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Vale John K Watts

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 12:12 PM

John K Watts has passed aged 80.

‘Wattsy’ was a three-time premiership player with East Perth in a career spanning 166 games. Watts then moved to Geelong to play with his long-time friend Polly Farmer, playing in the 1963 Premiership. 

John was a talented backman. He was the 1959 Simpson Medallist against South Australia,is named at Full Back in our Team of the Century (1945-2005), was a Life Member and is a member of the East Perth and WA Football Hall of Fame's, however his talents were not limited to field.

Watts wrote our club song East Perth Forever. Whilst on an interstate trip to Shepparton and Melbourne, Eric Sweet and ‘Knocker’ Bruce suggested a new theme song be created. Watts took on the role as he played the piano and spent a lot of time writing.

After a few weeks, one night after training JK hopped on the piano in the old clubrooms and started singing what we now know as East Perth Forever. Watts also wrote the theme song of Geelong Football Club (We are Geelong) following the club's 1963 premiership.

When asked when his favourite rendition was, JK simply said when the 1956 team led by Jack Sheedy defeated South Fremantle in the grand final.  

Known as an entertainer, JK was a policeman in his East Perth playing days, then moved into the media after his playing career where he had a long, successful career on radio and TV.

Watts’ son Jon Watts posted an emotional Facebook tribute to the father he called his “best mate.”

“I am in absolute shock by it all as he was more than just a regular dad, he was my confidant, friend, accomplice, drinking buddy, singing partner, comedian, and so much more,” he posted.

“Words cannot express my deep sadness and I am sincerely at a loss as to what to do. Sleep well mate - and thanks for all the memories. I love you so very much and I have no idea really how to go on from here.”

He was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in 2011, after previously having prostate cancer.

 

16's and 18's State Representation

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 3:14 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well Done Boys!!! Our state 16's & 18's contingent.

From L to R: Rhai Arn Cox (16s), Matthew Fokkema (16s), Matthew Young (18s), Damon Greaves (18s), Louis Miller (18s), Aaron Redhead (18s), Sam East (18s), Steele Cahill (16s), Joshua Ladhams (16s), Jaxon Cahill (18s), Brandon Starcevich (18s) & Christian Ameduri (18s).

Lights, Camera, Action

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 1:56 PM

At last years Dinner Auction, Hawaiian donated an opportunity for 2 children to be involved in the filming of a Hawaiian Kids Corner segment for Eagle Vision. This was bought by a valued supporter of East Perth, Sean Carren from Goldstar Transport who kindly donated it to Kalparrin. Kalparrin are an organisation who support families of children with special needs. Kalparrin are also vital supporters to the Coolbinia Bombers JFC Starkick program.

Joseph and Ryan were the 2 lucky Eagles fans to be picked for the filming. On the day the boys were guided around Eagles HQ by Matt Priddis and Liam Duggan.

The Club would like to thank Hawaiian, Sean Carren from Goldstar Transport, the West Coast Eagles and Kalparrin for this unforgettable experience.  

 

11 year old Ryan infront of the cameras                                    

Pridda taking the boys out onto Domain Stadium                    

9 year old Joseph smiling during filming

                                          

  

 

 

East Perth Banquet Auction

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 1:21 PM

The East Perth Football Club is seeking donations for the 2017 Banquet Auction, to be held at the State Reception Centre on Thursday, August 10.

The Auction is the Clubs’ biggest and most prestigious fund raising event. The success of this function is imperative for our football development programs within the inner metro area and the regional South West, upgrading our player facilities and the commercial viability of our Club.

The night will feature a showcase of main auction and online auction items – courtesy of generous corporate partners, donors and supporters.

To that end, we respectfully seek your support by way of provision of relevant goods and services that we can promote and auction at this year’s Banquet Auction

Anything you can do to support this event would be greatly appreciated.

In return, you or your company will be acknowledged on our website, within the auction catalogue and online auction gallery.

If you are able to support the club with a donation or would like tickets to the event, please download the East Perth Banquet Auction Registration Form and East Perth FC Banquet Auction Donation Form or contact Amy Howard on (08) 9443 2259 or ahoward@eastperthfc.com.au

 

WA Day At The Royals

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:53 AM

Get down to Leederville Oval this WA Day Monday 5 June.

East Perth take on West Perth for the Perth Derby.

There will be plenty of actives for the kids, including our District Parade, Royals Fun Zone, Sausage Sizzle, Royals Colouring in Competition & MUCH MORE!!!!  

 

Download our WA Day Colouring In Competition to go in the draw to win some great prizes! 

Quiz Night July 8

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 11:34 AM

The Quiz Night will be held on Saturday 8 July in the East Perth Members Bar.  

7m - Late

$20 Per Ticket. Single ticket purchase available or why not book a table of 10. To purchase your ticket contact Amy at the Club on 9443 2259 or ahoward@eastperthfc.com.au

BYO Food Platters 

All members, supports, family & friends welcome. 

 

 

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
2pm—5pm 
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  ahoward@eastperthfc.com.au 

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: https://www.facebook.com/dsrwa/photos/pcb.1616969465010111/1616962731677451/?type=3&theater

You can read Rob’s story, featured in the book,  here  -  http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/support-and-advice/people-development/volunteers/grassroots#RobGeersen

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.”

2017 Carlton Draught WAFL State Squad

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

HEIGHT

WEIGHT

CLUB

ANDREWS

Mitch

196

92

Claremont

BOLTON

Jye

187

84

Claremont

BRADSHAW

Jack

180

74

Claremont

HAMPSON

George

188

79

East Fremantle

MARSH

Jonathan

190

89

East Fremantle

ANDERSON

Kyle

191

91

East Perth

MAGINNESS

Will

194

82

East Perth

MCGINNITY

Patrick

183

85

East Perth

JETTA

Leroy

177

85

Peel Thunder

JONES

Clint

180

80

Perth

COOK

Ryan

188

84

South Fremantle

HIGGINS

Brock

193

100

South Fremantle

JOHNSON

Blaine

187

87

South Fremantle

KELLY

Tim

183

83

South Fremantle

PICKETT

Marlion

184

89

South Fremantle

SAUNDERS

Ben

187

92

South Fremantle

SCHLOITHE

Hayden

184

83

South Fremantle

SHAW

Mason

197

94

South Fremantle

WILSON

Blayne

189

87

South Fremantle

HORSLEY

Kyal

183

85

Subiaco

KITCHIN

Leigh

182

79

Subiaco

LITHERLAND

Angus

192

88

Subiaco

LOCKYER

Jordan

192

90

Subiaco

PHELAN

Chris

186

83

Subiaco

RYAN

Liam

184

76

Subiaco

WHEELER

Clancy

194

95

Subiaco

AMES

Tallan

193

88

Swan Districts

CARY

Ricky

196

88

Swan Districts

GAULT

Corey

200

99

Swan Districts

NOTTE

Tony

196

80

Swan Districts

RIGGIO

Matt

182

90

Swan Districts

UGLE

Kirk

173

72

Swan Districts

BLACK

Aaron

181

83

West Perth

MANNING

Kody

184

84

West Perth

MEADOWS

Luke

185

88

West Perth

NELSON

Shane

176

73

West Perth

STRIJK

Andrew

183

88

West Perth

Coaches
Michael Broadbridge - Coach
Gary Moss - Forwards
Steve Malaxos and Paul Johnson- Midfield/Rucks
Clay McLernon- Backs
 
Schedule
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 http://www.onmyfeet.org.au.