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Head Coach's Review of 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:01 PM

G'day Sharks Fans,

In a spooky coincidence all 3 grades finished 5th in 2013,after all finishing 2nd in 2012.

In case you are wondering, I think  it’s a whole lot better finishing 2nd rather than 5th!  

A whole range of events occur during a year that influence the final ladder position.

I will outline the major aspects below:

  1. We won 11, lost 9 with the second highest percentage in the competition.
  2. We won 6 of our last 7, and were in front in the 4th quarter in our only loss.
  3. Swan Districts and East Perth who finished 1 game ahead of us, both played Peel (clearly the bottom team) 3 times. We played them twice.
  4. We planned for more input from our WCE and FFC listed players and the level of input was well below reasonable expectations. When planning we based our judgement on previous history with a degree of deviation. This planning impacts on recruiting: it’s no use recruiting a player if you aren’t going to play him. For example, Sam Menegola played 2 games and Jon Griffin 0 in 2013-both due to injury. We factored in more games from these two or at least from one Fremantle ruckman!
  5. Close losses were significant. 2 consecutive 3 point losses to East Perth and Claremont were critical. We also lost another 4 games by 14 points or less.

As you would deduce from our percentage we ranked highly in both points for and against: In fact, we were the 2nd highest scoring team in the competition-  1 point behind Claremont. This is a remarkable effort considering we lost Leith Teakle (retirement), Brock O’Brien (2010, 2011 leading goalkicker) and Rob Young missed 7 games.
Our defensive efforts were also meritorious- We ranked 4th, only 7 points off 3rd. We felt that in the middle third of the season we lapsed defensively. Our midfield didn’t apply enough defensive pressure and the opposition were entering their F50 too often and too easily. We also, conceded too many easy, soft goals during this period. Our last 7 games were outstanding from a team defence perspective. Our major failing this year was the inablilty to perform with the fierce pressure we are noted for, often enough.

Any analysis of 2013 must include our excellent Foxtel Cup form. To make the Grand Final and nearly win it, despite travelling twice and having only a 3 days break was exceptional. The opposition scored only 10 goals total in 3 games. Admittedly, 2 games were played in very low scoring conditions.

To think we kicked  2 goals 16 points in the game vs West Adelaide, is almost inconceivable. Upon reflection, we panicked late, and the players with best intentions and endeavours to secure victory, wanted to have a shot. A little poise and composure would have been helpful.

I have been asked about the impact of the Foxtel Cup on our WAFL season. It is difficult to be certain of any impacts. For example, it certainly didn’t tire us out as we finished the year better than we started. But, our injury levels were very high late in the year. I am sure that the experiences gained by the players were irreplaceable. So in the long term it will be positive. We also gained knowledge as a coaching group as SA football tactics are quite different to WAFL tactics.

Most of our senior players had very good years with a couple playing their best ever football at times such as Rory O’Brien, Tom Howlett and Andrew Stephen. A group of local East Fremantle products like James Bayliss, Scott Jansen and Brad Cooper had career best “games played” years.  The development of young midfielders in Scott Hancock and Aiden Tropiano was important in the second half of the year. We also, were pleased that Ryan Lester-Smith and Mitchell Boyle adapted so well to their new forward roles. Young ruckmen Fraser Mcdougall and Cam Symonds performed most creditably. Both finished in the top 10 for hit outs.

Our player leadership at East Fremantle is amongst the best in the competition. Led by Mark Mcgough, the group comprising Stephen, Hadley, Bayliss, Dodd, Young and Rory O’Brien performed their roles both on and off field superbly well.

We are extremely well served at East Fremantle by a large group of diligent and professional staff. To be an East Fremantle staff member at any level essentially means you are good at your job. Enough said.

We enter a new phase of WAFL football next year with the AFL club affiliations going into full swing. The AFL listed EF players have been outstanding in their conduct and efforts in my time at East Fremantle. We trust we have helped them in some way. However, it is 100% wrong to conclude that the current coaching group is concerned about our future due to the affiliation. In many ways, it will be a blessing in disguise.

Our Colts and Reserves had similar seasons to the League. The Reserves were decimated with injuries and the Colts unbalanced with State 18s commitments mid year. They showed enough to reinforce that the East Fremantle talent pool is rich.

Overall, it was a year of great effort with little reward.

It will take some getting over, and we will endeavor to learn from whatever mistakes we made.

Stephen Malaxos
Head Coach
East Fremantle Football Club


Monday, September 2, 2013 - 3:54 PM

the members draw has NOW jackpotted to $1450!

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $1450 and you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night just past, August 30th, Yvonne Robinson-Schorer’s name was drawn out but she wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $1400 so the draw jackpotted by $50 to $1450.

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.


Monday, September 2, 2013 - 11:35 AM

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK – September 2 - 8

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

Allen Hoskins; Verna Martin; Ronald Jones; Brian Muggleton; Rodney Carrick; Lynette Howard; Alby Huts; Martin Reid; Wayne Reimers; Peter Chamberlain; Peter Gibson; Geoff Taylor; Laurie Smith; George Prince; Rendell Cifelli; Craig Machin; Andrew Rummer; Blake Rogers; Brett Watkins; Emma Jones; Luke Brabender; Joanne Beechey; Mathew Brown; Joel Seers; Andrew Tomich; Louis Coufos; Harris Regan; William Frandsen; Ryan Patterson; Joshua Merendino; Alistair McIntosh; Aidan Mapstone; Connor Smith; Noah Dolzadelli; James Harvey; Campbell Coulthard; Lauren Nolan.

Sharks fighting to play finals footy

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 5:42 PM

If there ever was a day when the Sharks needed your support on the sidelines, it's tomorrow. All three teams desperately need a win to have a shot at the finals. Get on down to East Fremantle Oval tomorrow, Saturday 31st August, to support your Sharks!


Last time the two sides met, in Round 15 at Kununurra, the Sharks narrowly lost by just 3 points. Claremont have only dropped 2 games all year and last week they beat Perth by 15 points. They are also boosted by the return of dual premiership players Andrew Foster and Jesse Laurie from injury. The Sharks of course, have a lot more to play for, with a loss meaning the end of our season, while Claremont sit untouchable on top of the ladder.
If we win, and either Swan Districts (playing West Perth) or East Perth (playing Subiaco) lose, then we will be fourth. If they both lose, we will jump to third and will host the first semi final.

Ins and outs

Mitch Boyle returns after 2 weeks out with an injured quad. Other potential ins are Tyler Chalwell, James Depane, Sam Read and Cameron Crisafio, all have been named on an extended bench. If selected, Cameron will make his league debut.

AFL Listed Players

We've had confirmation from West Coast that Brad Sheppard will play for the Sharks tomorrow, however Brad Dick is no longer available due to injury.


The Reserves need to defeat Claremont, and need Swans to beat WP, to push us up into 4th place. The teams have one win a piece in 2013. The last time they met, in Round 15, East Fremantle were victors by 64 points.

Clayton Dann, from Rovers Football Club in the Mid-West, will play his first game for the Sharks. Clayton is the cousin of Sharks player Godfrey Curley. 


The route to the finals is a lot more complicated for the Colts. Essentially, we need to gain 1 percentage point over Subiaco. Whether we both win or both lose.  Of course if we win and they lose, we're in the finals. Claremont Colts are on top of the ladder and Subi play East Perth, who are currently 7th, so it would seem that Subi have the advantage. Most of our losses, however, came during the State 18s competition, when we were missing up to 8 of our players. Not to mention that over the last two weeks, the Sharks boys have had an average winning margin of 102 points.


  • The match will be played at East Fremantle Oval.
  • League: 2:05pm, Reserves: 11:35am, Colts 9:05am
  • After match awards will be held in the Main Hall from 6pm. All are welcome to join the team there.
  • Radio: Radio Fremantle 107.9FM Listen Online

Injury List, brought to you by CLP Legal, proud sponsor of the Sharks

Tom Hooker, groin, available
Richard Hadley, knee, test
Mitch Boyle, quad, test
Adrian Ricciardello, achilles, test
Matthew Jupp, hamstring, 1 week
Cordell Smith, hamstring, 1 week
Kurt Tropiano, knee, 1 week
Jarryd Lindsay, concussion, 1 week
Cam Symonds, hamstring, 1 week
Ryan Lester-Smith, knee (lateral ligament), 2 weeks
Max Duffy, hamstring, 3 weeks
Jordan Dorotich, shoulder, season
James Bayliss, knee, season
Sam Menegola, knee, season


Monday, August 26, 2013 - 4:29 PM

the members draw has NOW jackpotted to $1400!

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $1400 and you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night just past, August 23rd, Stephanie D’Orazio’s name was drawn out but she wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $1350 so the draw jackpotted by $50 to $1400.

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.


Monday, August 26, 2013 - 4:17 PM

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK – August 26 – September 1

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


Ronald Wood; Noel Ireland; Anthony Kinshela; Terrance Bradley; Ross Ashby; Joy O’Brien; Alex Ellis; Irene Hanscomb; Jeffrey Burchell; Sandra Jansen; Charles Wright; Bruce Mehan; Glenn Moir; Oscar D’Souza; Lynette Geaney; Toby Field; Bianca Lamacchia; Stephen Morphett; Rodney Brown; Cameron Brown; Christian Kesich; Brandon March; Sam Brown; Jamie Beasland; Seth Byfield; Eric Chapman; Dylan McHugh; Alexander Rijks; Ava Nolan; Isaiah D’Souza; Steve Huxtable.

A special mention to our CEO, Adam Kelly who also celebrates his birthday this week.


Laurie Smith; Shawn Wilson.

Sharks score a big win over the Falcons

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 6:44 PM

East Fremantle has gone one step closer to making the 2013 WAFL finals by defeating West Perth by 73 points at Arena Joondalup on Sunday, in front of a crowd of 6,200 for International Day.

It was the perfect way to celebrate Steven Dodd’s 100th game for the Sharks and the debuts of Michael Edwards and Alex Howson. Dodd is the first player to play 100 games for both the Dockers and the Sharks and was carried off the oval after the match by team mates Mark McGough and Rob Young.

East Fremantle hit the scoreboard first courtesy of big man Rob Young. He went on to kick four for the game and was a danger all day. The Falcons response didn’t take long though and they kicked the next 4 to go nineteen points up. The Sharks then steadied to kick two and reduce the margin to just four points at the first change. The Falcons led 4.2 (26) to 3.4 (22).

In the 2nd quarter, the lead changed 5 times. Brad Dick gave the Sharks the lead with his second goal within a minute of the start of the second quarter. West Perth’s Mark Hutchings then kicked consecutive majors to take the lead out to ten after six minutes but the East Fremantle reply came shortly after as the result of a free and fifty to the Sharks. The lead then changed 3 more times before the siren saw East Fremantle go into the main break with a one point advantage; 7.6 (48) to 7.5 (47).

Whatever coach Steve Malaxos said at half time worked, because once they were back on the field, the Sharks blew West Perth off the park. In the 3rd quarter they kicked nine unanswered goals in arguably the best quarter of football they’ve played all year to lead by fifty six at the twenty five minute mark. The goals in the quarter included 3 from Young and 2 from debutant Alex Howson, There was little that the Falcons could do to stem the tide, only managing 1 major for the quarter. The game was won at three quarter time as East Fremantle led by fifty; 16.9 (105) to 8.7 (55).

The Sharks went a long way to improving what could be vital percentage, kicking another 4 goals to 1 in the final quarter.  Final Score 20.14 (134) to 9.7 (61).

East Fremantle sits in 4th place, and a win over Swan Districts would just about secure our place in the finals.  













GOALS – EAST FREMANTLE: 4 Young, Dick; 2 Perham, Hancock, Cronan, Howson; 1 Tropiano, Peake, MacDougall, Edwards.
WEST PERTH: 2 Mellington, Hutchings; 1 Salecic, Nelson, Potente, Manning, McNamara.

Injuries: Max Duffy, hamstring, 4 weeks; James Bayliss, knee, TBC


The Reserves team suffered a narrow loss earlier in the day, going down to West Perth by 7 points. The Reserves now sit in 5th place, but still have a good chance of making the finals.   













GOALS- WEST PERTH: 2 D.Rohde, A.Lynch, T.Shadbolt, 1 J.Embley, M.Mcphee, B.Walton, S.Money

EAST FREMANTLE 2 A.Ricciardello, 1 C.Symonds, J.Schleicher, G.Curley, C.Fannon, T.Bowey, M.Hill, T.Chalwell

Injuries: Kurt Tropiano, knee, TBC; Cameron Symonds, knee, TBC; Hooker, hip flexor, TBC


The Colts returned to form with a 136 point annihilation of the Falcons. Jacob Green and Aliir Aliir kicked 5 each, while both Green and Barry Barone had game high 28 possessions a-piece.

The Colts also sit in 4th place, courtesy of the percentage building win, but must still win the remaining two games to be assured of September action.













GOALS- EAST FREMANTLE 5 J.Green, A.Aliir, 3 J.Marsh, J.Rayner, 2 B.Barone, R.Bourne, 1 T.Sutton, J.Jansen

WEST PERTH: 1 J.Kirwen

Congratulations to the West Perth Football Club and District for their International Day initiative. The game attracted a crowd of over 6000 people and helps showcase WAFL footy to new football followers.


Monday, August 19, 2013 - 1:30 PM

the members draw has NOW jackpotted to $1350!

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $1350 and you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night just past, August 16th, John Meadowcroft’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $1300 so the draw jackpotted by $50 to $1350.

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.

Steven Dodd will reach 100 milestone with East Fremantle

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 1:36 PM

Steven Dodd will play his 100th game for the East Fremantle Football Club on Sunday.

Steven joined the club from Lynwood Ferndale JFC, before being drafted by the Fremantle Dockers in the 2002 Rookie Draft at pick number 51. He made his AFL debut in Round 20, 2004 against Geelong, having only been elevated from the Rookie list a few weeks before. Steven went on to play 101 games with the Dockers over 7 years, while continuing to play for the Sharks when not playing for Fremantle.

Steven returned to the Sharks full time in 2011, playing 17 League games that year. In 2012 he helped the Sharks reach the Grand Final, earning the Lynn Medal as the club's Best & Fairest.

In 2004, 2012 and 2013 Steven was selected for the WA State Team, and in many people's opinion he narrowly missed out on being named best-on-ground in WA's historic 2013 win over the Victorian team.  

When asked about the 100 game milestone, Steven said "I'm very proud to play 100 games with the Sharks. I played all my juniors in the East Fremantle district, and it's great to be able to come back from the AFL and play at the Club that I love."

East Fremantle's Coach Stephen Malaxos said: "The way Steven has approached playing at East Fremantle since he finished at the AFL has been terrific and he is a great role model for other guys on the field. Steven's ability to play with injury and maintain his performance is testament to his mental toughness and character.

This milestone is a great achievement and we're all very proud of Steven."

This is not Steven's first milestone this year; back in round 16, he joined the exclusive 200 Club: players who have played a combined total of at least 200 games for AFL, state league teams, and state teams.

East Fremantle plays West Perth on Sunday 18th August at Arena Joondalup. Bounce down 2:05pm.


Sharks Auction a resounding success

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 12:47 PM

The Club would like to send out a very big thank you to everyone who made Saturday night's auction a huge success- the donors, the buyers, the attendees, the performers, our fabulous MC & Auctioneer, and of course all the volunteers & staff who put in so much effort to make it the best Auction yet.

As guests arrived they wandered through an array of silent auction items, while being serenaded by local singer Ed Sawle. Once initial bids were placed, the Main Auction got underway thanks to MC Gary Carvolth and Auctioneer Tiny Holly. After selling a few runners in the Shark Cup, we got off to a flying start by auctioning the painting of an entire house thanks to Classic Contractors.

A succession of great  items followed, including a yet-to-be-released-in-Australia Air Conditioning system, thanks to KD Aire, an Electrolux Washer & Dryer thanks to Kambo's and a party hire package from Widdeson's Hire. With barely a pause for the quarter time break, the second quarter kicked off with a trip to Emirates Stakes Day thanks to the VRC and the Melbourne Cup Carnival. More experiences & holidays followed including Kakadu Lodge, a 12 month membership at Melville Glades Golf Club, lunch with John McGrath & Matthew Pavlich and a river cruise on Reel Affair.

Guests enjoyed a delicious 3 course dinner prepared by Poppet's Pantry. At half time, we were astounded by Colin Atkins, a speed painter who completed a landscape painting before our eyes. In the spirit of the night, this was then auctioned, though the winning bidder had to leave the painting at the club overnight to let the paint dry!

The second half saw plenty of sport, including memorabilia from Star Agencies, Corporate Boxes and Guernseys from the Eagles and Dockers and AFL jumpers from PowerPlay Sports. And finally, in the 4th quarter, we kicked a massive goal auctioning a full page advertisement in The West, closely followed by toolkits from Atom Supply, Insurance from McKenna Hampton and Accounting from BM&Y Accountants.

The inaugural Shark Cup was run, with a field of "horses" named after players and sponsors. Auctioneer Tiny Holly showed his versatility in calling the race, in which "Youngie" took the honours.

We finished on a high, with Freddie Mercury impersonator Thomas Crane performing Queen's greatest hits.

Thanks to all involved, particularly our donors:

2B Chauffeured
Arthur Marshall
Atom Supply
Baker’s Delight
Balshaw's Florist
Battery World Maddington
Battery World O'Connor
Beacon Lighting Myaree
Bedshed Melville
Bendigo Bank
Bill Benbow
Black Swan State Theatre Company
Bliss Boutique
Bluewater Grill
BM&Y Accountants
Brisbane Lions
Café 58
Carlton United Breweries
Chalis Bridge Wines
Channel 7
Classic Contractors
Coco's Restaurant
Construction Skills Training Centre
East Fremantle Yacht Club
ED- Electrical Distributors
Edinger Real Estate
EFFC Past Players & Officials
Elmar’s Smallgoods
Exclusive Trophies
Fernwood Women's Health Club
Fremantle Football Club
Fremantle Tyrepower
Fuller Fitness
Galvin’s Plumbing Supplies
Geelong Football Club
Genovese Coffee
Grand Cinemas Warwick
Harvey Norman O'Connor
Hawaiian Group
Heaven's Beauty
Ian & Julie Massara
Imperial Homes
Ivan and Betty Spalding
Jetts Palmyra
Joe & Yanee Giangiulio
John Hughes Group
John McGrath
Kakadu Lodge
Kambo's Electrical
KD Aire
Kennards Hire
Kitchen Headquarters
Lot 113 Wines
Mandurah Toyota
McKenna Hampton Insurance Brokers
Media Tonic
Melville Bin Hire
Melville Glades Golf Club
Melville Shopping Centre
Myaree Ceramics
North Melbourne Football Club
Oilfield Piping Systems
Paintball Skirmish
Pete’s Gold Bins
Pig Pen Marine
Poppet's Pantry
PowerPlay Sports
Precision Decor
Racing and Wagering Western Australia
Reel Affair
Rob McKenzie
Rod Cronan
Royal Fremantle Golf Club
Shane Woewodin
South Perth Settlements
Starworld Framing
Steve Malaxos
Sun City Country Club
Swan Yacht Club
Taylor Tyres
Telstra Store Fremantle
The Golf Shop - Wembley Golf Club
The Left Bank
The West Australian
Tony Buhagiar
Trevor Cangemi
Valet Security by LM Poole
Victoria Racing Club Limited
Villa Roma
Warren’s Menswear
West Coast Eagles
Widdesons Hire
Wyndham Vacation Resort
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