Mike Sheahan Lunch Wednesday June 19

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 10:12 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIKE SHEAHAN LUNCH

Wednesday June 19

Start – 12.30pm sharp

Tickets are $90

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

MC – The West Australian's Ray Wilson

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

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6:32 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"I feel I'm getting more used to playing in the ruck the longer I keep doing it and I suppose I'm playing against so many different ruckmen so you learn different tricks of the trade from doing that. I'm really enjoying it and the big grounds in WA definitely help me as well," he said.

"It might be nice to go back to playing centre half-back or centre half-forward, but for now I'm happy to play my role for the team. You have to work to your strengths and I've tried to become more of that spreading-type ruckman who picks up possessions and I try to get forward as much as I can.

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

"When I'm not in the ruck I go forward, but I'm just happy to play my role for the team and to keep getting a game. When you play two genuine ruckmen like that all you have to do is have a crack."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

Lucky Lottery Winners - Draw 4

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 11:00 PM

Congratulations to the following members!

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

Bulldogs miss golden opportunity against Royals

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 10:44 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOUTH FREMANTLE 5.7 8.13 10.17 14.18 (102)

EAST PERTH 3.0 5.2 12.7 18.13 (121)

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

Round 8 Preview v East Perth

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 1:04 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

McCarrey fighting to be back ASAP for Bulldogs

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 11:20 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chris Pike

Red and WHITE – Craig White column May 2

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 6:31 AM

 FOR this week's column I thought I would take the opportunity to pick out the best three teammates I've played with in my time here at South Fremantle and then the three toughest opponents I've come up against. It wasn’t easy, but here's what I came up with.

My top three teammates have been Evan Hewitt, Toby McGrath and Peter Bell.

1. EVAN HEWITT

He was just such a smart forward and he taught me a hell of a lot as a kid coming through about where to go and how to run. He was a super big body and made your job as a small forward a lot easier. He never got outmarked and you knew that if he didn’t mark it himself, it was going to ground pretty close to him so playing footy with him was very predictable. He was so solid and hardly ever played a bad game, and was a big part of why we won the 2005 premiership. He was also a good, reliable shot on goal. We had that success of winning in 2005 and then we got beaten in 2006 which is when he finished up. He was a massive loss for us but that was when Callum Wilson stepped up and sort of became the new Evan Hewitt for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. TOBY MCGRATH

I've had the pleasure of playing pretty much all my senior footy with Toby and he is one guy that you just always know what you are going to get with him. When I first started, Toby was our match-winner and led the team very well from the middle and winning a Sandover and Simpson Medal was a massive effort. Then in the later part of his career he was a great leader and teacher, and marshalled the back-line when he was down there and I definitely learned a lot from him in that role. He was such a good teammate and great clubman as well.  It's fair to say he worked hard and played hard as well. He was definitely at the forefront at all the social activities at the club throughout my time and he was a big reason why we got going on a fair few footy trips to some extravagant places.

3. PETER BELL

We were pretty lucky in 2009 to get Belly and 'Wiz' come back and play for us. It was just a short time, but what Belly brought to the club in terms of leadership, his knowledge of the game and ability to teach everyone what was required both on and off the field was enormous. His rehabilitation when injured and his training standards was a real eye-opener to see someone who had been at the top of the elite level. He probably didn’t need to go as hard as he did given his reputation, but he was giving 110 per cent and the boys were really grateful of everything he did. He was a big part of our social activities and was very generous with a few functions that he put on for the boys as well.

Obviously it wasn’t easy to narrow it down to three and the two Hamsy boys and Hayden North were the others who I was contemplating putting in there. I was going to put the two Hams boys in there as third and I thought of Hayden North so they were the three that just missed out.

As far as opponents go, I couldn’t go past Brad Smith from Subi, Paul Ridley from East Perth and then Andrew Krakouer for his year with Swans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. BRAD SMITH

He was a super talent and super-reliable great mark and great kick. He was at the forefront of Subiaco being as strong as they were for so many years. Unfortunately he got a little bit unlucky when he got drafted to the Eagles, but having played a fair bit of my career down back I saw firsthand what he was capable of. He got hold of us in some of those games and you knew he would not miss any time he got a shot on goal. You would pretty much put your head down and walk back to your position when you knew he was having a shot.

2. PAUL RIDLEY

I got the chance to play on Paul Ridley against East Perth and it was just the one season at the twilight of his career. It was my fourth or fifth game and John Dimmer put me down in a back pocket for an initiation and Paul Ridley went to town and kicked six goals on me. David Gault always used to talk about Paul Ridley and then I got to see firsthand what he had done to Gaulty the first time, and he definitely taught me a football lesson that day. The great thing about JD as our coach was that he was willing to back in his players for big jobs like that and more often than not they worked, but that day Riddles turned back the clock a couple of years and pulled my pants down.

3. ANDREW KRAKOUER

That season that he played in 2010 was unbelievable and it was topped off by his A-grade grand final performance. To then see him get a second chance in the AFL and play really good footy was great. At WAFL level at that time, he was untouchable and you couldn’t lay a hand on him or tackle him, and he was very sharp around goals and even kicked a torpedo from the Dockers pocket one day at Freo from only 30 metres out and it still sailed through. That summed him up all over.

By Craig White

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