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East Fremantle to celebrate the heroes of 1943

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 11:26 AM

1943 premierships players will be honoured by the East Fremantle Football Club at the first home game of the 2013 season versus Swan Districts.

In 1943 'Old Easts' were victors over the Swans 17.15 (117) to 11.11 (77).

There will be six of the eight living members of the team at the opening game of the 2013 season, marking 70 years since their premiership victory.  These are Jack Sheedy, Merv Cumbers, Bob Mason, Graham Teague, Terry Bourke and Dave Cole.

Apologies were received from Ray Gabrielson and Roy Ralph.

This is the report from the West Australian on Monday October 11th, 1943:


Giving an outstanding exhibition of the national code of which it has been the leading exponent this year, East Fremantle easily defeated Swan Districts in the Grand Final of the WANFL competition at Subiaco Oval on Saturday and deservedly won the 1943 premiership. It was East Fremantle’s 19th premiership.

Swan Districts disappointed its admirers and failed to reproduce the good form which carried it from a low position on the list to the grand final game. However the club has completed its most successful season in the league and did well to be runner-up.

The Teams

East Fremantle: Bathurst, Bourke, Clark, Cole, Conway,(Capt), Cumbers, Gabrielson, Hinkley, Jarvis, Johanson, Mason, Murray, Ralph, Richardson, Sheedy, Smith, Teague, Travers and Robertson (19th)

Swan Districts: Aitken, Bamford, Bowen (Capt), Davies, Dobson, Doig, Jeffery, P and R. Latham, Padbury, Patterson, Pearce, Porter, Radiach, Riley, Ritchie, Roberts, Summerton and Holding (19th)

The Play

Swan Districts kicked first to the city end favoured by a cross-wind which blew diagonally from the scoreboard into the members stand. Despite this advantage the eastern suburbs team was slow into stride and Aitken found himself called upon to defend. Within a couple of minutes Cumbers goaled. Soon afterwards Summerton replied. Until the end of the term both teams scored goal for goal. Sheedy making a clever run just before the bell to score a goal which kept East Fremantle within one point of its opponent’s score.

First quarter scores:

Swan Districts 4.3 (27 points): East Fremantle 4.2 ( 26 points)

That Swan Districts should have done better when kicking to the east was shown by the use East Fremantle made of the breeze in the second term. Playing clever concerted football it added 7.6 to 1 goal. This burst gave East Fremantle a firm grip on the game. At this stage Swans was not playing as if such a large deficit would be within its compass in the second half against such a strong team.

Half time scores:

East Fremantle 11.8 (76): Swan Districts 5.3 ( 33)

East Fremantle continued to dominate the game on the resumption and gave a clever display in the forward area. Sheedy, following and forward, and Conway, repeatedly put the side into attack. With the tall Ralph, centre-forward and Hinkley and Jarvis, half-forwards, playing cleverly, five goals were added against the wind while only one point was scored. Bowen transferred from centre to the forward lines but Swan Districts was held down to 2.6 for the term. Considering the lack of opportunities Summerton did well in front of goals for Swans.

Third quarter scores:

East Fremantle  16.9 (105); Swan Districts 7.9 (51)

With a lead of nine goals and the wind advantage, East Fremantle, even if not intentionally, played leisurely in the last quarter and its kicking deteriorated. In its usual style Swan Districts began to play strongly in the last quarter and some of its best flashes of football were unfolded while 4.2 was added to its somewhat meagre score. The gap in the scores however always appeared too great for Swans to bridge and a somewhat disappointing game ended with East Fremantle 40 point in the lead.

Final scores:

East Fremantle 17.15 (117); Swan Districts 11.11 (77)


East Fremantle; Ralph 4, Cumbers, Sheedy, Hinkley, Murray, Conway 2 each; Jarvis, Cole and Bathurst 1.

Swan Districts; Summerton 4, Porter, Radiach, Ritchie 2 each and R. Latham 1.

Best Players:--

East Fremantle; Sheedy, Conway, Bourke, Mason, Jarvis, Murray, Cole and Gabrielson.

Swan Districts; Summerton, Bowen, Porter, Radiach, Aitken, Ritchie and Padbury.

Umpire: L. Mosey.


Level 1 coaches course at East Fremantle Oval

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 9:25 PM

Level 1 Coaching Courses on April 7

The East Fremantle District will be holding its level 1 coaching courses here at East Fremantle Oval on April 7.

There will be an Auskick course for coaches of PP-YR3, Junior course for coaches of YR4-YR7 and Youth Course for YR8-YR12 players.

The course will be run over a half day and is based around theoretical and practical coach education and is a must for all new junior coaches.

To register for one of the courses click here


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 2:19 PM


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

 Raymond Gabrielson; Frank Gare; Muriel Ming; June Petricevich; Les Sugg; Harry Bovell; Robert White; Lyn Gordon; Bernard Brickhill; Ross Parry; Ken Reid; Trevor Morris; Kim Barrett; Sergio Zaza; David Edmondson; Shane Anthony; Wayne Baseden; Phil Merendino; Michael Ireland; Joanne Leenen; Joanne Norris; Helen Larke; Richard Hadley; Melissah Bruce; Dion Reed; Ashli Fletcher; Campbell Willmott; Samuel Coleman; Cameron Gray; Thomas Wiltshire; Cameron Alexander; Duncan Watson.

Sharks and Swans to play for the MND Association Kerry Coates / Joyce Allen Perpetual Trophy

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 3:24 PM

WAFL: First round showdown kicks off support for MND sufferers

The East Fremantle Sharks and Swan Districts will battle it out at Shark Park on March 16 - competing not only for the first win of the season, but also vying for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA Kerry Coates - Joyce Allen perpetual trophy.

The second annual perpetual trophy match is part of the clubs’ joint Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day, held in honour of East Fremantle’s renowned premiership player and coach, Kerry Coates, and Swan Districts’ life member Joyce Allen.

Kerry Coates passed away in 2007, two years after he was diagnosed with MND while Joyce Allen succumbed to the disease in early 2012 at 68 years of age. MND is a terminal neurological condition with no known cause or cure. It robs patients of their ability to speak, move and eat, but leaves the mind healthy and intact.

East Fremantle Football Club CEO Adam Kelly said he couldn’t think of many diseases more horrific than MND.

“It’s terrifying to think of having your full mental capability but being trapped in a body that is failing you, unable to live a normal life,” he said.

“I’m confident that this annual match is something that East Fremantle’s members and supporters will get behind, as their tremendous support both on and off the field is one of the club’s most valued assets.”

Swan Districts CEO Tom Bottrell said that having met both Kerry Coates and Joyce Allen and also having a great friend currently living with MND, he had seen what a terrible illness it was.  

“We are committed to honouring Joyce and Kerry and in the process raising awareness which we hope will in some way lead to a cure,” he said.

Both Clubs ask that their members and supporters donate on the day to one of the MNDAWA volunteers who will be rattling tins at the oval. 

MNDAWA executive officer Mathew Brown said the fundraiser was an opportunity for the football community to contribute to defeating MND while also easing the pain of those with the deadly disease.

 “MNDAWA relies heavily on fundraising and community support, and we are committed to increasing awareness of MND in Western Australia in order to continue the crucial work we do in the community, including supporting research into finding a cure,” he said.

The Kerry Coates – Joyce Allen perpetual trophy match will kick off at 2.10pm at East Fremantle Oval.

At the Clubs’ last meeting in the 2012 Preliminary Final, East Fremantle defeated Swan Districts by 27 points at Steel Blue Oval.

East Fremantle have won 53 games of the 79 games played against Swan Districts at East Fremantle Oval.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support and equipment for people living with Motor Neurone Disease and their families.

MNDAWA has provided support for people living with MND since 1983. MNDAWA also provides education and networking support to health care professionals who work beside people with MND and is committed to annually contributing funds to Motor Neurone Disease research.

For more information about Motor Neurone Disease visit


2013 Season Preview: Part 2

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 1:01 PM

Part 2

Out with the old,

It is a bit harsh to call these two club champions ‘old’ but they did see it fit to retire after last year’s Grand Final.

Geraldton product Leith Teakle called it quits after 166 games in the Blue and White and capped of a marvelous career by winning two finals and appearing in a WAFL Grand Final.

Luke Weller brought an end to a stellar 112 game career at Moss Street which included winning the 2010 Lynn Medal.

The Sharks also lose the services of Tim Viney has also retired after 11 games over four years.

Ruckman Russell Gabriel has departed the club after just one season to return to Victoria where he’ll play with Frankston and Justin Monaco has also left Moss Street to pursue his WAFL career with South Fremantle.

Marco Paparone and Harrison Marsh depart the club but in the best way possible with the two taken in the 2012 AFL National Draft.

Paparone joins former Shark Simon Black at Brisbane after the 193cm key-forward was taken at pick 23.

Sydney drafted midfielder-come-defender Marsh with their second pick in the National Draft.

Lewis Fasolo has moved on to play his football in the country, unfortunately leaving him stranded on 49 WAFL matches.

Koby Stevens also departs the club after he was traded by West Coast to the Western Bulldogs.

Off-Field wise former skipper Damien Gaspar has left his position as Football Operation Manager, the club wishes Damien all the best at his new job as C.E.O of the Swan Yacht Club.


In with the new.

East Fremantle weren’t overly active in acquiring new players during the off-season, but they did manage to bring a couple of familiar faces back to the club. Brett Peake has returned after three seasons in Melbourne with St. Kilda and Rhys Cooyou has made his way back to Moss Street after two years on Greater Western Sydney’s list.

Former Premiership player, Paul Harding, has also made his way back to Shark Park and will take on an off-field role as Ruck Coach.

The AFL and WAFL Premiership ruckman will be kept busy as Cameron Symonds and Mack Byron-Pendergast battle for the vacant league ruck spot.

The club has brought in just one player from the Eastern-States in 23-year-old Coburg defender James Saville.

The Sharks are also a happy to welcome Darryn Fry as the new Football Operations Manager and Kate Argent as Business Development Executive.



League Coach Steve Malaxos will bring up his 50th game as head coach in Round 7 against South Fremantle. Should Malaxos coach the Sharks all the way to Round 22 without interruption, it will mark his 200th Match as a Player/Coach at East Fremantle Oval.

Barring injury, playing reserves or AFL selection the following players are on track to reach these milestones:

150 WAFL Games

Rory O’Brien

135 WAFL Matches

43 EFFC Games


100 WAFL Games

Brock O’Brien

81 WAFL Games

40 EFFC Games


Steven Dodd

86 EFFC & WAFL Games


50 WAFL Games

Brad Sheppard*

39 EFFC & WAFL Games


Richard Hadley

30 EFFC & WAFL Games


Bradd Dalziell*

43 EFFC & WAFL Games


Jarred Brennan*

44 EFFC & WAFL Games


James Bayliss

35 EFFC & WAFL Games


*Denotes AFL Listed players.


For Part one of the 2013 Season Preview, click here.

By Ryan Miller – follow him on Twitter @Ryan_DMiller


Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 2:55 PM


The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $650 and you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night just past, March 1st, Graeme Knapton’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance so the draw has jackpotted by $50 to $650.

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.

If the Member's Jackpot is not incentive enough we also have crackerjack pricing over the bar from 4:00pm to 6:00pm with $3.70 middy's just as an example of the affordability.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 9:01 AM


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

Lance Widdicombe; Graham Dingle; Derek Whiteford; Brian Freeman; Owen Davies;Tony Munrp; Alan Christian; Ric Nicholas; Stephen Musson; Mark Paget; Murray Townsend; Aldona D’Angelo; Clinton Browning; Brad Snell;  Graeme Porteous; Robert Iemmolo; Bradley Kjellgren; Taryn Tapper; Kristy Nelmes; Kieran King; Tyler Chalwell; Max Duffy; Jake Solomon; Anthony Di Lello; Thomas Joyce; Benjamin Wheaton; Brody Blennerhassett; Drew Hicks; Fionna Watson.

Follow the Game Live

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 1:57 PM

Tune into the Shark's live coverage of the Preseason game Vs. Subiaco.

Follow the link and tune in with commentary from of Ryan Miller and Andrew Owen.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 9:00 AM


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

On Friday night just past, February 22, Phil Merendino’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance so the draw has jackpotted by $50 to $600.

The draw takes place every Friday night between 6:30pm and 7:00pm 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.

If the Member's Jackpot is not incentive enough we also have crackerjack pricing over the bar from 4:00pm to 6:00pm with $3.70 middy's just as an example of the affordability.

Members information briefing

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 2:09 PM

On Friday night February 22nd, members were briefed on the facilities following recent reports regarding the East Fremantle Oval precinct.

CEO, Adam Kelly, stated that the Club is committed to working with the Town of East Fremantle with continued tenure at East Fremantle Oval the preferred option.  He also explained that the Town of East Fremantle had been supportive of the Club's facility needs and had acknowledged that something needed to happen.

In brief, Adam explained that:

* The Town of East Fremantle has commissioned a building condition report to understand the structural integrity and current state of facilities.

* The Club has submitted facility requirements to the West Australian Football Commission which detail usage requirements and sizes of rooms required.

* The next steps will be dictated by the building condition report which may or may not preclude refurbishment as an option.

* Costing of either a new facility or a refurbished one will need to be estimated.

* Funding will need to be sought.  If there is a likely funding shortfall and this shortfall is significant our facility requirements may be dependent on the ability of Council to be able to develop the precinct through residential and commercial development which would require a change to the current Class A status of the precinct through Parliament.  The possibility of this has been the focus of recent media and community attention.

* The Club would welcome the community in utilising the precinct and believes that the project needs to deliver greater access and usibility.

* Community consultation is the responsibility of the Town of East Fremantle.  As a Club we can share our objectives for the site and let the community know that we want to be here and would like their support to be here.

* No progress on facility requirements at East Fremantle Oval is not an option.  The Club will face increasing pressures if we do not have an outcome that delivers on our facility needs of today and the foreseeable future.  If the Club cannot achieve the outcomes it would like to at East Fremantle Oval then the Club needs to consider what is in the best interests of members, supporters, players, coaches etc., for the future.  If there is better alternatives to be explored they will need to be explored, however, staying at East Fremantle Oval is the preferred option.

President, Con Tripi, and fellow Directors were available for questioning following the briefing.

The Club will continue to inform members of any progress.