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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

Round 12 Preview v Subiaco

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 1:31 AM

SUBIACO and South Fremantle both had its best performances of the season last Sunday with both looking to keep that form going at Leederville's Medibank Stadium on Saturday.

Subiaco became the first team this season to beat Claremont by kicking the only four goals of the last quarter to come back from trailing all afternoon to win by 10 points at Claremont Oval.
The Lions have now won consecutive games for the first time this season having also beaten Swan Districts the previous week by 13 points at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.
Subiaco had been struggling up to that point, but now has improved to a 4-5 record to be knocking on the door of the top-four and with some other results going its way, could even find itself sneak up into fourth spot with a win on Saturday.
South Fremantle had recorded just one win this season heading into Sunday's Foundation Derby against East Fremantle, but the Bulldogs turned on a scintillating performance to win by 67 points and revive some life into their 2013 season once again.
Now a win on Saturday against Subiaco and South Fremantle will improve to a 3-8 record heading into a bye next week to give the Bulldogs plenty of confidence to then come out and take into the second half of the season.
The two teams met earlier this season in Round 6 at Fremantle Oval with Subiaco outgunning South Fremantle that afternoon winning by 41 points.
Subiaco's Tasmanian recruit Brad McDonald goes out of the team that beat Claremont last Sunday with an injury with several players pressing their case for a return.
Ryan Herring hasn’t been setting the world on fire in the reserves but might return just to add another tall target to Subiaco's forward-line while Matt Bogensperger was somewhat surprisingly dropped to the reserves last week and put in a solid effort with 18 possessions.
Kyle Halligan and Dylan Clarke both kicked three goals each in Subiaco's reserves last week so could come in to face the Bulldogs to add some more goal kicking options.
South Fremantle found its best form last Sunday in the thumping of East Fremantle but might pay for that after Ashton Hams' best on ground performance with 34 possessions and three goals.
With Mark LeCras going out for West Coast's clash with St Kilda on Sunday, Hams looks to be his most likely replacement meaning the Bulldogs lose a major weapon to take on Subiaco with.
Mitch Carter and Sam Lowrie are both out of South Fremantle's side as well with plenty of players pushing to return.
Premiership midfielder Reece Adams found some of his best form in the reserves last week with 27 possessions and a goal to press his claims for a recall as did Warrick Andreoli with 19 disposals while Kingsley Smith would be the most likely replacement in the forward-line for Hams.
Brendon Gulley could come back in and strengthen South Fremantle's defence further with Jarrod Parry to be the feel good story of the day if he gets picked. He had another 21 possessions and seven tackles in his third game back in the reserves last week following his second knee reconstruction.
South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby hasn’t forgotten his side's disappointing performance last time around against Subiaco but is confident of turning that result around if the Bulldogs come out with the same effort and intensity levels they showed against East Fremantle.
"They smashed us the last time we played them in one of our most disappointing games, but they were always going to take a while to gel with new players under a new coach," Hasleby said.
"They are actually playing some good footy now so the challenge is there for us, but if we back up that pressure we had against East Freo, we will be a very good chance."
By Chris PikeSUBIACO and South Fremantle both had its best performances of the season last Sunday with both looking to keep that form going at Leederville's Medibank Stadium on Saturday.

Subiaco became the first team this season to beat Claremont by kicking the only four goals of the last quarter to come back from trailing all afternoon to win by 10 points at Claremont Oval.

The Lions have now won consecutive games for the first time this season having also beaten Swan Districts the previous week by 13 points at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

Subiaco had been struggling up to that point, but now has improved to a 4-5 record to be knocking on the door of the top-four and with some other results going its way, could even find itself sneak up into fourth spot with a win on Saturday.

South Fremantle had recorded just one win this season heading into Sunday's Foundation Derby against East Fremantle, but the Bulldogs turned on a scintillating performance to win by 67 points and revive some life into their 2013 season once again.

Now a win on Saturday against Subiaco and South Fremantle will improve to a 3-8 record heading into a bye next week to give the Bulldogs plenty of confidence to then come out and take into the second half of the season.

The two teams met earlier this season in Round 6 at Fremantle Oval with Subiaco outgunning South Fremantle that afternoon winning by 41 points.

Subiaco's Tasmanian recruit Brad McDonald goes out of the team that beat Claremont last Sunday with an injury with several players pressing their case for a return.

Ryan Herring hasn’t been setting the world on fire in the reserves but might return just to add another tall target to Subiaco's forward-line while Matt Bogensperger was somewhat surprisingly dropped to the reserves last week and put in a solid effort with 18 possessions.

Kyle Halligan and Dylan Clarke both kicked three goals each in Subiaco's reserves last week so could come in to face the Bulldogs to add some more goal kicking options.

South Fremantle found its best form last Sunday in the thumping of East Fremantle but might pay for that after Ashton Hams' best on ground performance with 34 possessions and three goals.

With Mark LeCras going out for West Coast's clash with St Kilda on Sunday, Hams looks to be his most likely replacement meaning the Bulldogs lose a major weapon to take on Subiaco with.

Mitch Carter and Sam Lowrie are both out of South Fremantle's side as well with plenty of players pushing to return.

Premiership midfielder Reece Adams found some of his best form in the reserves last week with 27 possessions and a goal to press his claims for a recall as did Warrick Andreoli with 19 disposals while Kingsley Smith would be the most likely replacement in the forward-line for Hams.

Brendon Gulley could come back in and strengthen South Fremantle's defence further with Jarrod Parry to be the feel good story of the day if he gets picked. He had another 21 possessions and seven tackles in his third game back in the reserves last week following his second knee reconstruction.

South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby hasn’t forgotten his side's disappointing performance last time around against Subiaco but is confident of turning that result around if the Bulldogs come out with the same effort and intensity levels they showed against East Fremantle.

"They smashed us the last time we played them in one of our most disappointing games, but they were always going to take a while to gel with new players under a new coach," Hasleby said.

"They are actually playing some good footy now so the challenge is there for us, but if we back up that pressure we had against East Freo, we will be a very good chance."

By Chris Pike

Ross making his home in defence at Bulldogs

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 11:44 PM

EMERGING South Fremantle defender Dylan Ross has played two Foundation Derbies now and won on both occasions but even more importantly the former Claremont forward is making the centre half-back position at the Bulldogs his own.

Ross came through the ranks at Claremont as a key forward but could only break in for eight league games over 2009 and 2010 with the Tigers before making the tough decision to up and leave the club he grew up with and all his close friends were at for more opportunity.
That saw him arrive at South Fremantle ahead of the 2011 season and the first two years had its ups and downs as he adjusted to life at his new club, but now in 2013 he has found a regular spot at centre half-back and has been terrific playing every game for the season to date.
His ability to read the ball coming into the defensive 50 and chop of opposition kicks to take strong marks has been his strength while he's also been more than handy in setting up play coming out of the back-line as well.
That was best illustrated in last Sunday's Foundation Derby when he had 22 possessions and took 10 marks in South Fremantle's 67-point win over East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval.
The 23-year-old also played in the Bulldogs' 2011 Foundation Derby win over the Sharks on debut for South Fremantle so he has certainly enjoyed his first two tastes of the most traditional of WAFL encounters having missed out on playing in 2012. 
"I have certainly noticed what a big deal the Foundation Day derbies are here since I came across from Claremont and how important it is to win them, so this was a great win for us," Ross said.
"It's always good to have a win obviously and it's always good to beat East Freo, but I think we just did what we needed to do and went on our way. We have been doing the hard work on the track during the week so it's a good result in the end.
"Every game we've played we have been in it maybe apart from last week against Claremont. We have been there abouts in most games, but it was all about focusing on putting four quarters together and that's what we did this week."
It hasn’t always been easy being in South Fremantle's defence so far in 2013, but Ross enjoyed it on Sunday and feels that he is perhaps even best suited to the back-line than up forward even though he was largely used in attack in colts, reserves and league football at Claremont.
"It was good down back this week getting a bit of a rest which is what can happen when the boys further up the ground are doing so well," he said.
"I am enjoying it down back now. Obviously when I was at Claremont I played a fair bit forward, but I seem to read the play a bit easier in the back-line and I have been finding it easier having the game in front of me like that.
"I'm definitely getting more confidence that I belong out there each week that I play. It's been good that the coaches have given me a run and I get more and more confidence out of that all the time. It's been good."
Ross is also enjoying the mix in the back-line at the moment that he is developing with youngsters Nick Borovac, Brendon Gulley, Jason Maskos, Adam Carter and Mitch Carter, with Craig White and Adam McIntosh adding some experience down there.
He hopes they stick together for years to come.
"Hopefully over the next four or five years we can really form a strong bond there in the back-line and we will try to form the best defence in the WAFL," he said.
"We have a lot of guys there like the two Carter brothers, Borovac, Gulley and there's even Jason Maskos has played a bit of footy this year. Hopefully we can stick together and do well as a unit down there for a long time now."
Ross didn’t take his decision to leave Claremont at the end of the 2010 season coming off playing in the reserves premiership lightly, but now that he is in his third year with South Fremantle and playing the best football of his career he has no doubt he made the right decision.
"It was definitely one of the hardest decisions I made and I do still have a lot of close mates there at Claremont," Ross said.
"Maybe in the first year I didn’t make the transition as well as I could have and was still hanging around with my Claremont mates, but I have definitely fully bought in now and am really enjoying the boys down here. I have a lot of mates here now and my footy is better for it. I definitely made the right move."
Helping Ross feel even more at home with the Bulldogs has been the arrival of Ben Saunders and Alistair Gillespie over the past two seasons, and he was especially happy to see his close mate Gillespie play such a big role in the Foundation Derby with three goals and 27 possessions.
"I played colts footy with Dizzy so I'm pretty good mates with him and it's always good to have another couple of Claremont boys here," he said.
"We had Woodsy here as well so there were three or four of us, and it's always good to have some familiar faces around when you are trying to settle in at new club.
"It was good for Dizzy. He is a bit of a confidence player so it's good when he gets his hand on the footy and I was rapt to see him play such a good game."
Ross and South Fremantle now are looking to continue its good form from the derby this Saturday against Subiaco at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.
"We just have to make sure we switch on again this week and roll on to take on Subiaco with the same intensity we showed this week in the derby. Subi beat Claremont as well so we have to make sure we are switched on and things might go our way again," Ross said.
"We were in that game last time against Subi most of the day, but then had a few lapses of concentration for 10 or 15 minutes and that cost us. If we stay switched on for four quarters and bring on this sort of performance that we had against East Fremantle, then we will be a good chance of beating them."
By Chris PikeEMERGING South Fremantle defender Dylan Ross has played two Foundation Derbies now and won on both occasions but even more importantly the former Claremont forward is making the centre half-back position at the Bulldogs his own.

Ross came through the ranks at Claremont as a key forward but could only break in for eight league games over 2009 and 2010 with the Tigers before making the tough decision to up and leave the club he grew up with and all his close friends were at for more opportunity.

That saw him arrive at South Fremantle ahead of the 2011 season and the first two years had its ups and downs as he adjusted to life at his new club, but now in 2013 he has found a regular spot at centre half-back and has been terrific playing every game for the season to date.

His ability to read the ball coming into the defensive 50 and chop of opposition kicks to take strong marks has been his strength while he's also been more than handy in setting up play coming out of the back-line as well.

That was best illustrated in last Sunday's Foundation Derby when he had 22 possessions and took 10 marks in South Fremantle's 67-point win over East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval.

The 23-year-old also played in the Bulldogs' 2011 Foundation Derby win over the Sharks on debut for South Fremantle so he has certainly enjoyed his first two tastes of the most traditional of WAFL encounters having missed out on playing in 2012. 

"I have certainly noticed what a big deal the Foundation Day derbies are here since I came across from Claremont and how important it is to win them, so this was a great win for us," Ross said.

"It's always good to have a win obviously and it's always good to beat East Freo, but I think we just did what we needed to do and went on our way. We have been doing the hard work on the track during the week so it's a good result in the end.

"Every game we've played we have been in it maybe apart from last week against Claremont. We have been there abouts in most games, but it was all about focusing on putting four quarters together and that's what we did this week."

It hasn’t always been easy being in South Fremantle's defence so far in 2013, but Ross enjoyed it on Sunday and feels that he is perhaps even best suited to the back-line than up forward even though he was largely used in attack in colts, reserves and league football at Claremont.

"It was good down back this week getting a bit of a rest which is what can happen when the boys further up the ground are doing so well," he said.

"I am enjoying it down back now. Obviously when I was at Claremont I played a fair bit forward, but I seem to read the play a bit easier in the back-line and I have been finding it easier having the game in front of me like that.

"I'm definitely getting more confidence that I belong out there each week that I play. It's been good that the coaches have given me a run and I get more and more confidence out of that all the time. It's been good."

Ross is also enjoying the mix in the back-line at the moment that he is developing with youngsters Nick Borovac, Brendon Gulley, Jason Maskos, Adam Carter and Mitch Carter, with Craig White and Adam McIntosh adding some experience down there.

He hopes they stick together for years to come.

"Hopefully over the next four or five years we can really form a strong bond there in the back-line and we will try to form the best defence in the WAFL," he said.

"We have a lot of guys there like the two Carter brothers, Borovac, Gulley and there's even Jason Maskos has played a bit of footy this year. Hopefully we can stick together and do well as a unit down there for a long time now."

Ross didn’t take his decision to leave Claremont at the end of the 2010 season coming off playing in the reserves premiership lightly, but now that he is in his third year with South Fremantle and playing the best football of his career he has no doubt he made the right decision.

"It was definitely one of the hardest decisions I made and I do still have a lot of close mates there at Claremont," Ross said.

"Maybe in the first year I didn’t make the transition as well as I could have and was still hanging around with my Claremont mates, but I have definitely fully bought in now and am really enjoying the boys down here. I have a lot of mates here now and my footy is better for it. I definitely made the right move."

Helping Ross feel even more at home with the Bulldogs has been the arrival of Ben Saunders and Alistair Gillespie over the past two seasons, and he was especially happy to see his close mate Gillespie play such a big role in the Foundation Derby with three goals and 27 possessions.

"I played colts footy with Dizzy so I'm pretty good mates with him and it's always good to have another couple of Claremont boys here," he said.

"We had Woodsy here as well so there were three or four of us, and it's always good to have some familiar faces around when you are trying to settle in at new club.

"It was good for Dizzy. He is a bit of a confidence player so it's good when he gets his hand on the footy and I was rapt to see him play such a good game."

Ross and South Fremantle now are looking to continue its good form from the derby this Saturday against Subiaco at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.

"We just have to make sure we switch on again this week and roll on to take on Subiaco with the same intensity we showed this week in the derby. Subi beat Claremont as well so we have to make sure we are switched on and things might go our way again," Ross said.

"We were in that game last time against Subi most of the day, but then had a few lapses of concentration for 10 or 15 minutes and that cost us. If we stay switched on for four quarters and bring on this sort of performance that we had against East Fremantle, then we will be a good chance of beating them."

By Chris Pike

Hasleby wants derby effort to become benchmark

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 2:05 PM

SOUTH Fremantle put on its most emphatic performance of the season to win the Foundation Derby by 67 points but coach Paul Hasleby wants that effort to now be the benchmark rather that a one-off display from the Bulldogs.

South Fremantle had won just one game so far this season coming into the derby but aside from the previous week's loss to Claremont and the Round 6 loss to Subiaco, the Bulldogs had shown flashes of what they were capable of in every other game so far.
However, it wasn’t until Sunday at East Fremantle Oval when everything clicked with South Fremantle's defensive pressure on the Sharks enormous all over the field, and then the skills and running game was a delighted to watch as the Bulldogs cruised to the thumping win.
It was one of those days where everything just clicked for four quarters for the Bulldogs for the first time this season, and Hasleby enjoyed watching it all come together in front of 5120 people at Shark Park.
"We would have taken any win but it was one of the more enjoyable days in the coaching box that's for sure," Hasleby said.
"The boys just brought great pressure and effort, and were able to turn the ball over quicker than we normally do against the Sharks to get the ball back, and then we had some really good, efficient avenues towards goal in the forward-line which always helps.
"We had a big focus on their uncontested marks and keeping that pretty low, and we kept them to under 50 which is a world record for us. There is a lot of work rate that goes into that, but also the communication between ourselves and that really does help."
South Fremantle did not have a single player in its 22 who didn’t contribute strongly.
Hasleby liked how the forward-line came together with Alistair Gillespie, Ashton Hams and Adam Guglielmana all kicking three goals each, and Mitch Banner, Paul Mugambwa and John Sgherza two as the Bulldogs piled on 21 goals for the afternoon.
The coach was particularly delighted with the game of former Claremont versatile big man Gillespie who finished with not only three goals, but also 27 possessions after he filled in in the ruck once Sean Tighe went off with an ankle injury.
"The forwards were really good and Adam Guglielmana was very dangerous, and we had Kris Miller and Mitch Banner down there. Gumby always presents well and it was pleasing for Gillespie to finish with three goals and 27 possessions in what was his best game for the club. We now have to build on the chemistry that those guys had out there and take it into the Subi game," he said.
"He was feeling better with his knee for the first time in a while as well and that helped him. It was pleasing that when Sean did go down, he took it upon himself to do something about it and he was having quite an impact before that as well. The challenge for him now is to be able to do that every week now."
Without doubt the two most dominant performers on the field were Hams and captain Ryan Cook, and Hasleby is delighted to have them in his side but believes both should be running around in the AFL on a regular basis.
"They are both great players. 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 said.
"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."
While defensive pressure hasn’t always been South Fremantle's strong suit so far in 2013, one player who is making it his trademark is 20-year-old Jacob Martinez.
He laid another nine strong tackles on Sunday and also did a good job quelling the influence of South Fremantle's prolific midfielder Rory O'Brien.
"His defensive intensity reminds me a lot of Troy Cook in the way he goes about it," Hasleby 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."
Tim Kelly is one of a host of young players that Hasleby has given an opportunity this season, and he put in another solid effort against the Sharks in his second league game with 15 possessions, six marks, five clearances and a goal.
"Timmy had a fantastic year in the colts last year and he's so clean around stoppages and below his knees," he said.
"He hits the ball at the contest at speed, and is still able to take it away so he is going to be a great asset for us for many years now."
Hasleby hasn’t been afraid to drop players back to the reserves this season for them to work on particular aspects of their game.
It worked with Adam McIntosh and Martinez earlier in the year, and in the derby both Adam Carter and Alex Grima made strong returns to the league side after several weeks working on their games in the reserves.
"It was a great effort from both of them and they are very important players for us going forward when playing well," he said.
"We've had some success, if you call it that, with guys going back to play well and then come back into the league side to do well and do a job. That was pleasing from that point of view."
Even though Tighe didn’t come back on after hurting his ankle, Hasleby is backing him in to get up and take on Subiaco at Leederville's Medibank Stadium this Saturday.
"He's had to have some scans but he's a tough character. He tried to come back on after he limped off which was a good sign that it wasn’t too bad," he said.
"He will do all he can to get back up and I will back him in to be able to do that. We even had John Sgherza in the ruck there in the last half and he competed manfully, but you don’t want to have to do that too often."
As impressive as the derby win was, Hasleby knows it counts for precious little if South Fremantle doesn’t come out with the same effort and intensity levels this Saturday against a Subiaco team that shocked the unbeaten Claremont on Sunday at Claremont Oval.
"You are kidding yourselves if you don’t give that effort every week. As a club, that's what we strive for and if you bring that attitude in any game, you will be a chance," Hasleby said.
"Even though we are a young group, we need to learn that is now the standard effort and if we can continue that, and keep raising the standard then we will be a good football team in the future."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle put on its most emphatic performance of the season to win the Foundation Derby by 67 points but coach Paul Hasleby wants that effort to now be the benchmark rather that a one-off display from the Bulldogs.

South Fremantle had won just one game so far this season coming into the derby but aside from the previous week's loss to Claremont and the Round 6 loss to Subiaco, the Bulldogs had shown flashes of what they were capable of in every other game so far.

However, it wasn’t until Sunday at East Fremantle Oval when everything clicked with South Fremantle's defensive pressure on the Sharks enormous all over the field, and then the skills and running game was a delighted to watch as the Bulldogs cruised to the thumping win.

It was one of those days where everything just clicked for four quarters for the Bulldogs for the first time this season, and Hasleby enjoyed watching it all come together in front of 5120 people at Shark Park.

"We would have taken any win but it was one of the more enjoyable days in the coaching box that's for sure," Hasleby said.

"The boys just brought great pressure and effort, and were able to turn the ball over quicker than we normally do against the Sharks to get the ball back, and then we had some really good, efficient avenues towards goal in the forward-line which always helps.

"We had a big focus on their uncontested marks and keeping that pretty low, and we kept them to under 50 which is a world record for us. There is a lot of work rate that goes into that, but also the communication between ourselves and that really does help."

South Fremantle did not have a single player in its 22 who didn’t contribute strongly.

Hasleby liked how the forward-line came together with Alistair Gillespie, Ashton Hams and Adam Guglielmana all kicking three goals each, and Mitch Banner, Paul Mugambwa and John Sgherza two as the Bulldogs piled on 21 goals for the afternoon.

The coach was particularly delighted with the game of former Claremont versatile big man Gillespie who finished with not only three goals, but also 27 possessions after he filled in in the ruck once Sean Tighe went off with an ankle injury.

"The forwards were really good and Adam Guglielmana was very dangerous, and we had Kris Miller and Mitch Banner down there. Gumby always presents well and it was pleasing for Gillespie to finish with three goals and 27 possessions in what was his best game for the club. We now have to build on the chemistry that those guys had out there and take it into the Subi game," he said.

"He was feeling better with his knee for the first time in a while as well and that helped him. It was pleasing that when Sean did go down, he took it upon himself to do something about it and he was having quite an impact before that as well. The challenge for him now is to be able to do that every week now."

Without doubt the two most dominant performers on the field were Hams and captain Ryan Cook, and Hasleby is delighted to have them in his side but believes both should be running around in the AFL on a regular basis.

"They are both great players. 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 said.

"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."

While defensive pressure hasn’t always been South Fremantle's strong suit so far in 2013, one player who is making it his trademark is 20-year-old Jacob Martinez.

He laid another nine strong tackles on Sunday and also did a good job quelling the influence of South Fremantle's prolific midfielder Rory O'Brien.

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

Tim Kelly is one of a host of young players that Hasleby has given an opportunity this season, and he put in another solid effort against the Sharks in his second league game with 15 possessions, six marks, five clearances and a goal.

"Timmy had a fantastic year in the colts last year and he's so clean around stoppages and below his knees," he said.

"He hits the ball at the contest at speed, and is still able to take it away so he is going to be a great asset for us for many years now."

Hasleby hasn’t been afraid to drop players back to the reserves this season for them to work on particular aspects of their game.

It worked with Adam McIntosh and Martinez earlier in the year, and in the derby both Adam Carter and Alex Grima made strong returns to the league side after several weeks working on their games in the reserves.

"It was a great effort from both of them and they are very important players for us going forward when playing well," he said.

"We've had some success, if you call it that, with guys going back to play well and then come back into the league side to do well and do a job. That was pleasing from that point of view."

Even though Tighe didn’t come back on after hurting his ankle, Hasleby is backing him in to get up and take on Subiaco at Leederville's Medibank Stadium this Saturday.

"He's had to have some scans but he's a tough character. He tried to come back on after he limped off which was a good sign that it wasn’t too bad," he said.

"He will do all he can to get back up and I will back him in to be able to do that. We even had John Sgherza in the ruck there in the last half and he competed manfully, but you don’t want to have to do that too often."

As impressive as the derby win was, Hasleby knows it counts for precious little if South Fremantle doesn’t come out with the same effort and intensity levels this Saturday against a Subiaco team that shocked the unbeaten Claremont on Sunday at Claremont Oval.

"You are kidding yourselves if you don’t give that effort every week. As a club, that's what we strive for and if you bring that attitude in any game, you will be a chance," Hasleby said.

"Even though we are a young group, we need to learn that is now the standard effort and if we can continue that, and keep raising the standard then we will be a good football team in the future."

By Chris Pike