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2017 Membership Now Open

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 10:25 AM

It is the 1st of November and membership for 2017 is now open. With a number of key signings 2017 is shaping as the start of a new era for the Royals. Our Members are the backbone of our great club. After reaching an outstanding 2,500 members in 2016 the club is looking to improve on this number in 2017. This year all fully paid adult members will receive

  • A 2017 East Perth Members Cap
  • East Perth lanyard
  • East Perth members sticker
  • Membership card

You can sign up online here or download the 2017 Membership Form and send it back to the club

Sign up as a Loyal Royal today and show you're black and blue, through and through

McGinnity Joins Royals

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Patrick McGinnity will remain a Royal in 2017 and beyond, signing a 3-year contract with East Perth. 

The former West Coast listed player has become a fan favourite over his past 3 years at East Perth. Many Loyal Royals will remember Patricks dad, Kevin who played 59 games for the Royals throughout the 70’s.

Originating from the Marist Football Club, Patrick was picked by West Coast in the 2008 Pre-Season Draft after being selected in the 2007 Under 18 All Australian Team.

‘Ginna’ made his debut for the Eagles in 2009 and played 93 games for the club. Pat gained respect from opponents, fans and team mates for his tenacity on a contest and work ethic to get the best out of himself.

McGinnity played 15 games for the Royals this year winning the inaugural Jeremy Silcock Trademark Award along with rising Royal Tom Hodgson. This award is voted on by the players for which player best displays the team values and ethics for that week. It is this level of commitment to the club and his team mates that made getting Pat’s signature a priority.

‘I am extremely pleased to announce that Pat has agreed to join the football club on a 3-year contract’ Football Operations Manager Mark Winnett said. “Pat is a high-quality person and footballer and someone who displays outstanding leadership and we were obviously very keen to keep around the club. The way he has been embraced the playing group, coaches and supporters is a credit to him and clear indication that he is a perfect fit for our young, talented squad”

McGinnity’s signing follows on from last Friday’s signing of Steven Payne. These two senior players join FD Book Medallist Mitch Fraser and Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls as key players committed to the Royals in 2017.

Dynasty Awards Night

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 11:12 AM

The East Perth Dynasty program was wrapped up on Monday night holding their 2016 Awards Night.




Year 10s

1% Awards - Nick Sorgiovanni

Respect/Impact Award – Josh Westphal

Most Valuable Player – Matthew Zelesco


Year 9s

1% Awards - Michael Thomas and Matthew Watson

Respect/Impact Award – Alli Luko and Quinn Donaldson 

Most Valuable Player – Dion Yianni and Phillip Gatlauk



Year 8s

1% Awards - Dylan Walker and Jayden Peak

Respect/Impact Award –  Lewis Tester and Deacan Lewis 

Most Valuable Player – Tom Druzianich and Cody Podmore



As special thanks to all coaches, support staff, volunteers and parents. We look forward to another great season in 2017.


Pre-Season Launch Year 10s Monday 6th February at Medibank Stadium 6pm start. All Parents & Players


Pre-Season Launch Year 9s Tuesday 7th February at Medibank Stadium 6pm start. All Parents & Players 

Payne Signs On

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 3:29 PM

2014 FD Book Medallist Steven Payne has signed on for 2017. The athletic wingman from Margaret River joins 2016 FD Book Medallist Mitch Fraser and Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls as the Royals earliest signings for the 2017 season.

After an injury plagued season Payne will be looking to regain the form that won him the Best and Fairest award in a season where the Royals were Minor Premiers and made the Grand Final. 

Football Operations Manager Mark Winnett said 'The club is really pleased that Steven has committed to the club for the 2017 season. After battling with an ankle injury in the second half of the season, we look forward to getting Payney back to his best.'

Stay tuned for more signings and updates

2016 Members Survey

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 3:22 PM

Membership Survey 2016

Thank you to all our valuable members that completed our 2016 Membership Survey.  Surveys like this allow us to communicate with our members and better understand things the club are doing well and where we can possibly improve. 

Lynda Thomson was our lucky winner and has won his 2017 Membership & 4 tickets to a West Coast or Fremantle home game in 2017.  

We are pleased to share some feedback from our survey, 
•    83% of our members are more than satisfied with our membership value, service & facilities. 
•    It was great to see that 82 out of 140 who completed the survey have been members of the club for over 10 years! This now gives the club the opportunity to explore ways to get more new members to join The Black & Blue. 
•    35% of members are attending every East Perth game with 27% coming to 6-7 games every season – This is a great effort and we thank all regular supporters for coming down rain, hail or shine.  

After reviewing all the responses the club is putting together a new membership package for 2017! Stay Tuned. 

Please be reminded that 2017 Memberships will open in November 1st .

Fraser Wins 2016 FD Book Medal

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 11:42 AM

Mitchell Fraser is the 2016 FD Book Medallist. In the closest count for many years Fraser took out the coveted award by 1 vote ahead of retiring big man Paul Johnson. Irishman Paddy Brophy built on his Best First Year Player Award from last year to finish third, whilst young gun Tom Cole finished fourth.

A Busselton product who graduated through our development ranks, Mitch has been a model of consistency for the Royals since breaking into the League team in 2013. It is great reward for the 22-year-old who has relished the leadership role that was thrust upon him this year. An assuming back man Fras has quickly become an integral part of the East Perth line up. 

Retiring ruck man Paul Johnson finished his career at East Perth with a flourish storming to second in the count. In his acceptance speech Paul made mention of the number of players and off field staff who have made his time at East Perth the most enjoyable of his long football career.

The club took the opportunity to acknowledge the services of Craig Wulff. CEO Dean Turner paid tribute to East Perth’s favourite son saying that he epitomises all facets of what it means to be a Royal. Craig was presented with his 2016 playing jumper. Wulffy then gave a speech that will not be forgotten for a long time. He made mention of his coaches and teammates who played under or with over his time at East Perth and how much they taught him as a player and person. Craig spoke of the current playing group, saying how he looks forward to seeing the success he is sure they will achieve. Craig also acknowledged his family, telling everyone in the room that they were big contributors in him getting to 286 games. Wulffy finished by handing on his famous number 13 to up and comer Jobe MacShane. Wulff simply said Jobe is East Perth through and through and asked the supporters to give him the same support they afforded him throughout his career

The 2016 FD Book Medal night saw the first presentation of the ‘Jeremy Silcock Trademark Award’. Each week each player from the Reserves and League vote for the player who best demonstrates the team values that game. Mandy Anderson gave a rousing speech about her brother Jeremy and how much the football club and this award means to the Silcock Family. Patrick McGinnity and Tom Hodgson were the inaugural winners. The Club also presented the Jeremy Silcock Shield which will now be retired and displayed in the East Perth Clubrooms and will forever show East Perth beating West Perth 11-9 over the past 20 seasons.

President Bronte Howson reflected on the year that was and paid tribute to the Clubs four retirees Craig Wulff, Brendan Lee, Garry Moss and Paul Johnson. It was great to have past FD Book Medal winners George Gianakkis, Peter Miller and Frank Agostino in the room to help us celebrate the 2016 season.

Thank you to our MC Simon Beaumont who did a fantastic job hosting the night. David Christison also did a stellar job reading the League vote count. Thank you to John and his team at Teramo Caterers for the wonderful food and to Ray and his team behind the bar. Congratulations to all the presenters and award winners and to Brian Moss from McRandompics for capturing photos of the night. It was an outstanding evening thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.


League Awards

FD Book Medal - Mitchell Fraser 35 Votes

League Runner-Up – Paul Johnson 34 Votes

Outstanding Play Award - Paddy Brophy 32 Votes

Outstanding Play Award – Thomas Cole 30 Votes

League Coaches Award - Shayne Hille

League Best First Year Player – Tom Gorter

Best Club Man – Julian Ameduri

League Leading Goal Kicker – Jonathan Giles 22 Goals

Jeremy Silcock Award – Patrick McGinnity & Thomas Hodgson

George Law Trainers Trophy - Paul Johnson

Reserves Awards

Eric Smith Medal - Tom Hodgson 51 Votes

Reserves Runner-Up – Thomas Omodei 39 Votes

Outstanding Play Award - Daniel Perkins 38 Votes

Outstanding Play Award – Will Young 36 Votes

Colts Awards

Hec Strempel Medal - Christian Ameduri 42 Votes

Outstanding Play Award – Alex Di Placido 38 Votes

Outstanding Play Award – Mitchell Dobson 37 Votes

Combined Past Players and Officials Encouragement Award - Connor De Campo

Colts Encouragement Award - Harley Stack

Colts Education Award – Nelson Waite

Best Club Man –Cassidy Thompson




Royals Appoint League Coach

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 2:55 PM

East Perth Football Club has appointed former East Perth Captain and current West Coast Eagles development coach Luke Webster as League Coach for the 2017 season. Webster will replace 2016 League Coach Jaymie Graham who has taken a senior coaching role at the Eagles.

Luke played 107 games for the Royals between 2000 and 2010. Webster was a member of the 2001 Premiership team. A no nonsense defender who also ran through the midfield, Luke was drafted to Fremantle in the 2001 Rookie Draft. Luke was elevated to the senior list in 2003, the year he also won the Simpson Medal against South Australia in his first of three matches representing Western Australia.

Retiring at the end of the 2010 season, Luke took up a development coaching role at the Carlton Football Club. In 2013 he took on the additional responsibility of coaching Carlton’s affiliate VFL side, the Northern Blues. Webster moved back to Perth in 2015 to take up his current position at the West Coast Eagles.

The Webster name has a long and proud history at East Perth. Luke’s grandfather Ray played in the 1956 Premiership team. His father Ron was a decorated player throughout the 70’s who then went on to become a highly respected administrator firstly as General Manager of East Perth in 1981 and 1982 then moving to the Western Australian Amateur Football League. Ryan, Luke’s older brother also played League football for the Royals.

‘The club is proud to appoint a coach whose family has such strong ties with East Perth’ CEO Dean Turner said. 

‘Being able to bring a 100 game player and former Captain of the Club back into the senior coaching role is fantastic for our young squad.’ 

‘Luke’s experience with Carlton and West Coast will be invaluable in leading the team into this new era.’

West Coast Eagles Football Manager Craig Vozzo commented “Luke has extensive coaching experience and we feel his appointment at East Perth is a great fit for all parties,” 

“Luke has worked under a similar partnership arrangement to the one we enjoy with East Perth during his time as head coach of the Northern Blues in the VFL and already has a strong understanding of the club and its culture.

“We look forward to Luke leading the Royals and continuing to drive the improvement of players from both clubs.” Vozzo said.

‘I am honoured to take on this role at a club that has meant so much to me and my family for so many years’ Webster said. 

‘There is an extremely talented, hard working group coming through at East Perth. It is hard not to be excited.’

Royals Support Telethon

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 1:38 PM

Over the last three years East Perth Football Club combined with Channel 7 have worked with Telethon and have raised over $5,000 for the Telethon Community.  

2016 EPFC Telethon Match Day $3,070.00

2015 EFFC Telethon Match Day $1032.00

2013 EPFC Telethon Match Day $1634.00

This is a wonderful effort, The East Perth Football Club & Telethon would like to thank all members & supporters for your kind generosity of donations, Hopfully we can make  2017 bigger and better!


Don’t forget to support Telethon this weekend. 

Find out all you need to know about 2016 Telethon Click Here 

2017 Royals Coach Academy

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 11:53 AM

2017 Royals Coach Academy - Expressions Of Interest (Still Open)

We are still accepting expressions of interest for the 2017 Royals Coach Academy.

If you’re eager on improving your coaching on & off the field in 2017 while being exposed to current AFL/WAFL coaches then this is the program for you (also FREE).


To submit your expression of interest:

  1. Open up the flyer  Royals Coach Academy Flyer. 
  2. Complete required details.
  3. SUBMIT.

Please ignore the September 24th cut-off-date. All applications should be submitted before November. 

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.