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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

Banner the highlight in pre-season opener

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 5:20 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cook to lead young Bulldogs again in 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 3:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More than handy recruits, returnees for 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 10:58 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

South Fremantle pre-season fixtures

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 1:52 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOUTH FREMANTLE PRE-SEASON MATCHES

Saturday February 23 v Perth

Colts – Brownes Stadium, 9.10am

Reserves – Brownes Stadium, 11.40am

League – Brownes Stadium, 2.10pm

 

Saturday March 2 v West Perth

Colts – Fremantle Oval, 9.00am

Reserves – Fremantle Oval, 4.00pm

League – Fremantle Oval, 6.30pm

 

Saturday March 9 v Swan Districts

Colts – Fremantle Oval, 9.10am

Reserves – Fremantle Oval, 11.40am

League – Fremantle Oval, 2.10pm

Help us reach 1000 followers and win!

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 11:34 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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