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Shark Struggle in Season Opener

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Sharks were dealt a round one blow on Saturday, going down to Claremont by 62 points at East Fremantle Oval.

The boys secured early ascendancy, that saw them take a 19-point lead into the first break.

In his first game with the Sharks, Jonathon Marsh kicked an absolute beauty from 65 metres out to set the crowd in to a frenzy. Brett Peake and Matthew Watson followed suit, nailing important goals to extend the lead to 17 points and things looked promising. Another returning Shark the hit scoreboard, with Cameron Symonds kicking a goal from a set shot after a strong contested mark.

Claremont clawed their way back with the breeze in the second, kicking six goals to the Sharks one.

There were glimmers of hope for the boys early in the third quarter but they struggled to convert. Claremont’s dominance continued during the second half of that quarter, kicking four unanswered goals, before Watson booted the final goal of the quarter to reduce the deficit to 21 heading in to the final stanza.

Unfortunately, that’s where is finished for the Sharks, with the Tigers work rate far superior to ours, kicking 8 final quarter goals to our one.

Jesse Adamini was a standout for the blue and white, collecting 27 disposals and finishing with a goal in his eighth-league appearance.

East Fremantle did also have some good ball winners with Cameron Eardley collecting 25 possessions, Conor Regan 24, Jayden Schofield 23 and Ryan Lester-Smith 22, however at times, turnovers and ball use let them and many of their team mates down.

The boys take on reigning premiers Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Sunday, where they will need to bring a four-quarter effort.

The two earlier games displayed some true East Fremantle talent, with both the Colts and Development League securing first round wins.

After an even start, the Sharks Development League side came out blazing in the second to take a solid lead into the half time break. The Tigers were kept scoreless in the fourth, whilst the Sharks recorded 6 of their own to nail a 53-point win.

Jake Schleicher racked up 34 possessions, Ben Harding and Joel Kalajzic 28, Carl Green 24, Nathan Fahey and James Harrold 21.

The Sharks had several goal scores, with Alex Moreno finishing with 3 while Jesse Mirco and Zac McCarrey were the other multiple goal kickers, snaring two apiece.

The match committee will have a tough decision this week with several of the Development League boys pushing for League selection.

The Colts faced some tough competition playing the 2016 colts premiers, but managed to walk away with a 7-point win after a committed and courageous effort.  The young Sharks controlled play for much of the day, however were inefficient in front of goals which kept the Tigers in the contest.  The Sharks inaccuracy could have been costly in the final quarter, where they kicked 9 behinds, but they were able to keep the Tigers to just two goals to record a great first up win.

 Liam Rajanayagam was outstanding with 31 disposals, as was Dylan Williams 28, Gabriel Parfitt 26, Kyle Baskerville 25 and Jaimon Alone 24.  The two key defenders in Cameron Davidson and Chris Scott, both of whom travel from the country to play for the Sharks were very impressive and we will be hoping they can play more games throughout the year. 

Judi Miles recognised for 33 years service to WA Football

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 2:06 PM

In recognition of her amazing contribution to the WA football industry, East Fremantle in conjunction with the Eagles, made a special presentation to Judi Miles on Saturday at the President’s Lunch.

Judi, a mad-keen West Coast Eagles Supporter, will be flown to Melbourne for the ANZAC Day weekend.

Travelling with the playing group, Judi will stay at the team hotel and attend the VIP lunch at the MCG on Sunday April 23rd, before heading to the Hawthorn vs West Coast game.

At East Fremantle, we want to acknowledge remarkable contributions and Judi’s 33 years in the WA Football industry are highly deserving.

Record:

1972- 1977: Judi worked as a secretary for the Claremont Football Club

1990: Judi joined WCE as the Executive Secretary to CEO Brian Cook

1996: Judi’s role changed to Finance and Administration Secretary at West Coast

2000: She became the Personal Assistant to the General Manager of Football Operations- Steve Woodhouse   

2005: Commenced as office administrator at the East Fremantle Football Club

The club would like to thank Trevor Nisbett and The West Coast Eagles for their support in acknowledging Judi's work commitment to WA Football over this period.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - MARCH 20TH - 26TH

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 9:49 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.

Ken Bateman; Ken Holt; Greg Bowater; Trevor Allsop; Robert Simmons; Dave Nugent; Mark Rawlings; Donald Kitson; Gerry Moran; Tony Algeri; John Martin; Andrew Smith; Glenn Frewin; Renaldo Lomma; Leanne Mirco; Heath Fitzpatrick; Tim Johnson; Rob Young; Oliver Parish.

THE MEMBERS DRAW HAS JACKPOTTED TO $550!

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 9:35 AM

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $550 but you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night, March 17th, Glenys Salmon’s name was drawn out but she wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $500, so the draw has now jackpotted to $550.

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 once again 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   -  Jesse Adamini – Group 9 -  Hillseez

2nd -    Matthew Watson – Group 10 -   KTNMMKBDS

3rd -    Cameron Eardley  - Group 13  - David McDonald                                                                                         

Sharks ready for round 1 showdown

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 2:32 PM

The Sharks will be looking to kick start their season with a bang on Saturday, when they take on Claremont in round 1 of the 2017 WAFL Season at East Fremantle Oval.

Despite the Sharks not registering a win during the practice matches, new recruit Jonathon Marsh is feeling particularly optimistic ahead of tomorrow’s clash.

“I think we’re actually well prepared. We are training really well and I think the first half against East Perth showed what we can bring,” Marsh said.

“It’s just holding on for four quarters, which I think we’re certainly capable of.” 

Marsh returns to the club after a three-year stint at Collingwood, where he clocked up 15 AFL appearances, 10 of those last season.

“I’m very excited. I don’t think I have been this nervous for a game in a long time actually.”

“It feels like a big weekend for me returning home and playing with 21 other mates,”

“It’s a feeling that I haven’t really had for 3 years so that’s what’s exciting me and I just want to go out there and make my team mates proud”, he said.

Drafted in 2013, Marsh established himself as a defender but has shown talent around the ground. His influence amongst the playing group was highlighted with his appointment to the 2017 leadership group.

The Sharks have been widely identified as one of the teams that will struggle this year, but Marsh thinks that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“Rob mentioned to me the other day that we’re tipped for the wooden spoon and I actually really enjoy hearing that,”

“I told him to pull us in and tell the group because I think that’s something that can drive us”

“Being an underdog is something I’ve quite enjoyed throughout my career, whether it’s been at junior or at the elite level. I think if we can actually rally around it and take a bit of pride out of no one rating us, it could be valuable.”

Twenty-three-year-old Tom Omodei is also set to debut in Shark’s colours tomorrow. Recruited from East Perth, Omodei showed in his first league hit out last weekend that he will be a handy acquisition for the Blue n Whites, even kicking the opening goal against his old side.

Joining Omodei in his League debut is 19-year-old Peter Delaney, in what Football Operations Manager Darryn Fry describes as a story of resilience and persistence. Overcoming a number of injuries throughout his junior days, Delaney’s dedication and professional approach to getting his body right has earned him a spot in the side. His courage will be an important inclusion for the Sharks.

The Sharks will also be celebrating Harmony Day, welcoming all cultures to the WAFL. Make sure you’re at the game early to be a part of our pre-game entertainment. 

In earlier games tomorrow, both the Development League and Colts teams will take confidence from their last weekend.  Claremont have been perennial finals contenders in the Colts and were the premiers in both grades last season.

Colts: 9am 

Development League: 11.30 am 

Pregame entertainment: 1.50 pm 

League: 2.15 pm

Encouraging Signs for Sharks in Final Preseason Hit Out

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:18 AM

With Round 1 just a few days away, the final preseason matches against strong East Perth squads proved the perfect rehearsal, leaving the Sharks faithful and coaches encouraged.

With East Perth boasting 17 West Coast players the Sharks started well and despite kicking against the breeze matched the Royals by kicking three goals for the quarter, two the result of fantastic ball movement from kick ins.  The Sharks controlled the second quarter, with many of the key playmakers getting plenty of the ball.  At half time East Fremantle led by 19 points.

Although the boys never stopped giving 100%, the skill level dropped away in the second half and some costly turnovers gave East Perth opportunities to hit the scoreboard. With East Fremantle only kicking one goal for each quarter of the second half, the Royals clawed their way to hit the front with only a few minutes left in the game.

Despite the disappointment of not getting over the line the Sharks will have plenty of positives to take away from the game.  They matched the Royals run for most of the day and won more than their fair share of contested ball, particularly in the first half. 

East Fremantle                9.7 = 61              def. By               East Perth 9.13 = 67

Goals: Watson 2, L.Anthony, Omodei, McNamara, Henson, Adamini, Perham, Franklin

Best:   L.Anthony, Lester-Smith, Eardley, Crichton, Omodei

The Development League fronted the 2016 grand finalists and got the jump on their opponents early kicking 3 goals to 1 in the first quarter.  The remaining three quarters were an arm wrestle, with The Royals winning the second quarter by 4 points and the Sharks the third quarter by 3 points.

Heading in to the final quarter with a 14 point lead and the Royals kicking with the breeze, the Sharks were able to hang tough and run out 6 point winners.   Pleasing for the senior coaching staff was the form of many players who played in some of the other preseason matches, meaning there should be good healthy discussions on round one teams for season 2017.

East Fremantle                8.11 = 59            def.                     East Perth 8.5 = 53

Goals: Kalajzic, Moreno, Mirco, Parish, McCarrey, Williamson, Cronan, Krakouer

Best: Kalajzic, Moreno, Stephen, Tingey, Hebiton, Parish

The Colts, with the injection of some senior players, played their best match of the preseason, defeating East Perth by 22 points.  The Sharks missed a few easy scoring opportunities in the first quarter but after an even first stanza the boys still held a five point lead.  East Perth took control in the second quarter, holding our boys to a single point and at the main break the Royals had an 8 point lead.

It was a far slicker Sharks team after half time.  With strength around the contest, winning clearances and moving the ball far more fluently East Fremantle really dominated the second half, kicking 7 goals to 2.  

East Fremantle                10.10 = 70          def.       East Perth 7.6 = 48

Goals: Ritchie 3, Elsbury 2, Quill, Lewis, Alone, Liddelow, B.Stone

Best: Parfitt, Patat, Rajanayagam, Eastaugh, McGrath, Ritchie 

 

The East Fremantle 16s Development squad kicked off their season against East Perth on Saturday evening at East Fremantle Oval after the league match.

The boys were itching to get out for the first-round, lead by Pierse Cant, Luke Dobson, Zachary Hayward, Conor McPartland and Bay Tucek.

We started the game off a bit slow with some missed opportunities and missed tackles, which enabled East Perth to get some early possessions. Our back line held up well with Benjamin Wardle (#30), Luke Dobson and Daniel Schmidt working hard to rebound the football. Tom Wallis and Mid-West product Angus Wood looked very dangerous up forward, bringing the quarter time score to 1 goal 2 points for both sides.

The second quarter displayed some great efforts from our onballers and some run and carries from the half back line. Josh Harris-Walker showed some brilliant pace with his speed and agility to set up some goals for our forwards. Trey Ruscoe was a force of strength through the middle creating some opportunities as was Mid-West product Jai Jackson off half back.

After the half time break the boys hit another gear and displayed some exceptional football in what was our best quarter. Leroy Pigrams run and carry along with Zac Hayward was fantastic which created opportunities at goal. Trent Rivers, Ben Wardle and Bay Tucek showed some real football smarts when switching the ball to create space.

The final quarter saw the boys work really well in defence to hold East Perth to only 2 goals 2 points. Mid-West duo Dylan Curley and Angus Wood were very dangerous around goal both finishing the game with two majors. Trent Rivers was also influential in front of the big sticks with 2 majors for himself.  Overall our ball carry and transition worked very well and enabled us to get the ball inside fifty and hit the score board.

Head Coach Larry Cavallo after the game said, “the win was reward for the hard work put in at training over the months.”

East Fremantle                  14.6 = 90                     Def.                           East Perth                           6.8 44

Goals: Tom Wallis 2, Angus Wood 2, Trent Rivers 2, Benjamin Wardle 2, Dylan Curley 2. Conor McParland 1, Sean Henley 1, Luke Dobson 1, Jai Jackson 1.

Best: Josh Harris-Walker, Trey Ruscoe, Leroy Pigram, Benjamin Wardle and Dylan Curley

The 16’s play Claremont this Saturday March 18th, after the League game.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - MARCH 13TH - 19TH

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 8:21 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.

Muriel Ming; Harry Bovell; Ronald Feeney; Ian Taylor; Murray McHenry; Rick Tucker; Kim Barrett; David Edmondson; Joe Pittorini; Paul Webb; Patrick Ryder; Garrick Ibbotson; Partick Cripps; Jackson Serrano; Maxton Mann; Lyn Gordon; Christian Hansen; Joe Ingrilli; Robert Chatterton; Joe Angel; Rick Tucker; John Warrington; Garth King; Roxanne Bell; Darrin Usher; Melissa Beinke

THE MEMBERS DRAW HAS JACKPOTTED TO $500!

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 8:14 AM

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $500 but you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night, March 10th,  Keith Atkinson’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $450, so the draw has now jackpotted to $500.

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 once again on Friday nights. 

Wiley looks for Sharks to grow in second year in charge

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 1:11 PM - by Chris Pike

By Chris Pike, Originally posted WAFC here

ROB Wiley learned plenty about his East Fremantle team in his first season in charge in 2016 and now he's looking for the Sharks to take the next step and improve on their consistency in 2017.

Wiley returned to Western Australia from Carlton to coach East Fremantle last year. The Sharks started the season impressively including big wins over the two teams that finished in the top two positions on the ladder at the end of the home and away season, Subiaco and South Fremantle.

That saw East Fremantle sit in a good spot with a 7-4 record after Round 12, but the Sharks lost seven of the last nine games from there to finish just one game and percentage out of the finals. And that was only due to an eight-goal Round 23 loss to East Perth.

Injuries along the way to Brock O'Brien, George Hampson, Matthew Jupp, Cam Eardley and the departure of Josh Simpson didn’t help, but Wiley learned a lot about the WAFL and his team in his first season back in WA.

Wiley was impressed with the standard of the competition that he saw last year and saw plenty to like, and plenty to learn from, with the way the Sharks went as he looks for them to grow further in 2017.

"We are 12 months further on from when I started and we've been able to continue to work on the style of footy that we want to play, and we have lots of new faces and there is a good vibe around the place," Wiley told Sportsday WA.

"When I first started at East Fremantle I said I wanted the boys to enjoy their footy and we needed to build a culture where we would be good enough to firstly get success and sustain it. I went into the WAFL fully understanding that it's semi-professional and that guys worked, guys studied and some of them both work and study so you need some flexibility to accommodate that.

"I knew what I was getting into and I was pleasantly surprised last year. I thought the standard of competition was very good and that's why we need to improve. We just missed out on the finals last year and we needed to improve in a number of areas that we identified both as a coaching staff and leadership group. We've tried to work on that this pre-season."

The Sharks will be buoyed with the return from Collingwood of Jonathon Marsh.

Wiley is particularly excited by his addition and he will either end up a significant help to Jupp, Sam Read, Dylan Winton, Ryan Lester-Smith, Andrew Stephen and Jayden Schofield down back. Or be another option in attack with fellow recruit Jesse Mirco, Matthew Watson and Brett Peake.

"It was a real bonus to get him back. As a contracted AFL player, you might think in years to come Johnno Marsh might come back to the Sharks but he was disillusioned for a number of reasons. But since he walked through the doors he has been amazing," he said.

"He has trained hard, he has been able to drag a lot of the young guys who he had some connection with through the colts to help them train much better. Connor Regan is one who has been outstanding on the training track and Miles Franklin too, and they are both good mates with him.

"He is that big-bodied player that we didn’t quite have last year so he ticks a lot of boxes for us. He is loving his footy at the moment and the biggest thing for us is where do we play him to get the most value out of him."

Two players that Wiley got the best out of in 2016 undoubtedly was Lester-Smith and Schofield.

Both players have always been enormously talented, but it was roles in the back-line where they can set up play, provide run and carry, and use the ball well that suited both of them perfectly.

The result was career-best form for the pair with Lester-Smith averaging 19.4 possessions in his 20 games while Schofield cemented his spot after starting the year in the reserves with 22.9 disposals a game.

Both of them are now 76-plus game WAFL players and Wiley can't speak more highly of them.

"I've only been here 15 months and both Ryan Lester-Smith and Jayden Schofield have been outstanding. Their energy on the track, their willingness to improve has been fantastic, and they are the modern day backmen," Wiley said.

"Both are attacking players who find the ball, and use it really well. They are still both very young men as well so they have a lot of improvement, but they will certainly be a huge part of us in trying to get the back-line right and the way that we play going. If we can get the ball in their hands more often than not, they will set us up going forward."

One player who turned out to be a real bonus for Wiley in 2016 was veteran Brett Peake.

Having retired at the end of 2014 and sitting out of the WAFL in 2015, Wiley was able to talk him into a return and it turned out to be a masterstroke.

Peake went on to kick 40 goals for the season, 18 more than the next best at the Sharks, and even starred in his first appearance for WA kicking seven goals in a thumping win over Tasmania.

Wiley is hoping for more of the same in 2017, but it's his leadership and example he sets that is even more important.

"He has been fantastic again and we have a pretty young squad, so having his experience around is outstanding," he said.

"He's now a dad as well so that's a first for him, but he will be fronting up again and we look forward to that. He played some great football for us last year and not only does he want to do that again, but he mentors a lot of our young guys and they really look up to him."

It was hard to not notice the influence that a fully healthy, or an absent or hurt, George Hampson had on East Fremantle in 2017.

When he was up and going, he was able to play in the midfield and dominate to get the ball forward while also then spending time in attack as one of the most dangerous players around goal in the competition.

With him firing, the Sharks not only would win more often than not but do so emphatically. However, he was again limited to 14 games through injury and Wiley is hoping to see him stay on the park more in 2017.

"He seems to always have an injury or two, but he has worked really hard in the gym coming into this season to make sure he can be more consistent about getting on the park," he said.

"There's no doubting his talent and he is a really important player for us, and he has a lot to offer and is fairly young. His focus is on getting his body right and if he can, he will again be a very good player for us and help us climb the ladder."

As always, there are players to move on coming into a new season as well with James Bristow and Mitch Boyle moving away from the Sharks, but Wiley hasn’t given up hope that Brock O'Brien could still make an appearance.

"Jim Bristow decided he wanted to travel this year, Brock O'Brien had surgery towards the end of last year and he's still struggling with that a little bit so he has decided to pull back," Wiley said.

"The door is always still open to Brock and we are hoping he can come back. Mitch Boyle also got a job up in Geraldton so he's moved there, but basically the rest have stayed and we've added to that list."

Preseason Week 2- East Fremantle v Swan Districts

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 2:00 PM

For the second week in a row the preseason fixtures were impacted by heat, with all three grades timeslots being moved from their original times. The Colts and Development League both had their match times reduced in the best interest of players, umpires and staff.

The colts started their match brightly against the Swans, drawing level at ¼ time and just 2 points down at the main break. However a hard running Swan Districts overpowered the Sharks, who were only able to kick 1 goal in the second half, to record a comfortable victory. 

After a sloppy start, The Development League boys took control of their match against the Swans opening up a 14 point lead by half time. Swan Districts clawed back the deficit by 6 points during the third quarter, before finishing fast with 9 scoring shots to 3 to win by 8 points.  Players who put their hand up to be considered for a league spot in next week’s final round of preseason include Schleicher, who was very good inside and McCarrey, returning to the club after playing community football for the past few years, was clean up forward, kicking two goals and having a hand in two others. In encouraging signs, 2016 colts players Bailey and Clements played well, while small forward Parish looked lively, whilst also putting up an early mark of a year contender

The League game started slowly with both sides failing to impact the scoreboard in the first quarter.  East Fremantle were only able to score the solitary goal, while Swan Districts were held scoreless.  The second quarter opened up a little more with both sides kicking three goals and at the main break the Sharks still held a 7 point lead.  With the breeze picking up in the second half, East Fremantle controlled the third quarter and had they kicked straighter may have gone in to the final quarter with the lead greater than the 21 points they held.  Unfortunately, like both earlier games, Swan Districts overran the Sharks, kicking 5 goals to 1 in the final quarter to win by 5 points.  Some of the positives out of the contest was the performances of young midfielders Adamini and Regan, young defender Delaney, plus the first half form of the returning Jonathon Marsh.

This week sees the Sharks playing East Perth in the final warm up game before round 1 the following week against Claremont.  

Colts

East Fremantle                5.5 = 35              def. by                Swan Districts                  11.8 = 74

Goals:  EF – Smith, Bennett, Ritchie, Blurton, Sims

Best;     EF – Rajanayagam, Wilkinson, Smith, Eastaugh, D.Williams

Development League

East Fremantle                9.9 = 63              def. by                Swan Districts                  10.11 = 71

Goals:   EF – McCarrey 2, Schleicher, Clements, Parish, Paradella, Seelander, Stone, Bonomelli

Best:     EF – Schleicher, McCarrey, Bailey, Parish, Clements

League

East Fremantle                            8.9 = 57              def. by                Swan Districts                  9.8 = 62

Goals:   EF – Adamini 2, Mirco 2, Marsh, Franklin, Green, Moreno

Best:     EF – Adamini, Regan, Henson, Marsh, Delaney