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Bulldogs hammer Sharks in Foundation Derby

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 3:17 AM

SOUTH Fremantle turned on its best performance of the year and saved it for the biggest day of the WAFL season to thump East Fremantle by 67 points in the Foundation Derby at East Fremantle Oval.

The Bulldogs turned on a clinic at times kicking four goals in 13 minutes in the first quarter, six in 17 to start the second term and eight in the first 21 of the third to lead by as much as 83 points before winning by 67, 21.13 (139) to 10.12 (72).
South Fremantle has been threatening such a performance all season showing glimpses of outstanding running and attacking football, and defensive pressure and for the first time on Sunday in the Foundation Derby it all came together for four quarters.
The Sharks had no response for the tackling and defensive pressure applied on them all over the ground, and with that pressure South Fremantle was able to cause turnover after turnover.
And then with ball in hand, South Fremantle's skills were exquisite with the running power more than East Fremantle could cope with and the Bulldogs managed to lead by as much as 83 points in the third quarter, before winning by 67 in what could be a season-defining victory.
There was not a South Fremantle player who didn’t step up and play a strong game in the derby even ruckman Sean Tighe had dominated the ruck with 22 hit outs before he went off with an ankle injury.
Alistair Gillespie had already put together a strong game by that point up forward with three first half goals, but he carried the ruck throughout the second half in the absence of Tighe for his best performance of the season for South Fremantle.
The former Claremont athletic big man finished with 27 possessions, five marks, five hit outs, five clearances, four entries inside-50 and the three goals.
While Gillespie was outstanding, it was Ashton Hams and Ryan Cook who dominated the contest and vied for best on ground honours right throughout the afternoon.
Hams was outstanding both up forward and in stints on the ball with the dual-premiership star and West Coast-listed player finishing with 34 possessions, seven marks, seven clearances, six inside-50 entries and three goals.
Captain Cook ran hard all day to continue to lead the way for the Bulldogs whether on the wing or on the ball. He finished with 31 disposals, seven marks, five clearances, eight inside-50 entries, a goal and several direct assists for goals to teammates.
There were star performers everywhere you looked, though, and when it comes to pressure once again 20-year-old midfielder Jacob Martinez led the way with another nine tackles to go with his 23 possessions.
Alex Grima and Mitch Carter both earned a recall into the league side and made the most of it with Grima finishing with 24 possessions, five tackles, four clearances and a goal off the wing, and Carter 18 touches, six marks and six rebounds from defensive 50 off half-back.
The rest of South Fremantle's defence was rock solid as well with Justin Monaco playing his second straight Foundation Derby, and keeping returning East Fremantle big man Rob Young quiet. Last year, Monaco kicked five goals against South Fremantle.
Dylan Ross continued his outstanding form as a key defender with 22 possessions and 10 marks. Nick Borovac was also terrific keeping Ryan Lester-Smith goalless and sneaking forward to kick the first goal of his 30-game league career as well.
Adam Carter also had 18 touches in the back-line, and Craig White 17 and 10 marks.
Toby Bairstow was another prolific ball winner picking up 30 possessions with Mitch Banner gathering another 23 to go with two goals.
The South Fremantle forward-line not only benefited from the good work up the ground, but dominated the Sharks' defenders.
Adam Guglielmana kicked three classy goals with John Sgherza and Paul Mugambwa adding two apiece to go with three majors from Hams and Gillespie.
South Fremantle's reserves might have gone down to East Fremantle by 17 points, but there were some strong performers with none better than premiership player Reece Adams who picked up 27 disposals, took six marks and kicked a goal.
Brendan Verrier also worked hard to finish with 27 possessions with Jarrod Parry picking up 21 while also laying seven tackles as he continues his impressive return from a horror run of two knee reconstructions.
Warrick Andreoli also gathered 19 possessions, Andrew Moody 17 and Sean Lynch 16.
Meanwhile, the colts got the day off to a terrific start recovering from trailing by two goals at quarter-time to beat East Fremantle by 37 points, 13.10 (88) to 8.3 (51).
Jarrod Pickett led the way for South Fremantle with 23 possessions and four goals with Bailey Matera also terrific with 23 disposals and three goals. Tim Stewart also gathered 25 possessions and kicked a goal for the Bulldogs.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.4 11.5 19.7 21.13 (139)
EAST FREMANTLE 2.1 5.3 7.10 10.12 (72)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Hams, Gillespie, Guglielmana 3; Sgherza, Mugambwa, Banner 2; Cook, Grima, Winter, Miller, Borovac, Kelly.
Best: Hams, Cook, Gillespie, Martinez, Ross, Grima, Banner, M Carter, Bairstow.
EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: Simpson, Young 2; Howlett, MacDougall, McGough, Dick, Boyle, Duffy.
Best: Hadley, McGough, Simpson, Duffy, O'Brien.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle turned on its best performance of the year and saved it for the biggest day of the WAFL season to thump East Fremantle by 67 points in the Foundation Derby at East Fremantle Oval.

The Bulldogs turned on a clinic at times kicking four goals in 13 minutes in the first quarter, six in 17 to start the second term and eight in the first 21 of the third to lead by as much as 83 points before winning by 67, 21.13 (139) to 10.12 (72).

South Fremantle has been threatening such a performance all season showing glimpses of outstanding running and attacking football, and defensive pressure and for the first time on Sunday in the Foundation Derby it all came together for four quarters.

The Sharks had no response for the tackling and defensive pressure applied on them all over the ground, and with that pressure South Fremantle was able to cause turnover after turnover.

And then with ball in hand, South Fremantle's skills were exquisite with the running power more than East Fremantle could cope with and the Bulldogs managed to lead by as much as 83 points in the third quarter, before winning by 67 in what could be a season-defining victory.

There was not a South Fremantle player who didn’t step up and play a strong game in the derby even ruckman Sean Tighe had dominated the ruck with 22 hit outs before he went off with an ankle injury.

Alistair Gillespie had already put together a strong game by that point up forward with three first half goals, but he carried the ruck throughout the second half in the absence of Tighe for his best performance of the season for South Fremantle.

The former Claremont athletic big man finished with 27 possessions, five marks, five hit outs, five clearances, four entries inside-50 and the three goals.

While Gillespie was outstanding, it was Ashton Hams and Ryan Cook who dominated the contest and vied for best on ground honours right throughout the afternoon.

Hams was outstanding both up forward and in stints on the ball with the dual-premiership star and West Coast-listed player finishing with 34 possessions, seven marks, seven clearances, six inside-50 entries and three goals.

Captain Cook ran hard all day to continue to lead the way for the Bulldogs whether on the wing or on the ball. He finished with 31 disposals, seven marks, five clearances, eight inside-50 entries, a goal and several direct assists for goals to teammates.

There were star performers everywhere you looked, though, and when it comes to pressure once again 20-year-old midfielder Jacob Martinez led the way with another nine tackles to go with his 23 possessions.

Alex Grima and Mitch Carter both earned a recall into the league side and made the most of it with Grima finishing with 24 possessions, five tackles, four clearances and a goal off the wing, and Carter 18 touches, six marks and six rebounds from defensive 50 off half-back.

The rest of South Fremantle's defence was rock solid as well with Justin Monaco playing his second straight Foundation Derby, and keeping returning East Fremantle big man Rob Young quiet. Last year, Monaco kicked five goals against South Fremantle.

Dylan Ross continued his outstanding form as a key defender with 22 possessions and 10 marks. Nick Borovac was also terrific keeping Ryan Lester-Smith goalless and sneaking forward to kick the first goal of his 30-game league career as well.

Adam Carter also had 18 touches in the back-line, and Craig White 17 and 10 marks.

Toby Bairstow was another prolific ball winner picking up 30 possessions with Mitch Banner gathering another 23 to go with two goals.

The South Fremantle forward-line not only benefited from the good work up the ground, but dominated the Sharks' defenders.

Adam Guglielmana kicked three classy goals with John Sgherza and Paul Mugambwa adding two apiece to go with three majors from Hams and Gillespie.

South Fremantle's reserves might have gone down to East Fremantle by 17 points, but there were some strong performers with none better than premiership player Reece Adams who picked up 27 disposals, took six marks and kicked a goal.

Brendan Verrier also worked hard to finish with 27 possessions with Jarrod Parry picking up 21 while also laying seven tackles as he continues his impressive return from a horror run of two knee reconstructions.

Warrick Andreoli also gathered 19 possessions, Andrew Moody 17 and Sean Lynch 16.

Meanwhile, the colts got the day off to a terrific start recovering from trailing by two goals at quarter-time to beat East Fremantle by 37 points, 13.10 (88) to 8.3 (51).

Jarrod Pickett led the way for South Fremantle with 23 possessions and four goals with Bailey Matera also terrific with 23 disposals and three goals. Tim Stewart also gathered 25 possessions and kicked a goal for the Bulldogs.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.4 11.5 19.7 21.13 (139)

EAST FREMANTLE 2.1 5.3 7.10 10.12 (72)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Hams, Gillespie, Guglielmana 3; Sgherza, Mugambwa, Banner 2; Cook, Grima, Winter, Miller, Borovac, Kelly.

Best: Hams, Cook, Gillespie, Martinez, Ross, Grima, Banner, M Carter, Bairstow.

EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: Simpson, Young 2; Howlett, MacDougall, McGough, Dick, Boyle, Duffy.

Best: Hadley, McGough, Simpson, Duffy, O'Brien.

By Chris Pike

Lucky Lottery Winners - Draw 8

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 9:48 PM

Congratulations to the following members!

Donald Doig -  188
Kevin Erbe -  216
Barbara Hosking -  331
Pat Ricci -  574
Joan Garcia -  765

Foundation (WA) Day Derby Preview

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 3:28 AM

IF EVER South Fremantle was going to find something and breathe some life into its season then it would be in the traditional Foundation Day Derby even if it is on Sunday, but it's an important game for East Fremantle to win at East Fremantle Oval as well.

The game is the first time it has not been played on the Foundation (WA) Day Monday since 1987. That derby that year was played on a Saturday afternoon on May 30 with South Fremantle winning 22.22 (154) to 17.11 (113) in a high-scoring shootout at East Fremantle Oval.
South Fremantle comes into the game after its biggest loss of the season to date going down at Fremantle Oval to Claremont by 67 points.
That was on the back of the Bulldogs beating Peel the previous week for their first win of the season but now they have slipped two games behind Subiaco, Peel and Swan Districts just above them on the ladder.
East Fremantle hasn’t played for two weeks after also losing to Claremont by 42 points. The Sharks had a Foxtel Cup win in the meantime, but they sit on a 4-4 record and present and could slip out of the four with a loss.
The Sharks have also struggled at home so far this season losing to Swan Districts, East Perth and West Perth while recording a win over Subiaco. One win from four home games isn’t what East Fremantle would have expected so won't want to drop another one on Sunday.
The two teams met on Anzac Day at Fremantle Oval with East Fremantle ending up cruising to a 29-point win on that occasion.
Ever since the Fremantle derby grand final of 1997 that South Fremantle won by a goal in a thriller, derbies on Foundation Day have continued to draw massive crowds and throw up fascinating results.
South Fremantle has won nine of the 15 clashes and there have been some massive hidings to go with thrillers along the way.
South Fremantle thumped East Fremantle in 2005, 06 and 07 by 82, 63 and 157 points along the way to six straight Foundation Day wins, but the Sharks hit back winning in 2009 and 10 before the Bulldogs won again in 2011 by 17 points.
It was another thriller last year at Fremantle Oval with East Fremantle holding on to win by eight points.
The crowds, not that they weren’t before, have been amazing to Foundation Day clashes as well with 108,913 fans coming through the gates of either Fremantle Oval or East Fremantle Oval in those 15 games since 1997.
That's an average of 7261 to each derby and there's no reason not to expect something similar this Sunday even if it is called WA Day now as a holiday, and it is being played on Sunday.
East Fremantle had the bye last weekend following the loss to Claremont and with a Foxtel Cup win over Norwood in Adelaide in the meantime.
From the side that lost to the Tigers by 42 points a fortnight ago, East Fremantle's defence has been savaged with the loss of West Coast's Mitch Brown and former Docker Steven Dodd. Eagle Bradd Dalziell had 31 possessions that day and also goes out of the side.
There are some terrific inclusions, though, especially to strengthen the forward-line with Brad Dick and Max Duffy back. Big man Rob Young is also a chance for a shock return for his first game since Round 1 after injuring his knee.
Tom Hooker, Scott Jansen, Adrian Ricciardello and Kurt Tropiano are all a chance to get a call up to the Sharks' line-up as well.
From the team that lost to Claremont last Saturday at home, Mitch Carter, Warrick Andreoli, Alex Grima, Reece Adams and Kingsley Smith are pushing for a recall with the Bulldogs.
Youngster Shannon Burnett and Fremantle-listed midfielder Haiden Schloithe are out of the South Fremantle team at this stage.
By Chris PikeIF EVER South Fremantle was going to find something and breathe some life into its season then it would be in the traditional Foundation Day Derby even if it is on Sunday, but it's an important game for East Fremantle to win at East Fremantle Oval as well.

The game is the first time it has not been played on the Foundation (WA) Day Monday since 1987. That derby that year was played on a Saturday afternoon on May 30 with South Fremantle winning 22.22 (154) to 17.11 (113) in a high-scoring shootout at East Fremantle Oval.

South Fremantle comes into the game after its biggest loss of the season to date going down at Fremantle Oval to Claremont by 67 points.

That was on the back of the Bulldogs beating Peel the previous week for their first win of the season but now they have slipped two games behind Subiaco, Peel and Swan Districts just above them on the ladder.

East Fremantle hasn’t played for two weeks after also losing to Claremont by 42 points. The Sharks had a Foxtel Cup win in the meantime, but they sit on a 4-4 record and present and could slip out of the four with a loss.

The Sharks have also struggled at home so far this season losing to Swan Districts, East Perth and West Perth while recording a win over Subiaco. One win from four home games isn’t what East Fremantle would have expected so won't want to drop another one on Sunday.

The two teams met on Anzac Day at Fremantle Oval with East Fremantle ending up cruising to a 29-point win on that occasion.

Ever since the Fremantle derby grand final of 1997 that South Fremantle won by a goal in a thriller, derbies on Foundation Day have continued to draw massive crowds and throw up fascinating results.

South Fremantle has won nine of the 15 clashes and there have been some massive hidings to go with thrillers along the way.

South Fremantle thumped East Fremantle in 2005, 06 and 07 by 82, 63 and 157 points along the way to six straight Foundation Day wins, but the Sharks hit back winning in 2009 and 10 before the Bulldogs won again in 2011 by 17 points.

It was another thriller last year at Fremantle Oval with East Fremantle holding on to win by eight points.

The crowds, not that they weren’t before, have been amazing to Foundation Day clashes as well with 108,913 fans coming through the gates of either Fremantle Oval or East Fremantle Oval in those 15 games since 1997.

That's an average of 7261 to each derby and there's no reason not to expect something similar this Sunday even if it is called WA Day now as a holiday, and it is being played on Sunday.

East Fremantle had the bye last weekend following the loss to Claremont and with a Foxtel Cup win over Norwood in Adelaide in the meantime.

From the side that lost to the Tigers by 42 points a fortnight ago, East Fremantle's defence has been savaged with the loss of West Coast's Mitch Brown and former Docker Steven Dodd. Eagle Bradd Dalziell had 31 possessions that day and also goes out of the side.

There are some terrific inclusions, though, especially to strengthen the forward-line with Brad Dick and Max Duffy back. Big man Rob Young is also a chance for a shock return for his first game since Round 1 after injuring his knee.

Tom Hooker, Scott Jansen, Adrian Ricciardello and Kurt Tropiano are all a chance to get a call up to the Sharks' line-up as well.

From the team that lost to Claremont last Saturday at home, Mitch Carter, Warrick Andreoli, Alex Grima, Reece Adams and Kingsley Smith are pushing for a recall with the Bulldogs.

Youngster Shannon Burnett and Fremantle-listed midfielder Haiden Schloithe are out of the South Fremantle team at this stage.

By Chris Pike

Googs' Gabble – Adam Guglielmana column May 30

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 10:37 AM

SOUTH Fremantle is a proud football club with a rich history built on legendary teams of great players and coaches.

To be sitting at the bottom of the ladder after nine rounds is hard for the supporters and players alike.

To start our climb back up the ladder will take leadership and experience, two qualities we have lost a lot of in recent times. The best leaders of the last few years were all different characters that left their heart and soul on the ground.

Jaymie Graham and Ray Smithers were fierce competitors on the football field and two of the kindest and most considerate people off of it.

I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with 'Jigga' in his last year at the club as we both had knee reconstructions within weeks of each other. Jaymie was a great captain as he got to know every player on a personal level, and treated everyone equal regardless of ability or status.

If something needed to be said or done for the betterment of the club, 'Jig' or Ray would say it, despite it not being in their nature to offend or upset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best leaders often prefer to let their actions inspire, rather than words. Toby McGrath was one of these types. He was hard as nails and could get a centre clearance when needed, kick a goal, or play deep in defence. Toby hated being beaten and rarely was. Opposition players shrunk in his presence and as a teammate you always walked a lot taller knowing he was on your side.

In 2009, South Fremantle was lucky enough to recruit two AFL superstars in Peter Bell and Jeff Farmer. As a former AFL captain 'Belly' brought a professionalism to his training and preparation that was to second to none. He was generous with his time and advice off the field as well.

I have to admit that I never really liked 'Wiz' when watching him play for Melbourne and Fremantle in the AFL, but he was an infectious character in person and trained at an unbelievable intensity, which really surprised me. I think he just loved playing football.

Timmy Malseed and Kris Miller were different types of leaders. They were, and still are, knockabout blokes who got along with every age group at the club once they made the switch from East Fremantle. They were important people as they bridged the gap between young and old and always kept a positive atmosphere in the change rooms. Timmy in particular had a horrible run with injury, ultimately costing him a spot in the 2009 league grand final, but he never complained and celebrated as hard as anybody once it was won.

As the season has progressed this year, and we are now almost halfway through, current players have started to show the traits of these leaders gone by, which should be heartening for the supporters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each week we marvel at the courage of Nick Borovac and the tenacity of Jacob Martinez, the intense running of Ryan Cook and Toby Bairstow, the ability of Dylan Ross to play through injury, Jarrod Parry’s meticulous rehabilitation from two knee reconstructions, and Sean Tighe’s ability to carry the ruck duties almost single handedly.

Unfortunately this hasn’t culminated in much success to date, but with a little more experience the wheel will turn and hopefully that starts on Sunday in the WA Day Derby. 

By Adam Guglielmana

Bulldogs fall to Tigers at home

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 2:51 AM

SOUTH Fremantle might have gone down to the unbeaten reigning premiers Claremont on Saturday, but there were still some encouraging performances at Fremantle Oval and some strong outings in the reserves could have several players in the frame for a Foundation Day derby call up.

The Bulldogs came into the clash against the unbeaten Tigers and winners of the last two WAFL premierships coming off their first win of the season last week against Peel Thunder, but couldn’t quite replicate that on Saturday against Claremont at Fremantle Oval.
Claremont got off to a flying start with four goals to one in the opening quarter to lead by 23 points at quarter-time and then 45 points at half-time after another five-goal to one second term.
South Fremantle came out strongly in the third quarter and showed some fight at one stage kicking four goals in succession, but Claremont steadied to lead by 41 points at three quarter-time and then 67 by the final siren to record the 20.12 (132) to 9.11 (65) victory.
The Bulldogs midfield worked hard all day and as a team, South Fremantle actually picked up 20 more disposals than Claremont but could only manage 35 inside-50 entries to 61 from the Tigers.
Fremantle's rookie-listed on-baller Haiden Schloithe led the way for South Fremantle picking up 32 possessions while captain Ryan Cook gathered 31 to go with eight marks. Mitch Banner racked up another 30 disposals to go with seven marks, four inside-50 entries and a goal.
Sean Tighe worked hard in the ruck up against experienced pair Mark Seaby and Mitch Andrews, and finished with 15 possessions and 32 hit outs.
Adam Guglielmana picked up 21 possessions while taking four marks, laying three tackles, driving the ball inside-50 three times and kicking a goal.
Adam McIntosh gathered 18 disposals, Adam Carter 17, Sam Lowrie 17, Dylan Ross 17 and Tim Kelly was impressive on debut with 16 disposals and a goal.
Jacob Martinez continued his strong defensive pressure laying another seven tackles for the Bulldogs while Kris Miller had six inside-50 entries from his 16 possessions.
Meanwhile up forward, John Sgherza, Ashton Hams and Paul Mugambwa all worked hard and kicked two goals apiece.
The news was much better in the reserves with South Fremantle running out 16.7 (103) to 9.5 (59) winners over Claremont.
Jarrod Parry was outstanding in his second game back from his second knee reconstruction finishing with 28 possessions, four inside-50 entries and a goal for the Bulldogs in the 44-point victory.
Reece Adams worked hard in the midfield as well finishing with 28 possessions while Mitch Carter picked up 22 disposals, James Laurino 21, Andrew Moody 20 and Brendan Verrier 18.
Alex Grima did well for 21 possessions and two goals as well with Kaiden Matera booting six majors and Kingsley Smith four.
Myles Bolger had a good game in the ruck with 14 possessions, eight marks and 26 hit outs.
The South Fremantle colts went down to Claremont by 15 points to start the day at Fremantle Oval.
Jermaine Lewis kicked four goals for the Bulldogs with James Culleton adding two and Tim Stewart racking up 27 possessions, Matthew Nicholson 24, Matthew Gundry 19 and Tom Wheeler 17.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.0 2.3 7.6 9.11 (65)
CLAREMONT 4.5 9.6 13.11 20.12 (132)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Hams, Mugambwa, Sgherza 2; Guglielmana, Banner, Kelly.
Best: Banner, Cook, Schloithe, Guglielmana, Tighe, Kelly.
CLAREMONT – Goals: Medhurst 5; Richardson, Hamp 3; Murphy, Jones, Smith 2; Foster, Andrews, Seaby. 
Best: Murphy, Medhurst, Foster, Laurie, Fong, McGinnity, Browne.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle might have gone down to the unbeaten reigning premiers Claremont on Saturday, but there were still some encouraging performances at Fremantle Oval and some strong outings in the reserves could have several players in the frame for a Foundation Day derby call up.

The Bulldogs came into the clash against the unbeaten Tigers and winners of the last two WAFL premierships coming off their first win of the season last week against Peel Thunder, but couldn’t quite replicate that on Saturday against Claremont at Fremantle Oval.

Claremont got off to a flying start with four goals to one in the opening quarter to lead by 23 points at quarter-time and then 45 points at half-time after another five-goal to one second term.

South Fremantle came out strongly in the third quarter and showed some fight at one stage kicking four goals in succession, but Claremont steadied to lead by 41 points at three quarter-time and then 67 by the final siren to record the 20.12 (132) to 9.11 (65) victory.

The Bulldogs midfield worked hard all day and as a team, South Fremantle actually picked up 20 more disposals than Claremont but could only manage 35 inside-50 entries to 61 from the Tigers.

Fremantle's rookie-listed on-baller Haiden Schloithe led the way for South Fremantle picking up 32 possessions while captain Ryan Cook gathered 31 to go with eight marks. Mitch Banner racked up another 30 disposals to go with seven marks, four inside-50 entries and a goal.

Sean Tighe worked hard in the ruck up against experienced pair Mark Seaby and Mitch Andrews, and finished with 15 possessions and 32 hit outs.

Adam Guglielmana picked up 21 possessions while taking four marks, laying three tackles, driving the ball inside-50 three times and kicking a goal.

Adam McIntosh gathered 18 disposals, Adam Carter 17, Sam Lowrie 17, Dylan Ross 17 and Tim Kelly was impressive on debut with 16 disposals and a goal.

Jacob Martinez continued his strong defensive pressure laying another seven tackles for the Bulldogs while Kris Miller had six inside-50 entries from his 16 possessions.

Meanwhile up forward, John Sgherza, Ashton Hams and Paul Mugambwa all worked hard and kicked two goals apiece.

The news was much better in the reserves with South Fremantle running out 16.7 (103) to 9.5 (59) winners over Claremont.

Jarrod Parry was outstanding in his second game back from his second knee reconstruction finishing with 28 possessions, four inside-50 entries and a goal for the Bulldogs in the 44-point victory.

Reece Adams worked hard in the midfield as well finishing with 28 possessions while Mitch Carter picked up 22 disposals, James Laurino 21, Andrew Moody 20 and Brendan Verrier 18.

Alex Grima did well for 21 possessions and two goals as well with Kaiden Matera booting six majors and Kingsley Smith four.

Myles Bolger had a good game in the ruck with 14 possessions, eight marks and 26 hit outs.

The South Fremantle colts went down to Claremont by 15 points to start the day at Fremantle Oval.

Jermaine Lewis kicked four goals for the Bulldogs with James Culleton adding two and Tim Stewart racking up 27 possessions, Matthew Nicholson 24, Matthew Gundry 19 and Tom Wheeler 17.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.0 2.3 7.6 9.11 (65)

CLAREMONT 4.5 9.6 13.11 20.12 (132)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Hams, Mugambwa, Sgherza 2; Guglielmana, Banner, Kelly.

Best: Banner, Cook, Schloithe, Guglielmana, Tighe, Kelly.

CLAREMONT – Goals: Medhurst 5; Richardson, Hamp 3; Murphy, Jones, Smith 2; Foster, Andrews, Seaby. 

Best: Murphy, Medhurst, Foster, Laurie, Fong, McGinnity, Browne.

By Chris Pike

Colts Report - Round 10

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 1:23 AM

IT WAS the biggest game of the year on Saturday for the young SFFC colts side as they took on the undefeated Claremont colts.

They were under enormous pressure early and withstood an inaccurate Claremont barrage. Settling late in the first quarter, the boys were able to fight back to a reasonable position, with some clever goals off the boot of Jermaine Lewis (K Craft Bullbars award winner), and finished the first term with a handy lead.

Jermaine along with livewire Jarrod Garlett and James Culleton caused many headaches for the bigger Claremont backline.

Unfortunately the team was unable to sustain the intensity required to win against the stronger bodies of the top side and found the going tough in the second stanza, consequently letting the opposition dictate the contested ball, which they converted into a 10-point lead at half-time.

With an even contest for the rest of the day, the result was not ensured until late into the final term. Our young side is developing very well and we as a coaching group are looking forward to watching their progression over the coming weeks and hopefully making an impact in the business end of the season. There are many positives with this group and their best is getting closer as each week passes.

Other good performers for the South team were Matty Nicholson, Tim Stewart and Jayden D’Vauz who played his first game of the year. Jayden’s recovery from hip surgery over the season break has been long and arduous. It is a credit to him on the way he has dedicated himself to his rehabilitation and is set to make an impact not only at colt level but also within the senior ranks.

We look forward to another big challenge this week as we prepare for the Derby clash this Sunday.

Arthur Maskos
SFFC Colts Coach

Round 10 Preview v Claremont

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 1:20 AM

THE good news for South Fremantle out of last week was that the Bulldogs recorded their first win of 2013, the bad news is that waiting for them in response is the unbeaten, two-time reigning premiers Claremont at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

While being competitive and having chances to win several games, South Fremantle went into last Saturday's home clash against Peel having lost its first seven matches.
The Bulldogs responded by kicking the first five goals of the game but Peel got back to within a point during the last quarter.
That has happened to South Fremantle several times this season with the opposition finishing the stronger, but it was the Bulldogs who finished the better last week to beat the Thunder by 15 points in the end.
Now given the closeness of the competition, an upset South Fremantle win on Saturday against Claremont, and if Subiaco loses to Swan Districts and Peel goes down to East Perth, and the Bulldogs could suddenly rise up to seventh position on the ladder.
However, it's a huge ask for the Bulldogs to pull that off against Claremont.
Claremont has played in the last three WAFL grand finals, won the last two premierships, won last year's Foxtel Cup and so far this season has won its first eight games including a 48-point win over South Fremantle at Claremont Oval in Round 1.
Claremont has also won the last seven meetings it has had with South Fremantle since the Bulldogs won the 2009 premiership. The average winning margin over those seven victories has been almost 46 points with the biggest margin 102 points in 2010 and closest three points in 2011.
South Fremantle's team looked instantly strong last week with the inclusions of Ben Saunders, Ashton Hams and John Sgherza to the forward-line. Hams and Saunders combined for seven goals before Saunders re-injured his collarbone late in the contest.
He is out of the side and so is key defender Brendon Gulley. Ashton Hams has been named out, but the Bulldogs will be desperately hoping he is still cleared to play by West Coast.
Claremont loses State player Ryan Neates with Jack Bradshaw, M Goyder, Casey Sibosado and Keifer Yu trying to break into a line-up that is still missing the likes of Trinity Handley, Jeremy McGovern and Luke Blackwell.
South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby and his playing is excited by the challenge now presented to take on the unbeaten Claremont.
"We gain some confidence out of getting over the line and we aren’t afraid of Claremont. We will throw up our very best against them," Hasleby said.
"We know they are a very good side with some absolute key players for them but we will go about our business, try to disrupt their plans and take it from there. Our boys are really looking forward to this challenge on our home deck with a bit of excitement.
"The challenge for us is just to maintain our intensity for another game against a really high quality opposition and we know that if we have any of those lapses that we had against Peel and East Perth that they will dominate us more than those sides did. It's a challenge for us and we are looking forward to it."
By Chris PikeTHE good news for South Fremantle out of last week was that the Bulldogs recorded their first win of 2013, the bad news is that waiting for them in response is the unbeaten, two-time reigning premiers Claremont at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

While being competitive and having chances to win several games, South Fremantle went into last Saturday's home clash against Peel having lost its first seven matches.

The Bulldogs responded by kicking the first five goals of the game but Peel got back to within a point during the last quarter.

That has happened to South Fremantle several times this season with the opposition finishing the stronger, but it was the Bulldogs who finished the better last week to beat the Thunder by 15 points in the end.

Now given the closeness of the competition, an upset South Fremantle win on Saturday against Claremont, and if Subiaco loses to Swan Districts and Peel goes down to East Perth, and the Bulldogs could suddenly rise up to seventh position on the ladder.

However, it's a huge ask for the Bulldogs to pull that off against Claremont.

Claremont has played in the last three WAFL grand finals, won the last two premierships, won last year's Foxtel Cup and so far this season has won its first eight games including a 48-point win over South Fremantle at Claremont Oval in Round 1.

Claremont has also won the last seven meetings it has had with South Fremantle since the Bulldogs won the 2009 premiership. The average winning margin over those seven victories has been almost 46 points with the biggest margin 102 points in 2010 and closest three points in 2011.

South Fremantle's team looked instantly strong last week with the inclusions of Ben Saunders, Ashton Hams and John Sgherza to the forward-line. Hams and Saunders combined for seven goals before Saunders re-injured his collarbone late in the contest.

He is out of the side and so is key defender Brendon Gulley. Ashton Hams has been named out, but the Bulldogs will be desperately hoping he is still cleared to play by West Coast.

Claremont loses State player Ryan Neates with Jack Bradshaw, M Goyder, Casey Sibosado and Keifer Yu trying to break into a line-up that is still missing the likes of Trinity Handley, Jeremy McGovern and Luke Blackwell.

South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby and his playing is excited by the challenge now presented to take on the unbeaten Claremont.

"We gain some confidence out of getting over the line and we aren’t afraid of Claremont. We will throw up our very best against them," Hasleby said.

"We know they are a very good side with some absolute key players for them but we will go about our business, try to disrupt their plans and take it from there. Our boys are really looking forward to this challenge on our home deck with a bit of excitement.

"The challenge for us is just to maintain our intensity for another game against a really high quality opposition and we know that if we have any of those lapses that we had against Peel and East Perth that they will dominate us more than those sides did. It's a challenge for us and we are looking forward to it."

By Chris Pike

Hasleby relieved with Bulldogs' first win of 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 1:23 PM

SOUTH Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby was relieved to get the Bulldogs' first win of the season over Peel but was most proud that his team responded to being challenged in the third quarter to run away with the 15-point victory.

The Bulldogs came out on fire on Saturday at Fremantle Oval kicking the first five goals of the game against Peel and still led by 20 points at half-time.
However, the Thunder hit back during the third quarter and closed to within a point during the last.
That same scenario has happened several times so far this season with South Fremantle unable to get over the line, but on Saturday it was the Bulldogs who finished the stronger to win by 15 points much to the relief of Hasleby.
"The feeling was more relief I reckon," Hasleby said.
"We didn’t play our best footy and as I said to the guys afterwards we had played better this year and lost games, but on this occasion we were able to eke out the win.
"We are under no illusions that Peel certainly had their chances in that third quarter, but we strung together three pretty good quarters which got the job done for us, so that was pleasing."
The Bulldogs' loss to East Perth at Medibank Stadium prior to the State game break followed a very similar storyline. South Fremantle dominated the first half but didn’t put the Royals away and had a disappointing third quarter before steadying to lead by 15 points midway through the last term.
However, East Perth went on to kick the last five goals that day to win by 19 points so that made Hasleby even more relieved when South Fremantle was able to reverse that trend in the last quarter on Saturday against the Thunder.
"We dominated the first half and then we had a very poor third quarter for the second game in a row. The challenge was there for the lads and it was very similar from the East Perth game so from a coaching point of view it's impressive to see that they learnt from that game," he said.
"They took a few more risks, won a few more contests around the ground and were able to finish off with a couple of goals which was nice. It's a work in progress for us to try and change the momentum when it's going against us.
"A few teams have scored quite a high number of goals in a row against us, so from a playing and coaching perspective we have a bit of work to do on how to stop teams getting 10 straight scoring shots against us. We will continue to work on that but once the third quarter was over we had to reset, and we did that to come away with the points."
While Sean Tighe dominated the ruck and Kris Miller, Mitch Banner, Ryan Cook, Toby Bairstow, Jacob Martinez, Shannon Burnett and Sam Lowrie were terrific around the ground, the presence of Ben Saunders and Ashton Hams was massive up forward for the Bulldogs.
Hams kicked four goals from his 24 possessions and eight marks with the returning Saunders kicking three goals before again going off injured late in the game.
"It was great to have both those guys back. It was the best team we've put on the park this year and it just goes to show how important Ben Saunders is to us and also Ashton Hams," Hasleby said.
"I believe he is the best AFL player when he comes back and plays in the WAFL with his impact on games and on the scoreboard.
"We had some other guys forward who have been doing it pretty tough because they've been the main targets in Paul Mugambwa, Sgherza and Gillespie so it strengthens them and makes them better players to have those guys around them as well."
While South Fremantle's experienced players performed well against Peel, so did the youngsters highlighted by 23 possessions and seven marks to Lowrie, and 22 disposals, four inside 50s and a goal to Burnett.
"It was Burnett's best game for the club which was pleasing after he was a little bit quiet the game before," he said.
"He took his opportunity this week and Sam showed from the very first game he played for us last year that he's up to the level. I told him that the challenge for him is to make himself an outstanding WAFL player which I believe he has the capabilities of doing."
With Hams and Saunders back into the team as well as Jarrod Parry and Warrick Andreoli returning in the reserves along with Alex Grima, Reece Adams, Mitch Carter, Justin Monaco, Jason Maskos, Willie Rioli and Kingsley Smith putting pressure on, Hasleby is glad to be getting closer to having a full squad available as well.
"We had our strongest league team of the year which reflected in the reserves who had a strong team as well," Hasleby said.
"Warrick Andreoli came back and played well, Justin Monaco continued to press for selection and it's a very good position to be in for the club in terms of depth. Right now is the best position of depth we've been in since my time at the footy club."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby was relieved to get the Bulldogs' first win of the season over Peel but was most proud that his team responded to being challenged in the third quarter to run away with the 15-point victory.

The Bulldogs came out on fire on Saturday at Fremantle Oval kicking the first five goals of the game against Peel and still led by 20 points at half-time.

However, the Thunder hit back during the third quarter and closed to within a point during the last.

That same scenario has happened several times so far this season with South Fremantle unable to get over the line, but on Saturday it was the Bulldogs who finished the stronger to win by 15 points much to the relief of Hasleby.

"The feeling was more relief I reckon," Hasleby said.

"We didn’t play our best footy and as I said to the guys afterwards we had played better this year and lost games, but on this occasion we were able to eke out the win.

"We are under no illusions that Peel certainly had their chances in that third quarter, but we strung together three pretty good quarters which got the job done for us, so that was pleasing."

The Bulldogs' loss to East Perth at Medibank Stadium prior to the State game break followed a very similar storyline. South Fremantle dominated the first half but didn’t put the Royals away and had a disappointing third quarter before steadying to lead by 15 points midway through the last term.

However, East Perth went on to kick the last five goals that day to win by 19 points so that made Hasleby even more relieved when South Fremantle was able to reverse that trend in the last quarter on Saturday against the Thunder.

"We dominated the first half and then we had a very poor third quarter for the second game in a row. The challenge was there for the lads and it was very similar from the East Perth game so from a coaching point of view it's impressive to see that they learnt from that game," he said.

"They took a few more risks, won a few more contests around the ground and were able to finish off with a couple of goals which was nice. It's a work in progress for us to try and change the momentum when it's going against us.

"A few teams have scored quite a high number of goals in a row against us, so from a playing and coaching perspective we have a bit of work to do on how to stop teams getting 10 straight scoring shots against us. We will continue to work on that but once the third quarter was over we had to reset, and we did that to come away with the points."

While Sean Tighe dominated the ruck and Kris Miller, Mitch Banner, Ryan Cook, Toby Bairstow, Jacob Martinez, Shannon Burnett and Sam Lowrie were terrific around the ground, the presence of Ben Saunders and Ashton Hams was massive up forward for the Bulldogs.

Hams kicked four goals from his 24 possessions and eight marks with the returning Saunders kicking three goals before again going off injured late in the game.

"It was great to have both those guys back. It was the best team we've put on the park this year and it just goes to show how important Ben Saunders is to us and also Ashton Hams," Hasleby said.

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

"We had some other guys forward who have been doing it pretty tough because they've been the main targets in Paul Mugambwa, Sgherza and Gillespie so it strengthens them and makes them better players to have those guys around them as well."

While South Fremantle's experienced players performed well against Peel, so did the youngsters highlighted by 23 possessions and seven marks to Lowrie, and 22 disposals, four inside 50s and a goal to Burnett.

"It was Burnett's best game for the club which was pleasing after he was a little bit quiet the game before," he said.

"He took his opportunity this week and Sam showed from the very first game he played for us last year that he's up to the level. I told him that the challenge for him is to make himself an outstanding WAFL player which I believe he has the capabilities of doing."

With Hams and Saunders back into the team as well as Jarrod Parry and Warrick Andreoli returning in the reserves along with Alex Grima, Reece Adams, Mitch Carter, Justin Monaco, Jason Maskos, Willie Rioli and Kingsley Smith putting pressure on, Hasleby is glad to be getting closer to having a full squad available as well.

"We had our strongest league team of the year which reflected in the reserves who had a strong team as well," Hasleby said.

"Warrick Andreoli came back and played well, Justin Monaco continued to press for selection and it's a very good position to be in for the club in terms of depth. Right now is the best position of depth we've been in since my time at the footy club."

By Chris Pike

Tighe named AAMI WAFL Player of the Week

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 3:53 AM

SOUTH Fremantle ruckman Sean Tighe was unlucky to be left out Western Australia's State team against Victoria and came out with a best on ground display on Saturday to lead the Bulldogs to their first win of the 2013 season against Peel Thunder.

Tighe put in a dominant performance to lead the Bulldogs to the 14.15 (99) to 11.18 (84) victory and as a result has been named the AAMI WAFL Player of the Week and puts him in contention for the overall $5000 AAMI WAFL Player of the Year Award.
While South Fremantle had a host of key contributors in Saturday's win with Ashton Hams kicking four goals and Ben Saunders three, and Kris Miller, Ryan Cook, Mitch Banner, Toby Bairstow, Shannon Burnett, Sam Lowrie and Jacob Martinez strong contributors, it was Tighe who was the star.
The 22-year-old put in a complete performance carrying South Fremantle's ruck as he has all season finishing with 31 possessions, seven marks, seven clearances, four entries inside the forward 50 and 33 hit outs.
It continues Tighe's tremendous second season with the Bulldogs where he has emerged one of the best ruckmen in the competition.
Tighe did arrive at South Fremantle at the start of the 2012 season from VFL club Werribee having spent most of his career up to that point as a centre half-back or centre half-forward, but at 200cm he has size on his side and is now developing himself into a terrific tap ruckman who picks up plenty of the ball around the ground.
South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby is delighted with the continued form of Tighe and never had any doubt about his ability to develop himself into an outstanding ruckman when he recruited him.
"He's an outstanding ruckman and I always thought he would become a very good player for us in that position when there were others who had their doubts about him as a ruckman," Hasleby said.
"I love a guy who competes like he does and we've been doing really well in the clearances for most part of the year and he just becomes another midfielder around the ground.
"He certainly knows how to get high possessions which was evident by his 31 on the weekend to go with seven clearances and nine marks. It was a very good game."
Tighe never expected to spend as much time in the ruck as he has when he arrived at South Fremantle, but is enjoying the challenge of it.
"I feel I'm getting more used to playing in the ruck the longer I keep doing it and I suppose I'm playing against so many different ruckmen so you learn different tricks of the trade from doing that. I'm really enjoying it and the big grounds in WA definitely help me as well," he said.
"It might be nice to go back to playing centre half-back or centre half-forward, but for now I'm happy to play my role for the team. You have to work to your strengths and I've tried to become more of that spreading-type ruckman who picks up possessions and I try to get forward as much as I can.
"When I'm not in the ruck I go forward, but I'm just happy to play my role for the team and to keep getting a game."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle ruckman Sean Tighe was unlucky to be left out Western Australia's State team against Victoria and came out with a best on ground display on Saturday to lead the Bulldogs to their first win of the 2013 season against Peel Thunder.

Tighe put in a dominant performance to lead the Bulldogs to the 14.15 (99) to 11.18 (84) victory and as a result has been named the AAMI WAFL Player of the Week and puts him in contention for the overall $5000 AAMI WAFL Player of the Year Award.

While South Fremantle had a host of key contributors in Saturday's win with Ashton Hams kicking four goals and Ben Saunders three, and Kris Miller, Ryan Cook, Mitch Banner, Toby Bairstow, Shannon Burnett, Sam Lowrie and Jacob Martinez strong contributors, it was Tighe who was the star.

The 22-year-old put in a complete performance carrying South Fremantle's ruck as he has all season finishing with 31 possessions, seven marks, seven clearances, four entries inside the forward 50 and 33 hit outs.

It continues Tighe's tremendous second season with the Bulldogs where he has emerged one of the best ruckmen in the competition.

Tighe did arrive at South Fremantle at the start of the 2012 season from VFL club Werribee having spent most of his career up to that point as a centre half-back or centre half-forward, but at 200cm he has size on his side and is now developing himself into a terrific tap ruckman who picks up plenty of the ball around the ground.

South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby is delighted with the continued form of Tighe and never had any doubt about his ability to develop himself into an outstanding ruckman when he recruited him.

"He's an outstanding ruckman and I always thought he would become a very good player for us in that position when there were others who had their doubts about him as a ruckman," Hasleby said.

"I love a guy who competes like he does and we've been doing really well in the clearances for most part of the year and he just becomes another midfielder around the ground.

"He certainly knows how to get high possessions which was evident by his 31 on the weekend to go with seven clearances and nine marks. It was a very good game."

Tighe never expected to spend as much time in the ruck as he has when he arrived at South Fremantle, but is enjoying the challenge of it.

"I feel I'm getting more used to playing in the ruck the longer I keep doing it and I suppose I'm playing against so many different ruckmen so you learn different tricks of the trade from doing that. I'm really enjoying it and the big grounds in WA definitely help me as well," he said.

"It might be nice to go back to playing centre half-back or centre half-forward, but for now I'm happy to play my role for the team. You have to work to your strengths and I've tried to become more of that spreading-type ruckman who picks up possessions and I try to get forward as much as I can.

"When I'm not in the ruck I go forward, but I'm just happy to play my role for the team and to keep getting a game."

By Chris Pike

Colts Report - Round 9

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 2:49 AM

A SLIPPERY Fremantle Oval greeted the Peel and Bulldogs colts sides on Saturday. The Souths team were the first to adapt and set up a match-winning lead during a slick and effervescent first quarter.

A dominant display was only a teaser of how good this group could be when all the stars line up to play. With quick ball movement through the midfield and silky skills, the Bulldogs put immense pressure on the Peel backline.

Bailey Matera, Blaine Johnson and Cameron McCarthy looked lively early and were good targets up forward. Tim Stewart (K Craft Bullbars Award winner) was dominant through the middle; he along with makeshift ruckman Ben Horsman were instrumental in giving the team drive and opportunity early on.

The backline was lead by Mitch Banks and Matty Gundry as they consistantly stifled the Peel forwards attempts to make an impact on the scoreboard. They were ably assisted by Brad McPhail and Jordan Comeagain in turning defence into attack and played with a steadiness beyond their years.

Unfortunately the great start was quickly forgotten as the game changed into a scrappy affair with both sides showing poor skills and consistently turning the ball over to the opposition.

Some players showed glimpses of structured play but they were too few and too far between to make a major impact on the game. The lacklustre performance was disappointing after such a terrific start that promised so much. The players need to realise that their performance is determined mostly by attitude rather than talent.

They need to start training with an intensity that emulates the pressure situations of a game.

The coaching staff will leave no stone unturned as we endeavour to capture a consistant level of application from the playing group and hope to identify those willing to play for the club and team with a passion that is needed to be successful and enjoyable. It is important to make sure we have the players with the best demeanour coming up the ranks to keep our club strong and competitive.

I would like to congratulate Paul Hasleby and his coaching staff on their very much deserved win on Saturday. It was great to see three wins for the club and just reward for all players' hard work.

Looking forward to the challenge of taking on the top side next week with some new faces being given a chance due to the colts side missing six players to the state 18’s side. Good luck to Ben Sokol, Dylan Main, Blaine Johnson, Jarrod Pickett, Cameron McCarthy and Tom Vanderluer on their endeavours with the WA team.

Arthur Maskos
SFFC Colts Coach