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Win a trip for 2 to Club Med Phuket!

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 8:26 PM

In conjunction with our new partner – Willetton Travelword - we are running a major raffle with over $6,500 worth of prizes!

First prize is a holiday for two to Club Med Phuket, including airfares, accommodation, meals and drinks at the resort.

Tickets are $5 each and a raffle book has 10 tickets.

This raffle is extremely important to raise much needed funds for the club with proceeds going towards our ageing facilities and development of our juniors.

The raffle is only available during the month of OCTOBER and will be drawn on the 1st November 2013.  

Please contact the club for books on 9335 1555.

Bulldogs welcome back Ashton Hams for two years

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 1:34 PM

SOUTH Fremantle's 2014 campaign has already received a massive boost with Ashton Hams signing on to return full-time to the Bulldogs after his time in the AFL with the West Coast Eagles came to an end.

The 27-year-old has already played 115 games with the Bulldogs including the 2005 and 2009 premierships, and the Simpson Medal from the 2009 grand final, and now will return to South Fremantle after he decided to end his AFL career following the end of the 2013 season.

Hams played 39 games with the Eagles over the last four years, but when he has been back playing with South Fremantle he has been a dominant figure both as a small forward and midfielder, and now he will be a valuable player once again for the Bulldogs after signing on for the next two years.

Hams, along with twin brother Kyle, arrived originally at South Fremantle from Busselton and after taking part in the successful colts team of 2003 and reserves of 2004, settled in the league line-up in the premiership year of 2005 and never looked back from there.

Both brothers became permanent members of the defensive unit and were part of the premiership of 2005 and then again in 2009, but by this stage Ashton was moved into the midfield and spent some time up forward also.

He subsequently won the Simpson Medal for his effort in the grand final win of 2009 against Subiaco and that put him on the radar of AFL clubs, and it was the West Coast Eagles who snaffled him up.

Hams still played nine matches with South Fremantle in 2010 and then 11 in 2011 where he had such a marked impact on the Bulldogs that he still finished runner-up in the fairest and best count despite not taking part in nine games.

Hams played 11 AFL games for the Eagles in 2010, four in 2011 and then 16 in 2012 which limited him to just two for South Fremantle last year, but this year he managed just the eight AFL matches and in his nine with South Fremantle, he was simply outstanding.

It included 31 possessions and two goals in the thumping Foundation Derby win over East Fremantle, 35 possessions in Round 18 in the win over eventual premiers West Perth and 31 touches and six goals in the Round 22 win over Peel Thunder.

Hams dominated the competition in the games he played in 2013 for South Fremantle and now the club is delighted to have him on board for the next two years which should see him earn life membership by reaching 150 games, and hopefully add to his growing resume of accomplishments.

By Chris Pike

Bulldogs colts award winners announced

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 5:54 AM

SOUTH Fremantle's colts had another strong season in 2013 making it all the way to a third successive grand final and Jacob Dragovich has been awarded the Dave Ingraham Memorial Medal.

Dragovich was announced as the South Fremantle colts fairest and best winner for 2013 for his terrific season that sees the 17-year-old come away with the Dave Ingraham Memorial Medal as a reward.
The prolific ball winning midfielder might have been named the fairest and best for the 2013 season, but there were a host of other star performers hot on his tail including Bailey Matera, Jarrod Garlett, Matthew Gundry and Tim Stewart.
It was yet another terrific season for the entire South Fremantle colts team, though, coached by Arthur Maskos.
The Bulldogs had won the last two WAFL colts premierships and despite starting off with a Round 1 loss to Claremont, went on to win the next three games before losses to eventual preliminary finalist Subiaco and an East Fremantle that was to just miss the top-four come the end of the season.
The Bulldogs then won a couple of games on the trot before again losing to Claremont in Round 10 to only be sitting on a 5-4 record after Round 10.
However, from there the Bulldogs won three games on the trot before losing to Perth in Round 15, and then going on to not lose another game going on an eight-match winning streak all the way to the grand final after beating Claremont in the second semi-final at Claremont Oval by 23 points.
South Fremantle was looking at a third straight colts premiership, but Claremont proved too good in the grand final winning by six points in a thriller at Subiaco's Patersons Stadium.
It was still an outstanding season by the South Fremantle colts, though, and that was recognised at the Dave Ingraham Memorial Medal count.
Dragovich didn’t play in the 2012 premiership side, but was outstanding right throughout 2013 for the Bulldogs colts to end up a deserved fairest and best winner having averaged over 20 possessions and three tackles a game throughout the campaign.
The 17-year-old Matera was runner-up in the count to Dragovich and that was great recognition for his season as well that saw average 19 disposals while also being lively around goals booting 17 majors for the season. He was also named the Most Consistent Player for the season.
Garlett also had a tremendous season with the Bulldogs missing just the one match along the way and finishing up averaging 15 possessions a game, laying plenty of tackles and kicking 13 goals also.
He was rewarded by receiving both the Collard Family Award and the Most Improved Player Award on the night as recognition of the hard work he put in after not being part of the 2012 premiership side.
Stewart was another to come in for the first time in the colts in 2013 and make an immediate impact. He was named the Best First Year Player despite playing just the 15 matches during the season, but he averaged 21 possessions a game as one of the Bulldogs' prime movers.
Other award winners on the night included Mitchell Banks being named Best Clubman, Brad McPhail the Best Team Man, Matthew Gundry the Coaches Award and Brandon Rhodes the Past Players & Officials Award.
Ben Sokol was the colts leading goalkicker for 2013 finishing with 28 and was closely followed by Matthew Ah Siu with 27, Willie Rioli 27, Jermaine Lewis 21 and Cameron McCarthy 20.
While Sokol, Dylan Main, Jarrod Pickett, Blaine Johnson, Tom Vandeleur and Cameron McCarthy didn’t feature highly in the awards because they didn’t play in enough games, all were key players in the West Australian campaign at the National 18s Championships.
Meanwhile, Sokol, McCarthy, Johnson and Dragovich were all named in the WAFL colts team of the year with the half-forward line made up of three South Fremantle players – Sokol, McCarthy and Johnson.
SOUTH FREMANTLE COLTS AWARD WINNERS
Dave Ingraham Memorial Medal: Jacob Dragovich
Runner-up Fairest and Best: Bailey Matera
Collard Family Award: Jarrod Garlett
Best First Year Player: Tim Stewart
Best Clubman: Mitchell Banks
Most Consistent: Bailey Matera
Best Team Man: Brad McPhail
Most Improved: Jarrod Garlett
Coaches Award: Matthew Gundry
Past Players & Officials Award: Brandon Rhodes
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle's colts had another strong season in 2013 making it all the way to a third successive grand final and Jacob Dragovich has been awarded the Dave Ingraham Memorial Medal.

Dragovich was announced as the South Fremantle colts fairest and best winner for 2013 for his terrific season that sees the 17-year-old come away with the Dave Ingraham Memorial Medal as a reward.

The prolific ball winning midfielder might have been named the fairest and best for the 2013 season, but there were a host of other star performers hot on his tail including Bailey Matera, Jarrod Garlett, Matthew Gundry and Tim Stewart.

It was yet another terrific season for the entire South Fremantle colts team, though, coached by Arthur Maskos.

The Bulldogs had won the last two WAFL colts premierships and despite starting off with a Round 1 loss to Claremont, went on to win the next three games before losses to eventual preliminary finalist Subiaco and an East Fremantle that was to just miss the top-four come the end of the season.

The Bulldogs then won a couple of games on the trot before again losing to Claremont in Round 10 to only be sitting on a 5-4 record after Round 10.

However, from there the Bulldogs won three games on the trot before losing to Perth in Round 15, and then going on to not lose another game going on an eight-match winning streak all the way to the grand final after beating Claremont in the second semi-final at Claremont Oval by 23 points.

South Fremantle was looking at a third straight colts premiership, but Claremont proved too good in the grand final winning by six points in a thriller at Subiaco's Patersons Stadium.

It was still an outstanding season by the South Fremantle colts, though, and that was recognised at the Dave Ingraham Memorial Medal count.

Dragovich didn’t play in the 2012 premiership side, but was outstanding right throughout 2013 for the Bulldogs colts to end up a deserved fairest and best winner having averaged over 20 possessions and three tackles a game throughout the campaign.

The 17-year-old Matera was runner-up in the count to Dragovich and that was great recognition for his season as well that saw average 19 disposals while also being lively around goals booting 17 majors for the season. He was also named the Most Consistent Player for the season.

Garlett also had a tremendous season with the Bulldogs missing just the one match along the way and finishing up averaging 15 possessions a game, laying plenty of tackles and kicking 13 goals also.

He was rewarded by receiving both the Collard Family Award and the Most Improved Player Award on the night as recognition of the hard work he put in after not being part of the 2012 premiership side.

Stewart was another to come in for the first time in the colts in 2013 and make an immediate impact. He was named the Best First Year Player despite playing just the 15 matches during the season, but he averaged 21 possessions a game as one of the Bulldogs' prime movers.

Other award winners on the night included Mitchell Banks being named Best Clubman, Brad McPhail the Best Team Man, Matthew Gundry the Coaches Award and Brandon Rhodes the Past Players & Officials Award.

Ben Sokol was the colts leading goalkicker for 2013 finishing with 28 and was closely followed by Matthew Ah Siu with 27, Willie Rioli 27, Jermaine Lewis 21 and Cameron McCarthy 20.

While Sokol, Dylan Main, Jarrod Pickett, Blaine Johnson, Tom Vandeleur and Cameron McCarthy didn’t feature highly in the awards because they didn’t play in enough games, all were key players in the West Australian campaign at the National 18s Championships.

Meanwhile, Sokol, McCarthy, Johnson and Dragovich were all named in the WAFL colts team of the year with the half-forward line made up of three South Fremantle players – Sokol, McCarthy and Johnson.

SOUTH FREMANTLE COLTS AWARD WINNERS

Dave Ingraham Memorial Medal: Jacob Dragovich

Runner-up Fairest and Best: Bailey Matera

Collard Family Award: Jarrod Garlett

Best First Year Player: Tim Stewart

Best Clubman: Mitchell Banks

Most Consistent: Bailey Matera

Best Team Man: Brad McPhail

Most Improved: Jarrod Garlett

Coaches Award: Matthew Gundry

Past Players & Officials Award: Brandon Rhodes

By Chris Pike

Michelle Cowan named Football Woman of the Year

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 1:46 PM

MICHELLE Cowan has today been named the 2013 Football Woman of the Year at the annual Grand Final Comedy Debate at Crown Palladium. 

Michelle was the first female in Australia to coach football at a state level in the men’s competition. 
She originally commenced her role as an Assistant Coach in the Western Australian Football League (WAFL) in 2004, alongside former Carlton and West Coat Eagles Assistant Coach Darren Harris at the West Perth Football Club.
This year, Michelle was appointed Head Coach of the Western Australian State Under 18’s Youth Girls team, leading the side to the Grand Final. She was also named Head Coach of the Melbourne Football Club Women’s team, taking part in the historic curtain-raiser game against the Western Bulldogs as part of the annual AFL Women’s Round 2013.
Michelle has also been appointed as mentor coach for the AFL High Performance Academy for youth girls based in Melbourne which will tour New Zealand in October.
She currently serves as an Assistant Coach at the South Fremantle Football Club.
The Football Woman of the Year Award recognises women in the industry who have made a significant contribution to the game of Australian Football. Presented by the Essendon Women’s Network (EWN), this prestigious award is judged by an independent panel and is open to any woman involved in football regardless of club or profession.
An outstanding role model to women, Michelle was awarded the Football Woman of the Year in front of over 1,000 guests at Crown Palladium. Four other women were nominated as finalists for the award including Annette Ellis, Chyloe Kurdas, Scharlaine Cairns and Dr Sonja Hood.
Past winners of the award include; Irene Chatfield (1998), Jill Lindsay (1999), Caroline Wilson (2000), Katrina Pressley (2001), Beverly Knight (2002 – joint winner), Bev O’Connor (2002 – joint winner), Jenny Williams (2003), Edna Daniher (2004), Jennie Loughnan (2005), Barb Cullen (2006), Terry Bracks (2007), Susan Alberti (2008), Debbie Lee (2009), Anna Durante (2010), Lesley McGrath (2011), and Belinda Duarte (2012).MichMICHELLE Cowan has today been named the 2013 Football Woman of the Year at the annual Grand Final Comedy Debate at Crown Palladium. 

Michelle was the first female in Australia to coach football at a state level in the men’s competition. 

She originally commenced her role as an Assistant Coach in the Western Australian Football League (WAFL) in 2004, alongside former Carlton and West Coat Eagles Assistant Coach Darren Harris at the West Perth Football Club.

This year, Michelle was appointed Head Coach of the Western Australian State Under 18’s Youth Girls team, leading the side to the Grand Final. She was also named Head Coach of the Melbourne Football Club Women’s team, taking part in the historic curtain-raiser game against the Western Bulldogs as part of the annual AFL Women’s Round 2013.

Michelle has also been appointed as mentor coach for the AFL High Performance Academy for youth girls based in Melbourne which will tour New Zealand in October.

She currently serves as an Assistant Coach of the league team at the South Fremantle Football Club in the WAFL where she works under Senior Coach, and former Fremantle Dockers champion midfielder Paul Hasleby.

The Football Woman of the Year Award recognises women in the industry who have made a significant contribution to the game of Australian Football. Presented by the Essendon Women’s Network (EWN), this prestigious award is judged by an independent panel and is open to any woman involved in football regardless of club or profession.

An outstanding role model to women, Michelle was awarded the Football Woman of the Year in front of over 1,000 guests at Crown Palladium. Four other women were nominated as finalists for the award including Annette Ellis, Chyloe Kurdas, Scharlaine Cairns and Dr Sonja Hood.

Past winners of the award include; Irene Chatfield (1998), Jill Lindsay (1999), Caroline Wilson (2000), Katrina Pressley (2001), Beverly Knight (2002 – joint winner), Bev O’Connor (2002 – joint winner), Jenny Williams (2003), Edna Daniher (2004), Jennie Loughnan (2005), Barb Cullen (2006), Terry Bracks (2007), Susan Alberti (2008), Debbie Lee (2009), Anna Durante (2010), Lesley McGrath (2011), and Belinda Duarte (2012).

Bulldogs win 2013 reserves premiership

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 5:12 PM

SOUTH Fremantle's reserves have stormed to the 2013 WAFL premiership beating West Perth in the grand final by 36 points on Sunday at Patersons Stadium.

The Bulldogs qualified for the grand final having beaten minor premier Perth in the second semi-final a fortnight ago and despite the Falcons reserves storming into the decider on a nine-game winning run, South Fremantle was too good in the grand final winning 19.6 (120) to 12.12 (84).
South Fremantle had a strong team in with 17 of the players having played league football previously with the Bulldogs including some regular players in the senior team in the second half of the year like Tim Kelly, Brendan Verrier, James Laurino, Blaine Johnson, Marlon Pickett and Warrick Andreoli.
Then the Bulldogs also had a league premiership player in its midst in the form of Reece Adams, but West Perth was far from lacking talent and had done a tremendous job to win nine straight matches, and come from fourth spot to make the grand final.
Trent Manzone was the unlucky Falcon to miss out on selection in the West Perth league side in the grand final as well later in the day against East Perth with him making way for returning vice-captain Luke Tedesco.
League-experienced and calibre players James Embley, Frank Stockley, Kris Shannon, Brayden Antonio and Matt Johnson also lined up for the Falcons meaning that both sides deserved to head into the grand final thinking they were a good chance to win.
South Fremantle led all day, though, and despite a rally from West Perth closing to within 11 points midway through the third term, but the Bulldogs responded and ended up winning by 36 points.
South Fremantle teenager Blaine Johnson won the Merv McIntosh Medal as best afield after he kicked five goals from eight kicks.
Kaiden Matera also booted four goals for the Bulldogs with Alex Grima adding two, Simon Panizza two and Kingsley Smith two.
Jason Maskos was outstanding running off half-back finishing with 22 possessions, six rebounds from the defensive 50 and four tackles.
Tim Kelly picked up 18 possessions to go with six clearances while captain Tyler Hall gathered 17 disposals, Jarrad Winter 17, Brendan Verrier 16 and Reece Adams 14.
For the second straight week Corey Chalmers had plenty of chances on goal for West Perth but couldn’t kick straight finishing with 2.5 but he still was one of the Falcons' best performers on the day with 20 possessions and four inside-50 entries.
It was Frank Stockley who was West Perth's best, though, with the Prendergast Medallist finishing with a dominant 18 possessions, 38 hit outs, 11 clearances and five inside-50 entries.
James Embley also gathered 19 possessions and had six clearances for West Perth with Trent Manzone finishing with 19 disposals, Ben McNamara 19, Kris Shannon 17 and Brayden Antonio 16.
South Fremantle started the game on fire after having the week off with Smith kicking two early goals and despite Drew Rohde and Chalmers adding majors for the Falcons, the Bulldogs were in control by 12 points at quarter-time.
West Perth made a charge early in the second quarter to close South Fremantle's lead, but the Bulldogs caught fire just before half-time with goals to Panizza, Johnson, Strom and Johnson again to hold a 24-point advantage at the main break.
Three quick goals for West Perth from the seven to the 13-minute mark of the third quarter had the Falcons back to within 11 points all of a sudden, but South Fremantle wouldn’t be denied.
Four goals in three minutes to the Bulldogs from Matera (two), Johnson and Grima blew South Fremantle's lead out to 36 points, and despite the Falcons continuing to fight they never again got closer than 25 points and ended up losing by36. 
SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.2 9.2 15.3 19.6 (120)
WEST PERTH 2.2 4.8 9.9 12.12 (84)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Johnson 5; Matera 4; Grima, Panizza, Smith 2; Kelly, Verrier, Strom, Parry.
Best: Johnson, Grima, Maskos, Kelly, Hall, Matera, Verrier, Winter. 
WEST PERTH – Goals: Chalmers, Rohde 2; McNamara, Shannon, Latham, Branch, Morrow, Johnson, Antonio, O'Regan.
Best: Stockley, Embley, Manzone, Branch, Chalmers, McNamara.
Merv McIntosh Medal: Blaine Johnson (South Fremantle).
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle's reserves have stormed to the 2013 WAFL premiership beating West Perth in the grand final by 36 points on Sunday at Patersons Stadium.

The Bulldogs qualified for the grand final having beaten minor premier Perth in the second semi-final a fortnight ago and despite the Falcons reserves storming into the decider on a nine-game winning run, South Fremantle was too good in the grand final winning 19.6 (120) to 12.12 (84).

South Fremantle had a strong team in with 17 of the players having played league football previously with the Bulldogs including some regular players in the senior team in the second half of the year like Tim Kelly, Brendan Verrier, James Laurino, Blaine Johnson, Marlon Pickett and Warrick Andreoli.

Then the Bulldogs also had a league premiership player in its midst in the form of Reece Adams, but West Perth was far from lacking talent and had done a tremendous job to win nine straight matches, and come from fourth spot to make the grand final.

Trent Manzone was the unlucky Falcon to miss out on selection in the West Perth league side in the grand final as well later in the day against East Perth with him making way for returning vice-captain Luke Tedesco.

League-experienced and calibre players James Embley, Frank Stockley, Kris Shannon, Brayden Antonio and Matt Johnson also lined up for the Falcons meaning that both sides deserved to head into the grand final thinking they were a good chance to win.

South Fremantle led all day, though, and despite a rally from West Perth closing to within 11 points midway through the third term, but the Bulldogs responded and ended up winning by 36 points.

South Fremantle teenager Blaine Johnson won the Merv McIntosh Medal as best afield after he kicked five goals from eight kicks.

Kaiden Matera also booted four goals for the Bulldogs with Alex Grima adding two, Simon Panizza two and Kingsley Smith two.

Jason Maskos was outstanding running off half-back finishing with 22 possessions, six rebounds from the defensive 50 and four tackles.

Tim Kelly picked up 18 possessions to go with six clearances while captain Tyler Hall gathered 17 disposals, Jarrad Winter 17, Brendan Verrier 16 and Reece Adams 14.

For the second straight week Corey Chalmers had plenty of chances on goal for West Perth but couldn’t kick straight finishing with 2.5 but he still was one of the Falcons' best performers on the day with 20 possessions and four inside-50 entries.

It was Frank Stockley who was West Perth's best, though, with the Prendergast Medallist finishing with a dominant 18 possessions, 38 hit outs, 11 clearances and five inside-50 entries.

James Embley also gathered 19 possessions and had six clearances for West Perth with Trent Manzone finishing with 19 disposals, Ben McNamara 19, Kris Shannon 17 and Brayden Antonio 16.

South Fremantle started the game on fire after having the week off with Smith kicking two early goals and despite Drew Rohde and Chalmers adding majors for the Falcons, the Bulldogs were in control by 12 points at quarter-time.

West Perth made a charge early in the second quarter to close South Fremantle's lead, but the Bulldogs caught fire just before half-time with goals to Panizza, Johnson, Strom and Johnson again to hold a 24-point advantage at the main break.

Three quick goals for West Perth from the seven to the 13-minute mark of the third quarter had the Falcons back to within 11 points all of a sudden, but South Fremantle wouldn’t be denied.

Four goals in three minutes to the Bulldogs from Matera (two), Johnson and Grima blew South Fremantle's lead out to 36 points, and despite the Falcons continuing to fight they never again got closer than 25 points and ended up losing by36. 

SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.2 9.2 15.3 19.6 (120)

WEST PERTH 2.2 4.8 9.9 12.12 (84)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Johnson 5; Matera 4; Grima, Panizza, Smith 2; Kelly, Verrier, Strom, Parry.

Best: Johnson, Grima, Maskos, Kelly, Hall, Matera, Verrier, Winter. 

WEST PERTH – Goals: Chalmers, Rohde 2; McNamara, Shannon, Latham, Branch, Morrow, Johnson, Antonio, O'Regan.

Best: Stockley, Embley, Manzone, Branch, Chalmers, McNamara.

Merv McIntosh Medal: Blaine Johnson (South Fremantle).

By Chris Pike

Bulldogs just fall short of colts premiership hat-trick

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 1:37 PM

CLAREMONT took advantage of the breeze in the last quarter to overrun South Fremantle to win the WAFL colts premiership of 2013 and end the Bulldogs' hopes of a third successive flag.

South Fremantle looked on track for a premiership hat-trick leading the grand final on Sunday morning at Patersons Stadium at every change, but Claremont had the wind in the final quarter and managed to kick the only three goals of the term, to win 11.10 (76) to 10.10 (70).
The Bulldogs kicked four goals to three in the opening quarter to lead by five points at quarter-time and then it was two goals apiece in the second term as well to see South Fremantle still hold a six-point advantage at the main break.
The breeze, and at times the rain, picked up after half-time and South Fremantle had advantage of it in the third quarter and kicked four goals to three to lead by 13 points at three quarter-time.
South Fremantle looked on target for the premiership hat-trick at the last change, but Claremont did have the strong breeze in the final term and took advantage.
The Tigers booted two early goals with Alec Waterman taking a good mark near goal square and kicking truly and then ruckman Darcy Cameron kicked a beauty from deep in the pocket to put Claremont in front.
South Fremantle was able to wrest back control and had several gettable shots on goal in the dying stages, including set shots to Jye Depane and Dylan Main, but they were unsuccessful and Claremont went on to win by six points.
South Fremantle finished the 2013 season in second position but won straight through to the grand final with a 23-point second semi-final win over Claremont at Claremont Oval.
Coming off winning premierships in 2011 and 2012, South Fremantle was in position for a third straight flag but it wasn’t quite to be.
Main was outstanding for South Fremantle, particularly in the first half when he had 17 possessions, and finished the game with 23 to go with six marks, four clearances and two goals.
Jarrod Garlett racked up 21 possessions also for the Bulldogs along with his six inside 50s and four clearances while Jacob Dragovich gathered 20 disposals, Jarrod Pickett 19, Bailey Matera 16 and Joel McComb 16.
Ben Sokol was terrific with 20 possessions, six tackles, six clearances, five marks and two goals while Matthew Ah Siu also kicked two goals for the Bulldogs.
The victory is Claremont's 13th colts premiership and first since 2009 and gives the Tigers another success on grand final day following the league winning the last two WAFL flags, and the reserves the last three straight.
Alec Waterman was outstanding for Claremont with 22 possessions, eight clearances, five tackles, seven inside-50 entries and two goals with the son of former West Coast dual premiership star Chris Waterman awarded the Mel Whinnen Medal as best afield for the colts grand final.
Jake Anderson also racked up 22 possessions to go with five clearances for Claremont with Jordan Law racking up 21 touches along with nine clearances.
Tom Barrass gathered 18 disposals, Ryan Lim 18, Harry Taylor 18, Jack Beeck 17 and Jared Hardisty 16 to go with his four clearances.
Ruckman Cameron was also superb with 12 touches, five marks, 38 hit outs, four clearances and the crucial final quarter goal.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.1 6.5 10.8 10.10 (70)
CLAREMONT 3.2 5.5 8.7 11.10 (76)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Main, Sokol, Ah Siu 2; Gundry, Rioli, Bennell, Frampton.
Best: Main, Sokol, Garlett, Pickett, Matera, Dragovich.
CLAREMONT – Goals: Court, Waterman, Baum 2; Woods, Edwards, Carruthers, Higgs, Cameron.
Best: Waterman, Law, Lim, Anderson, Cameron, Barrass, Taylor.
Mel Whinnen Medal: Alec Waterman (Claremont).
By Chris PikeCLAREMONT took advantage of the breeze in the last quarter to overrun South Fremantle to win the WAFL colts premiership of 2013 and end the Bulldogs' hopes of a third successive flag.

South Fremantle looked on track for a premiership hat-trick leading the grand final on Sunday morning at Patersons Stadium at every change, but Claremont had the wind in the final quarter and managed to kick the only three goals of the term, to win 11.10 (76) to 10.10 (70).

The Bulldogs kicked four goals to three in the opening quarter to lead by five points at quarter-time and then it was two goals apiece in the second term as well to see South Fremantle still hold a six-point advantage at the main break.

The breeze, and at times the rain, picked up after half-time and South Fremantle had advantage of it in the third quarter and kicked four goals to three to lead by 13 points at three quarter-time.

South Fremantle looked on target for the premiership hat-trick at the last change, but Claremont did have the strong breeze in the final term and took advantage.

The Tigers booted two early goals with Alec Waterman taking a good mark near goal square and kicking truly and then ruckman Darcy Cameron kicked a beauty from deep in the pocket to put Claremont in front.

South Fremantle was able to wrest back control and had several gettable shots on goal in the dying stages, including set shots to Jye Depane and Dylan Main, but they were unsuccessful and Claremont went on to win by six points.

South Fremantle finished the 2013 season in second position but won straight through to the grand final with a 23-point second semi-final win over Claremont at Claremont Oval.

Coming off winning premierships in 2011 and 2012, South Fremantle was in position for a third straight flag but it wasn’t quite to be.

Main was outstanding for South Fremantle, particularly in the first half when he had 17 possessions, and finished the game with 23 to go with six marks, four clearances and two goals.

Jarrod Garlett racked up 21 possessions also for the Bulldogs along with his six inside 50s and four clearances while Jacob Dragovich gathered 20 disposals, Jarrod Pickett 19, Bailey Matera 16 and Joel McComb 16.

Ben Sokol was terrific with 20 possessions, six tackles, six clearances, five marks and two goals while Matthew Ah Siu also kicked two goals for the Bulldogs.

The victory is Claremont's 13th colts premiership and first since 2009 and gives the Tigers another success on grand final day following the league winning the last two WAFL flags, and the reserves the last three straight.

Alec Waterman was outstanding for Claremont with 22 possessions, eight clearances, five tackles, seven inside-50 entries and two goals with the son of former West Coast dual premiership star Chris Waterman awarded the Mel Whinnen Medal as best afield for the colts grand final.

Jake Anderson also racked up 22 possessions to go with five clearances for Claremont with Jordan Law racking up 21 touches along with nine clearances.

Tom Barrass gathered 18 disposals, Ryan Lim 18, Harry Taylor 18, Jack Beeck 17 and Jared Hardisty 16 to go with his four clearances.

Ruckman Cameron was also superb with 12 touches, five marks, 38 hit outs, four clearances and the crucial final quarter goal.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.1 6.5 10.8 10.10 (70)

CLAREMONT 3.2 5.5 8.7 11.10 (76)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Main, Sokol, Ah Siu 2; Gundry, Rioli, Bennell, Frampton.

Best: Main, Sokol, Garlett, Pickett, Matera, Dragovich.

CLAREMONT – Goals: Court, Waterman, Baum 2; Woods, Edwards, Carruthers, Higgs, Cameron.

Best: Waterman, Law, Lim, Anderson, Cameron, Barrass, Taylor.

Mel Whinnen Medal: Alec Waterman (Claremont).

By Chris Pike

Colts Grand Final Preview v Claremont

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 4:13 PM

SOUTH Fremantle and Claremont are meeting in their second WAFL colts grand final in three years on Sunday morning at Patersons Stadium with the Bulldogs looking to create a slice of history, and the Tigers to get a measure of revenge.

South Fremantle's colts have won the last two premiership so will be looking to make it a hat-trick this Sunday at Patersons Stadium against a Claremont team who finished 2013 as minor premiers, but who the Bulldogs beat by 23 points in the second semi-final a fortnight ago at Claremont Oval.
The Bulldogs colts side has had yet another strong 2013 home and away season finishing in second position on the ladder before beating Claremont in the second semi-final to advance straight through to a third successive grand final.
The colts teams of the past two years have produced some outstanding AFL and WAFL talent as well.
From the 2011 side that beat Claremont by 44 points in the grand final, Haiden Schloithe, Adam Carter, Mason Shaw, Shane Kersten and Josh Bootsma are now listed by AFL clubs.
On top of that, Shannon Burnett, Jason Maskos, Brendan Verrier, James Laurino and Jacob Martinez have all played league football with South Fremantle.
The Bulldogs' colts then made it back-to-back flags last year with a thumping 58-point grand final win over East Fremantle with Shaw and Sam Rundle kicking five goals apiece.
Marvin Warrell, Brendan Verrier, Adam Carter, Sean Lynch, Simon Panizza, Shaw, Dale Hamilton, Emmanuel Collard and Robert Thompson all played in both premiership teams meaning they have all stepped up into being senior footballers to open up room for other youngsters to step up.
Jacob Dragovich, Bailey Matera, Tim Stewart, Braden Fimmano and Jakeb Tartaglia are among those players to step up and become key players in the South Fremantle colts team of 2013.
Matthew Ah Siu has been the Bulldogs colts leading goalkicker with 25 from 20 matches but Willie Rioli came home with a rush booting 24 in just six games after beginning his season playing in the reserves.
Jermaine Lewis and Ben Sokol have both kicked 21 goals apiece for the colts side in 2013 while Cameron McCarthy kicked 20 in eight matches before going down injured.
Coming off the last two premierships and with a healthy turnover of players, South Fremantle's colts did lose its first two games of the season against Claremont and Perth.
They bounced back with a win over West Perth but then again lost by just three points to Swan Districts.
It was then two straight wins against Subiaco and East Fremantle before another hiccup in Round 8 against East Perth.
There were then two more wins over Peel Thunder and Claremont before successive losses in Rounds 11 and 12 against East Fremantle and Subiaco.
It is an unlikely occurrence in recent years for Claremont to only be represented in the colts grand final as well on the biggest day of the WAFL year.
Claremont's league side has won the last two WAFL premierships and played in the last three grand finals while the Tigers' reserves have won the last three flags, but neither are there in grand finals this year meaning the colts are carrying the flag for the Tigers.
Claremont's colts started the 2013 season on fire winning its first 11 games before losing to Peel Thunder at Claremont Oval in Round 13 by 23 points.
The Tigers only other regular season loss came against South Fremantle in Round 16 with Claremont finishing off the season with a six-game winning run to finish as minor premier.
Claremont then led South Fremantle in the second semi-final by 24 points at half-time and eight at three quarter-time, but the Bulldogs then piled on the only five goals of the last quarter to end up winning by 23 points.
In that second semi-final, Sokol was outstanding for South Fremantle with 19 possessions and five goals while Willie Rioli, Traye Bennell and Bailey Matera kicked two goals each.
Claremont did bounce back, though, winning last Sunday's preliminary final over Subiaco by 60 points with Ben Higgins booting four goals and Alec Waterman racking up 35 possessions, Jordan Law 27, Darcy Cameron 25, Jared Hardisty 23 and Joel Fiegert 22.
SOUTH FREMANTLE TEAM:
Callum Ah Chee, Mathew Ah Siu, Mitchell Banks, Traye Bennell, Billy Collier, Jordan Comeagain, James Culleton, Jye Depane, Jacob Dragovich, Braden Fimmano, William Frampton, Jarrod Garlett, Matthew Gundry, Josh Hall, Jermaine Lewis, Dylan Main, Bailey Matera, Cameron McCarthy, Joel McComb, Jack McMaster, Bradley McPhail, Daniel Moore, Matthew Nicholson, Jarrod Pickett, Willie Rioli, Oliver Sexton, Ben Sokol, Tim Stewart, Jakeb Tartaglia, Josh Tucker, Tom Vandeleur.
CLAREMONT TEAM:
Jake Anderson, Thomas Barrass, Isaac Baum, Jack Beeck, Maximillian Bentley, Samuel Bevan, Darcy Cameron, Jack Carruthers, Harrison Court, Joel Ebert, Steven Edwards, Joel Fiegert, Jared Hardisty, Benjamin Higgs, Timm House, Jordan Law, Ryan Lim, Shane McAdam, Rowen Powell, Bailey Rogers, Luke Rosher, Eddie Simpson, Nicholas Steens, Harry Taylor, Alec Waterman, Francis Watson, Mason Whitehead, Jyrin Woods.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle and Claremont are meeting in their second WAFL colts grand final in three years on Sunday morning at Patersons Stadium with the Bulldogs looking to create a slice of history, and the Tigers to get a measure of revenge.

South Fremantle's colts have won the last two premiership so will be looking to make it a hat-trick this Sunday at Patersons Stadium against a Claremont team who finished 2013 as minor premiers, but who the Bulldogs beat by 23 points in the second semi-final a fortnight ago at Claremont Oval.

The Bulldogs colts side has had yet another strong 2013 home and away season finishing in second position on the ladder before beating Claremont in the second semi-final to advance straight through to a third successive grand final.

The colts teams of the past two years have produced some outstanding AFL and WAFL talent as well.

From the 2011 side that beat Claremont by 44 points in the grand final, Haiden Schloithe, Adam Carter, Mason Shaw, Shane Kersten and Josh Bootsma are now listed by AFL clubs.

On top of that, Shannon Burnett, Jason Maskos, Brendan Verrier, James Laurino and Jacob Martinez have all played league football with South Fremantle.

The Bulldogs' colts then made it back-to-back flags last year with a thumping 58-point grand final win over East Fremantle with Shaw and Sam Rundle kicking five goals apiece.

Marvin Warrell, Brendan Verrier, Adam Carter, Sean Lynch, Simon Panizza, Shaw, Dale Hamilton, Emmanuel Collard and Robert Thompson all played in both premiership teams meaning they have all stepped up into being senior footballers to open up room for other youngsters to step up.

Jacob Dragovich, Bailey Matera, Tim Stewart, Braden Fimmano and Jakeb Tartaglia are among those players to step up and become key players in the South Fremantle colts team of 2013.

Matthew Ah Siu has been the Bulldogs colts leading goalkicker with 25 from 20 matches but Willie Rioli came home with a rush booting 24 in just six games after beginning his season playing in the reserves.

Jermaine Lewis and Ben Sokol have both kicked 21 goals apiece for the colts side in 2013 while Cameron McCarthy kicked 20 in eight matches before going down injured.

Coming off the last two premierships and with a healthy turnover of players, South Fremantle's colts did lose its first two games of the season against Claremont and Perth.

They bounced back with a win over West Perth but then again lost by just three points to Swan Districts.

It was then two straight wins against Subiaco and East Fremantle before another hiccup in Round 8 against East Perth.

There were then two more wins over Peel Thunder and Claremont before successive losses in Rounds 11 and 12 against East Fremantle and Subiaco.

It is an unlikely occurrence in recent years for Claremont to only be represented in the colts grand final as well on the biggest day of the WAFL year.

Claremont's league side has won the last two WAFL premierships and played in the last three grand finals while the Tigers' reserves have won the last three flags, but neither are there in grand finals this year meaning the colts are carrying the flag for the Tigers.

Claremont's colts started the 2013 season on fire winning its first 11 games before losing to Peel Thunder at Claremont Oval in Round 13 by 23 points.

The Tigers only other regular season loss came against South Fremantle in Round 16 with Claremont finishing off the season with a six-game winning run to finish as minor premier.

Claremont then led South Fremantle in the second semi-final by 24 points at half-time and eight at three quarter-time, but the Bulldogs then piled on the only five goals of the last quarter to end up winning by 23 points.

In that second semi-final, Sokol was outstanding for South Fremantle with 19 possessions and five goals while Willie Rioli, Traye Bennell and Bailey Matera kicked two goals each.

Claremont did bounce back, though, winning last Sunday's preliminary final over Subiaco by 60 points with Ben Higgins booting four goals and Alec Waterman racking up 35 possessions, Jordan Law 27, Darcy Cameron 25, Jared Hardisty 23 and Joel Fiegert 22.

SOUTH FREMANTLE TEAM:

Callum Ah Chee, Mathew Ah Siu, Mitchell Banks, Traye Bennell, Billy Collier, Jordan Comeagain, James Culleton, Jye Depane, Jacob Dragovich, Braden Fimmano, William Frampton, Jarrod Garlett, Matthew Gundry, Josh Hall, Jermaine Lewis, Dylan Main, Bailey Matera, Cameron McCarthy, Joel McComb, Jack McMaster, Bradley McPhail, Daniel Moore, Matthew Nicholson, Jarrod Pickett, Willie Rioli, Oliver Sexton, Ben Sokol, Tim Stewart, Jakeb Tartaglia, Josh Tucker, Tom Vandeleur.

CLAREMONT TEAM:

Jake Anderson, Thomas Barrass, Isaac Baum, Jack Beeck, Maximillian Bentley, Samuel Bevan, Darcy Cameron, Jack Carruthers, Harrison Court, Joel Ebert, Steven Edwards, Joel Fiegert, Jared Hardisty, Benjamin Higgs, Timm House, Jordan Law, Ryan Lim, Shane McAdam, Rowen Powell, Bailey Rogers, Luke Rosher, Eddie Simpson, Nicholas Steens, Harry Taylor, Alec Waterman, Francis Watson, Mason Whitehead, Jyrin Woods.

By Chris Pike

Reserves Grand Final Preview v West Perth

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 3:27 PM

SOUTH Fremantle and West Perth finished 2013 as the two most in-form reserves teams and as a result have made the grand final and are sure to play out a hard fought contest to determine the premiers.

The Bulldogs reserves began the season reasonably slowly as did their league side with a host of injuries and young players still adjusting to senior football, but the longer the 2013 campaign went the better the whole senior squad went.
South Fremantle's league team finished off the season with some momentum and the improved form of the main side meant that there were more quality players in the reserves line-up, and more players looking to pressing up for a league berth.
South Fremantle's reserves lost its first two games to Claremont and Perth and then again lost two more in Round 11 to East Fremantle and Round 12 to Subiaco, but since then the Bulldogs have been outstanding.
There was a hiccup against West Perth in Round 18, but aside from that South Fremantle's reserves won eight of its last nine games to finish the home and away season in second position on the ladder.
That set up a second semi-final against Perth and the Bulldogs held on to win by five points to advance straight through to the grand final.
West Perth lost its first three games of the reserves season and then sat at 1-6 after eight rounds, but things then began to turn with three straight wins and now the Falcons have not lost since going down to Swan Districts at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval in Round 15.
The Falcons won seven straight matches over Peel, South Fremantle, East Perth, Peel, Perth, East Fremantle and Swan Districts to qualify for the finals from fourth position.
And in the finals, West Perth beat East Perth in the first semi-final at Claremont Oval by nine points to book in a preliminary final berth where the Falcons downed the minor premier Perth by 42 points to book in a grand final spot on a nine-game winning run.
South Fremantle and West Perth met just twice during the season with the Bulldogs winning at Fremantle Oval in Round 4 by 19 points and then the Falcons prevailed by 34 points at Arena Joondalup in Round 18.
South Fremantle's reserves have not won a premiership since 2009 when both the Bulldogs' league and reserves sides were triumphant.
Remarkably, West Perth's reserves has not won a premiership since 1960 and also in that year both the Falcons' league and reserves teams won the flag.
Both teams are full of a combination of league experienced and youthful talent as well.
South Fremantle even has a league premiership player in its midst from 2009 with Reece Adams lining up for the Bulldogs after managing just 12 matches in the league side this year to take his career tally to 61.
Jarrad Winter has also played 65 league games for the Bulldogs and will line-up in the grand final along with fellow experienced campaigners Shaun Bewick and Alex Grima.
Warrick Andreoli, Tyler Hall, Blaine Johnson, Tim Kelly, James Laurino, Jason Maskos, Kaiden Matera, Justin Monaco, Marlon Pickett, Kingsley Smith, Zac Strom and Brendan Verrier will also play for South Fremantle in the grand final after having played at least one league game in 2013.
West Perth's reserves team won't be without some league experience either and as usual with a club with a league side in the grand final also, there's usually a player or several players who are unlucky not to be in the main show.
Trent Manzone fits that bill for West Perth this year after making way in the league side for returning vice-captain Luke Tedesco.
Manzone played 14 straight matches for the West Perth league side this year to close out the season after being recruited from Queensland, and also lined up in the second semi-final win over Claremont but he is the unlucky man to make way for Tedesco.
Ruckman Frank Stockley has been outstanding all year as well in the reserves and won the Prendergast Medal but he also missed selection in the league side as have exciting youngsters Brayden Antonio and Matt Johnson meaning they will play in the reserves grand final.
Ben McNamara, Joe Morrow, Luke Meadows, James Batterham and Kris Shannon will also play having played at least one league game this season with James Embley, Michael Mascoulis and Drew Rohde having previously played league football as well.
Bounce down for the reserves grand final at Patersons Stadium, Subiaco on Sunday will be at 11.30am.
SOUTH FREMANTLE TEAM:
Reece Adams, Warrick Andreoli, Shaun Bewick, Myles Bolger, Steven Borovac, Rhys D'Alton, Jayden D'Vauz, Alex Grima, Tyler Hall, Dale Hamilton, Blaine Johnson, Tim Kelly, James Laurino, Jason Maskos, Kaiden Matera, Justin Monaco, Simon Panizza, Joseph Pantano, Jarrod Parry, Marlon Pickett, Michael Russell, Kingsley Smith, Zac Strom, Anthony Van Manen, Brendan Verrier, Jarrad Winter.
WEST PERTH TEAM:
Max Alexander, Brayden Antonio, James Batterham, Cameron Branch, Corey Chalmers, James Embley, Stephen Healy, Matt Johnson, Joel Latham, Aidan Lynch, Trent Manzone, Michael Mascoulis, Ben McNamara, Mitch McPhee, Luke Meadows, Jordan Mills, Samuel Money, Joel Morrow, Ben O'Regan, Drew Rohde, Tom Shadbolt, Kris Shannon, Frank Stockley, Tim Sutherland, Jack Thrum, Mitch van Berlo.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle and West Perth finished 2013 as the two most in-form reserves teams and as a result have made the grand final and are sure to play out a hard fought contest to determine the premiers.

The Bulldogs reserves began the season reasonably slowly as did their league side with a host of injuries and young players still adjusting to senior football, but the longer the 2013 campaign went the better the whole senior squad went.

South Fremantle's league team finished off the season with some momentum and the improved form of the main side meant that there were more quality players in the reserves line-up, and more players looking to pressing up for a league berth.

South Fremantle's reserves lost its first two games to Claremont and Perth and then again lost two more in Round 11 to East Fremantle and Round 12 to Subiaco, but since then the Bulldogs have been outstanding.

There was a hiccup against West Perth in Round 18, but aside from that South Fremantle's reserves won eight of its last nine games to finish the home and away season in second position on the ladder.

That set up a second semi-final against Perth and the Bulldogs held on to win by five points to advance straight through to the grand final.

West Perth lost its first three games of the reserves season and then sat at 1-6 after eight rounds, but things then began to turn with three straight wins and now the Falcons have not lost since going down to Swan Districts at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval in Round 15.

The Falcons won seven straight matches over Peel, South Fremantle, East Perth, Peel, Perth, East Fremantle and Swan Districts to qualify for the finals from fourth position.

And in the finals, West Perth beat East Perth in the first semi-final at Claremont Oval by nine points to book in a preliminary final berth where the Falcons downed the minor premier Perth by 42 points to book in a grand final spot on a nine-game winning run.

South Fremantle and West Perth met just twice during the season with the Bulldogs winning at Fremantle Oval in Round 4 by 19 points and then the Falcons prevailed by 34 points at Arena Joondalup in Round 18.

South Fremantle's reserves have not won a premiership since 2009 when both the Bulldogs' league and reserves sides were triumphant.

Remarkably, West Perth's reserves has not won a premiership since 1960 and also in that year both the Falcons' league and reserves teams won the flag.

Both teams are full of a combination of league experienced and youthful talent as well.

South Fremantle even has a league premiership player in its midst from 2009 with Reece Adams lining up for the Bulldogs after managing just 12 matches in the league side this year to take his career tally to 61.

Jarrad Winter has also played 65 league games for the Bulldogs and will line-up in the grand final along with fellow experienced campaigners Shaun Bewick and Alex Grima.

Warrick Andreoli, Tyler Hall, Blaine Johnson, Tim Kelly, James Laurino, Jason Maskos, Kaiden Matera, Justin Monaco, Marlon Pickett, Kingsley Smith, Zac Strom and Brendan Verrier will also play for South Fremantle in the grand final after having played at least one league game in 2013.

West Perth's reserves team won't be without some league experience either and as usual with a club with a league side in the grand final also, there's usually a player or several players who are unlucky not to be in the main show.

Trent Manzone fits that bill for West Perth this year after making way in the league side for returning vice-captain Luke Tedesco.

Manzone played 14 straight matches for the West Perth league side this year to close out the season after being recruited from Queensland, and also lined up in the second semi-final win over Claremont but he is the unlucky man to make way for Tedesco.

Ruckman Frank Stockley has been outstanding all year as well in the reserves and won the Prendergast Medal but he also missed selection in the league side as have exciting youngsters Brayden Antonio and Matt Johnson meaning they will play in the reserves grand final.

Ben McNamara, Joe Morrow, Luke Meadows, James Batterham and Kris Shannon will also play having played at least one league game this season with James Embley, Michael Mascoulis and Drew Rohde having previously played league football as well.

Bounce down for the reserves grand final at Patersons Stadium, Subiaco on Sunday will be at 11.30am.

SOUTH FREMANTLE TEAM:

Reece Adams, Warrick Andreoli, Shaun Bewick, Myles Bolger, Steven Borovac, Rhys D'Alton, Jayden D'Vauz, Alex Grima, Tyler Hall, Dale Hamilton, Blaine Johnson, Tim Kelly, James Laurino, Jason Maskos, Kaiden Matera, Justin Monaco, Simon Panizza, Joseph Pantano, Jarrod Parry, Marlon Pickett, Michael Russell, Kingsley Smith, Zac Strom, Anthony Van Manen, Brendan Verrier, Jarrad Winter.

WEST PERTH TEAM:

Max Alexander, Brayden Antonio, James Batterham, Cameron Branch, Corey Chalmers, James Embley, Stephen Healy, Matt Johnson, Joel Latham, Aidan Lynch, Trent Manzone, Michael Mascoulis, Ben McNamara, Mitch McPhee, Luke Meadows, Jordan Mills, Samuel Money, Joel Morrow, Ben O'Regan, Drew Rohde, Tom Shadbolt, Kris Shannon, Frank Stockley, Tim Sutherland, Jack Thrum, Mitch van Berlo.

By Chris Pike

Bulldogs colts and reserves look ahead to grand finals

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:03 PM

FOR the first time since 2004 both the South Fremantle colts and reserves teams have advanced straight through to the WAFL grand final after winning their second semi-final match-ups.

South Fremantle last had two teams in grand finals in 2009 when the league and reserves sides both were victorious to win premierships, and also to help the Bulldogs to claim the Rodriguez Shield for the season.
With the league and reserves teams haven’t been able to make it back to a grand final between 2010 and 2012, the colts have dominated the competition winning premierships in 2011 and 2012, and now again being in the grand final of 2013.
The South Fremantle reserves team also joins the colts in a grand final this Sunday at Subiaco's Patersons Stadium making it the first time any two Bulldogs teams will take part in the big day since 2009, and the first time the colts and reserves have both been there since 2004.
However, in 2004 the colts went down to Peel Thunder to start off grand final day while the reserves managed to beat Claremont by 59 points to win the premiership.
While South Fremantle's league and reserves teams both won premierships in 2009, Sunday presents the Bulldogs' reserves and colts the opportunity to win flags in the same year since they achieved the feat in 1985.
The colts teams of the past two years have produced some outstanding AFL and WAFL talent as well.
From the 2011 side that beat Claremont by 44 points in the grand final, Haiden Schloithe, Adam Carter, Mason Shaw, Shane Kersten and Josh Bootsma are now in the AFL.
On top of that, Shannon Burnett, Jason Maskos, Brendan Verrier, James Laurino and Jacob Martinez have all played league football with South Fremantle.
The Bulldogs' colts then made it back-to-back flags last year with a thumping 58-point grand final win over East Fremantle with Shaw and Sam Rundle kicking five goals apiece.
Marvin Warrell, Brendan Verrier, Adam Carter, Sean Lynch, Simon Panizza, Shaw, Dale Hamilton, Emmanuel Collard and Robert Thompson all played in both premiership teams meaning they have all stepped up into being senior footballers to open up room for other youngsters to step up.
Jacob Dragovich, Bailey Matera, Tim Stewart, Braden Fimmano and Jakeb Tartaglia are among those players to step up and become key players in the South Fremantle colts team of 2013.
Matthew Ah Siu has been the Bulldogs colts leading goalkicker with 25 from 20 matches but Willie Rioli came home with a rush booting 24 in just six games after beginning his season playing in the reserves.
Jermaine Lewis and Ben Sokol have both kicked 21 goals apiece for the colts side in 2013 while Cameron McCarthy kicked 20 in eight matches before going down injured.
South Fremantle's colts came from behind to beat minor premiers Claremont by 23 points at Claremont Oval last Sunday to qualify for a third successive grand final with the Bulldogs colts now one win away from an incredible hat-trick of premierships.
Claremont bounced back from losing that second semi-final to South Fremantle by beating Subiaco in Sunday's preliminary final at Claremont Oval again to set up a grand final with the Bulldogs this Sunday at Patersons Stadium with bounce down at 8.30am.
Meanwhile, South Fremantle's reserves have put together an outstanding second half of the 2013 season.
The Bulldogs reserves are highlighting the improved depth of the senior squad and got into the grand final with a week's break by downing the minor premier Perth in the second semi-final at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval by five points.
The South Fremantle reserves team from that second semi-final win over Perth was a strong one featuring 16 players who played at least one game in 2013, and 18 who have played league football previously.
One of those, Reece Adams, was a league premiership player in 2009 so he is no stranger to grand final day and the big occasion.
Then there is experienced senior footballers like Shaun Bewick, Alex Grima and Jarrad Winter in the South Fremantle line-up also.
Marlon Pickett could very well be the most exciting young talent in the country after his amazing league debut in the Round 23 victory at Fremantle Oval over grand finalists East Perth.
The 21-year-old could further enhance his reputation and put himself in position to be drafted with a grand final in the reserves on Sunday.
Blaine Johnson, Brendan Verrier, Tim Kelly, James Laurino and Warrick Andreoli are young players who also played some good league football in 2013 so the South Fremantle reserves side heads into the grand final on Sunday full of talent and confidence.
Of those, Kelly cemented himself as a permanent midfielder in the second half of the season in the league side while Verrier was terrific on the wing in the last month of the season, Andreoli found good form as a running defender and Laurino did outstanding run-with jobs on the likes of Subiaco's Jarrod Kayler-Thomson and East Perth's, and West Coast's, Cale Morton.
Awaiting South Fremantle in the reserves grand final that bounces down at 11.30am is a West Perth team which has now won nine straight matches following its win over Perth in Sunday's preliminary final at Claremont Oval.
Without hesitation, having both the colts and reserves teams in grand finals in 2013 is a tremendous sign that the club is heading in a strong direction with exciting signs for the future.
The league side showed good signs in the second half of 2013 as well so with the majority of those players to stick around and be part of the club again in 2014, and with players from the colts and reserves grand final a chance to step up, the future is looking incredibly bright for the South Fremantle Football Club.
By Chris PikeFOR the first time since 2004 both the South Fremantle colts and reserves teams have advanced straight through to the WAFL grand final after winning their second semi-final match-ups.

South Fremantle last had two teams in grand finals in 2009 when the league and reserves sides both were victorious to win premierships, and also to help the Bulldogs to claim the Rodriguez Shield for the season.

With the league and reserves teams haven’t been able to make it back to a grand final between 2010 and 2012, the colts have dominated the competition winning premierships in 2011 and 2012, and now again being in the grand final of 2013.

The South Fremantle reserves team also joins the colts in a grand final this Sunday at Subiaco's Patersons Stadium making it the first time any two Bulldogs teams will take part in the big day since 2009, and the first time the colts and reserves have both been there since 2004.

However, in 2004 the colts went down to Peel Thunder to start off grand final day while the reserves managed to beat Claremont by 59 points to win the premiership.

While South Fremantle's league and reserves teams both won premierships in 2009, Sunday presents the Bulldogs' reserves and colts the opportunity to win flags in the same year since they achieved the feat in 1985.

The colts teams of the past two years have produced some outstanding AFL and WAFL talent as well.

From the 2011 side that beat Claremont by 44 points in the grand final, Haiden Schloithe, Adam Carter, Mason Shaw, Shane Kersten and Josh Bootsma are now in the AFL.

On top of that, Shannon Burnett, Jason Maskos, Brendan Verrier, James Laurino and Jacob Martinez have all played league football with South Fremantle.

The Bulldogs' colts then made it back-to-back flags last year with a thumping 58-point grand final win over East Fremantle with Shaw and Sam Rundle kicking five goals apiece.

Marvin Warrell, Brendan Verrier, Adam Carter, Sean Lynch, Simon Panizza, Shaw, Dale Hamilton, Emmanuel Collard and Robert Thompson all played in both premiership teams meaning they have all stepped up into being senior footballers to open up room for other youngsters to step up.

Jacob Dragovich, Bailey Matera, Tim Stewart, Braden Fimmano and Jakeb Tartaglia are among those players to step up and become key players in the South Fremantle colts team of 2013.

Matthew Ah Siu has been the Bulldogs colts leading goalkicker with 25 from 20 matches but Willie Rioli came home with a rush booting 24 in just six games after beginning his season playing in the reserves.

Jermaine Lewis and Ben Sokol have both kicked 21 goals apiece for the colts side in 2013 while Cameron McCarthy kicked 20 in eight matches before going down injured.

South Fremantle's colts came from behind to beat minor premiers Claremont by 23 points at Claremont Oval last Sunday to qualify for a third successive grand final with the Bulldogs colts now one win away from an incredible hat-trick of premierships.

Claremont bounced back from losing that second semi-final to South Fremantle by beating Subiaco in Sunday's preliminary final at Claremont Oval again to set up a grand final with the Bulldogs this Sunday at Patersons Stadium with bounce down at 8.30am.

Meanwhile, South Fremantle's reserves have put together an outstanding second half of the 2013 season.

The Bulldogs reserves are highlighting the improved depth of the senior squad and got into the grand final with a week's break by downing the minor premier Perth in the second semi-final at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval by five points.

The South Fremantle reserves team from that second semi-final win over Perth was a strong one featuring 16 players who played at least one game in 2013, and 18 who have played league football previously.

One of those, Reece Adams, was a league premiership player in 2009 so he is no stranger to grand final day and the big occasion.

Then there is experienced senior footballers like Shaun Bewick, Alex Grima and Jarrad Winter in the South Fremantle line-up also.

Marlon Pickett could very well be the most exciting young talent in the country after his amazing league debut in the Round 23 victory at Fremantle Oval over grand finalists East Perth.

The 21-year-old could further enhance his reputation and put himself in position to be drafted with a grand final in the reserves on Sunday.

Blaine Johnson, Brendan Verrier, Tim Kelly, James Laurino and Warrick Andreoli are young players who also played some good league football in 2013 so the South Fremantle reserves side heads into the grand final on Sunday full of talent and confidence.

Of those, Kelly cemented himself as a permanent midfielder in the second half of the season in the league side while Verrier was terrific on the wing in the last month of the season, Andreoli found good form as a running defender and Laurino did outstanding run-with jobs on the likes of Subiaco's Jarrod Kayler-Thomson and East Perth's, and West Coast's, Cale Morton.

Awaiting South Fremantle in the reserves grand final that bounces down at 11.30am is a West Perth team which has now won nine straight matches following its win over Perth in Sunday's preliminary final at Claremont Oval.

Without hesitation, having both the colts and reserves teams in grand finals in 2013 is a tremendous sign that the club is heading in a strong direction with exciting signs for the future.

The league side showed good signs in the second half of 2013 as well so with the majority of those players to stick around and be part of the club again in 2014, and with players from the colts and reserves grand final a chance to step up, the future is looking incredibly bright for the South Fremantle Football Club.

By Chris Pike

Sandover Medal Preview

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 6:41 PM

SOUTH Fremantle might only have an outside chance of providing the Sandover Medal winner of 2013 but a host of Bulldogs players had eye-catching seasons and could end up polling well.

The Sandover Medal count will be streamed live on thewest.com.au from 9pm and is available by clicking here: http://sandover-live.thewest.com.au/
It will also be broadcast live on 990am Information Radio from 7pm.
The Bulldogs might have only won six matches during the 2013 season, but actually performed strongly in most of the 20 games of the campaign and were a chance to win more than half of the matches they ended up losing.
That means that South Fremantle will likely end up polling a reasonable number of votes throughout the night and a Bulldogs player might end up finishing at the pointy end of the leaderboard.
While it is widely expected that the Sandover Medallist for 2013 will come from midfielders Jake Murphy (Claremont), Rory O'Brien (East Fremantle) and Brendan Lee (East Perth), or ruckmen Paul Johnson (East Perth) and Mark Seaby (Claremont), there is plenty of interest from a South Fremantle perspective.
It wouldn’t surprise to see South Fremantle's leading vote getter just happen to be the most experienced player in the league either with 298-game veteran Kris Miller having another outstanding despite being ineligible to win due to a one-game suspension.
The 32-year-old missed Round 5 due to that suspension in what was the first game he has missed since joining South Fremantle in 2007, but he had a terrific season.
It started in his customary role as a midfielder in the first half of the year where he again showed his ability to rack up plenty of the ball and win endless clearances from stoppages.
However, late in the year he then switched to a half-forward role and was fantastic. He might not have won as much of the ball, but his influence was enormous including kicking a career-best five goals in the Round 23 win over grand finalists East Perth.
Captain Ryan Cook also had an outstanding season leading the Bulldogs whether on the wing or on the ball.
Cook, in his third season with South Fremantle, led from the front averaging 25.4 possessions a game including 34 in Round 22, 31 in Rounds 10 and 11, and 30 in Rounds 6, 18 and 20.
Mitch Banner had a big impact in his first season with South Fremantle coming from Port Adelaide in the AFL and ended up as the Bulldogs' leading ball winner and goalkicker.
He averaged 26.7 disposals a game including 35 in Round 14, 34 in Round 7, 32 in both Round 6 and 22, 31 in Round 19 and 30 in Rounds 8 and 10.
Banner also kicked five goals in Round 18 while adding three in Rounds 1, 3 and 16, and two in Rounds 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 24.
Experienced AFL ruckmen Seaby and Johnson might have received plenty of recognition of the best big men in the WAFL this season, but South Fremantle big man Sean Tighe certainly deserves to be considered right up there.
He gathered plenty of the bal averaging over 19 possessions a game including a high of 31 in Round 9 while finished the season averaging 28 hit outs including a high of 42 in Round 4. It wouldn’t surprise at all to see him rack up plenty of votes.
Haiden Schloithe also was terrific for South Fremantle this season in his 16 matches where as an on-baller, wingman or playing off half-back. The Fremantle rookie averaged 20.8 touches and picked up highs of 32 in Round 10, 28 in Rounds 18 and 20, and 25 in Round 23 before injuring his ankle.
Then there are a couple of South Fremantle's exciting youngsters who might well pick up some votes for their eye-catching performances.
Jacob Martinez showed good signs in the league side in the second half of 2012 and carried that on all for all of this season proving himself one of the best tackles and defensive midfielders in the competition.
However, he also showed he could win his own ball picking up 20 more possessions in Rounds 11, 12, 14, 20 and 25.
Then there was Tim Kelly who was still eligible to play colts, but came into the league side in Round 10 and stayed there for the rest of the season averaging over 19 possessions a game.
Ashton Hams played just nine games, but was outstanding in each of them so could poll well while it will be interesting that the umpires make of the strong years of defenders Nick Borovac, Dylan Ross and Adam McIntosh.
RYAN COOK (South Fremantle)
19 games, 483 possessions, 10 goals, 115 marks
Certain votes: 1 (Round 11)
Possible votes: 10 (Rounds 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23)
Games missed: 1
MITCH BANNER (South Fremantle)
20 games, 533 possessions, 33 goals, 123 marks
Certain votes: 1 (Round 18)
Possible votes: 5 (Rounds 7, 8, 14, 15, 16)
Games missed: 0
HAIDEN SCHLOITHE (South Fremantle)
16 games, 333 possessions, 9 goals, 49 marks, 58 tackles
Certain votes: 1 (Round 20)
Possible votes: 1 (Rounds 4)
Games missed: 4
SEAN TIGHE (South Fremantle)
19 games, 363 possessions, 4 goals, 115 marks, 532 hit outs
Certain votes: 3 (Round 9, 15, 24)
Possible votes: 9 (Rounds 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14, 20, 23)
Games missed: 1
JACOB MARTINEZ (South Fremantle)
18 games, 321 possessions, 3 goals, 46 marks, 94 tackles
Certain votes: 0 
Possible votes: 6 (Rounds 9, 11, 12, 14, 20, 22)
Games missed: 2
TIM KELLY (South Fremantle)
12 games, 228 possessions, 5 goals, 41 marks, 32 tackles
Certain votes: 0
Possible votes: 7 (Rounds 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23)
Games missed: 8
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle might only have an outside chance of providing the Sandover Medal winner of 2013 but a host of Bulldogs players had eye-catching seasons and could end up polling well.

The Sandover Medal count will be streamed live on thewest.com.au from 9pm and is available by clicking here: http://sandover-live.thewest.com.au/

It will also be broadcast live on 990am Information Radio from 7pm.

The Bulldogs might have only won six matches during the 2013 season, but actually performed strongly in most of the 20 games of the campaign and were a chance to win more than half of the matches they ended up losing.

That means that South Fremantle will likely end up polling a reasonable number of votes throughout the night and a Bulldogs player might end up finishing at the pointy end of the leaderboard.

While it is widely expected that the Sandover Medallist for 2013 will come from midfielders Jake Murphy (Claremont), Rory O'Brien (East Fremantle) and Brendan Lee (East Perth), or ruckmen Paul Johnson (East Perth) and Mark Seaby (Claremont), there is plenty of interest from a South Fremantle perspective.

It wouldn’t surprise to see South Fremantle's leading vote getter just happen to be the most experienced player in the league either with 298-game veteran Kris Miller having another outstanding despite being ineligible to win due to a one-game suspension.

The 32-year-old missed Round 5 due to that suspension in what was the first game he has missed since joining South Fremantle in 2007, but he had a terrific season.

It started in his customary role as a midfielder in the first half of the year where he again showed his ability to rack up plenty of the ball and win endless clearances from stoppages.

However, late in the year he then switched to a half-forward role and was fantastic. He might not have won as much of the ball, but his influence was enormous including kicking a career-best five goals in the Round 23 win over grand finalists East Perth.

Captain Ryan Cook also had an outstanding season leading the Bulldogs whether on the wing or on the ball.

Cook, in his third season with South Fremantle, led from the front averaging 25.4 possessions a game including 34 in Round 22, 31 in Rounds 10 and 11, and 30 in Rounds 6, 18 and 20.

Mitch Banner had a big impact in his first season with South Fremantle coming from Port Adelaide in the AFL and ended up as the Bulldogs' leading ball winner and goalkicker.

He averaged 26.7 disposals a game including 35 in Round 14, 34 in Round 7, 32 in both Round 6 and 22, 31 in Round 19 and 30 in Rounds 8 and 10.

Banner also kicked five goals in Round 18 while adding three in Rounds 1, 3 and 16, and two in Rounds 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 24.

Experienced AFL ruckmen Seaby and Johnson might have received plenty of recognition of the best big men in the WAFL this season, but South Fremantle big man Sean Tighe certainly deserves to be considered right up there.

He gathered plenty of the bal averaging over 19 possessions a game including a high of 31 in Round 9 while finished the season averaging 28 hit outs including a high of 42 in Round 4. It wouldn’t surprise at all to see him rack up plenty of votes.

Haiden Schloithe also was terrific for South Fremantle this season in his 16 matches where as an on-baller, wingman or playing off half-back. The Fremantle rookie averaged 20.8 touches and picked up highs of 32 in Round 10, 28 in Rounds 18 and 20, and 25 in Round 23 before injuring his ankle.

Then there are a couple of South Fremantle's exciting youngsters who might well pick up some votes for their eye-catching performances.

Jacob Martinez showed good signs in the league side in the second half of 2012 and carried that on all for all of this season proving himself one of the best tackles and defensive midfielders in the competition.

However, he also showed he could win his own ball picking up 20 more possessions in Rounds 11, 12, 14, 20 and 25.

Then there was Tim Kelly who was still eligible to play colts, but came into the league side in Round 10 and stayed there for the rest of the season averaging over 19 possessions a game.

Ashton Hams played just nine games, but was outstanding in each of them so could poll well while it will be interesting that the umpires make of the strong years of defenders Nick Borovac, Dylan Ross and Adam McIntosh.

RYAN COOK

19 games, 483 possessions, 10 goals, 115 marks

Certain votes: 1 (Round 11)

Possible votes: 10 (Rounds 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23)

Games missed: 1

MITCH BANNER

20 games, 533 possessions, 33 goals, 123 marks

Certain votes: 1 (Round 18)

Possible votes: 5 (Rounds 7, 8, 14, 15, 16)

Games missed: 0

HAIDEN SCHLOITHE

16 games, 333 possessions, 9 goals, 49 marks, 58 tackles

Certain votes: 1 (Round 20)

Possible votes: 1 (Rounds 4)

Games missed: 4

SEAN TIGHE

19 games, 363 possessions, 4 goals, 115 marks, 532 hit outs

Certain votes: 3 (Round 9, 15, 24)

Possible votes: 9 (Rounds 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14, 20, 23)

Games missed: 1

JACOB MARTINEZ

18 games, 321 possessions, 3 goals, 46 marks, 94 tackles

Certain votes:

Possible votes: 6 (Rounds 9, 11, 12, 14, 20, 22)

Games missed: 2

TIM KELLY

12 games, 228 possessions, 5 goals, 41 marks, 32 tackles

Certain votes: 0

Possible votes: 7 (Rounds 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23)

Games missed: 8

By Chris Pike