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Content J-Mac moves into retirement after 12-year career

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:58 PM - by Chris Pike

FEELING content upon retirement is usually a good sign you've made the right decision and that's how Jamie McNamara feels but he deserves to be proud of everything he achieved at East Fremantle, West Coast and Williamstown earning enormous respect along the way.

McNamara was always an exciting talent coming through at East Fremantle and he would go on to continue the Sharks' rich tradition of producing AFL talents with 19 matches at the West Coast Eagles, including the storied extra time final against Collingwood at Subiaco Oval in 2007.

He broke through late in 2006 to make his league debut at East Fremantle in a derby against South Fremantle and 12 years later, retired from the club it all started at as the Sharks lost to West Perth back in Round 14 at East Fremantle Oval.

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BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - JULY 16 - 22

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 9:23 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.

Kevin Whittle; Eilish Bailey; Max Cunningham; Darrell Govan; Bill Hale; Michael Donnes; Peter Withmore; Debra Renner; Neil Landwehr; Mark Charman; Rod Lester-Smith; Ian McCarrey; Beverley Hills; Vic Strnadica; Simon Hancock; Antonio Ferraro; Kym Jacobs; Gemma Griffin; Andre Meneghello; Larissa Paratore; Jack Bechelli; Tadgh Quirk.

MEMBERS DRAW - JULY, 13TH

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 9:06 AM

Congratulations to Helen Larke who was the winner of the draw in the Friday night Member's Draw on June 29th.

To reward members who patronise the Club on Friday nights, members will receive a ticket each Friday for a draw to win $100 which will go onto their membership card for use at the Club. (The membership card can be used for drinks, meals and merchandise).

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

Why not come to the Club for Members Night on a Friday with 9 Seeds providing a delicious menu while The Left Bank staff take care of you at the bar

Senior Coaching Position

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:19 AM

The East Fremantle Football Club (Sharks) is the West Australian Football Club's most successful club, winning 29 premierships.

A strong values based organisation, with an outstanding support base, both on and off the field, the club is seeking a highly enthusiastic, aspirational and dedicated individual who will plan, prepare, execute and review a football program, one which has a robust game plan that recognises the strengths and limitations of the senior list, leading both coaching and culture of that list to participate in the West Australian Football League competition in a competitive manner and build team success.

 

The Full Role Description is available here: Senior Football Coach

If you are excited about this opportunity and would like a detailed job description or wish to apply, please email Football Manager, Darryn Fry, with your CV and cover letter.

darryn.fry@effc.com.au

 

 

 

 

MEMBERS DRAW - JULY 6TH

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 9:22 AM

Congratulations to Shirley Aspinall who was the winner of the draw in the Friday night Member's Draw on June 29th.

To reward members who patronise the Club on Friday nights, members will receive a ticket each Friday for a draw to win $100 which will go onto their membership card for use at the Club. (The membership card can be used for drinks, meals and merchandise).

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

Why not come to the Club for Members Night on a Friday with 9 Seeds providing a delicious menu while The Left Bank staff take care of you at the bar.

 

PLAYER AUCTION WINNERS

Congratulations to the following winners whose player was listed in the best on ground in The West Australian.

1st            George Hampson                 Group 6                 Rob Hampson

2nd           Cameron Loersch                 Group 10               Mark Stewart

3rd            Dion Anthony                        Group 5                 Jeff Hillman         

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - JULY 9TH - 15TH

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 9:04 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.

Frank Widdicombe; William Russell; Murree Ashfield; Kerry Matsen; Tom Murphy; Lindsay Allen; David Edinger; David Rankin; Mark Starling; Clare Thompson; Philip Cutting; Ray Meadowcroft; David Stark; Marshall Stockden; Maria Wilson; Scott Bruins; Clint Brown; Mathew Deverell; Caroline Leduc; Kimberley Bowey; Fletcher Cooke; Fraser Perry; Mikalya Cocking; Harry Brown.

McNamara Calls Time on a Fantastic Career

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 3:27 PM

An East Fremantle favourite will play his final game for the Blue and Whites this Saturday in front of a home crowd.

Former Captain, Jamie McNamara has decided to call time on a decorated AFL and WAFL career.

McNamara addressed the playing group last night at training, informing the boys that it’s time for him to hang up the boots.

“I’ve had a few setbacks with the body over the last couple of years so it’s probably got to a point where I need to give it a rest,” McNamara said.

McNamara said stepping aside will the give the younger boys an opportunity.

“Where the club is at the moment, it’s important we place a high value on getting a game and I felt like I wasn’t able to play to the level I’d expect of myself. The timing is right and hopefully it gives a younger guy the chance to grab their opportunity for the last part of the year,” he said.

“Despite the fact we haven’t had much joy this year I still love running out there every week with some of my best mates, I’ll definitely miss that and I’ll miss competing each week. “

Jamie is one of East Fremantle’s great stories. Playing juniors at Booragoon, he made his way through the development pathway through to Colts football. In 2006 he was selected in the WA State 18’s Academy and made his debut for the Sharks against South Fremantle in the Round 19 derby the same year. Playing four games in the back end of that year, McNamara was drafted to the West Coast Eagles with Rookie Pick #16.

After showing some good form with the Sharks, McNamara was elevated off the rookie list to make his debut late in the 2007 season against the Saints. He earned a late call-up for the semi-final against Collingwood and acquitted himself well with 16 disposals and 3 tackles.

Promoted to the senior list for 2008, McNamara was a regular in the senior side for the latter part of the season and played 11 games all up for the year. His best performance came against Brisbane, where he collected 21 possessions and a goal. After 19 AFL games with the Eagles, McNamara returned to the Sharks for two seasons where he finished second in the Lynn Medal both years.

Pursing a playing opportunity in the VFL, McNamara made the move to Melbourne, spending two years with Williamstown. To the Sharks’ benefit he returned to the Blue & Whites in season 2014. Registering his 100th game against the Demons in 2015, Jamie was the runner up in the Lynn Medal for a third time. The following year he was nominated by his peers to captain the Sharks.

A courageous, consistent and passionate McNamara will finish his East Fremantle football career with 145 games. Under our new rules, he will automatically qualify for Life Membership at the end of the year.

“The clubs been such a huge part of my life and they really paved the way for me as a junior coming through the system. From playing my first game as an 18yr old right through to the last few years it’s just been a great journey,” McNamara said.

“I obviously had a few stints away from the club throughout my career but to be able to come back and finish off with the Sharks was important to me so I’m glad I was able to do that.”

 “I’ve played with and against some amazing footballers over the years and at the end of the day I’ve made some of my best mates through footy so it’s been an awesome journey.”

“I’m really proud to have played so many games for East Freo.”

Jamie implored the up-and-coming Sharks to take responsibility in moving the club forward and towards its next Premiership.

“The reality is we’re a fair way behind in some areas and there’s a lot of work to do in front of the group. But next year is going to be another fresh start and there are a lot of good people at the club that put in a power of work behind the scenes so I’m really confident they can bring back some success to the place,” McNamara said.

“The boys are doing it pretty tough down there at the moment, but all things considered the morale of the group has been unbelievable throughout the year and they’re determined to turn things around so that’s going to hold us in good stead over the next couple years.”

“I’m not sure what’s next, I’ll take some time away from footy for a bit and then work it out from there. Chances are I’ll get bored pretty quickly though, so I’ll definitely need to find something else to do pretty quick.”

The East Fremantle Football Club would like to not only thank Jamie for his service to club but wish him and his fiancée’ Jess, the best for the future.



 

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NAIDOC Round Preview

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 1:00 PM

East Fremantle are back at Shark Park for the first time in five weeks, hosting West Perth in the special NAIDOC Round.

As part of the celebration, our indigenous players will join Captain Jonathon Griffin to toss the coin before the game.

Into the 25 this week comes Jonathon Marsh, Zac McCarrey and debutant Jy Stone. The hard-nose, quick pressure forward with a strong work ethic adds genuine competitiveness to the side. A Geraldton product from the Railways Football Club, Stone made his way through the Shark Pack and was a part of the Colts Premiership winning team last year.

After a promising second half against Claremont last week, the Sharks now need focus on that intensity across four quarters.  

The announcement that former captain, Jamie McNamara will hang up the boots after Saturday’s match is bound to give the Sharks some added motivation (read more about JMac’s Retirement here).

The Development League welcome back a host of players after several weeks of key personnel sidelined through injury.

In a very tight Colts competition, a win will hold our boys in good stead for the approaching finals. 

Game Times:

9am Colts

11.30am Development League

2.15pm League 

Geraldton Wrap

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 12:31 PM

What an amazing few days in Geraldton!  Despite not getting the four points, the football showcased in our Midwest zone throughout the week was hugely successful. 

It all started on Wednesday when East Fremantle’s Talent Manager Mark Pashby, 16’s Academy Head Coach Larry Cavallo and EFWFC League player Steph Sparke, took a large number of young men and ladies through their paces with a clinic.  The response to female football in the region has been outstanding, with 40 girls turning up.  A huge thank you to the seven girls from the Railways Women’s Football Club for assisting Steph with coaching and congratulations for taking out the inaugural GNWFL grand final!

Our Geraldton products Jack Perham, Dion Anthony, Carl Green, Jayden Schofield and Chris Scott joined Rob Wiley, Mark Stewart, Darryn Fry, Bob Uittenbroek and Renee Ciesla on an early flight Friday to get out amongst their local community. The boys were involved in a number of school visits, including a wonderful experience at Holland Street School, working with the special education students.  Later that evening the boys returned to their club of origin to reacquaint themselves with friends and old team 

mates.

One local product who wasn’t able to get up on the Friday, Kimmy Schofield, joined the rest of the squad and staff Saturday morning.  Kimmy’s debut is an amazing example of the football pathway in action! 

A great achievement for everyone involved.  He joined brother Jayden for the very first time on-field, no doubt a great experience for the Schofield family.  Kimmy was presented his debut jumper by no other than Leith Teakle, a local lad and Life Member of the Sharks, after playing 166 games in the Blue and White. 

Upon arriving at the very large Wonthella Oval (WA Country Builders’ Stadium) game focus was on. Unfortunately, the Sharks, who started well, couldn’t get scoreboard pressure and when Claremont got their chance they took it.  An error riddled first half saw East Fremantle head in to the main break staring down another potentially large loss, trailing by 44 points.  However, to the credit of both the coaching staff, who made several moves and the players, a fired up East Fremantle fought their way back in to the contest, showing determination Rob Wiley had been hoping for in season 2018.  The Sharks kicked 6 goals for the quarter and could have been even closer than the 26-point deficit they faced at the last change.  The final quarter was a fierce contest, but unfortunately the Sharks couldn’t make the most of their chances, bridging the gap by 6 points. 

On Sunday morning, prior to heading back to Perth, the team took part in a clinic for school kids out near the Brigades Football Club.

Plenty of people put in a huge amount of work to ensure events such as the country matches run smoothly, particularly our team in the Midwest.  To Colin Cox, the GNFL Board and their organising committee, well done on for putting together an outstanding venue and set up throughout the week.  To Grady Tomelty, Kristian Dicton, Brent Sheriden and Kane Benson for their tireless work over the past few months to ensure the community engagement was well organised and received.  Craig Walker has shown passion for the East Fremantle/Midwest partnership and his involvement and support is greatly appreciated.  To Kandi Cullen, her father Allan and all at the Towns Football Club for providing an amazing venue for the clubs to play at, along with Rovers Football Club who provided the players, staff and officials a wonderful post-match dinner Saturday night. Thanks also to Cameron Knapton and Luke Sanders for their work in the lead up and especially to Luke once everyone got in to Geraldton for the match.

If you are looking for a place to stay be sure to check out The Gerald.  Their hospitality and desire to ensure the travel party had an enjoyable stay was first class.

 

EFFC Supporters Trip a Success!

An awesome time was had by all who travelled on the EFFC supporters bus to Geraldton.

They cannot wait for the next time the club is invited to play a match in the country area.

On the way home, the bus stopped at the Jurien Bay Hotel for the Supporters luncheon which was great success! The following supporters won awards:

George Strnadica, Vic Strnadica, Paul Leonard, Jesse Dart, Jeff Bennett, Lyn Barrett, Kaye Shields and Bill Cronwell. Bill also made and supplied the match ball stand which will be signed by each player and placed in Towns Football Clubs glass cabinet.

Thanks once again to all the sponsors of the bus: Jurien Bay Hotel, Jurien Bay Bakery, Geraldton Beach Hotel, Geraldton Hotel, The Bunch Café Geraldton and of course Horizons West Bus & Coachlines. A huge thank you to Cass Rowe for organising the supporters trip!

MEMBERS DRAW - JUNE 29TH

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Congratulations to Neil Dent who was the winner of the draw in the Friday night Member's Draw on June 29th.

To reward members who patronise the Club on Friday nights, members will receive a ticket each Friday for a draw to win $100 which will go onto their membership card for use at the Club. (The membership card can be used for drinks, meals and merchandise).

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

Why not come to the Club for Members Night on a Friday with 9 Seeds providing a delicious menu while The Left Bank staff take care of you at the bar.

 

PLAYER AUCTION WINNERS

Congratulations to the following winners whose player was listed in the best on ground in The West Australian.

1st            Jordan Snadden                  Group 9                 Marcus Harrold

2nd           Cameron Loersch                 Group 10               Mark Stewart

3rd            George Hampson                Group 6                 Rob Hampson