Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 12:51 PM

the members draw has NOW jackpotted to $1550!

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $1550 and you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night just past, September 13th, Ian Stockden’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $1500 so the draw has now jackpotted by $50 to $1550.

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 2013 go into the draw and have the opportunity of taking out the jackpot – but of course you have to be there for the draw.

Rory O'Brien wins the Sandover Medal

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 7:19 PM

East Fremantle Football Club's Rory O'Brien has won the Sandover Medal. Rory was awarded the Medal at last night's vote count, after amassing 55 votes throughout the season, 12 more than his closest rival, East Perth's Paul Johnson (43). In third place was Jake Murphy of Claremont (41 votes), with EFFC's Captain Mark McGough in 4th on 36 votes.

Rory gathered more than 30 possessions on 11 occasions this season to lead the league in disposals with a total of 622 and went into the Sandover Medal count among the favourites.

The Sharks’ ball magnet, who also took out this year’s $5000 AAMI WAFL Player of the Year Award, polled votes in 14 rounds, which included five best on ground performances throughout the season.

Today Rory visited Paterson's Stadium for the unveiling of his plaque outside the stadium.




Other Sharks to poll were:

Mark McGough 36
Bradd Dalziell 20
Daniel Kerr 12
Steven Dodd  6
Sean Henson 6
Aidan Tropiano 6
Brad Cooper 5
Brad Dick 4
Jack Perham 4
Brad Sheppard  4
Tom Howlett 3
Ryan Lester-Smith 3
Rob Young 3
Garrick Ibbotson 1




Monday, September 16, 2013 - 1:09 PM

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK – September 16 - 22

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

Graeme Hartill; Geoffrey Beasland; Barry Fulker; John Fuller; Glenys Piper; Norm Liddelow; David Barnaby; Ross Storer; Laurie Corbett; Brian Needle; Ellen Watts; Brad Hope; Tracy St Jack; Toni Brown; Lisa Patat; Anita Tropiano; Fleur Ashfield; Russell Thompson; Ryan Harder; Aidan Tropiano; Sam Browning; Nicholas Patat; Logan Vanderweide; Ashton Bank; Damon Lindorff; Will James; Jay Harrison; Logan Evans.


Friday, September 13, 2013 - 1:26 PM

the members draw has NOW jackpotted to $1500!

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $1500 and you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night just past, September 6th, Linda Shannon’s name was drawn out but she wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $1450 so the draw has jackpotted by $50 to $1500.

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 2013 go into the draw, so once your membership fees are paid you have the opportunity of taking out the jackpot – but of course you have to be there for the draw

2013 Review of the Year

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 4:23 PM

And so another year comes to an end; a few weeks earlier than we had hoped, but it was quite a year nonetheless.

Read a review of the year by the Head Coach- Steve Malaxos

Read a review of the year by the Football Manager- Darryn Fry


We started the year with the MND Kerry Coates Joyce Allen Cup. East Fremantle and Swan Districts Football Club raise funds and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA, and this was the second year that we played for the MND Cup, which unfortunately was taken home by Swan Districts. Later in the year, staff and players from EFFC would take to the streets to ‘shake tins’ for the MND Street Appeal and the Walk to D’Feet.  We also celebrated the 70th anniversary of our 1943 premiership, with 6 members of that team in attendance.

Another Cup followed, with the Sharks returning from Mandurah on Good Friday with the Bendigo Bank Cup. Bendigo Bank sponsor both Peel Thunder and East Fremantle and are big supporters of community and WAFL footy.


To kick off the junior and amateur footy season, we held our annual District Day on April 6th. This was a celebration of those who participate in footy in our District. From players to parents, volunteers to coaches, the East Fremantle Sharks are able to have one of the highest percentages of local players in the WAFL because of the commitment and enthusiasm of those who play and organise footy in our District. To go some way towards thanking the players and their families, we gave every junior participant 2 free tickets to the match, where we broke a 13 year long hoodoo at Shark Park with the first of 3 victories over Subiaco in 2013.

We travelled to Brownes the following week, for a thriller against Perth- Sean Henson kicked the winning goal with only seconds remaining on the clock, to notch up our third win of the season.

Later in April we celebrated our 60 Year Anniversary of playing at East Fremantle Oval, with players from the 1953 side present on the day. Residents from East Fremantle joined us as we paid tribute to our heritage in the town. In a year when the future of the East Fremantle Oval Precinct has been much discussed by The Town of East Fremantle, local residents, other organisations on the precinct and the Club itself, it was great to celebrate our place within the East Fremantle community. 

We travelled to Fremantle Oval just 5 days later to play in the Anzac Day Derby, the first of three Fremantle Derbies. East Fremantle represented the Air Force, while South Fremantle represented the Navy, in specially made guernseys that listed players from both clubs who died serving their country at war. We also raised funds for Legacy, a charity that supports service men and women and their families.


2013 brought many new experiences for the Club on and off the field; a highlight “off the field” that was actually held on the oval was the Dad’s Footy Campout. Whether the 2am fun with the sprinklers was a highlight is a matter of personal opinion, but the kids and their dads who camped out on the field certainly had a fantastic time. We’re sure this will become an annual event on our calendar.

We all had a break the following weekend, except our State Reps that is; Steven Dodd, Rory O’Brien and Andrew Stephen. The boys helped WA to their first win over the Victorian team in 22 years.

We then had nearly a month away from home, including a trip to Adelaide for round one of the Foxtel Cup. It was one of the wettest matches we’ve been involved in for a long time, only surpassed by the second round of the Foxtel Cup held at Patersons nearly 2 months later. The Sharks showed they can perform on the national stage, and when the final siren went to give us an upset victory over Norwood, it’s possible the boys in Adelaide heard our cheers from the Left Bank.


The State 18s tournament kicked off in June, and East Fremantle had no less than 8 representatives: Aliir Aliir, Richard Bourne, Patrick Cripps, Josh Cuneo, Jarrad Jansen, Jake Solomon, Jonathon Marsh and Conor Regan. WA won games against Tasmania and Vic Country, but lost to Vic Metro and eventual winners, South Australia.

After a short break, we were back at East Fremantle for the Foundation Derby, which we had moved to the Sunday to avoid a clash with an Eagles game. It was a day to forget for the Sharks; and a rare moment of joy in 2013 for South Fremantle fans. Only the Reserves managed a win, but there were plenty of positives besides the result: We once again supported Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation. Mitch Brown (West Coast Eagles) and his fiancé Shae Bolton became Zaidee’s Ambassadors and the rainbow shoelaces were a hit with the players- we’ve even spotted some still wearing them. We encourage all Sharks supporters to register for organ donation and most importantly, to talk to their family about their wishes.

Two more home games followed the Derby; the first against Peel where we were once again victorious, then a loss to West Perth on Family Day. Families are a huge part of the East Fremantle Football Club and of course football in general. Many of our supporters, and some players, are second, third or fourth generation Sharks, and we’re working to ensure that the younger generation will keep the WAFL traditions alive. We took full advantage of the space available at the Oval, providing two jumping castles, a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids.

We announced our winner of the NAIDOC Guernsey Design Competition, Daniel Wallington from Banksia Park Primary and Bullcreek Leeming JFC, and hosted 2 of the 3 living players from the 1946 undefeated Premiership side- Jack Sheedy and Harold Jefferys.

If that wasn’t enough for one day, we also supported families living with Angelman’s Syndrome. Aralie Jez, who has the Syndrome, was carried onto the Oval by Captain Mark McGough, and we helped promote their fundraising event; A Night for the Angels, which will be held at the Club on November 16th.

Also in June, Sharks Legend Brian ‘Bomber’ Peake was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.


After 3 games away, where we lost to East Perth and Claremont before defeating Subiaco, the team and supporters headed to Paterson’s stadium on an incredibly wet Tuesday night in July for the Foxtel Cup Semi Final. The Sharks proved the better swimmers- taking an early lead over Werribee and never looking in doubt- to book our place in the Foxtel Cup Grand Final.

We returned to East Fremantle Oval for our third win over Subi of 2013, followed by a very entertaining match between our Corporate Classic winners- Getley Paulsen and Best Loans. There was plenty of talent on display, with AFL & WAFL legends including Matthew ‘Spider’ Burton, Peter Quill, Steve Malaxos, Luke Weller and Clinton Browning all taking part. The teams were coached by Ron Alexander & Ken Judge, both of whom were able to get a lot more than 18 players on the field without the notice of the umpires. Getley Paulsen were the eventual winners, no doubt helped in some way by a longer team list.

On the same day, we celebrated Christmas in July for St Vincent de Paul, and asked Sharks supporters to bring in donations, which were given to their winter appeal. The generosity of our supporters was evident in the mountain of clothing, bedding, sporting equipment and cash donations we received.

The final Derby against South Fremantle followed, a resounding victory by the Sharks meant the Bob Uittenbroek Brian Ciccotosto Cup was back in our hands. But it was the following week, with a 28 point win over Perth Demons, which really showed the competition that the Sharks had the potential to make the finals in 2013.


Three days later we were in Adelaide, competing in the Foxtel Cup Grand Final. West Adelaide got off to an early lead, and despite East Fremantle having all of the possession in the second half, accuracy let us down and the Bloods were able to hold on to their lead to become the 2013 Foxtel Cup Champions. It was a great campaign by the Sharks, and the boys really did us proud.

It was a busy week for the Sharks with the Annual Gala Auction at the Club on the following Saturday. In many ways it was the most successful Auction we’ve ever run, and we are eternally grateful for all of the donors, buyers, volunteers, attendees and staff who made the night the success it was.

What followed this were must win games: West Perth, Swan Districts and Claremont. We started and ended well with victories over the Falcons (where Steven Dodd played his 100th game for the Sharks) and the Tigers, but the key game proved to be Swan Districts- our 23 point loss and their subsequent win over West Perth, meant the Sharks finished 5th. Perhaps the most heartbreaking thing was that all 3 grades finished 5th, to come so close is painful, but all we can do now is look to the future and what’s still to come in 2013.


Saturday 14th - Alan Trott Medal Count (Colts)


Saturday 5th - Lynn Medal Count and Presentation


Thursday 21st - EFFC Corporate Golf Day


Monday, September 9, 2013 - 11:16 AM

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK – September 9 - 15

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

Harold Jefferys; June Buckley; Alexander Arbuckle; William Benbow; Rodney Buttel; John Anderson; George Leathely; Rodney Newman; Colin Giblett; Fernette Cormack; Douglas Franklyn; Julie Higham; Denise Lawler; Jennifer Nutt; Carol McDonald; Belinda Hunt; Anthony Bell; Lisa Patat; David James; Julie Nichols; Anthony Dean; Ashley Brinkhuizen; Cameron Fannon; Tayla Bell; Jaydn Atkinson; Callum Pyper; Jordan Strother; Thomas Harrison; Jack Cleaver; Johann Lambay; Ayden Brough.

Football Manager's Review of 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:34 PM

2013 can best be described as a year of missed opportunities.

We will look back in all three grades and think about the number of games lost by less than a couple of kicks, especially when it seemed we controlled those games for long periods of the day.  But I think it’s best not to dwell too long on what might have been, and although there is a level of disappointment with the outcome of the year, there is still much to celebrate in season 2013.

  • Our Foxtel Cup campaign.  Not only in making the Grand Final, but the way our Club and all those associated with the Foxtel Cup embraced the opportunity to travel and play on the national stage.  I am pretty sure I won’t see another score like 2.16 in my time again.
  • Whilst we didn’t quite get the AFL players back week to week like previous years, it provided an opportunity for a number of younger players to play senior football.  To now have a number of players play around the 20 game plus will hold us in good stead for the future.
  • In combination with the point above we also had a very successful year in developing players from within our District.  Thirty five of the forty five (76%) players who played senior football in 2013 (included Foxtel Cup and AFL listed players) have come from our District, which is a great result.  Along with this are the 11 players from the 2010 Colts Premiership team that played senior football this year.
  • 3 WA State representatives; Steven Dodd, Andrew Stephen and Rory O’Brien who played against the VFL and were part of the first winning team v the Vics in 21 years.
  • We had 8 players selected in the State 18’s and 3 in the State 16’s, further enhancing the reputation of the East Fremantle Academy program. 
  • 4 players from the 2013 Colts side have made the Colts team of the year, Aliir Aliir, Patrick Cripps, Jared Jansen and Jacob Green.  To cap off a tremendous season, Colts Captain, Jacob Green was also named the Jack Clarke Medallist as the Colts Competition Fairest and Best Player for 2013.
  • 5  players have been nominated for the National AFL Combine and 2 for the State Combine.
  • There have been many off field successes this year as well.  Our community partnerships and club functions, for example our Club Auction, were fantastic and we look forward to building on that in 2014.
  • We have an amazing group of staff, volunteers, support staff and supporters.  At the risk of missing someone I won’t mention names but your support, effort and diligence has been greatly appreciated by all.  A job well done and thank you.

So from here we undergo our reviews.  We will look at what worked well, what didn’t and how we can improve in all areas to get back to the top where we belong.

All the best for the offseason.  I look forward to the challenges that the new season will bring.

Darryn Fry
Football Manager
East Fremantle Football Club

Head Coach's Review of 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:01 PM

G'day Sharks Fans,

In a spooky coincidence all 3 grades finished 5th in 2013,after all finishing 2nd in 2012.

In case you are wondering, I think  it’s a whole lot better finishing 2nd rather than 5th!  

A whole range of events occur during a year that influence the final ladder position.

I will outline the major aspects below:

  1. We won 11, lost 9 with the second highest percentage in the competition.
  2. We won 6 of our last 7, and were in front in the 4th quarter in our only loss.
  3. Swan Districts and East Perth who finished 1 game ahead of us, both played Peel (clearly the bottom team) 3 times. We played them twice.
  4. We planned for more input from our WCE and FFC listed players and the level of input was well below reasonable expectations. When planning we based our judgement on previous history with a degree of deviation. This planning impacts on recruiting: it’s no use recruiting a player if you aren’t going to play him. For example, Sam Menegola played 2 games and Jon Griffin 0 in 2013-both due to injury. We factored in more games from these two or at least from one Fremantle ruckman!
  5. Close losses were significant. 2 consecutive 3 point losses to East Perth and Claremont were critical. We also lost another 4 games by 14 points or less.

As you would deduce from our percentage we ranked highly in both points for and against: In fact, we were the 2nd highest scoring team in the competition-  1 point behind Claremont. This is a remarkable effort considering we lost Leith Teakle (retirement), Brock O’Brien (2010, 2011 leading goalkicker) and Rob Young missed 7 games.
Our defensive efforts were also meritorious- We ranked 4th, only 7 points off 3rd. We felt that in the middle third of the season we lapsed defensively. Our midfield didn’t apply enough defensive pressure and the opposition were entering their F50 too often and too easily. We also, conceded too many easy, soft goals during this period. Our last 7 games were outstanding from a team defence perspective. Our major failing this year was the inablilty to perform with the fierce pressure we are noted for, often enough.

Any analysis of 2013 must include our excellent Foxtel Cup form. To make the Grand Final and nearly win it, despite travelling twice and having only a 3 days break was exceptional. The opposition scored only 10 goals total in 3 games. Admittedly, 2 games were played in very low scoring conditions.

To think we kicked  2 goals 16 points in the game vs West Adelaide, is almost inconceivable. Upon reflection, we panicked late, and the players with best intentions and endeavours to secure victory, wanted to have a shot. A little poise and composure would have been helpful.

I have been asked about the impact of the Foxtel Cup on our WAFL season. It is difficult to be certain of any impacts. For example, it certainly didn’t tire us out as we finished the year better than we started. But, our injury levels were very high late in the year. I am sure that the experiences gained by the players were irreplaceable. So in the long term it will be positive. We also gained knowledge as a coaching group as SA football tactics are quite different to WAFL tactics.

Most of our senior players had very good years with a couple playing their best ever football at times such as Rory O’Brien, Tom Howlett and Andrew Stephen. A group of local East Fremantle products like James Bayliss, Scott Jansen and Brad Cooper had career best “games played” years.  The development of young midfielders in Scott Hancock and Aiden Tropiano was important in the second half of the year. We also, were pleased that Ryan Lester-Smith and Mitchell Boyle adapted so well to their new forward roles. Young ruckmen Fraser Mcdougall and Cam Symonds performed most creditably. Both finished in the top 10 for hit outs.

Our player leadership at East Fremantle is amongst the best in the competition. Led by Mark Mcgough, the group comprising Stephen, Hadley, Bayliss, Dodd, Young and Rory O’Brien performed their roles both on and off field superbly well.

We are extremely well served at East Fremantle by a large group of diligent and professional staff. To be an East Fremantle staff member at any level essentially means you are good at your job. Enough said.

We enter a new phase of WAFL football next year with the AFL club affiliations going into full swing. The AFL listed EF players have been outstanding in their conduct and efforts in my time at East Fremantle. We trust we have helped them in some way. However, it is 100% wrong to conclude that the current coaching group is concerned about our future due to the affiliation. In many ways, it will be a blessing in disguise.

Our Colts and Reserves had similar seasons to the League. The Reserves were decimated with injuries and the Colts unbalanced with State 18s commitments mid year. They showed enough to reinforce that the East Fremantle talent pool is rich.

Overall, it was a year of great effort with little reward.

It will take some getting over, and we will endeavor to learn from whatever mistakes we made.

Stephen Malaxos
Head Coach
East Fremantle Football Club


Monday, September 2, 2013 - 3:54 PM

the members draw has NOW jackpotted to $1450!

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $1450 and you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night just past, August 30th, Yvonne Robinson-Schorer’s name was drawn out but she wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $1400 so the draw jackpotted by $50 to $1450.

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 2013 go into the draw, so once your membership fees are paid you have the opportunity of taking out the jackpot – but of course you have to be there for the draw.


Monday, September 2, 2013 - 11:35 AM

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK – September 2 - 8

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

Allen Hoskins; Verna Martin; Ronald Jones; Brian Muggleton; Rodney Carrick; Lynette Howard; Alby Huts; Martin Reid; Wayne Reimers; Peter Chamberlain; Peter Gibson; Geoff Taylor; Laurie Smith; George Prince; Rendell Cifelli; Craig Machin; Andrew Rummer; Blake Rogers; Brett Watkins; Emma Jones; Luke Brabender; Joanne Beechey; Mathew Brown; Joel Seers; Andrew Tomich; Louis Coufos; Harris Regan; William Frandsen; Ryan Patterson; Joshua Merendino; Alistair McIntosh; Aidan Mapstone; Connor Smith; Noah Dolzadelli; James Harvey; Campbell Coulthard; Lauren Nolan.