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East Fremantle Football Club

The East Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed the Sharks, is an Australian rules football club playing in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and WAFL Women's (WAFLW). The team's home ground is East Fremantle Oval. East Fremantle are the most successful club in WAFL history, winning 29 premierships since their entry into the competition in 1898.[1]

East Fremantle
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Names
Full nameEast Fremantle Football Club
Nickname(s)Sharks, Old Easts
2019 season
After finals8th (WAFL)
Premiers (WAFLW)
Club details
Founded1898; 121 years ago (1898)
Colours     Blue,      White
CompetitionWest Australian Football League (men)
WAFL Women's (women)
CoachBill Monaghan (WAFL)
Captain(s)Jonathon Griffin (WAFL)
Premierships
Ground(s)East Fremantle Oval (capacity: 20,000)
Uniforms
Home
Other information
Official websiteeffc.com.au

HistoryEdit

 
1903 Premiership side

The East Fremantle Football Club was formed in 1898 and has won 29 league premierships in the West Australian Football League, making the club the second most successful in Australia, after Port Adelaide in the SANFL.[2]

East Fremantle has a fierce rivalry with its Port cousin, South Fremantle, and the Foundation Day Derby between the two sides is a much anticipated highlight of the local football calendar. East Fremantle's success has thus far eclipsed that of South Fremantle, who (as of 2017) have won just 13 WAFL premierships.

Up until 1987, Western Australia was immersed in WAFL culture and East Fremantle enjoyed a strong following. In 1987, a Perth-based club – the West Coast Eagles – joined an expanded Victorian Football League. West Coast's initial squad included many East Fremantle players and they were coached by former East Fremantle premiership player and coach, Ron Alexander. Interest in the semi-national competition saw attendances at WAFL games start to fall, with severe consequences for the club's support base and finances. By the middle 2000s, East Fremantle was in severe trouble on and off the field, winning only nineteen of eighty matches between 2003 and 2006 and suffering severe financial difficulties,[3] though since then the clubs has substantially recovered without winning a thirtieth premiership. The Sharks once pulled on average 10,000 people to a home game. Now 1,500 people to a home game is considered a strong attendance.

East Fremantle was a foundation member of the WAFL Women's competition in 2019. They were the inaugural premiers of the competition, defeating Swan Districts in the grand final.[4]

Club SongEdit

The East Fremantle Football Club team song is sung to the tune of "Notre Dame Victory March".

Cheer, Cheer the Blue and the White
Honour the Sharks by day and by night
Lift that loyal banner high
Shake out the thunder from the sky
Whether the odds be great or be small
We'll go out and win over all
While our players keep on fighting
Onwards to victory

HonoursEdit

Club honoursEdit

  • West Australian Football League
    • Premiers (29): 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1943,[5] 1945, 1946 (undefeated),[6] 1957, 1965, 1974, 1979, 1985, 1992, 1994, 1998
    • Runners-up (29): 1899, 1901, 1905, 1907 1912, 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1934, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1997, 2000, 2012
  • WAFL Women's
    • Premiers (1): 2019
    • Runners-up (0): Nil
  • West Australian State Premiership (4): 1904, 1906, 1909, 1910
  • Reserves Premierships (13):[7] 1926, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1950, 1951, 1962, 1970, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2008
  • Colts (U-19) Premierships (11):[8] 1962, 1966, 1969, 1973, 1981, 1987, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2010, 2017
  • Fourths Premierships (2):[9] 1972, 1974
  • Rodriguez Shield (6): 1957, 1977, 1985, 1996, 1997, 1998

Individual honoursEdit

Sandover Medallists: (12 total) 1931: Lin Richards, 1950: Jim Conway, 1957: Jack Clarke, 1961 & 1963: Ray Sorrell, 1971: David Hollins, 1974: Graham Melrose, 1977: Brian Peake, 1985: Murray Wrensted, 1995: Craig Treleven, 1998: Adrian Bromage, 2013: Rory O'Brien

Simpson Medallists (in Grand Final): (10 total) 1945: Alan Ebbs, 1957: Frank Conway, 1962: Ray Sorrell, 1964: Norm Rogers, 1965: Dave Imrie, 1947: Gary Gibellini 1979: Kevin Taylor, 1992: Clinton Browning, 1994: Mark Amaranti, 1998: Adrian Bromage

Simpson Medallists (in State Game): (5 total) 1962: Ray Sorrell,1982: Kevin Taylor, 1991: Paul Harding, 1995: Craig Treleven, 1999: Rod Tregenza

Bernie Naylor Medallists: (20 total) 1904: Ernest Kelly (38), 1905: Henry Sharpe (50), 1907: Henry Sharpe (48), 1908: Charles Doig (26), 1909: Charles Doig (38), 1917: Arthur Rawlinson (46), 1919:Joseph Lawn (55), 1923: Dinney Coffey (36), 1933: George Doig (106), 1934: George Doig (152), 1935: George Doig (113), 1936: George Doig (109), 1937: George Doig (144), 1941: George Doig (141), 1949: George Prince (82), 1966: Bob Johnson (92), 1979: Kevin Taylor (102), 1989: Neil Lester-Smith (90), 1999: Rod Tregenza (86), 2000: Rod Tregenza (86)

Prendergast Medallists: (9 total) 1954: Bill Taggart, 1977: Joe Angel, 1978: Kevin Taylor, 1994: Jon Stagg, 2002: Leigh Willison, 2007: Morgan Cooper, 2008: Conor Davidson, 2010: James Murray, 2011: Timothy Viney, 2017: Benjamin Harding

Jack Clarke Medallists: (5 total) 1985: Mark Amaranti, 1989: Graham Ralph, 2000: Matthew Cremin, 2001: Andrew Green, 2013: Jacob Green

Chesson Medallists: (2 total) 1972: Greg Brown, 1973: Doug Winning

All Australians: 1953, 1956, 1958 & 1961: Jack Clarke, 1958: Alan Preen, 1958: Norm Rogers, 1958 & 1961: Ray Sorrell, 1979 & 1980: Brian Peake, 1979: Tony Buhagiar, 1983: Kevin Taylor, 1986: Peter Wilson

Tassie Medallists: (1 total) 1979: Brian Peake

RecordsEdit

Highest Score: Round 17, 1944 – 33.23 (221) vs. South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval

Lowest Score: Round 13, 1898 – 1.2 (8) vs. West Perth at The WACA

Greatest Winning Margin: Round 17, 1944 – 201 points vs. South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval

Greatest Losing Margin: Round 10, 1981 – 178 points vs. West Perth at Leederville Oval

Most games: Brian Peake 304 (1972–1981 & 1985–1989)

Most goals: George Doig 1111

Record Home Attendance: Round 3, 1979 – 21,317 vs. South Fremantle

Record Finals Attendance: 1979 Grand Final – 52,781 vs. South Fremantle at Subiaco Oval

Most consecutive victories: 35, between 28 July 1945 (Round 13) and 17 May 1947 (Round 3), including the 1945 and 1946 premierships

Most consecutive losses: 13 1 between 18 May 1968 (Round 7) and 17 August 1968 (Round 19) 2 between 11 April 1970 (Round 2) and 11 July 1970 (Round 14)

Current squadEdit

East Fremantle Football Club
Senior list Coaching staff
  •  1 Nick Kommer
  •  2 Kody Manning
  •  3 Ambrose Ryan
  •  4 Jordan Snadden
  •  5 Sean Henson
  •  6 Blaine Boekhorst
  •  7 Cameron Eardley
  •  8 Matthew Jupp
  •  9 Jack Perham
  • 10 Alexander Bray
  • 11 Morgan Davies
  • 12 Jonathon Griffin (c)
  • 13 Chris Scott
  • 14 James Harrold
  • 15 Leon Pearton
  • 16 Luke Strnadica
  • 17 Cameron Davidson
  • 18 Ryan Lester-Smith
  • 19 Andrew Stokes
  • 20 Zachary Jackson
  • 21 Sean Fletcher
  • 22 Dylan Winton
  • 23 Lachlan Bailey
  • 24 Jarrad Jansen
  • 25 Tom Bennett
  • 26 Kyle Baskerville
  • 27 Alex Montauban
  • 28 Jesse Adamini
  • 29 Cameron Loersch
  • 31 Thomas Marshall
  • 32 Corey Robinson
  • 33 Michael Tassone
  • 34 Jamie Meade
  • 35 Nicholas Bonomelli
  • 36 Brynn Teakle
  • 37 Corey Holmes
  • 38 Zac McCarrey
  • 39 Timothy Bockman
  • 40 Nicholas Watson
  • 41 Milan Murdock
  • 42 Josh Cuneo
  • 44 Jayden Quill
  • 45 Matthew Burton
  • 46 Josef Hebiton
  • 47 Harry Creasey
  • 48 Tom Monaghan
  • 49 Kyle Havelberg
  • 50 Kennedy Sorrell
  • 51 Max Murphy
  • 52 Zachary Wilkinson
  • 53 Jesse Rowe
  • 55 Jeremy Sharp
  • 56 Fraser Daly
  • 57 Cody Smith
  • 58 Joshua Ritchie
  • Dion Anthony
  • Jayden Schofield
  • Kim Schofield

Head coach

Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  •   Long-term injury list
  •   Upgraded rookie(s)
  • (vet) Veterans list

Updated: June 2019
Source(s): Playing list, Coaching staff

Hall of FameEdit

On Saturday 2 June 2012 the East Fremantle Football Club inducted 52 individuals into the inaugural East Fremantle Football Club Hall of Fame. 9 inductees were also given 'Legend' status. Only Players, Officials and Volunteers that served the club between 1898 and 1986 were deemed worthy to be inducted. See: East Fremantle Football Club Hall of fame

Premiership teamsEdit

Team of the CenturyEdit

In 1997 the East Fremantle Football Club named its Team of the Century, to coincide with the club centenary celebrations. The team includes many names that have become synonymous with East Fremantle.

East Fremantle Team of the Century
B: George Mavor Con Regan Michael Brennan
HB: Doug Green Carlisle 'Bub' Jarvis Norm Rogers
C: Ray Sorrell William 'Nipper' Truscott Chris Mainwaring
HF: Jack Sheedy – Captain George Prince Alan Preen
F: Vic French George Doig Alan Ebbs
Foll: Jack Clarke Brian Peake – Vice Captain Jim Conway
Int: Graham Melrose Lin Richards David Hollins
Coach: Jerry Dolan

Fremantle Team of LegendsEdit

In 2007 the East Fremantle and South Fremantle Football Clubs came together to select the Fremantle Team of Legends. The Team consisted of players from East and South Fremantle that had played at least 100 WAFL games for either Fremantle club.

Fremantle Team of Legends
B: Brad Hardie (South Fremantle) Con Regan (East Fremantle) Jack Clarke (East Fremantle)
HB: Norm Rogers (East Fremantle) Frank Jenkins (South Fremantle) Carlisle 'Bub' Jarvis (East Fremantle)
C: John Todd (South Fremantle) Ray Sorrell (East Fremantle) William 'Nipper' Truscott (East Fremantle)
HF: Len Crabbe (South Fremantle) John Gerovich (South Fremantle) Maurice Rioli (South Fremantle)
F: Jack Sheedy (East Fremantle) – co-captain Bernie Naylor (South Fremantle) George Doig (East Fremantle)
Foll: Stephen Michael (South Fremantle) Brian Peake (East Fremantle) Steve Marsh (East Fremantle) – co-captain
Int: Doug Green (East Fremantle) Tom Grljusich (South Fremantle) Graham Melrose (East Fremantle)
Dave Woods (East Fremantle)
Coach: Jerry Dolan (East Fremantle)

AFL/VFL players (including Rookies)Edit

There is a list of past and present East Fremantle players who have played at AFL/VFL:

Roll of honourEdit

Former East Fremantle Football Club players killed in action include:

  • Corporal Percy Sutherland MOFFLIN (10th Light Horse), KIA, Gallipoli, 16 June 1915
  • Private Roy James 'Nugget' WRIGHTSON (11th Battn), KIA, Armentières, 30 May 1916
  • Private John Alexander Robertson 'Hooky' DOIG (44th Battn), KIA, Messines, 31 July 1917
  • Gunner John 'Jack' McCARTHY (36th Heavy Artillery), KIA, Ypres, 4 October 1917
  • Private Arthur Henry 'Cock' WRIGHTSON (48th Battn), KIA, Passchendaele, 12 October 1917

See alsoEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ East Fremantle – Part One: 1898 to 1947 – FullPointsFooty. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  2. ^ Cunningham, Antonia, ed. (2002). Guinness World Records 2002. Enfield, England: Guinness World Records, Limited. p. 288. ISBN 9781892051066.
  3. ^ Lewis, Ross; ‘Sharks Rule Dunbar Safe: disappointed East Fremantle Fans Smell Coach's Blood But Not Club Bosses’; The Game, p. 15, from The West Australian, 24 April 2006
  4. ^ "East Fremantle claim Optus WAFLW crown". WA Football. 14 September 2019.
  5. ^ During the years 1942 to 1944 the WANFL operated as an under age competition
  6. ^ East Fremantle went through the whole season undefeated
  7. ^ from 1925
  8. ^ from 1957
  9. ^ fourth grade competition ran from 1965 to 1974

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