Royals to meet with Demons

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 6:42 AM

SKIPPER Brendan Lee will celebrate game 100 when East Perth take on Perth at Lathlain Park tomorrow. 

The Royals and Demons last met in round 11 at Lathlain when East Perth claimed victory by 80-points. 

From the winning side against Swan Districts last weekend, Simon Tunbridge goes into the West Coast Eagles team for their clash with Essendon at Etihad Stadium tomorrow. Jacob Brennan has been listed as an emergency and ruckman Callum Sinclair is also out.

Tom Shanahan, Callum Hart, Julian Ameduri, Jacob Payne, Jackson Slater and Lewis Wilson are in the extended 25-man squad and pushing for selection.

Bouncedown is at 2:05pm and Hot Country Digital will broadcast the game from 2:00pm.

East Perth back on track with win over Swans

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 1:38 PM

East Perth took on Swan Districts at Hands Oval in Bunbury, recording a 35-point, 14.22 (106) to 11.5 (71), victory on Saturday afternoon.

Will Maginness and Josh Smith booted three goals, with Callum Sinclair, Dean Cadwallader, Craig Wulff, Paul Johnson, Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls, Dylan Main, Brant Colledge and Fraser McInnes all kicking a goal each in the win.

Brendan Lee collected 31 possessions, Craig Wulff 27, Jacob Brennan 24, Dean Cadwallader 22, Brant Colledge 22, Mitchell Howlett 22 and Mitchell Fraser 21.

East Perth will now face Perth at Lathlain on Saturday.


Kristian Caporn kicked three goals in the Reserves, 12.5 (77) to 22.11 (143), loss at Steel Blue Oval.

Agid Gardoud and Lewis Wilson booted two goals each, while Trent Bradshaw, Steven Wityk, Tom Hodgson, Julian Ameduri and Jackson Slater kicked one each.

Jacob Payne had 19 touches, Tom Shanahan 18 and Slater 17.


In the Colts, 8.7 (55) to 14.11 (95), loss Tyler Ipsen kicked three goals, Shayne Hille, Calvin Borowski, Blair Della Franca, Ben Miller and Alex Di Placido kicked a goal each. 

Zac Dent gathered 34 possessions, Tyler Keitel 24 and Kane Hadden 22.

Photo via Andrew Elstermann, Bunbury Mail

East Perth head south to Bunbury to face Swans

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:19 PM

East Perth’s last loss was to Subiaco back on Good Friday and the Lions repeated that match winning performance on Saturday leading all afternoon and ending the Royals ten match streak to claim victory by 28 points.

The loss means that East Perth and Subiaco are now equal on the top of the WAFL ladder with 13 wins, however the Royals have a game in hand.

The Lions got out to an 11-point lead at quarter-time and had stretched that to 14 at the main break. East Perth mounted a revival in the third quarter but Subiaco steadied to maintain a 19-point lead at the final change, with the Royals eventually falling by 28-points.

Josh Smith booted three goals from 15 possessions. Will Maginness and Garry Moss kicked two goals each in the loss.

Ruckman Callum Sinclair continued his good form with 24 possessions, 10 marks, 34 hit outs and a goal, combining well with Paul Johnson who had 24 hit outs and 18 touches. 

Steven Payne gathered 26 disposals, Brendan Lee 22, Craig Wulff 21, Nathan Blee 20 and Brant Colledge 20.

East Perth face Swan Districts at Hands Oval in Bunbury on Saturday.



Steven Wityk kicked two goals and gathered 14 possessions in the Reserves 4.10 (34) to 16.2 (108) loss.

Agid Gardoud and Matt Gordon also kicked a goal each.

Julian Ameduri racked up 24 disposals, Tom Shanahan 23 and Dylan Main 20.



18-year old Tyler Keitel continued his good form, a week after being invited to the draft combine, kicking three goals in the Colts 6.4 (40) to 11.5 (71) loss.

Tom Gorter, Tim Pittaway and Kester Decke also registered on the scoreboard kicking a goal each.

Zac Dent had 27 possessions, Jake Anderson 23 and Tyler Ipsen 22.

East Perth struggle to match it with in form Subi

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 10:50 AM

East Perth and West Coast ruckman Callum Sinclair is confident that the club’s losing run against Subiaco can be rectified come finals time.

East Perth and Subiaco have finished 1-2 only twice in WAFL history in 1926 and again in 1959, with the Royals winners against Subiaco in the Grand Final in both those years.

“Probably other than us they’re the in form team of the comp, they’ve won their last five or six. We had just as much of the ball as they did, but we just coughed it up and their pressure we couldn’t handle. They’re the team that’s got us twice in a row now so we’re not too happy about it, but by the time finals come around I think it will be a different story hopefully”, he said.

Sinclair, a former Lion, has had a solid season for East Perth, and over the past fortnight has been in the Royals best, creating a powerful rucking combination with Paul Johnson.

“I think last year I rucked a bit more than this year. We’ve got two other really good ruckman and also Fraser McInnes who can pitch in aswell. I’ve found myself playing a little more forward, just based on a rotation really, which is all going pretty well. But, I think we just need to make sure all the ruckman have an impact in the forward line and if we can do that I think we’ll be going pretty strong.

“It’s good to put some consistent performances together and put my hand up for selection, but we didn’t come away with the four points more importantly, so we probably let ourselves down on the weekend a little bit,” he said.

The big man said that coach Brian Dawson and the coaching staff were frank in their assessment of the team’s shortfalls after the weekend’s game.

“To be honest we had a pretty ruthless assessment of our skill level and our ball handling. We had our hands on it a lot more than Subi did. Things like simple handballs and simple kicks we just couldn’t execute and when that happened Subi just turned it over and capitalised on those opportunities”.

At times during the season the Royals have worked on a three-man ruckman rotation policy, something that Sinclair believes is an important part of East Perth’s game plan.

“It’s probably one of our strengths to have all three of us playing at the same time. I wouldn’t personally want to be coming up against all of us in a game”, he joked.

“It probably helps us save our legs a little bit for the later half of the year, that two blokes can take the load a little bit more and there’s a good rotation policy at the moment that will hopefully have us feeling a bit more fresh coming into September”, he said.

Royals to face Lions in 1Life Round

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 8:35 AM

EAST Perth will take on Subiaco at Medibank Stadium tomorrow in 1Life Round. 

1Life Round promotes awareness of mental health and suicide that are significant issues facing our society.

The Royals and Lions last met in round 5 when Subiaco claimed victory by 24-points. 

From the winning side against West Perth last weekend, Jamie Cripps, Jamie Bennell and Josh Hill will line up for the West Coast Eagles clash in their clash with Adelaide at Adelaide Oval tomorrow. Cal Sinclair has been listed as an emergency. Sharrod Wellingham had surgery on a knee injury sustained during the third quarter of last weekend’s match and will miss the remainder of the season. Mal Karpany will also miss with injury.

Will Maginness, Brant Colledge and Ash Smith come into the line up. Colledge will return from an ankle injury. Callum Hart, Dylan Main, Tom Shanahan, Mitch Howlett, Steven Wityk, Jacob Payne and Matt Gordon have been named on the extended interchange.

Meanwhile, Subiaco has also swung plenty of changes to the side that won against South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval last weekend. Joel Ashman, Aaron Heal and Joel Latham come out of the side. Abe Davey comes into the line up, with Chris Deluca, Josh Deluca, Will Fetherstonhaugh, Declan Jackson and Justin Joyce pushing for selection and listed in the extended squad.

East Perth players will wear orange armbands to mark 1Life Round.

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

Royals back 1Life campaign

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:45 PM

For the second consecutive year, the Royals and our District clubs are joining forces the 1Life organisation to promote awareness of mental illness and suicide, which are significant issues facing our society.

It is important that we work together to increase awareness and provide support to those in need.

A dedicated “Royals 1Life Round” will be held Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August, round 19 of the WAFL competition. East Perth will be playing Subiaco at Medibank Stadium.

The “Royals 1Life Round” aims to raise 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.

The football community is not immune to these issues; many in our community are dealing with mental illness or being confronted with the tragedy of suicide. However, 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). 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.

The East Perth Football Community, consisting of the East Perth District Football Development Council, its affiliated junior and senior clubs and the East Perth Football Club, will partner with 1Life and the WAFC to promote the importance of mental health and wellbeing and raise awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention.

Teams from the Perth and Swans Districts playing in the cross District East Perth/Perth year 10 competition and in the Eastern Conference Year 11 and 12 competitions will also wear the 1Life armbands on this weekend as part of the campaign.

Prior to the Royals 1Life Round the WAFC will hold a Live Life Ambassadors Training workshop. District and Club stakeholders will be invited to attend to become local club ambassadors for this important issue.

Those who attend can play an important role in the week leading up to the Royals 1Life Round as well as throughout the weekend – acting as a support for the club as the 1Life message is promoted to club members.

Each club will be asked to convene all teams (comprising of players 15 years and up) at a training night in the week before the Round to explain the meaning of the round and why they will be wearing arm bands.

Respected businessman Peter Fitzpatrick chairs the state government’s Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and has congratulated East Perth on the initiative.

“Suicide is preventable and the proactive stance taken by the WAFC and the East Perth Football Club through the Royals 1Life Round will help to save lives,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

“We lose one person a day to suicide in Western Australia. It has overtaken the road toll and is now the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 44. We need to be more open to talking about suicide and building greater community resilience for coping with anxiety and stress if we are to counter this significant threat to so many lives,” he said.

Support services are available from a range of organisations:

The Suicide Call Back Service provides free nationwide professional telephone and online counselling 24hrs, 7 days a week. Call 1300 659 467 or

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Youth Focus on 6266 4333 provides one-on-one free counselling to young people aged 12-18 who may be at risk of suicide, self harm and depression.

Royals continue winning run

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 9:36 AM

EAST Perth have continued their winning run claiming their 10th consecutive victory and ending West Perth’s finals hopes, with a 21-point, 5.9 (39) to 2.6 (18), win in tough conditions at Medibank Stadium on Saturday.

Despite little rain during the game, a strong downpour during the Reserves match around noon, left the oval in pools of water in time for the league match two hours later.

In what was bound to be low scoring affair in difficult conditions, the Royals kicked the first goal from a long range shot from big man Cal Sinclair before Rohan Kerr kicked the Falcons first. Craig Wulff slotted through East Perth’s second courtesy of a free kick for a heavy collision, leaving the Royals ahead by nine points at the first change. The home side kicked one goal one in the second to the Falcons two behinds extending their lead to 14-points at the main break.

The Falcons were again goalless in the third, with the Royals eventually finishing 21-point winners.

East Perth have maintained top spot on the ladder, with Josh Smith, Callum Sinclair, Fraser McInnes, Jamie Cripps and Paul Johnson (40 hit outs) kicking a goal each in the win.

Steven Payne gathered a game high 32 touches, Craig Wulff 28, Brendan Lee 27, Sinclair 23 (35 hit outs), Mitch Howlett 19, Blayne Wilson 19 and Mitch Fraser 18.


Reserves suffered a 45-point loss, 1.8 (14) to 9.5 (59), in difficult conditions.

Jackson Slater kicked the only goal of the match for the Royals.

Will Maginness gathered 35 disposals, with Dan Allsop and Chatley also good for East Perth.


Colts fell to their second draw of the season, 8.5 (53) to 7.11 (53).

Jack Hick kicked two goals, while Tyler Ipsen, Tarir Bayok, Tyler Keitel, Shayne Hille and Calvin Borowski kicked singles.

Zac Dent had 29 touches, Marty Zambotto gathered 26 and Hille 24.




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.