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Sharks Ready for Redemption

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 4:48 PM

East Fremantle will be looking to bounce back this Saturday when they take on reigning premiers, Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Jesse Adamini, who was best on ground for the Sharks against Claremont, said the boys haven’t wasted any time at training this week.

“As a team, we’ve gone back to some of the basics, focusing on our skills and just being competitive,” he said.

Despite a strong first quarter, the boys weren’t able to maintain the intensity and pressure, but Adamini is adamant that won’t be the case this week.

“Definitely expect a four-quarter effort and a big lift from us  from last week,” he said.

Wiley and his staff acted promptly to loss against Claremont, with up to nine changes in tomorrow’s side.

Of those nine inclusions, five could potentially make their league debut for the Sharks, in Alex Moreno, Jesse Mirco, Joel Kalajzic, Nathan Fahey and Brendan Tingey.

After missing last week with illness, Liam Anthony will be an important inclusion, along with Jake Schleicher, who had 34 possessions in the Development League last week. James Harrold and Andrew Stephen were also named in the initial 25-man side.

Finishing with 27 possessions, five marks and goal in just his eighth league game Adamini said he’s still developing as a player.                           

“It was good to start off well, but consistency is probably the main thing I need to work on now that I’m playing more league games,” he said.

As the Fremantle aligned team, Peel could play up to 15 AFL boys, but Adamini said it won’t change the way they play.

“Nothing changes for that, we have to stick to our basics, stick to our team structures and don’t really worry about that too much,” he said.

Please note this week’s match times at Bendigo Bank Stadium:


9am: 16’s Development Squad

11.30am: Colts

2.15pm: League

5.00pm: Development League 

Round 2: Match Times

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:54 AM

This Saturday we take on Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

Please note this week’s match times:

9am: 16’s Development Squad

11.30am: Colts

2.15pm: League

5.00pm: Development League 


Monday, March 20, 2017 - 5:00 PM


Date : Thursday 20th April 2017
Venue: All Saints College
Time: 10am-1pm (Arrive 09:30am)

Participants: Boys born between January - June 2004 and July - December 2003, Living in the East Fremantle District. 

Cost: FREE

Please ensure you enrol before Monday 17th April, 2017

What do you need to bring? Normal training gear, football boots, running shoes, mouth guard, football jumper(optional), water bottle and sunscreen.


  • Skills activities and testing run by East Fremantle Academy Coaches and East Fremantle Football Club players.
  • Every participant will receive an individual performance report.
  • This session is the first step to being selected for the East Fremantle Development Academy.


Please click the link to register:


Any queries please contact East Fremantle Talent Manager Andrew Dodd - 

East Fremantle 16s Round 2: Game Report

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:18 PM

The 16s Development squad had their second fixture on Saturday against Claremont after the League game at East Fremantle Oval.


Our boys started off the game well with good ball movement and transition going forward. Lachlan McGrath was dominant in the ruck with followers Jeremy Sharp, Josh Harris-Walker and Charlie McCormack. This saw some excellent clearance work which resulted in shots on goal. Tom Wallis again worked hard and showed some promising signs with his work rate forward.

The second quarter our boys were tested with Claremont creating space for their midfield to run onto. Our defenders held up well but were caught out at times which resulted in Claremont hitting the score board. Our defence line of Luke Dobson, Ben Wardle and Jai Jackson were dangerous with the rebound and to tried and give the Sharks some momentum.

After the half time break it was a low scoring affair, with some missed opportunities by our boys in front of the big sticks. Luke Dobson lead the charge from Half Back which made our defenders work really well together. Sean Henley and Alex Crowe were very impressive with their run and carry to create.

The final quarter the boys showed glimpses of what they can produce when they put their best foot forward. Jeremy Sharp was outstanding from the midfield, with some run and carry and great clearance work from the centre bounces. Mid-West boys Darcy Rowe, Tom Denton and Jai Jackson were impressive with their contested ball and took some great marks. Unfortunately, our boys fell short in the end as Claremont ran out as victors.


EFFC  4.11.35        Def By.        CFC 9.4.58

Goals: Michael Wright 2, Sean Henley 1, Jeremy Sharp 1.

Best: Tom Wallis, Jeremy Sharp, Luke Dobson, Sean Henley and Alex Crowe


The 16s next fixture is on Saturday 25th March at Bendigo Bank Stadium starting 9am.

Shark Struggle in Season Opener

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Sharks were dealt a round one blow on Saturday, going down to Claremont by 62 points at East Fremantle Oval.

The boys secured early ascendancy, that saw them take a 19-point lead into the first break.

In his first game with the Sharks, Jonathon Marsh kicked an absolute beauty from 65 metres out to set the crowd in to a frenzy. Brett Peake and Matthew Watson followed suit, nailing important goals to extend the lead to 17 points and things looked promising. Another returning Shark the hit scoreboard, with Cameron Symonds kicking a goal from a set shot after a strong contested mark.

Claremont clawed their way back with the breeze in the second, kicking six goals to the Sharks one.

There were glimmers of hope for the boys early in the third quarter but they struggled to convert. Claremont’s dominance continued during the second half of that quarter, kicking four unanswered goals, before Watson booted the final goal of the quarter to reduce the deficit to 21 heading in to the final stanza.

Unfortunately, that’s where is finished for the Sharks, with the Tigers work rate far superior to ours, kicking 8 final quarter goals to our one.

Jesse Adamini was a standout for the blue and white, collecting 27 disposals and finishing with a goal in his eighth-league appearance.

East Fremantle did also have some good ball winners with Cameron Eardley collecting 25 possessions, Conor Regan 24, Jayden Schofield 23 and Ryan Lester-Smith 22, however at times, turnovers and ball use let them and many of their team mates down.

The boys take on reigning premiers Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Sunday, where they will need to bring a four-quarter effort.

The two earlier games displayed some true East Fremantle talent, with both the Colts and Development League securing first round wins.

After an even start, the Sharks Development League side came out blazing in the second to take a solid lead into the half time break. The Tigers were kept scoreless in the fourth, whilst the Sharks recorded 6 of their own to nail a 53-point win.

Jake Schleicher racked up 34 possessions, Ben Harding and Joel Kalajzic 28, Carl Green 24, Nathan Fahey and James Harrold 21.

The Sharks had several goal scores, with Alex Moreno finishing with 3 while Jesse Mirco and Zac McCarrey were the other multiple goal kickers, snaring two apiece.

The match committee will have a tough decision this week with several of the Development League boys pushing for League selection.

The Colts faced some tough competition playing the 2016 colts premiers, but managed to walk away with a 7-point win after a committed and courageous effort.  The young Sharks controlled play for much of the day, however were inefficient in front of goals which kept the Tigers in the contest.  The Sharks inaccuracy could have been costly in the final quarter, where they kicked 9 behinds, but they were able to keep the Tigers to just two goals to record a great first up win.

 Liam Rajanayagam was outstanding with 31 disposals, as was Dylan Williams 28, Gabriel Parfitt 26, Kyle Baskerville 25 and Jaimon Alone 24.  The two key defenders in Cameron Davidson and Chris Scott, both of whom travel from the country to play for the Sharks were very impressive and we will be hoping they can play more games throughout the year. 

Judi Miles recognised for 33 years service to WA Football

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 2:06 PM

In recognition of her amazing contribution to the WA football industry, East Fremantle in conjunction with the Eagles, made a special presentation to Judi Miles on Saturday at the President’s Lunch.

Judi, a mad-keen West Coast Eagles Supporter, will be flown to Melbourne for the ANZAC Day weekend.

Travelling with the playing group, Judi will stay at the team hotel and attend the VIP lunch at the MCG on Sunday April 23rd, before heading to the Hawthorn vs West Coast game.

At East Fremantle, we want to acknowledge remarkable contributions and Judi’s 33 years in the WA Football industry are highly deserving.


1972- 1977: Judi worked as a secretary for the Claremont Football Club

1990: Judi joined WCE as the Executive Secretary to CEO Brian Cook

1996: Judi’s role changed to Finance and Administration Secretary at West Coast

2000: She became the Personal Assistant to the General Manager of Football Operations- Steve Woodhouse   

2005: Commenced as office administrator at the East Fremantle Football Club

The club would like to thank Trevor Nisbett and The West Coast Eagles for their support in acknowledging Judi's work commitment to WA Football over this period.


Monday, March 20, 2017 - 9:49 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.

Ken Bateman; Ken Holt; Greg Bowater; Trevor Allsop; Robert Simmons; Dave Nugent; Mark Rawlings; Donald Kitson; Gerry Moran; Tony Algeri; John Martin; Andrew Smith; Glenn Frewin; Renaldo Lomma; Leanne Mirco; Heath Fitzpatrick; Tim Johnson; Rob Young; Oliver Parish.


Monday, March 20, 2017 - 9:35 AM

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

On Friday night, March 17th, Glenys Salmon’s name was drawn out but she wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $500, so the draw has now jackpotted to $550.

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 once again on Friday nights.



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

1st   -  Jesse Adamini – Group 9 -  Hillseez

2nd -    Matthew Watson – Group 10 -   KTNMMKBDS

3rd -    Cameron Eardley  - Group 13  - David McDonald                                                                                         

Sharks ready for round 1 showdown

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 2:32 PM

The Sharks will be looking to kick start their season with a bang on Saturday, when they take on Claremont in round 1 of the 2017 WAFL Season at East Fremantle Oval.

Despite the Sharks not registering a win during the practice matches, new recruit Jonathon Marsh is feeling particularly optimistic ahead of tomorrow’s clash.

“I think we’re actually well prepared. We are training really well and I think the first half against East Perth showed what we can bring,” Marsh said.

“It’s just holding on for four quarters, which I think we’re certainly capable of.” 

Marsh returns to the club after a three-year stint at Collingwood, where he clocked up 15 AFL appearances, 10 of those last season.

“I’m very excited. I don’t think I have been this nervous for a game in a long time actually.”

“It feels like a big weekend for me returning home and playing with 21 other mates,”

“It’s a feeling that I haven’t really had for 3 years so that’s what’s exciting me and I just want to go out there and make my team mates proud”, he said.

Drafted in 2013, Marsh established himself as a defender but has shown talent around the ground. His influence amongst the playing group was highlighted with his appointment to the 2017 leadership group.

The Sharks have been widely identified as one of the teams that will struggle this year, but Marsh thinks that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“Rob mentioned to me the other day that we’re tipped for the wooden spoon and I actually really enjoy hearing that,”

“I told him to pull us in and tell the group because I think that’s something that can drive us”

“Being an underdog is something I’ve quite enjoyed throughout my career, whether it’s been at junior or at the elite level. I think if we can actually rally around it and take a bit of pride out of no one rating us, it could be valuable.”

Twenty-three-year-old Tom Omodei is also set to debut in Shark’s colours tomorrow. Recruited from East Perth, Omodei showed in his first league hit out last weekend that he will be a handy acquisition for the Blue n Whites, even kicking the opening goal against his old side.

Joining Omodei in his League debut is 19-year-old Peter Delaney, in what Football Operations Manager Darryn Fry describes as a story of resilience and persistence. Overcoming a number of injuries throughout his junior days, Delaney’s dedication and professional approach to getting his body right has earned him a spot in the side. His courage will be an important inclusion for the Sharks.

The Sharks will also be celebrating Harmony Day, welcoming all cultures to the WAFL. Make sure you’re at the game early to be a part of our pre-game entertainment. 

In earlier games tomorrow, both the Development League and Colts teams will take confidence from their last weekend.  Claremont have been perennial finals contenders in the Colts and were the premiers in both grades last season.

Colts: 9am 

Development League: 11.30 am 

Pregame entertainment: 1.50 pm 

League: 2.15 pm

Encouraging Signs for Sharks in Final Preseason Hit Out

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:18 AM

With Round 1 just a few days away, the final preseason matches against strong East Perth squads proved the perfect rehearsal, leaving the Sharks faithful and coaches encouraged.

With East Perth boasting 17 West Coast players the Sharks started well and despite kicking against the breeze matched the Royals by kicking three goals for the quarter, two the result of fantastic ball movement from kick ins.  The Sharks controlled the second quarter, with many of the key playmakers getting plenty of the ball.  At half time East Fremantle led by 19 points.

Although the boys never stopped giving 100%, the skill level dropped away in the second half and some costly turnovers gave East Perth opportunities to hit the scoreboard. With East Fremantle only kicking one goal for each quarter of the second half, the Royals clawed their way to hit the front with only a few minutes left in the game.

Despite the disappointment of not getting over the line the Sharks will have plenty of positives to take away from the game.  They matched the Royals run for most of the day and won more than their fair share of contested ball, particularly in the first half. 

East Fremantle                9.7 = 61              def. By               East Perth 9.13 = 67

Goals: Watson 2, L.Anthony, Omodei, McNamara, Henson, Adamini, Perham, Franklin

Best:   L.Anthony, Lester-Smith, Eardley, Crichton, Omodei

The Development League fronted the 2016 grand finalists and got the jump on their opponents early kicking 3 goals to 1 in the first quarter.  The remaining three quarters were an arm wrestle, with The Royals winning the second quarter by 4 points and the Sharks the third quarter by 3 points.

Heading in to the final quarter with a 14 point lead and the Royals kicking with the breeze, the Sharks were able to hang tough and run out 6 point winners.   Pleasing for the senior coaching staff was the form of many players who played in some of the other preseason matches, meaning there should be good healthy discussions on round one teams for season 2017.

East Fremantle                8.11 = 59            def.                     East Perth 8.5 = 53

Goals: Kalajzic, Moreno, Mirco, Parish, McCarrey, Williamson, Cronan, Krakouer

Best: Kalajzic, Moreno, Stephen, Tingey, Hebiton, Parish

The Colts, with the injection of some senior players, played their best match of the preseason, defeating East Perth by 22 points.  The Sharks missed a few easy scoring opportunities in the first quarter but after an even first stanza the boys still held a five point lead.  East Perth took control in the second quarter, holding our boys to a single point and at the main break the Royals had an 8 point lead.

It was a far slicker Sharks team after half time.  With strength around the contest, winning clearances and moving the ball far more fluently East Fremantle really dominated the second half, kicking 7 goals to 2.  

East Fremantle                10.10 = 70          def.       East Perth 7.6 = 48

Goals: Ritchie 3, Elsbury 2, Quill, Lewis, Alone, Liddelow, B.Stone

Best: Parfitt, Patat, Rajanayagam, Eastaugh, McGrath, Ritchie 


The East Fremantle 16s Development squad kicked off their season against East Perth on Saturday evening at East Fremantle Oval after the league match.

The boys were itching to get out for the first-round, lead by Pierse Cant, Luke Dobson, Zachary Hayward, Conor McPartland and Bay Tucek.

We started the game off a bit slow with some missed opportunities and missed tackles, which enabled East Perth to get some early possessions. Our back line held up well with Benjamin Wardle (#30), Luke Dobson and Daniel Schmidt working hard to rebound the football. Tom Wallis and Mid-West product Angus Wood looked very dangerous up forward, bringing the quarter time score to 1 goal 2 points for both sides.

The second quarter displayed some great efforts from our onballers and some run and carries from the half back line. Josh Harris-Walker showed some brilliant pace with his speed and agility to set up some goals for our forwards. Trey Ruscoe was a force of strength through the middle creating some opportunities as was Mid-West product Jai Jackson off half back.

After the half time break the boys hit another gear and displayed some exceptional football in what was our best quarter. Leroy Pigrams run and carry along with Zac Hayward was fantastic which created opportunities at goal. Trent Rivers, Ben Wardle and Bay Tucek showed some real football smarts when switching the ball to create space.

The final quarter saw the boys work really well in defence to hold East Perth to only 2 goals 2 points. Mid-West duo Dylan Curley and Angus Wood were very dangerous around goal both finishing the game with two majors. Trent Rivers was also influential in front of the big sticks with 2 majors for himself.  Overall our ball carry and transition worked very well and enabled us to get the ball inside fifty and hit the score board.

Head Coach Larry Cavallo after the game said, “the win was reward for the hard work put in at training over the months.”

East Fremantle                  14.6 = 90                     Def.                           East Perth                           6.8 44

Goals: Tom Wallis 2, Angus Wood 2, Trent Rivers 2, Benjamin Wardle 2, Dylan Curley 2. Conor McParland 1, Sean Henley 1, Luke Dobson 1, Jai Jackson 1.

Best: Josh Harris-Walker, Trey Ruscoe, Leroy Pigram, Benjamin Wardle and Dylan Curley

The 16’s play Claremont this Saturday March 18th, after the League game.