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Ladies Day June 17

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Join the ladies of East Perth FC for a fun filled day.
Saturday 17 June
Leederville Oval East Perth Football Club Board Room

$60 Tickets Includes
Selected Beverages & Canapes.
Entertainment , Gift Bag & Gate Entry.

Dress to impress! 

RSVP Friday 9 June
To purchase your ticket Contact Amy at the Club on 9443 2259 or 

Grassroots Football Volunteers Recognised

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 2:31 PM

This week the Sports and Recreation Minister, The Hon. Mick Murray MLA, and the Director General of the Department, Mr Ron Alexander, revealed a feature wall in the reception at the Department’s Offices at Leederville, the wall coincided with the publication of a book by the Department, ‘Grassroots: The Secret Life of Sport and Recreation’.

On the wall, and in the book the Coolbinia Bombers club’s President, Rob Geersen, is profiled as well as another 39 Western Australians discussing why they continue to be involved in sport and recreation and what keeps them coming back every game, every week and every season. Here is a pictures of the reception wall, from the Department’s Facebook page:

You can read Rob’s story, featured in the book,  here  -

Other notable Grassroots AFL people profiled include

  • Bella Ndayikeze | Leader | Mentor | Coach | Edmund Rice Lions.   
    The Edmund Rice Lions, through Bella Ndayikeze, does amazing work to support people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  to introduce them to the Junior Grassroots AFL and other community sporting groups. The Coolbinia Bombers have formed a close relationship with the Edmund Rice Lions to support and grow AFL in this community, and to welcome them into Junior Community Football clubs.
  • Sally Boud |  AFL Goal Umpire
  • Crispin Roberts | West Coast Amateur Football Club
  • Lynette Smith | Volunteer | Coach | Mascot | Footballer
  • Kim Mickle | Javelin Thrower | Olympian | AFLW Player
  • Akec Makur Chuot | WAFC Community Engagement Coordinator | AFLW Player

East Perth salutes all the people recognised, and are very proud of Rob and the recognition he and the club have deservedly received. 

3 Royals In The 2017 Carlton Draught WAFL State Squad

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:51 AM

It has been a great year so far for Royal Steate Representatives. Following impressive showings in the both the male and female State 18's and the State 16's training squads, 3 of our senior Royals have been chosen in the 2017 Carlton Draught WAFL State Squad.

Co-Captains Pat McGinnity and Kyle Anderson along with Will Maginess have been chosen in the initial Carlton Draught WAFL State Squad to take on the Victorian Football League (VFL) at North Port Oval in Melbourne on Saturday, May 27.

 The game will be broadcast live in Perth on Channel 7 from 12pm WST on Saturday, May 27.

There is a strong East Perth contingent on and off the field with recently retired Royals Paul Johnson and  Garry Moss joing the coaching staff after both having played for WA during their careers. 

Johnson and Moss will assist WA coach Michael Broadbridge and assistant coaches Steve Malaxos and Clay McLernon. The coaching panel have selected a squad of 37 players to participate in the State program over the next three weeks.
Broadbridge said players had been selected in consultation with their WAFL coaches based on current form in the roles that would be required to tackle the VFL at North Port Oval.
“We’re obviously expecting a certain style of play from the VFL on that ground so we’ve taken the approach of selecting players in the roles we’re likely to need,” Broadbridge said.
“We’ve been out watching players at the WAFL each week and all of the senior coaches have been very supportive and given us great feedback on which players are in form in the roles we need and who is most worthy of consideration.
“Overall, with the size of the ground at North Port, the opposition, and the chance it could be a bit slippery means we’re looking at players with bigger bodies who are strong over the ball and strong at the contest, which we’ll look to compliment with a bit of flair.
“We’re also looking at players who we think can adapt well, have some experience playing in the conditions against similar opposition and are mentally strong.”
The squad includes the greatest representation from the teams in the top four positions on the ladder, with nine players from South Fremantle selected, seven from Subiaco, six from Swan Districts and five from West Perth.  
Broadbridge has also assembled a coaching panel with a blend of youth and experience to lead the 2017 Carlton Draught State Squad.
“I’ve tried to get a balanced panel with good pedigree and strong ambition,” he said.
“Paul Johnson has been one of the best WAFL and State players in recent years, Garry Moss is a former AFL and WAFL player looking to enhance his coaching credentials, Clay McLernon is a WAFL Premiership player doing a fantastic job with the East Fremantle Colts and Steve Malaxos really balances it out well with his experience as a WAFL coach and as a player at State level.
“We are all really committed and looking forward to the challenge.”

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Michael Broadbridge - Coach
Gary Moss - Forwards
Steve Malaxos and Paul Johnson- Midfield/Rucks
Clay McLernon- Backs
Monday May 8, 5.30pm - Training/Recovery session at Fremantle Oval
Monday May 15, 6pm - Training/recovery session at Domain Stadium
Monday May 22, time TBC - Training/recovery session. Venue TBC
Wednesday May 24, 5.15pm - Main training session. Venue TBC
Thursday May 25, 2pm – depart for Melbourne
Friday May 26, time TBC – Training session at North Port Oval, Port Melbourne.
Saturday May 27, 2.15pm* – WA v VIC at North Port Oval, Port Melbourne
 *local time

Royals Pull Up Their Socks For A Cause

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 8:52 AM

Local product Jobe MacShane and our senior squad have put their best foot forward in support of the 'On My Feet' campaign

On My Feet - For the Long Run

On My Feet is a not-for-profit organisation, designed to help people battling homelessness. There are over 100,000 people who experience homelessness every night in Australia, that is 1 in every 200 Australians.

Through running programs the On My Feet campaign helps homeless people gain confidence and commitment through regular exercise practices while reflecting the integral values of perseverance and determination which demonstrates the drive to get back on their feet. 

On My Feet prides itself on not being a hand out but a hand up. We all fall off the bandwagon, what is important is that we know we have help around us, you could provide that hand up. Buy purchasing an amazingly comfy pair of On My Feet Socks today, you will not only have an amazing pair of socks but you have given an opportunity to someone who desperately needed one.

For further information and to buy a pair of orange socks go to

7 Royals In The State 18's

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 1:32 PM

The Club is pleased to announce the following players have been selected into the initial WA State 18's Academy intake of 30 players;

Christian Ameduri - Noranda
Jaxon Cahill - Noranda (Trinity)
Sam East - Manjimup Imperials
Damon Greaves - Busselton
Aaron Redhead - Moved from NSW
Matt Young - Augusta - Margaret River

Brandon Starcevich (Mt Lawley Inglewood/Trinity), whose dad Troy and uncle Craig both played for East Perth has also been picked as a 'train on' player.  

'It's exciting to have 7 players in the initial squad. This is a result of a fantastic development program headed by Colts Coach Adam Pickering. The fact that 3 of the 7 players are from our country zone highlights that the club has put in place a comprehensive development program which ensures that every player in our Metropolitan and Country zones can reach their full potential.' Football Manager Mark Winnett said.

'Credit must also go to all our junior clubs for nurturing the players in our zone who come into our programme well rounded footballers.'

The boys first training session is Monday the 1st of May, with their first trial game played on the 20th of May

Well done boys!

Media Statement - Partnership Model

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The Club notes recent social media and print media commentary around the partnership arrangement with the West Coast Eagles.

As previously advised by the Club, the Board is yet to make a decision regarding the future of the partnership and is cognisant of the variety of views of members and supporters. Those views and the sentiments of other Club stakeholders will be taken into account, as will the effects of decisions taken by the WAFC in the wake of the Boston Consulting Group’s recent report.

Subject to any significant change being announced by the WAFC to the structure of the WAFL, it is likely that the Board will make a decision on the partnership model within the next four to six weeks.

The issues facing WAFL clubs are myriad and complex. The future direction of the WAFL competition itself is uncertain.

What is undoubtedly certain is that the East Perth Football Club can be judged to be both financial and stable. The Board’s focus is the Club’s long-term sustainability.

While our League results so far this season have been disappointing it is worth taking into account the Club’s overall performances since 2013.

2016 (5th) Elimination finalists
2015 (4th) Preliminary finalists 
2014 (1st) Grand finalists
2013 (4th) Grand finalists

2016 (1st) Grand finalists
2015 (5th) Elimination finalists 
2014 (5th)
2013 (3rd) Semi finalists

2016 (5th) Grand finalists
2015 (8th)
2014 (4th) Semi finalists
2013 (7th)

Since 2013 the Club has also been able to better resource a number of development programs through its North-Eastern Metropolitan region and South West zone.

The Board respects the views of all of its members and supporters. The Board encourages those supporters who are not members but have strong views on such matters to join the Club and make their voices heard in the most relevant forum.


Media contact: David Christison, Director on 0418 959 817

Royals In The Battle Of Singapore

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 9:48 AM

This year Australia is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, to the Japanese. In 1942 during World War 2 this was also a time to remember two of our former players, Alf Mussman and Bill Innes, who paid the supreme sacrifice when they were both killed in action on the same-day February 12th just three days before the surrender of Singapore took place. Both players were members of the West Australian formed 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion.

At the time of his death Mussman a Private was almost 31 years of age. Innes a Sergeant was 22 and seven months of age.

Alfred Charles Mussman was born in Adelaide; SA on the 25th April, 1911 he joined East Perth in 1935 after having played with the Sturt Football Club in SA. He was a member of the 1936 premiership team and during his career; he played a total of 103 games and kicked 102 goals. His last game with East Perth was in the first semi-final of 1940 when East Fremantle defeated East Perth. The Football Budget of the next week had this say: “Alf Mussman was just about the pick of the losing team. He gave a solid aid to the defence and when not placed in that division, continued his useful play. It was difficult to fault his effort in any way.”  Mussman enlisted in the AIF on 9 December 1940.

William Leonard Innes was born at Subiaco WA on the 29th July 1919 and enlisted in the AIF on 4 December 1940. Innes first played football with Mt. Lawley in 1932 and then transferring to live in Kalgoorlie. he distinguished himself for his all-round sporting ability. In 1937 he won the junior professional cycling championship of Kalgoorlie, both for the road and track.  He also had a good season with North Kalgoorlie cricket club and was a keen swimmer. Returning to Perth in July of that year he linked up with his old club - Mt. Lawley and played consistently for the remainder of the season. Due to his brilliant form in 1939 he was awarded the Strempel medal, which was awarded to the fairest and best player for the season in the Metropolitan Junior Football Association. (Other East Perth players who won this award included Eric Sweet and Jack Clayton.) Innes played his first league game for East Perth on the 25th May 1940 and completed a total of 12 games for the season.

We salute and remember these two players who paid the supreme sacrifice for their country 75 years ago.                     


Royal ANZAC's

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 8:57 AM

This week we take on Perth and with ANZAC Day being commemorated on Tuesday both clubs will take the opportunity to remember all those who have served and are currently serving for Australia. East Perth has been affected by war in many ways.

From 1940 onwards there was an exodus of players from the ranks of football and East Perth provided its fair share – young men who enlisted for overseas or home service in the Army, Navy or Air Force.

The WAFL suspended league football from 1942-44, with an under-age competition taking the place of senior action.

The War meant that many young footballers were deprived of the best years of their life and, unfortunately, several paid the supreme sacrifice with their lives.

During 1995 the club’s Board of Directors agreed that the War years be included as part of a player's service, which meant some league footballers would qualify for Life Membership under the 10 years service clause. The year of 1995 was tagged as ‘Australia Remembers’ marking 50 years since the end of World War II.

Originally, there were six players who fitted into that category of having played in the early War years and here is a brief outline of their Life Membership nomination:

Dave McIntosh:
Starting with East Perth in 1940, McIntosh finished his career in 1949 with 56 games. His son John played with Claremont and St Kilda and grandson Ashley was an outstanding premiership player with the West Coast Eagles.

John McIntosh wrote to the club to say how pleased his father was to learn of his proposal for Life Membership before he passed away.

Sam Broom:
After playing with Boulder City, in the Goldfield's League, Broom joined East Perth in 1935 and finished the season with 18 games and a trophy for his all-round ability.
In 1936, he was in East Perth’s eighth premiership side and in 1939, he was selected in the State team to play Victoria twice, being in the second match when WA won.

He finished with 128 games before retiring in 1945.

Arch and Jim Campbell:
The brothers were born and bred in Parry Street, just a couple of drop kicks away from Perth Oval.

In earlier times the boys of Parry Street had formed a club to play football and cricket, calling themselves the "Parisians" and they were all members or players with East Perth.

They both started their football careers with the East Perth Metropolitan Juniors, with Arch playing three league games for the Royals in 1935 before finishing the season with the Mets, winning the premiership.

From 1936 onwards he became a regular league player, joining the Army in 1940 aged 24, but managing to play 14 games that season.

Arch attained the rank of Captain and was a member of the 2nd Independent Company which later became the 2/2 Commando Squadron, stationed on the island of Timor before being over-run by the Japanese. He spent 12 months in the mountains evading the Japanese until the company was evacuated by a Dutch destroyer to Darwin.

The Army years took their toll on Arch and he didn't resume playing football after the War, but served as a Director in 1985.

Jim Campbell was selected in a combined Metropolitan Juniors team in 1938 which played a Fremantle Ex-Scholars team and he became a regular league player in 1939. He joined the Army in 1942, originally stationed in a heavy artillery unit, but he volunteered to join the Americans after they had captured Okinawa and was seconded to POW Recovery when the War finished.

He returned to East Perth and finished his playing career in 1948, with 65 games before taking up umpiring until 1954, with his highlight being the 1952 grand final.
Jim was appointed as coach of the league umpires from 1958-64 and later sat on the Protests and Disputes Tribunal.

Jack Sweet:
One of many players to start his football with the Maylands Metropolitan Juniors, Sweet moved to Bunbury in his employment and played with the Pastimes Club, now known as Carey Park.

The country was then unalloted territory and in 1938 he was invited to try out with East Perth, playing two games before returning to Bunbury. He joined the Royals the next year and was voted the best first year player.

Sweet joined the Army in October, 1940 and played a few games in 1941 before Army service took over. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant and finished his service with the 2/11 Commando Squadron.

On returning to play football in 1946, he was appointed league captain for 1946-47-48 and was in the WA team that competed in the Australian Carnival in Hobart. He was in the WA side than downed Victoria by four points, 16.10 (106) to 15.12 (102) – the first time WA had beaten Victoria outside the State.

WA suffered an unexpected loss against South Australia and subsequently lost the first carnival to be decided on percentages. Sweet played in all of the five games during the Carnival.

Half-way through the 1948 season, East Perth replaced coach Val Sparrow, giving Sweet the job of captain-coach.

In 1949 the club appointed Seff Parry as coach, which was a major disappointment for Sweet, who gave away football and took up radio broadcasting, only to be enticed back to play the last 12 games and in 1950, he accepted the coaching position at Subiaco.

Brothers Roy and Eric are Life Members of the club and the addition of Jack creates the unique situation of three brothers all holding that club honour.

Gus Glendinning:
After starting a football career at the Armadale Primary School, Glendinning went on to the Perth Boys High School until 1939, while he was also playing with Armadale in the old South Suburban Association.

In 1941 he attracted the attention of East Perth and played the last two games of that season before joining the Air Force the next year.

Glendinning served as a pilot in an English squadron and during his War years he played mostly soccer, with the occasional kick of a rugby ball along with Keith Miller, the champion footballer and cricketer who was one of four Australians in the squadron.

Glendinning resumed with East Perth in 1946, playing 70 games until 1951, when he turned his attention to league umpiring for several years. In 1960, he joined the club's Management Committee for three years and did a further stint in 1976-77 and for many years was a club sponsor through Embassy Caterers.

George Fogarty
Fogarty was a Loyal Royal who played before World War II and then served the club on his return from active service.

He notched 88 league games between 1933 and ’40 before joining the Air Force, graduating as a pilot officer. He saw services in the Middle East as captain of a Wellington bomber based in Cairo.

Fogarty survived a terrible accident that left him with back and abdominal injuries and was transported home to Perth in a hospital ship, encased in plaster from under his arms to his lower trunk.

After the War a fully-recovered Fogarty renewed his East Perth affiliation,  serving on the committee and as vice-president to Fred Book and also as a WAFL delegate.  He became a State selector and travelled to the Eastern States with WA teams.

Fogarty passed away in 1984, aged 71.

Remebering those who didn’t return …

Alfred Charles Mussman
Games played: 103 (1935-40)
Premierships: 1936
After being a member of the 1936 premiership team under Jerry Dolan, Alf Mussman enlisted in the AIF in 1940 and served overseas with the 2/4th Machinegun Regiment. He was killed in action in Singapore on February 12, 1942, with another East Perth player in William Leonard Innes dying on the same day.

Mussman’s last game was the first semi-final of 1940 when East Fremantle beat East Perth and the Football Budget of the next week had this to say: “Alf Mussman was just about the pick of the losing team. He gave a solid aid to the defence and when not placed in that division, continued his useful play. It was difficult to fault his effort in any way.”

Austen Gardiner
With 37 games and 118 goals, Austen Gardiner was looming as an outstanding young footballer after graduating from the local Metropolitan Juniors side. However, he lost his life while serving with the RAAF.

Media Statement - BCG Recommendations

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 12:33 PM

On Friday the 31st of March the Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC) delivered their recommendations from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report to WAFL Club Presidents and Chief Executive Officers. The report has since been made public. The recommendations from BCG are just that, recommendations. The WAFC have committed to a six week period for stakeholder engagement before finalisation.

As stated by the WAFC this is a ‘Once in a generation opportunity to reform the way we administer, structure and align our sport, to ensure that football remains successful and sustainable.’ As such the club will take appropriate time to review the recommendations.

The report states that the WAFC will renew the partnership model until 2021. The reason for this is that the ongoing success of our two WA AFL clubs is vital to the health of football in WA in terms of engagement and financial stability. 

East Perth is currently reviewing its position with relation to any extension of the partnering model with the West Coast Eagles. It is the Board’s responsibility to conduct due diligence before any decision is made relating to the partnership. This process has been extended pending the outcome of the review. The Club will finalise its position regarding the partnering model post the 2018 season in the coming weeks.

The Club is reviewing the likely implications of the recommendation that WAFC take control of the Colts competition and will respond in due course.

Q&A Luke Webster

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:16 AM - by Jasmine Cookson

With the 2017 season about to kick off tomorrow for the Royals down at Leederville Oval, we had a quick chat with Coach Luke Webster ahead of tomorrow's season opener against Peel Thunder. 

Q. How do you feel you have settled into your role as Head Coach of East Perth Football Cub?

I am extremely excited to be back at my home club and grateful for the opportunity to lead us into the future. I believe I have settled into the role well and am looking forward to seeing our improvements in 2017.

Q. It’s a very different playing group this year; a lot of younger guys coming through the ranks; what’s the atmosphere amongst the squad this year?

We are certainly a younger group this year and I am excited by the youth we have coming through. We have also gained some senior experience by adding Patrick McGinnity to the list and effectively having a new recruit in Kyle Anderson, who’s returning from injury.  The atmosphere amongst the group has been excellent so far, with a real focus on unity and a desire to improve.

Q. Has it been exciting working with such a different group of guys? How are they different from last year’s side?

It’s always exciting working with an enthusiastic group of men, especially those at East Perth. Their desire to improve and the joy they take in working hard together makes my job so much easier. The real differences from last year will be not having Moss, Wulff and Johnson running out for the team. However this will provide great opportunities for the likes of Scott Jones, Tom Hodgson, Asher Samelko, Shayne Hille, Callum Hart, Mitch Lague and Stan Wright, to name a few.

Q. How did you feel the pre-season went for the squad? Are there any lessons you’ll take into the regular season?

Like all clubs we have had a solid pre-season and will now look to put everything we have trained into practice. Time will tell if there are any lessons learned, but at this point in time we are in a good place to attack the season head on.

Q. Looking to the regular season, what are the most important objectives you and the players are focusing on?

Like all clubs our objective will be to win enough games to put us in a position to play finals footy. We want to play our brand of footy and if we show a willingness to compete, then the rest will look after itself.  Our final objective will be to have a mindset of ‘black and blue, through and through!’

Q. Who are some young guns people should watch out for in the 2017 season?

I am really excited about all the players on the list and our supporters should be enthused by the talent coming through. A few of those talented guys to watch are Scott Jones, Tom Hodgson, Asher Samelko, Shayne Hille, Callum Hart, Mitch Lague, Stan Wright and Jack Hick.

You can catch all the action down at Leederville Oval. Games time are as below: