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Colts taking steps in the right direction

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 5:22 PM

The East Fremantle Colts are looking to continue their great form tomorrow, when they take on Derby rivals at Fremantle Community Bank Oval 10am.

Coach Clay McLernon said the boys are extremely excited, despite going in as the underdogs.

“Last year South won all three games, but the boys are keen to change that perception,” he said.

“We want to put on a really good performance and if we can get the four points it will put us in a strong position.”

McLernon said that focusing on several factors during the preseason helped put the boys in good stead for the year.

“Everyone’s playing on the same path, we’ve instilled this mentality that you make your teammates look better than yourself,”

“We worked a lot on our skills, particularly in the way we move the ball down the field.”

“Yzzy, our strength and conditioning coach, has a done a great job in getting the boys fit and strong.”

This year, the coaching group wanted to put an emphasis on leadership, seeing this as an area that needed improvement.

“Having strong leaders was really important for us, we wanted to have a group that were essentially coaches on the field.”

Registering only one loss to Peel, the current ladder leaders by 8 points, the Colts have showed some real promise this season.

“The challenge now is to make sure we’re consistently good,”

“In the past we’ve dropped off during the season but we want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

The form of the boys has caught the eye of State Selectors, with a number of players in the mix to make the team.

“From the conversations I’ve had with selectors, they are certainly keen on at least 2 to 3 players, with several other boys giving themselves every opportunity.” 

Please note: Only the Colts will play tomorrow.

League (4.10 pm) and Development League (1.05 pm) will be held at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Tuesday  the 25th April 2017

ANZAC Day Wrightson Medal

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Last year, the EFFC Board approved the introduction of a new medal, awarded to a Shark’s player who best represents the spirit of the ANZACs in the annual Derby against South Fremantle. The Wrightson Medal is in recognition of Roy & Arthur Wrightson, who were both Premiership Players for EFFC in the early 1910’s and sadly lost their lives in France during WW1. (1916 & 1917 respectively).

The brothers were born in Fremantle and both played for football for East Fremantle Football Club, Arthur from 1908 to 1913 and Roy from 1910 to 1915.

In 1915 Roy enlisted in the 11th Battalion and landed at Marseilles, France on the 5 April 1916 to join the British Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action in France on the 30th May 1916 at Fleurbaix after less than 2 months of active service. He is buried in the Military Cemetery Rue Petillon near Armentieres, France.

Arthur enlisted in April 1916 and was in the 48th Battalion. He was killed on the 12th October 1917 at Paschendale, Belgium. There is no known grave for Arthur, with records showing some difficulty in the identification of the men in this trench. He is one of thousands whose headstone reads….“Known only unto God.”  Arthur is memorialised on the Menin Gate with the thousands of other soldiers that were never identified

The Wrightson Medal will be presented on field after Tuesday’s game. Matthew Watson was awarded the inaugural medal at last year’s derby, bagging 5 goals from 14 disposals. 

Encouraging Signs for Sharks Despite Loss

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Despite another improved performance and best efforts last Saturday in playing for the MND Cup, the Sharks didn’t quite do enough to get over the line, going down by 32 points to Swan Districts.

The boys showed they were there to put the previous losses behind them, with a competitive attitude that kept the unbeaten Swans within reach for much for the game.

Brock O’Brien landed the Shark’s first major and a late goal from debutant Tyler Sorrell kept the Sharks within one point going into the quarter time break.

The Swans came out firing in the second, kicking four consecutive goals to blow the lead out to 25 points but our boys worked hard to stop the run, showing real character and grit. Goals from Cam Eardley, Jonathon Marsh and another from O’Brien kept the Sharks in the game, trailing by 10 at half time.

The momentum shown in the second continued after the break and an excellent goal from the returning George Hampson, closed the margin to four points. Unfortunately, the Sharks weren’t able to make the most of the stiffening breeze, until Matthew Watson came through with his first. East Fremantle’s defensive pressure was strong throughout the third, holding the Swans to only one goal, trailing by a mere point into the final break. However the Sharks may have rued inaccuracy in front of goal, kicking 2.6 for the quarter.

With the breeze in favour of the Swans in the final quarter the challenge was always going to be a tough for the Sharks to kick enough goals to win. The boys held on and threatened for most of the quarter until Swan Districts finally broke our backs kicking the last few goals in the final few minutes to record a winning margin not indicative of the contest.  

Eardley had his best outing of the season thus far, finishing with 32 disposals, 12 tackles and 2 goals, willing himself to every contest to try and get the boys over the line. 

Jayden Schofield continued to play a crucial role in defence with 32 possessions and 13 marks, while Ryan Lester-Smith (25 disposals) also provided a great drive from the backline. 

Jonathon Marsh worked his way into the game nicely, racking up 30 touches, 7 marks and a goal. Marsh was reported for a jumper punch to the chest in the last quarter but has received a reprimand.  

Tom Marshall is looking more at home in the league side every week, working hard all day to finish with 20 disposals and 14 tackles. 

George Hampson played his first game of the season and spent the day forward for 20 disposals and a goal.

The Sharks now turn their attention to cross town rivals, South Fremantle, ahead of the ANZAC Derby next Tuesday.

After a slow start, the Development League fought their way back in to their contest for a nail biting 8-point win.

The boys struggled to get on the board in the first half, while the Swans made the most of every opportunity. East Fremantle came out a different side after the long break, kicking four goals while holding the opposition to just 2 points.

The scoreboard looked dangerous in the final term, but the boys managed to hold on for a great win.

Captain Tom Bennett was impressive, collected 26 disposals, 5 marks and 5 tackles.

Jake Schleicher continued his good form, finishing with 32 possessions while Dion Anthony worked hard for 20 touches and three goals.

The Colts game was billed to be a super contest with the undefeated Swans team taking on our boys, who had just come off an impressive victory and who are playing very pleasing football.  The young Sharks came out firing in the first quarter piling on 6.4 from 16 inside 50’s and restricting Swan Districts to 1.1. 

The second quarter was a real arm wrestle, with both sides unable to impact on the scoreboard.  The Sharks defence has been a strength all year and that showed again restricting Swans, with the aid of a slight breeze to just the 1 goal again to hold a comfortable 25-point lead at the major change.

In a repeat of the first quarter the Sharks made the most of their opportunities going forward, piling on another 6.5 (from 15 inside 50’s), whilst restricting Swans to the solitary point.  With the midfield on top at stoppages, the forwards looking dangerous and the defence miserly the Sharks went in to the final quarter with a 65-point lead.

While the boys were outscored in the final quarter they never let up or stopped trying and eventually ran out 53 point winners to move up to second spot on the WAFL colts ladder.

Jayden Quill continued his slid early season form collecting 27 possessions (14 contested), 7 clearances and 6 tackles, while Baskerville (23), Parfitt (22) and Chris Scott (20 quality possessions off half back) were the major ball winners.  Dwayne Nevill and Josh Ritchie were dangerous up forward, both kicking 3 goals, while the entire back 6 or 7 were resolute.

The  boys head in to this week’s match full of confidence, but as we know with derbies will not be able to take the foot off the pedal for one moment.

THE MEMBERS DRAW IS CURRENTLY AT $700!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 9:25 AM

The Friday night Member's Draw is currently at $700 but you must be there to collect it.

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.

Meals are available on Friday nights.

PLAYER AUCTION WINNERS

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

1st   - C. Eardley – Group 13 – David McDonald

2nd -   T. Marshall – Group 11 – Rob Hampson

3rd -    J. Schofield – Group 6 - KTNMMKBDS 

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - APRIL 18TH - 25TH

Tuesday, April 18, 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.

Cynthia Simpson; Murray Lester-Smith; Helen Marshall; Robert Barnes; Edmond O’Loughlin; Graeme Howard; Tony Casserley; John Martinson; Russell Lang; Graham Melrose; Janet Rodgers; Rodney Davies; David Pougher; Jenny Tripi; Robert Preedy; Keren Huck; Derek Ashfield; Damian Hodge; Craig Alberd; Ben McPherson; Julian Hilton; Jamie Cripps; Isaac Boothey; Gus Andrew, Mitchell Anderson. 

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.