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Bulldogs celebrate NAIDOC Week against Tigers

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 6:44 PM

SOUTH Fremantle could very well have the richest Indigenous heritage of any football club in the country and this Saturday the Bulldogs host Claremont in what has now become the traditional NAIDOC Week match at Fremantle Oval.

South Fremantle's heritage of Indigenous players includes the club having named its own Indigenous Team of the Century in 2009, having four Bulldogs players named in the AFL's Indigenous Team of the Century and had almost 100 players of Aboriginal backgrounds representing the club.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islander Day Observational Committee with the committee originally responsible for organising the national celebrations.
South Fremantle and Claremont have set the standard in the WAFL with NAIDOC celebrations largely because of the Indigenous players historically who have come through their ranks, including Stephen Michael, Wally, Phil and Peter Matera, Jeff Farmer, Maurice Rioli, Nicky Winmar (South Fremantle), and Jim and Phil Krakouer, Irwin Lewis and son Chris (Claremont).
South Fremantle will again be represented on Saturday at Fremantle Oval by some Indigenous youngsters as well with Jacob Martinez and Tim Kelly to at least be two Aboriginal players running out there.
Claremont will also likely be represented by Nick Winmar, the cousin of South Fremantle legend Nicky, while Casey Sibosado will play in either the reserves or league side for the Tigers.
The Bulldogs and Tigers have now met in NAIDOC Week clashes each year since beginning the concept in 2007.
Claremont won that first clash at Fremantle Oval but South Fremantle was represented by Keith Pickett, Keren Ugle, Tommy Corbett-Wynne and Peter Narkle.
The Tigers again won by 10 points in 2008 again at Fremantle Oval with Ugle and Shane Tipuamantamerri playing for the Bulldogs before South Fremantle thumped Claremont at the port in 2009 by 78 points.
Ugle, Jeff Farmer and Toby McGrath played that day for South Fremantle with Jayden Woods lining up for Claremont.
Claremont got back to the winner's list in 2010 winning by 27 points with McGrath representing South Fremantle and Jarrod Ninyette lining up for the Tigers.
It was played at Claremont Oval in 2011 with the Tigers winning a thriller by three points with Alroy Gilligan and Gerrick Weedon playing for Claremont, and Woods and McGrath for South Fremantle.
Last year, Claremont also won by 55 points at Claremont Oval with Weeden playing for the Tigers and Woods and Jordan Wilson-King for the Bulldogs.
It has become an annual event for the WAFL to celebrate NAIDOC Week with the clubs wearing special jumpers designed by Aboriginal artist Richard Walley which continue to be a big hit with the artwork made up on them.
The NAIDOC Week celebration only continues to showcase South Fremantle and its rich history with Indigenous footballers.
Back in 2005, four South Fremantle products were given the biggest accolades possible with Stephen Michael, Maurice Rioli, Nicky Winmar and Peter Matera all named in the AFL’s Indigenous Team of the Century which recognised the great Indigenous players from 1904 to 2004 from across Australia. 
The South Fremantle Football Club then followed suit in 2009 and named its own Team of the Century that reads like a who's who of the great Indigenous footballers that the game has seen.
It was far from an easy task to pick the best 22 either from the 78 players at the time that had represented South Fremantle dating back to Jimmy Melbourne who was the first Aboriginal to play senior football in Australia.
As in any such team there are hard luck stories to miss out and selectors Mal Brown, Brian Ciccotosto and Ray Wilson rated life member and premiership player Keren Ugle, Ashley Sampi, Cory McGrath, Warren Campbell, Willie Rioli, Michael Cockie and Shane Tipuamantamerri as the unluckiest casualties.
The quality of those products is highlighted by the fact that some of the team, named at a gala dinner prior to the traditional NAIDOC Week clash against Claremont, are all-time greats of the game.
Ruckman Stephen Michael, the entire centre-line of Peter Matera, Maurice Rioli and Nicky Winmar, and forward pockets Jeff Farmer and Phil Matera, are just some of the names that have been acknowledged as champion players nation-wide.
Current or recently-retired AFL players Ashley McGrath (Brisbane Lions), Shannon Cox (Collingwood), Roger Hayden (Fremantle) and Mark Williams (Hawthorn) all earned a spot.
While Peter and Phil Matera (West Coast) and Winmar (St Kilda and Western Bulldogs) didn’t spend a lot of time in the red-and-white jumper, they all acknowledge the role South Fremantle played in their development up to the AFL ranks.
Former great Bill Hayward was named on the interchange and his career dates back to the 1936 and 37 seasons.
Toby McGrath and Jeff Farmer were both current players named in the team at the time.
It was a real family affair as well with the Matera's (Peter, Phil and Wally), McGrath's (Toby and Ashley), Michael's (Stephen and Clem), Rioli's (Maurice, Sebastian and Dean) and Collard's (Brad and Cliff) all selected.
Stephen and Clem Michael form the father-son combination in the ruck with the legendary Stephen also named captain, with Maurice Rioli his deputy and Mal Brown coach, after being at the helm during the careers of nine of the 22 players selected.
SOUTH FREMANTLE'S INDIGENOUS TEAM OF THE CENTURY
BACKS: Ashley McGrath, Shannon Cox, Roger Hayden
HALF BACKS: Willie Roe, Basil Campbell, Toby McGrath
CENTRE: Peter Matera, Maurice Rioli, Nicky Winmar
HALF FORWARDS: Dean Rioli, Stevan Jackson, Benny Vigona
FORWARDS: Jeff Farmer, Mark Williams, Phil Matera
RUCKS:
Stephen Michael
Brad Collard
Wally Matera
INTERCHANGE: Bill Hayward, Cliff Collard, Sebastian Rioli, Clem Michael
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle could very well have the richest Indigenous heritage of any football club in the country and this Saturday the Bulldogs host Claremont in what has now become the traditional NAIDOC Week match at Fremantle Oval.

South Fremantle's heritage of Indigenous players includes the club having named its own Indigenous Team of the Century in 2009, having four Bulldogs players named in the AFL's Indigenous Team of the Century and had almost 100 players of Aboriginal backgrounds representing the club.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islander Day Observational Committee with the committee originally responsible for organising the national celebrations.

South Fremantle and Claremont have set the standard in the WAFL with NAIDOC celebrations largely because of the Indigenous players historically who have come through their ranks, including Stephen Michael, Wally, Phil and Peter Matera, Jeff Farmer, Maurice Rioli, Nicky Winmar (South Fremantle), and Jim and Phil Krakouer, Irwin Lewis and son Chris (Claremont).

South Fremantle will again be represented on Saturday at Fremantle Oval by some Indigenous youngsters as well with Kaiden Matera, Jacob Martinez and Tim Kelly to at least be two Aboriginal players running out there.

Claremont will also likely be represented by Nick Winmar, the cousin of South Fremantle legend Nicky, while Casey Sibosado will play in either the reserves or league side for the Tigers.

The Bulldogs and Tigers have now met in NAIDOC Week clashes each year since beginning the concept in 2007.

Claremont won that first clash at Fremantle Oval but South Fremantle was represented by Keith Pickett, Keren Ugle, Tommy Corbett-Wynne and Peter Narkle.

The Tigers again won by 10 points in 2008 again at Fremantle Oval with Ugle and Shane Tipuamantamerri playing for the Bulldogs before South Fremantle thumped Claremont at the port in 2009 by 78 points.

Ugle, Jeff Farmer and Toby McGrath played that day for South Fremantle with Jayden Woods lining up for Claremont.

Claremont got back to the winner's list in 2010 winning by 27 points with McGrath representing South Fremantle and Jarrod Ninyette lining up for the Tigers.

It was played at Claremont Oval in 2011 with the Tigers winning a thriller by three points with Alroy Gilligan and Gerrick Weedon playing for Claremont, and Woods and McGrath for South Fremantle.

Last year, Claremont also won by 55 points at Claremont Oval with Weeden playing for the Tigers and Woods and Jordan Wilson-King for the Bulldogs.

It has become an annual event for the WAFL to celebrate NAIDOC Week with the clubs wearing special jumpers designed by Aboriginal artist Richard Walley which continue to be a big hit with the artwork made up on them.

The NAIDOC Week celebration only continues to showcase South Fremantle and its rich history with Indigenous footballers.

Back in 2005, four South Fremantle products were given the biggest accolades possible with Stephen Michael, Maurice Rioli, Nicky Winmar and Peter Matera all named in the AFL’s Indigenous Team of the Century which recognised the great Indigenous players from 1904 to 2004 from across Australia. 

The South Fremantle Football Club then followed suit in 2009 and named its own Team of the Century that reads like a who's who of the great Indigenous footballers that the game has seen.

It was far from an easy task to pick the best 22 either from the 78 players at the time that had represented South Fremantle dating back to Jimmy Melbourne who was the first Aboriginal to play senior football in Australia.

As in any such team there are hard luck stories to miss out and selectors Mal Brown, Brian Ciccotosto and Ray Wilson rated life member and premiership player Keren Ugle, Ashley Sampi, Cory McGrath, Warren Campbell, Willie Rioli, Michael Cockie and Shane Tipuamantamerri as the unluckiest casualties.

The quality of those products is highlighted by the fact that some of the team, named at a gala dinner prior to the traditional NAIDOC Week clash against Claremont, are all-time greats of the game.

Ruckman Stephen Michael, the entire centre-line of Peter Matera, Maurice Rioli and Nicky Winmar, and forward pockets Jeff Farmer and Phil Matera, are just some of the names that have been acknowledged as champion players nation-wide.

Current or recently-retired AFL players Ashley McGrath (Brisbane Lions), Shannon Cox (Collingwood), Roger Hayden (Fremantle) and Mark Williams (Hawthorn) all earned a spot.

While Peter and Phil Matera (West Coast) and Winmar (St Kilda and Western Bulldogs) didn’t spend a lot of time in the red-and-white jumper, they all acknowledge the role South Fremantle played in their development up to the AFL ranks.

Former great Bill Hayward was named on the interchange and his career dates back to the 1936 and 37 seasons.

Toby McGrath and Jeff Farmer were both current players named in the team at the time.

It was a real family affair as well with the Matera's (Peter, Phil and Wally), McGrath's (Toby and Ashley), Michael's (Stephen and Clem), Rioli's (Maurice, Sebastian and Dean) and Collard's (Brad and Cliff) all selected.

Stephen and Clem Michael form the father-son combination in the ruck with the legendary Stephen also named captain, with Maurice Rioli his deputy and Mal Brown coach, after being at the helm during the careers of nine of the 22 players selected.

SOUTH FREMANTLE'S INDIGENOUS TEAM OF THE CENTURY

BACKS: Ashley McGrath, Shannon Cox, Roger Hayden

HALF BACKS: Willie Roe, Basil Campbell, Toby McGrath

CENTRE: Peter Matera, Maurice Rioli, Nicky Winmar

HALF FORWARDS: Dean Rioli, Stevan Jackson, Benny Vigona

FORWARDS: Jeff Farmer, Mark Williams, Phil Matera

RUCKS:

Stephen Michael

Brad Collard

Wally Matera

INTERCHANGE: Bill Hayward, Cliff Collard, Sebastian Rioli, Clem Michael

By Chris Pike

Bulldogs fight but fall just short of Demons

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 2:52 AM

SOUTH Fremantle wasn’t quite able to hold on and climb off the bottom of the ladder or celebrate Craig White's 150th game in style but Saturday's 10-point loss to Perth was an improved performance against an apparent finals bound side.

The Bulldogs were coming off disappointing losses to Subiaco and Swan Districts since the Foundation Derby win over East Fremantle, but put in a strong effort against the Demons before Perth eventually kicked the game's last two goals to win 16.17 (113) to 16.7 (103).
Ruckman Sean Tighe was once again outstanding for South Fremantle as the best big man on the ground finishing with 26 possessions, seven marks, 35 hit outs, three inside-50 entries and a goal in the third quarter.
Mitch Banner continued his strong season with another good game with 29 possessions, nine marks, five inside 50s and two goals.
Paul Mugambwa kicked three first half goals for the Bulldogs with Alex Grima and Kris Miller booting two apiece as well.
Ashton Hams was another to boot two goals to go with his 24 possessions, five marks and three inside-50 entries.
The South Fremantle back-line was good led by Nick Borovac's job of keeping Perth captain Paul Bevan to just one goal. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs it was a crucial one at the 27-minute mark of the last quarter.
Dylan Ross also worked hard for 23 possessions and seven marks with Mitch Carter and Adam McIntosh picking up 21 disposals apiece providing plenty of run and drive off half-back. Adam Carter also did well restricting Kyle Reimers to just two goals.
Youngster Tim Kelly picked up 24 possessions and kicked a goal through the middle with captain Ryan Cook gathering 25 disposals and Toby Bairstow 20.
The Bulldogs started brightly with Banner snapping through the opening goal of the game. However, it took over 15 minutes for South Fremantle's next major to come and in the meantime Perth grabbed the advantage with four goals of their own.
The Bulldogs then turned on some exciting football, though, kicking five goals in an eight minute patch with Kelly getting the first, followed by Banner, Miller and then two in-a-row to Mugambwa.
South Fremantle led at quarter-time by 13 points as a result but Perth again came out and booted the opening three goals of the second term to lead by eight points.
The Bulldogs again finished the quarter the stronger, though, with the last three goals with two to Grima and Mugambwa's third to see the home side again in front at half-time, this time by three points.
It was South Fremantle who made the fast start to the second half through Adam Guglielmana just over a minute in, but then the Demons again steadied with two majors of their own.
It was then a see-saw battle for the rest of the match but when Hams booted his second goal for the Bulldogs at the 20-minute mark of the last quarter, they had the momentum and a two-point advantage.
However, Perth managed to kick the last two goals of the game through star forward pair Paul Bevan and Brennan Stack to secure the eventual 10-point victory.
The South Fremantle reserves kicked eight goals to three between the second and third quarters to open up a 27-point three quarter-time lead over Perth, but the Demons hit back with six goals to two in the final term.
However, the Bulldogs held on to win 14.14 (98) to 14.10 (94) against the reserves' top side.
Kaiden Matera kicked another goal for South Fremantle with Sam Lowrie collecting 24 possessions to go with seven inside-50 entries. Shannon Burnett also did well with 16 possessions and seven inside-50 entries.
The Bulldogs' colts couldn’t back up last week's thumping win over Swan Districts with Perth coming away 12.12 (84) to 8.4 (52) winners from Fremantle Oval.
Matthew Ah Siu kicked three goals for South Fremantle with Connor MacDonald and Jermaine Lewis adding two apiece.
Jacob Dragovich racked up 29 possessions, Oliver Sexton 28, Bailey Matera 24, Matthew Gundry 21, Jakeb Tartaglia 18 and Jarrod Garlett 18.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 6.2 9.3 13.4 16.7 (103)
PERTH 4.1 8.6 11.11 16.17 (113)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Mugambwa 3; Grima, Miller, Banner, Hams 2; Schloithe, Guglielmana, Tighe, M Carter, Kelly.
Best: Tighe, Hams, Borovac, Banner, Kelly, Ross, Cook.
PERTH – Goals: Stack 4; Houghton 3; Reimers 2; McInnes, Bateman, Bevan, White, Sketcher, Moody, Collard
Best: Tedesco, Hodge, Moody, Stack, Florio, White, Jacobs.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle wasn’t quite able to hold on and climb off the bottom of the ladder or celebrate Craig White's 150th game in style but Saturday's 10-point loss to Perth was an improved performance against an apparent finals bound side.

The Bulldogs were coming off disappointing losses to Subiaco and Swan Districts since the Foundation Derby win over East Fremantle, but put in a strong effort against the Demons before Perth eventually kicked the game's last two goals to win 16.17 (113) to 16.7 (103).

Ruckman Sean Tighe was once again outstanding for South Fremantle as the best big man on the ground finishing with 26 possessions, seven marks, 35 hit outs, three inside-50 entries and a goal in the third quarter.

Mitch Banner continued his strong season with another good game with 29 possessions, nine marks, five inside 50s and two goals.

Paul Mugambwa kicked three first half goals for the Bulldogs with Alex Grima and Kris Miller booting two apiece as well.

Ashton Hams was another to boot two goals to go with his 24 possessions, five marks and three inside-50 entries.

The South Fremantle back-line was good led by Nick Borovac's job of keeping Perth captain Paul Bevan to just one goal. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs it was a crucial one at the 27-minute mark of the last quarter.

Dylan Ross also worked hard for 23 possessions and seven marks with Mitch Carter and Adam McIntosh picking up 21 disposals apiece providing plenty of run and drive off half-back. Adam Carter also did well restricting Kyle Reimers to just two goals.

Youngster Tim Kelly picked up 24 possessions and kicked a goal through the middle with captain Ryan Cook gathering 25 disposals and Toby Bairstow 20.

The Bulldogs started brightly with Banner snapping through the opening goal of the game. However, it took over 15 minutes for South Fremantle's next major to come and in the meantime Perth grabbed the advantage with four goals of their own.

The Bulldogs then turned on some exciting football, though, kicking five goals in an eight minute patch with Kelly getting the first, followed by Banner, Miller and then two in-a-row to Mugambwa.

South Fremantle led at quarter-time by 13 points as a result but Perth again came out and booted the opening three goals of the second term to lead by eight points.

The Bulldogs again finished the quarter the stronger, though, with the last three goals with two to Grima and Mugambwa's third to see the home side again in front at half-time, this time by three points.

It was South Fremantle who made the fast start to the second half through Adam Guglielmana just over a minute in, but then the Demons again steadied with two majors of their own.

It was then a see-saw battle for the rest of the match but when Hams booted his second goal for the Bulldogs at the 20-minute mark of the last quarter, they had the momentum and a two-point advantage.

However, Perth managed to kick the last two goals of the game through star forward pair Paul Bevan and Brennan Stack to secure the eventual 10-point victory.

The South Fremantle reserves kicked eight goals to three between the second and third quarters to open up a 27-point three quarter-time lead over Perth, but the Demons hit back with six goals to two in the final term.

However, the Bulldogs held on to win 14.14 (98) to 14.10 (94) against the reserves' top side.

Kaiden Matera kicked another six goals for South Fremantle with Sam Lowrie collecting 24 possessions to go with seven inside-50 entries. Shannon Burnett also did well with 16 possessions and seven inside-50 entries.

The Bulldogs' colts couldn’t back up last week's thumping win over Swan Districts with Perth coming away 12.12 (84) to 8.4 (52) winners from Fremantle Oval.

Matthew Ah Siu kicked three goals for South Fremantle with Connor MacDonald and Jermaine Lewis adding two apiece.

Jacob Dragovich racked up 29 possessions, Oliver Sexton 28, Bailey Matera 24, Matthew Gundry 21, Jakeb Tartaglia 18 and Jarrod Garlett 18.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 6.2 9.3 13.4 16.7 (103)

PERTH 4.1 8.6 11.11 16.17 (113)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Mugambwa 3; Grima, Miller, Banner, Hams 2; Schloithe, Guglielmana, Tighe, M Carter, Kelly.

Best: Tighe, Hams, Borovac, Banner, Kelly, Ross, Cook.

PERTH – Goals: Stack 4; Houghton 3; Reimers 2; McInnes, Bateman, Bevan, White, Sketcher, Moody, Collard

Best: Tedesco, Hodge, Moody, Stack, Florio, White, Jacobs.

By Chris Pike

Round 15 Preview v Perth

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 2:36 PM

PERTH returned to the winner's list last week to consolidate fourth position on the ladder and the Demons head to Fremantle Oval to take on a South Fremantle team with plenty to play for despite sitting on the bottom of the WAFL ladder.

Perth started the 2013 season so impressively winning five of its first seven games the two losses against East Fremantle and Claremont by just a combined seven points.
However, since then the Demons went on a run of losing three straight games prior to last week's strong 50-point victory over Peel Thunder at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium.
That improved Perth's record to 6-5 for the Demons to keep holding off the chasing pack to remain in fourth position on the WAFL ladder.
South Fremantle's finals hopes might be long gone but the Bulldogs will not want to remain on the bottom of the ladder and will also want to win on Saturday to celebrate dual premiership defender Craig White's 150th match with the club.
The Bulldogs looked to be finding some form with a dominant 67-point Foundation Derby win over East Fremantle but they haven’t been able to back it up and they have lost decisively to Subiaco and Swan Districts since.
The two teams met earlier this season at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium with Perth winning a tight affair by just 13 points back in Round 3.
South Fremantle welcomes back Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe from a calf injury for his first game since Round 10 when he put together his best game of the season with 32 possessions against Claremont at Claremont Oval.
Captain Ryan Cook is also back after missing last week's loss to Swan Districts due to a family bereavement so instantly the Bulldogs midfield is greatly strengthened with the return of both Schloithe and Cook.
Tyler Hall has found some good form in the reserves including 19 disposals last week in the win over Swans while Brendan Verrier had another 30 touches to make a claim for his first league game of 2013 and Shannon Burnett could also be back after 23 possessions and six tackles in the reserves.
Jarrad Winter goes out of the South Fremantle team after playing every game of the season to date.
Perth returned to the winner's list last week with a win over Peel to maintain fourth spot but loses West Coast's Simon Tunbridge for the clash against South Fremantle after he made his AFL debut for the Eagles on Thursday night against Essendon at Patersons Stadium.
Versatile key position player Mark Deaves played his first game of the season last week in the league side and hasn’t been able to hold his spot to take on the Bulldogs.
There are some big names back for the Demons, though, with star forwards Brennan Stack and Kyle Reimers both back from a week off – Stack who was dropped to the reserves for discipline reasons and Reimers with a minor hamstring injury.
Prolific midfielder Julian Jacobs also comes back in after being dropped back to the reserves as well last week. Joel Leeson and Joel Houghton are both in the mix to play their first league games of 2013 as well.
By Chris PikePERTH returned to the winner's list last week to consolidate fourth position on the ladder and the Demons head to Fremantle Oval to take on a South Fremantle team with plenty to play for despite sitting on the bottom of the WAFL ladder.

Perth started the 2013 season so impressively winning five of its first seven games the two losses against East Fremantle and Claremont by just a combined seven points.

However, since then the Demons went on a run of losing three straight games prior to last week's strong 50-point victory over Peel Thunder at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium.

That improved Perth's record to 6-5 for the Demons to keep holding off the chasing pack to remain in fourth position on the WAFL ladder.

South Fremantle's finals hopes might be long gone but the Bulldogs will not want to remain on the bottom of the ladder and will also want to win on Saturday to celebrate dual premiership defender Craig White's 150th match with the club.

The Bulldogs looked to be finding some form with a dominant 67-point Foundation Derby win over East Fremantle but they haven’t been able to back it up and they have lost decisively to Subiaco and Swan Districts since.

The two teams met earlier this season at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium with Perth winning a tight affair by just 13 points back in Round 3.

South Fremantle welcomes back Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe from a calf injury for his first game since Round 10 when he put together his best game of the season with 32 possessions against Claremont at Claremont Oval.

Captain Ryan Cook is also back after missing last week's loss to Swan Districts due to a family bereavement so instantly the Bulldogs midfield is greatly strengthened with the return of both Schloithe and Cook.

Tyler Hall has found some good form in the reserves including 19 disposals last week in the win over Swans while Brendan Verrier had another 30 touches to make a claim for his first league game of 2013 and Shannon Burnett could also be back after 23 possessions and six tackles in the reserves.

Jarrad Winter goes out of the South Fremantle team after playing every game of the season to date.

Perth returned to the winner's list last week with a win over Peel to maintain fourth spot but loses West Coast's Simon Tunbridge for the clash against South Fremantle after he made his AFL debut for the Eagles on Thursday night against Essendon at Patersons Stadium.

Versatile key position player Mark Deaves played his first game of the season last week in the league side and hasn’t been able to hold his spot to take on the Bulldogs.

There are some big names back for the Demons, though, with star forwards Brennan Stack and Kyle Reimers both back from a week off – Stack who was dropped to the reserves for discipline reasons and Reimers with a minor hamstring injury.

Prolific midfielder Julian Jacobs also comes back in after being dropped back to the reserves as well last week. Joel Leeson and Joel Houghton are both in the mix to play their first league games of 2013 as well.

By Chris Pike

Red and WHITE – Craig White column 150th game

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 6:14 PM

IT IS a bit flattering actually reaching this milestone. A little bit of fuss gets made about you and it has been something I've been trying to work towards over the last five or six years.

Once you get to 50 or 60 games you have the goal to get to 100 to get your name on the locker, and then once you get to 100 you have the goal to get life membership at 150. I qualify for that now and hopefully it occurs next year.
When I went over to Sydney last year it wasn’t something I thought about to make sure I came back to reach 150 games originally. It was a big decision when leaving whether or not I would stick around to get that life membership or not, but when it came up that the chance was there to come back from Sydney that was definitely a big drawcard as to why I did.
Where I played with the Balmain Dockers last year I would liken that competition over there to the A-grade amateurs over here. The fitness levels, intensity, skill level and all that is a level below the WAFL and you kind of take for granted the levels you were at two years ago because of that.
Personally I would only call my season average to fair at this stage. Slowly over the last three or four weeks I've been starting to feel better with more game time and getting more run into my legs. It's probably been harder than I expected to get back into the swing of things but now that I'm back into it with a good base under me it's starting to come a little easier.
I've played in a lot of big milestones in my time at the club. There was David Gault's 200th, Toby McGrath's 200th, Ray Smithers' 150th and there's been plenty more. You look up to those sort of guys and I have a lot of respect for them, and hopefully the young guys see me reaching 150 games and want to get there themselves one day in their careers.
Personally it will mean a lot to me on Saturday. It's something that I have looked forward to and it has driven me to play footy. I don’t think it's a massive thing for the group even though certain boys will draw what they can from it, but at the end of the day it's just another game and one where we will be trying to get ourselves off the bottom of the ladder.
I've already chatted to Hase and asked that nothing too big is made of the deal. Hase said he will do his due diligence in doing a little bit, but that's part and parcel of a milestone. I definitely like the low key approach to let the team go about their business as usual.
I'm glad it is going to be here at Fremantle Oval as well. My 100th game was at Claremont and we got touched up by 102 points back in 2010 so hopefully at home against Perth we can be competitive and give ourselves a chance come the final siren.
Looking back on my career at this point, it has been very good and I have been lucky enough to have a lot of very good coaches over the time with Roger Kerr, Glen Davies and John Dimmer. That period of 2003, 2004 and 2005 was very special and then I have just been grateful that we have had a lot of successful at the club in my time.
I've been really lucky in my career to play in premierships and they are amazing, but all finals footy is something you cherish. We played finals in every year except one under John so that's always special and so are the Foundation Derbies.
This year's win would actually rate right up there with the top few wins I've had and over my career those hard fought wins stick out when we've been underdogs. There was a game against East Perth on a wet, rainy night and there's been times when we have been down and out and I will always remember those fondly. 
We are going through a tough time at the moment, but hopefully the circle will change and the boys will be back up at the top in the years to come. It is bitter sweet at the moment. You can't be at the top forever, but we definitely won't be jumping off ship and us experienced guys are doing all we can to help teach these young guys get the best out of themselves to make sure we aren’t down here for too long.
I think we just have to keep working on getting a consistent effort. Hase has been driving that for the last five or six weeks after we did have a good patch of form, but it's about sustaining that for longer periods of time. It is slowly coming, but it's definitely still a work in progress.
By Craig WhiteIT IS a bit flattering actually reaching this milestone. A little bit of fuss gets made about you and it has been something I've been trying to work towards over the last five or six years.

Once you get to 50 or 60 games you have the goal to get to 100 to get your name on the locker, and then once you get to 100 you have the goal to get life membership at 150. I qualify for that now and hopefully it occurs next year.

When I went over to Sydney last year it wasn’t something I thought about to make sure I came back to reach 150 games originally. It was a big decision when leaving whether or not I would stick around to get that life membership or not, but when it came up that the chance was there to come back from Sydney that was definitely a big drawcard as to why I did.

Where I played with the Balmain Dockers last year I would liken that competition over there to the A-grade amateurs over here. The fitness levels, intensity, skill level and all that is a level below the WAFL and you kind of take for granted the levels you were at two years ago because of that.

Personally I would only call my season average to fair at this stage. Slowly over the last three or four weeks I've been starting to feel better with more game time and getting more run into my legs. It's probably been harder than I expected to get back into the swing of things but now that I'm back into it with a good base under me it's starting to come a little easier.

I've played in a lot of big milestones in my time at the club. There was David Gault's 200th, Toby McGrath's 200th, Ray Smithers' 150th and there's been plenty more. You look up to those sort of guys and I have a lot of respect for them, and hopefully the young guys see me reaching 150 games and want to get there themselves one day in their careers.

Personally it will mean a lot to me on Saturday. It's something that I have looked forward to and it has driven me to play footy. I don’t think it's a massive thing for the group even though certain boys will draw what they can from it, but at the end of the day it's just another game and one where we will be trying to get ourselves off the bottom of the ladder.

I've already chatted to Hase and asked that nothing too big is made of the deal. Hase said he will do his due diligence in doing a little bit, but that's part and parcel of a milestone. I definitely like the low key approach to let the team go about their business as usual.

I'm glad it is going to be here at Fremantle Oval as well. My 100th game was at Claremont and we got touched up by 102 points back in 2010 so hopefully at home against Perth we can be competitive and give ourselves a chance come the final siren.

Looking back on my career at this point, it has been very good and I have been lucky enough to have a lot of very good coaches over the time with Roger Kerr, Glen Davies and John Dimmer. That period of 2003, 2004 and 2005 was very special and then I have just been grateful that we have had a lot of successful at the club in my time.

I've been really lucky in my career to play in premierships and they are amazing, but all finals footy is something you cherish. We played finals in every year except one under John so that's always special and so are the Foundation Derbies.

This year's win would actually rate right up there with the top few wins I've had and over my career those hard fought wins stick out when we've been underdogs. There was a game against East Perth on a wet, rainy night and there's been times when we have been down and out and I will always remember those fondly. 

We are going through a tough time at the moment, but hopefully the circle will change and the boys will be back up at the top in the years to come. It is bitter sweet at the moment. You can't be at the top forever, but we definitely won't be jumping off ship and us experienced guys are doing all we can to help teach these young guys get the best out of themselves to make sure we aren’t down here for too long.

I think we just have to keep working on getting a consistent effort. Hase has been driving that for the last five or six weeks after we did have a good patch of form, but it's about sustaining that for longer periods of time. It is slowly coming, but it's definitely still a work in progress.

By Craig White

Lucky Lottery - Final Draw Winners

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 11:14 AM

Congratulations to the following members!

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

Bulldogs lose at home to Swans despite better second half

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 10:31 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOUTH FREMANTLE 2.2 3.4 8.6 13.8 (86)

SWAN DISTRICTS 5.5 13.9 16.12 20.18 (138)

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

Round 14 Preview v Swan Districts

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 6:20 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

Lucky Lottery Winners - Draw 10

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Congratulations to the following members!

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

White sees light at end of tunnel for Bulldogs

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 1:12 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

Mac Chat – Andrew McCarrey column Round 13

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 11:47 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew McCarrey #11