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

Mixed Results for Sharks

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 1:43 PM

Saturday’s fixture against the Swans was a mixed bag for the Sharks, with a resounding win in the Reserves but big losses in the Colts and League.

Colts

It looked from the first contest that it was going to be a tough day at the office for the young Colts.  With a huge leap, spectacular mark and accurate finish by the Swans full forward you sensed that they turned up to the Super Round ready to perform.  The Swans side were far bigger physically and were hard around the ball.  Their pressure was outstanding, often forcing our boys in to errors where they were then able to hurt us on the rebound.

Although the result wasn’t what coach Mark Foster was hoping for he was still pleased with a number of players who tried hard all day against the odds.  Fraser Perry continues to play well, with plenty of energy and determination.  Tom Bennett picked up 23 possessions and the diminutive Ollie Parish defied his size to work both in and outside the contest racking up 19 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and 5 inside 50’s.  Nathan Morton-Smith also battled hard in defence against a quality opponent who had the ball delivered inside 50 on 52 occasions.

Swan Districts                    16.17 (113)

East Fremantle                  4.3 (27)

GOALS: 1 C.Ellis, R.Murdock, M.Kleppe, O.Parish

BEST: Morton-Smith, Parish, Bennett, Perry, Snadden

Reserves

After a tight first half in slippery conditions, the Reserves boys ran out easy winners by 43 points at Steel Blue Oval.  With the likes of Aidan Tropiano and Mitch Boyle coming back from the League side and into an already performing midfield, a forward line that was up and about with plenty of energy and a resolute defensive unit that rebounded Swans entries at will, our boys would have been a little disappointed that the game wasn’t iced by half time.  However after the main break we started to take those opportunities and eventually controlled the game for the win that sees our Reserves sitting second on the ladder.

Boyle responded well with 26 possessions, 11 clearances and 7 I50.  He combined well with Jake Schleicher (26 – 5 – 7) and Tropiano (19 – 6 – 4) and all fed off some excellent ruck work form James Bristow and Jake Solomon.  The forwards were lively all day.  Jacob Green played his best of senior football, kicking 3 goals from 17 disposals, and also setting up a number of his team mates.  Boston Williamson showed he could be a chance to return to the League side and Louis Cronan also played his best game of the year.

East Fremantle                  12.11 (83)

Swan Districts                      5.7 (37)

GOALS: 3 L.Cronan, J.Green, 2 J.Solomon, B.Williamson, 1 T.Bristow, T.Hooker

BEST: M.Boyle, L.Cronan, J.Green, B.Williamson, J.Schleicher

League

The League result is one best to move on quickly from and plan to turn our season around against Perth this week. 

The first quarter saw Swans get the jump as they ran hard forward, capitalizing on our poor disposal and turn overs.  We fought back hard in the second half the quarter, but we could not put any scoreboard pressure on, at one point kicking 6 behinds in succession, before finally kicking a  major late in the quarter. 

The second quarter was an arm wrestle until the time on period where Swans were able to kick 4 goals in that period to open up an handy 42 point at the main break. 

With Stephen Malaxos imploring the group to come out hard in the second half, thinking about what we did in that final quarter last week against East Perth, the Sharks just couldn't hit targets and again the Swans took full advantage kicking another 6 goals to 3 to head in to the final stanza with a ten goal lead. 

The final quarter saw the two sides go goal for goal and in the end a young, enthusiastic Swan Districts team held on to that 10 goal lead.

Swan Districts             20.15 (135)

East Fremantle           10.15 (75)

GOALS: 2 B.Dalziell, B.Peake, 1 M.Mcgough, C.Eardley, R.Young, R.Lester-Smith, B.Ellis, R.O'Brien

BEST: D.Chartres, S.Dodd, M.Jupp, R.O'Brien

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - MAY 12 - 18

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 11:35 AM

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - MAY 12 - 18

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.

Robert Bydder; Thomas Walker; Albert Ingrilli; Ron Barker; Bernard McHugh; Pam Mikus; John Schokker; William Johnson; Lyn Sprigg; Cyril Waterton; Marcus McKenzie; Kerry Black; Andrew Grigg; Simon O’Brien; Tania Anthony; Garth Sorrell; Stuart Blackwood; David Johanssen; Karlee Tomasini; Jayden Schofield; Alex Kirk; Dillon Hellmrich; Gabby Simmonds; Nicholas Day; Tyler Sutton; Jesse Muir; Amelia Spurr.

Sharks circle the Swans

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 3:57 PM

After two narrow losses our boys will look to bounce back against a Swan Districts side that has exceeded all expectations with a 5-1 start to the year.  Last week they took on and ran over the previously unbeaten Subiaco Lions by 43 points. In last week's match the Sharks stormed home in the last quarter, after being held scoreless in the third, kicking six goals to nil, but that wasn’t quite enough, eventually going down by 10 points to a very strong East Perth side.  

This week signals the return of former captain Mark McGough.  Mark came back through the Reserves last week, after missing a significant time of football after wrist surgery.   Goughy managed to get through unscathed and pulled up well.  His inside clearance work will no doubt be very handy in what might be slightly wet, slippery conditions.  After 5 goals and 12 marks in the Reserves last week, Jack Perham has earned his place back in the League side. 

The story of the week in terms of selection will be Brandon Ellis, who will make his League debut.  Brandon missed Reserves selection in Round 4 and was a late call up for the Easter Round fixture against Peel, where he kicked 5 goals in that game.  Over the next two weeks Brandon kicked two further bags of 5, taking a number of strong contested marks and kicking accurately.  We all wish Brandon the best of luck tomorrow. 

The League side will not only look to improve the season record to 4-3 this weekend but will also look to win back the MND Cup that Swans won in Round 1, 2013.  Each year East Fremantle and Swan Districts play for the MND Cup in memory of Swans Life Member Joyce Allen and East Fremantle Premiership Player and past coach Kerry Coates.

The Reserves boys will look to win 4 in a row and take their season to a 5-2 record.  Form in recent weeks has been good and last week they held off a fast finishing East Perth by just 4 points.  The addition of Mitch Boyle and Aidan Tropiano will add some bite to the midfield, along with the Bristow brothers who both played fantastic games last week.

And to round out the weekend the Colts will play Swans as part of the Colts’ Super Round, which has become an annual round to allow AFL recruiters and State Academy staff view all players in the one weekend.  Three games will be held at Shark Park with our boys kicking the day off at 9am Saturday.

We wish all our grades the best of luck on the weekend

Go Sharks…..Onward to Victory.

THE MEMBERS DRAW HAS NOW JACKPOTTED TO $3000!

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 11:36 AM

the members draw has NOW jackpotted to $3000!

The Friday night Member's Draw has jackpotted to $3000 and you must be there to collect it.

On Friday night, May 2nd, Malcolm Green’s name was drawn out but he wasn’t in attendance to collect the jackpot of $2,950, so the draw has now jackpotted to $3000.

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 5TH - 11TH

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 11:30 AM

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK - MAY 5TH - 11TH

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.

Gladys Morgan; William Heathcote; Kevin Cant; Paul Olivier; Harry Summerfield; Anthony Heatley; Brian Johnson; Margaret Sheridan; Barbara Van Rooyen; Beverley Wallace; Maree Harvey; Jeff Hillman; Shaun Livingston; Kim Weatherby; Allan Quinn; Bradford Collins; Geoff Wolfenden; Jelena Hillman; Chris Gibbons; Steve Matthews; Greg Roberts; Paul Burke; Craig Machin; Christopher Holmes; Carl Walker; Tina Bennett; Massimo Di Lello; Clayton Anderson; Jeremy Beard; Angela Williamson; Rhys Radford; Scott Hancock; Cooper Caird; Hayden Wheelock

Battle of the Easts

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 4:17 PM

The AAMI WAFL Round 7 match between East Fremantle and East Perth is set to be a mouthwatering clash, with both clubs rolling out players with AFL experience.  East Perth, under the alignment with West Coast, could play as many as 12-13 current West Coast listed players, with 10 named below and a possible 3 to return once West Coast finalise their squad to 22 for Sunday’s Western Derby.  Add ex-AFL listed players Oakley-Nicholls (Richmond), Nathan Blee (Port Adelaide), Brendan Lee (Essendon) and Paul Johnson (West Coast, Melbourne, Hawthorn) to the mix. 

The Sharks, who in recent years have been well served by their AFL listed players, have a host of players who have had their own AFL experience.  Along with the recent return of Bradd Dalziell (West Coast) and Cameron Eardley (Geelong) from AFL lists in season 2013, the Sharks have the returning Jamie McNamara (West Coast), Brett Peake (Fremantle and Saint Kilda), Steven Dodd (Fremantle), Danny Chartres (Essendon), Jayden Schofield (Western Bulldogs) and Brock O’Brien (Fremantle).

There is plenty on offer for all spectators with anywhere up to 21 current or ex-listed AFL players, a number of experienced WAFL players and some exciting young talent making their mark on a very compettive WAFL competition. 

Some of the potential match ups could present some enthralliing contests.  Brock O’Brien, in excellent form off half back this year, could line up on the exciting Josh Hill.  Jayden Schofield no doubt will cross paths with Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls and renew their hostilities of the past.  The wise head of Steven Dodd will look to show the young talent in McInnes that there is no substitute for experience and the hard nut youngsters in Sheed and Eardley could lock horns in the middle of the ground.  Dalziell could line up on former team-mate Smith and it will be a show of who still has the speed, Peake or McGinnity. 

B

S Read

M Jupp

A Stephen

FF

B Colledge

C Sinclair

B Dobson

 

 

 

 

HB

B.O’Brien

S Dodd

J.Dorotich

HF

J Hill

F Mcinnes

J Oakley-Nicholls

 

 

 

 

C

S Henson

J Mcnamara

M Boyle

C

C Wulff

F Clutterbuck

S Payne

 

 

 

 

HF

B Dalziell

D Chartres

B Peake

HB

A Smith

N Blee

P Mcginnity

 

 

 

 

FF

M Edwards

T Howlett

R Lester-Smith

B

J Brennan

K Anderson

A Carter

 

 

 

 

Rucks

R Young

R O'Brien

C Eardley

Rucks

P Johnson

B Lee

D Sheed

Int.

R Bourne, J Bristow, S Hancock, T Hooker, J Schofield, A Tropiano, B.Williamson

Int.

W Magginness, C Hart, J Locantro, J Payne, M Howlett, S Wityk, J Ameduri,

 

Both sides have had a couple of slips ups during the first part of the season, so this clash adds even more importance with a top two ladder position up for grabs.  We know our boys are ready to take on the second of the aligned clubs after an impressive win a couple of weeks back against Peel Thunder.

Make sure you get down to Shark Park to witness what could be one of the games of the year.

 


BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK APRIL 28TH - MAY 3RD

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 1:36 PM

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK APRIL 28TH - MAY 3RD

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.

April:

Philip Follington; Gordon Smith; Betty Barnes; David Sutton; Mark Nichols; Geoffrey Prowse; Kirsten Holmes; Jessica Wuetschner; Thomas Bennett; Sacha Pollock.

May:

Donald Haines; Graeme Murphy; Ted Walker; John Symonds; William Holmes; Tony Forrest; Gary Hasler; Jason Liddelow; James Hunt; Ebony O’Brien; Tim Bristow; Richard Bourne; Nathan Morton-Smith; Jared Tomasini.