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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 9:39 AM

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

1st   -   Jonathon Marsh – Group 12 – AOS

2nd -    Ryan Lester-Smith – Group 7  - Hillseez

3rd -    Cameron Eardley – Group 13 – David McDonald


Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 9:20 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.

Gordon Smith; Bob Uittenbroek; Jon Dorotich; Gavin Winton; Peter Bogensperger; Naomi Jones; Jennifer Stanley; Mark Nichols; Kirsten Holmes; Thomas Bennett; Riley Auret;  Jenae Morton; Cameron Power.

Derby Preview

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 4:07 PM

The stakes for the ANZAC Day Derby are as high as ever, with the Sharks desperate for a win tomorrow at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Although The Sharks go into the match as underdogs, it’s a well-known fact that anything can happen in a derby.

Last week, the boys showed grit that had been missing from the earlier games and will now look to maintain a four-quarter effort.

Into the 25 this week comes Dion Anthony, Josh Cuneo, Carl Green, Alex Moreno and Tom Bennett, who will make his league debut against the Bulldogs.

Bennett played juniors for Willetton, before making his way through the East Fremantle talent pathway.  After three seasons with the Colts, he progressed into senior footy playing 21 games since 2016. This year, Bennett was named captain of the Development League and after racking up 26 and 27 possessions in the past two games, has more than earned himself a spot in the side.

The Development League also face a tough task, with South Fremantle on top of the ladder. Sitting just outside the top 5, The Sharks should be boosted from last weeks nail biting win against Swan Districts.



SOUTH FREMANTLE v EAST FREMANTLE?Tuesday April 25, 4.10pm?Fremantle Community Bank Oval


12.00pm – Main gate opens

12.30pm – Public bar opens

1.00pm – Merchandise area opens

1.05pm – Reserves game bouncedown

1.30pm – Official Anzac Derby President's Function begins

3.40pm – Pre-game formalities commence

4.10pm – League game bouncedown

5.25pm – Half-time afternoon tea in Griff John Room

7.00pm – League game approximately concludes

8.00pm – Post-match awards commence in Griff John Room


Purchase from the main gate on game day. Main gate located at the corner of Parry St and William St in Fremantle. Adult Tickets $15. Concession Tickets $12. Under 16s Free.


Nearest Bus Stop is on South Terrace. Buses 511, 513, 520, 530, 531, 532, 825, 920, 998 and 999 stop a two-minute walk from the main gate.

Nearest Train Station is Fremantle Station. Fremantle Line Train stops at Fremantle station every 15 minutes on game day which is an eight-minute walk from the main gate.

Numerous parking areas are in close proximity to the ground including parking areas on Parry St and multi-level parking on Henderson St. 

Please note parking inside the ground is limited to players and support staff on match days. 


WAFL footy is still family friendly fun. Everyone is welcome onto Fremantle Community Bank Oval at the quarter breaks and during half-time. Feel free to have a kick on field during the breaks or listen to the coaches quarter-time addresses. Please remember to give distance around team huddles and stay out of the centre square of the ground. 


A number of food options and street van outlets are available to fans at Fremantle Community Bank Oval:

JD's Fast Foods: Located inside the ground next to the main gates, this van serves a wide variety of hot food, cold drinks and snacks.

New York Hot Dog: Located in front of the Victoria Pavilion, this street van serves a variety of differing gourmet hot dogs to suit all tastes.  

South Fremantle Canteen: Located at the bar in the public area of the club, the canteen sells traditional footy food including hot chips, burgers and cold drinks. 


The public bar is open to all with the entrance through the main doors to the South Fremantle club rooms. TAB facilities are located within the public area of the main bar. Bar opens at 12.30pm. 


The game will be broadcast live on 7mate from 4pm and also will be live on radio with 720 ABC Perth. Visit or download the WAFL App to stay up to date with all the action on game day including live stats and a radio broadcast. 



Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:42 AM

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $750 but you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night, April  21st, Steven Luff’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $700, so the draw has now jackpotted to $750.

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 on Friday nights. 

Wiley to lead Sharks until at least 2019

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 9:17 AM

The East Fremantle Football Club is pleased to announce a Contract Extension for its League Coach, Rob Wiley. The EFFC Board unanimously agreed to extend Wiley's tenure by another year as League Coach, which now makes it a four year term and until the end of the 2019 season. The club believes it is in a good position to fulfil its ambition of becoming a strong and competitive club in the very near future. This is in line with the Clubs' Five Year Strategic Plan and it is in no doubt that Wiley is the right person to lead the playing group and meet this challenge.

The EFFC has contributed a considerable amount of time and resources into improving its talent development programs during the past two years and we are now starting to see strong performances in our 16s and 18s programs this year. The EFFC is committed to developing our local talent (metropolitan and country zones), which will be the core of our senior team for the future. Given Wiley’s proven experience in junior development, the club strongly believes he is the right person to develop the young talent and lead this process.

“I am very appreciative of the support and faith that the EFFC club as shown in me. We are under no illusion of where the club is at the moment and in what direction we need to take,” Rob Wiley said.

I look forward to working with the other coaches and the club in developing players to play at a consistently high level in the coming years.”

Over the next few years, the WAFL will be implementing change and the EFFC will be proactive in ensuring a bright future for this 119 year old club on and off the field through new facilities as well as a strong player development and recruiting program.

The timing of this extension and announcement is critical in that it only further endorses our strong belief that the club is heading in the right direction. This is an unequivocal message to all EFFC members & supporters that the club has a clear plan for our future and we are excited that Rob Wiley has again committed to being part of this exciting process.

Colts taking steps in the right direction

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 5:22 PM

The East Fremantle Colts are looking to continue their great form tomorrow, when they take on Derby rivals at Fremantle Community Bank Oval 10am.

Coach Clay McLernon said the boys are extremely excited, despite going in as the underdogs.

“Last year South won all three games, but the boys are keen to change that perception,” he said.

“We want to put on a really good performance and if we can get the four points it will put us in a strong position.”

McLernon said that focusing on several factors during the preseason helped put the boys in good stead for the year.

“Everyone’s playing on the same path, we’ve instilled this mentality that you make your teammates look better than yourself,”

“We worked a lot on our skills, particularly in the way we move the ball down the field.”

“Yzzy, our strength and conditioning coach, has a done a great job in getting the boys fit and strong.”

This year, the coaching group wanted to put an emphasis on leadership, seeing this as an area that needed improvement.

“Having strong leaders was really important for us, we wanted to have a group that were essentially coaches on the field.”

Registering only one loss to Peel, the current ladder leaders by 8 points, the Colts have showed some real promise this season.

“The challenge now is to make sure we’re consistently good,”

“In the past we’ve dropped off during the season but we want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

The form of the boys has caught the eye of State Selectors, with a number of players in the mix to make the team.

“From the conversations I’ve had with selectors, they are certainly keen on at least 2 to 3 players, with several other boys giving themselves every opportunity.” 

Please note: Only the Colts will play tomorrow.

League (4.10 pm) and Development League (1.05 pm) will be held at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Tuesday  the 25th April 2017

ANZAC Day Wrightson Medal

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Last year, the EFFC Board approved the introduction of a new medal, awarded to a Shark’s player who best represents the spirit of the ANZACs in the annual Derby against South Fremantle. The Wrightson Medal is in recognition of Roy & Arthur Wrightson, who were both Premiership Players for EFFC in the early 1910’s and sadly lost their lives in France during WW1. (1916 & 1917 respectively).

The brothers were born in Fremantle and both played for football for East Fremantle Football Club, Arthur from 1908 to 1913 and Roy from 1910 to 1915.

In 1915 Roy enlisted in the 11th Battalion and landed at Marseilles, France on the 5 April 1916 to join the British Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action in France on the 30th May 1916 at Fleurbaix after less than 2 months of active service. He is buried in the Military Cemetery Rue Petillon near Armentieres, France.

Arthur enlisted in April 1916 and was in the 48th Battalion. He was killed on the 12th October 1917 at Paschendale, Belgium. There is no known grave for Arthur, with records showing some difficulty in the identification of the men in this trench. He is one of thousands whose headstone reads….“Known only unto God.”  Arthur is memorialised on the Menin Gate with the thousands of other soldiers that were never identified

The Wrightson Medal will be presented on field after Tuesday’s game. Matthew Watson was awarded the inaugural medal at last year’s derby, bagging 5 goals from 14 disposals. 

Encouraging Signs for Sharks Despite Loss

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Despite another improved performance and best efforts last Saturday in playing for the MND Cup, the Sharks didn’t quite do enough to get over the line, going down by 32 points to Swan Districts.

The boys showed they were there to put the previous losses behind them, with a competitive attitude that kept the unbeaten Swans within reach for much for the game.

Brock O’Brien landed the Shark’s first major and a late goal from debutant Tyler Sorrell kept the Sharks within one point going into the quarter time break.

The Swans came out firing in the second, kicking four consecutive goals to blow the lead out to 25 points but our boys worked hard to stop the run, showing real character and grit. Goals from Cam Eardley, Jonathon Marsh and another from O’Brien kept the Sharks in the game, trailing by 10 at half time.

The momentum shown in the second continued after the break and an excellent goal from the returning George Hampson, closed the margin to four points. Unfortunately, the Sharks weren’t able to make the most of the stiffening breeze, until Matthew Watson came through with his first. East Fremantle’s defensive pressure was strong throughout the third, holding the Swans to only one goal, trailing by a mere point into the final break. However the Sharks may have rued inaccuracy in front of goal, kicking 2.6 for the quarter.

With the breeze in favour of the Swans in the final quarter the challenge was always going to be a tough for the Sharks to kick enough goals to win. The boys held on and threatened for most of the quarter until Swan Districts finally broke our backs kicking the last few goals in the final few minutes to record a winning margin not indicative of the contest.  

Eardley had his best outing of the season thus far, finishing with 32 disposals, 12 tackles and 2 goals, willing himself to every contest to try and get the boys over the line. 

Jayden Schofield continued to play a crucial role in defence with 32 possessions and 13 marks, while Ryan Lester-Smith (25 disposals) also provided a great drive from the backline. 

Jonathon Marsh worked his way into the game nicely, racking up 30 touches, 7 marks and a goal. Marsh was reported for a jumper punch to the chest in the last quarter but has received a reprimand.  

Tom Marshall is looking more at home in the league side every week, working hard all day to finish with 20 disposals and 14 tackles. 

George Hampson played his first game of the season and spent the day forward for 20 disposals and a goal.

The Sharks now turn their attention to cross town rivals, South Fremantle, ahead of the ANZAC Derby next Tuesday.

After a slow start, the Development League fought their way back in to their contest for a nail biting 8-point win.

The boys struggled to get on the board in the first half, while the Swans made the most of every opportunity. East Fremantle came out a different side after the long break, kicking four goals while holding the opposition to just 2 points.

The scoreboard looked dangerous in the final term, but the boys managed to hold on for a great win.

Captain Tom Bennett was impressive, collected 26 disposals, 5 marks and 5 tackles.

Jake Schleicher continued his good form, finishing with 32 possessions while Dion Anthony worked hard for 20 touches and three goals.

The Colts game was billed to be a super contest with the undefeated Swans team taking on our boys, who had just come off an impressive victory and who are playing very pleasing football.  The young Sharks came out firing in the first quarter piling on 6.4 from 16 inside 50’s and restricting Swan Districts to 1.1. 

The second quarter was a real arm wrestle, with both sides unable to impact on the scoreboard.  The Sharks defence has been a strength all year and that showed again restricting Swans, with the aid of a slight breeze to just the 1 goal again to hold a comfortable 25-point lead at the major change.

In a repeat of the first quarter the Sharks made the most of their opportunities going forward, piling on another 6.5 (from 15 inside 50’s), whilst restricting Swans to the solitary point.  With the midfield on top at stoppages, the forwards looking dangerous and the defence miserly the Sharks went in to the final quarter with a 65-point lead.

While the boys were outscored in the final quarter they never let up or stopped trying and eventually ran out 53 point winners to move up to second spot on the WAFL colts ladder.

Jayden Quill continued his slid early season form collecting 27 possessions (14 contested), 7 clearances and 6 tackles, while Baskerville (23), Parfitt (22) and Chris Scott (20 quality possessions off half back) were the major ball winners.  Dwayne Nevill and Josh Ritchie were dangerous up forward, both kicking 3 goals, while the entire back 6 or 7 were resolute.

The  boys head in to this week’s match full of confidence, but as we know with derbies will not be able to take the foot off the pedal for one moment.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 9:25 AM

The Friday night Member's Draw is currently at $700 but you must be there to collect it.

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 on Friday nights.


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

1st   - C. Eardley – Group 13 – David McDonald

2nd -   T. Marshall – Group 11 – Rob Hampson

3rd -    J. Schofield – Group 6 - KTNMMKBDS 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 9:15 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.

Cynthia Simpson; Murray Lester-Smith; Helen Marshall; Robert Barnes; Edmond O’Loughlin; Graeme Howard; Tony Casserley; John Martinson; Russell Lang; Graham Melrose; Janet Rodgers; Rodney Davies; David Pougher; Jenny Tripi; Robert Preedy; Keren Huck; Derek Ashfield; Damian Hodge; Craig Alberd; Ben McPherson; Julian Hilton; Jamie Cripps; Isaac Boothey; Gus Andrew, Mitchell Anderson.