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Rising Royal Sam Powell-Pepper

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 2:25 PM - by Lorenzo Fogliani

On November 25 the AFL draft will occur at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, where clubs will look to bolster their lists with some of the country’s best young talent. Sam Powell-Pepper, a strong-bodied midfielder from the East Perth Football Club in Western Australia, is one of the highly rated prospects and it is not hard to see why. 

Within the past fortnight, he has produced two outstanding performances highlighting his potential. In the WAFL Colts Grand Final against Claremont, he almost inspired the Royals to a famous victory with 22 possessions, seven tackles and four goals. And in the inaugural U18s All Stars Match, he accumulated 18 possessions, laid five tackles and got the ball inside attacking 50 on four occasions to be named amongst the best for Team Judd. 

The former Mt Hawthorn junior and Wesley College student has caught the eye of recruiters due to his courage, athleticism, versatility, his dare to run and carry, and his ball-winning ability.

“I model my game on players like Dustin Martin and Luke Parker I guess. Just being that crash and bash player and trying to get it out to the other mids and using that breakaway speed around the stoppages and in the forward line,” he said.

This was especially evident in the Under 18s Championships, with his performances against Vic Country (15 possessions and three goals), South Australia (13 possessions – 11 contested – and five clearances) and Vic Metro (14 possessions, four tackles and two clearances). 

Another part of Powell-Pepper’s season that will have recruiters monitoring him closely in the lead-up to the draft was his performance for East Perth’s League team this year.

He made his debut against Peel Thunder in round 20 and was named in East Perth’s best players after gathering 16 possessions, laying seven tackles and kicking a goal. He played a further four games, and credits his time with the senior group.

“In that short period of time, playing the senior games I reckon it has improved my disposal and my decision-making. Just being around the bigger bodies and AFL-listed players has helped me quite a bit,” he said.

He also paid tribute to retiring East Perth greats Craig Wulff and Paul Johnson. “I remember when I was younger I was coming down to the East Perth games and watching Wulffy and playing alongside is a massive honour and he helped me a lot with my footy I guess, at training and on the field. Johnno was a good leader as well, always got around the boys. Both were really good role models.”

Powell-Pepper was one of seven West Australians – Sam Petrevski-Seton, Noah Hura, Josh Rotham, Luke Strnadica, Jeremy Goddard and Jake Waterman - to be a part of the AFL Academy and claimed he learnt “quite a few” lessons.

“I started off as a backman because I played back in the State 16s and Jakovich [Glen] helped me with a lot of my footy skills down back and Chris Johnson, was only there for a short period of time, but I still learnt leadership skills and dietary,” he said.

His performances while in the Academy did not go unnoticed and last year he was awarded the Cameron Ling Medal for being the most courageous, versatile and humorous player in the Level 1 AFL Academy intake.

“That medal is really special to me because a lot of good footballers have won it who are in the AFL at the moment [past winners include Lloyd Peris and Hugh Goddard]. It’s a big honour to win it and to be compared to Cameron Ling is a big honour as well,” he said.

There is no doubt that Powell-Pepper will be a welcome addition to any AFL club that is looking for a hardened and explosive midfielder. The sky is the limit for East Perth’s rising star.


East Perth Congratulates Jaymie Graham

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 1:46 PM

The West Coast Eagles have today elevated Jaymie Graham to the role of forward line coach with the senior squad. 

The East Perth Football Club thanks Jaymie for his services as League Coach in 2016 and congratulates him on his appointment.

“We are delighted for Jaymie and grateful for his commitment to East Perth over the past twelve months,” said East Perth CEO Dean Turner.

“I am delighted to get the opportunity as forwards coach,” said Graham. “Having said that, I really enjoyed the role at East Perth this year and had terrific support from all levels of the club.

“It was a great learning experience for me and really helped my development. I would like to thank the East Perth players, staff and board for their outstanding support and it is something I will always cherish.“ 

“East Perth is a unique football club and that is why the partnership with Eagles works so well. The opportunity to coach at AFL level is an exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with the senior group and other coaches.”            

The East Perth Board will immediately commence the process to select the Club’s new league coach.


East Perth District Awards Night

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:13 AM

The East Perth District Football Development Council would like to congratulate the following award winners at the East Perth District Awards Night at the Leederville Function Centre on September 15th.


District Club Person of the Year

Ballajura JFC – Kevin Deverell

Bayswater JFC – Drew McPheat

Beechboro JFC – Jenny Jackson

Coolbinia JFC – Louie Dimovski

Ellenbrook JFC – Lisa Deering

Morley JFC – John Pinneri

Mt Lawley Inglewood JFC – Donna Boylen

Mt Hawthorn JFC – Allen Brady

Noranda JFC – Rob Credadro


Royals District Woolworths AFL School Ambassador of the Year

George Naumovski (North Perth Primary)


Allianz District Achievement Award

Noranda JFC


One Life District Coach of the Year Awards

Auskick – Colin Crowley (Mt Hawthorn)

Junior – Rod Gardiner

Youth -  Michael Gladwell


Royals Coaching Academy – Outstanding Achievement Award

Allan Brady – Mt Hawthorn JFC


Royals District – Umpire of the Year

Lewis Williams

Burley-Sekem Champion Club Awards

Auskick - Mt Hawthorn JFC

Junior -Ellenbrook JFC

Youth – Noranda JFC


Sunday Times – Volunteer of the Year Award

Richard Lee (Ellenbrook JFC)



Grand Final Details

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 11:40 AM

WAFL Grand Final this Sunday 25th September at Domain Stadium


Game Times

Gates open from 8:00am

Colts -8:40am

Reserves – 11:20am

League – 2:30pm



Club Function, join us back at the Royals member Bar following the Reserves Game Sunday

Bar will be open from 2pm

Food & Cash Bar available


Ticket Prices

Adult - $30.00

Concession - $25.00

WAFL Club Members - $25.00

Child (15 years & under) – FREE

Tickets are now on sale at TicketMaster,  

Ticket Box at Gate 10 will open at 7:45am Sunday before the game.


Whether you're going to the Reserves & Colts Grand Finals or supporting them at home get the gear to be part of the Black & Blue Brigade!

Drop into the team store at Medibank Stadium we will be open all week 9am – 5pm & 8:am – 10:am Saturday morning or call the Club on 9443 2259



FD Book Medal Night - Change of date

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 3:55 PM

The FD Book Medal night will be held on Thursday 13 October in the East Perth Members Bar from 6pm. All members and supporters are welcome to attend the evening.

FD Book Medal Night

Thursday 13 October

East Perth Members Bar 

Tickets: $65 including a 3 course meal and complimentary beer, wine and champagne served during the reception function between 6.00pm and 7.00pm

To book your tickets please contact Amy on 9443 2259 or via

8 Seat Open Air Box for the WAFL Grand Final!

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:04 PM

East Perth Football Club are auctioning off an 8 Seat Box with Catering at Domain Stadium for the 2016 WAFL Grand Final Sunday 25 September. All funds will go to The Beau Chatley Recovery Fund. 

Valued at over $440

  • Minimum Starting price $350
  • Call the club on 08 9443 2259 or email to place your bid
  • The highest bidder will be contacted on Thursday 22/9.
  • Catering included excluding beverages  & VIP Parking Available 


Update On Beau

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 1:49 PM

Beau is continuing to make remarkable progress through his rehabilitation program at Fiona Stanley. Beau has regained sensation through new parts of his body and movement in some limbs is continuing to improve.

It continues to be a slow process for Beau who would like things to happen much sooner. His tremendous determination which has been raised by his Doctor is seeing him make improvements well ahead of schedule.

 On behalf of all at East Perth let’s hope his progress continues


To donate to the Beau Chatley Recovery Fund  Please visit


Have your say in the Structural Review of WA Football

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:07 PM

As you may be aware, the WA Football Commission has recently engaged Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to lead the Structural Review of WA Football. The review represents a significant opportunity to evaluate the existing structures and models and look to deliver the appropriate reform to support the game for coming generations.

The input from all levels of the game will play a critical role in guiding the ultimate outcomes of the review. 

The East Perth Football Club would like to encourage all members and people apart of the football community have your say in the structural review of WA Football. So please take some time to complete the survey and help in identifying the key challenges and opportunities facing our game. Please note that the link will be open until Monday 19th September.

Complete The Survey Here


District Update

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Central Conference & Royals District Grand Finals 

The 2016 Royals District Junior Football Competition came to a finish this September concluding with some great Grand Finals held over an exciting weekend. T

The Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 Red Division Grand Finals were held at Lightning Park that day in front of a healthy crowd. The Year 7s with Ballajura JFC coming out ahead of the hard working Coolbinia JFC in a thrilling contest.  In the Year 8 competition Mt Lawley-Inglewood JFC walked away as Premiers with a victory over Noranda JFC in a close encounter. The Year 9 final turned into a one way affair with Mt Hawthorn JFC too strong for Ellenbrook JFC. The last game of the day was a battle of the Demon’s District in the Year 10 Red competition with South Perth JFC defeating the resilient Belmont JFC in a nail biter.

Attention soon turned to the other Central Conference Grand Finals which were to be played across the other two districts, Perth and Swans District. In the Year 8 Blue Division, Bassendean JFC defeated Ballajura in one of the games of the season. At Steel Blue Oval in Bassendean, Ellenbrook White came up against Hills Rangers JFC. But it was Th Rangers who came away with the chocolates in a tough contest. In the final match of the day at Lynwood Ferndale Oval, the Mighty Ballajura JFC were defeated in a hard contest against Thornlie Green.

The weekend of finals brought to a close a great season for the Royals District and the success of an added age group to the Central Conference Competition. The District would like to finally thank Phil Clarke and his team at Noranda JFC for hosting this year’s Grand Finals for East Perth.

Go Royals! 


Cardies Kid Program - North Perth PS

The Royals District delivered its inaugural Royals Kids program at North Perth PS in Term 3 of this year. It’s officially titled “Cardies Kids” as the local junior AFL club for North Perth PS is the Mt Hawthorn Cardinals JFC. The reasoning behind this is because the Royals Districts places an emphasis on creating a stronger connection between the clubs and schools within the district through all of its programs.

Cardies Kids was delivered over 6 weeks for year 3 – 6 students who had not been exposed to AFL before. The primary focus of the program was fun and skill development. Royals District Community Development Officer Shaun Norman thought the program was a success and believes several of the 20+ participants will make the transition from Cardies Kids across to the Mt Hawthorn Cardinals JFC for season 2017.

 “It was great to see the week by week improvement in the student’s skills, game knowledge and overall enjoyment of AFL. I’d like to thank George Naumovski who is the P.E Teacher at North Perth PS for assisting the Royals District in making Cardies Kids an enjoyable program for all involved” Norman said.

For more Royals District school program information feel free to contact Shaun Norman on 0456 832 352 or







Check out the Royals District Facebook 

Royals Wrap Up Elimination Final

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:02 AM

Paul Johnson and Craig Wulff have bid farewell to WAFL football, in the Royals disappointing elimination finals loss to Peel Thunder last weekend.

In front of nearly 3000 spectators at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, East Perth always had a tough challenge ahead, taking on physically imposing Peel side. 

The Thunder got off to a good start kicking the first of the match and managing to hold contested marks inside their forward 50. The Royals did not share the same luck down their end and ended the term goalless.

Malcolm Karpany eventually broke the Royals drought and booted East Perth’s first major of the game. The Royals upped their pressure immensely in the second term in what was a great physical contest between the two sides. For most of the quarter East Perth seemed more in control. Jamie Bennell and William Maginness booted two quick goals and by the end of the first half the Royals seemed to have found the momentum they were looking for. 

Polished leader Patrick McGinnity kicked a long goal form outside 50 in the third term but the Thunder could always find the right response. Maginness then booted his second, dribbling the footy across the line. McGinnity showed grit around stoppages and tried to generate play to keep the Royals energy up, and Tom Gorter played strong and tall down back demonstrating real leadership ability for next season. 

In the final quarter the Thunder ran away with the game booting four goals to none in the last 20 minutes. It was a bittersweet farewell for veterans Paul Johnson and Craig Wulff as they said goodbye to their colorful footy careers; waving to an adoring crowd of fans and the opposition as the sun went down over the sold-out stadium. 

The final score was East Perth 5.7 37 to Peel 12.14 86.