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McIntosh enjoying more responsibility with Bulldogs

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 10:31 PM

ADAM McIntosh was entrusted with a spot in South Fremantle's leadership group in 2013 and he continues to emerge as a future captain of the club with outstanding form as a key part of the defensive unit.

McIntosh had played just 17 league games with the Bulldogs coming into the season, but was one of a host of emerging players added to the leadership group underneath captain Ryan Cook and vice-captain Craig White and is paid back that faith shown in him in spades throughout the season.
The 23-year-old has had a strong season but had a day out last Sunday in South Fremantle's thumping 93-point win over Peel Thunder at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium finishing with 26 possessions and a career-best three goals.
Not only was McIntosh's offensive game off half-back outstanding, but defensively he also did well holding former Sydney player Kristin Thornton to just 12 disposals and one goal.
"It's good to finally get some reward off half-back, it has been pretty tough there chasing players around all year. It was good to just play well personally. I had a pretty slow start to the year, but the last few games have been pretty good so that is good going into next year," McIntosh said.
"I was lucky he didn’t kick very straight, but it was also good to keep him pretty quiet. At the start of the year I was beating my opponents but wasn’t doing enough with my offensive run so it's good to be doing both at the end of the year."
It hasn’t been completely smooth sailing for McIntosh this season though.
He was dropped after a quiet game against Swan Districts in Round 5 but took it on the chin well and went back to the reserves to rack up 37 possessions the next week against Subiaco and has been cemented back in the team since with his form getting better every week.
He was solid in the first half of the year but didn’t crack 20 possessions in the first 14 rounds, but he has managed to do that in all six games since culminating in the season-best 26 against Peel last Sunday.
McIntosh actually appreciates that he was given the wake-up call from coach Paul Hasleby early on in the season and is happy with the form he has been able to build throughout the season.
"I probably needed it to be honest," he said.
"I didn’t have much form and I went back to the twos and got some confidence back, and got my own game back on track. The last few weeks now things have started to really come together."
As for the win over Peel last Sunday, it was South Fremantle's biggest of the year and the 93-point margin was the biggest win in all of the WAFL this season.
It also made it the first time that the Bulldogs have strung successive wins together and after a tough year for the club, it was good for McIntosh and his teammates to get to enjoy a game that they had sewn up early to give them a chance to just have fun playing football for an afternoon.
"It was good to have a win like that. We haven’t had much success this year so it's good to finish the season well and have some confidence running into next year," McIntosh said.
"It has been pretty disappointing but it's good to find some form running into next year and finally getting the game plan that Hase wants us to play happening.
"It was pretty enjoyable out there. Everyone gets a kick, everyone gets to kick some goals and days like that are always pretty enjoyable.
"We have shown throughout the year that if we bring four quarters of effort then we can match it with everyone. We did that this week and against a lower side we just showed how well we can play."
With so many leaders and experienced players leaving South Fremantle in recent years including Toby McGrath, Hayden North, Ryan Murphy, Josh Head, Andrew McCarrey, Callum Wilson and Theo Adams the youngsters have needed to step up.
McIntosh has been one added to the leadership group this season along with Nick Borovac and Mitch Carter with Cook, White, Adam Guglielmana and Paul Mugambwa the more experienced members of that group.
McIntosh both has enjoyed being part of the leadership group this year and also likes the look of the defensive unit he is forming part of alongside Dylan Ross, Borovac, White, Guglielmana, Mitch Carter and at times Adam Carter.
"We are all pretty young but we are all starting to gel and the more games we get to play together and experience, the better we get. If we can all stick around, then we should be a pretty force back there for a long time," he said. 
"I have enjoyed being in the leadership group. I'm not much of a big talker off the field, but on the field I don’t mind using my voice and I am starting to learn a lot of leadership qualities from guys like Whitey and Cooky."
The Bulldogs now face a big test this Saturday against East Perth in the final game of the season at Fremantle Oval in the penultimate round, but McIntosh is confident of South Fremantle doing well even though the Royals are set for a finals berth in 2013.
"East Perth is probably the form side at the moment but if we played like we did this week and like we did show against Claremont, Perth and West Perth we can match it with them I reckon."
By Chris PikeADAM McIntosh was entrusted with a spot in South Fremantle's leadership group in 2013 and he continues to emerge as a future captain of the club with outstanding form as a key part of the defensive unit.

McIntosh had played just 17 league games with the Bulldogs coming into the season, but was one of a host of emerging players added to the leadership group underneath captain Ryan Cook and vice-captain Craig White and is paid back that faith shown in him in spades throughout the season.

The 23-year-old has had a strong season but had a day out last Sunday in South Fremantle's thumping 93-point win over Peel Thunder at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium finishing with 26 possessions and a career-best three goals.

Not only was McIntosh's offensive game off half-back outstanding, but defensively he also did well holding former Sydney player Kristin Thornton to just 12 disposals and one goal.

"It's good to finally get some reward off half-back, it has been pretty tough there chasing players around all year. It was good to just play well personally. I had a pretty slow start to the year, but the last few games have been pretty good so that is good going into next year," McIntosh said.

"I was lucky he didn’t kick very straight, but it was also good to keep him pretty quiet. At the start of the year I was beating my opponents but wasn’t doing enough with my offensive run so it's good to be doing both at the end of the year."

It hasn’t been completely smooth sailing for McIntosh this season though.

He was dropped after a quiet game against Swan Districts in Round 5 but took it on the chin well and went back to the reserves to rack up 37 possessions the next week against Subiaco and has been cemented back in the team since with his form getting better every week.

He was solid in the first half of the year but didn’t crack 20 possessions in the first 14 rounds, but he has managed to do that in all six games since culminating in the season-best 26 against Peel last Sunday.

McIntosh actually appreciates that he was given the wake-up call from coach Paul Hasleby early on in the season and is happy with the form he has been able to build throughout the season.

"I probably needed it to be honest," he said.

"I didn’t have much form and I went back to the twos and got some confidence back, and got my own game back on track. The last few weeks now things have started to really come together."

As for the win over Peel last Sunday, it was South Fremantle's biggest of the year and the 93-point margin was the biggest win in all of the WAFL this season.

It also made it the first time that the Bulldogs have strung successive wins together and after a tough year for the club, it was good for McIntosh and his teammates to get to enjoy a game that they had sewn up early to give them a chance to just have fun playing football for an afternoon.

"It was good to have a win like that. We haven’t had much success this year so it's good to finish the season well and have some confidence running into next year," McIntosh said.

"It has been pretty disappointing but it's good to find some form running into next year and finally getting the game plan that Hase wants us to play happening.

"It was pretty enjoyable out there. Everyone gets a kick, everyone gets to kick some goals and days like that are always pretty enjoyable.

"We have shown throughout the year that if we bring four quarters of effort then we can match it with everyone. We did that this week and against a lower side we just showed how well we can play."

With so many leaders and experienced players leaving South Fremantle in recent years including Toby McGrath, Hayden North, Ryan Murphy, Josh Head, Andrew McCarrey, Callum Wilson and Theo Adams the youngsters have needed to step up.

McIntosh has been one added to the leadership group this season along with Nick Borovac and Mitch Carter with Cook, White, Adam Guglielmana and Paul Mugambwa the more experienced members of that group.

McIntosh both has enjoyed being part of the leadership group this year and also likes the look of the defensive unit he is forming part of alongside Dylan Ross, Borovac, White, Guglielmana, Mitch Carter and at times Adam Carter.

"We are all pretty young but we are all starting to gel and the more games we get to play together and experience, the better we get. If we can all stick around, then we should be a pretty force back there for a long time," he said. 

"I have enjoyed being in the leadership group. I'm not much of a big talker off the field, but on the field I don’t mind using my voice and I am starting to learn a lot of leadership qualities from guys like Whitey and Cooky."

The Bulldogs now face a big test this Saturday against East Perth in the final game of the season at Fremantle Oval in the penultimate round, but McIntosh is confident of South Fremantle doing well even though the Royals are set for a finals berth in 2013.

"East Perth is probably the form side at the moment but if we played like we did this week and like we did show against Claremont, Perth and West Perth we can match it with them I reckon."

By Chris Pike

Round 23 Preview v East Perth

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 3:40 PM

SOUTH Fremantle plays its final home game of the season at Fremantle Oval on Saturday hosting an in-form finals bound East Perth with the Bulldogs looking to continue their impressive form late in 2013.

The Bulldogs have won their last two games and three of their last four to be in their best form of the season at present to have now well and truly escaped any possibilities of finishing with the wooden spoon and having moved up into seventh position on the ladder ahead of Subiaco.
South Fremantle put in its most dominant performance of the season last Sunday thrashing Peel Thunder by 93 points at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium and now the Bulldogs will be desperate to put in a strong showing in front of its faithful at Fremantle Oval in the last home game for 2013.
However, East Perth is going to provide stiff opposition with the Royals having thumped Subiaco and Perth the last fortnight to all but secure a finals appearance.
The two teams have met just the once so far this year with East Perth winning by 19 points in Round 8 at Leederville's Medibank Stadium, but that was after South Fremantle looked to have the win sewn up early in the last quarter before the Royals piled on the last six goals of the contest.
East Perth now sits in third position on the ladder with an 11-7 record to sit a game clear of the chasing East Fremantle and Swan Districts meaning that the Royals need to win just one of their last two games against South Fremantle and Subiaco to secure a finals berth in 2013.
East Perth has now won the last three clashes with South Fremantle after the Bulldogs' run of 16 straight wins over the Royals between 2005 and 2011 came to an end.
South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby was quick to turn his team's attention onto East Perth quickly after Sunday's win over Peel and knows that with a dominant ruckman like Paul Johnson and the league's best key forward Josh Smith that the Bulldogs are going to have to be at their very best.
"Straight after the game we turned our attention to wanting to win this game against East Perth. We see them as one of the better teams in the comp at the moment and we will give it everything, and see how we measure up going into next year's pre-season," Hasleby said.
"Brendan Lee is also probably the best midfielder going around at the moment as well and when you add some Eagles guys with Rosa, Selwood and Morton as well as some young players coming through and their more experienced players like Wulff, Swann and Seal who have been in good form. We look forward to our young blokes taking them on."
South Fremantle will be desperate to continue its good recent form and also put in a strong showing in its final home game at Fremantle Oval for 2013, but the loss of West Coast's Ashton Hams to suspension won't help.
Hams came back into the Bulldogs line-up last Sunday and was brilliant with 31 possessions and six goals in the 93-point win over Peel.
However, West Coast small defender Adam Carter will be back for the Bulldogs fresh off earning some AFL experience while South Fremantle looks set to blood at least one more exciting debutant.
Blaine Johnson has been a star in South Fremantle's colts and then in the WA State 18s campaign showed himself as one of the most exciting forward prospects in the country.
Since returning from that, he has played in the reserves the last three weeks and put in his most impressive performance last Sunday against Peel finishing with 19 possessions, seven marks and three goals.
With Hams out of the Bulldogs team this week, it looks like being the perfect chance to blood Johnson for his league debut and giving him a chance in the forward-line alongside Ben Saunders, Paul Mugambwa and Alistair Gillespie.
Another exciting young talent Marlon Pickett is also a chance to make his debut with Tyler Hall also in the mix to line-up for the Bulldogs.
East Perth is now all but assured of a finals spot unless it loses its last two games against South Fremantle and Subiaco.
The Royals do lose West Coast pair Matt Rosa and Blayne Wilson this week, though, with both earning a call up to play for the Eagles on Friday night against Collingwood at the MCG.
Both were outstanding last Saturday in East Perth's 48-point win over Perth with Rosa finishing with 34 possessions and Wilson 26 from defence.
Marcus White looms as the most likely replacement in the Royals' defence for Wilson even though he hasn’t played a league game since Round 8.
Arthur Bennell could also come in for East Perth and provide another small forward option while Callum Hart, Mitch Howlett and Rowan Brookes are fighting to return to the Royals line-up as well.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle plays its final home game of the season at Fremantle Oval on Saturday hosting an in-form finals bound East Perth with the Bulldogs looking to continue their impressive form late in 2013.

The Bulldogs have won their last two games and three of their last four to be in their best form of the season at present to have now well and truly escaped any possibilities of finishing with the wooden spoon and having moved up into seventh position on the ladder ahead of Subiaco.

South Fremantle put in its most dominant performance of the season last Sunday thrashing Peel Thunder by 93 points at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium and now the Bulldogs will be desperate to put in a strong showing in front of its faithful at Fremantle Oval in the last home game for 2013.

However, East Perth is going to provide stiff opposition with the Royals having thumped Subiaco and Perth the last fortnight to all but secure a finals appearance.

The two teams have met just the once so far this year with East Perth winning by 19 points in Round 8 at Leederville's Medibank Stadium, but that was after South Fremantle looked to have the win sewn up early in the last quarter before the Royals piled on the last six goals of the contest.

East Perth now sits in third position on the ladder with an 11-7 record to sit a game clear of the chasing East Fremantle and Swan Districts meaning that the Royals need to win just one of their last two games against South Fremantle and Subiaco to secure a finals berth in 2013.

East Perth has now won the last three clashes with South Fremantle after the Bulldogs' run of 16 straight wins over the Royals between 2005 and 2011 came to an end.

South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby was quick to turn his team's attention onto East Perth quickly after Sunday's win over Peel and knows that with a dominant ruckman like Paul Johnson and the league's best key forward Josh Smith that the Bulldogs are going to have to be at their very best.

"Straight after the game we turned our attention to wanting to win this game against East Perth. We see them as one of the better teams in the comp at the moment and we will give it everything, and see how we measure up going into next year's pre-season," Hasleby said.

"Brendan Lee is also probably the best midfielder going around at the moment as well and when you add some Eagles guys with Rosa, Selwood and Morton as well as some young players coming through and their more experienced players like Wulff, Swann and Seal who have been in good form. We look forward to our young blokes taking them on."

South Fremantle will be desperate to continue its good recent form and also put in a strong showing in its final home game at Fremantle Oval for 2013, but the loss of West Coast's Ashton Hams to suspension won't help.

Hams came back into the Bulldogs line-up last Sunday and was brilliant with 31 possessions and six goals in the 93-point win over Peel.

However, West Coast small defender Adam Carter will be back for the Bulldogs fresh off earning some AFL experience while South Fremantle looks set to blood at least one more exciting debutant.

Blaine Johnson has been a star in South Fremantle's colts and then in the WA State 18s campaign showed himself as one of the most exciting forward prospects in the country.

Since returning from that, he has played in the reserves the last three weeks and put in his most impressive performance last Sunday against Peel finishing with 19 possessions, seven marks and three goals.

With Hams out of the Bulldogs team this week, it looks like being the perfect chance to blood Johnson for his league debut and giving him a chance in the forward-line alongside Ben Saunders, Paul Mugambwa and Alistair Gillespie.

Another exciting young talent Marlon Pickett is also a chance to make his debut with Tyler Hall also in the mix to line-up for the Bulldogs.

East Perth is now all but assured of a finals spot unless it loses its last two games against South Fremantle and Subiaco.

The Royals do lose West Coast pair Matt Rosa and Blayne Wilson this week, though, with both earning a call up to play for the Eagles on Friday night against Collingwood at the MCG.

Both were outstanding last Saturday in East Perth's 48-point win over Perth with Rosa finishing with 34 possessions and Wilson 26 from defence.

Marcus White looms as the most likely replacement in the Royals' defence for Wilson even though he hasn’t played a league game since Round 8.

Arthur Bennell could also come in for East Perth and provide another small forward option while Callum Hart, Mitch Howlett and Rowan Brookes are fighting to return to the Royals line-up as well.

By Chris Pike

Hasleby pleased to see Bulldogs coming together

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 1:37 PM

SOUTH Fremantle has now won consecutive games for the first time in 2013 and recorded the biggest win in the WAFL last Sunday with coach Paul Hasleby glad to see his team playing with confidence and to the game plan.

The Bulldogs were in control from the outset last Sunday against Peel Thunder at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium to end up winning by 93 points to back up the win two weeks prior against Subiaco that was set up with a six-goal to two final quarter.
While there was a disappointing derby loss to East Fremantle prior to that win over Subiaco, before that the Bulldogs beat the second-placed West Perth by 39 points at Arena Joondalup and that was on the back of strong, albeit losing, efforts against Claremont and Perth.
That all adds up to South Fremantle's form being greatly improved for the most part over the last third of the 2013 season and Hasleby was glad to see his players get the chance to enjoy themselves on Sunday in Mandurah with such a dominant, comfortable and impressive performance.
"It's good for them to get confidence in everything they have been working on so from that point of view it's good. It's also good from a coaching point of view because you can try guys in different positions and throw them around," Hasleby said.
"We haven’t been able to string two wins together this year until now so the challenge was put to the boys to do that before the game, and as a coach you know they are certainly there to play when you are already four goals up in the first five or six minutes. It was pleasing from that point of view."
West Coast's Ashton Hams returned for the Bulldogs last Sunday and was outstanding with six goals and 31 possessions but Hasleby also felt his presence helped Mitch Banner (32 disposals), Ryan Cook (34), Haiden Schloithe (23, two goals), Tim Kelly (24), Jacob Martinez (25, two goals), Reece Adams (17), Brendan Verrier (32) and James Laurino (22) all have strong games as well.
"He makes a massive different to us with that extra midfielder which frees Banner, Cook and Schloithe up," he said.
"We are actually developing a very good midfield in there and the challenge for us is to see what happens next year and try to keep that group together along.
"With Tim Kelly, Martinez, Adams, Verrier and Laurino as well there is the basis for one of the best midfields in the comp if we can keep them together and keep improving them."
Adam McIntosh was another star performer for South Fremantle against Peel with the half-back finishing with 26 possessions and a career-best three goals while also holding the dangerous Kristin Thornton to just 12 touches and a goal.
Hasleby was impressed with his performance and of Adam Guglielmana, Craig White, Mitch Carter, Nick Borovac, Warrick Andreoli and Dylan Ross also down back.
"He (McIntosh) is a really good player for us. He can play tall, he can play small and he's had some big challenges across the year playing on some AFL-listed small forwards. He still has a few aspects he needs to work on but he's developing into a very good WAFL player," Hasleby said.
"The boys know the direction they want to go and when they can get some predictability with how they want to move the ball they can take off with confidence from half-back.
"Adam McIntosh drifted forward to kick three goals as a half-back and a lot of our back-line was involved in setting up goals which was a pleasing aspect."
Hasleby certainly does see the makings of a strong side in his current South Fremantle group now.
The midfield has great depth with Schloithe, Adams, Kris Miller, Banner, Martinez, Cook, Laurino, Kelly and Verrier while the forward-line is dangerous with Ben Saunders, Paul Mugambwa, and Alistair Gillespie with a blend of smalls while the back-line is coming together nicely.
A potential key forward and back is now the focus for the Bulldogs over the off-season.
"We still probably lack a real key position player in both parts of the ground so the challenge for us over the summer period is to find one or two, but Dylan Ross has turned into a very good defender and we have the confidence in Borovac to play on the biggest and smallest going around," he said.
"McIntosh is down back and Andreoli did a good job this week. With the forward-line, Saundo gives us that target, Gumby is always giving a contest and his pressure is probably the best in the team and 'Dizzy' over the last four or five weeks has really started to figure out what footy is all about. It's all about him applying the intensity and pressure 100 per cent of the time and he's getting the results."
Andreoli has returned from St Kilda to South Fremantle this season and struggled to adjust back to WAFL football, but his last two games against Peel and Subiaco have been by far his best of the season showing his good skills out of the back-line and terrific pace.
"When he plays with intensity he is a very good player for us," Hasleby said.
"He is very good with the ball in hand, he uses it well, and he is very speedy and is a good handball receive player. Because he has been in the AFL system he also gets what we are trying to do so he is quite clever in that aspect as well."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle has now won consecutive games for the first time in 2013 and recorded the biggest win in the WAFL last Sunday with coach Paul Hasleby glad to see his team playing with confidence and to the game plan.

The Bulldogs were in control from the outset last Sunday against Peel Thunder at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium to end up winning by 93 points to back up the win two weeks prior against Subiaco that was set up with a six-goal to two final quarter.

While there was a disappointing derby loss to East Fremantle prior to that win over Subiaco, before that the Bulldogs beat the second-placed West Perth by 39 points at Arena Joondalup and that was on the back of strong, albeit losing, efforts against Claremont and Perth.

That all adds up to South Fremantle's form being greatly improved for the most part over the last third of the 2013 season and Hasleby was glad to see his players get the chance to enjoy themselves on Sunday in Mandurah with such a dominant, comfortable and impressive performance.

"It's good for them to get confidence in everything they have been working on so from that point of view it's good. It's also good from a coaching point of view because you can try guys in different positions and throw them around," Hasleby said.

"We haven’t been able to string two wins together this year until now so the challenge was put to the boys to do that before the game, and as a coach you know they are certainly there to play when you are already four goals up in the first five or six minutes. It was pleasing from that point of view."

West Coast's Ashton Hams returned for the Bulldogs last Sunday and was outstanding with six goals and 31 possessions but Hasleby also felt his presence helped Mitch Banner (32 disposals), Ryan Cook (34), Haiden Schloithe (23, two goals), Tim Kelly (24), Jacob Martinez (25, two goals), Reece Adams (17), Brendan Verrier (32) and James Laurino (22) all have strong games as well.

"He makes a massive different to us with that extra midfielder which frees Banner, Cook and Schloithe up," he said.

"We are actually developing a very good midfield in there and the challenge for us is to see what happens next year and try to keep that group together along.

"With Tim Kelly, Martinez, Adams, Verrier and Laurino as well there is the basis for one of the best midfields in the comp if we can keep them together and keep improving them."

Adam McIntosh was another star performer for South Fremantle against Peel with the half-back finishing with 26 possessions and a career-best three goals while also holding the dangerous Kristin Thornton to just 12 touches and a goal.

Hasleby was impressed with his performance and of Adam Guglielmana, Craig White, Mitch Carter, Nick Borovac, Warrick Andreoli and Dylan Ross also down back.

"He (McIntosh) is a really good player for us. He can play tall, he can play small and he's had some big challenges across the year playing on some AFL-listed small forwards. He still has a few aspects he needs to work on but he's developing into a very good WAFL player," Hasleby said.

"The boys know the direction they want to go and when they can get some predictability with how they want to move the ball they can take off with confidence from half-back.

"Adam McIntosh drifted forward to kick three goals as a half-back and a lot of our back-line was involved in setting up goals which was a pleasing aspect."

Hasleby certainly does see the makings of a strong side in his current South Fremantle group now.

The midfield has great depth with Schloithe, Adams, Kris Miller, Banner, Martinez, Cook, Laurino, Kelly and Verrier while the forward-line is dangerous with Ben Saunders, Paul Mugambwa, and Alistair Gillespie with a blend of smalls while the back-line is coming together nicely.

A potential key forward and back is now the focus for the Bulldogs over the off-season.

"We still probably lack a real key position player in both parts of the ground so the challenge for us over the summer period is to find one or two, but Dylan Ross has turned into a very good defender and we have the confidence in Borovac to play on the biggest and smallest going around," he said.

"McIntosh is down back and Andreoli did a good job this week. With the forward-line, Saundo gives us that target, Gumby is always giving a contest and his pressure is probably the best in the team and 'Dizzy' over the last four or five weeks has really started to figure out what footy is all about. It's all about him applying the intensity and pressure 100 per cent of the time and he's getting the results."

Andreoli has returned from St Kilda to South Fremantle this season and struggled to adjust back to WAFL football, but his last two games against Peel and Subiaco have been by far his best of the season showing his good skills out of the back-line and terrific pace.

"When he plays with intensity he is a very good player for us," Hasleby said.

"He is very good with the ball in hand, he uses it well, and he is very speedy and is a good handball receive player. Because he has been in the AFL system he also gets what we are trying to do so he is quite clever in that aspect as well."

By Chris Pike

Young players on the way up

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 1:13 PM

FIVE young South Fremantle Football Club members are a step closer to their dream of playing in the AFL after being selected in the AIS-AFL Academy Squads.

Callum Ah Chee, Kade Stewart, Jarrod Pickett, Jermaine Miller-Lewis and Matthew Ah Siu were among more than 60 players from around the country selected for the squads, allowing them to come together four times in the next 12 months for training camps as well as the opportunity to travel overseas.

South Fremantle player development manager Daniel Vidovich said the selection was exciting for the club and the players.

“The boys have worked extremely hard through the club’s development programs over the past couple of seasons and to be awarded with an AIS Scholarship, the club is extremely proud of them,” he said.

“It is a great achievement being selected and the boys realise that they still need to continue to do the right things on and off the field to maintain a high level of professionalism and continue their development moving forward.

“The boys have worked extremely hard through the club’s development programs over the past couple of seasons and to be awarded with an AIS Scholarship, the club is extremely proud of them,” he said.    “It is a great achievement being selected and the boys realise that they still need to continue to do the right things on and off the field to maintain a high level of professionalism and continue their development moving forward.    “It gives the players an insight of the level of professionalism required to make it to the elite level.”

AIS-AFL Academy Squad members Callum Ah Chee, Kade Stewart, Jarrod Pickett, Jermaine Miller-Lewis and Matthew Ah Siu.
Picture: Louise White www.communitypix.com.au ? d405776
Story courtesy Community News, Fremantle Gazette, 20 August 2013

 

Red and WHITE – Craig White column August 22

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 4:22 PM

The Break. Mad Monday, Footy Trips, Holidays, Cricket, Golf, Fishing, Races and Beers - everything that can be enjoyed in a players off-season.

Most footballers and l will use the word 'most' because a small minority may not agree that the eight weeks we get off a year is the most enjoyable eight weeks of the year with no meetings, ice baths, sore bodies, 400m runs and weights.
You enjoy the spare time like every other person would normally.
Mad Monday (don’t be late) signals the start of the off-season and it's a chance for all the boys to let their hair down and have a beer (or 20).
Normally beginning at 9am on the Monday after the last game, Mad Monday normally brings about some great memories. Over the years l have witnessed a 100 beer shots in 100 minutes, a player get a bull ring through his nose and a player lighting all his hair on fire.
Next to follow is the footy trip and I think l have experienced the highs and lows of what footy trips can be.
My first ever footy trip in 2004 was to Geraldton for the weekend (what a blast). The last footy trip that l was on in 2010 was to Las Vegas and in between we had trips to Thailand, Sydney, Bali and New Zealand.
I am thankful, as are a lot of other boys at Souths, that we have had an opportunity to travel and see the world (mostly bars and clubs). By the end of a footy trip and a full 10 months of training and playing with the boys it is finally time to say "I don’t want to see you boys for the next eight week."
The next eight weeks for me is about switching off completely from football.
I enjoy some time playing golf, I enjoy a Friday beer after work and maybe even a sneaky trip away with the girlfriend (if she’s lucky).
I put on my Australian cricket selectors cap and find ways to get Shane Watson out of the team, and his hundred last night in a dead rubber game of the Ashes series is going to make my job even harder now.
For other boys at the club there is a common interest of fishing, surfing and punting on the horses which takes up plenty of spare time.
By the time this eight weeks is up you start to get the itch back to catch up with the boys from the club.
Don’t get me wrong, though, there is no itch whatsoever to start running time trials or pushing weights but the banter and camaraderie of being at the football club is what you look forward to and what gets you through the next pre-season. 
I will finish off in saying that the year has not gone to plan on the field in term of wins, but we have seen some major improvement in effort and consistency over the course of the year.
I am sure that after the players have had their well earned break and a big pre-season that you will see a vastly improved side in 2014.
By Craig WhiteTHE Break. Mad Monday, Footy Trips, Holidays, Cricket, Golf, Fishing, Races and Beers - everything that can be enjoyed in a players off-season.

Most footballers and l will use the word 'most' because a small minority may not agree that the eight weeks we get off a year is the most enjoyable eight weeks of the year with no meetings, ice baths, sore bodies, 400m runs and weights.

You enjoy the spare time like every other person would normally.

Mad Monday (don’t be late) signals the start of the off-season and it's a chance for all the boys to let their hair down and have a beer (or 20).

Normally beginning at 9am on the Monday after the last game, Mad Monday normally brings about some great memories. Over the years l have witnessed a 100 beer shots in 100 minutes, a player get a bull ring through his nose and a player lighting all his hair on fire.

Next to follow is the footy trip and I think l have experienced the highs and lows of what footy trips can be.

My first ever footy trip in 2004 was to Geraldton for the weekend (what a blast). The last footy trip that l was on in 2010 was to Las Vegas and in between we had trips to Thailand, Sydney, Bali and New Zealand.

I am thankful, as are a lot of other boys at Souths, that we have had an opportunity to travel and see the world (mostly bars and clubs). By the end of a footy trip and a full 10 months of training and playing with the boys it is finally time to say "I don’t want to see you boys for the next eight week."

The next eight weeks for me is about switching off completely from football.

I enjoy some time playing golf, I enjoy a Friday beer after work and maybe even a sneaky trip away with the girlfriend (if she’s lucky).

I put on my Australian cricket selectors cap and find ways to get Shane Watson out of the team, and his hundred last night in a dead rubber game of the Ashes series is going to make my job even harder now.

For other boys at the club there is a common interest of fishing, surfing and punting on the horses which takes up plenty of spare time.

By the time this eight weeks is up you start to get the itch back to catch up with the boys from the club.

Don’t get me wrong, though, there is no itch whatsoever to start running time trials or pushing weights but the banter and camaraderie of being at the football club is what you look forward to and what gets you through the next pre-season. 

I will finish off in saying that the year has not gone to plan on the field in term of wins, but we have seen some major improvement in effort and consistency over the course of the year.

I am sure that after the players have had their well earned break and a big pre-season that you will see a vastly improved side in 2014.

By Craig White

Volunteers recognised

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 2:28 PM

SOUTH Fremantle Football club acknowledged the contributions of their volunteers at a special BBQ award presentation on Wednesday 21 August.

More than 50 people joined President Haydn Raitt, CEO Stuart Kemp, coaching staff and board members to acknowledge some of the hard-working members of the South Fremantle community.

Volunteer of the Year awards were presented in the categories of Colts, Reserves, League and Functions/House and Bar Area. Winners were:
Colts - Matt Hall
Reserves - Peter Matier
League - Tony Mollica
Functions/House and Bar Area - Marian Reid

Special mention was also paid to Linton Davies, Sandy Cuccovia, Cliff Collard, Merv Lockhart, Marty Boss, students from Notre Dame, as well as Alf and Ange Sirna and Lenny Covich.

The overall winner of the Volunteer of the Year went to Tony Mollica.

CEO Stuart Kemp also acknowledged the assistance of Bertha Scobie, Margaret Redpath, Marion Reid, Joan Jones and Liz Houston.

Bulldogs dominate Peel in 93-point thrashing in Mandurah

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 1:13 AM

SOUTH Fremantle continued its impressive form nearing the end of the 2013 season recording the biggest win in the WAFL this year with a 93-point thumping of Peel Thunder in Mandurah on Sunday.
The Bulldogs kicked the first five goals of the game inside the first 15 minutes to virtually have the match sewn up at that point, and they went on with it the entire afternoon at Bendigo Bank Stadium to run out 24.16 (160) to 9.13 (67) winners.
The victory means that South Fremantle is now no chance of finishing on the bottom and in fact the Bulldogs have now climbed up into seventh position on the ladder ahead of Subiaco with the win ahead of the last two games of the 2013 season against East Perth and Perth.
Remarkably even though the Bulldogs have just five wins for the year, four of them have resulted in cups coming to Fremantle Oval. Sunday's win was for the Gary Holland Shield and now that joins the Garlic Munchers, Big Boots and Foundation trophies as the spoils of victories in 2013.
The Bulldogs completed dominated the contest against Peel on Sunday finishing with a massive 150 more possessions and 40 scoring shots to 22 to set up the 93-point victory.
West Coast's Ashton Hams returned on Sunday for South Fremantle and continued his outstanding WAFL form this season finishing with 31 possessions, six clearances, four inside-50 entries and six goals.
The Bulldogs' other AFL-listed player on the day, Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe, was also terrific particularly in the first half with 23 disposals, six clearances and two goals.
Three of South Fremantle's young midfielders were particularly outstanding with Brendan Verrier racking up 30 possessions, Jacob Martinez 25 and two goals, and Tim Kelly 24 touches.
Captain Ryan Cook continued his strong season with another 34 possessions as well with Mitch Banner having it 32 times, second-gamer James Laurino 22 (as well as a mercurial goal), Reece Adams 17 and Kris Miller 17.
Peel still managed to go inside its forward 50 on 41 occasions but South Fremantle's back-line was well in control led by Adam McIntosh who not only restricted Kristin Thornton to 12 touches, but had 26 possessions and a career-best three goals himself.
Nick Borovac had a good battle with lively Peel forward Brad Holmes and had 22 disposals himself while Warrick Andreoli played his best game for South Fremantle with 21 touches.
Dylan Ross was again a standout performer at centre half-back with 20 touches and five marks with Adam Guglielmana picking up 18 disposals and Mitch Carter 16 to go with a good goal.
It took just over two minutes for Paul Mugambwa to kick the first goal of the day for South Fremantle with Ben Saunders adding another at the six-minute mark with Schloithe, Martinez and then Schloithe again helping the Bulldogs to the first five goals of the game and an early 33-point lead.
The Bulldogs were still in front by 33 points at quarter-time and that extended to a massive 75 by half-time after a dominant nine-goal to two second term punctuated by a Sean Tighe major after the half-time siren.
It took 10 minutes for the first of the third quarter, but it came when McIntosh booted his second of the day and when he kicked his third just before three quarter-time, South Fremantle was leading by 95 points.
That lead got out to as much 107 points when Hams booted two goals in the first two minutes of the final quarter before the Bulldogs eventually won by 93 points.
It is the biggest win of the WAFL season to date eclipsing East Perth's 91-point win over Peel in Round 15.
South Fremantle's reserves also recorded a comfortable 49-point win over Peel but it could have been by so much more if the Bulldogs had kicked straighter than the 11.24.
Blaine Johnson booted three goals from 19 possessions, seven marks and four tackles in an impressive display with Kaiden Matera also booting two majors.
Alex Grima racked up a game-high 29 possessions with Jarrod Parry having it 28 times, Toby Bairstow 26, Jarrad Winter 25, Tyler Hall 23 and Dylan Main 20.
Shaun Bewick also came in for his first appearance of the season after a knee injury and picked up 13 possessions.
The Bulldogs colts got the day off in Mandurah to a perfect stat with a massive 20.11 (131) to 2.4 (16) win over the Thunder.
Willie Rioli booted five goals from 17 possessions for South Fremantle with Jarrod Pickett kicking three goals and Traye Bennell and Jarrod Garlett booting two apiece.
Jacob Dragovich racked up 32 possessions while laying eight tackles with Braden Fimmano gathering 25 disposals, Matthew Gundry 22 and Jakeb Tartaglia 21.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 6.7 15.9 20.15 24.16 (160)
PEEL THUNDER 1.4 3.6 5.10 9.13 (67)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Hams 6; McIntosh 3; Saunders, Schloithe, Martinez 2; Cook, Verrier, Kelly, Laurino, Tighe, Gillespie, Carter, Miller, Mugambwa.
Best: Hams, McIntosh, Cook, Verrier, Martinez, Kelly, Banner, Schloithe.
PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Motlop, Holmes 3; Jones, Taberner, Thornton.
Best: Jones, Flaherty, Wilkins, Holmes, Motlop.
By Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle continued its impressive form nearing the end of the 2013 season recording the biggest win in the WAFL this year with a 93-point thumping of Peel Thunder in Mandurah on Sunday.

The Bulldogs kicked the first five goals of the game inside the first 15 minutes to virtually have the match sewn up at that point, and they went on with it the entire afternoon at Bendigo Bank Stadium to run out 24.16 (160) to 9.13 (67) winners.

The victory means that South Fremantle is now no chance of finishing on the bottom and in fact the Bulldogs have now climbed up into seventh position on the ladder ahead of Subiaco with the win ahead of the last two games of the 2013 season against East Perth and Perth.

Remarkably even though the Bulldogs have just five wins for the year, four of them have resulted in cups coming to Fremantle Oval. Sunday's win was for the Gary Holland Shield and now that joins the Garlic Munchers, Big Boots and Foundation trophies as the spoils of victories in 2013.

The Bulldogs completed dominated the contest against Peel on Sunday finishing with a massive 150 more possessions and 40 scoring shots to 22 to set up the 93-point victory.

West Coast's Ashton Hams returned on Sunday for South Fremantle and continued his outstanding WAFL form this season finishing with 31 possessions, six clearances, four inside-50 entries and six goals.

The Bulldogs' other AFL-listed player on the day, Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe, was also terrific particularly in the first half with 23 disposals, six clearances and two goals.

Three of South Fremantle's young midfielders were particularly outstanding with Brendan Verrier racking up 30 possessions, Jacob Martinez 25 and two goals, and Tim Kelly 24 touches.

Captain Ryan Cook continued his strong season with another 34 possessions as well with Mitch Banner having it 32 times, second-gamer James Laurino 22 (as well as a mercurial goal), Reece Adams 17 and Kris Miller 17.

Peel still managed to go inside its forward 50 on 41 occasions but South Fremantle's back-line was well in control led by Adam McIntosh who not only restricted Kristin Thornton to 12 touches, but had 26 possessions and a career-best three goals himself.

Nick Borovac had a good battle with lively Peel forward Brad Holmes and had 22 disposals himself while Warrick Andreoli played his best game for South Fremantle with 21 touches.

Dylan Ross was again a standout performer at centre half-back with 20 touches and five marks with Adam Guglielmana picking up 18 disposals and Mitch Carter 16 to go with a good goal.

It took just over two minutes for Paul Mugambwa to kick the first goal of the day for South Fremantle with Ben Saunders adding another at the six-minute mark with Schloithe, Martinez and then Schloithe again helping the Bulldogs to the first five goals of the game and an early 33-point lead.

The Bulldogs were still in front by 33 points at quarter-time and that extended to a massive 75 by half-time after a dominant nine-goal to two second term punctuated by a Sean Tighe major after the half-time siren.

It took 10 minutes for the first of the third quarter, but it came when McIntosh booted his second of the day and when he kicked his third just before three quarter-time, South Fremantle was leading by 95 points.

That lead got out to as much 107 points when Hams booted two goals in the first two minutes of the final quarter before the Bulldogs eventually won by 93 points.

It is the biggest win of the WAFL season to date eclipsing East Perth's 91-point win over Peel in Round 15.

South Fremantle's reserves also recorded a comfortable 49-point win over Peel but it could have been by so much more if the Bulldogs had kicked straighter than the 11.24.

Blaine Johnson booted three goals from 19 possessions, seven marks and four tackles in an impressive display with Kaiden Matera also booting two majors.

Alex Grima racked up a game-high 29 possessions with Jarrod Parry having it 28 times, Toby Bairstow 26, Jarrad Winter 25, Tyler Hall 23 and Dylan Main 20.

Shaun Bewick also came in for his first appearance of the season after a knee injury and picked up 13 possessions.

The Bulldogs colts got the day off in Mandurah to a perfect stat with a massive 20.11 (131) to 2.4 (16) win over the Thunder.

Willie Rioli booted five goals from 17 possessions for South Fremantle with Jarrod Pickett kicking three goals and Traye Bennell and Jarrod Garlett booting two apiece.

Jacob Dragovich racked up 32 possessions while laying eight tackles with Braden Fimmano gathering 25 disposals, Matthew Gundry 22 and Jakeb Tartaglia 21.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 6.7 15.9 20.15 24.16 (160)

PEEL THUNDER 1.4 3.6 5.10 9.13 (67)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Hams 6; McIntosh 3; Saunders, Schloithe, Martinez 2; Cook, Verrier, Kelly, Laurino, Tighe, Gillespie, Carter, Miller, Mugambwa.

Best: Hams, McIntosh, Cook, Verrier, Martinez, Kelly, Banner, Schloithe.

PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Motlop, Holmes 3; Jones, Taberner, Thornton.

Best: Jones, Flaherty, Wilkins, Holmes, Motlop.

By Chris Pike

Colts Report - Round 22

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 6:30 PM

THE South Fremantle’s colts kicked off what turned out to be a great day for the club with a dominant display early Sunday at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Waking up early for the long trip down to Mandurah it was pleasing to see the ground surface much drier than previous weeks. The South players revelled in the conditions using the ball with aplomb. The Peel side struggled to compete with the well drilled and skilful Bulldogs side and did well to stay in touch early.

Peel were held at bay by the confident and composed backline lead by Matty Gundry and Bradd McPhail, while drive was delivered by speedsters Tom Vanderluer, Jordan Comeagain and Jermaine Lewis off the half back line.

Though not showing it early on the scoreboard, the forwards were able to create many headaches for the younger Peel backline.

Willie Rioli continues to score at will and shares a desire to share the spoils with his teammates. Bailey Matera and Matty Ah Siu along with youngster Callum Ah Chee were able to show they will be a handful for back men for many seasons to come as they combine to display some exciting skills.

The tall brigade was outstanding this week as Daniel Moore (K Craft Bull Bars' Best Player Award winner) produced his best game of colts football taking many telling marks around the ground. He along with Josh Hall were instrumental in giving their following brigade many opportunities to win possession of the ball.

Bill Frampton was more than serviceable at half forward, in his first game back after an extended injury break.

After half-time it was all one way traffic as the first goal of the half giving little time for spectators to get seated as Rioli dribbled a clever kick through the sticks in less than 20 seconds.

This started what was to be a very entertaining second half. The two Jarrods, Pickett and Garlett, dazzled their opponents were sublime skill and speed that kept all entertained that watched. The midfield boys came to the fore with Jacob Tartaglia, Braden Fimmano and the gritty pair of Jacob Dragovich and James Culleton giving the outside midfielders’ plenty of opportunity with their ability to win the tough contests.  

All in all the team is developing well as we expose many new faces to an already young side. First gamer Harley Brown was the newest face to represent the side. He has given up living at home in the Gascoyne to fulfill his hopes of playing football for South Fremantle. It was pleasing to see him start his career with a sound performance and it was even more pleasing to see the team win in style.

Arthur Maskos
SFFC Colts Coach

Googs' Gabble – Adam Guglielmana column August 16

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 4:08 PM

IN JANUARY 2006, after finishing 12 years of schooling and the obligatory celebrations that follow, I found myself at my first day of pre-season for the South Fremantle Football Club. Seven and a bit years later I’ve been asked to share what has gone on between now and then.

The 2006 season was a bad year for the South Fremantle colts and from memory we lost something like our first 10 games.  
Personally I found the going tough moving to Perth from Carnarvon and I was a long way out of my comfort zone in all aspects of life. I was working for the first time, didn’t know many people in Perth, and had never met anybody from the football club until I moved down. I definitely did not enjoy my footy in the first half of the year and was dropped about halfway through.
Things started to change for the better after that point as I started to develop friendships with my new teammates and our football form improved as a consequence. Players like Cory Dell'Olio, Callum Wilson, Adam McIntosh and Reece Adams started playing some good football and took us to a few (though not many) wins for the year.
The next year I was lucky enough to be made captain of the colts as a top age player. We ended up losing in a preliminary final to Claremont, and for the first time in my fledgling career I’d played the majority of the season in the back-line, having played as a midfielder/forward up until that point.
In 2008 I moved back into the midfield in the reserves and was lucky enough to play three games as a small forward in the league side without contributing much, and eventually getting dropped.  
The 2009 season was much the same; I played a couple of games early on as a small forward before being dropped until the back half of the year where I snuck in as a midfielder for a game against Perth. I hadn’t been playing well but we had the game sewn up so in the last quarter John Dimmer, who was coaching at the time, asked me to tag Ross Young. 
At the end of the game John thought I had done a reasonable job restricting Ross and played me as a tagger for the next four or five games before I was dropped back to the reserves again, where I would finish off the year and be a part of a premiership.
The next year was a make or break year for me as we had lost a lot of experience after the league and reserves had both won premierships and I knew I would get a lot more opportunity. Up until that point I’d played mainly as a small forward at league level in a time when rotations were not in vogue, so I was looking forward to the prospect of more game time and time in the midfield.
Unfortunately, although getting the opportunities early in 2010 I didn’t take them, and after about four games of the season I was thrown to half-back in the last quarter in a game against Swan Districts. Luckily I managed to find a bit of the football for the first time in my career and played the next few games as a backman where I gained a lot of confidence that I could compete at WAFL level.
I was lucky enough to play every game in 2010, playing primarily as a midfielder after the first third of the year. I started to feel comfortable at league level, although I always worried on a Thursday night if I would be called into John’s room to be dropped back to the reserves.
In 2011, I played the first half of the year in the midfield and I enjoyed it a lot. Playing next to guys like Kris Miller, Ryan Cook and Ashton Hams, with Jaymie Graham in the ruck I was excited by what the near future held for the club. Unfortunately Jaymie went down with a horrific knee injury early in the year and I tore my ACL not long after.
The league side did make finals but were bundled out in the first semi-final against Subiaco.
After a long road back from a knee reconstruction I started 2012 in the reserves again before finally making it back to league level in Round 2. I had a poor year mainly playing half-forward and sometimes in the midfield and ended up dropped once again after about 15 rounds.  
Coming back from my first major injury was a lot harder than I thought. Regaining the confidence in my body was one thing but I never really regained confidence in my ability in 2012 and failed to put together many good performances.
This year I have been lucky enough to play all my games in the league side so far (touch wood) and I’ve enjoyed the challenges of playing both back and forward.
I started the year as a small forward and really enjoyed playing with guys like Gumby, Alistair Gillespie and Kingsley Smith. The pressure they put on the opposition backline is amazing and you definitely get the spoils of that at times.
Since Adam Carter’s elevation to the Eagles I’ve been lucky enough to play in one of the youngest back-lines in the WAFL and I’m really enjoying it. 
To me playing as a small forward is still the hardest position on the ground. Firstly you need the ball to come down there, then hope the tall forwards spill it, all so you can have the opportunity to try and beat a bloke that hangs off you all day.
Playing back is a lot more stressful, you have to concentrate every second of the game as those cheeky small forwards only need a small window of time to make you look stupid.
Playing league football for South Fremantle is something that I hold highly and being able to play in more than one position was definitely borne out of necessity rather than ability.
I have been dropped more times than I can remember but I may never have got the opportunities I have if I hadn’t developed some flexibility in my game.
By Adam GuglielmanaIN JANUARY 2006, after finishing 12 years of schooling and the obligatory celebrations that follow, I found myself at my first day of pre-season for the South Fremantle Football Club. Seven and a bit years later I’ve been asked to share what has gone on between now and then.

The 2006 season was a bad year for the South Fremantle colts and from memory we lost something like our first 10 games.  

Personally I found the going tough moving to Perth from Carnarvon and I was a long way out of my comfort zone in all aspects of life. I was working for the first time, didn’t know many people in Perth, and had never met anybody from the football club until I moved down. I definitely did not enjoy my footy in the first half of the year and was dropped about halfway through.

Things started to change for the better after that point as I started to develop friendships with my new teammates and our football form improved as a consequence. Players like Cory Dell'Olio, Callum Wilson, Adam McIntosh and Reece Adams started playing some good football and took us to a few (though not many) wins for the year.

The next year I was lucky enough to be made captain of the colts as a top age player. We ended up losing in a preliminary final to Claremont, and for the first time in my fledgling career I’d played the majority of the season in the back-line, having played as a midfielder/forward up until that point.

In 2008 I moved back into the midfield in the reserves and was lucky enough to play three games as a small forward in the league side without contributing much, and eventually getting dropped.  

The 2009 season was much the same; I played a couple of games early on as a small forward before being dropped until the back half of the year where I snuck in as a midfielder for a game against Perth. I hadn’t been playing well but we had the game sewn up so in the last quarter John Dimmer, who was coaching at the time, asked me to tag Ross Young. 

At the end of the game John thought I had done a reasonable job restricting Ross and played me as a tagger for the next four or five games before I was dropped back to the reserves again, where I would finish off the year and be a part of a premiership.

The next year was a make or break year for me as we had lost a lot of experience after the league and reserves had both won premierships and I knew I would get a lot more opportunity. Up until that point I’d played mainly as a small forward at league level in a time when rotations were not in vogue, so I was looking forward to the prospect of more game time and time in the midfield.

Unfortunately, although getting the opportunities early in 2010 I didn’t take them, and after about four games of the season I was thrown to half-back in the last quarter in a game against Swan Districts. Luckily I managed to find a bit of the football for the first time in my career and played the next few games as a backman where I gained a lot of confidence that I could compete at WAFL level.

I was lucky enough to play every game in 2010, playing primarily as a midfielder after the first third of the year. I started to feel comfortable at league level, although I always worried on a Thursday night if I would be called into John’s room to be dropped back to the reserves.

In 2011, I played the first half of the year in the midfield and I enjoyed it a lot. Playing next to guys like Kris Miller, Ryan Cook and Ashton Hams, with Jaymie Graham in the ruck I was excited by what the near future held for the club. Unfortunately Jaymie went down with a horrific knee injury early in the year and I tore my ACL not long after.

The league side did make finals but were bundled out in the first semi-final against Subiaco.

After a long road back from a knee reconstruction I started 2012 in the reserves again before finally making it back to league level in Round 2. I had a poor year mainly playing half-forward and sometimes in the midfield and ended up dropped once again after about 15 rounds.  

Coming back from my first major injury was a lot harder than I thought. Regaining the confidence in my body was one thing but I never really regained confidence in my ability in 2012 and failed to put together many good performances.

This year I have been lucky enough to play all my games in the league side so far (touch wood) and I’ve enjoyed the challenges of playing both back and forward.

I started the year as a small forward and really enjoyed playing with guys like Gumby, Alistair Gillespie and Kingsley Smith. The pressure they put on the opposition backline is amazing and you definitely get the spoils of that at times.

Since Adam Carter’s elevation to the Eagles I’ve been lucky enough to play in one of the youngest back-lines in the WAFL and I’m really enjoying it. 

To me playing as a small forward is still the hardest position on the ground. Firstly you need the ball to come down there, then hope the tall forwards spill it, all so you can have the opportunity to try and beat a bloke that hangs off you all day.

Playing back is a lot more stressful, you have to concentrate every second of the game as those cheeky small forwards only need a small window of time to make you look stupid.

Playing league football for South Fremantle is something that I hold highly and being able to play in more than one position was definitely borne out of necessity rather than ability.

I have been dropped more times than I can remember but I may never have got the opportunities I have if I hadn’t developed some flexibility in my game.

By Adam Guglielmana

Round 22 Preview v Peel Thunder

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 3:53 PM

PEEL Thunder and South Fremantle might not have a finals spot on the line when the two meet at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium on Sunday, but both will be desperate to win to try and avoid a wooden spoon.

Peel and South Fremantle has won just seven wins between them for the season but both at times have shown an ability to play some terrific football in patches so whichever team brings that for the longest on Sunday will likely come away victorious.
South Fremantle, however, has been finding some improved form and consistency through the second half of the season and that began with a 15-point win over Peel at Fremantle Oval back in Round 9.
The Bulldogs then played tremendously to thump East Fremantle by 67 points in the Foundation Derby before four-straight losses but competitive efforts in particular against Perth and Claremont.
South Fremantle then was outstanding to beat the second-placed West Perth by 39 points at Arena Joondalup and after a slip up against East Fremantle, beat Subiaco prior to last week's bye.
Bulldogs coach Paul Hasleby knows that it's a different type of challenge for his young team to now go into a game where they are perhaps expected to win, but he knows that is something they need to overcome themselves and it won't be easy against a dangerous Peel team in Mandurah.
"That is a challenge that the players have to overcome themselves and if we are going to be a good playing group, as a coach you have to make sure the playing group brings the right attitude and intensity to every game," Hasleby said.
"It doesn’t matter who the opposition is. Peel has proven it can win games on their day, they have some talented players and they will be doing everything they can to get off the bottom of the ladder. I'm very confident that our guys will bring the right attitude."
The Thunder is currently on the bottom with a 3-15 record and with a far inferior percentage to South Fremantle so to avoid the wooden spoon they likely will not only need to win on Sunday, but also beat Subiaco next week before having the bye in the final round.
Remarkably if Peel is able to win both its last two games, it could actually finish as high as seventh on the ladder still with Subiaco a chance to finish last if the Thunder wins their last two games, and the Bulldogs manage to win one of their last two as well.
Peel is a much better team at home as well having won all three of its games at Bendigo Bank Stadium against Swan Districts, Subiaco and East Perth while also putting in strong performances against East Fremantle, Claremont, West Perth and Swan Districts last Saturday before only narrowly losing by six points.
South Fremantle finished strongly two weeks ago against Subiaco to get its fourth win of the season and now the Bulldogs will regain Ashton Hams from West Coast unless the Eagles make a late change ahead of their clash with Geelong on Saturday night at Patersons Stadium.
Hams has been outstanding in his seven matches for South Fremantle this season averaging 24 possessions a game and kicking 16 goals.
Myles Bolger is a chance to come in and make his league debut to help out Sean Tighe in the ruck against Peel's Dockers pair Moller and Hannath.
South Fremantle could also blood another debutant in excitement machine from the colts Marlon Pickett with Tyler Hall another potential debutant.
Wingmen come midfielders Toby Bairstow and Alex Grima are also a chance to come in and add some experience, run and quality to the South Fremantle line-up.
The only out from the Bulldogs team that beat Subiaco a fortnight ago at this stage is lively forward John Sgherza.
Peel had a real chance to beat Swan Districts last week in Mandurah which would have moved the Thunder onto four wins along with South Fremantle, but it wasn’t to be and not having Fremantle pair Jesse Crichton and Viv Michie in the second half no doubt played a part late in the contest.
Michie now goes out of the side with his injury that will end a strong season for Peel that saw him average 25.6 possessions in his 16 games while Crichton remains in the line-up after being made unavailable in the second half last week by the Dockers.
Hayden Crozier and Matt Taberner have both been added to Fremantle's extended squad to take on Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday but both could still be a chance to play for Peel if not picked in the final team.
If they are, then Taberner gives Peel a good forward target while Crozier a ball-winning midfielder who can also go forward and kick a goal on his powerful left boot.
Peel could blood another debutant with Dylan Winton a chance to play after Brad Walsh was impressive last week against Swan Districts in his first league game.
Fremantle ruckman Jack Hannath also returns to partner Craig Moller in the Thunder line-up with Kelvin Lawrence, Corey Morris, Liam McKenna and Brennan Gillam all pressing for selection as well.
By Chris PikePEEL Thunder and South Fremantle might not have a finals spot on the line when the two meet at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium on Sunday, but both will be desperate to win to try and avoid a wooden spoon.

Peel and South Fremantle has won just seven wins between them for the season but both at times have shown an ability to play some terrific football in patches so whichever team brings that for the longest on Sunday will likely come away victorious.

South Fremantle, however, has been finding some improved form and consistency through the second half of the season and that began with a 15-point win over Peel at Fremantle Oval back in Round 9.

The Bulldogs then played tremendously to thump East Fremantle by 67 points in the Foundation Derby before four-straight losses but competitive efforts in particular against Perth and Claremont.

South Fremantle then was outstanding to beat the second-placed West Perth by 39 points at Arena Joondalup and after a slip up against East Fremantle, beat Subiaco prior to last week's bye.

Bulldogs coach Paul Hasleby knows that it's a different type of challenge for his young team to now go into a game where they are perhaps expected to win, but he knows that is something they need to overcome themselves and it won't be easy against a dangerous Peel team in Mandurah.

"That is a challenge that the players have to overcome themselves and if we are going to be a good playing group, as a coach you have to make sure the playing group brings the right attitude and intensity to every game," Hasleby said.

"It doesn’t matter who the opposition is. Peel has proven it can win games on their day, they have some talented players and they will be doing everything they can to get off the bottom of the ladder. I'm very confident that our guys will bring the right attitude."

The Thunder is currently on the bottom with a 3-15 record and with a far inferior percentage to South Fremantle so to avoid the wooden spoon they likely will not only need to win on Sunday, but also beat Subiaco next week before having the bye in the final round.

Remarkably if Peel is able to win both its last two games, it could actually finish as high as seventh on the ladder still with Subiaco a chance to finish last if the Thunder wins their last two games, and the Bulldogs manage to win one of their last two as well.

Peel is a much better team at home as well having won all three of its games at Bendigo Bank Stadium against Swan Districts, Subiaco and East Perth while also putting in strong performances against East Fremantle, Claremont, West Perth and Swan Districts last Saturday before only narrowly losing by six points.

South Fremantle finished strongly two weeks ago against Subiaco to get its fourth win of the season and now the Bulldogs will regain Ashton Hams from West Coast unless the Eagles make a late change ahead of their clash with Geelong on Saturday night at Patersons Stadium.

Hams has been outstanding in his seven matches for South Fremantle this season averaging 24 possessions a game and kicking 16 goals.

Myles Bolger is a chance to come in and make his league debut to help out Sean Tighe in the ruck against Peel's Dockers pair Moller and Hannath.

South Fremantle could also blood another debutant in excitement machine from the colts Marlon Pickett with Tyler Hall another potential debutant.

Wingmen come midfielders Toby Bairstow and Alex Grima are also a chance to come in and add some experience, run and quality to the South Fremantle line-up.

The only out from the Bulldogs team that beat Subiaco a fortnight ago at this stage is lively forward John Sgherza.

Peel had a real chance to beat Swan Districts last week in Mandurah which would have moved the Thunder onto four wins along with South Fremantle, but it wasn’t to be and not having Fremantle pair Jesse Crichton and Viv Michie in the second half no doubt played a part late in the contest.

Michie now goes out of the side with his injury that will end a strong season for Peel that saw him average 25.6 possessions in his 16 games while Crichton remains in the line-up after being made unavailable in the second half last week by the Dockers.

Hayden Crozier and Matt Taberner have both been added to Fremantle's extended squad to take on Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday but both could still be a chance to play for Peel if not picked in the final team.

If they are, then Taberner gives Peel a good forward target while Crozier a ball-winning midfielder who can also go forward and kick a goal on his powerful left boot.

Peel could blood another debutant with Dylan Winton a chance to play after Brad Walsh was impressive last week against Swan Districts in his first league game.

Fremantle ruckman Jack Hannath also returns to partner Craig Moller in the Thunder line-up with Kelvin Lawrence, Corey Morris, Liam McKenna and Brennan Gillam all pressing for selection as well.

By Chris Pike