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East Fremantle Football Club takes steps towards Reconciliation

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 12:35 PM

The East Fremantle Football Club (EFFC) is recognising Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) by holding the first meeting of its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) working group, launching its NAIDOC Guernsey Design Competition, and offering their 2013 NAIDOC Jumpers for sale to the public for the first time.

EFFC recognises the important role that community sports groups play in working towards reconciliation and, with guidance and assistance from Club sponsor Kart Koort Wiern, will begin developing their first RAP and will hold the first meeting of its RAP working group on May 29th. The Club will be engaging other members of the community, both indigenous and non-indigenous, to advise on the development of the RAP, including past players, their families, staff, volunteers, members and community groups. Anyone interested in being part of the process should contact the Club.

Ingrid Cumming, CEO of Kart Koort Wiern has plenty of experience in developing RAPs with clients and is donating her time and expertise to assist the Club with theirs. Ingrid said: “In my time with EFFC, I am assured that ??the EFFC is passionate to create and develop strong ties and ongoing commitments to not only the Noongar community but Yamatji and the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities around Australia. Through the RAP process, we will identify what sorts of opportunities for youth, women and men we can offer those who wish to pursue a career with the ?Football ?Club, ? in the spirit of closing the gap and reconciliation?. ?Kart Koort Wiern is very pleased with what we have achieved in collaboration with the Club so far and the continued successes we will have together ?within EFFC.”

The CEO of the EFFC, Adam Kelly will lead the RAP process. “The formal commencement of the Reconciliation Action Planning process at EFFC is an important event for the Club in our pursuit of an inclusive environment that acknowledges cultural difference and equips the Club to embrace diversity, in a manner that reflects its significance and importance.  We look forward to the process, the enlightenment, challenging the way we have traditionally operated and closing of the gap between the Club and our indigenous community.  We have been encouraged by the open and constructive conversations with Kart Koort Wiern which have led to the formation of the Working Group and thank Ingrid as a valued partner of the Club for her leadership toward reconciliation” he said.

The Club encourages members of the community who would like to have input into the process to contact the Club, as there will be a Community Advisory Group formed to ensure that the RAP outcomes are relevant to and inclusive of all parts of the Community.

Following on from the success of last year’s competition, the Sharks are again asking Primary School aged children from the East Fremantle District to send in their designs for the jumper to be worn by the team on July 5th- NAIDOC Round. Last year the competition was won by Daniel Wallington of Banksia Park Primary and Bullcreek Leeming JFC. Daniel led the team onto the ground at the NAIDOC game in his own NAIDOC jumper, was presented with a framed guernsey for his school at an assembly, and had a visit from Sharks players at his footy training.

Entries must be received by June 4th and the entry form is available from the Club or online

The jumpers worn in last year’s game  are now available to purchase from the Club for $75. These are strictly limited and a list of available numbers is available from the Club. Where the player is still available, the purchaser may request that the original player signs the jumper.

East Fremantle plays Perth in the WAFL NAIDOC Round to be held on Saturday July 5th at East Fremantle Oval. Both teams will wear their NAIDOC guernsey at this game.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - MAY 26TH - JUNE 1ST

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 11:25 AM

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK – MAY 26TH– JUNE 1ST

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.

May:

Edwina Carre; Bernice Gavin; Peter Cooper; Donald Lang; Patricia Baird; Garry Atwell; Bryan Pope; Val Del Casale; Vern King; Anthony Horton; Mark Morton-Smith; Mark Merendino; John Minervini; Timothy Bailey; David Tomasini; Narelle Scott; Brock O’Brien; Ryan Partridge; Jack Drennan; Jack Flynn; Kyle Kjellgren; Tom Grylls;  Aaron Wiltshire.

June:

Teresa Dodd; Kelly Dunstone; Greg Wheeler; Paul Williamson; Jeremy Barrett-Lennard; Jennifer Dawson; Mark Bontempo.

NAIDOC Guernsey Design Competition 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Primary School Students from the East Fremantle District once again have the opportunity to design the NAIDOC jumper that East Fremantle Football Club will wear in our NAIDOC round game vs Perth at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday July 5th. Entries must be received by the Club by June 4th. New Closing date: 11th June

To enter, download the entry form. The winner gets their own guernsey, plus a framed guernsey for their school and gets to be the mascot at the Sharks game on July 5th and lead the team onto the ground!

Riverton's 50th Anniversary

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 7:24 PM

Riverton Junior Football Club is celebrating it's 50th year with a formal event on Saturday June 21st and a Family Fun Day on June 22nd.

RSVP by 30th May

Rivertonjfc50thanniversary@gmail.com

0400 055 123

Sharks History Made- Six Wins on the Weekend

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 6:02 PM

East Fremantle returned to the winners’ circle on Saturday, winning all three grades for the first time since round 5, against the Perth Demons at Lathlain Park on Saturday. In addition, all three Women's grades, including the East Fremantle Youth Girls team playing in their first game*, recorded wins against South Fremantle and SNESA.

Colts

The Colts started the day with a nail-biting 6 point win.  With the game all tied up with less than a minute to go we received a free kick on the wing, one which a Perth player wasn’t happy with.  As it turned out the 100m penalty was just what the doctor ordered to ensure victory for the Colts boys, especially after the loss against Swans the previous weeks. 

The game was a tough slog early, with both sides struggling to handle the very slippery conditions, and it was Perth though that handled them better and they had soon skipped out to a 2 goal lead.  From that point on it was an arm wrestle with both sides scoring three goals apiece in each of the second and third quarters, before our boys found some composure to play their best quarter for the day in kicking three goals and holding Perth scoreless.  The win now puts the Colts in equal fourth position with a 4-4 record. 

Oliver Parish, arguably the smallest player on the field, was outstanding throughout the game, often throwing his body to the bottom of packs and dropping back in the hole to finish with 25 possessions, 3 tackles, 6 I50’s and a goal.  Jordan Snadden and Tom Bennett were also fantastic and Jacob Gittos bagged 5 goals to take his season tally to 14: 6th on the leading goal kickers tally. In another sign of the future Liam Rajanayagam (who turns 16 in July) showed excellent skills and composure in the backline.

East Fremantle                  10.5 (65)              def         Perth     9.5 (59)

GOALS: 5 J.Gittos, 2 M.Sewell, T.Bennett, 1 O.Parish

BEST: O.Parish, J.Snadden, J.Gittos, T.Bennett, M.Sewell

Development

The Development League team continued on their merry way, convincingly defeating the Demon by 54 points, their fifth straight win that sees them sitting second on the ladder.

After a tight first quarter the boys turned up the heat on the Demons in second, kicking 4 goals to 2, then scorched them in the third, holding them scoreless while pouring on another 4 goals.  With the game over by three quarter time, the last quarter became a bit of a shootout, with both sides kicking 4 goals. 

Aidan Tropiano was outstanding through the midfield racking up 32 possessions even though he had to sit out 20 minutes in the third quarter after receiving a knock to the head.  Tom Hooker continued to put up his hand after another hard running game.  Richie Bourne responded the best possible way to being dropped back by looking lively and kicking 4 goals, as did Michael Edwards in kicking 2.  Boston Williamson, close to selection in the League side on Thursday, also played well, racking up 22 possessions, 8 marks, 8 inside 50’s and a couple of goals.

East Fremantle                  15.14 (104)          def         Perth     7.8 (50)

GOALS: 4 R.Bourne, 2 M.Edwards, B.Williamson, J.Fletcher, 1 A.Holmes, J.Solomon, T.Chalwell, J.Green, T.Bowey

BEST: T.Hooker, A.Tropiano, B.Williamson, J.Schleicher, R.Bourne

League

The League side, in much need of a win, ensured Club favourite, Andrew Stephen, was able to celebrate his 100th game for the Sharks with a come-from-behind win, in a topsy-turvy game Saturday afternoon.  Tim Bristow came in to the side for his debut, hoping that the energy he has brought to the Club since arriving from Launceston would rub off on everyone else, but it was the Demons who got off to a fast start, with Mitch Morton dominating early.  The Sharks were under the pump and by midway through the first quarter found themselves down by four goals.  But our boys fought back, kicking the last three to trail by just 4 points at the first break.  The second was almost a mirror image of the first, with Perth getting the jump but again our boys showed some grit to kick the last couple and head in to the half time break 3 points in front.  From that point on it was an arm wrestle, with both sides at various times looking as though they could break the game open.  At three quarter time Stephen Malaxos and Jamie McNamara pleaded for one huge last quarter effort, not only for “Stevo” but for all the hard work that had gone into the week leading in. The boys responded accordingly.  With the Sharks behind with less than 10 minutes to go, the boys dug deep, kicking a couple of goals to secure a 9 point win, one that certainly keeps us on the tails of the top four.

All grades can now enjoy a well-deserved break with the State game bye this weekend, before heading into the WA Day Derby against South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on June 2nd.

East Fremantle                  13.12 (90)         def         Perth     12.9 (81)

GOALS: 4 B.Peake, 2 B.Dalziell, R.Young, 1 M.McGough, J.McNamara, J.Bristow, R.O'brien, T.Bristow

BEST: B.O'Brien, S.Dodd, B.Dalziell, R.Young, T.Bristow, R.O’Brien

 

*In 2013 East Fremantle had a joint Youth Girls team with Claremont.

THE MEMBERS DRAW HAS NOW JACKPOTTED TO $3100!

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 5:01 PM

THE MEMBERS DRAW HAS NOW JACKPOTTED TO $3100!

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $3100 and you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night, May 16th, Glen Quartermain’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $3050, so the draw has now jackpotted to $3100.

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 2014 go into the draw and have the opportunity of taking out the jackpot – but of course you have to be there for the draw.

 

Friday Night Meal Specials

Friday night meals are proving very popular since our new caterers in Delaware North have taken over. So why not come along to the Club and enjoy some great food and great company.

Meal

Member's Price

Weekly Special

$8.00

Fish & Chips

$10.00

Pulled Pork Roll

$12.00

Steak Sandwich 

$12.00

Chicken Skewers

$12.00

Bowl of  Chips

$5.00

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - MAY 19TH - 25TH

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 11:56 AM

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK – MAY 19TH - 25TH

 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.

 Colin Retallack; Darryl Cormack; Lester Chapman; Lyn McSevich; Michael King; Geoffrey Jones; Ian Dyer; Bill Withers; David Curtis; Claire Cuccovia; Ross Keane; Mark Hellewell; Stephen Gorbould; Graeme Green; Mandy Lester-Smith; Karen Sanderson; Kathy Brennan; Shane Perry; David Tassell; Shane Richmond; Darren Stralow; Jessica Kinsman; Cameron Zurhaar; Jesse Dart.

Sharks battle the Demons in Andrew Stephen's 100th

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 11:42 AM

After some soul searching during the week the Sharks boys have their eyes firmly set on the Perth Demons this Saturday at Lathlain Park.  In a must win game for both sides, our boys have prepared well and are looking to turn a three game losing streak in to a celebration for one of East Fremantle’s favourite sons in Andrew Stephen (pictured left in 2009 and 2014), who will run out in his 100th game for East Fremantle.  “Stevo’s” story is a great one of perseverance, determination, preparation and passion. 

With over 50 games of Colts and over 50 games of Reserves football, Andrew finally made his League debut in 2008, coincidently against Perth, and ended the year playing 2 games.  Building his reputation as one of the League’s best small defenders, Andrew was selected in the WAFL State team in both 2012 and 2013 where that 2013 team went on to beat the Vics for the first time in over 20 years.  At the end of the 2013 Andrew was rewarded for those years of hard work, by winning his first Lynn Medal (joint with Rory O’Brien), an achievement that his father Peter also made in 1969.  In doing so Andrew and his father created history by becoming the first father/son combination to win the prestigious award. 

In 2014 Andrew was also rewarded with being named the Club’s Vice Captain. Everyone at the Club is very proud of Andrew and all he has achieved and we wish him good luck for his 100th game.

Tim Bristow will make his debut for the Sharks on Saturday.  Tim moved across from Launceston in the Tasmanian State League and has made an immediate impression with the Club and fellow players.  His energy and team oriented approach to everything he has done since arriving is a credit to him.  Mitch Boyle also returns to the side after an impressive game in the Reserves, gathering 25 possessions and 11 clearances.  Other ins on an extended bench include James Bristow, Jordan Dorotich and Tom Hooker.  Out of the side from the Swans defeat are Sean Henson and Richie Bourne.

The Reserves are looking to continue their recent form streak by winning five in a row this weekend.  There are a number of players in excellent form and will continue to put pressure on the League squad.  Lively forwards Tom Bowey and Louis Cronan will look to keep feasting off opportunities created by the talls.  Aidan Tropiano and Jake Schleicher hope to feed of the improving ruck in Jake Solomon and the resolute defence will continue to spoil, tackle and lock down on their opponents.

And in the first game of the day the Colts’ will hope for a better showing after suffering their worst defeat of the season at the hands of a very “big” Swans outfit.  We wish Jack Cripps all the best, after being selected in the State 18’s team to play their final trial game prior to the 18’s Championships commencing.

Good luck to all teams… onward to victory  

Season update from Stephen Malaxos

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 5:13 PM

Gday Sharks fans,

 At the time of writing the League team has been going through an ordinary period of performance.

Just 3 games ago we were 2nd with 3 wins and 1 loss. It illustrates how quickly the game can turn. Our aim is turn it back in our favour by training better and performing better.

One positive is the recent 4 wins in a row by our reserves team. A month ago they were 1 win and 2 losses and had just played poorly versus Claremont. Well done to all the coaches and players on that turnaround.

The one highlight of late was our terriffic last quarter against a very powerful EP line up.  The players were outstanding in being able to persist and forge in the last quarter of that game.

Selection has been very difficult in 2014. At the best of times it is an inexact science. Most who know me would understand I favour limited changes. This is not a personal whim, but it is based on solid statistical evidence over many years. Lots of changes can appear the way to go, but it rarely works in the long run. However, there is a legitimate case for more changes which I understand and this is being discussed.

Our positives of late include the debuts of Jordan Dorotich, Richie Bourne and Brandon Ellis. All appear to have long term futures at Senior level. Players like Tom Hooker, Tim Bristow and Tom Bowey are very close to making their debuts as well.  Mathew Jupp has continued to develop in defence, and displayed great mental toughness to go forward against EP in the last quarter to play well. Unheralded youngster Sam Read has also been steady in defence. And it’s been most pleasing to see Jayden Schofield play well in the last  2 games after having had testing start to the year.

As a team, Goalkicking has plagued us of late. Some of the misses have come from players who are good kicks and have fine goalkicking records. They will come good, of that I’m sure.

One area that has performed competently is in the Ruck. Through James Bristow, Danny Chartres and Rob Young we have more than held our own in this aspect. Our young rucks are doing well in reserves. Add the injured Cam Symonds to Jake Solomon and Jack Fletcher and you will find in the years ahead EF’s ruck stocks will be excellent.

Our defence has generally been excellent, except for 1 or 2 down games. I have mentioned the development of some defenders above.

This week marks Andrew Stephen’s 100th game. Andrew went through a very thorough apprenticeship with over 50 reserves games before he consolidated. His efforts have been outstanding, and as a clubman it is difficult to think of anyone who I have seen be better.

We have deep and experienced midfield who have been excellent in our wins. We need to find a better balance in some game plan aspects for this group to perform optimally. These are currently being addressed.

The season is a Marathon and there are usually many twists and turns before the end. We need to persist  and continue to work on those areas in need of improvement.

Predictions are not my forte, but I would be most surprised if we aren’t a bit happier very soon.

Stephen Malaxos

Head Coach

THE MEMBERS DRAW HAS NOW JACKPOTTED TO $3050!

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 1:45 PM

the members draw has NOW jackpotted to $3050!

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $3050 and you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night, May 9th, Shirley Aspinall’s name was drawn out but she wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $3000, so the draw has now jackpotted to $3050.

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 2014 go into the draw and have the opportunity of taking out the jackpot – but of course you have to be there for the draw.

 

Friday Night Meal Specials

Friday night meals are proving very popular since our new caterers in Delaware North have taken over. So why not come along to the Club and enjoy some great food and great company.

Meal

Member's Price

Weekly Special

$8.00

Fish & Chips

$10.00

Pulled Pork Roll

$12.00

Steak Sandwich 

$12.00

Chicken Skewers

$12.00

Bowl of  Chips

$5.00