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Corporate Classic Results 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 9:09 AM

A big THANK YOU to all the Businesses that supported the South Fremantle Corporate Classic 20th Anniversary celebrations!

Congratulations to the following winners.

1st Place

Metwest Steel

Peter Johnson

 

2nd Place

CETCO Oilfield Services

Matthew Bradnock

 

3rd Place

Stripe Master

David Craggs

 

 

Dominant second half sets up Bulldogs' win

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 10:54 PM

SOUTH Fremantle geared up for Round 1 of the WAFL season with an impressive 41-point victory over Swan Districts in the final pre-season hit out at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.
The Bulldogs led by a point at half-time against Swans but then played their best half of the pre-season campaign booting 11 goals to four in the second half to end up 18.8 (116) to 11.9 (75) winners.
South Fremantle now turns its attention to Round 1 of the home and away season of 2013 which begins this Saturday against two-time reigning premier Claremont at Claremont Oval.
Coming off pre-season games against Perth and West Perth where there were some good signs but South Fremantle didn’t come out on the winning side of, the Bulldogs put in a vastly improved outing against a Swan Districts team coming off a preliminary final appearance in 2012.
South Fremantle was far more efficient throughout the game on Saturday in hot conditions at Fremantle Oval.
Despite Swans having 18 more disposals and 32 extra marks throughout the game, the Bulldogs won by 41 points, had six more scoring shots and dominated around the stoppages with 35 clearances to 24.
The Bulldogs' forward-line worked well and took advantage of the good work from further up the field.
Ashton Hams sent a message to West Coast coach John Worsfold that he should be considered for Round 1 of the AFL season against Fremantle by kicking five goals from 13 possessions.
Last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the league's leading goalkicker Ben Saunders also booted three goals and Claremont recruit Alistair Gillespie two.
Gillespie finished with 15 possessions, five marks, five hit outs and four inside-50 entries as well as coach Paul Hasleby used him both at centre half-forward and in the ruck.
Port Adelaide recruit Mitch Banner was also terrific as he has been right throughout the pre-season.
The 22-year-old who played 19 AFL games with the Power picked up 26 possessions, took six marks, had six clearances, three inside-50 entries, five rebounds from defensive 50 and kicked two goals in a best on ground performance.
Kris Miller was another midfielder to continue his strong pre-season with the 279-game WAFL veteran showing no signs of slowing down picking up with 22 disposals to go with three clearances and three inside 50s.
Mitch Carter has returned to South Fremantle this season from Carlton and joined the leadership group, and played well on Saturday on the wing in a role that Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe was set to play before being pulled out by the Dockers. Carter had 18 disposals and 10 inside-50 entries.
Returning 139-game veteran Craig White played well also picking 18 possessions while Alex Grima gathered 17, Sean Lynch 15, Toby Bairstow 14 and Adam McIntosh 13.
Ruckman Sean Tighe finished with 11 possessions, 17 hit outs, four clearances and a goal as well.
South Fremantle was without captain Ryan Cook as well as Adam Guglielmana, Nick Borovac, Schloithe and Jayden Woods who will likely come in on Saturday to take on Claremont.
Warrick Andreoli, John Sgherza, Shaun Bewick, Anthony Collica and Lewis Harvey are still working their way back.
By Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle geared up for Round 1 of the WAFL season with an impressive 41-point victory over Swan Districts in the final pre-season hit out at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

The Bulldogs led by a point at half-time against Swans but then played their best half of the pre-season campaign booting 11 goals to four in the second half to end up 18.8 (116) to 11.9 (75) winners.

South Fremantle now turns its attention to Round 1 of the home and away season of 2013 which begins this Saturday against two-time reigning premier Claremont at Claremont Oval.

Coming off pre-season games against Perth and West Perth where there were some good signs but South Fremantle didn’t come out on the winning side of, the Bulldogs put in a vastly improved outing against a Swan Districts team coming off a preliminary final appearance in 2012.

South Fremantle was far more efficient throughout the game on Saturday in hot conditions at Fremantle Oval.

Despite Swans having 18 more disposals and 32 extra marks throughout the game, the Bulldogs won by 41 points, had six more scoring shots and dominated around the stoppages with 35 clearances to 24.

The Bulldogs' forward-line worked well and took advantage of the good work from further up the field.

Ashton Hams sent a message to West Coast coach John Worsfold that he should be considered for Round 1 of the AFL season against Fremantle by kicking five goals from 13 possessions.

Last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the league's leading goalkicker Ben Saunders also booted three goals and Claremont recruit Alistair Gillespie two.

Gillespie finished with 15 possessions, five marks, five hit outs and four inside-50 entries as well as coach Paul Hasleby used him both at centre half-forward and in the ruck.

Port Adelaide recruit Mitch Banner was also terrific as he has been right throughout the pre-season.

The 22-year-old who played 19 AFL games with the Power picked up 26 possessions, took six marks, had six clearances, three inside-50 entries, five rebounds from defensive 50 and kicked two goals in a best on ground performance.

Kris Miller was another midfielder to continue his strong pre-season with the 279-game WAFL veteran showing no signs of slowing down picking up with 22 disposals to go with three clearances and three inside 50s.

Mitch Carter has returned to South Fremantle this season from Carlton and joined the leadership group, and played well on Saturday on the wing in a role that Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe was set to play before being pulled out by the Dockers. Carter had 18 disposals and 10 inside-50 entries.

Returning 139-game veteran Craig White played well also picking 18 possessions while Alex Grima gathered 17, Sean Lynch 15, Toby Bairstow 14 and Adam McIntosh 13.

Ruckman Sean Tighe finished with 11 possessions, 17 hit outs, four clearances and a goal as well.

South Fremantle was without captain Ryan Cook as well as Adam Guglielmana, Nick Borovac, Schloithe and Jayden Woods who will likely come in on Saturday to take on Claremont.

Warrick Andreoli, John Sgherza, Shaun Bewick, Anthony Collica and Lewis Harvey are still working their way back.

By Chris Pike

Life membership, career behind White's return

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 11:13 AM

CRAIG White had a tremendous season with the Balmain Dockers in 2012 as playing coach, but the pull of South Fremantle life membership and a new career opportunity sees him back at the Bulldogs for 2013.
White has been a tremendous servant of South Fremantle as part of successful colts and reserves teams before finding his feet in the league side in 2004, and going onto play in the premierships of 2005 and 2009, and 139 games all up to the end of 2011.
However, after the losing first semi-final of 2011 White received an opportunity with work that he couldn’t refuse with PowerPlay Sports to head to Sydney, and thought it might be his chance to experience life outside of Western Australia for the first time as well.
Life and work in Sydney went well as did White's football with the Balmain Dockers where he was a playing coach of a team that made the grand final, and he was their star performer all year long.
He originally was going to remain for another year, but the desire to make sure he returned to South Fremantle to get to 150 games and earn life membership, and a new career opportunity at the Fremantle-based Empire Property saw him back for 2013.
"I originally was going to go to Sydney for two years, but the opportunity arose to come back here for work," White said.
"The life membership was always a big factor. It wasn’t easy to leave the club being so close to it, but hopefully this year with no injuries and my form is alright so I can get there and it's something I will always cherish.
"I'm very grateful that Anthony van der Wielen gave me the chance to set myself up with his commercial real estate company and I'm really looking forward to it, and the challenges it will present over the next five or 10 years."
Helping White feel comfortable in Balmain was the fact that his South Fremantle premiership teammate Gerard Wilkie was with him, as well as former East Fremantle trio Leigh Conway, Ben Taggart and Selby Lee-Steere, and Claremont 134-game veteran Tom Matson.
White won the club champion award and came third in the league's fairest and best. Wilkie was runner-up to him at the Dockers with Taggart starring as captain kicking 76 goals for the season.
Combine those players he was familiar with and the fact that former Sydney Swans cult hero Troy Luff was still kicking around, and White thoroughly enjoyed his time with Balmain.
"It was a great experience and the opportunity through work came about. I never really had the chance before to do the travelling thing so I thought this was an opportunity to get away and do something a bit different than what I had been doing," he said.
"Coaching over there really opened up my eyes and hopefully that might help me coming back here as a player. There was in the end 12 or 13 guys from WA who played with Balmain last year and we had over 450 games of WAFL experience between us all.
"Tom Matson was there from Claremont, a heap of East Freo guys and then Wilkie from South and a couple of others who played reserves through the WAFL. It was really good fun.
"There was obviously a connection through the Freo Dockers and through work I did a bit with Balmain, but we were all really over there for different reasons and just ended up playing together."
Not only did White have a tremendous season on the field in 2012 to show himself as being a class above most others in the Sydney AFL competition, but his role as coach was something he feels will be of great benefit now that he's back with South Fremantle.
"The coaching opens up your eyes in terms of selection and everything that goes on with players," White said.
"It's not just about everything you take for granted, it's not that easy. You definitely get a different perspective and hopefully now out on the ground I can help out as a fourth or fifth coach."

CRAIG White had a tremendous season with the Balmain Dockers in 2012 as playing coach, but the pull of South Fremantle life membership and a new career opportunity sees him back at the Bulldogs for 2013.

White has been a tremendous servant of South Fremantle as part of successful colts and reserves teams before finding his feet in the league side in 2004, and going onto play in the premierships of 2005 and 2009, and 139 games all up to the end of 2011.

However, after the losing first semi-final of 2011 White received an opportunity with work that he couldn’t refuse with PowerPlay Sports to head to Sydney, and thought it might be his chance to experience life outside of Western Australia for the first time as well.

Life and work in Sydney went well as did White's football with the Balmain Dockers where he was a playing coach of a team that made the grand final, and he was their star performer all year long.

He originally was going to remain for another year, but the desire to make sure he returned to South Fremantle to get to 150 games and earn life membership, and a new career opportunity at the Fremantle-based Empire Property saw him back for 2013.

"I originally was going to go to Sydney for two years, but the opportunity arose to come back here for work," White said.

"The life membership was always a big factor. It wasn’t easy to leave the club being so close to it, but hopefully this year with no injuries and my form is alright so I can get there and it's something I will always cherish.

"I'm very grateful that Anthony van der Wielen gave me the chance to set myself up with his commercial real estate company and I'm really looking forward to it, and the challenges it will present over the next five or 10 years."

Helping White feel comfortable in Balmain was the fact that his South Fremantle premiership teammate Gerard Wilkie was with him, as well as former East Fremantle trio Leigh Conway, Ben Taggart and Selby Lee-Steere, and Claremont 134-game veteran Tom Matson.

White won the club champion award and came third in the league's fairest and best. Wilkie was runner-up to him at the Dockers with Taggart starring as captain kicking 76 goals for the season.

Combine those players he was familiar with and the fact that former Sydney Swans cult hero Troy Luff was still kicking around, and White thoroughly enjoyed his time with Balmain.

"It was a great experience and the opportunity through work came about. I never really had the chance before to do the travelling thing so I thought this was an opportunity to get away and do something a bit different than what I had been doing," he said.

"Coaching over there really opened up my eyes and hopefully that might help me coming back here as a player. There was in the end 12 or 13 guys from WA who played with Balmain last year and we had over 450 games of WAFL experience between us all.

"Tom Matson was there from Claremont, a heap of East Freo guys and then Wilkie from South and a couple of others who played reserves through the WAFL. It was really good fun.

"There was obviously a connection through the Freo Dockers and through work I did a bit with Balmain, but we were all really over there for different reasons and just ended up playing together."

Not only did White have a tremendous season on the field in 2012 to show himself as being a class above most others in the Sydney AFL competition, but his role as coach was something he feels will be of great benefit now that he's back with South Fremantle.

"The coaching opens up your eyes in terms of selection and everything that goes on with players," White said.

"It's not just about everything you take for granted, it's not that easy. You definitely get a different perspective and hopefully now out on the ground I can help out as a fourth or fifth coach."

By Chris Pike

Ray the 'Lizard' deservedly enters Hall of Fame

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 5:33 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

Nicky Winmar Cup

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 11:12 AM

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

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

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

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

Scores:

Qualifying Games

South Fremantle beat Wheatbelt   26-24

South Fremantle beat South West   26-8

South Fremantle Lost to Perth     11-14

South Fremantle beat Peel    47-12

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


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

 

 

Further good signs despite loss to Falcons

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 1:37 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gascoyne Football Forum

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 12:43 PM

Gascoyne Football Forum

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home pre-season clash this Saturday

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 11:33 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY MARCH 2 V WEST PERTH

Colts – Fremantle Oval, 9.00am

Reserves – Fremantle Oval, 4.00pm

League – Fremantle Oval, 6.30pm

Get down to the South Fremantle Function Centre

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 6:18 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bulldogs to be fitter, faster, stronger: Hasleby

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 11:52 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike