Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 10:42 AM


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

Beulah Cronan; Raymond Firth; Patricia Windsor; Paul Bennett; Patrick McNulty; Paul Harding; Scott Kelly; Charlie Ricciardo; Scott Martin; Steve Blakiston; Miles Franklin; Connor Hagen; Jae Flynn; Jonah Finlay.

Sharks visit the Midwest

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 12:55 PM

East Fremantle will look to take their Mid West Academy to the next level during the offseason.

East Fremantle CEO Adam Kelly said stronger communication between the Sharks’ and academy coaches will make for an improved 2013/14 program.

Kelly said meetings held last week were aimed at brainstorming ideas on improving the academy blueprint.

“To be honest the program is modelled on similar set ups in Country Victoria,” he said.

“The East Fremantle Football Club is extremely fortunate to have Midwest Academy staff with the passion that they do for providing opportunity to our Midwest players to be as best prepared for the talent pathway as possible.

"We have an excellent Coach in Craig Walker, a Strength and Conditioning program being overseen by Todd Teakle, Heather Brett holds the position of player welfare and transition, Mark Starling is Team Manager and Jo Starling is trainer.  Their commitment cannot be questioned".

"The academy is an extension of the great work being done in the Midwest by the GNFL, President Colin Cox and his fellow Board members, along with all Senior and Junior Clubs, the Regional Football Development Council led by Chairman Jerry Dawson and Development Manager Paul Pirrotina and the wider community."

“We will look to sharing and communicating with each other so the players get the best start possible.”

Kelly was joined in Geraldton this week by Sharks’ league coach Steve Malaxos and football operations manager Darryn Fry (both pictured along with Craig Walker - Academy Coach).

The trio held a meeting with academy coaches and managers on Tuesday before hosting school clinics at seven schools on Wednesday which included the involvement of current Sharks players and former mid west residents, Andrew Stokes and Luke Murphy.

To finish their trip on Wednesday night, the East Fremantle representatives met with all seven GNFL clubs and Board representatives to discuss the partnership of the two parties.

Kelly said the Sharks would look to help the GNFL with coaching development this season.

GNFL products Mitchell Boyle, Aidan Tropiano and Jack Perham played for East Fremantle in round one of the WAFL competition last Saturday whilst another seven Mid West players pulled on the Sharks jumper in the reserves competition while Tyler Sutton flew the local flag in the colts.



East Fremantle Football District Day

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 12:21 PM

East Fremantle Football Club is proud of the East Fremantle Football District and we have teamed with our Major Sponsor Bendigo Bank to offer families of all participants in our district competition…

 …free entry to the East Fremantle District Day on April 6th

Two free adult tickets for the District Day match were sent out this week along with a reminder that kids Under 16 are free at all WAFL games, we would love as many Sharks members and supporters to be there to celebrate district footy with us.

On the day we will be asking all Sharks followers to SHOW YOUR COLOURS: It’s been 13 years since the Sharks beat Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval so we’re calling on our district to help get the boys over the line on April 6th. Wear blue & white on the day to show your support of the Sharks and you could be chosen to form a District Guard of Honour as our League players take to the field.

We will also have COMPETITIONS AND GAMES: We’ll be running free football skill competitions from 1pm-4pm for all ages up to 17 with plenty of prizes to be won. There will also be a jumping castle, a rock climbing wall and plenty of other games to keep all the family entertained.

Game times as follows; Colts 9:10am, Reserves 11:40am and League 2:10pm.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 2:03 PM


The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $350 and you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night just past, March 22nd, Reginald Smith’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance so the draw has jackpotted by $50 to $350.

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.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 9:23 AM


Apologies – our mistake, Graeme Knapton was here for the draw on Friday, March 1st and was therefore able to claim the jackpot prize of $600.  Congratulations Graeme.

The Jackpot will therefore start again from $200. On Friday night March 8th, Donald Martin’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance so the draw has jackpotted by $50 to $250.

Steve Miguel’s name was drawn out on Friday, March 15th and he wasn’t in attendance so the jackpot is now $300.

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.

Sharks lose game and Young

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 1:01 PM

East Fremantle has had disappointing start to their season, losing to Swan Districts by 11 points at East Fremantle Oval.

The loss of big man Rob Young rubbed salt into the wound as the Swans avenged their Preliminary Final loss, winning 13.15 (93) to 12.10 (82).

Young could be out for up to six weeks, with the utility damaging ligaments in his left knee during a ruck contest in the opening quarter.

East Fremantle led the Swans up until midway through the third quarter, when Tim Geappen kicked two goals to swing the game the Swans way.

The Sharks had begun the game in frenetic fashion, kicking three goals in the space of eight minutes to lead by 17 points midway through the opening term.

Geappen kicked his first goal of the game a short time later to reduce the margin to 10 points, before Brock O’Brien kicked his second goal for the Sharks to see them lead by 15 points at the first break.

Three goals in the opening three minutes of the second quarter saw the Swans take the lead for the first time in the game.

Cameron Symonds managed to stop the rot with a goal for the Sharks, but the Swans extended their lead with back-to-back goals through Murray Newman and Geappen.

A purple patch for the home side saw momentum swing back in the favor of the Blue and Whites, before a goal in the dying seconds from Geappen saw the their lead reduced to four points at half time.

The third quarter was scrappy for both sides as the Sharks failed to score a goal.

Geappen kicked his sixth major of the game to see the Swans out to a 10 point lead.

Inaccuracy in front of goal cost the Swans as they kicked six behinds for the third term, to lead by just 13 points at the final break.

The Sharks started the last quarter in a similar way as they started the game, with Max Duffy kicking two goals in the opening 10 minutes to give his side a six point lead.

East Fremantle threatened to run over the top of the Swans in the final term, but the Black and Whites fought back with goals to Newman and Shaun Hilderbrandt to regain the lead.

Newman sealed the win for the visitor with his fourth goal late in the quarter to see the Swans run out winners by 11 points.

Geappen, Newman and Hilderbrandt showed how threatening the Swans can be up front ,especially with superb delivery from midfielders Tom Roach and Aaron Elari.

Symonds worked tirelessly in the ruck for East Fremantle and was well supported by debutant Fraser MacDougall, while Bradd Dalziell, Rory O’Brien and captain Mark McGough were busy as ever in the Sharks midfield.

East Fremantle’s back six performed admirably despite the loss, with reigning Lynn Medalist Steven Dodd, Mitch Brown and Andrew Stephen among the Sharks’ best.

The Sharks now have a bye before returning to the scene of their preseason draw on Good Friday when they take on Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium.


                                    Q1       Q2       Q3       Final

East Fremantle              4.1       8.4       8.5       12.10 (82)

Defeated by.

Swan Districts               1.4       7.6       9.12    13.15 (93)


EF: Peake, Duffy 3; B.O'brien 2; Macdougall, Boyle, Perham, Symonds 1. 

SD: Geappen 6; Newman 4; Hildebrandt 2; Cameron 1.



EF 19.11 (125)


SD 7.10 (52)



6 A.Ricciardello, 4 A.Howson, 3 J.Depane, 2 B.Cooper, 1 T.Chalwell, L.Cronan, J.Simpson, G.Curley


S.Hancock, T.Chalwell, A.Ricciardello, J.Dorotich, B.Cooper



EF 9.17 (71)

SD 8.15 (63)


3 R.Bourne, 2 J.Rayner, 1 J.Fletcher, J.Jansen, S.Browning, M.Stewart


P.Cripps, J.Cuneo, J.Jansen, M.Emery, M.Franklin


East Fremantle to celebrate the heroes of 1943

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 11:26 AM

1943 premierships players will be honoured by the East Fremantle Football Club at the first home game of the 2013 season versus Swan Districts.

In 1943 'Old Easts' were victors over the Swans 17.15 (117) to 11.11 (77).

There will be six of the eight living members of the team at the opening game of the 2013 season, marking 70 years since their premiership victory.  These are Jack Sheedy, Merv Cumbers, Bob Mason, Graham Teague, Terry Bourke and Dave Cole.

Apologies were received from Ray Gabrielson and Roy Ralph.

This is the report from the West Australian on Monday October 11th, 1943:


Giving an outstanding exhibition of the national code of which it has been the leading exponent this year, East Fremantle easily defeated Swan Districts in the Grand Final of the WANFL competition at Subiaco Oval on Saturday and deservedly won the 1943 premiership. It was East Fremantle’s 19th premiership.

Swan Districts disappointed its admirers and failed to reproduce the good form which carried it from a low position on the list to the grand final game. However the club has completed its most successful season in the league and did well to be runner-up.

The Teams

East Fremantle: Bathurst, Bourke, Clark, Cole, Conway,(Capt), Cumbers, Gabrielson, Hinkley, Jarvis, Johanson, Mason, Murray, Ralph, Richardson, Sheedy, Smith, Teague, Travers and Robertson (19th)

Swan Districts: Aitken, Bamford, Bowen (Capt), Davies, Dobson, Doig, Jeffery, P and R. Latham, Padbury, Patterson, Pearce, Porter, Radiach, Riley, Ritchie, Roberts, Summerton and Holding (19th)

The Play

Swan Districts kicked first to the city end favoured by a cross-wind which blew diagonally from the scoreboard into the members stand. Despite this advantage the eastern suburbs team was slow into stride and Aitken found himself called upon to defend. Within a couple of minutes Cumbers goaled. Soon afterwards Summerton replied. Until the end of the term both teams scored goal for goal. Sheedy making a clever run just before the bell to score a goal which kept East Fremantle within one point of its opponent’s score.

First quarter scores:

Swan Districts 4.3 (27 points): East Fremantle 4.2 ( 26 points)

That Swan Districts should have done better when kicking to the east was shown by the use East Fremantle made of the breeze in the second term. Playing clever concerted football it added 7.6 to 1 goal. This burst gave East Fremantle a firm grip on the game. At this stage Swans was not playing as if such a large deficit would be within its compass in the second half against such a strong team.

Half time scores:

East Fremantle 11.8 (76): Swan Districts 5.3 ( 33)

East Fremantle continued to dominate the game on the resumption and gave a clever display in the forward area. Sheedy, following and forward, and Conway, repeatedly put the side into attack. With the tall Ralph, centre-forward and Hinkley and Jarvis, half-forwards, playing cleverly, five goals were added against the wind while only one point was scored. Bowen transferred from centre to the forward lines but Swan Districts was held down to 2.6 for the term. Considering the lack of opportunities Summerton did well in front of goals for Swans.

Third quarter scores:

East Fremantle  16.9 (105); Swan Districts 7.9 (51)

With a lead of nine goals and the wind advantage, East Fremantle, even if not intentionally, played leisurely in the last quarter and its kicking deteriorated. In its usual style Swan Districts began to play strongly in the last quarter and some of its best flashes of football were unfolded while 4.2 was added to its somewhat meagre score. The gap in the scores however always appeared too great for Swans to bridge and a somewhat disappointing game ended with East Fremantle 40 point in the lead.

Final scores:

East Fremantle 17.15 (117); Swan Districts 11.11 (77)


East Fremantle; Ralph 4, Cumbers, Sheedy, Hinkley, Murray, Conway 2 each; Jarvis, Cole and Bathurst 1.

Swan Districts; Summerton 4, Porter, Radiach, Ritchie 2 each and R. Latham 1.

Best Players:--

East Fremantle; Sheedy, Conway, Bourke, Mason, Jarvis, Murray, Cole and Gabrielson.

Swan Districts; Summerton, Bowen, Porter, Radiach, Aitken, Ritchie and Padbury.

Umpire: L. Mosey.


Level 1 coaches course at East Fremantle Oval

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 9:25 PM

Level 1 Coaching Courses on April 7

The East Fremantle District will be holding its level 1 coaching courses here at East Fremantle Oval on April 7.

There will be an Auskick course for coaches of PP-YR3, Junior course for coaches of YR4-YR7 and Youth Course for YR8-YR12 players.

The course will be run over a half day and is based around theoretical and practical coach education and is a must for all new junior coaches.

To register for one of the courses click here


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 2:19 PM


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

 Raymond Gabrielson; Frank Gare; Muriel Ming; June Petricevich; Les Sugg; Harry Bovell; Robert White; Lyn Gordon; Bernard Brickhill; Ross Parry; Ken Reid; Trevor Morris; Kim Barrett; Sergio Zaza; David Edmondson; Shane Anthony; Wayne Baseden; Phil Merendino; Michael Ireland; Joanne Leenen; Joanne Norris; Helen Larke; Richard Hadley; Melissah Bruce; Dion Reed; Ashli Fletcher; Campbell Willmott; Samuel Coleman; Cameron Gray; Thomas Wiltshire; Cameron Alexander; Duncan Watson.

Sharks and Swans to play for the MND Association Kerry Coates / Joyce Allen Perpetual Trophy

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 3:24 PM

WAFL: First round showdown kicks off support for MND sufferers

The East Fremantle Sharks and Swan Districts will battle it out at Shark Park on March 16 - competing not only for the first win of the season, but also vying for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA Kerry Coates - Joyce Allen perpetual trophy.

The second annual perpetual trophy match is part of the clubs’ joint Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day, held in honour of East Fremantle’s renowned premiership player and coach, Kerry Coates, and Swan Districts’ life member Joyce Allen.

Kerry Coates passed away in 2007, two years after he was diagnosed with MND while Joyce Allen succumbed to the disease in early 2012 at 68 years of age. MND is a terminal neurological condition with no known cause or cure. It robs patients of their ability to speak, move and eat, but leaves the mind healthy and intact.

East Fremantle Football Club CEO Adam Kelly said he couldn’t think of many diseases more horrific than MND.

“It’s terrifying to think of having your full mental capability but being trapped in a body that is failing you, unable to live a normal life,” he said.

“I’m confident that this annual match is something that East Fremantle’s members and supporters will get behind, as their tremendous support both on and off the field is one of the club’s most valued assets.”

Swan Districts CEO Tom Bottrell said that having met both Kerry Coates and Joyce Allen and also having a great friend currently living with MND, he had seen what a terrible illness it was.  

“We are committed to honouring Joyce and Kerry and in the process raising awareness which we hope will in some way lead to a cure,” he said.

Both Clubs ask that their members and supporters donate on the day to one of the MNDAWA volunteers who will be rattling tins at the oval. 

MNDAWA executive officer Mathew Brown said the fundraiser was an opportunity for the football community to contribute to defeating MND while also easing the pain of those with the deadly disease.

 “MNDAWA relies heavily on fundraising and community support, and we are committed to increasing awareness of MND in Western Australia in order to continue the crucial work we do in the community, including supporting research into finding a cure,” he said.

The Kerry Coates – Joyce Allen perpetual trophy match will kick off at 2.10pm at East Fremantle Oval.

At the Clubs’ last meeting in the 2012 Preliminary Final, East Fremantle defeated Swan Districts by 27 points at Steel Blue Oval.

East Fremantle have won 53 games of the 79 games played against Swan Districts at East Fremantle Oval.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support and equipment for people living with Motor Neurone Disease and their families.

MNDAWA has provided support for people living with MND since 1983. MNDAWA also provides education and networking support to health care professionals who work beside people with MND and is committed to annually contributing funds to Motor Neurone Disease research.

For more information about Motor Neurone Disease visit