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Sharks Step-up for MND

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 6:56 PM

East Fremantle will be pulling out all the stops this Saturday when they take on Swan Districts for the MND Cup at home.

Each year the two battle it out in recognition of Motor Neuron Disease(MND), with both clubs having lost patrons to the horrific disease. As a sign of solidarity, the players on both teams will wear blue arms.

The Sharks will look to make the most of the home ground advantage in a bid to knock off the currently unbeaten Swans.

Despite a loss last week, the Sharks have shown vast signs of improvement, with few changes going into tomorrow’s game.

George Hampson is expected to make his highly anticipated return to football, after a hamstring injury left the runner-up Lynn Medallist on the sidelines for the start of the year.

Into the 25 this week comes Jye Clements and Tyler Sorrell who could make their league debuts.

Brock O’Brien returned to the side last week and will be crucial against the Swans ex- AFL talent.

The Development League is also desperate for a win, following their disappointing loss to Perth last week.

While our Colts will look to continue the same form that saw them take a 55-point win over the Demons. 

16s Squad Match Report vs Swan Districts

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 3:07 PM - by Andrew Dodd

The 16s Development squad had their final fixture against Swan Districts on Tuesday morning in which was a great display of football. Both sides had their selected State 16s players out which enabled the other players of both squads to step up and perform.

 

The Sharks started off the game well with ruckman Jaidyn Atkinson feeding the ball to his followers in Charlie McCormack and Conor McPartland resulting in goals to Tom Wallis and Joshua Goodwin. The Sharks were quite accurate in front of the goals scoring 5 goals to Swans 1 goal 1 behind. The Sharks moved the ball quickly and found ways to clear the ball.

The second quarter again saw our boys work really well as a team, with fast ball movement and using their run and carry. There were a few missed opportunities and turnovers which allowed the Swans to kick a few scores. Hayden Redmond work tirelessly in the middle and Chad warner laid some great tackles to hold up the Swans.

After half time our boys lost a bit of momentum and missed shots on goal which enabled the Swans to gain a bit on the score board. Mid-West boys Angus Wood and Atten Mason played some really smart football in close which provided goals for Alex Crowe and Thomas Johnston. Ben Wardle was excellent down back and may have just found his niche.

 

The final quarter saw the Sharks hit the straps and pull away from the swans, with some smart football and some great run and carry from Leroy Pigram and Tom Denton. The Sharks managed to hold the Swans to 1 goal 1 behind and score 2 goals 4 behinds for ourselves. The Sharks finished the game 30 point winners in their final game. Both sides showed some great talent coming through their respective squads which is great to see.

 

EFFC – 10.11.71

Def.

SDFC – 6.5.41

 

Goals – Wallis 3, Goodwin 2, Atkinson 1, Johnston 1, Crowe 1, Wood 1 and Mason 1.

Best: Atkinson, Denton, Wallis, Warner and Mason.

 

Thank you again to all the coaches, staff, players, parents, volunteers and sponsors for all your hard work that you have put in to make the 16s program run smoothly. The 16s program has been very successful with the development of the players and also the coaches. Congratulations once again to the 16s State boys who were selected, you have thoroughly deserved your selection. 

WAFL COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 3:07 PM

INITIAL CLUB COMMENT ON THE STRUCTURAL REVIEW OF FOOTBALL

The WAFL clubs acknowledge the strategic review of football proposes a significant change in the WA football landscape. Each club is currently undertaking appropriate consideration of the commission’s proposal with the common objective of providing an optimum solution to WA football’s challenges.

Given this, the clubs feel it’s incumbent on the WAFC to provide additional information about the recommendations during the six-week consultation phase as set by the WAFC. This will assist each club to provide well-considered and informed feedback.

WAFL clubs agree that there should be a consistent approach in the player development pathway.  In fact, all WAFL clubs and the WAFC have been involved in very productive changes to ensure we have common process and practices in recent years.  An agreed set of minimum standards, rules changes and operational aspects have been developed together to improve and better reflect best practice talent policy.

All WAFL clubs will meet individually with the WAFC and then work towards a collective position and response to the key recommendations.

The Sharks Bid Farewell to a Champion

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:03 PM

Brett Peake has decided to hang up the boots on a successful AFL and WAFL career. Following the Sharks loss to Perth on Saturday, he addressed the playing group where his announced his retirement.

Peake has said his decision is in the best interest of the club, allowing young emerging talent to take his place.

“I’m a realistic person, I knew where I was with my age and body,” he said.

 “I’ve started a new job and I have a baby now so I thought it was the right time.”

Peakey met with Coach Rob Wiley and Football Operations Manager Darryn Fry earlier in the year to discuss the future of his football career. A collective decision was made, which would see him evaluate after the first few rounds of the season.

“I wouldn’t want anyone to think I’m jumping ship, it was on the cards for a while and now I can step aside for the youth to take my place,” Peake said.

“The East Fremantle Football Club has been such a big part of my life and I want to thank everyone who has had an impact on me; the coaches, players, support staff and particularly the members,"

In 2003, Peakey registered 20 league games for the Sharks after debuting in round 2. That year he was drafted under the Father/Son rule to the Fremantle Dockers. He continued to play for the Sharks in 2004 and made his break out for the Dockers in 2005 against North Melbourne. Playing nine of the last ten games that season, he earnt himself a regular spot in the Dockers 2006 side, polling ten Brownlow votes.

At the end of the 2009 season, Peake was traded to St Kilda and in 2010, made it to the AFL Grand Final. That historic game ended in a draw against Collingwood and unfortunately it wasn’t a dream come true, with the Saints going down convincingly in the second.

After 43 games with St Kilda and 75 with Fremantle, Peakey returned to the Sharks in 2013 to finish his career. He played his 100th senior game in the 2014 preliminary final against Subiaco but unfortunately couldn’t get the milestone win. He decided that game would be his last for the blue and whites, calling an end to his impressive career.

But there was a spark left in him and after a year playing amateurs for North Fremantle in 2015 Peake made the call to take his WAFL career beyond 100 games.

Throughout last year he was an important target in our forward line, finishing fourth in the Bernie Naylor Medal with 40 goals and had a stand out performance for WA in the State match against South Australia, booting 7 majors.

 “In his short time under my reign, his professionalism, honesty, expertise, goal kicking ability and mentoring of young men was outstanding,” Wiley said about the departing forward. “It’s very fitting that his football began and ended with the Sharks.”

The Peake name will forever be entrenched on locker number 7 and will remain as an integral part of the Sharks History.

The East Fremantle Football Club would like to not only thank Brett for his service to club but wish him, his partner Asher and their baby Parker the best for the future. 

Sharks fall short against Perth

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 9:24 AM

The Sharks, despite coming out with greater urgency and desire, couldn’t get over the line on Saturday, recording a 13-point loss to Perth at Lathlain Park. 

From the first bounce the boys showed they were ready to put the last two rounds behind them, and within the opening minutes, recruit Jesse Mirco booted his first League goal; the result of some bold ball movement that had been lacking early in the season.  Perth were quick to respond, with a costly free in front of goal allowing them to kick their first.  The two sides battled for the lead in the first term and despite Brett Peake and Cam Symonds registering goals, the Sharks trailed by 7 at the quarter time break.

One hundredth gamer Brock O’Brien managed a goal in his returning game, with Ryan Lester-Smith and Symonds adding to the scoreboard. Matthew Watson was strong in the second half, finishing with 3 goals while Peake and Symonds managed 2 apiece. Andrew Stephens, Jonathon Marsh and Jesse Adamini also got on the scoreboard.

Debutant Corey Holmes kicked his first league goal and collected 12 disposals, while Joel Kalajzic had 21 possessions in first senior game for the Blue and Whites.

Jonathon Marsh continued his good form with 33 disposals (21 of those contested) and 11 clearances, while Liam Anthony was strong with 29, before leaving the field in the third quarter. Jayden Schofield and Ryan Lester-Smith used the ball well and were solid throughout the game, as well as Sam Read who kept Brennan Stack to just one goal.

Despite the loss, Rob Wiley and the coaching staff were encouraged with that bolder ball movement and work at stoppages, with more inside 50s and possessions than the past two games.

Focus turns quickly to this Saturday with East Fremantle taking on the undefeated Swan Districts at home this weekend for the MND (Kerry Coates/Joyce Allen) Cup, in recognition of those whose lives are effected with Motor Neurone Disease.

The Development League struggled against a young Perth side, going down by 45 points.  Inaccuracy in front of goal was costly in the first term, with the Sharks taking only a 5-point lead into the break.

The second quarter was dominated by the Demons and once they took that ascendancy, the Sharks struggled.  Zac McCarrey was strong up forward kicking 3 goals, Jye Clements and Alex Howson finished with 2 while Peter Delaney, Dion Anthony and Alex Moreno kicked one apiece.

The morning started with a far better result from our Colts, who were particularly impressive after half time for their 55-point win.

Captain Tom Eastaugh was a standout, finishing with 31 possessions while the form of Jayden Quill and Gab Parfitt was of high quality.

The Colts like our League side, turn their attention to an undefeated Swan Districts who currently occupy the top spot on the ladder.

 

  

16s Squad Match Report vs Perth Demons

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The East Fremantle 16s squad had their fixture against Perth on Saturday afternoon at Shark Park after coming off a bye. In perfect conditions both sides had only been defeated once, so this match was going to be a battle of the best.

From the first bounce we hit the ground running with some brilliant tap work from Rueben McGuire to midfielder Trey Ruscoe to get the ball forward, but Perth rebounded strongly to hit the score board first.  The Sharks soon responded with goals from Sean Henley and Josh Goodwin with some quick ball movement from stoppages. The boys had a good first quarter being very accurate in front of the big sticks kicking 4 straight to Perth’s 3.4.

The Sharks missed a few opportunities in the second quarter, kicking 6 goals 4 but held Perth to 1 goal with some excellent defence work from Josh Harris-Walker, Jai Jackson, Darcey Rowe and Ben Wardle. Trent Rivers and Tristian Crouch were very creative with the football and provided run and carry.

After the half time break it was back to business for the sharks. We were again a little wayward in front of goal and some costly turnovers hurt us with Perth having scoring opportunities. Hayden Redmond and Tristian crouch were very good when in and under for the ball and Tom Denton showed some run and carry from half back.

In the final quarter the Sharks defended well and worked as a team with the movement of the footy. Jeremy Sharp, Sean Henley and Trey Ruscoe were brilliant through the middle and created opportunities up forward. The Sharks kicked 3.3 to Perth’s 2.1 to come out as victors in what was a solid game.

Goals – Wood 2, Henley 2, Ruscoe 1, Wardle (#30) 1, Goodwin 1, Sharp 1, Warner 1 and McPartland 1.

Best – McGuire, Henley, Crouch, Ruscoe, Rivers and Harris-Walker.

EFFC - 10.10.70

PFC – 8.7.55

The 16s squad final fixture is against Swan Districts at Shark Park 11th April at 9am.

THE MEMBERS DRAW HAS JACKPOTTED TO $700!

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 9:50 AM

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $700 but you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night, April  7th Scott McDonald’s  name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $650, so the draw has now jackpotted to $700.

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 have to be there for the draw.

There will be no Members Night this Friday due to it being Good Friday.

PLAYER AUCTION WINNERS

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

1st   -  L. Anthony – Group 15 - AOS

2nd -   J. Marsh – Group 12 - AOS

3rd -    R. Lester-Smith – Group 7 - HIllseez  

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - APRIL 10TH - 17TH

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 9:15 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.

Michael Andrews; Paula Brenssell; Ron Elliott; Brian Peake; Robert Simpson; Paul Booth; Lee-Anne McNamara; Iain Freeman; Deborah Preedy; Justin Sgherza; Annette Shellam; Neil Lester-Smith; Ron Adams; Andrew Green; Mark Freeman; Evan Lewis; Cale Hooker; Tom Eastaugh.

Return of O’Brien to Spark Sharks

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 9:59 AM

Brock O’Brien, the 2015 Lynn Medallist and proven match winner, will line up for his 100th East Fremantle League game today when the Sharks take on Perth Demons at Lathlain Park. 

With many pundits suggesting that his WAFL career was over, O’Brien has been training very well and is fit as ever. 

Despite setbacks from his surgery at the end on 2016, where at times he felt he may not get back, O’Brien is raring to go and will now see his name sitting on the number 15 locker alongside club greats like Trevor Sprigg and Len Anderson.

His inclusion will no doubt lift his team mates, whether it be his delivery off half back or kicking goals, as the boys search for their first win of the season.

Following their defeat at the hands of Peel in round two, the Sharks will look to bounce back and show grit after the bye.

Coach Rob Wiley has again made changes to the line up in a bid to find a balanced side that staff, players and supporters hope will get Old Easts their first win of the 2017 season.

This week’s 25 will see two boys debut in Corey Holmes and Joel Kalazjic.

 The versatile Holmes who has shown he can play across all lines on the field, bringing speed and hardness. The Canningvale product came through East Fremantle’s talent pathway and has transitioned into seniors very well after a fantastic 2016 season in the colts, where he was runner-up in the Trott Medal by just the single vote.

Kalazjic, who registered 17 games for Perth, will debut against his former team with plenty to prove. He has impressed throughout the pre-season, with his neat left foot kick that will hopefully benefit the forwards as he delivers from half back and the wing.

After finding plenty of the ball in the development league a fortnight ago, Dion Anthony also comes back in to the squad, along with mobile ruck/forward Stokes, young defender Josef Hebiton and Sean Henson.  Out of the side goes forward Moreno, young defender Harrold, midfielder Schleicher and the injured Conor Regan.

In earlier games, both the Colts and Development League teams will look to bounce back from unlucky narrow defeats two weeks ago.  A number of young, talented players are performing well, which is encouraging for the season ahead.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - APRIL 3RD - 9TH

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 9:22 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.

Richard Lewis; Graham Harding; Ken Lally; Colin Richards; Lynette Howard; Chris Lewis; Sandra Taylor; Kerry Anne Cooper; Ronice Craven; Neil Magee; Paul Bennett; Peter Chamberlain; Wayne Glaskin; Miles Franklin; Liam Atkinson; Mia Wilshaw.