South Fremantle Football Club

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South Fremantle
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Names
Full name South Fremantle Football Club
Nickname(s) Bulldogs, Souths
2014 season
Premiership 7th
Home-and-away season 7th
Leading goalkicker Ben Saunders (59 goals)
Best and fairest Ryan Cook
Club details
Founded 1900
Colours      Red
     White
Competition West Australian Football League
President Haydn Raitt
CEO Stuart Kemp
Coach Paul Hasleby (2012–2014)
Todd Curley (2015)
Captain(s) Ryan Cook
Premierships 13 (1916, 1917, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1970, 1980, 1997, 2005, 2009)
Ground(s) Fremantle Oval (capacity: 18,000)
Other information
Official website http://www.southfremantlefc.com.au
Guernsey:
Southfremantle guernsey.png

The South Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed the Bulldogs, is an Australian rules football club, based in Fremantle, Western Australia, playing in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). It was formed in 1900 and plays its home games at Fremantle Oval.

History[edit]

The Fremantle Football Club (originally known as Unions and unrelated to either an earlier club and the current AFL club of the same name) had won ten premierships in the fourteen years that they were in the WA Football Association (now known as the West Australian Football League). By 1899, however, the club suffered from financial problems that caused the club to disband. The South Fremantle Football Club was formed to take their place following an application to the league by Griff John, who would be appointed secretary of the new club, with Tom O'Beirne the inaugural president. Most players, however, were from the defunct Fremantle club.[1][2]

The new club did well in its first year, finishing runners-up.[3] However, over the next three seasons the performance fell away badly and, in April 1904 a Fremantle newspaper confidently reported that South Fremantle would not appear again. However, the club decided to carry on and centreman Harry Hodge took over as skipper, but the season was a disaster. The club won only one game.[4]

They won their first premiership in 1916 and went back-to-back in 1917, both times defeating their local rivals, East Fremantle in the final and challenge final.[5] The 1930s were not as successful, marred by the death of the 23-year-old captain-coach Ron Doig as a result of injuries sustained in a match.[6] After World War II, South experienced their greatest era, with the arrival of future Hall of Fame members Steve Marsh, Bernie Naylor, John Todd and Clive Lewington.[7] Between 1945 and 1956 they would win six premierships, be runners-up three times and make the finals in every season. Since then, however, they have won five more premierships, in 1970, 1980, 1997, 2005 and 2009.[8]

South Fremantle was the first WAFL club to have won 10 grand finals since World-War II. Four of their 13 premierships were won against the club's traditional rivals, East Fremantle.

In 2009 South Fremantle's League and Reserves sides won their respective Grand Finals. This was the first time the club had taken the Premiership double since 1954.

Fremantle Derby[edit]

The Fremantle Derby, is traditionally one of the biggest game of the year on the WAFL calendar. The Derby's still have a great following but have decreased in importance compared to the Western Derby, the match between WA's two AFL teams.

The Foundation Day derby on the first Monday in June (a public holiday to mark the Foundation of Western Australia in 1829) is commonly the highest attended game of the home and away season. To the end of the 2006 season the two clubs had met 344 times with South Fremantle winning 156 to East Fremantle's 184 wins, 4 Draws have occurred between the two sides.

The Club[edit]

Club guernsey & colours[edit]

South Fremantle's Guernsey (shown right) used for all WAFL matches is all white with a red V in the centre of the guernsey. During the 1990s they also introduced the reverse of the traditional guernsey with a white V on a red jumper. The South Fremantle colours of red & white stem from the first Fremantle based team who wore red and white in the mid-1880s.

Supporters[edit]

South Fremantle are one of the most supported clubs in the WAFL.

South hold three notable WAFL Grand Final attendance records, 1979 v East Fremantle, 52,781, the highest ever attendance at a WAFL Grand Final, 1975 v West Perth, 52,322, the second highest ever Grand Final attendance and 1989 v Claremont, 38,198, the highest ever Grand Final attendance in the post AFL period.[9]

On Foundation Day v East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval, South played in front of the biggest crowd of the 2009 WAFL home and away season 11,300.[9]

Souths average attendance at home and away fixtures is 3000, which is amongst the highest for the WAFL.[9]

Club song[edit]

"We're the Bulldogs" is the theme song of the South Fremantle Football Club, played as the league team comes to the field at home and away games, and after a victory.

We are the mighty bulldogs
Always fighting on
With victory and flag our goal
With guts and determination
We put the rest to shame
Because our fighting spirit wins the game.
We're the bulldogs (yes we are)
And we're the greatest (yes we are)
The mighty red 'v' which stands for victory
The rough tough bulldogs (yes we are)
South Fremantle (yes we are)
The southerners for ever more
Down by the port of Fremantle
We hit them really hard
With true grit and courage we win
So come on Souths let's show them
How to play the game to win
South Fremantle for ever more
We're the bulldogs (yes we are)
And we're the greatest (yes we are)
The mighty red 'v' which stands for victory
The rough tough bulldogs (yes we are)
South Fremantle (yes we are)
The southerners for ever more.

Honours[edit]

John Dimmer (coach) and David Gault (captain) celebrate after winning the 2005 WAFL Premiership.

Club Honours[edit]

WAFL Premierships: (13 total) 1916, 1917, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1970, 1980, 1997, 2005, 2009

Reserves Premierships:[10] (10 total) 1936, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 2004, 2009

Colts Premierships:[11] (9 total) 1970, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2012

Rodriguez Shield: (6 total) 1983, 1984, 1992, 2001, 2004, 2009

WAFL Wooden Spoons: (12 total) 1904, 1920, 1925, 1936, 1943, 1944, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1987

Individual Honours[edit]

Sandover medallists: (10 total) 1928: Jack Rocchi, 1937: Frank Jenkins, 1947: Clive Lewington, 1952: Steve Marsh, 1955: John Todd, 1980: Stephen Michael, 1981: Stephen Michael, 1986: Mark Bairstow, 1989: Craig Edwards, 2005: Toby McGrath

Tassie Medallists: (3 total) 1983: Stephen Michael, 1984 & 1986: Brad Hardie

All Australians: (6 total) 1953: Steve Marsh, 1956: John Gerovich & Cliff Hillier, 1961: John Todd, 1972: Brian Ciccotosto, 1983: Stephen Michael 1983

Bernie Naylor Medallists: (21 total) Harvey (Duff) Kelly (50) 1905; George (Snowy) Thomas (31) 1910; Bonny Campbell (47) 1922; Sol Lawn (75) 1928 & (96) 1929; Bernie Naylor (131) 1946, (108) 1947, 91 (1948), (147) 1952, (167) 1953, (133) 1954; John Gerovich (74) 1956, (101) 1960 & (74) 1961; Ray Bauskis (108) 1977 & (82) 1978; Craig Edwards (54) 1992; Jon Dorotich (88) 1996 & (114) 1997; Zane Parsons (65) 2002; Ben Saunders (66) 2012 & (59) 2014

Records[edit]

Highest Score: Round 21, 1981 - 40.18 (258) vs. West Perth at Fremantle Oval

Lowest Score: Round 5, 1904 - 0.4 (4) vs. East Fremantle at Fremantle Oval [12]

Greatest Winning Margin: Round 3, 1999 - 195 points vs. Peel at Fremantle Oval

Greatest Losing Margin: Round 1, 1944 - 256 points vs. East Perth at Perth Oval

Most Games: Marty Atkins 266

Most Goals: Bernie Naylor 1,023 (1941, 1946–1954)

Longest winning streak (league): 17 games from Round 2, 1953 to Round 18, 1953

Longest losing streak (league): 18 games from Round 4, 1987 to Round 21, 1987

Most goals in a season: 167 by Bernie Naylor in 1953

Most goals in a game: 23 by Bernie Naylor vs. Subiaco in 1953

Record Home Attendance: Round 10, 1979 - 23,109 vs. East Fremantle

Record Finals Attendance: 1979 Grand Final - 52,781 vs East Fremantle at Subiaco Oval [ Highest Ever WAFL Game Attendance Record]

Notable players and coaches[edit]

Australian Football Hall of Fame[edit]

Six former South Fremantle players are inducted in the Australian Football Hall of Fame. Stephen Michael was the first to be inducted in 1999. Steve Marsh and Peter Matera were both in inducted in 2006 followed by Glen Jakovich in 2008 and Hassa Mann in 2013.[13] John Todd was inducted in the coaches category in 2003.[14]

West Australian Football Hall of Fame[edit]

With the exception of Hassa Mann, each of the South Fremantle players in the Australian Football Hall of Fame is also an inductee in the West Australian Football Hall of Fame, with Marsh and Todd awarded legends status.[15]

South Fremantle Football Club Hall of Fame[edit]

The South Fremantle Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 2011 with an initial induction of 45 players, coaches, administrators and staff from the club's inception in 1900 to 1979. A further induction will occur in 2016 covering the more recent years.[16]

Name Playing career Games for SFFC Achievements with SFFC
Hodge, HarryHarry Hodge 1900-09 100 Club's first 100-game player; Secretary 1902; Treasurer 1902-06
Campbell, JohnnyJohnny Campbell 1916-29 167 1926 Fairest & Best
Lawn, SolSol Lawn 1925-32 123 7-time club leading goalkicker, 2-time WAFL leading goalkicker
Rocchi, JackJack Rocchi 1926-29 63 1928 Sandover Medal; 1928, 29 Fairest & Bests
Doig, RonRon Doig 1927-32 99 Captain; 1932 Captain/Coach
Lewington, NeilNeil Lewington 1936-45 140 1936 Fairest & Best
Jenkins, Frank 'Scranno'Frank 'Scranno' Jenkins 1937-49 150 1937 Sandover Medal; 1947 Simpson Medal; 1937, 38, 39 Fairest & Bests; 1947, 48 Premierships
Reilly, Jack 'Corp'Jack 'Corp' Reilly 1937-51 204 1945 Fairest & Best; 1947, 48, 50 Premierships
Lewington, CliveClive Lewington 1939-51 182 1947 Sandover Medal; 1940, 46, 47 Fairest & Bests; 1950 Simpson Medal; 1947, 48, 50 Premierships; 1950, 52, 53, 54 Premiership Coach
Ingraham, DaveDave Ingraham 1940-51 135 1947 Simpson Medal; 1948 Fairest & Best; 1947, 48, 50 Premierships
Naylor, BernieBernie Naylor 1941-54 194 1162 goals; 10-time club leading goalkicker; 6-time WAFL leading goalkicker; 1953 Fairest & Best; 1947, 48, 50, 52, 53, 54 Premierships
Treasure, FrankFrank Treasure 1942-57 254 Premiership Captain; 1947, 48, 50, 52, 53, 54 Premierships
Eriksson, EricEric Eriksson 1942-54 210 1947 Simpson Medal; 1947, 48, 50, 52, 53 Premiership
Smith, NormNorm Smith 1942-57 129 1950, 52, 53, 54 Premierships
Marsh, SteveSteve Marsh 1945-56 226 1952 Sandover Medal; 1950, 51, 52, 56 Fairest & Bests; 1953 Simpson Medal; 1947, 48, 50, 52, 53, 54 Premierships
Carbon, HarryHarry Carbon 1945-52 141 1947, 50, 52 Premierships
Crabbe, LenLen Crabbe 1946-53 140 1948, 52 Premierships
Tyson, CharlieCharlie Tyson 1948-55, 61 152 1954 Fairest & Best; 1954 Simpson Medal; 1948, 50, 52, 53, 54 Premierships
Green, LaurieLaurie Green 1948-54 99 1949 Fairest & Best; 1948, 50, 53 Premierships
Kelly, DesDes Kelly 1949-54 102 1952 Simpson Medal; 1950, 52, 53, 54 Premierships
Colgan, JohnJohn Colgan 1951-61 220 1953, 54 Premierships
Hillier, CliffCliff Hillier 1951-60 160 1959 Fairest & Best; 1952, 53, 54 Premierships
Richards, RayRay Richards 1951-58 147 1952, 54 Premierships
Parentich, TonyTony Parentich 1952-61 162 1956 Simpson Medal; 1957 Fairest & Best; 1952, 53, 54 Premierships
White, BarryBarry White 1952-61 160 1952, 53, 54 Premierships
Todd, JohnJohn Todd 1955-66 132 1955 Sandover Medal, 1955, 58, 61 Fairest & Bests; 1997 Premiership Coach
Gerovich, JohnJohn Gerovich 1955-69 221 11-time club leading goalkicker; 3-time WAFL leading goalkicker
Scott, GaryGary Scott 1957-69 255 1964 Fairest & Best
Grljusich, TomTom Grljusich 1960-76 258 1968, 72 Fairest & Bests; 1970 Premiership
Ciccotosto, BrianBrian Ciccotosto 1967-78 211 1970 Simpson Medal; 1970 Premiership
McKay, JoeJoe McKay 1974-82 169 1976 Fairest & Best; 1980 Premiership
Rioli, MauriceMaurice Rioli 1975-81, 88-90 168 1980, 1981, 1983 Simpson Medals; 1980 Premiership
Michael, StephenStephen Michael 1975-85 243 1977, 78, 79, 81, 83 Fairest & Bests; 1980, 1981 Sandover Medals; 1983 Simpson Medal; 1980 Premiership, 1983 Tassie Medal
Carter, NoelNoel Carter 1978-85 155 1980, 84 Fairest & Bests; 1980 Premiership Captain
Hardie, BradBrad Hardie 1979-84, 93 140 1984, 86 Simpson Medals; 1982 Fairest & Best; 1980 Premiership; 1985 Brownlow Medal
Officials
John, GriffGriff John Club co-founder 1900
Coates, JoeJoe Coates 1904-08; 43 Committee 1910-11; Head Trainer 1913; Coach 1913-19 (1916, 17 Premiership coach); Secretary 1916-19
Polinelli, JackJack Polinelli Administrator between 1916-66
Fuhrmann, FrankFrank Fuhrmann 1924-31 114 Administrator between 1947-60
Hughes, BillBill Hughes 1925-27 46 Administrator between 1929-71
Collins, BillBill Collins 1926-33 88 Administrator between 1938-66
Harrison, FrankFrank Harrison Administrator between 1929-69
Bottrell, Sr., TomTom Bottrell, Sr. Trainer 47 years; Head Trainer 27 years
Greer, RonRon Greer Administrator between 1955-2011
Reid, Dr DickDr Dick Reid Club doctor for 33 years
source: South Fremantle Football Club 2013 Yearbook, page 54

South Fremantle Indigenous Team of the Century[edit]

During NAIDOC Week in 2009, South Fremantle celebrated their long and extensive link to Indigenous Australians by naming an Indigenous Team of the century from the 78 Indigenous players that had played for them since Jimmy Melbourne first played in 1902. Selected by former club captain and chief executive Brian Ciccotosto, premiership coach Mal Brown and journalist Ray Wilson.[17] Four of the players selected, Stephen Michael, Maurice Rioli, Nicky Winmar and Peter Matera, were also selected in the Australia-wide Indigenous Team of the Century.[18]

South Fremantle Indigenous Team of the Century
B: Roger Hayden Shannon Cox Ashley McGrath
HB: Willie Roe Basil Campbell Toby McGrath
C: Peter Matera Maurice Rioli Nicky Winmar
HF: Benny Vigona Stevan Jackson Dean Rioli
F: Jeff Farmer Mark Williams Phil Matera
Foll: Stephen Michael (c) Brad Collard Wally Matera
Int: Cliff Collard Clem Michael Sebastian Rioli
Bill Hayward
Coach: Mal Brown[19]


References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Christian, Geoff; Lee, Jack; Messenger, Bob (1985). Jordan, Ray, ed. The Footballers: A history of football in Western Australia. St George Books. p. 15. 
  2. ^ "FOOTBALL.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 28 May 1900. p. 7. Retrieved 16 March 2011. The South Fremantle club, which has risen out of the ashes of the once redoubtable, but now defunct, Fremantle Club, possesses practically the same combination of players who wore the red and white colours last year. The name is changed but that is all 
  3. ^ "FOOTBALL.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 17 September 1900. p. 6. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Christian, Lee & Messenger (1985), p 161
  5. ^ Christian, Lee & Messenger (1985), p 23
  6. ^ Christian, Lee & Messenger (1985), p 32
  7. ^ WA Football Hall of Fame
  8. ^ List of Premiers
  9. ^ a b c wafl.com.au
  10. ^ from 1925
  11. ^ from 1957
  12. ^ lowest score was also recorded Round 2, 1904 against North Fremantle
  13. ^ "Australian Football Hall of Fame - Players". 
  14. ^ "Australian Football Hall of Fame - Coaches". 
  15. ^ "WA Football Hall of Fame Legends". 
  16. ^ "Hall Of Fame". 
  17. ^ Wilson, Ray (3 July 2009). "South Fremantle Bulldogs announce Aboriginal team of century". 
  18. ^ Moncrieff, Darren (19 June 2009). "South Fremantle to unveil Bulldogs Team of the Century". 
  19. ^ Moncrieff, Darren (3 July 2009). "Bulldogs reveal Indigenous Team of the Century". 

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