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Sharks Buoyed by Returns

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:19 PM

A refreshed Sharks side will travel to HBF Arena this Saturday looking to knock off West Perth.

The State Bye came at a good time for East Fremantle, with several key players returning to the team this week.

Among those is Ryan Lester-Smith who is set to play his first league game in 11 months. Lester-Smith sustained an ACL injury during Round 13 last year.  A determined and rigorous approach to his rehabilitation, has put Ryan ahead of his expected return date.

Before the bye, Lester-Smith made a seamless return to football through the Development League, finishing with 2 goals and 11 disposals. His ability to push forward or provide run and carry from the backline is a crucial inclusion for the Sharks this week.

Into the 25 comes Jonathon Griffin, Matthew Jupp and Cameron Eardley, who’s experience and on field leadership will be a welcome return to the young Sharks side. Harry Creasey, Sean Fletcher, Joel Kalajzic and Jack Perham have also been named in this week’s squad.

The depth of our Development League has been tested in recent weeks with injuries filtering down.  However, with the return of the aforementioned players, the Sharks will look to rise up against a strong West Perth side.

The Colts welcome four new players into the squad this week; Dylan Curley, Jai Jackson, Michael Wright and Alec Evensen. Jackson and Wright have travelled down from Chapman Valley this weekend as they have the bye in the GNFL.  Both have been in good form recently for the league team up there.  Dillon O’Reilly and Trent Rivers come out of the team this week with State 18’s duties while Milan Murdock will also miss with PSA commitments. Others playing in the state games this weekend include Sharp, Ruscoe and Luke Jackson.


Game Times:

9am Colts

11.30am Development League

2.15pm League



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Monday, May 14, 2018 - 9:09 AM

Congratulations to Graeme Howard who was the winner of the draw in the new Friday night Member's Draw on May 4th.

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.


Monday, May 14, 2018 - 9:02 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.

Thomas Walker;  Darryl Cormack; Bernard McHugh; Pam Mikus; William Johnson; Lyn Sprigg; Cyril Waterton; Mark Brennan; Simon O’Brien; Mark Hellewell; Rob Pannekoek; Michael Briggs;Bill Withers;  Paul Tucek; Jeff Farrell; James Preedy; Jayden Schofield; Alexandra Colalillo; Jaylen Pailthorpe; Caleb Carr.

Sharks State Representatives

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Congratulations to Jonathon Marsh and George Hampson for their selection in the final 23-man WAFL State Squad that will take on South Australia tomorrow.

Marsh was a part of last year’s historic win over the Vic’s in Melbourne and will be hoping to be a part of another momentous victory- WA hasn’t won a State Game in South Australia since a 14-point victory at Football Park in 1994.

George Hampson was a late addition to the squad and will be playing in his second State match. 

The game will be played at Adelaide Oval at 11.40am WA time on Saturday May 12 as a curtain-raiser to the Port Adelaide v Adelaide AFL Showdown. The game will be streamed live on the WAFL website, WAFL App and simulcast on radio in WA via Sport FM 91.3fm.

Jayden Schofield was selected in the initial side but will unfortunately miss tomorrow’s game.

Read Match Preview here

EFFC 16’s Programme Wrap

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Our 16’s finished their 2018 carnival in style against Claremont with a spirited and hard fought 13-point win after being down by 20 points at half time.

Players from the MidWest and State selected side were rested for this game, giving us the opportunity to play everyone in squad.  This enabled the coaching staff to fulfil their guarantee of playing everyone for at least 3 games in the Carnival.

Several players from the 16s, including those in the state side, have been invited to Colts training on Wednesdays. This is an opportunity for the boys to further develop their football knowledge and experience going forward with the possibility to play for the Colts later in the season.

East Fremantle finished the Carnival with 3 wins, 1 draw & 2 losses (one after the siren). We played 40 boys and 7 of those have been invited to the State 16’s squad; Owen Dann, Ed Curley, Jack Carroll, Campbell Tirant (All MidWest) Brandon Walker, Chris Walker and Keanu Haddow.

A very successful carnival was run for the 16’s, with Larry Cavallo (Head Coach) operating a tremendous programme. Larry also spent time developing his coaches along the way, with Dan Richards and Liam Anthony both taking the head coaching reins for a game. He also had Tony Watson and Andrew Browne (Dev coaches) sit in as assistant coaches for a game. Larry alongside Adam Drake – Brockman (runner) were outstanding with their commitment and support of the programme. Neil Mildenhall’s extensive experience was also invaluable for the players and coaches alike. Brendan Lewis & Nick Kommer (Strength & Conditioning) ensured our players were always fit and ready to perform.

Team Manager Kylie Blakemore performed her role magnificently during the whole carnival and has helped lift the professionalism to a new level.

The 16’s programme wound up on Friday Night at the club with players & parents attending a presentation. Players were presented with their Individual Development Programmes by the coaches detailing what they need to work on going forward. Parents enjoyed a sit-down meal and a few drinks on the night.

The East Fremantle Football Club have a talented crop of players in this group who will be invited to attend the Colts pre-season in November this year.

EFFC Media Statement- John Townsend Article

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:59 AM

To the EFFC Members and Supporters,

You may or may not be aware that John Townsend wrote an article about the East Fremantle Football Club that was published in yesterday’s edition of (read here)

This letter to you is to strongly refute the majority of the information in that article.

First and foremost, John Townsend has repeatedly written articles about the EFFC and the WAFL in a public domain with little regard for the truth and the ramifications as a result of some of his articles.

John Townsend is often ill informed and uses incorrect information when commenting on the EFFC. The simple fact that he didn’t even speak to anyone at the EFFC to justify and clarify his comments is concern enough in itself.

Yes, we admit we have issues with our current league team form and ladder placing and yes we are not happy and will work desperately hard to fix the situation, but John Townsend has clearly taken liberty to embellish the situation at our great club.

John Townsend attended the recent game v East Perth and he was clearly distracted by the weather as he certainly did not do his homework on a number of points raised below. We have taken the liberty to address each point and hopefully give a more accurate understanding of each:

  • The EFFC lacks vision and drive- The Club currently sits on 2 x Redevelopment Committees for a masterplan to redevelop East Fremantle Oval and Fremantle Oval. Both plans will be complete by September this year. The Club has been working closely with both Councils for 2 or 3 years and hope to announce a preferred option for the Club by the end of the year. The Club has a 5-year Strategic Plan for the future which is overseen by a very energetic Board. We have 10 voluntary Directors who put their hand up to provide expertise to help the Club.
  • Financial crisis……….life support-  The EFFC is non for profit organisation that has no debt, and makes a small surplus each year, with all funds raised, put into the development of players in our district. The Club has never asked for financial assistance from the WAFC.
  • No longer produces riches of the past decades- Our Colts last year won the WAFL Premiership by 10 goals and our 16’s & 18’s Programs this year are performing quite well. Seven players were selected in the State 16’s and 6 in the State 18’s. Since the AFL Draft started in 1987 we have produced 105 players for the AFL. Not sure how many more riches we can give you !!
  • The ground…. is now a dump- The Club has switched turf & ground contractors in October last year to improve the playing surface. EFFC Players & other WAFL Players have commented on the remarkable improvement in the ground surface this year. The Club has also spent $125,000 over the summer months upgrading the following to keep it to a good WAFL standard : Scoreboard, Lighting Towers, Roof Repairs, Lights & Carpets in Changerooms & Coaches Rooms, plus we have just received a grant from the Town of East Fremantle to upgrade our Showers & Toilets to make them more female friendly for our women’s players.
  • Derby crowd third lowest in history - The ANZAC Derby on Sunday 22nd April had thunderstorms and 20 mls of rain on the morning of the event. The game was also televised on Channel 7. Hence why the crowd was very low.
  • Radio abandoning the ground…….life support…… future- ABC Radio did attend our ground for the Derby, but the commentary team didn’t like where they had been allocated to call, so they left. ABC Radio were sent a diagram the previous day allocating where they would be seated.


The EFFC actually survives and thrives on our 100’s of volunteers. We are extremely proud of the voluntary, sponsored and donated work that that goes on at EFFC. We are a proud club with history, culture and brand that is renowned Australia wide and a FUTURE and we won’t let some journalist belittle such a proud and traditional club…………………...


Mark Stewart
East Fremantle Football Club 


Monday, May 7, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Congratulations to Cynthia Simpson who was the winner of the draw in the Friday night Member's Draw on May 4th.

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.


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

1st            Jonathon Marsh                   Group 13               Perry Sardelic

2nd           Jayden Schofield                 Group 12               David McDonald

3rd            George Hampson                Group 6                 Rob Hampson



Monday, May 7, 2018 - 9:02 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 Cant; John Fowlie; Harry Summerfield; Brian Johnson; Gordon Lutter; Margaret Sheridan; Robert Willis; Marcus McKenzie; Shaun Livingston; Allan Quinn; Bradford Collins; Andrew Grigg; Geoff Wolfenden; Jelena Hillman; Simone Burge; Craig Machin; Carl Walker; Tina Bennett; Massimo Di Lello; Stuart Blackwood; Andrew Yarran; Hannah Innes; Rhys Radford; Nicole Bosotin; Chad Sims; Mitchell Cusworth; Bailey Tucek; Courtnay Cameron- Gaitskell.

Sharks bolstered by debutants 

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 12:17 PM

The Sharks could blood up to four debutants when they take on East Perth at home this Sunday.

Ex-AFL recruit Cameron Loersch and Fraser Daly will make their debuts while Daniel Borgogno and Chris Scott are in the mix to play their first league game for the Blue and Whites.

Standing at 203cm, Loersch is known for his ability to take a strong contested mark. A forward with an excellent kick in front of goal, Loersch can also move into the ruck. Selected in the 2016 AFL Rookie Draft, the 22-year-old returned to WA after 2 years on the Gold Coast Suns’ list. Loersch has struggled with injury but made a positive return to the reserves, kicking 5 goals in the last two weeks.  When speaking about playing his first senior match for his new club Loersch said “I’m excited about my first game with the Sharks, I hope to do the jumper and club proud.”

Daly’s start to the 2018 reserves season has been fantastic. Historically a defender, he’s moved forward in recent weeks, booting 4 goals including the match winner in round 2. Daly, who made the move to Perth a couple of years ago via Towns FC in our Geraldton country zone, is a passionate and loyal Shark that always gives 100%.  On making his debut, Daly said “it’s a great honour and privilege to be playing league football for the club I love.”

Borgogno, a developing ruckman, missed the early part of the season but has shown some promising signs in the last two weeks. With the loss of Griffin this week, Borgogno provides another tall target for the Sharks. 

2017 Colt premiership player, Chris Scott is a strong defender with a great intercept mark. Scott also came through the Geraldton country zone (Rovers FC) and had an outstanding 2017 season in the colts, culminating with the Mel Whinnen Medal for best on ground in the Grand Final.

As the coaching group promised, nine changes have been made to the squad, with Josh Cuneo, Ben Harding, Sean Henson, Corey Holmes and Leon Pearton coming into the extended 26-man side.

Unfortunately for the Sharks our injury woes continue with Jon Griffin, Alex Howson and Matthew Jupp all missing this week’s match (see injury list here).

Sunday’s match is set to be a tough one for our young side with up to 10 AFL listed players set to boost the Royals side, but a positive feeling on the track holds the group in good stead to put the previous couple of weeks behind them and be ready to play come Sunday.

9.00am - Colts

11.30- Development League

2.15pm - League

Two Sharks in initial WAFL State Squad

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Two Sharks have been named in the initial WAFL State Squad that will take on South Australia at Adelaide Oval this month.

Following strong individual starts to the year, Jonathon Marsh and Jayden Schofield were selected in the 33-man squad.

Marsh was the only Shark to play in last years historic win against Victoria in Melbourne. He was praised for his physical strength throughout the backline, in a performance that overwhelmed the Vic’s.

Schofield was unlucky to miss selection last year but has certainly made his case in 2018. The reigning Lynn Medallist is averaging 30 disposals this season and continues to provide a strong drive off half back.

Successful 2017 WAFL State Coach Michael Broadbridge, who led WA to an historic win over the VFL in Melbourne last year, will be at the helm again

WA hasn’t won a State Game in South Australia since a 14-point victory at Football Park in 1994.

The match will take place on Saturday May 12th at 11:40am (AWST) at Adelaide Oval. The State Game will be an opener for the Port Adelaide v Adelaide clash.


KIA WAFL State Squad

Claremont – Jye Bolton, Kane Mitchell.

East Fremantle – Jonathon Marsh, Jayden Schofield.

East Perth – Sharrod Wellingham.

Perth – Cody Leggett.

Peel Thunder – Blair Bell, Gerald Ugle.

South Fremantle – Ryan Cook, Ashton Hams, Brock Higgins, Blaine Johnson, Ben Saunders, Haiden Schloithe, Nick Suban.

Subiaco – Lachlan Delahunty, Aaron Heal, Kyal Horsley, Leigh Kitchin, Angus Litherland, Jordan Lockyer, Chris Phelan, Ben Sokol, Brad Stevenson, Rhys Waters.

Swan Districts – Cory Gault, Tony Notte, Rhys Palmer, Kirk Ugle.

West Perth – Aaron Black, Luke Meadows, Shane Nelson, Andrew Strijk.