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Community TAB recognises East Fremantle as 'Hero Club’

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:50 PM

East Fremantle was the proud recipient of the ‘Hero Club’, awarded by Community TAB for our work with the Kai Eardley Fund.

Community TAB wanted to recognise and reward WAFL Clubs that have best shown their local community support, with each being awarded $1,000.

For the Kai Eardley Fund, this will facilitate a workshop for up to 50 boys, focused on breaking the ‘man code.’

Earlier this year, the same workshop was delivered to 47 of our players, with a phenomenal response (read more). 

Community TAB is very proud to have been sponsor of the WAFL Halftime Show for 2017 and to give back to clubs and not-for-profit organisations through the 'Hero Club' initiative.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK – OCTOBER 16th – 22nd

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:38 AM

The following members are celebrating their birthdays this week and we would like to take this opportunity to wish them all a very Happy Birthday.

Doug Andrews; Des Cornish; Matt Gill; Helen Lewis; Wesley Matthews; George Atkinson; Karen McGrath; Julie Green; Mark Gorman; Neil Townsend; Clive Pewsey; Ken Preedy; Grant Harrison; Rick Calway; Melanie Marsh; Graeme Gemmell; Bradley Harwood; Ian Renton; Georgia Scarffe; Jonathon Marsh; Alexander Ashfield; Jake Diggle; Oliver Bodlovich; Zeke Leather; Anderson Tilley; Luca Cannell; Ben Piggott; Zach Spencer; Monty Stork; Leo Stork.

THE MEMBERS DRAW HAS JACKPOTTED TO $1,900

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:57 AM

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $1,900 but you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night, October 13th Geoffrey Veitch’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $1,850, so the draw has now jackpotted to $1,900.

 The draw takes place every Friday night between 6:30pm and 7:30pm in the main bar.

You have to be in it to win it! Only those members who are financial for 2017 go into the draw and have the opportunity of taking out the jackpot – but of course you must be there for the draw.

Meals are available on Friday nights.

Thanks Watto

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 12:34 PM

It is with sadness that after two years with the East Fremantle Football Club, Matthew Watson has decided to return home to Melbourne.

A loyal servant for the Sharks, Watson’s durability has been a key asset, not missing a game in his time with the club.

After finding his feet during his first year at Shark Park, 2017 was an outstanding season for the 25-year old, one that saw him finish second in the Lynn Medal Count. With injuries plaguing our side, Watson certainly stepped up this year playing a versatile role throughout the ground, mainly as a ruck / key forward.  Watson kicked more goals than any other Shark and finished 6th for total contested marks in the competition.  Despite not being a genuine ruck, he finished 12th in the competition for hit-outs and 11th for those to advantage. He also ranked 1st for inside 50s for the Sharks.

Watson joined the Sharks after being delisted by Carlton in 2015. He played 23 AFL games for the Blues in four years. Having worked with senior coach Rob Wiley during that time, he made the move to the Perth on a two-year contract.

A return to Melbourne was always on the table at some stage. Whilst he would have loved to stay at the Club, a job opportunity that was too good for Watson to turn down sees him head home where he will play for his club of origin.

When meeting with club officials on Thursday, and confirmed by his Facebook post a short time later, Watson thanked everyone at the Club for their support and for making him feel so welcome.  He thoroughly enjoyed his time and considers himself a part of the “Shark Family.”

The East Fremantle Football Club would also like to thank Watson for his dedication and passion to the club and wish him all the best in his move home. 

East Fremantle keen to lure axed Dockers ruckman Jon Griffin back to the club

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 9:06 AM

Article by Jordan McArdle, published in the West Australian- available here

 

East Fremantle will meet axed Fremantle ruckman Jon Griffin this week in a bid to lure him back to the club.

Griffin was cut by the Dockers after a career 97 games in 11 seasons, which included 41 at Adelaide. Sharks coach Rob Wiley is keen to secure the 31-year-old for 2018.

Recruiting an experienced big man is high on the agenda after having to use a makeshift ruckman in 195cm Matthew Watson for the majority of last season.

“We’ll be catching up with Jon and seeing what his intentions are, as disappointed as he is (about being de-listed),” Wiley said.

“He’s another East Fremantle boy who would fit in very nicely to where we want to head.”

Injury will prevent fellow Sharks product Garrick Ibbotson, who retired from AFL ranks after featuring in Peel Thunder’s WAFL premiership last month, re-joining his old club.

The 177-game defender recently had hip surgery and is unlikely to play at any level in the near future, but may be enticed to return to East Fremantle in a coaching capacity.

The Sharks have signed midfielder Jarrad Jansen. He has been de-listed by Brisbane after four seasons in the AFL.

After being restricted to just one full WAFL game in 2017 due to a string of injuries, former Kangaroo Liam Anthony has re-committed to the Sharks for next year.

Meanwhile, three WA teenagers have been included in the 2017-18 AFL Academy level two squad.

Wyndham-bred Claremont speedster Jason Carter, East Fremantle colts premiership midfielder Tom Joyce and skilful Perth product Ian Hill were among the 32-player list.

 

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - OCTOBER 9TH- 15th

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 2:35 PM

The following members are celebrating their birthdays this week and we would like to take this opportunity to wish them all a very Happy Birthday.

Maureen Stewart; Charles Cray; Fran Faulkner; Jack Roberts; John Anderson; Michael Deering; Peter Alexander; Robert Wearne; Brearley Hollingsworth; Thomas Sweeny; Stephanie D’Orazio; Philip McCann; Robyn Holmes; Catherine Wofenden; Steve Schleicher; Paul Williams; Steve Quill; Natalie Sereca; Sam Wendt; Shane Jez; Glenn Brown; Marcus Procopio; Geoffrey Veitch; Joshua Hellewell; Thomas Quaife; Evangeline Gooch; Chelsea McNeill; Samara Pluschke; Jayden Quill; Tessa Doumanis; Emma Zanoli; Ellyn McGlone; Liam Sheridan; Jermaine DeSilva; Cooper Serano.

Sharks Caulfield Cup Race Night

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Join us at Shark Park for our Second Caufield Cup Calcutta.

Have you wanted to attend a Calcutta but never quite understood what it’s all about? Click hereto watch a short video, explaining the night. It’s simpler than you probably think!

Venue:                               East Fremantle Football Club – Main Lounge

When:                               Friday, October 20th, 5.30pm start

Cost:                                 $20.00 (which includes ample finger food, free middy upon entry, and Panel Show)

Calcutta Tickets:               $10 each

MC:                                  David Shortte (Tab Touch Media)

Hear From:                        Neil Pinner (Chairman Perth Racing) 

               Simon Miller (Trainer)

               Peter Walsh (Leading Owner)

Please RSVP to Renee (renee.ciesla@effc.com.au) or Julie reception@effc.com.au 9339 5533

Schofield’s Best Season Rewarded with Lynn Medal

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 9:19 AM

Jayden Schofield has capped arguably his best season of senior football with the Sharks by claiming his first Lynn Medal.  Held in front of 300 guests, Schofield won a tight count on 76 votes from key big man Matthew Watson who finished on 71.  Schofield’s season, where he finished as the senior side’s highest possession getter, averaging 26 per game, also saw him named in the WAFL Team of the Year, playing off half back. 

Big man Watson, really found his feet in his second year at the club.  Showing versatility, playing as both key forward and ruck Watson took the 4th most marks for the Sharks, was a close second in hit outs and easily won the goal kicking. 

 

Finishing third in the count was powerful mid Jonathon Marsh on 57 votes.  After returning from the AFL, Marsh had an instant impact for the Sharks, where he finished third in possessions despite missing 5 games to injury, averaging 28 per match.  He also had the second most clearances for the Sharks.  Marsh was the sole Shark selected for the WA State Team. 

 Matthew Jupp and Cameron Eardley shared the honours for 4th place on 46 votes.  Key defender Jupp was tasked with playing on many of the oppositions biggest forwards, however he carried out his role very well.  Jupp finished 2nd in marks for East Fremantle and 2nd in the WAFL for spoils.  The hard-nosed Eardley has been a consistent Lynn Medal place getter.  He averaged 26 disposals per match and ranked 1st for the side in clearances.  Eardley also led all comers for the Sharks in effective tackles.

In other key awards Corey Holmes (2016 Colts Runner-Up) won the best first year, with Tom Bennett, who also made his debut, was awarded the Rising Star.  Despite missing most of the season with injury, Tim Bristow continued to be a positive influence around the club and in the community, claiming both the clubman and community awards.

Lynn Medal Top Ten

Jayden Schofield                                        76 votes

Matthew Watson                                      71

Jonathon Marsh                                         57

Matthew Jupp & Cameron Eardley          46

George Hampson                                       35

Andrew Stephen                                         32

Tom Marshall                                             31

Sam Read                                                    30

Dion Anthony                                             30

 

Other Award Winners:

Best First Year Player – Corey Holmes

Rising Star Award – Tom Bennett

Leading Goal Kicker – Matthew Watson

Best Clubman – Tim Bristow

EFFC Community Award – Tim Bristow

 

Ben Harding capped off a fantastic development league season by taking out the Henry Jeffrey Medal.  After claiming the WAFL’s Prendergast Medal, Harding polled 55 votes to win comfortably from Peter Delaney, who finished on 43.  A further vote back was Alex Montauban, with Joel Kalajzic (39) and Corey Holmes (38) rounding out the top 5.

 

Jeffrey Medal Top Ten

Ben Harding                                                55 votes

Peter Delaney                                             43

Alex Montauban                                         42

Joel Kalajzic                                                 39

Corey Holmes                                             38

Sean Henson                                               36

Jye Clements                                               34

Tom Omodei                                               33

Dion Anthony                                             24

Miles Franklin                                             23

 

The Colts Trott Medal went right down to the grand final game, with an exciting tie between Jayden Quill and Zach Jackson, both finishing on 95 votes.  Another defender in Liam Rajanayagam took out third place with 88 votes, whilst grand final best on ground Chris Scott (76) and leading goalkicker Dillon O’Reilly completing the to five with 69 votes. 

 

Trott Medal Top 10

Jayden Quill & Zach Jackson                      95 votes

Liam Rajanayagam                                     88

Chris Scott                                                   76

Dillon O’Reilly                                             69

Kennedy Sorrell                                          68

Josh Ritchie                                                 64

Brandon Collard                                         63

Sam Lewis                                                   59

Dylan Campbell                                          55

Other award winners:

Best First Year Player – Zach Jackson

Best Player in Finals – Tom Joyce

Most Dedicated – Mitch Anderson

1% Award – Dwayne Nevill

Past Players Encouragement Award – Brandon Collard

 

Who Will Take Home the Medals

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 2:00 PM

As we head in to the Sharks night of nights we take a look at the candidates who could walk away the winners of the three respective club champion awards; the Lynn, Jeffrey and Trott medals.

LYNN MEDAL

Despite struggling for premiership points during the 2017 season, a number of consistent performers, plus a couple of known eye-catching vote getters stand to take away the Club’s most prestigious honour.  We start with Matthew Jupp, the Club’s Vice Captain who played all but 1 game for the season.  The key defender ranked 15th for total marks in the WAFL, 6th for intercept marks, 11th for rebound 50’s and finished an outstanding 2nd for total spoils for the 2017 season.  Week in, week out Jupp was tasked with playing on oppositions biggest forward.

Cameron Eardley, at just 24 years of age but with 74 league games under his belt, played all but the two games he controversially missed to suspension late in the season.  Eardley, the hard inside midfielder, finished second in total disposals for the Sharks and inside the top 20 for all players in the competition.  He finished 9th for average contested possessions per match, 11th for hardball gets.  Eardley led all Sharks for clearance and 7th overall in the competition for average clearances per game and he also finished 8th overall in the WAFL for effective tackles.

Jayden Schofield has certainly taken his game to another level since Rob Wiley’s arrival.  The hard-running half back, with excellent kicking skills was the only Shark names in the WAFL Team of the Year.  Schofield played 19 of the 20 games in season 2017 and led the Sharks for total disposals.  Schofield finished 12th in the competition for handball receives, and 17th for intercept possessions.  Schofield’s ball use and run from defence was critical for the team and his ranking of 7th in the WAFL for rebound 50’s demonstrates that importance.  Schofield also finished 9th in the competition for marks.

George Hampson finished runner-up in the 2016 Lynn Medal despite missing a third of the season and has a proven history of picking up big votes in games he plays well.  Hampson did play less games in 2017 however expect him poll well in round 6 (4 goals), round 8 (36 disposals and 2 goals), round 9 (40 disposals), round 16 (23 and 2 goals) and round 17 (29 and 1).

Jonathon Marsh, who returned to the Sharks from Collingwood at the start of preseason, confirmed many thoughts that he could be a dominant player in the WAFL and that proved correct.  Playing more as the big bodied inside midfielder, Marsh averaged more disposals than any other Shark this season and ranked 10th in the competition for average disposals.  Marsh ranked sixth for average contested possessions and inside the top 10 for hard ball gets.   Like Eardley, Marsh’s strength around clearances was important for the Sharks and he finished 9th in the WAFL for average clearance per match.  Expect the power and speed of Marsh to attract votes.  Marsh was also rewarded with State selection in 2017.

Matthew Watson, in his second year at the Sharks, after been recruited from Carlton in 2016, really came in to his own and was a vital player in 2017.  The durable and versatile Watson has not missed a game in his two years, showing he can play forward, ruck and back.  Watson kicked more goals than any other Shark and finished 6th for total contested marks in the competition.  Watson, despite not being a genuine ruck finished 12th in the competition for hit-outs and 11th for those to advantage. Watson also ranked 1st for inside 50s for the Sharks.

Never discount the “role players” from polling well as they often perform important roles for the team.  Young Tom Marshall played in 19 games this season, playing run-with roles on some of the competition’s best midifelders and quelling their influence.  Same goes with Sam Read who often found himself on some of the competitions most dangerous and elusive forwards.  Or could the retiring Andrew Stephen, who kicked a career high 7 goals against Claremont in round 10, poll well enough over his 19 games to take out the favourites.

JEFFREY MEDAL

Many would think that the favourite for this year’s best for the Shark’s Development League will be awarded to the WAFL’s Prendergast Medallist in Ben Harding.  However, there are always plenty of variables that come in to consideration with the Trott Medal as players often move between league and development league, games missed due to injury and of course the coaches giving votes based on the players’ roles for the team.  In saying that Harding did have an exceptional year and was rewarded with his league debut, playing three games.  In all he played in 16 of the 20 development league matches in 2017, racking up 450 disposals ranking him 4th in the competition (1st for average disposals).  He also ranked 1st for average contested possessions, hard ball gets and clearances.

Alex Montauban was the only player to play all 20 games this year in the development league and despite not being a major ball winner, his speed, hardness and defensive pressure in the forward line was critical for the Sharks.  He laid 42 more tackles than any other East Fremantle player, ranking him inside the top 5 in the competition (1st for forwards).  Montauban was also accurate in front of goal kicking 10.4 for the season. 

Could 2017 recruit and last season’s Prendergast Medallist in Tom Omodei poll enough in his 13 games to claim the award. For players who played more than 12 games in the competition, Omodei ranked 7th for average disposals, 3rd for kicks, 2nd for handball receives and 6th for rebound 50’s.  Omodei also ranked second for the Sharks in total disposals despite missing 7 games.

Another to make his league debut in season 2017 was Peter Delaney.  Playing predominantly off half back, Delaney’s hardness and ability to intercept opposition forward thrusts was very important.  He ranked 5th in total disposals for the Sharks, 3rd in marks and second in tackles.  Delaney also ranked 15th in the competition for intercept possessions, more than any other player for the Sharks and for players who played more than 12 games in the competition was ranked 6th for effective ball use.

Joel Kalajzic was another to find a new home at Moss Street in 2017.  Originally from Perth, “JK” played 20 games in total, 7 league and 13 in the development league.  In his 13 games Kalajzic averaged 23.5 possessions, finishing third for the Sharks for total disposals.  He was rewarded with consistent performances at development league level with those 7 league appearances.

Others who could poll big in some games, even though playing some senior football, include Sean Henson (averaged 27 disposals per game, ranked 12th for average kicks per match and on 5 occasions had 30+) or Jye Clements (made his league debut, 4th in disposals and 2nd in marks for the Sharks)    

TROTT MEDAL

The Colts achieve the ultimate success in 2017, claiming the premiership and with only 2 players named in the State squad this year’s count could go down to the wire, with a number of players having consistent seasons.  Let’s start with those 4 named in the WAFL Colts Team of the Year.

Chris Scott: the running half back was one of the two players selected in the state 18’s.  He finished 11th in the competition for marks (5th for intercept marks) despite missing 5 games.  His 77% effective disposal ranked 1st in the competition for those who played 15 or more games.  Scott ranked 3rd for intercept possession for those who played 15+ games.  He also finished 3rd for rebound 50’s.  Scott was also judged best afield in the colts’ grand final.

Josh Ritchie: the diminutive small forward, who struggled with knee soreness late in the year finished 4th on the goal kicking award in the WAFL competition, and outstanding achievement.  Renowned for his forward pressure, Ritchie laid the second most tackles for the Sharks ranking him tenth in the competition.  He also ranked 4th for score involvements in the competition.

Dillon O’Reilly: the key forward also made his league debut at the age of 17, acquitting himself very well.  Despite missing 5 games in the colts, O’Reilly won the leading goal kicking by 9 goals, kicking a season high 7 against Swans in round 16.  He ranked 5th in score involvements, 2nd for marks on lead and 4th for average contested marks per match. 

Jayden Quill:  consistent throughout the season, Quill was a vital member of the Sharks midfield.  Quill ranked 2nd in the competition for total disposals, 8th for tackles, 3rd in contested possessions and 3rd in clearances.  The tough inside mid constantly put his body on the line and his hands from stoppages was a feature.

Liam Rajanayagam: “Raj” was a key contributor in a strong defensive unit for the Sharks in 2017.  His ball use and run from deep in defence would no doubt have caught the eye of the vote givers.  Raj finished 1st in the competition for rebound 50’s, 3rd in marks (8th in intercept marks) and 6th in intercept possessions.  Even though Raj often played deep in defence he was still the third highest possession getter for Easts. 

Zach Jackson: the strong marking half back was strong competition for Scott for BOG in the grand final and had a very good finals series.  Jackson ranked 1st for the Sharks for marks and intercept marks per game.  He had the 3rd most spoils for the team.  Jackson had third most rebound 50’s and intercept possessions for the Sharks.  With an excellent leap and very clean hands Jackson had a very consistent season.

Others to certainly watch during the count:

Dylan Williams: East Fremantle’s 2nd highest possession getter, ranking 10th in the competition and 15th for contested possessions.  Laid the 3rd most tackles for the Sharks. 

Brandon Collard: despite playing only 13 games finished 7th for marks for the Sharks.  6th in competition for average score per game and 5th for score involvements.

Sam Lewis: the livewire forward was the Sharks 5th highest possession getter and 5th for marks.  12th in competition for I50’s, 9th for score involvements and 11th for score assists

Kennedy Sorrell: had an outstanding first half of the season before missing games through injury.  Could poll well enough early. 

Tim Bockman: in games he played ranked 4th in the competition for I50’s, 3rd for score involvements, 5th for goal assists, 5th for goals, 3rd for contested marks.

Dwayne Nevill: ranked 1st for East Fremantle for average tackles per match, 4th for contested marks (13+games).  Kicked 16 goals and on a couple of occasions was the match winner in front of goals late in games.

EFFC Raffle Winners

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Congratulations to our 2017 East Fremantle Raffle Winners!

1st prize: 2 x Business Class return flights from Perth to China

Valued up to $8000, kindly sponsored by China Southern Airlines

Flights return from Perth to Shanghai or Beijing

Winner: Brian Desmond

2nd prize: $2,000 Retravision Voucher

Winner: Sue Knott

3rd Prize: $1,000 Helloworld Willetton Voucher

Winner: WJ Matthews

 

We would like to sincerely thank our Raffle Sponsors: China Southern Airlines, Retravision and Helloworld Willetton, your generosity is thoroughly appreciated. Remember to support these organisations when you can!

Our thanks must also be extended to everyone who supported our Raffle by purchasing a ticket, your ongoing contribution does not go unnoticed by the Club. The money raised from the raffle goes to the Shark’s investment in talent and development programs.