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Fairy-tale Farewell

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The Sharks have finished the 2017 season on a high, with a convincing 61-point win over Swan Districts on Saturday.

An inspired East Fremantle side rallied for the retiring Andrew Stephen and Jesse Crichton to produce one of the team’s best efforts this year.

Joel Kalajzic got the ball rolling with the first goal of the game, just two minutes into the opening term. The Swans kicked one of their own before youngster Ambrose Ryan, added his first to give the Sharks a 7-point lead at quarter time.

Within the first 15 minutes of the second quarter, the Sharks had booted three majors through Carl Green, Dillon O’Reilly and a long-range bomb from Cam Symonds. The Swans were kept to two goals while Cam Eardley, Ambrose Ryan, Matthew Watson and Carl Green (on the ½ time siren) added goals to their tally giving East Fremantle a 38-point lead at the main break.

With finals spot potentially on the line, Swan Districts looked threatening early, kicking three goals for the quarter. However, with Watson adding two crucial majors and Dion Anthony kicking one of his own Old Easts were able to steady the ship.

East Fremantle produced their best quarter of footy in the final term, in what seemed to be a competition for the game’s best goal. Kalajzic kicked the first of eight to start the quarter, with Jamie McNamara following suit. Jonathon Marsh booted a goal from 50-metres out, only to be outdone by Cam Symonds who nailed his own from the 65-metre mark, within the centre square. Jack Perham added to the board while Ambrose Ryan kicked his third for the game, from what seemed like an impossible position. A last-minute change to move Andrew Stephen into the forward line, saw the man of the moment kick the last goal of the match and his career.

Jack Perham had one of his best outings all year finishing with 28 possessions, 19 kicks, 11 marks and a goal.


Sean Henson was a major ball winner for the Sharks, collecting a game-high 32 disposals, while Cam Eardley also playing arguably his best game with 31 disposals, 6 tackles

 and a goal.

First year league players, Ambrose Ryan and Dillon O’Reilly were strong in the forward line. While Harry Creasey was outstanding down back, in only his fourth senior outing, holding the dangerous Stewart to 1 goal from 5 disposals.

The passion and emotion was evident in the change rooms post-match with the boys singing the team song loud and proud in what was a fantastic way to finish off a challenging season.

THE MEMBERS DRAW HAS JACKPOTTED TO $1600!

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 9:35 AM

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $1,600 but you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night, August 25th Paul Olivier’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $1,550, so the draw has now jackpotted to $1600.

 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 must be there for the draw.

Meals are available on Friday nights.

PLAYER AUCTION WINNERS

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

1st   -  Jack Perham – Group 4 – Air Roofing

2nd -   Cameron Eardley – Group 13 – David McDonald

3rd -    Matthew Watson – Group 10 - KTNMMKBDS

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - AUGUST 28TH - SEPTEMBER 3RD

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 9:25 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.

AUGUST

Noel Ireland; Ross Ashby; Joy O’Brien; Irene Hanscomb; Jeffrey Burchell; Bruce Mehan; Peter Ryan; Adam Kelly; Stephen Morphett; Cameron Brown; Jamie Beasland; Thomas Broadley; Riley Clark; Olie Pike; Abbey Andrew; Marina Nelson; Angus Pforr.

SEPTEMBER

Lance Widdicombe; Ross Parnell; Craig Hitchen; Tom Dicarlo; Kerryn Batten; Blake Rogers; Shawn Wilson; Penny Donaldson; Kyle Hardingham; Jackson Nugent; Andrea Petersen; Thomas Murphy; Brody Docker.

Crichton’s Curtain Call

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Following on from the hype surrounding Andrew Stephen’s retirement and farewell match, an unsung hero will also pull on the Blue and White for the last time against Swan Districts this weekend.

Jesse Crichton, recruited from Werribee to East Fremantle at the start of the 2016 season, has decided to hang up the boots.  Soon to be father Crichton, travels from Mundijong three times a week to play for the Sharks. He has shown amazing commitment and great on-field leadership in his time with the Club.  His durability has also been important for the Sharks, in a time when injuries have been a curse, not missing a game in his two seasons.

The left-footer has played a variety of roles over the two years, from a defender, to midfielder and on many occasions, the role of nullifying the opposition’s most damaging player.

Jesse, everyone at the Sharks wishes you and your family all the very best with what lies ahead and would like to thank you for your commitment to the Club over your two years here.

Match Preview // Swans

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 3:34 PM

The Sharks will play with their hearts on their sleeves tomorrow when they take on Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

It will be the last outing for Andrew Stephen and Jesse Crichton, who have decided to call time on their WAFL careers.

Tomorrow’s clash is set to be a tough contest, with the Swans vying for a place in the finals.

The Sharks lose defender Matthew Jupp, who sustained a significant leg injury against Peel but welcome back Jayden Schofield. Into the 25 also comes Zac McCarrey, Sean Henson and Tom Omodei.

Dillon O’Reilly is set to play his second league game after a successful debut against Peel.

It would be fantastic to see as many East Fremantle fans at the game to bid farewell to both Stevo and Crichton.

It’s a finals decider in the Development League with the winner cementing 5th position.  Swan Districts are currently ahead of East Fremantle on the ladder by percentage, so it’s guaranteed to be a tough outing for the two teams.

Win or lose, the Colts will hold onto the top spot but a win will hold them in good stead heading into the finals. 

Bounce Down

9am Colts

11.30am Development League

2.15pm League 

THE MEMBERS DRAW HAS JACKPOTTED TO $1550!

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $1,550 but you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night, August 18th Rita Govan’s  name was drawn out but she wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $1,500, so the draw has now jackpotted 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 2017 go into the draw and have the opportunity of taking out the jackpot – but of course you must be there for the draw.

Meals are available on Friday nights.

PLAYER AUCTION WINNERS

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

1st   -  Jesse Crichton – Group 3 – Air Roofing

2nd -   Tom Bennett – Group 3 – Air Roofing

3rd -    Jonathon Marsh - Group 12 - AOS                                     

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - AUGUST 21ST - 27TH

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 8:44 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.

John Lethridge; Ian Smith; Don Barrett; Anthony Hookham; Judy May; Michael Burke; Sue Stokes; David Fitzgerald; Glenn Moir; John Cutting; Stephen Cooper; Peter Quill; Ashley Kavanagh; Ben Clement; Joshua Kennedy; Fifi Cowden; Jacob Geaney; Rory Collard; Ava Nolan; Locan Clampett; Harry Clements; Ryan Giblett; Levi Masci.

Stevo Calls Time on a Fantastic Career

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 4:05 PM

One of East Fremantle’s favourite sons will run out onto Shark Park for the last time this Saturday.

Andrew Stephen, Lynn Medallist, Life Member, four- time state player and 162 League-gamer has decided to hang up the boots at the end of the season.

An emotional Stevo addressed the playing group yesterday, informing the boys that it’s time for him to move on.

He implored the young list to take responsibility in moving the club forward and towards its next Premiership.

In his wonderful 13 years with the Sharks, Stevo has been remarkably resilient, averaging 19 games a season. Running out for his 150th game earlier in the year saw him earn life membership with the club, a fantastic football honour.

Stevo is an outstanding person both on and off the field. He’s built a reputation as one of the best defenders for his size in the competition, with an ability to quell the influence of some of the most dangerous opposition forwards and providing drive off half back for the Sharks. This year we’ve seen his versality up forward, including a 7-goal haul against Claremont in Round 12.

As in integral part of East Fremantle’s Leadership group since 2011, Stevo has been an excellent role model for so many young players.

It’s undeniable that he’s immensely respected by not only his teammates but his opponents as well.

On top of his 162 league games, Stevo has also racked up 31 colts and 60 development league games in the East Fremantle jumper, a great lesson for all young players about being persistent and biding your time.

Stevo’s Stats

Colts

Debut: 9/1/2005 against Peel Thunder

2005-2007: 31 games

Development League

2006-2010: 56 games

2016-2017: 4 games

League

Debut: 24/5/2008

Career: 2008-2017

EFFC Leadership Group since 2011

Lynn Medallist 2013

State Representative: 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2016

Tune in next week as we pay tribute to one of the Shark’s greats with Six Days of Stevo leading up to his final game.

Make sure you’re at our home game tomorrow to see Stevo in action at Shark Park for the last time.

#ThanksStevo

Round 22 Preview // Peel

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

The Sharks will blood their 20th debutant for the season when Dillon O’Reilly takes to the field this Saturday against Peel Thunder.

O’Reilly, although only 17 years of age in June, has been in fantastic form throughout this season, kicking a goal in every colts game he has played. including recent hauls of 7 and 5 against Swans and South respectively, hence leading the WAFL Colts Goal Kicking Award

The 194cm mobile forward leads well at the foot and has worked hard on his one-on-one contests, improving his strength throughout the season to be a danger when close to goal.

O’Reilly, who hails from the East Fremantle Power Junior Football Club, was a State 16’s representative in 2016 will no doubt make his parents Stephen (former Geelong and Fremantle player) and Sharon very proud when he runs out Saturday afternoon.

East Fremantle welcome the return of powerful midfielder Cam Eardley from suspension. Into the 25 also comes Peter Delaney, Sean Henson and Zac McCarrey.

The injury cloud worsened for the Sharks during the week, with Jayden Schofield sustaining an injury at training. However, the boys will be pulling out all the stops for Andrew Stephen in his final outing at East Fremantle Oval.

This is the last home game from the Sharks this season, so make sure you don’t miss it!

Bounce Down:

9am Colts

11.30am Development League

2.15pm League 


 

 

Tomorrow Man & Kai Eardley Fund Partner with Sharks on Mental Health

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 1:47 PM

On Wednesday night, the East Fremantle Football Club teamed up with Ryder and Zac from Tomorrow’s Architects (in partnership with the Kai Eardley Fund) to deliver a thoroughly engaging workshop to 47 Sharks players; a cross section of academy, colts, community and a senior player.  The workshop focused on breaking the “Man Code”, busting the male stereotype and strengthening the male emotional muscle.

As many of you may be aware Kai Eardley passed away in tragic circumstances just over twelve months ago.  The Eardley family have long been a part of the East Fremantle Football Club family and through their hard work and strong commitment to men’s health the aim of The Kai Eardley Fund [held with The Fremantle Foundation] is to create positive change for the mental health of our youth and to honour the life of Kai Eardley.

Zac and Ryder started their journey working with Jim Stynes through his foundation and since Jim’s passing have continued their passion in working with young men in the mental health space, providing the tools necessary to speak up, become resilient and seek help, whether it be someone close or professionally.  The young men in the room are to be commended for they were able to open up and share their stories, in what was a powerful session, filled with emotion and humour.

The club looks forward to continuing to provide these opportunities for to the East Fremantle Football community.

For further information on the Kai Eardley Fund visit http://kai-fella.com.au/ and Tomorrow’s Man https://www.tomorrowman.com.au/

 

Photo: East Fremantle’s Tim Bristow, Ryder and Zac share ideas.