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SFFC v Perth Under 16s Development Team game 5pm Saturday 30 March

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 2:46 PM

Members, guests and fans are encouraged to stay around after the league game this Saturday to watch our 16’s development team play Perth.

The team have been working hard and are hoping to continue their good form from the 30pt round 1 win over Claremont. [South Fremantle 10.13 (73) d Claremont 6.7 (43)]. Best players were Ah Chee, Petera and McGuiness.

These players are the future of the club and some will be playing colts during the 2013 season.

Their busy pre season schedule has included:

·         Once a week training between late November until Christmas

·         Twice a week training from early January until the end of April

·         Fitness time trials and fitness testings

·         Nutrition education sessions

·         Boot camps and overnight camps for team building exercises

·         Life skills and education talks (outside of football)

·         Scratch matches against the U17 South Fremantle Colts team, Clontarf Academy and East Perth.

Fixtures for the remainder of the carnival are:

6th April Vs West Perth @ Fremantle Oval 2:00pm (Post Reserves)

13th April Vs Swan Districts @ Steel Blue Oval 5:00pm (Post League)

19th April Vs Subiaco @ Medibank Stadium 7:00pm

27th April vs East Fremantle @ Fremantle Oval 10:00am (Pre Colts game)

 

$15 Wednesday Steak Nights

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 6:06 PM

THE South Fremantle Football Club will be hosting $15 Wednesday steak nights every second week in the Function Centre at Fremantle Oval.

The Bulldogs are looking to revitalise things around the club in 2013 and in a bid to try to attract the general public, fans and members back to Fremantle Oval, are excited to announce the $15 steak nights.

The first will be on Wednesday March 27 with two more to come on April 10 and April 24. If they are successful, the South Fremantle Football Club will only be too happy to continue the imitative.

South Fremantle's senior squad will also be training on Wednesday nights so you will be able to watch coach Paul Hasleby and his players out in action on the park while enjoying your meal.

New South Fremantle chief executive Stuart Kemp is excited by the new initiative.

"The Wednesday night $15 steak nights is something we hope will become a traditional gathering now during the year," Kemp said.

"We have a wonderful venue here at Fremantle Oval and by coming down and enjoying your dinner, you will be able to watch the boys train, join them for a meal afterwards and then relax and have a great meal with your family or friends.

"Numero Uno, our delicious caterers, will be putting on the value for money dinner that you will keep coming back for. Come on down and enjoy yourself. Please book at the club."

WEDNESDAY $15 STEAK NIGHTS

 April 10, April 24

Fremantle Function Centre – Public Bar

 

6.00pm – Bar Open

6.30pm – Kitchen Open

8.30pm – Kitchen Closed

 

MENU

Scotch Fillet, salad and chips

T-Bone, salad and chips

Fish and chips

 

CALL OFFICE ON 9335 1555 FOR BOOKINGS

Hasleby sees plenty of positives from Round 1

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6:26 PM

DESPITE Saturday's loss to Claremont in Round 1 and an injury to full-forward Ben Saunders, South Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby still found plenty of positives against the reigning premiers to look with optimism towards the rest of 2013.

Even though the Bulldogs were without a host of key players and then lost Saunders to a broken collarbone early in the second half, they played well in the first half with scores level at half-time and then showed some good fight in the last term to not totally get blown away.

Coming up against the premiers of the last two years and doing it without Craig White, John Sgherza, Brendon Gulley, Nick Borovac, Ashton Hams and Shaun Bewick just to name a handful from what could be considered South Fremantle's best 22 it was always going to be tough.

Obviously it's never fun to lose and Hasleby knows his team has plenty of work to do coming out of the game against Claremont, but he also saw plenty of positives particularly the debuts of Kingsley Smith and Tom Vandeleur, the efforts of Sean Tighe in the ruck as well as the games of Ryan Cook, Alistair Gillespie, Mitch Carter, Mitch banner, Anthony Collica and Kris Miller.

"In the first half we showed some terrific signs, the ball movement was good and we were getting it into the right areas for our forwards. We probably could have gone in with a bit of a lead, but we didn’t and Claremont proved why they are a quality side after that," Hasleby said.

"They flicked the ball around pretty well and got some dominance around the clearances in that third quarter. We had a few guys playing their first games and also some coming in off a limited preparation so we still certainly take some positives out of the game.

"It was disappointing we didn’t win because we were in a position to at half-time, but there were so many positives that we take out of it. It's Round 1 and we need to win some games now, and we'll give it our best shot against Perth."

The bad news from the game was the collarbone injury to Saunders and obviously last year's Bernie Naylor Medallist will be a big loss, but Hasleby is confident that the return of Sgherza and possibly moving Andrew McCarrey forward could help offset his absence.

"It looks like he will out for about six weeks. We have two byes in that time so hopefully he only misses three or four games, but we will get John Sgherza back up and running in the next week or two so maybe he could come in and help us out," he said.

"Obviously we will miss him though, 65 goals from last year will be hard to replace. McCarrey could go forward. Vandeleur did very well and held his own down there, Gulley should come back into the team and we will have to look at finding avenues to goal so McCarrey could be one of them."

Gillespie did well in his first game for South Fremantle since crossing from Claremont over the summer. He attacked the ball well from centre half-forward and finished with 13 touches, five marks and a goal.

"He competed very well 'Dizzy'," Hasleby said.

"He took a couple of spectacular marks and he still has some work to do, and he can take a few more if he keeps his hands outstretched and we will work with him, but to have that extra tall player to support Saundo and Gumby in the forward-line is pretty important for us."

Without a doubt, though, South Fremantle's best was ruckman Tighe who finished with 22 possessions, 22 hit outs and two goals up against Claremont pair Mark Seaby and Mitch Andrews, and their combined AFL premiership and three WAFL flags.

"I've always thought Sean is a great ruckman and one of the better ones in the competition because he gets the ball, wins clearances and now he's starting to add goals to his game," he said.

"He kicked two goals as well and when he was up against Seaby and Andrews it was a tough combination, but I thought he did a very good job against them."

Another positive was the performance on debut up forward of 21-year-old Smith. Hasleby was a big supporter of his to come down to South Fremantle and was glad to see him kick a couple of impressive goals, and he was rapt to see Vandeleur step up while aged just 17 at the time.

He turned 18 just this Wednesday.

"Kinger and I come from the same hometown so when I got the job I got him down to play with us. He did it tough last year in the reserves, but he kept working at his game and he certainly has got some great attributes which I love as a coach. He was terrific," he said.

"And what a great story Tom is. We had Gulley out suspended so we needed to play a taller defender because we thought they would have Jones as well.

"It turned out it didn’t pan out that way, but Tom came in and certainly held his own for a kid who hasn’t trained with us. I think he's still 17 so he has a big future ahead of him."

South Fremantle now has the bye this week before taking on Perth at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium next Saturday, and Hasleby is confident that at least White, Gulley and Sgherza will be available to come in.

"All bar Borovac and Bewick should be right to play in two weeks time. Borovac will get the wrapping off his thumb that week so we will see how he goes, but it's a big two weeks for us and we need to get a lot of training into those guys to make sure they do well when they come in," Hasleby said.

"Collica came in this week off a limited preparation and he was terrific because we now have a good fitness guy in Mike Vegar who can get guys up and going.

"We have to hit the training track and try to improve as much as we can. We will give the guys a bit of time off on the weekend and then it will be business as usual next week."

By Chris Pike

Bulldogs go down in Round 1 to reigning premiers

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 1:32 PM

SOUTH Fremantle gave it a big shake in the first half against Claremont on Saturday at Claremont Oval to open the WAFL season, but in the end were overrun by the reigning premiers going down by 48 points.

The Bulldogs played an outstanding first half despite missing a bevy of key players coming into the Round 1 contest.

South Fremantle levelled up scores just before the half-time break when Kingsley Smith goaled at the 31-minute mark of the second quarter, but things started to go wrong early in the third term.

Last year's Bernie Naylor Medallist Ben Saunders, who had kicked two impressive goals in the first half, went down with a suspected fractured collarbone and Claremont went on to kick 13 goals to five in the second half to win 20.12 (132) to 12.12 (84) on the same day they unfurled their premiership flag from 2012.

South Fremantle might not have quite been able to keep with Claremont in the second half, but the Bulldogs never stopped fighting in the last quarter.

At several stages, the Tigers looked set to run away with a 10-plus goal win but the young Bulldogs kept fighting and booted four last quarter goals against the run of play.

It was an extremely youthful South Fremantle line-up with Sean Lynch, Warrick Andreoli, Smith and Tom Vandeleur all making their league debuts.

With Haiden Schloithe, Anthony Collica, Mitch Carter, Adam McIntosh, Alistair Gillespie, Jason Maskos, Dylan Ross and Adam Doughty all having played 22 or less league games coming into the match as well.

That is more than half the side that was incredibly young with South Fremantle without Craig White, Adam Guglielmana, John Sgherza, Brendon Gulley, Nick Borovac, Ashton Hams, Shaun Bewick and Adam Carter from what could be considered the best 22 coming into 2013.

Sean Tighe was South Fremantle's best right throughout the game doing a manful job in the ruck up against an AFL premiership ruckman in Mark Seaby and two-time WAFL premiership ruckman Mitch Andrews.

Tighe finished the game with 22 possessions, 22 hit outs and two goals as he continued on from last year where he emerged as one of the best ruckmen in the competition in his first season in the WAFL.

South Fremantle also had plenty of good ball winners through the middle with captain Ryan Cook working hard to gather 24 possessions to go with eight marks and seven entries inside-50.

Veteran Kris Miller picked up 23 touches as well as did Collica who was coming off an interrupted pre-season but performed well.

Mitch Banner was watched closely by Byron Schammer all afternoon, but the former Port Adelaide midfielder fought through the tag to finish with 19 possessions and got forward to kick three goals.

Smith also kicked two goals on debut with Saunders adding two before he went off injured.

Gillespie showed good signs at centre half-forward giving South Fremantle that leading target and he finished with 13 possessions, five marks and a goal.

The young defence was under-siege all day but Doughty, Vandeleur, McIntosh, Andrew McCarrey and Ross held it down the best they can, while Schloithe had a good battle all day long with Ian Richardson.

Earlier, South Fremantle's reserves went down to Claremont by 51 points but there were some strong performers to push up for league consideration in two week's time against Perth.

Myles Bolger and Kaiden Matera kicked two goals each while Brendan Verrier gathered 18 possessions, Joseph Pantano 15, Rhys D'Alton 15, Zachary Strom 14 and Tim Kelly 14.

The colts also started the day narrowly going down to the colts by two points.

Jermaine Lewis kicked three goals for the Bulldogs with Cameron McCarthy adding two. Ben Sokol picked up 20 possessions, Dylan Main 19 and Brad McPhail 17. 

SOUTH FREMANTLE                        3.3          7.6          8.9          12.12     (84)

CLAREMONT                                      3.5          7.6          14.10     20.12     (132)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Banner 3; Smith, Saunders, Tighe 2; Winter, Mugambwa, Gillespie.

Best: Tighe, Cook, Miller, Collica, Smith, McIntosh, Schloithe.

CLAREMONT – Goals: McGovern 4; Hamp, Murphy 3; Richardson, Medhurst 2; Blackwell, Bradshaw, Browne, Winmar, Schammer.

Best: Browne, McGovern, Murphy, Schammer, Davies, Foster.

By Chris Pike

Round 1 Preview v Claremont

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 11:27 AM

SOUTH Fremantle heads to Claremont Oval to take on the two-time reigning premiers this Saturday with the youthful Bulldogs looking to claim a big scalp to begin the 2013 season.

A new-look and incredibly young South Fremantle team finished off 2012 strongly winning four of its last five games and now the Bulldogs have undertaken a big pre-season campaign under new strength and conditioning coach Mike Vegar.
That leads coach Paul Hasleby to be in no doubt that he has a fitter and stronger at his disposal as he enters his second year in charge of the Bulldogs.
South Fremantle also comes in off a strong pre-season win last Saturday over Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval by 41 points on the back of a terrific second half performance where the Bulldogs booted 11 goals to just four from Swans.
However, the task ahead this Saturday is a massive won in the form of the WAFL premiers of the last two years, Claremont.
Even though the Tigers have lost some important dual premiership players including Kane Mitchell, Tom Lee and Lewis Stevenson, they still have enormous depth and have got strong additions in the form of West Coast premiership ruckman Mark Seaby and former Essendon, and Swan Districts running defender John Williams.
South Fremantle will unveil some new faces as well headlined by former Port Adelaide midfielder Mitch Banner, who showed in the pre-season matches that he is a prolific ball winner and goalkicker.
Mitch Carter will also play after returning to South Fremantle from Carlton as will versatile big man Alistair Gillespie after 12 league games with Claremont and being best on ground in last year's reserves premiership.
South Fremantle's colts have been dominant the last two years winning premierships and Jason Maskos, Jacob Martinez, Kingsley Smith, Anthony van Malen, Sean Lynch, Tim Kelly and Tom Vandeleur are all in contention to take on Claremont on Saturday.
While Hasleby doesn’t expect to have his full squad available to pick from until perhaps a month into the season and he is under no illusions as to how big of a test Claremont is, that under no circumstances means he doesn’t head to Claremont Oval confident of coming away with a win.
"What people expect of Claremont is irrelevant really. We all start on even par and they have to get wins just like we have to get wins. We are ready for that challenge this week and hopefully we can come away with the points," Hasleby said.
"We are feeling pretty confident, but we aren’t going to be at our best until probably Round 4 or 5 when we get our full squad back up, and some game time into everyone.
"Claremont has a few missing from last year, but they are always going to be competitive and they are a proud club. Hopefully they don’t take us too lightly because we will be on our game on Saturday."
South Fremantle is missing Craig White, Adam Guglielmana, John Sgherza, Shaun Bewick, Nick Borovac, Adam Carter, Brendan Gulley, Lewis Harvey, Jayden Woods and West Coast's Ashton Hams from this week's side, but Hasleby still has plenty of selection dilemmas to weigh up.
"It's a great situation for a coach to be in when you have selection coming up for Round 1 and it will be pretty hard because a lot of guys have put their hands up. We just have to find the right balance and pick the team that is going to take on Claremont," Hasleby said.
"We haven’t seen Andreoli, Collica, John Sgherza who was really effective for us last year, we haven’t seen much of Adam Carter and Shaun Bewick is out for a bit longer. There's a bit of depth there and when they all come back it will be good."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle heads to Claremont Oval to take on the two-time reigning premiers this Saturday with the youthful Bulldogs looking to claim a big scalp to begin the 2013 season.

A new-look and incredibly young South Fremantle team finished off 2012 strongly winning four of its last five games and now the Bulldogs have undertaken a big pre-season campaign under new strength and conditioning coach Mike Vegar.

That leads coach Paul Hasleby to be in no doubt that he has a fitter and stronger at his disposal as he enters his second year in charge of the Bulldogs.

South Fremantle also comes in off a strong pre-season win last Saturday over Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval by 41 points on the back of a terrific second half performance where the Bulldogs booted 11 goals to just four from Swans.

However, the task ahead this Saturday is a massive won in the form of the WAFL premiers of the last two years, Claremont.

Even though the Tigers have lost some important dual premiership players including Kane Mitchell, Tom Lee and Lewis Stevenson, they still have enormous depth and have got strong additions in the form of West Coast premiership ruckman Mark Seaby and former Essendon, and Swan Districts running defender John Williams.

South Fremantle will unveil some new faces as well headlined by former Port Adelaide midfielder Mitch Banner, who showed in the pre-season matches that he is a prolific ball winner and goalkicker.

Mitch Carter will also play after returning to South Fremantle from Carlton as will versatile big man Alistair Gillespie after 12 league games with Claremont and being best on ground in last year's reserves premiership.

South Fremantle's colts have been dominant the last two years winning premierships and Jason Maskos, Jacob Martinez, Kingsley Smith, Anthony van Malen, Sean Lynch, Tim Kelly and Tom Vandeleur are all in contention to take on Claremont on Saturday.

While Hasleby doesn’t expect to have his full squad available to pick from until perhaps a month into the season and he is under no illusions as to how big of a test Claremont is, that under no circumstances means he doesn’t head to Claremont Oval confident of coming away with a win.

"What people expect of Claremont is irrelevant really. We all start on even par and they have to get wins just like we have to get wins. We are ready for that challenge this week and hopefully we can come away with the points," Hasleby said.

"We are feeling pretty confident, but we aren’t going to be at our best until probably Round 4 or 5 when we get our full squad back up, and some game time into everyone.

"Claremont has a few missing from last year, but they are always going to be competitive and they are a proud club. Hopefully they don’t take us too lightly because we will be on our game on Saturday."

South Fremantle is missing Craig White, Adam Guglielmana, John Sgherza, Shaun Bewick, Nick Borovac, Adam Carter, Brendan Gulley, Lewis Harvey, Jayden Woods and West Coast's Ashton Hams from this week's side, but Hasleby still has plenty of selection dilemmas to weigh up.

"It's a great situation for a coach to be in when you have selection coming up for Round 1 and it will be pretty hard because a lot of guys have put their hands up. We just have to find the right balance and pick the team that is going to take on Claremont," Hasleby said.

"We haven’t seen Andreoli, Collica, John Sgherza who was really effective for us last year, we haven’t seen much of Adam Carter and Shaun Bewick is out for a bit longer. There's a bit of depth there and when they all come back it will be good."

By Chris Pike

Returning White takes on extra leadership

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 2:04 PM

DUAL premiership defender Craig White returns to South Fremantle in 2013 after a year in Sydney with hardly any familiar faces left at the Bulldogs, but hopes to help set the example for a young group to get back the success he has been so used to.
White was already a vice-captain of the Bulldogs back in 2011 before he left for Sydney, but during his year away most of his fellow senior South Fremantle teammates moved on and in the meantime he picked up valuable coaching experience.
The 28-year-old coached the Balmain Dockers into a grand final and won his club's fairest and best award in the process, but what he has found on return to South Fremantle for the 2013 season is a playing group full of unfamiliar faces.
However, as a colts and reserves premiership player, and dual league flag winner as well, White has been used to success at South Fremantle and will be happy to help pass on any of his knowledge gained from being part of strong sides. 
His coach for his whole league career John Dimmer has been replaced by his teammate of 2011 Paul Hasleby and just Jarrad Winter, Reece Adams, Toby Bairstow, Ryan Cook, Brendon Gulley, Kris Miller, Andrew McCarrey, Paul Mugambwa and Ashton Hams remain from the team that lost the first semi-final to Subiaco.
Then tracing back to the 2009 premiership side, White, Miller, Mugambwa, Adams and Hams are the only ones left at South Fremantle so the turnover has been massive in recent years.
That means that as a dual premiership, 139-game player, White is one of the real senior players in the Bulldogs' line-up now as he returns for the 2013 season.
"It's definitely been quite different from 14 months ago when I left but it's been good and a bit of a challenge to get to know all of the younger guys. It presents new challenges, though, and hopefully some of those young guys keep stepping up and we can have some success," White said.
"The turnaround from our last premiership and even from 14 months ago when I left has been huge with a lot of those players so used to success after having so much coming through the juniors and then here at the club.
"Hopefully now this group can do the same. The colts have won the last two premierships and hopefully they can help the league side have some success."
Even though White was a vice-captain two years ago, with the likes of Miller, Ryan Murphy, Hasleby, Josh Head, McCarrey, Hayden North and Theo Adams there were plenty of other leaders on top of captain Toby McGrath.
White has certainly noticed that huge gulf now between the senior players and the exciting young group coming through at South Fremantle, and he is looking forward to the added responsibility to set the example.
With captain Ryan Cook and the likes of Adam McIntosh, Nick Borovac and Adam Guglielmana in the leadership group, it's young and White is happy to show them the ropes especially in the back-line.
"I was a leader as such two years ago but there were probably 15 guys in our team that could easily have been a leader, but now there are only four of us who are over the age of 25 or 26 so it does put a bit more emphasis on being a good leader with so many young guys looking up to you," he said.
"It just means that you have to set all the right examples. It's a young defensive group, but a lot of our new leaders this year have come from there with McIntosh and Borovac, and then guys like Dylan Ross and Brendon Gulley if they can put their hand up and keep playing consistent footy hopefully we can gel together and form a good defence."
Given that the likes of McGrath, Head, Murphy and North all retired in 2012, the return of White helps to offset some of the experience lost, and he also feels it was important for veterans like Miller, McCarrey and Mugambwa to play on also. 
"You can't buy experience and the senior guys we still have here at the club have been part of some success," he said.
"We have always had a winning culture around the club and to still have those guys around the club, it helps to pass on that winning culture to the guys coming through and hopefully it means we can start having success with these guys coming through as well."
White has an enormous amount of respect and gratitude towards his South Fremantle coach for all of his 139 matches and his two premierships to date so was a little surprised when Dimmer left at the end of the 2011 season.
However, he has instantly been impressed by the approach that Hasleby is having and has no doubt that the midfielders in the group will benefit from his expertise in particular.
"Obviously I was under John for all of his time here after I started in his first year and they are completely different coaches. John was very good with man management where as Hase is very in-tune with today's game," he said.
"His game plan is quite basic and easy to follow, but he knows what needs to happen for it to work and he's got his system in place. Hopefully throughout the season you can see his game plan in action and we can win plenty of games with it.
"Our midfielders can all relate to him as well. He obviously has only been out of the game a couple of years and still knows what is required to be an elite midfielder.
"He's still in tune with the AFL and obviously the WAFL, and the boys can look up to him and try to play like him in some ways more than someone who has been out of the game for 15 or 20 years. Hase has a more hands on approach with the midfielders and I'm sure the boys in there benefit from that."
White remains confident that despite the youthful nature of South Fremantle's team for 2013 that it can be a successful season.
With the amounted of talented players coming up from the dominant colts side combined with promising looking recruits like Mitch Banner and Alistair Gillespie, there's every reason White believes the Bulldogs can go well.
"The club had some good success last year with guys like Bewick and Saunders last year so they have kind of gone this way again in recruiting Gillespie," White said.
"He proved what he could do in the Foxtel Cup last year even though he couldn’t quite keep his spot in the Claremont league side, but we are hoping for a fair bit from him this year as well as some of our other recruits like Banner and those guys.
"Hopefully they can play some consistent and quality footy to be up there with the better players in the comp."

DUAL premiership defender Craig White returns to South Fremantle in 2013 after a year in Sydney with hardly any familiar faces left at the Bulldogs, but hopes to help set the example for a young group to get back the success he has been so used to.

White was already a vice-captain of the Bulldogs back in 2011 before he left for Sydney, but during his year away most of his fellow senior South Fremantle teammates moved on and in the meantime he picked up valuable coaching experience.

The 28-year-old coached the Balmain Dockers into a grand final and won his club's fairest and best award in the process, but what he has found on return to South Fremantle for the 2013 season is a playing group full of unfamiliar faces.

However, as a colts and reserves premiership player, and dual league flag winner as well, White has been used to success at South Fremantle and will be happy to help pass on any of his knowledge gained from being part of strong sides. 

His coach for his whole league career John Dimmer has been replaced by his teammate of 2011 Paul Hasleby and just Jarrad Winter, Reece Adams, Toby Bairstow, Ryan Cook, Brendon Gulley, Kris Miller, Andrew McCarrey, Paul Mugambwa and Ashton Hams remain from the team that lost the first semi-final to Subiaco.

Then tracing back to the 2009 premiership side, White, Miller, Mugambwa, Adams and Hams are the only ones left at South Fremantle so the turnover has been massive in recent years.

That means that as a dual premiership, 139-game player, White is one of the real senior players in the Bulldogs' line-up now as he returns for the 2013 season.

"It's definitely been quite different from 14 months ago when I left but it's been good and a bit of a challenge to get to know all of the younger guys. It presents new challenges, though, and hopefully some of those young guys keep stepping up and we can have some success," White said.

"The turnaround from our last premiership and even from 14 months ago when I left has been huge with a lot of those players so used to success after having so much coming through the juniors and then here at the club.

"Hopefully now this group can do the same. The colts have won the last two premierships and hopefully they can help the league side have some success."

Even though White was a vice-captain two years ago, with the likes of Miller, Ryan Murphy, Hasleby, Josh Head, McCarrey, Hayden North and Theo Adams there were plenty of other leaders on top of captain Toby McGrath.

White has certainly noticed that huge gulf now between the senior players and the exciting young group coming through at South Fremantle, and he is looking forward to the added responsibility to set the example.

With captain Ryan Cook and the likes of Adam McIntosh, Nick Borovac and Adam Guglielmana in the leadership group, it's young and White is happy to show them the ropes especially in the back-line.

"I was a leader as such two years ago but there were probably 15 guys in our team that could easily have been a leader, but now there are only four of us who are over the age of 25 or 26 so it does put a bit more emphasis on being a good leader with so many young guys looking up to you," he said.

"It just means that you have to set all the right examples. It's a young defensive group, but a lot of our new leaders this year have come from there with McIntosh and Borovac, and then guys like Dylan Ross and Brendon Gulley if they can put their hand up and keep playing consistent footy hopefully we can gel together and form a good defence."

Given that the likes of McGrath, Head, Murphy and North all retired in 2012, the return of White helps to offset some of the experience lost, and he also feels it was important for veterans like Miller, McCarrey and Mugambwa to play on also. 

"You can't buy experience and the senior guys we still have here at the club have been part of some success," he said.

"We have always had a winning culture around the club and to still have those guys around the club, it helps to pass on that winning culture to the guys coming through and hopefully it means we can start having success with these guys coming through as well."

White has an enormous amount of respect and gratitude towards his South Fremantle coach for all of his 139 matches and his two premierships to date so was a little surprised when Dimmer left at the end of the 2011 season.

However, he has instantly been impressed by the approach that Hasleby is having and has no doubt that the midfielders in the group will benefit from his expertise in particular.

"Obviously I was under John for all of his time here after I started in his first year and they are completely different coaches. John was very good with man management where as Hase is very in-tune with today's game," he said.

"His game plan is quite basic and easy to follow, but he knows what needs to happen for it to work and he's got his system in place. Hopefully throughout the season you can see his game plan in action and we can win plenty of games with it.

"Our midfielders can all relate to him as well. He obviously has only been out of the game a couple of years and still knows what is required to be an elite midfielder.

"He's still in tune with the AFL and obviously the WAFL, and the boys can look up to him and try to play like him in some ways more than someone who has been out of the game for 15 or 20 years. Hase has a more hands on approach with the midfielders and I'm sure the boys in there benefit from that."

White remains confident that despite the youthful nature of South Fremantle's team for 2013 that it can be a successful season.

With the amounted of talented players coming up from the dominant colts side combined with promising looking recruits like Mitch Banner and Alistair Gillespie, there's every reason White believes the Bulldogs can go well.

"The club had some good success last year with guys like Bewick and Saunders last year so they have kind of gone this way again in recruiting Gillespie," White said.

"He proved what he could do in the Foxtel Cup last year even though he couldn’t quite keep his spot in the Claremont league side, but we are hoping for a fair bit from him this year as well as some of our other recruits like Banner and those guys.

"Hopefully they can play some consistent and quality footy to be up there with the better players in the comp."

By Chris Pike

Follow @SFFCBulldogs now to win!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 1:26 PM

THE South Fremantle Football Club is looking to reach 1000 followers on Twitter by the start of the 2013 WAFL season and by getting involved you can win some terrific prizes.
South Fremantle is offering two tickets to a Bulldogs President's Function during the season at Fremantle Oval AND two tickets to a Fremantle or West Coast AFL game of their choosing at Patersons Stadium.
To be in the running, all you have to do is follow the club's Twitter page at @SFFCBulldogs between now and the start of the season that kicks off this Saturday when South Fremantle plays reigning premiers Claremont at Claremont Oval.
Not only is South Fremantle setting the goal of reaching 1000 followers by the season-opener, but to also have the most followers of any WAFL club on the social media site.
Throughout the season, the club will be providing plenty of news, competitions and interaction via Twitter with the aim of overtaking East Fremantle as the WAFL club with the most followers.
East Fremantle currently has 1420 and Swan Districts is also ahead of the Bulldogs on 950, but South Fremantle always sets its goals high and wants your help to become the most popular WAFL club on Twitter through 2013.
South Fremantle currently has 801 followers followed by West Perth (756), Claremont (742), Subiaco (739), East Perth (709), Perth (599) and Peel (564).
New South Fremantle chief executive Stuart Kemp is behind the initiative and is only too happy to give away some highly sought after prizes to anyone who follows the club on Twitter.
Anyone who follows @SFFCBulldogs between now and the start of the season to help reach 1000 followers will go into the draw to win the terrific prizes.
"One of our main focuses this year is to engage our members and fans using social media," Kemp said.
"We are very excited about communicating better to our Bulldogs and want to reach 1000 followers before the start of the season.
"With this in mind the South Fremantle Football Club will give away two tickets for a lunch to a Bulldogs President's Function during the year and two tickets to an Eagles game or a Dockers game.  Tell all of your friends."

THE South Fremantle Football Club is looking to reach 1000 followers on Twitter by the start of the 2013 WAFL season and by getting involved you can win some terrific prizes.

South Fremantle is offering two tickets to a Bulldogs President's Function during the season at Fremantle Oval AND two tickets to a Fremantle or West Coast AFL game of their choosing at Patersons Stadium.

To be in the running, all you have to do is follow the club's Twitter page at @SFFCBulldogs between now and the start of the season that kicks off this Saturday when South Fremantle plays reigning premiers Claremont at Claremont Oval.

Not only is South Fremantle setting the goal of reaching 1000 followers by the season-opener, but to also have the most followers of any WAFL club on the social media site.

Throughout the season, the club will be providing plenty of news, competitions and interaction via Twitter with the aim of overtaking East Fremantle as the WAFL club with the most followers.

East Fremantle currently has 1420 and Swan Districts is also ahead of the Bulldogs on 950, but South Fremantle always sets its goals high and wants your help to become the most popular WAFL club on Twitter through 2013.

South Fremantle currently has 801 followers followed by West Perth (756), Claremont (742), Subiaco (739), East Perth (709), Perth (599) and Peel (564).

New South Fremantle chief executive Stuart Kemp is behind the initiative and is only too happy to give away some highly sought after prizes to anyone who follows the club on Twitter.

Anyone who follows @SFFCBulldogs between now and the start of the season to help reach 1000 followers will go into the draw to win the terrific prizes.

"One of our main focuses this year is to engage our members and fans using social media," Kemp said.

"We are very excited about communicating better to our Bulldogs and want to reach 1000 followers before the start of the season.

"With this in mind the South Fremantle Football Club will give away two tickets for a lunch to a Bulldogs President's Function during the year and two tickets to an Eagles game or a Dockers game.  Tell all of your friends."

Hasleby happy with Bulldogs' season preparation

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 1:19 PM

SOUTH Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby was impressed with his team's final pre-season hit out against Swan Districts on Saturday to head into this week's Round 1 clash with Claremont at Claremont Oval.
South Fremantle led Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval by a point at half-time and then booted 11 goals to four in the second to run out 41-point victors.
After being relatively unimpressed in much of what he saw over the first two pre-season matches, Hasleby was glad to see the team put in a much-improved showing against Swans to gear up for the season proper that kicks off against the reigning premier Claremont this Saturday.
"In the first half we were executing what we were trying to do 90 per cent of the time but were giving them some easy goals coming out of our back 50," Hasleby said.
"In the second half we eradicated that and got it out of the game, and that's why we put it on the scoreboard but the effort was there for the four quarters and that's what we've been asking for.
"We can have all the game plans in the world but unless the effort and intensity's there, we can't perform but we did well for the most part this week."
Even though South Fremantle lost its opening two pre-season games to Perth and West Perth, Hasleby wasn’t too concerned as players like Paul Mugambwa, Andrew McCarrey and Brendon Gulley had just come back from interrupted pre-seasons.
With Warrick Andreoli, Anthony Collica, John Sgherza, Adam Carter and Shaun Bewick still to come into the line-up as well, Hasleby has no doubt the Bulldogs will keep building early in the 2013 season.
"The last couple of weeks haven’t been that enjoyable, but we always knew that we weren’t going to put our best side together until Round 4 to be reasonable with a couple of guys still to come back in and another couple who had interrupted pre-seasons like Gumby, McCarrey and Gulley," he said.
"The more time these guys spend together then we think we will be very competitive this year and we got some confidence out of this week that we need to take into Claremont now."
Former Port Adelaide midfielder Mitch Banner and Claremont big man Alistair Gillespie are two of South Fremantle's top recruits for 2013 and were tremendous in Saturday's win over Swans.
Banner gathered 26 possessions and kicked two goals in the midfield while between the ruck and up forward, Gillespie ended up with 15 touches, five marks, five hit outs and two goals.
Hasleby is excited by what both will be offering throughout 2013 for South Fremantle.
"He's (Banner) had two good games, the second one was pretty ordinary. His attacking ability is first-class and he gets his hand on the ball a lot for a high-possession rate and he does know how to get on the end of it to kick some goals. He has been a really good recruit for us so far," Hasleby said.
"Gillespie really started to show some of his best form as well particularly in the ruck to give us that extra midfielder around the ball. He would have had six or seven inside 50s himself and he looked good."
While Gillespie will provide a strong forward target while helping out Tighe in the ruck, deeper in the forward-line worked well on Saturday as well with West Coast forward Ashton Hams booting five goals and last year's Bernie Naylor Medallist Ben Saunders three.
Hasleby was glad with how the pair worked together and is confident Saunders is ready for another strong season, but for Hams' sake hopes he doesn’t see too much of him. He'll gladly have him whenever offered though.
"Saundo is another one who has been interrupted with his pre-season and he only came back just before the first round of pre-season, but he always bobs up to kick goals and all we ask of him is great effort and for his tackling pressure because we know the goals will come," he said.
"Hamsy was terrific and it certainly puts him back in the mix for the West Coast Eagles team. I hope for his sake we don’t see him very often, but that's all dependant on his performance.
"If he kicks five goals every week he will be back in the Eagles line-up quick smart I will think, so we'll see how he goes but we love having him down at South Fremantle."
The South Fremantle midfield undoubtedly is looking strong for 2013 with the additions of Banner, Reece Adams and Mitch Carter, return from injury of Toby Bairstow and with captain Ryan Cook, Haiden Schloithe and Adam Guglielmana to come back into the side for Round 1 who didn’t play against Swan Districts.
However, once again 279-game WAFL veteran Kris Miller is leading the way and picked up another 22 possessions on Saturday against Swans to show he's ready for another strong campaign.
"There's a lot of competition in our midfield for spots and we had Cook and Guglielmana who didn’t play this week, and we have Collica to come on and everyone knows that they need to play well," he said.
"Millsy's in that boat. We played him in the forward-line the first couple of games to give other guys the opportunity, but he was back in there this week and he's certainly very smart around the clearances and knows what we are trying to do. Hopefully he can have another good year.
"It probably happened by accident because we lost Schloithe on Friday and we needed another wingman, so we gave Mitch (Carter) a go there and he had six inside 50s in the first half. We know he has a long kick and he just kicks it over the opposition defence and puts us in a strong position. We have been really happy with the way he's been going."
Overall now that the pre-season is over with Round 1 just days away, Hasleby has been pleased with how the whole campaign has gone to get ready for the 2013 season with the physical condition of his squad vastly improved on what he inherited last year when he was appointed coach.
"We've had a big focus on our pre-season remembering last year that I wasn’t here for the planning stage of pre-season," Hasleby said.
"With Mike Vegar coming on board we think we are fitter than last year, we are certainly stronger for spending time in the gym and now against Swans we put it out on the oval into match play how we wanted.
"We think that's going to hold us in very good stead not just for the first few games, but over the whole season and the preparation has been geared on having us cherry ripe come the end of it."
By Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby was impressed with his team's final pre-season hit out against Swan Districts on Saturday to head into this week's Round 1 clash with Claremont at Claremont Oval.

South Fremantle led Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval by a point at half-time and then booted 11 goals to four in the second to run out 41-point victors.

After being relatively unimpressed in much of what he saw over the first two pre-season matches, Hasleby was glad to see the team put in a much-improved showing against Swans to gear up for the season proper that kicks off against the reigning premier Claremont this Saturday.

"In the first half we were executing what we were trying to do 90 per cent of the time but were giving them some easy goals coming out of our back 50," Hasleby said.

"In the second half we eradicated that and got it out of the game, and that's why we put it on the scoreboard but the effort was there for the four quarters and that's what we've been asking for.

"We can have all the game plans in the world but unless the effort and intensity's there, we can't perform but we did well for the most part this week."

Even though South Fremantle lost its opening two pre-season games to Perth and West Perth, Hasleby wasn’t too concerned as players like Paul Mugambwa, Andrew McCarrey and Brendon Gulley had just come back from interrupted pre-seasons.

With Warrick Andreoli, Anthony Collica, John Sgherza, Adam Carter and Shaun Bewick still to come into the line-up as well, Hasleby has no doubt the Bulldogs will keep building early in the 2013 season.

"The last couple of weeks haven’t been that enjoyable, but we always knew that we weren’t going to put our best side together until Round 4 to be reasonable with a couple of guys still to come back in and another couple who had interrupted pre-seasons like Gumby, McCarrey and Gulley," he said.

"The more time these guys spend together then we think we will be very competitive this year and we got some confidence out of this week that we need to take into Claremont now."

Former Port Adelaide midfielder Mitch Banner and Claremont big man Alistair Gillespie are two of South Fremantle's top recruits for 2013 and were tremendous in Saturday's win over Swans.

Banner gathered 26 possessions and kicked two goals in the midfield while between the ruck and up forward, Gillespie ended up with 15 touches, five marks, five hit outs and two goals.

Hasleby is excited by what both will be offering throughout 2013 for South Fremantle.

"He's (Banner) had two good games, the second one was pretty ordinary. His attacking ability is first-class and he gets his hand on the ball a lot for a high-possession rate and he does know how to get on the end of it to kick some goals. He has been a really good recruit for us so far," Hasleby said.

"Gillespie really started to show some of his best form as well particularly in the ruck to give us that extra midfielder around the ball. He would have had six or seven inside 50s himself and he looked good."

While Gillespie will provide a strong forward target while helping out Tighe in the ruck, deeper in the forward-line worked well on Saturday as well with West Coast forward Ashton Hams booting five goals and last year's Bernie Naylor Medallist Ben Saunders three.

Hasleby was glad with how the pair worked together and is confident Saunders is ready for another strong season, but for Hams' sake hopes he doesn’t see too much of him. He'll gladly have him whenever offered though.

"Saundo is another one who has been interrupted with his pre-season and he only came back just before the first round of pre-season, but he always bobs up to kick goals and all we ask of him is great effort and for his tackling pressure because we know the goals will come," he said.

"Hamsy was terrific and it certainly puts him back in the mix for the West Coast Eagles team. I hope for his sake we don’t see him very often, but that's all dependant on his performance.

"If he kicks five goals every week he will be back in the Eagles line-up quick smart I will think, so we'll see how he goes but we love having him down at South Fremantle."

The South Fremantle midfield undoubtedly is looking strong for 2013 with the additions of Banner, Reece Adams and Mitch Carter, return from injury of Toby Bairstow and with captain Ryan Cook, Haiden Schloithe and Adam Guglielmana to come back into the side for Round 1 who didn’t play against Swan Districts.

However, once again 279-game WAFL veteran Kris Miller is leading the way and picked up another 22 possessions on Saturday against Swans to show he's ready for another strong campaign.

"There's a lot of competition in our midfield for spots and we had Cook and Guglielmana who didn’t play this week, and we have Collica to come on and everyone knows that they need to play well," he said.

"Millsy's in that boat. We played him in the forward-line the first couple of games to give other guys the opportunity, but he was back in there this week and he's certainly very smart around the clearances and knows what we are trying to do. Hopefully he can have another good year.

"It probably happened by accident because we lost Schloithe on Friday and we needed another wingman, so we gave Mitch (Carter) a go there and he had six inside 50s in the first half. We know he has a long kick and he just kicks it over the opposition defence and puts us in a strong position. We have been really happy with the way he's been going."

Overall now that the pre-season is over with Round 1 just days away, Hasleby has been pleased with how the whole campaign has gone to get ready for the 2013 season with the physical condition of his squad vastly improved on what he inherited last year when he was appointed coach.

"We've had a big focus on our pre-season remembering last year that I wasn’t here for the planning stage of pre-season," Hasleby said.

"With Mike Vegar coming on board we think we are fitter than last year, we are certainly stronger for spending time in the gym and now against Swans we put it out on the oval into match play how we wanted.

"We think that's going to hold us in very good stead not just for the first few games, but over the whole season and the preparation has been geared on having us cherry ripe come the end of it."

By Chris Pike

Corporate Classic Results 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 9:09 AM

A big THANK YOU to all the Businesses that supported the South Fremantle Corporate Classic 20th Anniversary celebrations!

Congratulations to the following winners.

1st Place

Metwest Steel

Peter Johnson

 

2nd Place

CETCO Oilfield Services

Matthew Bradnock

 

3rd Place

Stripe Master

David Craggs

 

 

Dominant second half sets up Bulldogs' win

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 10:54 PM

SOUTH Fremantle geared up for Round 1 of the WAFL season with an impressive 41-point victory over Swan Districts in the final pre-season hit out at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.
The Bulldogs led by a point at half-time against Swans but then played their best half of the pre-season campaign booting 11 goals to four in the second half to end up 18.8 (116) to 11.9 (75) winners.
South Fremantle now turns its attention to Round 1 of the home and away season of 2013 which begins this Saturday against two-time reigning premier Claremont at Claremont Oval.
Coming off pre-season games against Perth and West Perth where there were some good signs but South Fremantle didn’t come out on the winning side of, the Bulldogs put in a vastly improved outing against a Swan Districts team coming off a preliminary final appearance in 2012.
South Fremantle was far more efficient throughout the game on Saturday in hot conditions at Fremantle Oval.
Despite Swans having 18 more disposals and 32 extra marks throughout the game, the Bulldogs won by 41 points, had six more scoring shots and dominated around the stoppages with 35 clearances to 24.
The Bulldogs' forward-line worked well and took advantage of the good work from further up the field.
Ashton Hams sent a message to West Coast coach John Worsfold that he should be considered for Round 1 of the AFL season against Fremantle by kicking five goals from 13 possessions.
Last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the league's leading goalkicker Ben Saunders also booted three goals and Claremont recruit Alistair Gillespie two.
Gillespie finished with 15 possessions, five marks, five hit outs and four inside-50 entries as well as coach Paul Hasleby used him both at centre half-forward and in the ruck.
Port Adelaide recruit Mitch Banner was also terrific as he has been right throughout the pre-season.
The 22-year-old who played 19 AFL games with the Power picked up 26 possessions, took six marks, had six clearances, three inside-50 entries, five rebounds from defensive 50 and kicked two goals in a best on ground performance.
Kris Miller was another midfielder to continue his strong pre-season with the 279-game WAFL veteran showing no signs of slowing down picking up with 22 disposals to go with three clearances and three inside 50s.
Mitch Carter has returned to South Fremantle this season from Carlton and joined the leadership group, and played well on Saturday on the wing in a role that Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe was set to play before being pulled out by the Dockers. Carter had 18 disposals and 10 inside-50 entries.
Returning 139-game veteran Craig White played well also picking 18 possessions while Alex Grima gathered 17, Sean Lynch 15, Toby Bairstow 14 and Adam McIntosh 13.
Ruckman Sean Tighe finished with 11 possessions, 17 hit outs, four clearances and a goal as well.
South Fremantle was without captain Ryan Cook as well as Adam Guglielmana, Nick Borovac, Schloithe and Jayden Woods who will likely come in on Saturday to take on Claremont.
Warrick Andreoli, John Sgherza, Shaun Bewick, Anthony Collica and Lewis Harvey are still working their way back.
By Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle geared up for Round 1 of the WAFL season with an impressive 41-point victory over Swan Districts in the final pre-season hit out at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

The Bulldogs led by a point at half-time against Swans but then played their best half of the pre-season campaign booting 11 goals to four in the second half to end up 18.8 (116) to 11.9 (75) winners.

South Fremantle now turns its attention to Round 1 of the home and away season of 2013 which begins this Saturday against two-time reigning premier Claremont at Claremont Oval.

Coming off pre-season games against Perth and West Perth where there were some good signs but South Fremantle didn’t come out on the winning side of, the Bulldogs put in a vastly improved outing against a Swan Districts team coming off a preliminary final appearance in 2012.

South Fremantle was far more efficient throughout the game on Saturday in hot conditions at Fremantle Oval.

Despite Swans having 18 more disposals and 32 extra marks throughout the game, the Bulldogs won by 41 points, had six more scoring shots and dominated around the stoppages with 35 clearances to 24.

The Bulldogs' forward-line worked well and took advantage of the good work from further up the field.

Ashton Hams sent a message to West Coast coach John Worsfold that he should be considered for Round 1 of the AFL season against Fremantle by kicking five goals from 13 possessions.

Last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the league's leading goalkicker Ben Saunders also booted three goals and Claremont recruit Alistair Gillespie two.

Gillespie finished with 15 possessions, five marks, five hit outs and four inside-50 entries as well as coach Paul Hasleby used him both at centre half-forward and in the ruck.

Port Adelaide recruit Mitch Banner was also terrific as he has been right throughout the pre-season.

The 22-year-old who played 19 AFL games with the Power picked up 26 possessions, took six marks, had six clearances, three inside-50 entries, five rebounds from defensive 50 and kicked two goals in a best on ground performance.

Kris Miller was another midfielder to continue his strong pre-season with the 279-game WAFL veteran showing no signs of slowing down picking up with 22 disposals to go with three clearances and three inside 50s.

Mitch Carter has returned to South Fremantle this season from Carlton and joined the leadership group, and played well on Saturday on the wing in a role that Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe was set to play before being pulled out by the Dockers. Carter had 18 disposals and 10 inside-50 entries.

Returning 139-game veteran Craig White played well also picking 18 possessions while Alex Grima gathered 17, Sean Lynch 15, Toby Bairstow 14 and Adam McIntosh 13.

Ruckman Sean Tighe finished with 11 possessions, 17 hit outs, four clearances and a goal as well.

South Fremantle was without captain Ryan Cook as well as Adam Guglielmana, Nick Borovac, Schloithe and Jayden Woods who will likely come in on Saturday to take on Claremont.

Warrick Andreoli, John Sgherza, Shaun Bewick, Anthony Collica and Lewis Harvey are still working their way back.

By Chris Pike