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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

Lucky Lottery Winners - Draw 5

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 11:21 PM
Congratulations to the following members!

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Mike Sheahan Lunch Wednesday June 19

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 10:12 PM

THE South Fremantle Football Club is giving you the chance to hear firsthand some of the great football stories and opinions from almost 50 years when Mike Sheahan hosts a special lunch on Wednesday June 19.

Sheahan might now be retired from writing regularly with the Herald Sun newspaper, but continues to be a prominent AFL analyst on television and radio and he will provide an afternoon not to be missed at the South Fremantle Football Club Function Centre at Fremantle Oval.

Sheahan has seen it all in the game both in the media and working for the AFL (then the AFL).
He has seen them all from Royce Hart to Wayne Carey, Gary Ablett senior to Gary Ablett junior, Leigh Matthews to Lance Franklin, Sam Newman to Don Scott and anyone else you can think of who has played at the top level over the past 50 years.
Sheahan was the chief football writer at the Herald Sun for 18 years, but has also worked as the media manager for the league and more recently taken his knowledge and opinions to the electronic media.
He was a groundbreaker on TV firstly with Talking Footy on Channel 7 and now continues to appear on Fox Footy's On the Couch as well as Open Mike where he sits down with some of the greats of the game for some in-depth discussions.
Sheahan's regular Top 50 lists of players before and after each AFL season have all become topical and always create quite the talking-point.
So if you come along to his lunch on Wednesday June 19 you will be able to hear his thoughts on everything he has seen during his long and distinguished career.
There will also be an open question and answer session where you can ask him anything that you would like him to expand upon so it will be an afternoon you will not want to miss.
MIKE SHEAHAN LUNCH
Wednesday June 19
Start – 12.30pm sharp
Tickets are $90
Includes beer, wine, soft drink and a sit-down lunch
MC – The West Australian's Ray Wilson
For tickets call the South Fremantle Football Club on 9335 1555 or by email on bulldogs@sffc.com.au.

THE South Fremantle Football Club is giving you the chance to hear firsthand some of the great football stories and opinions from almost 50 years when Mike Sheahan hosts a special lunch on Wednesday June 19.

Sheahan might now be retired from writing regularly with the Herald Sun newspaper, but continues to be a prominent AFL analyst on television and radio and he will provide an afternoon not to be missed at the South Fremantle Football Club Function Centre at Fremantle Oval.

Sheahan has seen it all in the game both in the media and working for the AFL (then the AFL).

He has seen them all from Royce Hart to Wayne Carey, Gary Ablett senior to Gary Ablett junior, Leigh Matthews to Lance Franklin, Sam Newman to Don Scott and anyone else you can think of who has played at the top level over the past 50 years.

Sheahan was the chief football writer at the Herald Sun for 18 years, but has also worked as the media manager for the league and more recently taken his knowledge and opinions to the electronic media.

He was a groundbreaker on TV firstly with Talking Footy on Channel 7 and now continues to appear on Fox Footy's On the Couch as well as Open Mike where he sits down with some of the greats of the game for some in-depth discussions.

Sheahan's regular Top 50 lists of players before and after each AFL season have all become topical and always create quite the talking-point.

So if you come along to his lunch on Wednesday June 19 you will be able to hear his thoughts on everything he has seen during his long and distinguished career.

There will also be an open question and answer session where you can ask him anything that you would like him to expand upon so it will be an afternoon you will not want to miss.

MIKE SHEAHAN LUNCH

Wednesday June 19

Start – 12.30pm sharp

Tickets are $90

Includes beer, wine, soft drink and a sit-down lunch

MC – The West Australian's Ray Wilson

For tickets call the South Fremantle Football Club on 9335 1555 or by email on bulldogs@sffc.com.au.

Tighe likely to play for WA in role he is growing into

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6:32 AM

SEAN Tighe has now put together almost a season and-a-half of outstanding football for South Fremantle in the ruck and looks set to be rewarded with a spot in Western Australia's team to take on Victoria in this Saturday's State game in Northam.
Tighe originally came to South Fremantle as a tall key position player from VFL club Werribee at the start of the 2012 WAFL season, but with the Bulldogs suddenly without the likes of Jaymie Graham, Damian Hayward and even Scott Delmenico, he was needed in the ruck.
While at 200cm he had the height to deal with playing on the ruck, it was a position that he wasn’t accustomed to and it certainly took some time for him to get used to it, but now he is quickly developing into a fine tap ruckmen and is able to use his agility to win plenty of the ball around the ground.
After finishing second to Kris Miller in last year's fairest and best award with the Bulldogs, Tighe has again carried on his outstanding form in 2013 virtually as South Fremantle lone ruckman.
He is averaging over 18 possessions and 26 hit outs a game and now looks well in line to carry the ruck duties alongside East Perth's Paul Johnson this Saturday in Northam against Victoria.
Tighe is looking forward to the chance to play against plenty of familiar faces that he played with and against in the VFL. While he still has to be selected, it would be a tremendous honour for the 22-year-old.
"I have missed out on a few state and representative teams in the past so I have just relished the opportunity so far. I was just honoured to be in the squad let alone be a chance to play. Now that is sort of within the grasp I hope I get the chance to play and if I do, I can take it with both hands," Tighe said.
"There are a few ex-teammates in there from Werribee and Melbourne is a pretty close-knit footy community so you get to know a lot of blokes. There definitely will be quite a few familiar faces in that Victorian team."
Tighe never expected to spend as much time in the ruck as he has when he arrived at South Fremantle after playing most of his career either at centre half-forward or centre half-back, but he is enjoying the challenge of it and it's quite ironic that his new role could earn him a State berth.
"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.
"If I can get a game that's the main thing, I'm not really worried where it's being played as long as I get a chance to play. You can only do so much and I think a lot of the time I don't really get a rest on the bench either.
"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. When you play two genuine ruckmen like that all you have to do is have a crack."
Tighe had a close hand look at East Perth's Johnson as well as Scott Lycett last Saturday as once again he had to battle virtually all on his own against two quality ruckmen.
While Johnson and Lycett did well also, he was happy with the way he played to finish with 20 possessions, 22 hit outs and six entries inside-50. He does see Johnson as the benchmark in the competition though.
"Although I think they both had pretty good games, I'm pretty happy with how I played as well. I obviously could have done a bit better, but I think I can hold my head high and I didn’t disappoint myself. I also had two pretty ordinary performances last year against Johnson and he's the benchmark in the comp, so at least I went a bit better this time," Tighe said.
"Johnson is just a real all-rounder. You can't just be a hit out ruckman anymore and he isn’t that. He wins possessions, he can play that kick behind play role and can play forward. He is one of the best ruckman running around Australia not on an AFL list and he could definitely still be playing in the AFL."
As for South Fremantle's 0-7 start to the season, while it doesn’t read well the fact remains that the Bulldogs have had strong chances to win games particularly against Perth, Swan Districts and West Perth this season, and then in perhaps the best chance of all East Perth last Saturday.
The Bulldogs controlled the first half to lead by 29 points at half-time and were again more than two goals in front at the 17-minute mark of the last quarter, but the Royals ended up winning by 19 points.
However, Tighe and his Bulldogs teammates remain confident that things are on the right path with young players coming through, Adam Guglielmana returning on Saturday and with Ben Saunders, Anthony Collica, Shaun Bewick and Andrew McCarrey due back in the second half of the season.
"The Subi game was really the only blight on our record this year. We had a pretty tough first four rounds when we played four of the top teams and took it right up to them, so it's disappointing to be 0-7 but the mood isn’t down as much because we are playing some good footy at times," Tighe said.
"The most disappointing thing about being 0-7 now is that we've played some good footy. It would be a lot more disappointing if we had thrown the towel in, but the way we have played in patches have been encouraging for a young group.  We are starting to sustain that for longer and longer, and once we can run out full games or as close to it we can be right up there.
"We are really striving to get that continuity in our group. Last year we did have that flat patch mid-season before finishing strongly and we've taken that confidence into this year. We worked really hard over the pre-season and we are still a young group so there's a lot of positives.
"With blokes coming back that can only benefit us and Gugs killed it coming back this week and then to get big Saunders back it relieves Gillespie and Mugambwa from all that pressure. So it will be great to have someone like that back in the team and Shaun Bewick isn’t far away either."
By Chris Pike

SEAN Tighe has now put together almost a season and-a-half of outstanding football for South Fremantle in the ruck and looks set to be rewarded with a spot in Western Australia's team to take on Victoria in this Saturday's State game in Northam.

Tighe originally came to South Fremantle as a tall key position player from VFL club Werribee at the start of the 2012 WAFL season, but with the Bulldogs suddenly without the likes of Jaymie Graham, Damian Hayward and even Scott Delmenico, he was needed in the ruck.

While at 200cm he had the height to deal with playing on the ruck, it was a position that he wasn’t accustomed to and it certainly took some time for him to get used to it, but now he is quickly developing into a fine tap ruckmen and is able to use his agility to win plenty of the ball around the ground.

After finishing second to Kris Miller in last year's fairest and best award with the Bulldogs, Tighe has again carried on his outstanding form in 2013 virtually as South Fremantle lone ruckman.

He is averaging over 18 possessions and 26 hit outs a game and now looks well in line to carry the ruck duties alongside East Perth's Paul Johnson this Saturday in Northam against Victoria.

Tighe is looking forward to the chance to play against plenty of familiar faces that he played with and against in the VFL. While he still has to be selected, it would be a tremendous honour for the 22-year-old.

"I have missed out on a few state and representative teams in the past so I have just relished the opportunity so far. I was just honoured to be in the squad let alone be a chance to play. Now that is sort of within the grasp I hope I get the chance to play and if I do, I can take it with both hands," Tighe said.

"There are a few ex-teammates in there from Werribee and Melbourne is a pretty close-knit footy community so you get to know a lot of blokes. There definitely will be quite a few familiar faces in that Victorian team."

Tighe never expected to spend as much time in the ruck as he has when he arrived at South Fremantle after playing most of his career either at centre half-forward or centre half-back, but he is enjoying the challenge of it and it's quite ironic that his new role could earn him a State berth.

"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.

"If I can get a game that's the main thing, I'm not really worried where it's being played as long as I get a chance to play. You can only do so much and I think a lot of the time I don't really get a rest on the bench either.

"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. When you play two genuine ruckmen like that all you have to do is have a crack."

Tighe had a close hand look at East Perth's Johnson as well as Scott Lycett last Saturday as once again he had to battle virtually all on his own against two quality ruckmen.

While Johnson and Lycett did well also, he was happy with the way he played to finish with 20 possessions, 22 hit outs and six entries inside-50. He does see Johnson as the benchmark in the competition though.

"Although I think they both had pretty good games, I'm pretty happy with how I played as well. I obviously could have done a bit better, but I think I can hold my head high and I didn’t disappoint myself. I also had two pretty ordinary performances last year against Johnson and he's the benchmark in the comp, so at least I went a bit better this time," Tighe said.

"Johnson is just a real all-rounder. You can't just be a hit out ruckman anymore and he isn’t that. He wins possessions, he can play that kick behind play role and can play forward. He is one of the best ruckman running around Australia not on an AFL list and he could definitely still be playing in the AFL."

As for South Fremantle's 0-7 start to the season, while it doesn’t read well the fact remains that the Bulldogs have had strong chances to win games particularly against Perth, Swan Districts and West Perth this season, and then in perhaps the best chance of all East Perth last Saturday.

The Bulldogs controlled the first half to lead by 29 points at half-time and were again more than two goals in front at the 17-minute mark of the last quarter, but the Royals ended up winning by 19 points.

However, Tighe and his Bulldogs teammates remain confident that things are on the right path with young players coming through, Adam Guglielmana returning on Saturday and with Ben Saunders, Anthony Collica, Shaun Bewick and Andrew McCarrey due back in the second half of the season.

"The Subi game was really the only blight on our record this year. We had a pretty tough first four rounds when we played four of the top teams and took it right up to them, so it's disappointing to be 0-7 but the mood isn’t down as much because we are playing some good footy at times," Tighe said.

"The most disappointing thing about being 0-7 now is that we've played some good footy. It would be a lot more disappointing if we had thrown the towel in, but the way we have played in patches have been encouraging for a young group.  We are starting to sustain that for longer and longer, and once we can run out full games or as close to it we can be right up there.

"We are really striving to get that continuity in our group. Last year we did have that flat patch mid-season before finishing strongly and we've taken that confidence into this year. We worked really hard over the pre-season and we are still a young group so there's a lot of positives.

"With blokes coming back that can only benefit us and Gugs killed it coming back this week and then to get big Saunders back it relieves Gillespie and Mugambwa from all that pressure. So it will be great to have someone like that back in the team and Shaun Bewick isn’t far away either."

By Chris Pike

Lucky Lottery Winners - Draw 4

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 11:00 PM

Congratulations to the following members!

Stan Brown     92
Michael Main  413
Brian Owens   514
Alan Powell     552
Kerry Taylor    658

Bulldogs miss golden opportunity against Royals

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 10:44 PM

SOUTH Fremantle twice appeared to have Saturday's game against East Perth in hand at Leederville's Medibank Stadium but in the end went down by 19 points heading into the State game break.
The Bulldogs were hunting for their first win of the 2013 season and dominated the majority of the first half against the Royals to lead by 29 points at half-time.
It could have been by more as well if the Bulldogs had kicked better than 8.13 in the first half, but they still were well in control of the contest at the main break.
However, East Perth hit back in the third quarter kicking seven goals to two to head into the final term with a two-point advantage.
The Bulldogs again went up a gear, though, and two of the first three goals of the final quarter had South Fremantle 14 points up again at the 17-minute mark but East Perth kicked the last five goals of the game from that point to end up 18.13 (121) to 14.18 (102) winners.
South Fremantle was out of the box quickly taking just 45 seconds to score the game's first goal through the returning Adam Guglielmana.
When Alistair Gillespie and captain Ryan Cook also added majors in the first nine minutes, South Fremantle was 18 points up before the Royals knew what had hit them.
Two more goals before quarter-time to Jacob Martinez and Paul Mugambwa had South Fremantle in front by as much as 26 points before still leading by 19 at the first break.
East Perth did kick the first goal of the second quarter through Garry Moss just 50 seconds in, but South Fremantle again asserted its control with the next two through Guglielmana and Cook to regain the 26-point advantage.
A Mitch Banner goal before half-time had South Fremantle up by a game-high 29 points at the main break.
The Royals kicked four quick goals to open the second half and cut South Fremantle's lead to four points before Gillespie and Haiden Schloithe both kicked steadying goals.
However, three more goals just before three quarter-time for the Royals had the home side in front for the first time of the game.
South Fremantle wouldn’t go away, though, and three goals to open the final term through Mugambwa, Banner and Kingsley Smith steadied things.
East Perth got one goal back, but when Mugambwa booted his third of the day and South Fremantle was 14 points at the 17-minute mark, things looked like heading towards South Fremantle's first win of the year before the Royals kicked the last five goals of the game.
Banner continued his outstanding form for the Bulldogs finishing with 32 possessions, 10 marks, four clearances, three inside-50 entries and the two goals.
Toby Bairstow also gathered 25 disposals while driving the ball inside-50 on nine occasions while Cook finished with 22 touches and two goals, Kris Miller 19, Nick Borovac 18, Jacob Martinez 18 and Jarrad Winter 18.
Sean Tighe worked tremendously hard in the ruck up against giant East Perth pair Paul Johnson and Scott Lycett. Tighe finished with 21 possessions, 22 hit outs, six inside 50s and five clearances.
Sam Lowrie came in for his first game of the season and was tremendous as well ending up 23 disposals, four marks, four inside 50s and three clearances.
South Fremantle's reserves went down to East Perth by 16 points with Willie Rioli kicking three goals and Brendan Verrier racking up 29 possessions, Tim Kelly 28, Alex Grima 22, Simon Panizza 20 and Andrew Moody 19.
The Bulldogs' colts started the day at Leederville on a winning note beating East Perth by nine points.
Ben Sokol kicked three goals with Cameron McCarthy, Dylan Main and Bailey Matera all kicking two goals apiece.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 5.7 8.13 10.17 14.18 (102)
EAST PERTH 3.0 5.2 12.7 18.13 (121)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Mugambwa 3; Banner, Gillespie, Cook, Guglielmana 2; Smith, Schloithe, Martinez.
Best: Banner, Cook, Tighe, Lowrie, Borovac, Bairstow, Martinez.
EAST PERTH – Goals: Smith 5; Lycett 3; Seal, Lee 2; Bennell, Sweet, Selwood, Higgins, Moss, Cadwallader.
Best: Johnson, Lycett, Smith, Sweet, Rosa, Wulff, Morton.
By Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle twice appeared to have Saturday's game against East Perth in hand at Leederville's Medibank Stadium but in the end went down by 19 points heading into the State game break.

The Bulldogs were hunting for their first win of the 2013 season and dominated the majority of the first half against the Royals to lead by 29 points at half-time.

It could have been by more as well if the Bulldogs had kicked better than 8.13 in the first half, but they still were well in control of the contest at the main break.

However, East Perth hit back in the third quarter kicking seven goals to two to head into the final term with a two-point advantage.

The Bulldogs again went up a gear, though, and two of the first three goals of the final quarter had South Fremantle 14 points up again at the 17-minute mark but East Perth kicked the last five goals of the game from that point to end up 18.13 (121) to 14.18 (102) winners.

South Fremantle was out of the box quickly taking just 45 seconds to score the game's first goal through the returning Adam Guglielmana.

When Alistair Gillespie and captain Ryan Cook also added majors in the first nine minutes, South Fremantle was 18 points up before the Royals knew what had hit them.

Two more goals before quarter-time to Jacob Martinez and Paul Mugambwa had South Fremantle in front by as much as 26 points before still leading by 19 at the first break.

East Perth did kick the first goal of the second quarter through Garry Moss just 50 seconds in, but South Fremantle again asserted its control with the next two through Guglielmana and Cook to regain the 26-point advantage.

A Mitch Banner goal before half-time had South Fremantle up by a game-high 29 points at the main break.

The Royals kicked four quick goals to open the second half and cut South Fremantle's lead to four points before Gillespie and Haiden Schloithe both kicked steadying goals.

However, three more goals just before three quarter-time for the Royals had the home side in front for the first time of the game.

South Fremantle wouldn’t go away, though, and three goals to open the final term through Mugambwa, Banner and Kingsley Smith steadied things.

East Perth got one goal back, but when Mugambwa booted his third of the day and South Fremantle was 14 points at the 17-minute mark, things looked like heading towards South Fremantle's first win of the year before the Royals kicked the last five goals of the game.

Banner continued his outstanding form for the Bulldogs finishing with 32 possessions, 10 marks, four clearances, three inside-50 entries and the two goals.

Toby Bairstow also gathered 25 disposals while driving the ball inside-50 on nine occasions while Cook finished with 22 touches and two goals, Kris Miller 19, Nick Borovac 18, Jacob Martinez 18 and Jarrad Winter 18.

Sean Tighe worked tremendously hard in the ruck up against giant East Perth pair Paul Johnson and Scott Lycett. Tighe finished with 21 possessions, 22 hit outs, six inside 50s and five clearances.

Sam Lowrie came in for his first game of the season and was tremendous as well ending up 23 disposals, four marks, four inside 50s and three clearances.

South Fremantle's reserves went down to East Perth by 16 points with Willie Rioli kicking three goals and Brendan Verrier racking up 29 possessions, Tim Kelly 28, Alex Grima 22, Simon Panizza 20 and Andrew Moody 19.

The Bulldogs' colts started the day at Leederville on a winning note beating East Perth by nine points.

Ben Sokol kicked three goals with Cameron McCarthy, Dylan Main and Bailey Matera all kicking two goals apiece.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 5.7 8.13 10.17 14.18 (102)

EAST PERTH 3.0 5.2 12.7 18.13 (121)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Mugambwa 3; Banner, Gillespie, Cook, Guglielmana 2; Smith, Schloithe, Martinez.

Best: Banner, Cook, Tighe, Lowrie, Borovac, Bairstow, Martinez.

EAST PERTH – Goals: Smith 5; Lycett 3; Seal, Lee 2; Bennell, Sweet, Selwood, Higgins, Moss, Cadwallader.

Best: Johnson, Lycett, Smith, Sweet, Rosa, Wulff, Morton.

By Chris Pike

Round 8 Preview v East Perth

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 1:04 AM

SOUTH Fremantle has dominated East Perth over the last decade and the Bulldogs will be desperately hoping that continues on Saturday at Medibank Stadium for their first win of the 2013 season.

Even though South Fremantle has shown good signs in most of the first six games of the season including leading early in the third quarter of last week's eventual 29-point Anzac Day derby loss to East Fremantle, the fact remains that the Bulldogs sit winless at 0-6.

With the State game to come next week, the Bulldogs will be desperate not to enter the break 0-7 in a result that would equal the club losing the first seven games of the 1965 WAFL season.

Working in South Fremantle's favour is the fact that the Bulldogs have beaten East Perth in 16 of the last 18 meetings between the two clubs.

After East Perth beat South Fremantle in the final round of the 2004 season under lights at Leederville Oval with the Royals out of the finals race and Bulldogs gearing up for an appearance in September, it was South Fremantle that assumed total dominance in the rivalry.

Between 2005 and and the end of 2011, South Fremantle won 16 straight matches against East Perth with the Royals only managing to break that streak by winning both clashes between the two teams last year.

South Fremantle has recalled two youngsters Shannon Burnett and Sam Lowrie after some impressive reserves form with experienced goal kicker Adam Guglielmana also back having recovered from a hamstring injury.

Experienced midfield pair Alex Grima and Reece Adams have lost their spot in the South Fremantle side with young small defender Jason Maskos also unable to hold his spot in the team to take on the Royals.

South Fremantle vice-captain and dual premiership star Craig White was there for all 16 straight victories over East Perth during that run and missed the two losses last year when he was playing and coaching in Sydney with the Balmain Dockers.

He knows that such a run will count for precious little once out on Medibank Stadium come Saturday, but he does hope that everything can click for South Fremantle to bring home the long-awaited first four points of the 2013 season.

"We were lucky enough to have the wood over them for a number of years but now it's a very new group and not too many of our boys would have enjoyed the success that we did against East Perth going back a few years," White said.

"We are really keen to get out there on Saturday. We've done a bit of soul searching over the 10-day break and are really hoping we can turn it around, and find some form that can get us that first win on the board. Then hopefully that gets the ball rolling."

By Chris Pike

McCarrey fighting to be back ASAP for Bulldogs

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 11:20 PM

SOUTH Fremantle veteran swingman Andrew McCarrey was relieved he didn’t get the worst possible news when he injured his knee and can't wait to get back on the field to have a big second half of the 2013 season.

McCarrey injured his knee during South Fremantle's Round 6 loss to Subiaco at Fremantle Oval and feared that he could have ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, but scans later revealed that his ACL was intact and that he damaged his medial ligament.

The 30-year-old veteran of 173 games who has two state games and two fairest and best awards to his credit over a terrific career is relieved that his career will be able to continue and is already pencilling in his return to the field to come sometime in June.

"I'm all locked up in a brace at the moment after I did my medial ligament against Subi a couple of weeks ago. I'm pretty lucky considering it could have been a lot worse and we've seen a few ACL's just in the weekend gone in the AFL so I'm pretty lucky to get away with just the medial," McCarrey said.

"I have to wear this brace for another three weeks or so and then I'm aiming to be back playing in about seven weeks. When I first did it I thought I had done the whole lot and I'm 30 now, and am involved with other things in my life too.

"It would have been a long road back from a full reconstruction and it's something I would have had to weigh up, but I'm just lucky it's not and I'm getting stuck into my rehab so I can get playing some footy."

South Fremantle's season obviously hasn’t gone to plan just yet losing the opening six games of the campaign but McCarrey thinks that it can still turn around quickly if the Bulldogs can start stringing four quarters together beginning this Saturday against East Perth at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.

"Obviously it's no secret that we are struggling so far this year, but to the boy's credit and Hase's credit we are staying positive. That's the best way to view it in the end. We have showed a lot of good signs in our games and generally it has been some inconsistency that has let us down across the board," he said.

"We just haven’t been able to string four quarters together. We have played some good footy but it has been patchy footy and I think that is a reflection of the youth that we have and the inexperience in the squad.

"It takes time to develop the ability to maintain that mental focus for four quarters because we do have the skills. It's going to take a bit of focus over the next few weeks to maintain that positive focus, but I don’t think it's far away. We have been right in most of the games we’ve played and it's just been a quarter or so that has let us down."

Despite the fact that a win hasn’t come the Bulldogs' way so far this season, McCarrey sees plenty of positives around the club with some of the new things put in place this season particularly that has helped them be in tremendous physical shape.

McCarrey is also confident that coach Paul Hasleby is the right man to lead the Bulldogs back to being a power club through rebuilding the player list with a whole heap of youngsters now developing and coming through with the majority of the 2009 premiership side having moved on.

"One of Paul's biggest assets is his ability to relate to the young boys. Obviously a lot of them would have idolised him growing up and watched his career so have that respect for him, and I really do think that Hase is the right guy for the job and will hold us in good stead heading forward," McCarrey said.

"There has been a lot of positives and changes at the club. We were probably due for some changes as well with things getting a bit stagnant down there and getting Mike Vegar on board as the new fitness and conditioning coach has really been a big asset.

"We do have a very young squad and the guys have needed to bulk up and probably get a bit fitter as opposed to last year so I think we have really improved in those areas. It's just a shame that we haven’t really been able to put the runs on the board and follow through with a few wins."

By Chris Pike