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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:

Online Team Store Now Live

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 4:21 PM

We are excited to announce that our Online Team Store is now live at

Simply create your account and shop all our East Perth Merchandise.

You are able to pre order our 2017 Polo and Jackets due for delivery in the coming weeks.

There will also be new items being released over the next month.

We are also offering 10% or more off all items for a special introductory offer

Meet and Greet Corporate Classic Draw

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Travel and Sport Australia has won the 2017 Corporate Classic draw to be the final sponsor on our 2017 Jumpers for the League, Reserves and Colts. Proprietor Paul Ramsay, father of East Perth product and current Collingwood player Jackson Ramsay, is excited and proud to be on the front of the Royals jumper.

Travel and Sport Australia have been outstanding supporters of the East Perth Football Club for a number of years offering up packages to the AFL Grand Final, Spring Racing Carnival and many other unique travel opportunities for the club to auction.

It was nearly a case of deja vu with last year’s winner Steve Da Rui’s Thermo King West been drawn out in second place. Third place went to another fantastic supporter of the Royals Michael and Amanda Sultanowsky from West Coast Fasteners.

With a late flourish, there was 50 companies entered into the Corporate Classic this year with a whopping 20 companies entering the draw for the first time.

The draw was help in front of 150 guests made up of Corporate Classic entrants, major sponsors, players sponsors, players and their families. The Club took the opportunity to invite our Player Sponsors to meet their sponsored player and receive their membership pack. 

There a still a handful of young players without a sponsor. If you are interested in helping them out, please contact the club.

The club would like to thank all the entrants in the Corporate Classic, our Player Sponsors and all the family members who came to the function last night. Thank you must also go to our MC Simon Beaumont and auctioneer Tiny Holly who both did outstanding jobs.


East Perth AGM

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 9:08 AM

East Perth's Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday the 12th of February in the East Perth Members Bar at Leederville Oval. The meeting was attended by over 100 members including former President and Hall of Fame inductee Laurie Kennedy and games record holder Craig Wulff.

President Bronte Howson spoke of the trials of the rollercoaster 2016 season. Through the many ups and downs around the club Mr Howson was pleased to announce a profit of $314,159 for the year ending 31st of October 2016. The Club is pleased to be in such a strong financial position, which will hold East Perth in good stead with the environment of football in Western Australia changing.

Head Coach Luke Webster addressed the members in a stirring speech about what it means for him to lead the Royals in 2017. Webster spoke of instilling further pride in the playing group when they pull on the famous black and blue. Luke also spoke of allowing the players to have greater say in their game.

CEO Dean Turner took the opportunity to revisit two of our 2010 Life Members Luke Webster and Craig Wulff and officially present them with their Life Member badges. 

The club also presented 1975 Sandover Medallist Alan Quartermaine and Alan Munachen with Life Membership.

It was announced that East Perth will have Co-Captains in 2017, with Kyle Anderson and Pat McGinnity to lead our young squad. 

The Club would like to thank all the Members who attended and stayed for fellowship afterwards. 

Our Newest Life Members

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

At the AGM held on Sunday the club presented two nominations for Life Membership to the East Perth Football Club. We are pleased to announce that Alan Quartermaine and Alan Munachen were unanimously adopted as our newest Life Members. Below are the profiles of both men.

Alan Quatermaine

Games 108
Goals 195 (Ave 1.81 per game)
1975 Sandover Medallist
Board Director 2011-Present

Quartermaine was born in Katanning and recruited by East Perth through the Katanning Wanderers despite several WAFL clubs wishing to recruiting him. He played four games in the 1969 season, but most of his time was devoted to completing an economics degree at the University of Western Australia. He represented the University's football club in the Western Australian Amateur Football League (WAAFL) in the 1970 and 1971, gaining Amateur All-Australian selection in both seasons, and playing in the club's 1971 premiership. Quartermaine returned to East Perth for the 1972 season after the completion of his studies, missing out on the club's grand final loss due to a three-week suspension for rough play in the second semi-final. He was selected for Western Australia in 1974, leading to offers from several Victorian Football League (VFL) clubs, which he turned down to stay with the Royals. 

Despite suffering from osteitis pubis during the season, and being a 15–1 outsider, Quartermaine won the 1975 Sandover Medal with 16 votes, ahead of teammates Peter Spencer and Ross Glendinning, and Stan Nowotny of Swan Districts, all with 14 votes. Quartermaine took the 1978 season off to complete an honours degree in economics, and played only two games in 1979 before retiring due to injury.

Alan Joined the Board of East Perth in 2011 which he still sits on today. Alan holds the financial portfolio on the Board as well as being actively involved with football issues.

Alan Munachen

Trainer 1985 - 1999 and 2006 – 2016

Alan began as a trainer in 1985 working with the entire playing group until 1999. Alan then returned to the club in 2006 lending his expertise to the Colts and Development programs. His passion for helping young men from the East Perth zone reach their potential has never waned. Alan has now retired from working on game days but remains an active follower of our youngest Royals. The club is eternally grateful for Alan’s 26 years of voluntary service.