: Wood 4; McDougall, Stevenson, Nicoski, Bristow 2; Daniels, Waters, Deluca.
Best: Kayler-Thomson, Hampson, Bogensperger, Daye, Leishman, Mahoney.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle had its chances to put a good score on the board through the first three quarters against Subiaco at Leederville's Medibank Stadium, but couldn’t and then the Lions turned it on with a run of nine straight goals to win by 53 points.

The Bulldogs came into the game coming off their best performance of the season with a thumping 67-point win over East Fremantle in last Sunday's Foundation Derby, but Subiaco was in hot form as well having handed Claremont its first loss of the 2013 season also last Sunday.

That meant that it was a battle of two in-form teams at Medibank Stadium on Saturday even though both occupied spots near the bottom of the WAFL ladder.

Subiaco kicked the first two goals of the game, but then South Fremantle worked into the contest nicely with a goal to Kris Miller and then to Mitch Banner 15 minutes later.

The Bulldogs blew plenty more chances on goal throughout the mid-stages of the quarter, but inaccurate kicking came back to bite with Subiaco going into quarter-time with a two-point lead after a goal just before the break to Michael Wood.

The Lions again started the second term strongly with the first two goals, but the Bulldogs steadied mid quarter. Goals to defender Adam McIntosh, John Sgherza and Banner took South Fremantle from 15 points behind to two points in front just before half-time.

Subiaco did enter the main break two points in front after a late goal to Andrew McDougall, but things were right in the balance at the main break.

It took almost 25 minutes of the third quarter for the first goal to be scored, but South Fremantle was in complete control of play for the majority of that time and had numerous moves inside the forward 50 that should have resulted in goals, but didn’t either because the last pass inside-50 wasn’t up to standard or the shot on goal itself was off target.

Subiaco hung in there and then eventually went down the other end to kick two quick goals just before three quarter-time to lead by 15 points at the last change.

The Bulldogs remained a chance at the last change if they got the first goal of the final term, but it didn’t happen with Subiaco piling on the first seven to lead by as much as 63 points.

Adam Guglielmana kicked two consolation goals but all that did was bring the final margin to 53 points.

Jacob Martinez was once again South Fremantle's hardest and most consistent contributor throughout the four quarters. The 20-year-old picked up 20 possessions to go with nine tackles, six clearances, three inside-50 entries and two rebounds from the defensive 50.

He also had a good battle with prolific Subiaco ball-winner Jason Bristow restricting his influence to a below average 19 possessions and two goals.

Banner worked hard for 23 possessions and kicked two first half goals while Toby Bairstow finished with 20 disposals, four clearances and five inside-50 entries.

Ruckman Sean Tighe hurt his ankle in last week's win over East Fremantle and battled manfully despite still being hobbled, and was the best big man on the field with 20 possessions, 24 hit outs and seven clearances.

Adam Carter was solid in the back-line picking up 17 touches, five marks and four rebound 50s.

Dylan Ross continued his good form at centre half-back for the Bulldogs getting the better of his battle with state player Clancy Wheeler.

Third-gamer Tim Kelly was another to show encouraging signs for the Bulldogs finishing with 16 possessions, five tackles, five clearances and four inside 50s.

South Fremantle's reserves also had a match to forget losing to Subiaco by 94 points.

Kaiden Matera made the most of his chances with five goals from nine kicks while Marcus Cronan also kicked three goals.

Brendan Verrier picked up 26 possessions, James Laurino 24 and Jarrod Parry 21.

Anthony Collica made a return from injury and picked up 13 disposals.

The Bulldogs' colts did have a win, though, beating the Lions by 26 points.

Jayden D'Vauz kicked four goals for South Fremantle with Tim Stewart racking up 35 possessions, Jakeb Tartaglia 29, Jacob Dragovich 26, Oliver Sexton 23 (and two goals), Braden Fimmano 23 and Bailey Matera 23.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 2.6 5.8 5.11 7.11 (53)

SUBIACO 3.2 6.4 8.8 15.16 (106)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Guglielmana, Banner 2; McIntosh, Sgherza, Miller.

Best: Martinez, Tighe, Banner, Ross, Kelly, A Carter.

SUBIACO – Goals: Wood 4; McDougall, Stevenson, Nicoski, Bristow 2; Daniels, Waters, Deluca.

Best: Kayler-Thomson, Hampson, Bogensperger, Daye, Leishman, Mahoney.

By Chris Pike