Colts Report - Round 7

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 11:02 PM

ALTHOUGH disappointed in going down to the arch enemy East Fremantle on Friday evening, the Colts team showed good signs in their endeavour and learning to play with greater intensity.

It is pleasing to see some of the younger members of the team looking to express their opinion on what the team needs to do to succeed. I am encouraged by the efforts of most players and the fact that they showed honest pain on what is a bitter loss to the traditional foe.

The SFFC Colts program has become a benchmark and other sides continually look to raise their efforts when confronted by the red and whites. With our new young group still coming to grips with the new game style and WAFL intensity, I am confident that we are on the correct path in developing footballers of the future, that will be of the correct breed, that will propel our club back to its best very soon.

Friday evening's game showed many good traits with goal accuracy not being one of them. By missing our shots on goal early we failed to apply scoreboard pressure on the opposition and in turn placed ourselves in a tough situation. With our early dominance came good players that were consistent all evening as the game progressed.

Our captain Ben Sokol lead the way with numerous possessions and bringing teammates into the contest. Blaine Johnson and Cameron McCarthy were always a threat up forward and gave good presentation up forward. The reliable Bradd McPhail lead the backline, he along with debutant Jack McMasters and Mathew Gundry repelled the opposition forward runs and turned defence into attack.

We look forward to seeing a more confident and eager side this week as we take on East Perth at Medibank. Congratulations to Jack Mac and Anthony Nodari on their first games with the Colts team.

Arthur Maskos
SFFC Colts Coach

Lucky Lottery - Draw 3

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 10:58 PM

Congratulations to the following members:

Trevor Hackett     299
Lorenzo Fortini     239
Rodney Palmer    516
Marion Reid         566
Graeme Shortte   618

Bulldogs go down in front of big Anzac Day crowd

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:20 PM

SOUTH Fremantle and East Fremantle paid tribute to Anzac Day with a crowd of 5120 turning out to Fremantle Oval for the occasion on Thursday, but it was the Sharks who prevailed by 29 points.
The Fremantle derby on Anzac Day has now become one of the traditional fixtures on the WAFL calendar and the game on Thursday was played in honour of Sir Hughie Edwards and after a tight first two and-a-half quarters, East Fremantle worked on top and won 12.11 (83) to 7.12 (54).
Even though East Fremantle kicked the first goal of the game through West Coast's Brad Dick, South Fremantle picked up the momentum with the next three goals firstly to Mitch Banner and then two in three minutes to John Sgherza.
The Sharks got a couple of goals back before quarter-time, but the Bulldogs had started well and were still three points in front at the first change.
Sgherza then added his third goal for South Fremantle to start off the second term in perfect fashion to stretch the home side's lead back out to eight points.
The Sharks got a couple of goals back to assume the lead soon after, but then the Bulldogs pulled off a good passage of play with ruckman Sean Tighe getting over the back in the forward 50 and dishing off to Alistair Gillespie who ran into the open the goal.
After dishing off the handball, Tighe laid a solid shepherd but nobody at the ground except the officiating umpire thought the ruckman made high contact on his opponent and Gillespie's goal was cancelled.
Immediately, East Fremantle whisked the ball down the other end and Eagle Brad Sheppard goaled to put his team 10 points up when it should have been South Fremantle in front.
That decision shifted momentum in the Sharks' favour and Sean Henson added another goal just minutes later to stretch their lead to 16 points before the Bulldogs got it back to just nine by half-time thanks to a late goal to Kingsley Smith.
South Fremantle then started the third quarter in scintillating fashion with quick goals to Banner and Sgherza to see the Bulldogs hit the front, but things didn’t pan out from there with the Sharks kicking the derby's last five goals to win by 29 points.
Port Adelaide recruit Banner was outstanding for South Fremantle in his best performance for the Bulldogs in his first season at the club. He finished with 34 possessions, five marks, eight tackles, five inside 50s and two goals.
Sgherza also showed why he was so missed in the early rounds after an injury-interrupted pre-season getting the better of his battle with state defender Andrew Stephen, and kicking four goals and putting on good pressure with five tackles.
Bulldogs captain Ryan Cook again worked tirelessly with 29 possessions and five inside-50 entries while veteran Kris Miller was also a strong performer against his former side with 26 disposals, five marks, five tackles and four inside 50s.
Toby Bairstow collected 25 disposals, Haiden Schloithe 21 and Sean Tighe worked hard in the ruck having the better of his battle against East Fremantle pair Cameron Symonds and Fraser MacDougall. Tighe finished with 15 touches and 27 hit outs.
South Fremantle's back-line held up the best it could as the night unfolded with Nick Borovac, Brendon Gulley, Dylan Ross and Adam McIntosh doing all they could.
The reserves got the day off to a perfect start for South Fremantle winning 14.8 (92) to 11.9 (75) over East Fremantle.
Kaiden Matera kicked three goals for the Bulldogs with Dale Hamilton and Simon Panizza adding two apiece. Sam Lowrie picked up 31 possessions, seven marks, seven inside 50s and a goal with Brendan Verrier finishing with 24 disposals, Shannon Burnett 21 and Rhys D'Alton 20.
Justin Monaco again showed good signs against his former team and in just his second appearance for the Bulldogs this season with 13 touches, seven marks and a goal.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.3 5.6 7.8 7.12 (54)
EAST FREMANTLE 3.0 7.3 10.11 12.11 (83)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Sgherza 4; Banner 2; Smith.
Best: Banner, Sgherza, Cook, Miller, Tighe, Borovac, Schloithe.
EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: Henson 4; Lester-Smith, Dick 2; Hadley, O'Brien, Sheppard, Simpson.
Best: McGough, Bayliss, Henson, O'Brien, Cooper, Dodd, Jupp.
By Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle and East Fremantle paid tribute to Anzac Day with a crowd of 5120 turning out to Fremantle Oval for the occasion on Thursday, but it was the Sharks who prevailed by 29 points.

The Fremantle derby on Anzac Day has now become one of the traditional fixtures on the WAFL calendar and the game on Thursday was played in honour of Sir Hughie Edwards and after a tight first two and-a-half quarters, East Fremantle worked on top and won 12.11 (83) to 7.12 (54).

Even though East Fremantle kicked the first goal of the game through West Coast's Brad Dick, South Fremantle picked up the momentum with the next three goals firstly to Mitch Banner and then two in three minutes to John Sgherza.

The Sharks got a couple of goals back before quarter-time, but the Bulldogs had started well and were still three points in front at the first change.

Sgherza then added his third goal for South Fremantle to start off the second term in perfect fashion to stretch the home side's lead back out to eight points.

The Sharks got a couple of goals back to assume the lead soon after, but then the Bulldogs pulled off a good passage of play with ruckman Sean Tighe getting over the back in the forward 50 and dishing off to Alistair Gillespie who ran into the open the goal.

After dishing off the handball, Tighe laid a solid shepherd but nobody at the ground except the officiating umpire thought the ruckman made high contact on his opponent and Gillespie's goal was cancelled.

Immediately, East Fremantle whisked the ball down the other end and Eagle Brad Sheppard goaled to put his team 10 points up when it should have been South Fremantle in front.

That decision shifted momentum in the Sharks' favour and Sean Henson added another goal just minutes later to stretch their lead to 16 points before the Bulldogs got it back to just nine by half-time thanks to a late goal to Kingsley Smith.

South Fremantle then started the third quarter in scintillating fashion with quick goals to Banner and Sgherza to see the Bulldogs hit the front, but things didn’t pan out from there with the Sharks kicking the derby's last five goals to win by 29 points.

Port Adelaide recruit Banner was outstanding for South Fremantle in his best performance for the Bulldogs in his first season at the club. He finished with 34 possessions, five marks, eight tackles, five inside 50s and two goals.

Sgherza also showed why he was so missed in the early rounds after an injury-interrupted pre-season getting the better of his battle with state defender Andrew Stephen, and kicking four goals and putting on good pressure with five tackles.

Bulldogs captain Ryan Cook again worked tirelessly with 29 possessions and five inside-50 entries while veteran Kris Miller was also a strong performer against his former side with 26 disposals, five marks, five tackles and four inside 50s.

Toby Bairstow collected 25 disposals, Haiden Schloithe 21 and Sean Tighe worked hard in the ruck having the better of his battle against East Fremantle pair Cameron Symonds and Fraser MacDougall. Tighe finished with 15 touches and 27 hit outs.

South Fremantle's back-line held up the best it could as the night unfolded with Nick Borovac, Brendon Gulley, Dylan Ross and Adam McIntosh doing all they could.

The reserves got the day off to a perfect start for South Fremantle winning 14.8 (92) to 11.9 (75) over East Fremantle.

Kaiden Matera kicked three goals for the Bulldogs with Dale Hamilton and Simon Panizza adding two apiece. Sam Lowrie picked up 31 possessions, seven marks, seven inside 50s and a goal with Brendan Verrier finishing with 24 disposals, Shannon Burnett 21 and Rhys D'Alton 20.

Justin Monaco again showed good signs against his former team and in just his second appearance for the Bulldogs this season with 13 touches, seven marks and a goal.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.3 5.6 7.8 7.12 (54)

EAST FREMANTLE 3.0 7.3 10.11 12.11 (83)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Sgherza 4; Banner 2; Smith.

Best: Banner, Sgherza, Cook, Miller, Tighe, Borovac, Schloithe.

EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: Henson 4; Lester-Smith, Dick 2; Hadley, O'Brien, Sheppard, Simpson.

Best: McGough, Bayliss, Henson, O'Brien, Cooper, Dodd, Jupp.

By Chris Pike

Round 7 ANZAC Day Preview v East Fremantle

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 8:45 PM

SOUTH Fremantle hosts the first Fremantle derby this ANZAC Day at Fremantle Oval with bounce down at 4.15pm with the Bulldogs out to knock off the Sharks to record their first win of 2013.

The Bulldogs might have lost their first five games of the season, but derbies in history have always been home to some of the great upset results and a win this ANZAC Day at Fremantle Oval would be just the tonic to get South Fremantle's 2013 season off and running.
South Fremantle loses former Shark and experienced swingman Andrew McCarrey to a knee injury with Adam McIntosh and Jacob Martinez pressing to return after strong showings in the reserves last week against Subiaco.
Premiership midfielder Reece Adams is also a chance to return after resting his aching body last week against the Lions while Tim Kelly is pressing for a debut and what better occasion for the youngster to get his opportunity. 
The ANZAC Day derby will be the fifth straight year that the two clubs have met to commemorate the occasion and already the tradition has built quite the rich history.
The first meeting was perhaps the most memorable of all back in 2009 in front of 5484 people at Fremantle Oval when the Bulldogs stormed home to win by six points.
It was a controversial finish with East Fremantle's Rob Young penalised for a dubious deliberate out of bounds call deep in his defensive pocket with scores tied and only seconds left on the clock.
Toby Bairstow took the resultant free-kick, snapped the goal right through the middle and South Fremantle celebrated a thrilling victory on its way to the premiership of that year.
It was onto East Fremantle Oval in 2010 where the Sharks were impressive winning by 46 points in front of another healthy crowd of 3335.
It was back to Fremantle Oval in 2011 and 4225 people attended to see the Bulldogs impress with a 29-point win on the way to another finals appearance in John Dimmer's last season as coach.
Last year's ANZAC Day fixture was one to forget for the Bulldogs, though, with the Sharks running out 85-point winners at East Fremantle Oval with 2408 fans watching on.
Hasleby is proud of the fact that there is now a traditional Fremantle derby on ANZAC Day and feels there's no better occasion for his young side to get the chance to show what they are made of.
"I love getting to play on any big occasion like this where you get to run out in front of a bigger crowd than normal, but to also play your part in being respectful to the ANZAC's and what they did," Hasleby said.
"It's great for a young player to experience that emotion of going out there and battling with your teammates. We are all mates and we need to stick together, and find a way to fight through this."
When Hasleby played one season in the WAFL with South Fremantle after his AFL career with Fremantle he played on ANZAC Day for the Bulldogs in 2011, but it was his first derby back in 1999 that he will never forget.
He was playing for East Fremantle that day and played alongside the late Chris Mainwaring, Earl Spalding, Scott Spalding, Marshall Stockden, Wayne Allard, Brad Pozzi, Stephen Bilcich and even current Bulldog Kris Miller. South Fremantle did win by four points though.
He is now hoping that his young group can make this year's ANZAC Day derby a day that they won't forget for all the right reasons as well.
"My very first derby had 15,000 people there packed into Fremantle Oval and it was an experience that I have never forgotten," Hasleby said.
"I'm not sure we will get 15,000 this week, but to play in front of a bigger crowd than normal is as close as we get to playing in a finals-like atmosphere. That will hold these young guys in good stead so the more chances we get to do it the better."
By Chris PikeSOUTH Fremantle hosts the first Fremantle derby this ANZAC Day at Fremantle Oval with bounce down at 4.15pm with the Bulldogs out to knock off the Sharks to record their first win of 2013.

The Bulldogs might have lost their first five games of the season, but derbies in history have always been home to some of the great upset results and a win this ANZAC Day at Fremantle Oval would be just the tonic to get South Fremantle's 2013 season off and running.

South Fremantle loses former Shark and experienced swingman Andrew McCarrey to a knee injury with Adam McIntosh and Jacob Martinez pressing to return after strong showings in the reserves last week against Subiaco.

Premiership midfielder Reece Adams is also a chance to return after resting his aching body last week against the Lions while Tim Kelly is pressing for a debut and what better occasion for the youngster to get his opportunity.

The ANZAC Day derby will be the fifth straight year that the two clubs have met to commemorate the occasion and already the tradition has built quite the rich history.

The first meeting was perhaps the most memorable of all back in 2009 in front of 5484 people at Fremantle Oval when the Bulldogs stormed home to win by six points.

It was a controversial finish with East Fremantle's Rob Young penalised for a dubious deliberate out of bounds call deep in his defensive pocket with scores tied and only seconds left on the clock.

Toby Bairstow took the resultant free-kick, snapped the goal right through the middle and South Fremantle celebrated a thrilling victory on its way to the premiership of that year.

It was onto East Fremantle Oval in 2010 where the Sharks were impressive winning by 46 points in front of another healthy crowd of 3335.

It was back to Fremantle Oval in 2011 and 4225 people attended to see the Bulldogs impress with a 29-point win on the way to another finals appearance in John Dimmer's last season as coach.

Last year's ANZAC Day fixture was one to forget for the Bulldogs, though, with the Sharks running out 85-point winners at East Fremantle Oval with 2408 fans watching on.

Hasleby is proud of the fact that there is now a traditional Fremantle derby on ANZAC Day and feels there's no better occasion for his young side to get the chance to show what they are made of.

"I love getting to play on any big occasion like this where you get to run out in front of a bigger crowd than normal, but to also play your part in being respectful to the ANZAC's and what they did," Hasleby said.

"It's great for a young player to experience that emotion of going out there and battling with your teammates. We are all mates and we need to stick together, and find a way to fight through this."

When Hasleby played one season in the WAFL with South Fremantle after his AFL career with Fremantle he played on ANZAC Day for the Bulldogs in 2011, but it was his first derby back in 1999 that he will never forget.

He was playing for East Fremantle that day and played alongside the late Chris Mainwaring, Earl Spalding, Scott Spalding, Marshall Stockden, Wayne Allard, Brad Pozzi, Stephen Bilcich and even current Bulldog Kris Miller. South Fremantle did win by four points though.

He is now hoping that his young group can make this year's ANZAC Day derby a day that they won't forget for all the right reasons as well.

"My very first derby had 15,000 people there packed into Fremantle Oval and it was an experience that I have never forgotten," Hasleby said.

"I'm not sure we will get 15,000 this week, but to play in front of a bigger crowd than normal is as close as we get to playing in a finals-like atmosphere. That will hold these young guys in good stead so the more chances we get to do it the better."

By Chris Pike

Hasleby wants big response on ANZAC Day

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 5:10 AM

SOUTH Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby is glad the Bulldogs have a short turnaround from Saturday's loss to Subiaco before the ANZAC Day derby at Fremantle Oval in the hunt for the first win of 2013.

Hasleby is making no secret that Saturday's 41-point loss to Subiaco was the Bulldogs' most disappointing performance of the season to date, but the positive is that Thursday's clash is just around the corner and offers the South Fremantle players an immediate chance to bounce back.
"It's actually really good to only get a four or five-day break after a result like that so there's a chance to redeem ourselves very quickly. There's no better way to do that than in front of a big crowd against the arch enemy East Fremantle," Hasleby said.
"We were able to overcome them late last year when our backs were against the wall and it's our plan again this week to do whatever we can to upset their finals chances, but also get ourselves back into the mix."
The opening four losses of the season to Claremont, Perth, West Perth and Swan Districts saw enough signs to suggest South Fremantle wasn’t too far off the mark and the Bulldogs had a chance to win each of those matches.
However, the 41-point loss to Subiaco at home last Saturday was a different story, but Hasleby is hoping his players quickly put it behind them now and get ready for the ANZAC Day derby.
"I hope that was an aberration. For the first four weeks there was some terrific effort and there was only a quarter here or a quarter there where we lost the games, but we were completely outclassed and outworked by Subiaco on the weekend," he said.
"The margin was probably even a little bit generous to us and they probably should have won by a little more. That was disappointing to be 0-4 and not give a yelp, but we just need to improve on that going into the big derby."
Hasleby knows that he has a developing group at his disposal and even though every team has off days, when you are inexperienced like the Bulldogs are at present that can be magnified even more.
"All footy teams have days where they are flat and you are off, and we had one of those. When you're not chock full of great players and you're not a great team, you can't get away with it," he said.
"There's no doubt that other sides in the competition have off days, but some of those have real class and depth so they can cover for that. On the weekend we just couldn’t do that and turn it around, which was a bit disappointing."
While losing the first four games was far from fun either, Hasleby is hoping the performance against Subiaco on Saturday hurt the playing group so much that they now simply can't wait to run out onto Fremantle Oval come Thursday to make amends.
"You certainly learn a lot when you lose and the boys should never accept losing and never be happy after a loss," Hasleby said.
"You just have to absolutely hate it and that's the challenge for them is to learn to change their ways and the way we go about thing until we get that win.
"We just have to be desperate and do whatever we can to try and post a win because sometimes when you get a bit of confidence from one win, that can turn into a lot more."
South Fremantle also lost veteran swingman Andrew McCarrey to a torn medial ligament in his right knee during Saturday's game, but the news wasn’t as bad as it could be and he looks set to miss just seven to eight weeks.
"He hasn’t been able to get a good run at it this year and he's been injured in most games he has played so that has limited what he has been able to do during the week," he said.
"I'm a big believer that the training track is where you get a lot of your confidence from. He is going to be a big loss, but it creates an opportunity for somebody else to come in and show what they can do."
Adam McIntosh and Jacob Martinez were both challenged last week to go back to the reserves and get some confidence back, and regain the confidence of the coaching staff and the pair did a tremendous job.
McIntosh finished with 37 possessions and Martinez 27, and Hasleby was pleased with how both handled the demotion.
"Both were terrific and we learn a lot about that from a coaching perspective," he said.
"Sometimes getting dropped isn’t the worst thing and you can go back in one game and not only get confidence in yourself, but instil confidence back into the coaching group.
"Sometimes you leave players in the side for longer thinking that dropping them will damage them, but to go back and get confidence can be a great thing."
Another good sign in the reserves last week was the first performance of the year of former East Fremantle forward Justin Monaco.
He showed what he could do on WA Day last year kicking five goals against the Bulldogs. He has now only been back training for a couple of weeks, but had 19 possessions and seven marks on Saturday. Hasleby knows, though, that his big test comes backing that up against his former side this week.
"We recruited him for a reason and it's good to have him back training. He is coming off a pretty low base so it was a good performance but experience tells me that most players can play a really good game first up," Hasleby said.
"The second and third games are always a bit harder so that will be the challenge for him, but he was hard at the ball, aggressive and ran off well, and we know he has a really good football brainSOUTH Fremantle coach Paul Hasleby is glad the Bulldogs have a short turnaround from Saturday's loss to Subiaco before the ANZAC Day derby at Fremantle Oval in the hunt for the first win of 2013.

Hasleby is making no secret that Saturday's 41-point loss to Subiaco was the Bulldogs' most disappointing performance of the season to date, but the positive is that Thursday's clash is just around the corner and offers the South Fremantle players an immediate chance to bounce back.

"It's actually really good to only get a four or five-day break after a result like that so there's a chance to redeem ourselves very quickly. There's no better way to do that than in front of a big crowd against the arch enemy East Fremantle," Hasleby said.

"We were able to overcome them late last year when our backs were against the wall and it's our plan again this week to do whatever we can to upset their finals chances, but also get ourselves back into the mix."

The opening four losses of the season to Claremont, Perth, West Perth and Swan Districts saw enough signs to suggest South Fremantle wasn’t too far off the mark and the Bulldogs had a chance to win each of those matches.

However, the 41-point loss to Subiaco at home last Saturday was a different story, but Hasleby is hoping his players quickly put it behind them now and get ready for the ANZAC Day derby.

"I hope that was an aberration. For the first four weeks there was some terrific effort and there was only a quarter here or a quarter there where we lost the games, but we were completely outclassed and outworked by Subiaco on the weekend," he said.

"The margin was probably even a little bit generous to us and they probably should have won by a little more. That was disappointing to be 0-4 and not give a yelp, but we just need to improve on that going into the big derby."

Hasleby knows that he has a developing group at his disposal and even though every team has off days, when you are inexperienced like the Bulldogs are at present that can be magnified even more.

"All footy teams have days where they are flat and you are off, and we had one of those. When you're not chock full of great players and you're not a great team, you can't get away with it," he said.

"There's no doubt that other sides in the competition have off days, but some of those have real class and depth so they can cover for that. On the weekend we just couldn’t do that and turn it around, which was a bit disappointing."

While losing the first four games was far from fun either, Hasleby is hoping the performance against Subiaco on Saturday hurt the playing group so much that they now simply can't wait to run out onto Fremantle Oval come Thursday to make amends.

"You certainly learn a lot when you lose and the boys should never accept losing and never be happy after a loss," Hasleby said.

"You just have to absolutely hate it and that's the challenge for them is to learn to change their ways and the way we go about thing until we get that win.

"We just have to be desperate and do whatever we can to try and post a win because sometimes when you get a bit of confidence from one win, that can turn into a lot more."

South Fremantle also lost veteran swingman Andrew McCarrey to a torn medial ligament in his right knee during Saturday's game, but the news wasn’t as bad as it could be and he looks set to miss just seven to eight weeks.

"He hasn’t been able to get a good run at it this year and he's been injured in most games he has played so that has limited what he has been able to do during the week," he said.

"I'm a big believer that the training track is where you get a lot of your confidence from. He is going to be a big loss, but it creates an opportunity for somebody else to come in and show what they can do."

Adam McIntosh and Jacob Martinez were both challenged last week to go back to the reserves and get some confidence back, and regain the confidence of the coaching staff and the pair did a tremendous job.

McIntosh finished with 37 possessions and Martinez 27, and Hasleby was pleased with how both handled the demotion.

"Both were terrific and we learn a lot about that from a coaching perspective," he said.

"Sometimes getting dropped isn’t the worst thing and you can go back in one game and not only get confidence in yourself, but instil confidence back into the coaching group.

"Sometimes you leave players in the side for longer thinking that dropping them will damage them, but to go back and get confidence can be a great thing."

Another good sign in the reserves last week was the first performance of the year of former East Fremantle forward Justin Monaco.

He showed what he could do on WA Day last year kicking five goals against the Bulldogs. He has now only been back training for a couple of weeks, but had 19 possessions and seven marks on Saturday. Hasleby knows, though, that his big test comes backing that up against his former side this week.

"We recruited him for a reason and it's good to have him back training. He is coming off a pretty low base so it was a good performance but experience tells me that most players can play a really good game first up," Hasleby said.

"The second and third games are always a bit harder so that will be the challenge for him, but he was hard at the ball, aggressive and ran off well, and we know he has a really good football brain."

By Chris Pike

Lucky Lottery - Draw 2

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 9:14 PM

Congratulations to the following members:

 

Thomas Maher  30

Vince Standley 637

Santo Pasqua  524

Danny Smith 625

Richard Woodgate 730

Googs' Gabble – Adam Guglielmana column April 24

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 2:35 PM

THE reason I play football is the first few hours after a good win, or even a bad win, if there is such a thing!

You get an opportunity to sit around with your best mates knowing you’ve all worked hard and achieved a common goal. The supporters, coaching staff and players are always much happier after a win, and you don’t feel so bad having a few beers to 'reward' yourself. It’s safe to say there hasn’t been much 'rewarding' going on this year as we currently sit 0-5, but a good win is just around the corner and there’s no better time to start than an ANZAC Day derby.

Somewhat ironically this week I’m writing about the five best wins we’ve had since I started playing senior footy for the club in 2008. To be honest I had a hard time picking my five favourite wins, not because of the sheer number of wins I’ve accumulated in my paltry 58 game career, but because only a few really stick in my memory. The ones that I have included tend to have a common theme, they were against the odds and none of them were easy or massive wins. I can’t remember if I played well in any of them, which probably reflects the great team efforts they were, or maybe I’ve played so badly I’ve suppressed the memories of them.  Anyway, if you’re still reading, in no particular order here are my five most memorable wins at the South Fremantle Football Club.

ROUND 16 2009 V EAST PERTH

This game was on a wet and cold Friday night under lights at Fremantle in winter. We lost a couple players to injury before half-time, at which point we led by 15 points. I remember coming in at half-time being absolutely exhausted due to the physical nature of the game and the fact we had lost a couple of players early. This game could have gone either way at half-time, but this was during a streak of wins against East Perth that had started in 2004 and didn’t end until 2012.

We really thought East Perth could not beat us and we had some great wins in this time. It was also Ray Smithers' 150th game and John Dimmer made it pretty clear at half-time that we could not lose for a guy of Ray’s standing. The second half was a slog but Kyle Hams played as if it was a dry day finishing with 41 touches from half-back. At one stage in the last quarter I have an everlasting memory of East Perth bombing it out of defence the ball landing in Kyle’s arms once again and he just torpedoed it back into our forward 50 as if to say "get this thing away from me, I’m stuffed”.  We ended up winning by 47 points which really showed how much we wanted to honour a guy like Ray on the day he became a life member of the club. 2009 was a special year for the club and this was the catalyst for a great run of form for the league side.

ROUND 1 2010 V EAST PERTH

This was easily the hardest game I’ve ever played in from a physical perspective. Once again it was a slippery and humid Friday night game against East Perth to kick off the season. We lost four players to injury before half-time including important players Toby McGrath and Jaymie Graham. We had a young side in after losing a lot of the previous year’s premiership players to retirement and Joel Palumbo, Anthony Collica and Mitch Carter were all debuting in the Round 1 clash. Once again at half-time John let us know that although we were against the odds he would not accept anything less than a win, and if we won he would put a sign up in the change rooms saying 'Home of the Brave'.

We managed to hold on despite a dramatic last term in which East Perth reduced our lead to only four points with minutes remaining. When the final siren sounded all I felt was relief as we had secured the four points when it looked like we would be over run. No player got a break on the bench in the second half and it really was a phenomenal win considering that especially when you saw plenty of us go down with cramp. We were always chock full of confidence playing East Perth during this run and this was probably the pinnacle of any of the wins we had. John was also true to his half-time words and put a huge sign up in the rooms saying 'Home of the Brave' and it always reminded me of that win.

ROUND 1 2012 V PERTH DEMONS

Going into any season, supporters and players alike carry some expectation and hope that their club is going to have a successful year. In the week leading into the first game and the first in charge for our new coach Paul Hasleby, we watched a few video clips based on the theme 'Never give up' and it proved to be quite prophetic.

I was coming back from a knee reconstruction and had to sit in the stands for this game. It was three quarters of footy that was hard to watch as a south supporter and the home crowd were getting restless. I was sitting with a few ex-players and they voiced their doubts about our fitness and skill level as we trailed at three quarter-time by 50 points. We kicked the first three of the final term as it looked like the boys would at least return a bit of respectability to the scoreboard, but Perth’s Paul Bevan kicked his fourth to seemingly snuff out any chance of victory. Somebody forgot to tell the players that though, as they pegged back the deficit goal by goal until Paul 'Gumby' Mugambwa put us in front at the 28th minute mark of the last quarter with a Ben Saunders goal on the siren extending the winning margin to eight points in one of the best WAFL comebacks of all time.

GRAND FINAL DAY 2009

2009 was an amazing year for the footy club and this day is still the greatest day I’ve had playing football. Unfortunately I had been dropped after the last regular season game of the year and had accepted the fact that if I was to play in a grand final it was to be with the reserves. Luckily enough both the reserves and league side made it to Grand Final day in 2009 and we had an opportunity to win both grades for the first time in many years at South Fremantle. The reserves side was stacked full of talent with guys like Toby Bairstow and Hayden North missing out on selection despite playing league football for the majority of the year. We were never really in doubt and ended up winning the reserves flag by 21 points. The boys were jubilant and excited but we knew that unless the league side won, the spirits around the club would be severely dampened, so we got changed quickly and headed up into the stands.

As it turned out the league boys had an unassailable lead about midway through the third quarter, about the same time the victory drinks really started to affect some of the reserves team. There was a lot of chanting and song singing right up until the end when we stormed the ground after the siren had blown on an 18-point victory. The buzz back at the club that night was unbelievable and I remember trying to sneak off with Ashton Hams (or 'Simpson Medal winner' as he was calling himself at the time) for some shut eye at about 4am but we were sprung by Craig White who was fresh after playing about 10 minutes of the game before breaking his collarbone. Whitey made it pretty clear that the celebrations weren’t over and we had to push through until the end of 'Mad Monday'. It was an unbelievable time to be involved with the footy club and despite it being only my second year in the seniors I could see how much it meant to guys like Kris Miller and Andrew Siegert when I received a text message from the two of them having a beer at 10am at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel, five days after the game.

ROUND 21 2012 V EAST FREMANTLE

Being derby week I thought it would only be fitting if my final choice was a derby win and the best and freshest in my memory is in fact the last derby we played in Round 21 of last year.

After training the night before the game coach Paul Hasleby introduced retiring CEO Brian Ciccotosto to share a few of his thoughts on our opposition East Fremantle. It’s fair to say Cicco’s hatred of East Fremantle ran pretty deep, he spoke with passion about what it meant to represent South Fremantle and about why he disliked East Fremantle so much. He said he had received an invite to attend a lunch in his honour at the ground the following day but he was unsure if he would go as he hadn’t been to Moss St for something like 20 years.

One story Cicco told was that of the 1997 Derby Grand Final that South Fremantle won, he said we should take note of the way that team never gave up, even when they were playing so badly that at three quarter-time the East Fremantle powers that be supposedly sent someone to pipe 'Grand Final winners 1997' on the cake.

The game was a tight one but we could never seem to gain any momentum until halfway through the last quarter, almost exactly like the 1997 grand final as Cicco had explained to us. East Fremantle kicked the first three in the last quarter extending their lead to over 25 points with no more than 15 minutes remaining. Suddenly we got on a roll and were within striking distance reducing the margin to two points with five minutes remaining. All of a sudden Benny Saunders marked about 55m out wheeled around and goaled. Giving us a four point lead we held until the siren.

Hopefully this week the boys can add another win to this list as the supporters and coaches, as well as the players really deserve it. We realise it’s a hard time for the supporters, but please stick with us as we are working hard to turn a bad start to the season into something very special. The group is a really young one, and as long as we stay positive and work hard we can still make the finals, and in a final four format anything can happen.

By Adam Guglielmana

South Fremantle Warriors' 20th Anniversary

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 6:12 AM

The South Fremantle Warriors' 20th Anniversary function will be held on Saturday 15th June, at 6.30pm in the Griff John Function Centre.

Tickets are $40 per head which includes a 3 course meal and entertainment. Drinks can be purchased from the bar.

The SF Warriors' team of two decades will be announced on the evening, as well as the 2013 Jim Hurst Medal Count, plus there will be an auction.

Contact Raelene Foster 0411 592 638 to purchase your tickets!

Bulldogs go down at home to Subiaco

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 4:35 PM

SOUTH Fremantle started strongly but couldn’t keep it going against Subiaco at Fremantle Oval on Saturday with full focus now turned to the ANZAC Day derby this Thursday.

The Bulldogs came out looking terrific in the first quarter kicking four of the first five goals of the game to lead by 17 points late in the opening term, but Subiaco got on top after that to run out 16.17 (113) to 10.12 (72) winners.

The result means that South Fremantle slips to a 0-5 record to remain the only winless team left in the competition after Peel Thunder managed to beat Swan Districts on Sunday in Mandurah.

The bad news continued for the Bulldogs with the 0-5 start being the worst opening to a season since the South Fremantle team of 1965 lost its opening seven matches.

If that wasn’t bad enough, 173-game veteran swingman Andrew McCarrey went down in the third quarter with a serious knee injury, which if scans determine early in the week that he requires a reconstruction could potentially spell the end of the 30-year-old's terrific career.

South Fremantle did start Saturday's game in strong form with Anthony Collica returning to the league side and snapping truly at the three-minute mark for the first goal of the game. That after he kicked four behinds in the reserves last week against Swan Districts.

Alistair Gillespie then got on the end of a terrific passage of play to get the Bulldogs' second goal. Craig White kicked the ball in from a Subiaco behind to Kris Miller who got it on to Alex Grima on the centre who bombed it forward for Gillespie to run onto and soccer it through.

Miller then kicked a good long goal and Mitch Banner added another to give South Fremantle a 17-point advantage at the 24-minute mark of the first quarter.

It was still 11 at quarter-time and the Bulldogs were still in control at the 25-minute mark of the second term after an outstanding running goal from Gillespie to stretch the home side's lead back out to 13 points.

However, Subiaco kicked three late goals just before half-time to lead by a goal at the main break, and then kicked nine goals to the Bulldogs' three in the second half to win by 41 points.

Banner tried hard all day for the Bulldogs racking up 32 possessions to go with seven marks, five tackles and the goal. Captain Ryan Cook spent more time on the ball than the wing and picked up 30 disposals, 10 marks and five entries inside-50.

Miller returned to the side after a one-week suspension and had 24 touches and two goals while Haiden Schloithe picked up 23 disposals and laid eight tackles. Defender Craig White also picked up 23 possessions, Toby Bairstow 22 and ruckman Sean Tighe 19 to go with five marks and 29 hit outs.

Meanwhile, the reserves put in a good performance earlier in the day beating Subiaco 14.6 (90) to 8.8 (56).

Adam McIntosh was outstanding in response to being dropped finishing with 37 possessions, seven marks and six entries inside-50 to do his chances of being recalled for ANZAC Day no harm.

Jacob Martinez also responded well to playing in the reserves picking up 27 possessions while Joe Pantano also had it 26 times, Tim Kelly 24, Rhys D'Alton 19 and Justin Monaco 19 in his first appearance for the Bulldogs since crossing from East Fremantle.

The colts went down by 26 to start the day, though, against Subiaco.

Cameron McCarthy kicked four goals for South Fremantle with Ben Sokol adding three and Matthew Ah Siu two. Tim Stewart racked dup 33 possessions, Bailey Matera 20 and Sokol 18.

SOUTH FREMANTLE                        4.3          7.5          9.6          10.12     (72)

SUBIACO                                             2.4          7.11        11.17     16.17     (113)

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Miller, Collica, Gillespie 2; Smith, Mugambwa, Banner, Sgherza.

Best: Cook, Miller, Banner, White, Tighe, Schloithe.

SUBIACO – Goals: Herring 4; Stevenson 3; Pickett, Bristow 2; Kayler-Thomson, Hampson, Phillips, Mahoney, Phelan.

Best: Kayler-Thomson, Daniels, Hampson, Leishman, Bristow, Sheed, Davey.

By Chris Pike

Round 6 Preview v Subiaco

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:12 AM

SOUTH Fremantle returns to Fremantle Oval this Saturday for the first of two games within five days as the Bulldogs desperately search for their first win of the 2013 WAFL season against Subiaco.

Even though South Fremantle has lost its first four games of the season there has been encouraging signs in each game especially the first half against Claremont, the performance either side of half-time against West Perth, the first and third quarters against Perth and everything outside of the second term last Saturday against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

However the fact is that the Bulldogs have lost those four games largely thanks to falling away in the second half against the Tigers, a slow start against West Perth and then disappointing second terms against both Perth and Swan Districts.

Despite those four losses, South Fremantle has been a chance to win each game and a couple of kicks either way and a bit of luck, and the record could easily be 3-1 but the facts are that it's 0-4 making Saturday's clash with Subiaco a crucial one.

Subiaco hasn’t been in the best of form either so will be equally hungry to win after kicking its lowest ever score against Claremont in a 54-point loss last Friday night. The Lions have only managed a win this season against East Perth while losing to West Perth and East Fremantle.

One win between the Bulldogs and Lions so far this season heading into Round 6 says it all about how determined both sides will be to come away with the four points on Saturday.

For South Fremantle, a win on Saturday will be the perfect lead in to a massive derby against East Fremantle also at Fremantle Oval on ANZAC Day this coming Thursday.

While Adam Guglielmana and Ben Saunders are still among the players on the sideline for the Bulldogs, there are some big inclusions including three-time fairest and best winner Kris Miller after his one-week suspension and dual premiership defender Craig White after he was a late withdrawal last week.

Young midfielder Anthony Collica made a solid return in the reserves last week and is a good chance to come back into the side to take on Subiaco as well with West Coast-listed utility Adam Carter likely to get a chance after also building some form in the reserves over the early weeks of the season.

Warrick Andreoli is the only out at this stage with some good pressure on for spots with those four returnees all likely starters in the 22 meaning that coach Paul Hasleby will have some thinking to do over who makes the cut and who doesn’t to take on Subiaco.

South Fremantle will be especially backing in ruckman Sean Tighe to give his midfielders first use of the ball against Subiaco. Tighe was this week included in the WA squad that will take on Victoria next month while with Callum Sinclair playing for West Coast, Subiaco is without a recognised ruckman.

Last week, captain Aidan Parker and Clancy Wheeler both battled manfully while outmatched against Claremont's Mark Seaby and Mitch Andrews.

Tighe will be looking for another big game against the Subiaco pair with Miller, Collica, Mitch Banner, Ryan Cook, Toby Bairstow, Reece Adams and Haiden Schloithe looking to take full advantage.

By Chris Pike