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Colts Report - Round 10

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 1:23 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arthur Maskos
SFFC Colts Coach

Round 10 Preview v Claremont

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 1:20 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

Hasleby relieved with Bulldogs' first win of 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 1:23 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

Tighe named AAMI WAFL Player of the Week

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 3:53 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

Colts Report - Round 9

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 2:49 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arthur Maskos
SFFC Colts Coach

Lucky Lottery - Draw 6

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 9:26 PM

Congratulations to the following members!

Craig Cumming -   163
Harold Hardy -        305
Alan Powell -           552
Tracey Slattery -      623
Joan Garces -         757

Bulldogs break duck and win all three grades v Peel

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 6:41 AM

ASHTON Hams and Ben Saunders returned to add some bite to South Fremantle's forward-line and combined for seven goals to help the Bulldogs to their first win of the 2013 season over Peel.
South Fremantle beat Peel Thunder by 15 points at Fremantle Oval to bring up the Bulldogs' first four points of the season in an impressive display against a Peel side that had won two of its last three games and pushed the unbeaten Claremont to the wire in between.
The Bulldogs had two weeks to stew over a heartbreaking loss to East Perth where they just about had the win sewn up on several occasions, and came out on fire against the Thunder at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.
Jarrad Winter got the first goal of the game and then Hams and Gillespie added one each in a fast start for the home side. When captain Ryan Cook and the returning Saunders added majors also, South Fremantle had the first five goals of the game before the Thunder got on the board.
South Fremantle was still 20 points up at quarter-time and that was back out to 26 when Hams added his second to start the second term.
The Thunder fought back into the contest, but Hams' third and Saunders' second of the half stretched South Fremantle's lead out to 29 points just before half-time and the advantage remained 20 still at the main break.
South Fremantle has been struggling in third quarters in recent times and that continued on Saturday but fortunately for the Bulldogs, Peel couldn’t take full advantage of their control of play.
The Thunder held the Bulldogs to just three behinds for the term but only kicked 2.9 themselves with South Fremantle still two points in front at the last change.
South Fremantle managed to steady with the first goal of the last quarter to lead by eight points again, but Peel wouldn’t go away and got back to within a point soon after.
However, Hams booted his fourth to put South Fremantle back up by seven and then Winter's second stretched it out to 12 before the Bulldogs sealed the win and held on to prevail 14.15 (99) to 11.18 (84).
Hams and Saunders were the stars up forward with South Fremantle with West Coast's Hams playing his first WAFL game of the season and kicking four goals from 24 possessions and eight marks.
Saunders played his first game since breaking his collarbone in Round 1 against Claremont and kicked three goals from six kicks, but did hurt his shoulder again during the third quarter and didn’t return. Scans on Monday will reveal the full extent of the damage.
Ruckman Sean Tighe was dominant in the middle for South Fremantle finishing with 31 possessions, seven marks, 33 hit outs and four entries inside-50 in an outstanding performance.
The Bulldogs' midfield worked tirelessly all day with Kris Miller racking up 34 possessions, Cook 27 to go with his two goals, Mitch Banner 27, Toby Bairstow 26, Sam Lowrie 23, Shannon Burnett 22 and Jacob Martinez 19 to go with nine strong tackles.
The defence held up strongly as well led by Brendon Gulley who did a good job keeping dangerous Peel forward Brad Holmes to just the one goal.
Not only did South Fremantle's league side win on Saturday, but so did the reserves and colts in the best day of 2013 so far for the Bulldogs.
The reserves beat Peel 17.13 (115) to 8.5 (53) with Jarrod Parry impressive on return from his horror run of knee injuries. He finished with 21 possessions and five marks in his first appearance since hurting his knee again in Round 12 last year.
Willie Rioli kicked five goals for the Bulldogs with Kingsley Smith, Alex Grima and Mitch Carter all adding two while Dale Hamilton picked up 24 possessions, Tim Kelly 19, Brendan Verrier 18, Reece Adams 18 and Zac Strom 18 to go with 20 hit outs.
The South Fremantle colts also had a comfortable 8.13 (61) to 5.4 (34) victory over Peel. Cameron McCarthy kicked three goals with Tim Stewart collecting 25 possessions, Ben Sokol 24, Matthew Gundry 22, Bailey Matera 21 and Tom Wheeler 19.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 5.4 10.7 10.10 14.15 (99)
PEEL THUNDER 2.2 7.5 9.14 11.18 (84)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Hams 4; Saunders 3; Cook, Winter 2; Banner, Gillespie, Burnett.
Best: Tighe, Miller, Hams, Cook, Burnett, Banner, Martinez.
PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Taberner 3; Smith, Thornton, Gilliam 2; Wilkins, Holmes.
Best: Michie, Taberner, Jones, Orzel, Garlett, Bower.
By Chris Pike

ASHTON Hams and Ben Saunders returned to add some bite to South Fremantle's forward-line and combined for seven goals to help the Bulldogs to their first win of the 2013 season over Peel.

South Fremantle beat Peel Thunder by 15 points at Fremantle Oval to bring up the Bulldogs' first four points of the season in an impressive display against a Peel side that had won two of its last three games and pushed the unbeaten Claremont to the wire in between.

The Bulldogs had two weeks to stew over a heartbreaking loss to East Perth where they just about had the win sewn up on several occasions, and came out on fire against the Thunder at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

Jarrad Winter got the first goal of the game and then Hams and Gillespie added one each in a fast start for the home side. When captain Ryan Cook and the returning Saunders added majors also, South Fremantle had the first five goals of the game before the Thunder got on the board.

South Fremantle was still 20 points up at quarter-time and that was back out to 26 when Hams added his second to start the second term.

The Thunder fought back into the contest, but Hams' third and Saunders' second of the half stretched South Fremantle's lead out to 29 points just before half-time and the advantage remained 20 still at the main break.

South Fremantle has been struggling in third quarters in recent times and that continued on Saturday but fortunately for the Bulldogs, Peel couldn’t take full advantage of their control of play.

The Thunder held the Bulldogs to just three behinds for the term but only kicked 2.9 themselves with South Fremantle still two points in front at the last change.

South Fremantle managed to steady with the first goal of the last quarter to lead by eight points again, but Peel wouldn’t go away and got back to within a point soon after.

However, Hams booted his fourth to put South Fremantle back up by seven and then Winter's second stretched it out to 12 before the Bulldogs sealed the win and held on to prevail 14.15 (99) to 11.18 (84).

Hams and Saunders were the stars up forward with South Fremantle with West Coast's Hams playing his first WAFL game of the season and kicking four goals from 24 possessions and eight marks.

Saunders played his first game since breaking his collarbone in Round 1 against Claremont and kicked three goals from six kicks, but did hurt his shoulder again during the third quarter and didn’t return. Scans on Monday will reveal the full extent of the damage.

Ruckman Sean Tighe was dominant in the middle for South Fremantle finishing with 31 possessions, seven marks, 33 hit outs and four entries inside-50 in an outstanding performance.

The Bulldogs' midfield worked tirelessly all day with Kris Miller racking up 34 possessions, Cook 27 to go with his two goals, Mitch Banner 27, Toby Bairstow 26, Sam Lowrie 23, Shannon Burnett 22 and Jacob Martinez 19 to go with nine strong tackles.

The defence held up strongly as well led by Brendon Gulley who did a good job keeping dangerous Peel forward Brad Holmes to just the one goal.

Not only did South Fremantle's league side win on Saturday, but so did the reserves and colts in the best day of 2013 so far for the Bulldogs.

The reserves beat Peel 17.13 (115) to 8.5 (53) with Jarrod Parry impressive on return from his horror run of knee injuries. He finished with 21 possessions and five marks in his first appearance since hurting his knee again in Round 12 last year.

Willie Rioli kicked five goals for the Bulldogs with Kingsley Smith, Alex Grima and Mitch Carter all adding two while Dale Hamilton picked up 24 possessions, Tim Kelly 19, Brendan Verrier 18, Reece Adams 18 and Zac Strom 18 to go with 20 hit outs.

The South Fremantle colts also had a comfortable 8.13 (61) to 5.4 (34) victory over Peel. Cameron McCarthy kicked three goals with Tim Stewart collecting 25 possessions, Ben Sokol 24, Matthew Gundry 22, Bailey Matera 21 and Tom Wheeler 19.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 5.4 10.7 10.10 14.15 (99)

PEEL THUNDER 2.2 7.5 9.14 11.18 (84)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Hams 4; Saunders 3; Cook, Winter 2; Banner, Gillespie, Burnett.

Best: Tighe, Miller, Hams, Cook, Burnett, Banner, Martinez.

PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Taberner 3; Smith, Thornton, Gilliam 2; Wilkins, Holmes.

Best: Michie, Taberner, Jones, Orzel, Garlett, Bower.

By Chris Pike

Gala Auction on Saturday August 3

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 1:21 AM

THE South Fremantle Football Club is encouraging on all members, sponsors, supporters, friends and family to come and be part of the 2013 Gala Auction on Saturday August 3.
The annual event is the club's main fundraiser for the season and is one of the most important events of the year, not to be mention one of the most enjoyable so the South Fremantle Club urges everyone to come along to Fremantle Oval and enjoy the night.
The Bulldogs will be playing Subiaco at Medibank Stadium that day and then we encourage everyone, hopefully after a South Fremantle win, to come back to Fremantle Oval and enjoy the night with doors opening at 6pm.
Tickets are $65 and includes a delicious two-course meal and the main auction, the silent auction, plenty of entertainment and a DJ.

THE South Fremantle Football Club is encouraging on all members, sponsors, supporters, friends and family to come and be part of the 2013 Gala Auction on Saturday August 3.

The annual event is the club's main fundraiser for the season and is one of the most important events of the year, not to be mention one of the most enjoyable so the South Fremantle Club urges everyone to come along to Fremantle Oval and enjoy the night.

The Bulldogs will be playing Subiaco at Medibank Stadium that day and then we encourage everyone, hopefully after a South Fremantle win, to come back to Fremantle Oval and enjoy the night with doors opening at 6pm.

Tickets are $65 and includes a delicious two-course meal and the main auction, the silent auction, plenty of entertainment and a DJ.

Round 9 Preview v Peel Thunder

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 11:19 PM

SOUTH Fremantle's forward-line receives a huge boost with three key inclusions to host Peel Thunder on Saturday, but the challenge of getting its first win of the season won't be easy against the in-form boys from Mandurah.

South Fremantle might have not won a game yet this season but has been close on several occasions including against Perth in Round 3, West Perth in Round 4, Swan Districts in Round 5 and perhaps most of all East Perth in Round 8 prior to the State game break.
The Bulldogs dominated East Perth for much of the day and were still 15 points up midway through the last quarter, but then coughed up the last five goals of the game to lose by 19 points and slip to 0-7.
Peel has had a terrific three weeks prior to the week off with a 14-point win over Swan Districts, narrow 17-point loss to the unbeaten Claremont and then a win over Subiaco that was only by nine points because of the Thunder's inaccurate kicking.
Prior to Peel's win over South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval by 29 points in Round 14 last year, the Bulldogs had won eight straight games against the Thunder and they will be desperately hoping to record the four points this Saturday to avoid an eighth straight loss to open 2013.
South Fremantle was the only team in the competition not to have a representative in WA's winning team against Victoria last Saturday in Northam meaning all its group had the chance to freshen from a heartbreaking loss to East Perth to gear up to take on Peel this Saturday.
The forward-line led by Paul Mugambwa and Alistair Gillespie has been trying hard, but now undergoes an immediate transformation with the return of Ben Saunders, Ashton Hams and John Sgherza.
Saunders is the reigning Bernie Naylor Medallist having been the league's leading goalkicker last year and he returns after breaking his collarbone against Claremont in Round 1.
West Coast's Hams will play his first WAFL game of the season and provide another potent option in attack for the Bulldogs while Sgherza is also back for his first appearance since kicking four goals on Anzac Day against East Fremantle in an impressive individual performance.
Former East Fremantle forward Justin Monaco, who kicked five goals on WA Day last year against the Bulldogs, could also make his debut for South Fremantle but if he does it will likely be in the back-line given that's where he has played in the reserves over the last three weeks.
Mitch Carter is the only out at this stage for the Bulldogs but at least two others will be forced out of the side with at least Saunders, Sgherza and Hams guaranteed starters, and Monaco a good chance of playing also.
Peel's impressive form was rewarded with Paul Bower and Marlon Motlop both playing for WA last Saturday but Cruize Garlett could certainly consider himself unlucky not to have been selected after outstanding form highlighted with 34 possessions and two goals a fortnight ago in the win over Subiaco.
However, that gave him and the majority of his teammates the week off following a strong three weeks with the wins over Swan Districts and Subiaco, and close loss to Claremont.
Fremantle's Tom Sheridan and Tanner Smith go out of the line-up to take on South Fremantle with Laine Wilkins, Brennan Gillam, Pat Travers, Jamason Daniels and Mitch Green all pushing for a return.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle's forward-line receives a huge boost with three key inclusions to host Peel Thunder on Saturday, but the challenge of getting its first win of the season won't be easy against the in-form boys from Mandurah.

South Fremantle might have not won a game yet this season but has been close on several occasions including against Perth in Round 3, West Perth in Round 4, Swan Districts in Round 5 and perhaps most of all East Perth in Round 8 prior to the State game break.

The Bulldogs dominated East Perth for much of the day and were still 15 points up midway through the last quarter, but then coughed up the last five goals of the game to lose by 19 points and slip to 0-7.

Peel has had a terrific three weeks prior to the week off with a 14-point win over Swan Districts, narrow 17-point loss to the unbeaten Claremont and then a win over Subiaco that was only by nine points because of the Thunder's inaccurate kicking.

Prior to Peel's win over South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval by 29 points in Round 14 last year, the Bulldogs had won eight straight games against the Thunder and they will be desperately hoping to record the four points this Saturday to avoid an eighth straight loss to open 2013.

South Fremantle was the only team in the competition not to have a representative in WA's winning team against Victoria last Saturday in Northam meaning all its group had the chance to freshen from a heartbreaking loss to East Perth to gear up to take on Peel this Saturday.

The forward-line led by Paul Mugambwa and Alistair Gillespie has been trying hard, but now undergoes an immediate transformation with the return of Ben Saunders, Ashton Hams and John Sgherza.

Saunders is the reigning Bernie Naylor Medallist having been the league's leading goalkicker last year and he returns after breaking his collarbone against Claremont in Round 1.

West Coast's Hams will play his first WAFL game of the season and provide another potent option in attack for the Bulldogs while Sgherza is also back for his first appearance since kicking four goals on Anzac Day against East Fremantle in an impressive individual performance.

Former East Fremantle forward Justin Monaco, who kicked five goals on WA Day last year against the Bulldogs, could also make his debut for South Fremantle but if he does it will likely be in the back-line given that's where he has played in the reserves over the last three weeks.

Mitch Carter is the only out at this stage for the Bulldogs but at least two others will be forced out of the side with at least Saunders, Sgherza and Hams guaranteed starters, and Monaco a good chance of playing also.

Peel's impressive form was rewarded with Paul Bower and Marlon Motlop both playing for WA last Saturday but Cruize Garlett could certainly consider himself unlucky not to have been selected after outstanding form highlighted with 34 possessions and two goals a fortnight ago in the win over Subiaco.

However, that gave him and the majority of his teammates the week off following a strong three weeks with the wins over Swan Districts and Subiaco, and close loss to Claremont.

Fremantle's Tom Sheridan and Tanner Smith go out of the line-up to take on South Fremantle with Laine Wilkins, Brennan Gillam, Pat Travers, Jamason Daniels and Mitch Green all pushing for a return.

By Chris Pike

Chewin' the Fat – Kris Miller column May 16

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 2:07 AM

I THINK continuity is a big thing when you are trying to build a team and trying to keep the team together, and minimise your losses in terms of personnel. You want to just add players to an existing group rather than adding players to make up for guys who have left your club.

That's probably one of the most important things.

It's so important to keep players around and giving them reasons to stick around. Blokes can so easily go and play and get a lot more money than they can at WAFL level without having to train in the country and without any really pressures of outside influences or anything like that. That's always an easy option for blokes to leave so you have to give them a reason to stick around and put in the hard work that is required to hopefully reap the benefits in the end.
The big thing about keeping them around is making the whole environment to be somewhere where blokes feel like if they leave or aren’t there that they are going to miss out on something. That's definitely important. What we offer as a footy club is the ability to play at a higher level of football with good facilities and good coaches, but we've also got to offer a place that blokes want to be part of the footy club.
The club has started doing things like steak nights and all these things make people want to be part of the club and they are just as important to the culture of the playing group as any of the on-field stuff. It just creates a team environment where blokes are socialising as well as playing footy together. That is definitely a good thing.
We have good young players at the club at the moment, but ever since I started WAFL football there has always been a good batch of kids coming through at whatever club. The ability to keep those guys is the hardest and most important part. These guys are all right today and have a lot of potential, but tomorrow can walk away for some reason. The challenge is to keep those blokes particularly through the hard times at the moment when we are losing. We have to keep it enjoyable as well as still striving for improvement all the time.
I certainly don't want to finish my career in a side that is at the base of the ladder. It will be good to be part of the turnaround at the club undoubtedly, whether I can be or not is another thing. I suppose for me I probably am more motivated right now to play well even in the down times than some of the  younger guys because I know I don’t have long left. The young guys might think they will just get through this and then next year or the year after they will get it right.
I don’t necessarily have next year so my motivational levels are probably higher than most of the blokes just because they know that if they want it, they have next year or the year after or the year after to be part of a successful side, and I don’t necessarily have that. I've got different reasons to be motivated at this stage of my career and I would hate to finish playing on the bottom of the ladder.
I've been part of some pretty bad teams in my career for a couple of years there at East Fremantle and then obviously successful sides at South Fremantle especially in 2009 when we won the premiership.
The main difference that sticks out is the enjoyment factor. In all the bad sides nobody is enjoying it and it just becomes a chore where no one is happy, everyone is looking for reasons that the side is playing bad and blaming everyone else. People blame the players, people blame the coaches, the board and everyone gets lumped in with it. There's always someone who is at fault for the team not performing and that's never enjoyable. Really it's a collective and there's never one person in particular who is the problem. There just isn’t any enjoyment in a bad side and no one wants to be there.
The difference between those bad teams and a winning side is that when you are playing well everyone is enjoying themselves. Everyone loves coming to training and in 2009 we played really hard on the field but we also played hard off the field together as well, without being silly. We really enjoyed each other's company and socially we were always around each other so everyone knew each other really well and even the reserves won the premiership that year so our depth was so strong and we were one, big group.
Blokes just wanted to be around the club and that was the big difference to what it was like in my last few years at East Fremantle. We just had a lot of blokes who left the club that were still in the prime of their footy. Fortunately that hasn’t happened at Souths. We have lost a few blokes, but they were pretty much finishing their football careers. There is a fair difference between the struggling sides I was part of at East Fremantle and the one now here at South Fremantle at the moment.
At South Fremantle now, we still have the chance to pull ourselves out of it. If it carries on for two or three more years, then you probably have to say it would be similar but at the moment there is a big difference with what I'm part of now and the struggling sides I was part of at East Fremantle.
Even against Claremont in Round 1, I didn’t go into the game thinking we couldn’t win. Every game this year I have legitimately felt that we can win and I will go in this week against Peel thinking we can win as well. That's probably in some ways the frustrating part of our season at the moment. We aren’t that bad but we obviously aren’t also that good where we can get over the line. Claremont seems to get over the line in games even if they don’t play their best, but we can't. That's the difference between a pretty good side and a good side. There's a lot of pretty good sides and I would say we are a good team. It's just that polish we are lacking at the moment.
Even last year we were in front we were in front during the last quarter in six of our first seven losses so it is our challenge to learn from it. We are around about the mark, but not quite good enough with the polish needed to finish it off right now.
While that's frustrating, I also don’t think that our 0-7 record is a reflection of what sort of a side we are. We aren’t unlucky to lose, we have lost but I think we are a reasonably good 0-7 side. I've seen sides that might be 2-5 or 3-4 in my career and we would be a lot better than them.
By Kris MilleI THINK continuity is a big thing when you are trying to build a team and trying to keep the team together, and minimise your losses in terms of personnel. You want to just add players to an existing group rather than adding players to make up for guys who have left your club. That's probably one of the most important things.

It's so important to keep players around and giving them reasons to stick around. Blokes can so easily go and play and get a lot more money than they can at WAFL level without having to train in the country and without any really pressures of outside influences or anything like that. That's always an easy option for blokes to leave so you have to give them a reason to stick around and put in the hard work that is required to hopefully reap the benefits in the end.

The big thing about keeping them around is making the whole environment to be somewhere where blokes feel like if they leave or aren’t there that they are going to miss out on something. That's definitely important. What we offer as a footy club is the ability to play at a higher level of football with good facilities and good coaches, but we've also got to offer a place that blokes want to be part of the footy club.

The club has started doing things like steak nights and all these things make people want to be part of the club and they are just as important to the culture of the playing group as any of the on-field stuff. It just creates a team environment where blokes are socialising as well as playing footy together. That is definitely a good thing.

We have good young players at the club at the moment, but ever since I started WAFL football there has always been a good batch of kids coming through at whatever club. The ability to keep those guys is the hardest and most important part. These guys are all right today and have a lot of potential, but tomorrow can walk away for some reason. The challenge is to keep those blokes particularly through the hard times at the moment when we are losing. We have to keep it enjoyable as well as still striving for improvement all the time.

I certainly don't want to finish my career in a side that is at the base of the ladder. It will be good to be part of the turnaround at the club undoubtedly, whether I can be or not is another thing. I suppose for me I probably am more motivated right now to play well even in the down times than some of the  younger guys because I know I don’t have long left. The young guys might think they will just get through this and then next year or the year after they will get it right.

I don’t necessarily have next year so my motivational levels are probably higher than most of the blokes just because they know that if they want it, they have next year or the year after or the year after to be part of a successful side, and I don’t necessarily have that. I've got different reasons to be motivated at this stage of my career and I would hate to finish playing on the bottom of the ladder.

I've been part of some pretty bad teams in my career for a couple of years there at East Fremantle and then obviously successful sides at South Fremantle especially in 2009 when we won the premiership.

The main difference that sticks out is the enjoyment factor. In all the bad sides nobody is enjoying it and it just becomes a chore where no one is happy, everyone is looking for reasons that the side is playing bad and blaming everyone else. People blame the players, people blame the coaches, the board and everyone gets lumped in with it. There's always someone who is at fault for the team not performing and that's never enjoyable. Really it's a collective and there's never one person in particular who is the problem. There just isn’t any enjoyment in a bad side and no one wants to be there.

The difference between those bad teams and a winning side is that when you are playing well everyone is enjoying themselves. Everyone loves coming to training and in 2009 we played really hard on the field but we also played hard off the field together as well, without being silly. We really enjoyed each other's company and socially we were always around each other so everyone knew each other really well and even the reserves won the premiership that year so our depth was so strong and we were one, big group.

Blokes just wanted to be around the club and that was the big difference to what it was like in my last few years at East Fremantle. We just had a lot of blokes who left the club that were still in the prime of their footy. Fortunately that hasn’t happened at Souths. We have lost a few blokes, but they were pretty much finishing their football careers. There is a fair difference between the struggling sides I was part of at East Fremantle and the one now here at South Fremantle at the moment.

At South Fremantle now, we still have the chance to pull ourselves out of it. If it carries on for two or three more years, then you probably have to say it would be similar but at the moment there is a big difference with what I'm part of now and the struggling sides I was part of at East Fremantle.

Even against Claremont in Round 1, I didn’t go into the game thinking we couldn’t win. Every game this year I have legitimately felt that we can win and I will go in this week against Peel thinking we can win as well. That's probably in some ways the frustrating part of our season at the moment. We aren’t that bad but we obviously aren’t also that good where we can get over the line. Claremont seems to get over the line in games even if they don’t play their best, but we can't. That's the difference between a pretty good side and a good side. There's a lot of pretty good sides and I would say we are a good team. It's just that polish we are lacking at the moment.

Even last year we were in front we were in front during the last quarter in six of our first seven losses so it is our challenge to learn from it. We are around about the mark, but not quite good enough with the polish needed to finish it off right now.

While that's frustrating, I also don’t think that our 0-7 record is a reflection of what sort of a side we are. We aren’t unlucky to lose, we have lost but I think we are a reasonably good 0-7 side. I've seen sides that might be 2-5 or 3-4 in my career and we would be a lot better than them.

By Kris Miller