East Fremantle Football Club

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East Fremantle
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Full nameEast Fremantle Football Club
Nickname(s)Sharks (1983-present)
Old Easts,
2022 season
After finals3rd (WAFL), 2nd(WAFLW, lost GF)
Club details
Founded1898;125 years ago (1898)
Colours  Blue,   White
Competition West Australian Football League (men)
WAFL Women's (women)
Coach Bill Monaghan (WAFL)
Captain(s) Matthew Jupp (WAFL)
    • 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)
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Official website effc.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]



1903 premiership side East Fremantle Football Club, Premiers 1903.jpg
1903 premiership side

The East Fremantle Football Club was formed in 1898 and up to the end of the 2022 season the club has won 29 league premierships in the West Australian Football League. Making the club one of the most successful Australian rules football clubs in Australia. [2] [3] East Fremantle's last Premiership was in 1998 where they defeated West Perth, 2012 was their last appearance in a Grand Final was against Claremont. [4]

With professionalism of teams in the goldfields attracting players away from Perth saw the Imperials collapse after 3 years in 1897, many of the players from that team would become part of the East Fremantle Football Club in 1898. [5] In particular Tom Wilson and David (Dolly) Christy from the Imperials along with Sam Thomson were instrumental in the foundation East Fremantle Football club, Wilson as captain and Christy as Vice Captain would play in East Fremantle's first game at the WACA on 11 May 1898. [6]

Tragedy would stike the East Fremantle football club in just 6th year with the death of prominent player James Gullan from accidental poisoning the day after their game against South Fremantle. [7] During Gullans time at East Fremantle he became regarded as one of the best players to ever play the game. [8]

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, [9] 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. [10]

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 (SF & EF) – co-captain
Int: Doug Green (EF) Tom Grljusich (SF) Graham Melrose (EF)
Dave Woods (EF)
Coach: Jerry Dolan (EF)

Club song

The East Fremantle Football Club team song is sung to the tune of "Notre Dame Victory March". Its was adapted when the Club changed logos to the Sharks in 1983.

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

Historical statistics

Club honours

CompetitionLevelWinsYears won
WAFL Seniors29 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 131926, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1950, 1951, 1962, 1970, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2008
Colts 111962, 1966, 1969, 1973, 1981, 1987, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2010, 2017
Fourths (1965–1974)21972, 1974
WAFL Women's Seniors1 2019
Other titles and honours
CompetitionLevelWinsYears won
Rodriguez Shield Multiple61957, 1977, 1985, 1996, 1997, 1998
State Premiership (1902–1924)Seniors51902, 1904, 1906, 1909, 1910
Finishing positions
CompetitionLevelWinsYears won
WAFL Minor premiership32 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 Up29 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 spoons4 1898, 2004, 2006, 2018

Club 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)


There continue to be players from East Fremantle who move onto AFL/VFL, and AFLW playing careers, see List of East Fremantle footballers who have played in the VFL/AFL.

Individual honours

Sandover Medal: (13 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), Blaine Boekhorst (2022)

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)

2022 squad

Senior listCoaching 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

  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)
  • Cruz Roja.svg Long-term injury list
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  • (vet) Veterans list

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

Premiership teams

Australian Football Hall of Fame

The Australian Football Hall of Fame was established in 1996.

Ten former East Fremantle players have been inducted: 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). East Fremantle's 1974 premiership coach, John Todd, was inducted in 2003.

West Australian Football Hall of Fame

The West Australian Football Hall of Fame was created in 2002 and the first induction took place in 2004.

Twenty-two former East Fremantle players and coaches have been inducted: Ron Alexander (2004), Simon Black (2017), David Christy (2004), Jack Clarke (2004), Charles Doig (2017), George Doig (2004), Jerry Dolan (2004), Doug Green (2006), Paul Hasleby (2015), Percy Johnson (2010), Chris Mainwaring (2005), Steve Malaxos (2005), Steve Marsh (2004), Gerard Neesham (2005), Brian Peake (2004), Con Regan (2015), Norm Rogers (2004), Jack Sheedy (2004), Ray Sorrell (2004), John Todd (2004), William "Nipper" Truscott (2004) and Shane Woewodin (2022).

Five have been elevated to Legend status: George Doig (2004), John Todd (2004), William "Nipper" Truscott (2004), Steve Marsh (2005) and Jack Sheedy (2005).

EFFC 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.

Roll of honour

At the outbreak of World War I many players from Western Australia enlisted in the armed services, 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. "Australian Football - East Fremantle Football Club - Stats". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 4 October 2022.
  4. "League Premiers | WAFL". wafl.com.au. Retrieved 4 October 2022.
  5. "Australian Football - imperials Football Club - Stats". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 4 October 2022.
  6. Lee, Jack (1998). East Fremantle Football Club : celebrating 100 years of tradition : a trilogy of history. Palmyra, WA: Bill Benbow & Associates. ISBN   0646358812.
  7. "DEATH OF A PROMINENT FOOTBALLER". Hamilton Spectator . No. 6767. Victoria, Australia. 21 June 1904. p. 4. Retrieved 25 October 2022 via National Library of Australia.
  8. "James Gullan". The Spectator . Western Australia. 16 July 1903. p. 14. Retrieved 25 October 2022 via National Library of Australia.
  9. 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
  10. "East Fremantle claim Optus WAFLW crown". WA Football. 14 September 2019.

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