East Fremantle Football Club

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East Fremantle
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Names
Full name East Fremantle Football Club
Nickname(s) Sharks, Old Easts
2013 season
Premiership 5th
Leading goalkicker Ryan Lester-Smith (43 goals)
Best and fairest Rory O'Brien, Andrew Stephen
Club details
Founded 1898
Colours      Royal Blue and      White
Competition West Australian Football League
Coach Steve Malaxos
Captain(s) Rory O'Brien
Premierships 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)
Ground(s) East Fremantle Oval (capacity: 20,000)
Other information
Official website http://www.effc.com.au/
Guernsey:
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The East Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed the Sharks, is an Australian rules football club playing in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). The team's home ground is East Fremantle Oval. East Fremantle are the most successful club in WAFL history, winning 29 premiership since their entry into the competition in 1898.[1]

Short history[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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 2009) 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 franchise – 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.

The Sharks once pulled on average 10,000 people to a home game. Now – in 2007 – 2,000 people to a home game is considered a strong attendance. http://sbfc.com.au/history.html

Honours[edit]

Club honours[edit]

1903 Premiership side

League Premierships: (29 total) 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1943,[2] 1945, 1946,[3] 1957, 1965, 1974, 1979, 1985, 1992, 1994, 1998

League runners-up: (29 total) 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

Reserves Premierships:[4] (13 total) 1926, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1950, 1951, 1962, 1970, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2008

Colts Premierships:[5] (10 total) 1962, 1966, 1969, 1973, 1981, 1987, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2010

Fourths Premierships:[6] (2 total) 1972, 1974

Rodriguez Shield: (6 total) 1957, 1977, 1985, 1996, 1997, 1998

State Premiership: (4 total) 1904, 1906, 1909, 1910

Wooden Spoons: (3 total) 1898, 2004, 2006

Individual honours[edit]

Jack Clarke was a great ruckman for East Fremantle, playing in five grand finals, winning a Sandover Medal, representing Western Australia 26 times and winning selection in All-Australian sides four times

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: (8 total) 1945: Alan Ebbs, 1957: Frank Conway, 1962: Ray Sorrell, 1964: Norm Rogers, 1965: Dave Imrie, 1979: Kevin Taylor, 1992: Clinton Browning, 1994: Mark Amaranti, 1998: Adrian Bromage

Bernie Naylor Medallists: (13 total) 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 (57), 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

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

Records[edit]

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 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)

2014 League squad[edit]

League Squad 2014
1. Mark McGough 18. Ryan Lester-Smith
2. Jamie McNamara 19. Thomas Howlett
4. Rory O'Brien (c) 20. Louis Cronan
5. Sean Henson 22. Bradd Dalziell
6. Tim Bristow 23. Robert Young
7. Brett Peake 24. Matthew Jupp
8. Steven Dodd 25. Thomas Hooker
9. Jack Perham 26. Michael Edwards
10. Danny Chartres 27. James Bristow
11. Cameron Eardley 28. Cameron Symonds
12. Andrew Stephen 30. James Depane
13. Jayden Schofield 31. Boston Williamson
14. Mitchell Boyle 32. Jordan Dorotich
15. Brock O'Brien 33. Adrian Ricciardello
16. Scott Hancock 43. Richie Bourne
17. Tyler Chalwell 46. Samuel Read

Hall of Fame[edit]

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 Teams[edit]

See: East Fremantle Football Club Premiership Teams

Team of the Century[edit]

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 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 Legends[edit]

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 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 representatives[edit]

Past and present East Fremantle players who have played in the AFL/VFL include:

Roll of honour[edit]

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, Armentieres, 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

Club Song[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ East Fremantle - Part One: 1898 to 1947 – FullPointsFooty. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  2. ^ During the years 1942 to 1944 the WANFL operated as an under age competition
  3. ^ East Fremantle went through the whole season undefeated
  4. ^ from 1925
  5. ^ from 1957
  6. ^ fourth grade competition ran from 1965 to 1974

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