The West's WAFL team look at all the news from around the State league.

The West's WAFL team look at all the news from around the State league.

Johnny Farnham may have been famous for his farewell tours but South Freo chief executive Brian Ciccotosto insists he will be only say goodbye once.

The Bulldogs boss is counting down to his last day after nearly half a century in red and white as a player and administrator and is doing the rounds of the other WAFL clubs on his way out.

Cicco has rarely attended the customary president’s lunches at South’s away games, preferring to keep an eye on the club’s colts and reserves, but has been convinced to put on his best bag of fruit every Saturday for the rest of the season.

And he will darken Claremont’s doorway for the first time in 42 years when he attends the lunch at Tigerland this Sunday.

A premiership rover and Simpson medallist in 1970, Cicco was happy to reveal the event that same season that sparked his four decade boycott of Tigers events.

“Peter Troode and I got invited back for the post-match presentations at Claremont Oval after a game back in 1970,” Cicco recalled this week.

“We got changed, put on our South Fremantle blazers but when we tried to go into the function, the doorman wouldn’t let us in.

“I thought, 'Stuff you, Claremont' and I haven’t been back there since.

“But I’m going on Sunday for the first time in 42 years.

“I’m going to lunch at the other clubs as well – well, maybe all of them except for East Fremantle!”

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Talking of matters South and teenage Bulldog and Docker Haiden Schloithe may be lucky that he was playing against his Fremantle colleague Tom Sheridan during the loss to Peel on Sunday.

Schloithe was a frustrated player during the match and let his feelings know to his teammates in a manner that had Freo Oval spectators covering the ears of any small children within earshot.

The talented Dockers rookie also appeared poised to get caught up in the ill-feeling brewing in the match but was quickly prevented from either giving or receiving the sort of punishment that might have seen him out of action for a week or two.

Sheridan is only 18 but showed plenty of leadership when he grabbed Schloithe on the wing during the third quarter and appeared to give him some valuable advice about the value of keeping his cool for the next 30 or 40 minutes.

Not that Sheridan was far from the action during the heated third term.

His No.2 guernsey was shredded during one exchange and he was forced to don a new Peel jumper during the three quarter-time break.

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West Perth boss Gerry O’Dea hasn’t had much fiscal luck in recent times given that coach Bill Monaghan copped a $2000 fine and the club forfeited a $5000 bond over their WA Day dramas.

His idea that WA Day should be renamed O’Dea Day has gone nowhere and has also been stitched up by his East Fremantle counterpart Adam Kelly.

But O’Dea didn’t really mind lowering his colours to Kelly even if it meant he had to wash his rival’s car during their match at Kalannie last week.

The pair had a fierce rivalry leading into the recent CEO Sleepout with the person to raise the most money having to do the Wheatbelt cleaning job.

The St Vincent de Paul fundraiser brought in more than $5 million across the country to aid the homeless so O’Dea was not too unhappy with his loss.

The pair raised more than $11,000 between them but O’Dea still reckons Kelly stiffed him.

“The cut off was 5pm last Thursday and at 4.45pm I still had him covered by $1300,” O’Dea said.

“But the sneaky bugger lodged a big whack of donations just before 5pm and beat me by just $25.”
Funny that. $25 is the exact amount WAFL Whispers won at a recent West Perth raffle only to find the winnings had been tipped into O’Dea’s fundraising purse.

Oh well, Gerry, it’s all in a good cause.

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WA Footy Commission chairman Frank Cooper probably owes WAFL Whispers a drink.

Frank, a dyed-in-the-wool Swan Districts fan, was a guest at lunch at Basso on Saturday and probably wondered what lively Swans president Peter Harvey might come up with during the official lunch address.

But Whispers was a late arrival at the lunch and drew Harvey’s attention in a manner that allowed Chairman Frank to slide under the radar.

Perhaps not so fortunate was chief executive Gary Walton who was introduced at the lunch as a staunch Perth fan and spent the day sitting next to President Pete.

While we can only guess at their conversation, we are aware that Harvey made early inroads into a favourite topic – the quality and lack of depth in WAFL umpiring ranks.

Given that two of East Perth’s three first-half goals were aided by 50m penalties, and four goals throughout the game followed 50s, Harvey may have had some examples to aid his cause.

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One Swans official sitting pretty is chief executive Tom Bottrell.

The former South stalwart has impressed all and sundry with his calm, precise and forthright manner – hardly surprising traits given the way he went about his business during exactly 200 matches for the Bulldogs.

Swans are flying on the field, due in no small part to Bottrell’s capacity to convince last season’s distracted players to simply focus on playing footy, while the club is expected to quickly turn around its massive 2011 loss of $376,000.

Swans are understandably eager to keep Bottrell in the job for as long as possible but Ciccotosto’s departure at South Freo at the end of the season is sure to see a highly attractive offer made to the former Bulldog to return to his roots.

The West Australian

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