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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 4:48 PM

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 next Saturday night.

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.
There is a fantastic variety of items available for auction this year with some of the exclusive pieces on offer including:
FRAMED, LIMITED EDITION ART COLLECTOR'S ITEMS:
ANZAC 1915 Battalion collectable with replica gun and medals
Elvis – The King
Marilyn Monroe Art Print
Rolling Stones Signed Guitar
LIMITED EDITION, FRAMED SPORTING ITEMS FROM SPORTING ICONS SUCH AS:
Dane Swan
Casey Stoner
Matthew Pavlich
Mike Tyson
Nat Fyfe
Nic Naitanui
Ronaldo
West Coast Captains
UNIQUE SPORTING MEMORABILIA:
Australian Cricket Bats
Bathurst Finish Flag - Signed by the greatest Bathurst winners in the 50yr history
Black Caviar - Signed Silks; Collector’s Edition Wine set and National Treasure Collectable
Signed Adam Gilchrist Gloves
OTHER ITEMS INCLUDE:
2013 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Package including two return Qantas economy class airfares, 3 night's accommodation at The Sofitel On Collins & entry to Flemington Race Course.
BBQ Package - A backyard BBQ for 20 people with $300 of barbeque meats, a home delivered keg fridge together with a keg of pale ale, a case of Driftwood Shiraz and Bulldogs apron.
Braid Buster Game Fishing Rod
Brownlow Calcutta Gold Sponsorship VIP Table of 10
South Fremantle Coaches Box Season 2014
Dinner for 8 persons including premium wines and a bottle of Grange at The Gate Bar & Bistro
Kailis Jewellery comprising a white gold pearl necklace and pearl cuff links
6PR Radio Advertising Package (20x 30 sec)
Dinner with Channel Ten Sports Team - See Perth's number one TV sports team in action. Live and commercial free. Then enjoy pizza, beer, wine, soft drink for kids in the plush Ten Perth boardroom.
If you haven't already, call the office now on 9335 1555 to book your ticket ($70) or table (10 for $650).
Or click here for the registration form.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 next Saturday night.

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.

There is a fantastic variety of items available for auction this year with some of the exclusive pieces on offer including:

FRAMED, LIMITED EDITION ART COLLECTOR'S ITEMS:

ANZAC 1915 Battalion collectable with replica gun and medals

Elvis – The King

Marilyn Monroe Art Print

Rolling Stones Signed Guitar

LIMITED EDITION, FRAMED SPORTING ITEMS FROM SPORTING ICONS SUCH AS:

Dane Swan

Casey Stoner

Matthew Pavlich

Mike Tyson

Nat Fyfe

Nic Naitanui

Ronaldo

West Coast Captains

UNIQUE SPORTING MEMORABILIA:

Australian Cricket Bats

Bathurst Finish Flag - Signed by the greatest Bathurst winners in the 50yr history

Black Caviar - Signed Silks; Collector’s Edition Wine set and National Treasure Collectable

Signed Adam Gilchrist Gloves

OTHER ITEMS INCLUDE:

2013 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Package including two return Qantas economy class airfares, 3 night's accommodation at The Sofitel On Collins & entry to Flemington Race Course.

BBQ Package - A backyard BBQ for 20 people with $300 of barbeque meats, a home delivered keg fridge together with a keg of pale ale, a case of Driftwood Shiraz and Bulldogs apron.

Braid Buster Game Fishing Rod

Brownlow Calcutta Gold Sponsorship VIP Table of 10

South Fremantle Coaches Box Season 2014

Dinner for 8 persons including premium wines and a bottle of Grange at The Gate Bar & Bistro

Kailis Jewellery comprising a white gold pearl necklace and pearl cuff links

6PR Radio Advertising Package (20x 30 sec)

Dinner with Channel Ten Sports Team - See Perth's number one TV sports team in action. Live and commercial free. Then enjoy pizza, beer, wine, soft drink for kids in the plush Ten Perth boardroom.

If you haven't already, call the office now on 9335 1555 to book your ticket ($70) or table (10 for $650).
Or click here for the registration form.

Colts Report - Round 18

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 2:04 PM

THE South Fremantle colts side put on a solid four quarter effort last week against the West Perth side out at Brownes Stadium for the WAFL Colts Super Round.

They were able to maintain their dominant start through the entire 100 minutes and played a style of game that impressed many of the AFL recruiters on hand.

With a relatively easier game, the boys were able to move the ball quickly and methodically to the forward-line and give players like Traye Bennell, Bailey Matera and Jermaine Lewis the opportunity to cause havoc and set up many clever shots on goal.

The forward-line showed great desire to harass the West Perth backmen and display their many tricks to create some mercurial football.

The midfield were able to nullify the opposition and move the ball from the dominant back-line through the open space with precision and speed. Josh Hall and Dan Moore were good in the air allowing the likes of Jarrod Garlett, Jacob Dragovich and James Culleton sweep on the loose ball and use it effectively forward.

The back-line led by Matty Gundry were again superb in holding the Falcons to only five goals. Through the likes of Dylan Main, Tom Vanderluer and Jordan Comeagain we were able to start many attacking moves deep in defence and create space on the wide Brownes Stadium ground.

The team is regularly displaying some creative team displays and it is pleasing to see them group together and see the genuine sense of desire in contributing toward the team’s success. Another big challenge this week as we take on the arch enemy in East Fremantle.


Arthur Maskos
SFFC Colts Coach

Reclink Carnival Day

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 10:14 PM

South Fremantle was pleased to be able to donate jerseys to support the recent Reclink Carnival Day.

Held at East Fremantle Oval on 18 July, six teams were involved comprising:

Brothers United – Mental Health & Homelessness

HALO Magpies – Indigenous Youth at Risk

Noongar Next Generation (NNG) – Indigenous Youth at Risk

Kwinana Eagles – Indigenous Youth

Edmund Rice – Multicultural Youth

Claremont Tigers – UWA Abroad Students

The day consisted of modified games on a half ground to give everyone an opportunity to play each other.

A fabulous group of young volunteers from Big Help Mob cooked a BBQ and assisted with the running of the event.

Bulldogs win Garlic Munchers Cup to get off bottom

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 1:03 AM

SOUTH Fremantle put in an outstanding four-quarter performance at Arena Joondalup on Saturday to beat West Perth by 39 points to win the inaugural Garlic Munchers Cup and getting off the bottom of the WAFL ladder in the process.

The Bulldogs were coming off two strong performances before the bye last week where they were in winning positions against top-four sides Claremont and Perth at Fremantle Oval, but just came up short.
Rather than lose confidence from that, though, South Fremantle came out not only to continue that encouraging form but build on it and put in a strong, four-quarter performance against the second-placed West Perth at Arena Joondalup with the Falcons coming in having won four straight games.
However, the Bulldogs were switched on from the start and ended up running out 15.16 (106) to 9.13 (67) winners to climb off the bottom of the ladder at the expense of Peel Thunder for the first time since Round 6 and just the third week this season.
It also continued South Fremantle's good run at Arena Joondalup with the Bulldogs now having won their last three trips north and 14 of 22 over the past 20 years.
Mitch Banner has been South Fremantle's leading goal scorer and ball winner all season so far since making the move west after his time in the AFL with Port Adelaide, and continued that form on Saturday with a season-best five goals to go with 28 possessions and seven marks.
Meanwhile, Kris Miller kicked three goals to go with 25 possessions in his 293rd WAFL game with Ben Saunders also kicking three goals in his first game back from his second fractured collarbone of the season.
The South Fremantle midfield also worked its way on top of West Perth's with Ashton Hams racking up 35 possessions to go with seven tackles, seven clearances and six inside-50 entries.
Captain Ryan Cook also picked up 30 disposals to go with his seven marks, four tackles, seven clearances, eight inside-50 entries and a goal.
Fremantle-rookie Haiden Schloithe picked up 28 disposals and kicked a goal with Tim Kelly terrific on the ball as well finishing with 24 touches, five tackles, nine clearances and four inside 50s.
Toby Bairstow collected 23 possessions on the wing and Jarrad Winter returned to the side and finished with 22 touches and he worked hard to lay six tackles.
The Bulldogs' back-line was outstanding as well even with key defender Justin Monaco struck down with a hamstring injury.
Nick Borovac did a good job keeping West Perth veteran forward Anthony Tsalikis to just the one goal while Dylan Ross continued his terrific form at centre half-back with 16 possessions and eight marks.
Adam Guglielmana moved back with Adam Carter up with the West Coast Eagles and did well in a good battle with West Perth's Marc Crisp while picking up 24 possessions himself. Adam McIntosh also had 23 disposals, Craig White 19 and Mitch Carter 16 from defence.
Even though West Perth got the game's opening goal through Tsalikis, South Fremantle was in front by quarter-time thanks to a goal on the siren to Schloithe and maintained an eight-point lead by half-time even though some inaccurate kicking robbed them of a bigger advantage.
The Bulldogs turned on an inspired third term, though, with Banner booting three goals in the space of five minutes. Miller added another before three quarter-time to stretch the lead to 35 points by the last change.
West Perth tried hard to get back into the contest in the last term but couldn’t get closer than 27 points before Banner's fifth goal and Miller's third sealed South Fremantle's 39-point win. 
South Fremantle's reserves came up 34-point short of West Perth at Arena Joondalup despite two goals each from John Sgherza, Kingsley Smith and Simon Panizza.
Alex Grima racked up 31 possessions for the Bulldogs, Jarrod parry 25, Jason Maskos 22, Reece Adams 21, Warrick Andreoli 20 and James Laurino 20.
The Bulldogs' colts had a massive 85-point win over the Falcons as part of the Colts Super Round in their match at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium.
Jermaine Lewis kicked four goals for South Fremantle with Blaine Johnson booting three, Jarrod Garlett two, Jacob Dragovich two and Bailey Matera two.
Matthew Gundry racked up 27 possessions, Ben Sokol 24, Dragovich 23, Matera 23 and Garlett 22. 
SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.5 6.8 11.13 15.16 (106)
WEST PERTH 2.5 5.6 6.8 9.13 (67)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Banner 5; Miller, Saunders 3; Mugambwa, Gillespie, Schloithe, Cook.
Best: Banner, Cook, Hams, Borovac, Kelly, Miller, Guglielmana, Schloithe.
WEST PERTH – Goals: Crisp, Mellington 2; Kerr, van Berlo, Tsalikis, Marusic, Fowler.
Best: Kerr, Hunt, Jones, Pettigrew, Nelson, Manzone.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle put in an outstanding four-quarter performance at Arena Joondalup on Saturday to beat West Perth by 39 points to win the inaugural Garlic Munchers Cup and getting off the bottom of the WAFL ladder in the process.

The Bulldogs were coming off two strong performances before the bye last week where they were in winning positions against top-four sides Claremont and Perth at Fremantle Oval, but just came up short.

Rather than lose confidence from that, though, South Fremantle came out not only to continue that encouraging form but build on it and put in a strong, four-quarter performance against the second-placed West Perth at Arena Joondalup with the Falcons coming in having won four straight games.

However, the Bulldogs were switched on from the start and ended up running out 15.16 (106) to 9.13 (67) winners to climb off the bottom of the ladder at the expense of Peel Thunder for the first time since Round 6 and just the third week this season.

It also continued South Fremantle's good run at Arena Joondalup with the Bulldogs now having won their last three trips north and 14 of 22 over the past 20 years.

Mitch Banner has been South Fremantle's leading goal scorer and ball winner all season so far since making the move west after his time in the AFL with Port Adelaide, and continued that form on Saturday with a season-best five goals to go with 28 possessions and seven marks.

Meanwhile, Kris Miller kicked three goals to go with 25 possessions in his 293rd WAFL game with Ben Saunders also kicking three goals in his first game back from his second fractured collarbone of the season.

The South Fremantle midfield also worked its way on top of West Perth's with Ashton Hams racking up 35 possessions to go with seven tackles, seven clearances and six inside-50 entries.

Captain Ryan Cook also picked up 30 disposals to go with his seven marks, four tackles, seven clearances, eight inside-50 entries and a goal.

Fremantle-rookie Haiden Schloithe picked up 28 disposals and kicked a goal with Tim Kelly terrific on the ball as well finishing with 24 touches, five tackles, nine clearances and four inside 50s.

Toby Bairstow collected 23 possessions on the wing and Jarrad Winter returned to the side and finished with 22 touches and he worked hard to lay six tackles.

The Bulldogs' back-line was outstanding as well even with key defender Justin Monaco struck down with a hamstring injury.

Nick Borovac did a good job keeping West Perth veteran forward Anthony Tsalikis to just the one goal while Dylan Ross continued his terrific form at centre half-back with 16 possessions and eight marks.

Adam Guglielmana moved back with Adam Carter up with the West Coast Eagles and did well in a good battle with West Perth's Marc Crisp while picking up 24 possessions himself. Adam McIntosh also had 23 disposals, Craig White 19 and Mitch Carter 16 from defence.

Even though West Perth got the game's opening goal through Tsalikis, South Fremantle was in front by quarter-time thanks to a goal on the siren to Schloithe and maintained an eight-point lead by half-time even though some inaccurate kicking robbed them of a bigger advantage.

The Bulldogs turned on an inspired third term, though, with Banner booting three goals in the space of five minutes. Miller added another before three quarter-time to stretch the lead to 35 points by the last change.

West Perth tried hard to get back into the contest in the last term but couldn’t get closer than 27 points before Banner's fifth goal and Miller's third sealed South Fremantle's 39-point win. 

South Fremantle's reserves came up 34 points short of West Perth at Arena Joondalup despite two goals each from John Sgherza, Kingsley Smith and Simon Panizza.

Alex Grima racked up 31 possessions for the Bulldogs, Jarrod Parry 25, Jason Maskos 22, Reece Adams 21, Warrick Andreoli 20 and James Laurino 20.

The Bulldogs' colts had a massive 85-point win over the Falcons as part of the Colts Super Round in their match at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium.

Jermaine Lewis kicked four goals for South Fremantle with Blaine Johnson booting three, Jarrod Garlett two, Jacob Dragovich two and Bailey Matera two.

Matthew Gundry racked up 27 possessions, Ben Sokol 24, Dragovich 23, Matera 23 and Garlett 22. 

SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.5 6.8 11.13 15.16 (106)

WEST PERTH 2.5 5.6 6.8 9.13 (67)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Banner 5; Miller, Saunders 3; Mugambwa, Gillespie, Schloithe, Cook.

Best: Banner, Cook, Hams, Borovac, Kelly, Miller, Guglielmana, Schloithe.

WEST PERTH – Goals: Crisp, Mellington 2; Kerr, van Berlo, Tsalikis, Marusic, Fowler.

Best: Kerr, Hunt, Jones, Pettigrew, Nelson, Manzone.

By Chris Pike

Round 18 Preview v West Perth

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 4:10 PM

SOUTH Fremantle and West Perth will meet for the first of what will become an annual Garlic Munchers Cup at Arena Joondalup this Saturday while the Falcons try to maintain second spot on the ladder and the Bulldogs look to fight their way off the bottom.

The Falcons and Bulldogs will honour their players of southern European heritage with the introduction of the Garlic Munchers Cup and in recognition of that, both teams have named their Garlic Munchers' all-time best teams

South Fremantle's Garlic Munchers team includes Stan Magro, Tom Grljusich, Jon Dorotich, Glen Jakovich, Darren Gaspar, Peter Matera, John Gerovich, Scott Watters, Wally Matera, Peter Sumich, Phil Matera, Paul Vasoli, Allen Jakovich and Brian Ciccotosto is the captain with Tony Micale the coach.

West Perth's line-up includes Don Marinko junior and senior, Ray Marinko, George Michalczyk, Geoff Hendricks, Paul Mifka, Bill Valli, Ray Boyanich, John Gastev, Dennis Cometti, Joe Fanchi and current captain Jason Salecic. Peter Menaglio is the captain.

Both West Perth and South Fremantle had the bye last weekend so have had similar preparations for Saturday's clash at Arena Joondalup.

Even though South Fremantle has won just the two games this season, the Bulldogs have been in winning positions in most of their losses including the last two before the bye and the first meeting with West Perth this season.

The Bulldogs only lost to the Falcons by three points under lights at Fremantle Oval back in Round 4 and then prior to the bye were in winning positions during the last quarter against top-four teams Perth and Claremont, but narrowly went down on both occasions by 10 and four points respectively.

South Fremantle also has an outstanding record at Arena Joondalup both in history and recently.

The Bulldogs have won their last two trips to Joondalup winning last year by nine points and by 25 back in 2011. While West Perth did win three straight games at home before that, even prior to that South Fremantle won on five straight trips to Joondalup between 2005 and 2008.

Overall since West Perth made the move north, South Fremantle has won 13 of 21 matches played against the Falcons at Arena Joondalup.

West Perth remains in second position on the WAFL ladder with a 10-4 record to be two games clear of the chasing Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth.

Prior to the bye last weekend, the Falcons had won four straight matches and will need to keep winning to make sure second spot on the ladder remains theirs and that crucial double chance come finals time.

Adam Carter goes out of the South Fremantle team that narrowly went down to Claremont a fortnight ago after making his AFL debut last week for West Coast in the western derby against Fremantle. Alex Grima is also out of the South Fremantle line-up.

However, the Bulldogs have some key players returning led by last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the WAFL's leading goalkicker Ben Saunders.

He has played just two games this season due to two fractures to his collarbone, but kicked five goals in those and will be a big addition this week for South Fremantle to provide that spearhead target in the forward-line.

Star ruckman Sean Tighe also returns after being a late withdrawal a fortnight ago against Claremont with Jarrad Winter, Reece Adams and Warrick Andreoli also coming  back into the South Fremantle squad after good form in the reserves two weeks ago prior to last week's bye.

West Perth welcomes back Jordan Jones, Nick Rodda and Jason Salecic from the team that beat Peel Thunder a fortnight ago in Mandurah with Frank Stockley also a chance to come in to provide a back-up ruck option to Chris Keunen and also offer another tall forward target.

Joe Morrow slips out of the Falcons' line-up largely due to Jones returning and the similar role and position that they play.

While Ray Bartholomew, Laine Rasmussen and Matt Johnson won't immediately come back into the Falcons' league side this week, the trio should line up in the reserves on the comeback trail from injuries.

South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby knows that West Perth is another big challenge but is confident of a win if the Bulldogs can put in the efforts of the last two games, and maintain it.

"It's a different challenge and they are second for a reason," Hasleby said.

"They have been terrific this season under the guidance of their coach, but we know that like in any game if we bring the right attitude and right pressure, and try to execute our game plan for as long as we can that we will be in the contest.

"Hopefully we get ourselves in that position again and we can win this one."

By Chris Pike

Banner, band of youngsters standing up

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 1:46 PM

SOUTH Fremantle's 2013 season might not have quite gone to plan but there have been plenty of encouraging signs and among them has been the outstanding form of recruit Mitch Banner, and the development of a band of youngsters led by Jacob Martinez and Tim Kelly.

South Fremantle might have won just the two games this season heading into this Saturday's clash with the second-placed West Perth at Arena Joondalup, but without doubt there are exciting signs for the future with the group that is coming through under coach Paul Hasleby.
Youngsters like Martinez, Kelly, Haiden Schloithe, Mitch Carter, Nick Borovac, Adam Carter, Sam Lowrie, Jason Maskos, Justin Monaco, Shannon Burnett, Brendan Verrier, Tom Vandeleur, Zac Strom and Kaiden Matera are among the young players to have shown exciting signs for the future.
Then there is one of the recruits this season Banner who came from Port Adelaide in the AFL where the hard-running midfielder played 19 matches.
The 23-year-old has had an outstanding season for the Bulldogs as a damaging, goal kicking and prolific ball-winning on-baller and is the club's leading possession gatherer and goal kicker.
Banner is averaging 26.3 possessions a game this season with a high of 35 against Swan Districts in Round 14 and never picking up less than his 17 disposals against West Perth under lights at Fremantle Oval in Round 4.
Banner has also gone forward to kick 24 goals for the season including bags of three on three occasions, and two in seven other matches this season.
Hasleby knows that Banner still has some work to do on the defensive side of his game, but couldn’t be more impressed with what he has been able to bring to South Fremantle in an attacking sense this season.
"His work rate is phenomenal and he gets himself into good spots to receive the ball, and he's an elite decision-maker and disposer of the ball. To kick 24 goals up to this point of the season is outstanding," Hasleby said.
"There are areas that he needs to work on and he's aware of that with his defensive game, but you do need those guys who can finish really well in your team.
"Offensively there's no doubt he is good enough to be an AFL player, but he knows that the area that cost him at Port Adelaide was his defence and we've seen improvement throughout the year in that area, which has been pleasing but he can still go to another level.
"When he does that, no doubt clubs will look at him again."
Martinez is one young midfielder who has cemented himself as a permanent on-baller in the league side largely because of his enormous defensive capacities.
He is the Bulldogs' leading tackler and Hasleby has been giving him big jobs on the opposition's key midfielders, but Martinez is also showing that he can win his own ball averaging over 17 possessions a game.
Kelly has also now played the last six games for South Fremantle averaging almost 18 possessions while Verrier, Matera and Strom are among the youngsters to receive opportunities in recent weeks.
"Jacob has been in the system for two years now and he is one of the hardest midfielders going around defensively. I've given him tagging roles and he's done that for me most weeks," he said.
"Tim Kelly has been sensational and his ability to pick up a ball below his knees is as good as I've ever seen, and around clearances he is going to be an outstanding player whether with us or at the next level.
"'Freshy' Verrier has come in and shown that he can play league footy. He certainly knows how to get the ball so there has been encouraging signs from him. Matera and Strom came in for their first games against Claremont and it's tough against the best team in the competition, but they will learn from that."
South Fremantle's last two games prior to the bye were good performances with narrow losses against top-four teams Claremont and Perth.
While they were good performances and showed good signs, Hasleby knows his team now must take the next step and start winning games like that where they are in winning positions during the final quarter.
"It's the story of the year. When we apply the right pressure and put our best foot forward we're not that far away from the top teams in the comp," Hasleby said.
"To do it two weeks in-a-row was pleasing in that sense, but they are the games going forward that we need to start to win if we are going to be a successful side in the future. We need to get consistency of effort.
"In both of those games, we did it for three quarters but we need to do it for all four. To be 34 points down against Claremont at half-time was disappointing because we weren’t playing the style that we wanted to, but as I said to the guys after the game, most 2-10 sides would juts chuck it in when 34 points down against the top side in the competition."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle's 2013 season might not have quite gone to plan but there have been plenty of encouraging signs and among them has been the outstanding form of recruit Mitch Banner, and the development of a band of youngsters led by Jacob Martinez and Tim Kelly.

South Fremantle might have won just the two games this season heading into this Saturday's clash with the second-placed West Perth at Arena Joondalup, but without doubt there are exciting signs for the future with the group that is coming through under coach Paul Hasleby.

Youngsters like Martinez, Kelly, Haiden Schloithe, Mitch Carter, Nick Borovac, Adam Carter, Sam Lowrie, Jason Maskos, Justin Monaco, Shannon Burnett, Brendan Verrier, Tom Vandeleur, Zac Strom and Kaiden Matera are among the young players to have shown exciting signs for the future.

Then there is one of the recruits this season Banner who came from Port Adelaide in the AFL where the hard-running midfielder played 19 matches.

The 23-year-old has had an outstanding season for the Bulldogs as a damaging, goal kicking and prolific ball-winning on-baller and is the club's leading possession gatherer and goal kicker.

Banner is averaging 26.3 possessions a game this season with a high of 35 against Swan Districts in Round 14 and never picking up less than his 17 disposals against West Perth under lights at Fremantle Oval in Round 4.

Banner has also gone forward to kick 24 goals for the season including bags of three on three occasions, and two in seven other matches this season.

Hasleby knows that Banner still has some work to do on the defensive side of his game, but couldn’t be more impressed with what he has been able to bring to South Fremantle in an attacking sense this season.

"His work rate is phenomenal and he gets himself into good spots to receive the ball, and he's an elite decision-maker and disposer of the ball. To kick 24 goals up to this point of the season is outstanding," Hasleby said.

"There are areas that he needs to work on and he's aware of that with his defensive game, but you do need those guys who can finish really well in your team.

"Offensively there's no doubt he is good enough to be an AFL player, but he knows that the area that cost him at Port Adelaide was his defence and we've seen improvement throughout the year in that area, which has been pleasing but he can still go to another level.

"When he does that, no doubt clubs will look at him again."

Martinez is one young midfielder who has cemented himself as a permanent on-baller in the league side largely because of his enormous defensive capacities.

He is the Bulldogs' leading tackler and Hasleby has been giving him big jobs on the opposition's key midfielders, but Martinez is also showing that he can win his own ball averaging over 17 possessions a game.

Kelly has also now played the last six games for South Fremantle averaging almost 18 possessions while Verrier, Matera and Strom are among the youngsters to receive opportunities in recent weeks.

"Jacob has been in the system for two years now and he is one of the hardest midfielders going around defensively. I've given him tagging roles and he's done that for me most weeks," he said.

"Tim Kelly has been sensational and his ability to pick up a ball below his knees is as good as I've ever seen, and around clearances he is going to be an outstanding player whether with us or at the next level.

"'Freshy' Verrier has come in and shown that he can play league footy. He certainly knows how to get the ball so there has been encouraging signs from him. Matera and Strom came in for their first games against Claremont and it's tough against the best team in the competition, but they will learn from that."

South Fremantle's last two games prior to the bye were good performances with narrow losses against top-four teams Claremont and Perth.

While they were good performances and showed good signs, Hasleby knows his team now must take the next step and start winning games like that where they are in winning positions during the final quarter.

"It's the story of the year. When we apply the right pressure and put our best foot forward we're not that far away from the top teams in the comp," Hasleby said.

"To do it two weeks in-a-row was pleasing in that sense, but they are the games going forward that we need to start to win if we are going to be a successful side in the future. We need to get consistency of effort.

"In both of those games, we did it for three quarters but we need to do it for all four. To be 34 points down against Claremont at half-time was disappointing because we weren’t playing the style that we wanted to, but as I said to the guys after the game, most 2-10 sides would juts chuck it in when 34 points down against the top side in the competition."

By Chris Pike

Googs' Gabble – Adam Guglielmana column July 18

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 7:46 PM

FOOTBALL in country WA is more than a game; it is a way of life for a lot of people. It brings families, neighbours and communities together. For many a small community in country WA the atmosphere of the whole town can be determined by two hours of football on the weekend.

Growing up in Carnarvon, about 900kms north of Perth, I experienced this first hand. My family were (and some still are) heavily involved in the Ramblers Football Club, a club where I played most of my junior football. 
In 2004 I moved to Geraldton to go to boarding school and played for St Pat’s football club in the under 16s and then colts and seniors for the Brigades Football Club. Both were great clubs and were important for my football development. Firstly, playing against kids my own age for the first time and then playing against grown men the next year. 
Playing country footy as a junior can be advantageous for a number of reasons. There are no real structures involved, or recruiters watching every game and this allows a youngster to develop their own flair and confidence in their game without external pressure. Although it can be daunting playing against fully grown men, the focus of teammates and coaches to protect the younger players allows them to play without fear.
South Fremantle has worked hard to create a pathway for country footballers to settle into the city life and contribute to the success of the club. They are constantly inviting country players to participate in carnivals, pre-season and the Warriors squad, and this form of development is starting to pay dividends with Warrick Andreoli recently drafted and Thomas Vandeleur a good chance this year. Both are products of the South Fremantle country junior system. 
At South Fremantle we have a tight knit group of country boys. That’s not to say there are divisions between the country and city players, but the boys from outside of Perth are definitely drawn to each other. I think we share the same sort of values and have similar interests outside of football like fishing and camping, and also empathise with new players living away from home and family.
The hardest thing about moving away from home is trying to fit into a new regime. Cooking and cleaning for yourself can be an eye opener, and the demands of work and football can leave you exhausted. Time management is the hardest adjustment, trying to find the balance between work, football and socialising can be hard, with socialising not always being the third priority initially. 
There are many differences in country and city football with the most obvious being the attitude towards preparation. 
Country teams generally only train a couple of nights a week and pre-season starts a lot later. Speaking to an old friend earlier in the year he told me he was worried the team would burn out by mid-season as they had started training in January. I didn’t have the heart to explain we had already been training for three months by then!
It was not uncommon to see a number of players outside the change rooms before the game, and at half-time, having a smoke and I still remember getting a bad cork one day where I tried to put ice on it after the game but was quickly told not to be soft and that ice is for keeping the beer cold!
In a lot of ways WAFL football has become what country football used to be. With the advent of strong West Australian AFL teams and the seemingly infinite amount of cash on offer for players in the country, WAFL clubs have found it hard to retain players in recent times. It’s understandable that players leave with the amount of money on offer, and the massively reduced time commitments of modern country football, I don’t think anyone begrudges them of that. 
What it does leave is a unique type of person that pulls on a WAFL guernsey every week. In the current environment only the most committed and driven individuals have long and distinguished careers. It takes an abnormal person to front up to pre-season in the blistering summer months to train four or five times a week, after work or study, year after year. I think the football public can sometimes lose sight of this. A number of former and current AFL players have said that the WAFL lifestyle is much harder than the AFL lifestyle, due to the work/football balance.
The reason WAFL football is so appealing to many prospective country players is the challenges it holds. Firstly just to see if you can make it through a pre-season, and then to test yourself against very good opposition and see where you fit in. South Fremantle has a proud history of successful country players and once you feel you have been accepted into the club you feel an obligation to contribute and add to the success of those gone before you. 
Even with the hardships of WAFL footy all of the players take tremendous pride in pulling on a South Fremantle guernsey every week. I think the supporters can see that, and as long as we keep working hard and remain committed, on-field success will come. 
By Adam GuglielmanaFOOTBALL in country WA is more than a game; it is a way of life for a lot of people. It brings families, neighbours and communities together. For many a small community in country WA the atmosphere of the whole town can be determined by two hours of football on the weekend.

Growing up in Carnarvon, about 900kms north of Perth, I experienced this first hand. My family were (and some still are) heavily involved in the Ramblers Football Club, a club where I played most of my junior football. 

In 2004 I moved to Geraldton to go to boarding school and played for St Pat’s football club in the under 16s and then colts and seniors for the Brigades Football Club. Both were great clubs and were important for my football development. Firstly, playing against kids my own age for the first time and then playing against grown men the next year. 

Playing country footy as a junior can be advantageous for a number of reasons. There are no real structures involved, or recruiters watching every game and this allows a youngster to develop their own flair and confidence in their game without external pressure. Although it can be daunting playing against fully grown men, the focus of teammates and coaches to protect the younger players allows them to play without fear.

South Fremantle has worked hard to create a pathway for country footballers to settle into the city life and contribute to the success of the club. They are constantly inviting country players to participate in carnivals, pre-season and the Warriors squad, and this form of development is starting to pay dividends with Warrick Andreoli recently drafted and Thomas Vandeleur a good chance this year. Both are products of the South Fremantle country junior system. 

At South Fremantle we have a tight knit group of country boys. That’s not to say there are divisions between the country and city players, but the boys from outside of Perth are definitely drawn to each other. I think we share the same sort of values and have similar interests outside of football like fishing and camping, and also empathise with new players living away from home and family.

The hardest thing about moving away from home is trying to fit into a new regime. Cooking and cleaning for yourself can be an eye opener, and the demands of work and football can leave you exhausted. Time management is the hardest adjustment, trying to find the balance between work, football and socialising can be hard, with socialising not always being the third priority initially. 

There are many differences in country and city football with the most obvious being the attitude towards preparation. 

Country teams generally only train a couple of nights a week and pre-season starts a lot later. Speaking to an old friend earlier in the year he told me he was worried the team would burn out by mid-season as they had started training in January. I didn’t have the heart to explain we had already been training for three months by then!

It was not uncommon to see a number of players outside the change rooms before the game, and at half-time, having a smoke and I still remember getting a bad cork one day where I tried to put ice on it after the game but was quickly told not to be soft and that ice is for keeping the beer cold!

In a lot of ways WAFL football has become what country football used to be. With the advent of strong West Australian AFL teams and the seemingly infinite amount of cash on offer for players in the country, WAFL clubs have found it hard to retain players in recent times. It’s understandable that players leave with the amount of money on offer, and the massively reduced time commitments of modern country football, I don’t think anyone begrudges them of that. 

What it does leave is a unique type of person that pulls on a WAFL guernsey every week. In the current environment only the most committed and driven individuals have long and distinguished careers. It takes an abnormal person to front up to pre-season in the blistering summer months to train four or five times a week, after work or study, year after year. I think the football public can sometimes lose sight of this. A number of former and current AFL players have said that the WAFL lifestyle is much harder than the AFL lifestyle, due to the work/football balance.

The reason WAFL football is so appealing to many prospective country players is the challenges it holds. Firstly just to see if you can make it through a pre-season, and then to test yourself against very good opposition and see where you fit in. South Fremantle has a proud history of successful country players and once you feel you have been accepted into the club you feel an obligation to contribute and add to the success of those gone before you. 

Even with the hardships of WAFL footy all of the players take tremendous pride in pulling on a South Fremantle guernsey every week. I think the supporters can see that, and as long as we keep working hard and remain committed, on-field success will come. 

By Adam Guglielmana

Saunders to return and strengthen forward-line

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 12:33 PM

WHILE South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby is happy with how the Bulldogs' back-line is coming together, he knows his forward-line is a work in progress and it will be significantly strengthened this week with the returns of Ben Saunders and John Sgherza.

South Fremantle's young back-line led by Nick Borovac and Dylan Ross has battled hard right throughout 2013, but the forward-line has lacked punch despite the best efforts from Paul Mugambwa, Adam Guglielmana and Alistair Gillespie.
What has been missing is that spearhead with Saunders being restricted to two games and in both of those despite kicking five goals, fractured his collarbone in each.
However, last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the league's leading goal scorer is set to make his return this Saturday against West Perth at Arena Joondalup.
Sgherza has kicked 14 goals in just eight games this year and he's set to return this week as well as is ruckman Sean Tighe who missed the three-point loss to Claremont prior to last week's bye.
Hasleby is glad to have all three back particularly for Saunders to add some potency to the forward-line. 
"Seany Tighe comes back in and Ben Saunders is another one who will get an opportunity provided he trains well this week. Shaun Bewick isn’t too far away either so it will be good to have those guys in to ease the burden on some of the other guys who have been carrying it all year," Hasleby said.
"He (Saunders) proved in that first time he came back that he can come in and have an immediate impact when he kicked three goals in the first game we won.
"The kamikaze style that he plays means you are never quite sure if the shoulder is going to get through, but his pressure is elite and that's all we ask of him. If he does that, he makes the players around him a lot better."
South Fremantle's forward-line of 2011 when the Bulldogs last played finals and before Hasleby took over as coach had plenty of avenues to goal with Cory Dell'Olio kicking 51 goals, Callum Wilson 46, Ryan Murphy 26 and Hasleby himself 22.
That instantly meant that 145 goals went out of the team that he took over as coach and while Saunders was a great success story in 2012 winning the Bernie Naylor Medal, Hasleby is well aware that the forward-line remains a work in progress.
"Clearly, though, we need to find some more avenues to goal and that will be our recruiting strategy over the coming months," he said.
"Even from the year before we also lost Callum Wilson, Cory Dell'Olio, Ryan Murphy and myself so that's a lot of goals we've had to try and replace. It's a forward-line in transition and we need to continue to add to that.
"No doubt, once our side is fully fit but we need to get a bit of extra support in that forward-line."
The back-line, though, looks to be one that if all the players stick in for the long haul can form the backbone of South Fremantle for years to come.
Even though Andrew McCarrey and Brendon Gulley aren’t there who would have been pencilled in as key men coming into the year, the group back there is working well together.
Small/mid-size players Craig White, Adam McIntosh, Adam Carter and Mitch Carter have been doing well, but it's the key position players like Borovac, Ross and Justin Monaco who have been the cornerstone of the defensive unit standing firm despite plenty of pressure throughout the season so far.
"Dylan Ross has been fantastic and I'm really happy for him. I put a lot of pressure on him when he first came into the league side last year but he has responded the way you hope as a coach. He is really disciplined now, he's hard and he is reaping the benefits," Hasleby said.
"Nick Borovac just gives 110 per cent every day and you wish you could have four or five of him because of the way he throws himself at the contest. He is developing into a player who some of the clubs at a higher level need to start having a look at.
"Justin has come off a really low base in terms of his pre-season is getting some big jobs on some of the opposition's key forwards and doing it well."
By Chris PikeWHILE South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby is happy with how the Bulldogs' back-line is coming together, he knows his forward-line is a work in progress and it will be significantly strengthened this week with the returns of Ben Saunders and John Sgherza.

South Fremantle's young back-line led by Nick Borovac and Dylan Ross has battled hard right throughout 2013, but the forward-line has lacked punch despite the best efforts from Paul Mugambwa, Adam Guglielmana and Alistair Gillespie.

What has been missing is that spearhead with Saunders being restricted to two games and in both of those despite kicking five goals, fractured his collarbone in each.

However, last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the league's leading goal scorer is set to make his return this Saturday against West Perth at Arena Joondalup.

Sgherza has kicked 14 goals in just eight games this year and he's set to return this week as well as is ruckman Sean Tighe who missed the three-point loss to Claremont prior to last week's bye.

Hasleby is glad to have all three back particularly for Saunders to add some potency to the forward-line.

"Seany Tighe comes back in and Ben Saunders is another one who will get an opportunity provided he trains well this week. Shaun Bewick isn’t too far away either so it will be good to have those guys in to ease the burden on some of the other guys who have been carrying it all year," Hasleby said.

"He (Saunders) proved in that first time he came back that he can come in and have an immediate impact when he kicked three goals in the first game we won.

"The kamikaze style that he plays means you are never quite sure if the shoulder is going to get through, but his pressure is elite and that's all we ask of him. If he does that, he makes the players around him a lot better."

South Fremantle's forward-line of 2011 when the Bulldogs last played finals and before Hasleby took over as coach had plenty of avenues to goal with Cory Dell'Olio kicking 51 goals, Callum Wilson 46, Ryan Murphy 26 and Hasleby himself 22.

That instantly meant that 145 goals went out of the team that he took over as coach and while Saunders was a great success story in 2012 winning the Bernie Naylor Medal, Hasleby is well aware that the forward-line remains a work in progress.

"Clearly, though, we need to find some more avenues to goal and that will be our recruiting strategy over the coming months," he said.

"Even from the year before we also lost Callum Wilson, Cory Dell'Olio, Ryan Murphy and myself so that's a lot of goals we've had to try and replace. It's a forward-line in transition and we need to continue to add to that.

"No doubt, once our side is fully fit but we need to get a bit of extra support in that forward-line."

The back-line, though, looks to be one that if all the players stick in for the long haul can form the backbone of South Fremantle for years to come.

Even though Andrew McCarrey and Brendon Gulley aren’t there who would have been pencilled in as key men coming into the year, the group back there is working well together.

Small/mid-size players Craig White, Adam McIntosh, Adam Carter and Mitch Carter have been doing well, but it's the key position players like Borovac, Ross and Justin Monaco who have been the cornerstone of the defensive unit standing firm despite plenty of pressure throughout the season so far.

"Dylan Ross has been fantastic and I'm really happy for him. I put a lot of pressure on him when he first came into the league side last year but he has responded the way you hope as a coach. He is really disciplined now, he's hard and he is reaping the benefits," Hasleby said.

"Nick Borovac just gives 110 per cent every day and you wish you could have four or five of him because of the way he throws himself at the contest. He is developing into a player who some of the clubs at a higher level need to start having a look at.

"Justin has come off a really low base in terms of his pre-season is getting some big jobs on some of the opposition's key forwards and doing it well."

By Chris Pike

Bulldogs young talent shines on national stage

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 2:05 PM

SOUTH Fremantle's young talent continues to make its mark on the national stage with five players taking part in Western Australia's State 18s side and another five in the 16s line-up in this week at the national championships.

On the back of Mason Shaw (Port Adelaide) and Adam Carter (West Coast) being drafted last year, a host of star South Fremantle players from the colts showed their talents on the big stage at the national championships and will be in contention to enter the AFL next year as a result.
In the recently completed National 18s Championships, Dylan Main, Jarrod Pickett, Blaine Johnson, Ben Sokol and Cameron McCarthy all did well representing WA after being key players in the South Fremantle's successful colts team.
WA's 18s carnival began with a 62-point win over Tasmania in Launceston on June 2 with Bulldog pair Johnson and McCarthy booting two goals apiece with Sokol adding another.
The next game was an 82-point victory against the Northern Territory at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium on June 8 with Johnson booting three goals, and McCarthy and Sokol two each while Pickett added one and Main was one of WA's best players on the day.
It was then onto Subiaco's Patersons Stadium to take on Victoria Metro on June 15 where WA lost for the first time by 19 points. However, Johnson was outstanding again up forward kicking four goals with McCarthy also a standout performer with three.
It was then onto Geelong's Simonds Stadium where McCarthy proved to be the hero for WA kicking the winning goal in the three-point win over Victoria Country on June 28.
McCarthy took a soaring mark in between a nest of Vic Country defenders with only 30 seconds left on the black before kicking the match-winning goal.
WA's final game of the carnival then came on July 3 when carnival champions South Australia prevailed by 10 points in a game where unfortunately McCarthy suffered a lower leg injury.
McCarthy was still named in the All-Australian team from the carnival and the AFL's national talent manager Kevin Sheehan couldn’t have been more impressed with the 195cm key forward over the course of the carnival.
"A key marking target up forward was Cameron McCarthy from Western Australian. He was a boy who ended with an injury but gee he made his mark throughout the championship," Sheehan said.
"He took some great marks and none were better than that one in the dying seconds of the game against the Victorians down at Simonds Stadium. He kicked that goal after the siren to win the game."
South Fremantle's young talent coming through continues to be put onto the national stage as well with Kade Stewart, Joel McComb, Callum Ah Chee, Jesse Mirco and Brad Kersten named in the WA State 16s squad taking part in the championship this week at Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney.
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle's young talent continues to make its mark on the national stage with five players taking part in Western Australia's State 18s side and another five in the 16s line-up in this week at the national championships.

On the back of Mason Shaw (Port Adelaide) and Adam Carter (West Coast) being drafted last year, a host of star South Fremantle players from the colts showed their talents on the big stage at the national championships and will be in contention to enter the AFL next year as a result.

In the recently completed National 18s Championships, Dylan Main, Jarrod Pickett, Blaine Johnson, Ben Sokol, Tom Vandeleur and Cameron McCarthy all did well representing WA after being key players in the South Fremantle's successful colts team.

WA's 18s carnival began with a 62-point win over Tasmania in Launceston on June 2 with Bulldog pair Johnson and McCarthy booting two goals apiece with Sokol adding another.

The next game was an 82-point victory against the Northern Territory at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium on June 8 with Johnson booting three goals, and McCarthy and Sokol two each while Pickett added one and Main was one of WA's best players on the day.

It was then onto Subiaco's Patersons Stadium to take on Victoria Metro on June 15 where WA lost for the first time by 19 points. However, Johnson was outstanding again up forward kicking four goals with McCarthy also a standout performer with three.

It was then onto Geelong's Simonds Stadium where McCarthy proved to be the hero for WA kicking the winning goal in the three-point win over Victoria Country on June 28.

McCarthy took a soaring mark in between a nest of Vic Country defenders with only 30 seconds left on the black before kicking the match-winning goal.

WA's final game of the carnival then came on July 3 when carnival champions South Australia prevailed by 10 points in a game where unfortunately McCarthy suffered a lower leg injury.

McCarthy was still named in the All-Australian team from the carnival and the AFL's national talent manager Kevin Sheehan couldn’t have been more impressed with the 195cm key forward over the course of the carnival.

"A key marking target up forward was Cameron McCarthy from Western Australian. He was a boy who ended with an injury but gee he made his mark throughout the championship," Sheehan said.

"He took some great marks and none were better than that one in the dying seconds of the game against the Victorians down at Simonds Stadium. He kicked that goal after the siren to win the game."

South Fremantle's young talent coming through continues to be put onto the national stage as well with Kade Stewart, Joel McComb, Callum Ah Chee, Jesse Mirco and Brad Kersten named in the WA State 16s squad taking part in the championship this week at Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney.

By Chris Pike

Colts Report - Round 16

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 11:38 AM

THE South Fremantle colts side can go into its mid-season break feeling a little more secure in the fact that its finals aspirations are a little more secure after a dominant display over the ladder-leading Tigers.

The South colts have been under some pressure due to state representatives and senior list injuries testing the depth of our squad. A shock loss to Perth last week had the colts side needing to show some resolve against the competition leaders. Another loss would have seen our place in the top four in some jeopardy.

This sense of occasion lifted the team to show great resolution; many showing courage in the tight and torrid contests around the ball. After being out-played last week in the strength department, the team relished the tough going and thrived when confronted with the same situation against the Tigers.

The undermanned midfield through Daniel Moore, Jacob Dragovich and Jarrod Garlett were able to lift their teammates and give our forwards plenty of opportunities early. Without being dominant in the midfield we were able to negate the effectiveness of the top team's ball carriers which gave our backline some help in winning back the ball and restricting Claremont’s scoring opportunities.

Mitch Banks, Billy Collier and K Craft Bullbars award winner, Jordan Comeagain were able to turn the tables on their opponents and run the ball out of defence and set up many attacking moves further up the ground.

With the midfield holding sway they were able to lock the ball in the forward line for long periods of play. This gave the likes of Tray Bennell, Matty Ah Siu and the mercurial Willie Rioli time to show their skill and talent which they used to good value as they set up a winning lead.

Willie had just hours earlier stepped off the plane after representing Northern Territory in the national championships and was able to show his exciting style and have an instant impact. It was not only his goal scoring or his deft touches that gave the coaches great joy, but his ability to bring many of his new team mates into the game and share the work load.

It was marvellous to see the players respond to last week's loss; as a whole they were able to lift themselves for a game that was vital to our season.

It was particularly special to see Josh Tucker, Jye Depane and Willie Rioli taste instant success in their first games for the colts team. This win showed great character from the playing squad and reassured the colts committee that we are on the right track in developing an extensive list able to confront most obstacles.

Well done to my assistants Robbo, Jas and Pash for their continued guidance; and to all the support crew, thank you for your hard work and dedication so far this season. They, like the players, deserve this week’s break and will go into the final phase of the season with confidence and anticipation.

Arthur Maskos
SFFC Colts Coach