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Johnno In 85 For Covs 85 Years

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 1:05 PM - by James Sansalone

EAST Perth ruckman Paul Johnson will pull on the number 85 jumper tomorrow afternoon as a part of Covs 85th year celebrations.

Covs (formerly Coventrys) is a major auto parts, tools, equipment and consumables distribution company that has been servicing the automotive, mining and industrial sectors in Western Australia since 1929. Covs has a proud and rich history in Western Australia, with a reputation for having a diverse product range, industry experts, great branch locations and also a major supplier of genuine Ford and Holden parts.

Covs logo features as a sponsor on East Perth's jumpers and they will be our game day sponsor for tomorrow's clash with West Perth at Medibank Stadium.

Make sure you look out for the Covs Girls for our junior football giveaway during the first quarter of the league game.


East meets West in Perth Derby

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 6:00 AM

EAST Perth will take on West Perth at home at Medibank Stadium tomorrow. 

The Royals and Falcons last met in round 10 at Arena Joondalup when East Perth claimed victory by 16-points. 

The clubs will compete for the Jeremy Silcock Shield, which honours past player Jeremy Silcock who tragically passed away at an end of season trip with teammates in Bali in 1996. Players will wear black armbands in his memory.

From the winning side against East Fremantle two weeks ago, Sharrod Wellingham, Jamie Bennell and Josh Hill have been listed as emergencies for the West Coast Eagles clash with Richmond at Patersons Stadium tonight.

Garry Moss has been named in the side and is set to return from an ankle injury sustained in the Foxtel Cup match against Williamstown on July 1. Cal Sinclair, Blayne Wilson and Adam Carter also return to the line up having played or been listed as an emercency for the Eagles in their last match. Will Maginness and Dylan Main are in the extended 25-man squad.

Meanwhile, West Perth has swung plenty of changes to the side that lost to Subiaco before last weekend's bye. Matthew Johnson, Kody Manning, Shaun Marusic, Nick Rodda and Andrew Strijk go out of the side. Trent Manzone returns to the line up, while Corey Chalmers, Ben King, Aidan Lynch, Drew Rohde, Kris Shannon and Mitch Van Berlo have been listed in the extended squad.

Bouncedown is at 2:05pm and ABC TV will broadcast the game from 2:00pm.


Royals to take on Falcons at Medibank

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:30 PM

ANOTHER chapter will be added to one of the West Australian Football League’s biggest rivalries when East Perth run onto Medibank Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on old foes West Perth.

The rivalry may have lessened somewhat since the glory days of packed out WAFL matches, but the desire for East Perth to beat the Falcons still remains strong.

In 1968, when the East Perth and Geelong Football Club legend Graham “Polly” Farmer was appointed to coach the Falcons following his retirement from VFL football, many diehard members and supporters of both sides were shocked, as were some of the players.  

One of those players, former West Perth great Mel Whinnen, as written in the book Full Points: Footy's WA Football Companion about the fiery hostility between the clubs.

“West Perth had never liked East Perth that much, there was no love lost. And all of a sudden we have an East Perth coach… the players were not too rapt,” he said.

Farmer went on to lead the Falcons to premierships ironically against his former club East Perth in 1969 and 1971.

This year marks 46 years since Farmer’s appointment at the helm of the Falcons, but the overwhelming desire to beat one another still burns.

The clubs have met many times in historically significant matches including seven Grand Finals in 1922, 1932, 1960, 1969, 1971, 2002 and 2013.

The stage is set for another exciting chapter in the Royals and Falcons’ rivalry as we prepare for Saturday’s clash.





Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:45 AM

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of long standing member and servant of East Perth Football Club, Gwenda Carless, who passed away yesterday, July 16 2014, aged 90.

Mrs Carless had been involved with the club since the 1950s undertaking numerous roles. She was on the Ladies Committee - looking after many of our players, allowing them to board with her family, she also laundered the players uniforms and was heavily involved in catering for all functions held at the Club.

On behalf of the board, directors, staff and players of East Perth Football Club we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Carless family on Gwenda's passing.

Royals To Tackle Mental Health Awareness

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:54 PM

The East Perth Football Community – consisting of the East Perth District Football Development Council (EPDFDC), its affiliated junior and senior clubs and the East Perth Football Club, has partnered with One Life and the WA Football Commission to promote the importance of mental health and wellbeing and raise awareness about suicide prevention.

“Royals One Life Round” to be held on the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August, raises awareness of mental health issues and promotes the message that:

“It’s okay to talk...

  • To your coaches;
  • To your parents;
  • To your team mates;
  • To a counsellor;

...if something is wrong”.

Jo Del Prete, Chair of the East Perth District, believes that football can play an important role in promoting mental health awareness.  “The Football Community can act as an important vehicle to increase awareness, educate and support a diverse section of our population - young and old; male and female - about mental health issues.”

“Football clubs bring people together, foster a sense of belonging, build self esteem and resilience, provide an important physical outlet and galvanise in times of need, providing a strong and secure support structure”.

All footballers aged 15 years and older in the East Perth District, just under 1,000 players, will wear an orange armband on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd August to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.

East Perth CEO, Dean Turner, confirmed that the East Perth Football Club is in full support of “Royals One Life Round”.  Players in all 3 grades will wear the orange armbands in their Round 19 WAFL clash with Subiaco on 2nd August.  “Mental illness and suicide are significant issues facing our society.  It is important that we work together to increase awareness and provide support to those in need”, Turner said.

If you or someone you know is suffering from mental illness below is a list of professionals you can talk to;

Suicide Call Back Line: 1300 659 467

LifeLine: 13 11 14

Samaritans 24/7: 135 247

24/7 Youthline: 1800 198 313

Total Nissan take out top honour at Golf Day

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 10:42 AM

Australian fast bowler Mitch Johnson popped by for a round of golf at the East Perth Golf Day at the Joondalup Resort last Thursday.

Johnson was a part of the AHG team, with 28 teams competing overall. 

The bad weather that had hovered around most of the week cleared to sunny conditions and perfect golfing weather.

The team from Total Nissan took out the top honour, followed by Fleet Network who were runners up.




East Perth end Sharks six game run

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 9:51 AM

EAST Perth have made it nine from their past nine, downing East Fremantle by 28-points, 14.20 (104) to 11.10 (76), and ending the Sharks six game winning run at Medibank Stadium on Saturday.

The Royals got an early break on the Sharks with five goals to two in the first quarter, but East Fremantle had closed the deficit to 16 points by half-time and gained the lead momentarily during the third, before Fraser McInnes kicked a goal just before the three quarter time siren, that had the Royals ahead by just three points at the final change.

East Perth steadied in the final term to dominate, scoring five goals to take a 40-point lead, before the Sharks kicked the last two with East Perth winning by 28 points.

Fraser McInnes booted three goals. While Matt Gordon, Mal Karpany, Jamie Cripps and Josh Hill booted two goals each.

Reigning Bernie Naylor Medallist, Josh Smith kicked one goal along with Mitch Howlett and Jamie Bennell.

Co-captains Craig Wulff and Brendan Lee led the midfield brigade. Wulff collected a game high 36 possessions and six inside 50s, Lee had 28 touches and six tackles. Sharrod Wellingham gathered 26, Mitch Howlett 22, Steven Payne 21, Dean Cadwallader 20 and Nathan Blee 19.

The Royals will have this weekend off before they meet with West Perth at Medibank Stadium on Saturday, July 26.


Dan Allsop kicked three goals in the Reserves, 9.13 (67) to 12.12 (84), loss.

Locantro kicked two goals to go with 34 disposals and six inside 50s, while Julian Ameduri, Wilson Thomas, Brendan Fisher and Alex Vernon kicked singles.

Tom Shanahan had 30 possessions, Dylan Main had 29 and eight tackes and Jackson Slater had 21.


The Colts entered the top four following their, 13.8 (86) to 7.4 (46), 40-point win.

Tyler Keitel kicked three goals. Mitch Dobson, Zac Dent and Peter Modica kicked two. Jack Hick, Kane Hadden, Shayne Hille and Will Young kicked a goal each.

Hille collected 27 possessions, Zambotto 22 and Dent 21.

East Perth to tackle Sharks

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:36 AM

EAST Perth will take on East Fremantle at home at Medibank Stadium tomorrow. 

The Royals and Sharks last met in round seven at East Fremantle Oval when East Perth claimed victory by 10-points. In 2013, the Royals claimed two wins from two games, however, both teams are coming off winning runs. East Perth have won their past eight while East Fremantle have claimed their last six.

From the winning side against Peel last weekend, Blayne Wilson, Simon Tunbridge, Dom Sheed, Josh Hill and Ash Smith have all travelled to Brisbane in the West Coast Eagles side to take on the Lions on Saturday. Brant Colledge will miss with an ankle injury.

Dean Cadwallader comes into the side with the inclusion of Jamie Cripps and Sharrod Wellingham. Jacob Payne, Matt Gordon, Julian Locantro, Dylan Main, Beau Chatley and Julian Ameduri have all been named in the 25-man squad.

Meanwhile, from the Sharks side that won by 10-points against Perth last weekend, Jamie McNamara goes out. While, Brock O'Brien and Mark McGough come into the side. Mitch Boyle and Michael Edwards have been listed in the extended squad.

Bouncedown is at 2:05pm and ABC Radio 720AM will broadcast the game from 2:00pm.

Royals down Thunder

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:41 AM

East Perth have continued their winning form downing Peel Thunder by 63-points, 16.13 (109) to 6.10 (46), in NAIDOC Round at Medibank Stadium on Saturday.

The victory makes it eight consecutive wins for the Royals who remain on top of the ladder after Round 15.

It was an good afternoon for the Royals with the club also notching wins in the Reserves and Colts.

Josh Smith kicked four goals with Mitch Howlett, Dom Sheed, Steven Wityk and Ash Smith all booting two goals each.

Craig Wulff and Steven Payne led the midfield gathering 27 possessions each for the Royals, Brendan Lee had 26, Nathan Blee 26, Sheed 25, Mitchell Fraser 23, Brant Colledge 22 and Freddie Clutterbuck 21.

Paul Johnson was brillant in the ruck in the absence of Callum Sinclair who was an emergency for the Eagles match with Sydney yesterday. He had 21 hit outs, 17 touches, eight marks kicked a goal. He shared the load with Fraser McInnes who had nine hit outs and 16 disposals in his 50th WAFL game.

East Perth will now face an East Fremantle side that have won six in a row.


The Reserves, 14.10 (94) to 6.13 (49), 45-point win was bolstered through strong performances from Jobe Macshane who kicked three goals, Dean Cadwallader, Matt Blackley, Dylan Main and Lewis Wilson kicked two each. While, Dan Allsop, Matt Gordon and Tom Shanahan kicked singles.

Shanahan had 24 possessions, Ameduri 23, and Cadwallader 22.

Jordan Dobson gathered 16 touches in his first game since 2012 returning from injury.

Marcus Coli and Agid Gardoud also performed well for the Royals who sit second on the ladder.


The Colts are just percentage out of the top four heading into the business end of the season following their, 13.12 (90) to 9.7 (61) win. 

Kaine Buckley and Linford Smith kicked three goals, while Tyler Ipsen kicked two, Jack Hick, Nijal Eades, Mitch Walsh, Mitch Dobson and Tom Gorter kicked singles.

Zach Dent had 26 possessions, Marty Zambotto had 22, and Kane Hadden had 22.

NAIDOC Round clash with Peel

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 11:03 AM

EAST Perth will take on Peel Thunder at home at Medibank Stadium tomorrow in NAIDOC Round. 

The Royals and Peel last met in round one at Bendigo Bank Stadium when East Perth claimed victory by 19 points. In 2013, the Royals claimed two wins from three games against the Thunder. However, with a win earlier this season the Royals will be aiming for three in a row against a Peel side that lost to Subiaco last Saturday.

NAIDOC Round coincides with National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week celebrations, which are held annually across Australia to celebrate the heritage, achievements and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

All WAFL clubs playing in the Round will wear uniforms specially designed to represent the heritage of the clubs and their Aboriginal players.  Our jumper design features boomerangs. The boomerangs represent offence and defence and also the past and present.

From the winning side against Claremont two weeks ago, Cal Sinclair, Adam Carter and Pat McGinnity have been included in the Eagles 25-man squad to face Sydney on Sunday. Kyle Anderson and Garry Moss will miss with injury.

Brett Dobson comes back into the team along with the inclusion of Jamie Bennell and Callum Hart. Mitch Howlett, Mal Karpany, Matt Gordon, Julian Locantro and Steven Wityk have all been named in the 25-man squad.

Meanwhile, from the Peel side that lost to Subiaco last weekend, Kristin Thornton, Anthony Morabito, Hayden Crozier and Tom Sheridan go out. While, Alex Pearce, Tanner Smith and Brennan Gillam come into the side. Craig Moller, Max Duffy, Toby Gianatti and Corey Morris have been listed in the extended squad.

Bouncedown is at 2:05pm.