East Fremantle
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Names
Full nameEast Fremantle Football Club
Nickname(s)Sharks (1983-present)
Old Easts
2021 season
After finals6th (WAFL)
5th (WAFLW)
Club details
Founded1898; 124 years ago (1898)
Colours  Blue,   White
CompetitionWest Australian Football League (men)
WAFL Women's (women)
CoachBill Monaghan (WAFL)
Captain(s)Matthew Jupp (WAFL)
Premierships
List
    • WAFL (29): 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1957, 1965, 1974, 1979, 1985, 1992, 1994, 1998
    • WAFLW (1): 2019
Ground(s)East Fremantle Oval (capacity: 20,000)
 WACA Ground (capacity: 15,000)
Uniforms
Home
Other information
Official websiteeffc.com.au


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]

History

1903 premiership side
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 third-most successful in Australia, after Port Adelaide (35) and Norwood (30) in the South Australian National Football League.[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 2021) have won 14 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 of 32 players included six 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 song

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 down the thunder from the sky
Whether the odds be great or be small
We will go in and win over all
While our players keep on fighting
Onwards to victory

Honours

Club honours

Premierships
Competition Level Wins Years won
WAFL Seniors 29 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1957, 1965, 1974, 1979, 1985, 1992, 1994, 1998
Reserves 13 1926, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1950, 1951, 1962, 1970, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2008
Colts 11 1962, 1966, 1969, 1973, 1981, 1987, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2010, 2017
Fourths (1965–1974) 2 1972, 1974
WAFL Women's Seniors 1 2019
Other titles and honours
Competition Level Wins Years won
Rodriguez Shield Multiple 6 1957, 1977, 1985, 1996, 1997, 1998
State Premiership (1902–1924) Seniors 5 1902, 1904, 1906, 1909, 1910
Finishing positions
Competition Level Wins Years won
WAFL Minor premiership 32 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1916, 1917, 1921, 1924, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1954, 1958, 1964, 1974, 1985, 1992, 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
Wooden spoons 4 1898, 2004, 2006, 2018

Individual honours

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

Simpson Medallists (in Grand Final): (10 total) — Alan Ebbs (1945), Frank Conway (1957), Ray Sorrell (1962), Norm Rogers (1964), Dave Imrie (1965), Gary Gibellini (1974), Kevin Taylor (1979), Clinton Browning (1992), Mark Amaranti (1994), Adrian Bromage (1998)

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

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

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

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

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

All-Australian team: Jack Clarke (1953, 1956, 1958, 1961), Alan Preen (1958), Norm Rogers (1958), Ray Sorrell (1958, 1961), Brian Peake (1979 (c), 1980, 1986 (c)), Tony Buhagiar (1979), Kevin Taylor (1983), Peter Wilson (1986)

Tassie Medal: Brian Peake (1979)

Records

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, once between 18 May 1968 (Round 7) and 17 August 1968 (Round 19) and again between 11 April 1970 (Round 2) and 11 July 1970 (Round 14)

Current squad

Senior list Coaching staff
  •  1 Milan Murdock
  •  2 Luke English
  •  4 Jamie Meade
  •  5 Max Murphy
  •  6 Edward Simpson
  •  7 Cameron Eardley
  •  8 Matthew Jupp (c)
  •  9 Blaine Boekhorst
  • 10 Jonathon Marsh
  • 11 Cody Leggett
  • 12 Reuben McGuire
  • 13 Kyle Baskerville
  • 14 Finn Gorringe
  • 15 Thomas Bennett
  • 17 Cody Smith
  • 18 Ryan Lester-Smith
  • 19 Durak Tucker
  • 20 Josh Schoenfeld
  • 21 Matthew Burton
  • 22 Jackson McDonald
  • 23 Lachlan Bailey
  • 24 Jarrad Jansen
  • 25 Kyle White
  • 26 Jeremy Goddard
  • 27 Alex Montauban
  • 28 Timothy Bockman
  • 30 Dillon O'Reilly
  • 31 Thomas Marshall
  • 33 Michael Tassone
  • 34 Tom Muskarovsky
  • 35 Ethan Paholski
  • 36 Chris Walker
  • 37 Corey Holmes
  • 38 Thomas Wallis
  • 39 Keanu Haddow
  • 41 Joshua Ritchie
  • 42 Alex Crowe
  • 43 Enrique Aiken-Featherstone
  • 44 Matt Williamson
  • 45 Sam Medland
  • 46 Jacob Feist
  • 47 Kale Paton
  • 48 Tom Monaghan
  • 49 Samuel Emery
  • 50 Samuel Collins
  • 51 Jake Properjohn
  • 53 Nic Barton
  • 54 Jye Depane
  • 57 Jack Norrish
  • 58 Riley Bourne
  • 59 Lachlan McManus
  • 60 Jayden Ormerod
  • 63 Ethan Duffy

Head coach

Assistant coaches


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

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    Upgraded rookie(s)

  • (vet) Veterans list

Updated: July 2020
Source(s): Playing list, Coaching staff

Premiership teams

Further information: East Fremantle Football Club Premiership Teams

Hall of Fame

Main article: East Fremantle Football Club Hall of fame

On Saturday 2 June 2012, the East Fremantle Football Club inducted 52 individuals into the inaugural East Fremantle Football Club Hall of Fame. Nine 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.

Team of the Century

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 (c) George Prince Alan Preen
F: Vic French George Doig Alan Ebbs
Foll: Jack Clarke Brian Peake (vc) Jim Conway
Int: Graham Melrose Lin Richards David Hollins
Coach: Jerry Dolan

Fremantle Team of Legends

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 Fremantle and South Fremantle that had played at least 100 WAFL games for either Fremantle club.

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

Australian Football Hall of Fame

Main article: Australian Football Hall of Fame

Ten former East Fremantle players have been inducted in the Australian Football Hall of Fame: David Christy (1996), William "Nipper" Truscott (1996), Jack Clarke (1999), Jack Sheedy (2001), George Doig (2002), Steve Marsh (2006), Bob Johnson (2012), Brian Peake (2013), Ray Sorrell (2016), Simon Black (2020).

John Todd, East Fremantle's 1974 premiership coach, was inducted in 2003.

AFL/VFL players (including Rookies)

Main article: List of East Fremantle footballers who have played in the VFL/AFL

East Fremantle has a relationship with the VFL/AFL dating back to the start of the 20th century, with numerous players moving in both directions to and from Victoria and Western Australia. The list below is a summary of East Fremantle footballers who have achieved the highest individual honours while playing for a VFL/AFL club.

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

Roll of honour

Former East Fremantle Football Club players killed in action include:

See also

References and notes

  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. pp. 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.