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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







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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.

AFL 9's Spring Series

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 3:26 PM

The Royals District is winning the battle for the streets following a massively successful AFL 9s Autumn and Winter Season at Charles Veryard Reserve, in which more than 250 players scrapped for street cred on Wednesday nights. Royals District AFL 9s is now expanding to include a Spring Super Series on Monday Nights at Coolbinia Reserve in Coolbinia, Wednesday Nights at Charles Veryard Reserve in Leederville and Thursday Nights at Woodlake Reserve in Ellenbrook starting in the first week of October. 

If you would like to sign up a team to the Spring Super Series – Please visit or click on the venue you are interested in. CoolbiniaLeederville or Ellenbrook (details to follow)  

So what is McDonalds AFL 9s? McDonalds AFL 9s is the AFL’s newest social product, which is defined by its high-speed and free-flowing nature. McDonalds AFL 9s is played with small-sided squads of nine players on a modified playing field. McDonalds AFL 9s also provides an inclusive environment which doesn’t contain bumping or tackling, which makes it suitable for all ages, genders and skill levels. Should you need more details about McDonalds AFL 9s, speak to Royals District Development Officer, Corey Ranger on 0403 350 814 or .


Trio Call Time

Monday, September 5, 2016 - 2:02 PM

The League’s loss to Peel Thunder in the 2016 Elimination Final drew a close to the great careers of Craig Wulff and Paul Johnson. Wulffy and Johnno join Garry Moss who has also announced his retirement after another season ending injury.

Wulff leaves the game as the all-time East Perth games record holder, representing East Perth in 286 matches. Craig also played in 2 state games captaining WA in 2013. 
Craig came to East Perth from Thornlie Junior Football Club playing in the 2000 East Perth Colts Premiership. Affectionately known as ‘Wulffy’ he made his debut in 2002, playing 2 games in that Premiership year. 

Over the next 14 seasons Craig was a measure of consistency, evolving and excelling with different game styles. Wulff has captained the Mighty Royals since 2013, won the leading goal kicking in 2015 and won the 2010 FD Book Medal. Astonishingly Craig has finished in the top 5 of the East Perth Fairest and Best in 7 of the past 9 years.

Craig epitomised the East Perth spirit and character. Often playing in bandages, stitches and even broken bones his ‘never say die’ attitude towards the game commanded respect from opponents and teammates alike. Wulff retires as not only one of the all-time greats of East Perth but also Western Australian footy

Paul Johnson already had a tremendous career before joining East Perth in 2012 having played 70 AFL matches with West Coast, Melbourne and Hawthorn while also playing in a premiership side in the VFL at Sandringham. He also won the J. J. Liston Trophy as the fairest and best player in the VFL in 2005.

In Paul’s five years at East Perth he has been the dominant big man of the WAFL, amassing 110 games with the Royals while also being a regular state representative and captaining WA to wins over Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Johnson also won a Simpson Medal in the 2012 State Game. Paul is a two-time FD Book Medallist and is expected to feature highly again in the 2016 count.

His final game was a trademark warrior-like performance. Opposed to Clarke, Hannath and Apeness Johnno finished with 16 disposals, seven tackles and 32 hit outs.

Garry is a local product who came through the East Perth Development program. He Captained the State 18’s and played in East Perth’s last Premiership side, the 2006 Colts. Later that year he was drafted by Hawthorn with the 56th pick of the AFL Draft. Moss played 14 games at Hawthorn over four years earning a NAB Rising Star nomination in 2009.

Returning to the Royals in 2011, Garry finished sixth in the Sandover Medal that year. He represented WA in 2012. A knee injury ruined his 2013 season and the start of 2014 before working his way through the Reserves to wrestle back a spot in the League side. A tendon injury in his finger caused him to miss the 2014 Grand Final. 2015 saw Garry play 23 games and finish runner up to Paul Johnson in the FD Book medal. Another knee injury in Round 2 ultimately ended Garry’s career finishing on 94 WAFL games. 

These three players will be remembered for the talent, determination and excitement they bought to the ground every time they wore the black and blue. Cheers Wulffy, Johnno and Mossy


Game Times This Weekend

Monday, September 5, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Game Times This Weekend

Colts - East Perth vs South Fremantle 9.55am Medibank Stadium
Reserves - East Perth vs Claremont 11.30am HBF Arena Joondalup

The club is looking into the option of getting a bus to help supporters get from the Colts game in Leederville to the Reserves game in Joondalup. Please contact Amy on 9443 2259 to book your seat

Royals Dynasty Program

Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 1:00 AM

As the colts work strongly in the 2016 finals series the underage program is also heating up. The ‘Pilot’ program tentatively named “EPFC Royals Dynasty Program” is a rejig of the Royals Academy and houses what used to be called development squads.

This year’s WAFL Talent Carnival includes two year 8 teams, two year 9 teams and a single year 10 team that compete during the term 3 school holidays and a Lightning Carnival at Seacrest and Round Robin Carnival at Dianella Open Space beginning with the Round Robin Carnival this September 10 at Seacrest Oval against Subiaco and West Perth Football Clubs.

The Royal Dynasty Program began with the year 9 group back in March this year and has built to include year 8 and 10 participants drawn from the 2016 Academy and from within the District teams competing in the Central Conference Competition. August saw the selection of players in the 5 teams and a jumper presentation that demonstrate the enthusiasm and passion of our wider Royals Family.

Overall the EPFC Royals Dynasty Program seeks to engage interested players from the Royals Development District in a curriculum based program that strives to help players ‘get better’ and to find the ‘level of their talent’. Those that have developed to a point that they will benefit from a higher level experience can be selected into the playing squads that are then exposed to the WAFL pathway. Local coaches are developed and exposed the same way with the overall aim of the program to help the Royals District be a fertile ground for learning, developing and enjoying footy, while developing quality footballers for local clubs as well as the EPFC.

Royals Country players are developing in a similar fashion within the South West Program and they will get a chance to both represent the South West team in the WAFL Talent Carnival and the EPFC. As we add in the Royals Country Talent the teams get very strong!

The 2016 year 10 team rolls over and becomes the 2017 16s training squad and they work toward developing into Colts footballers under returning Coach Nick Cox. The year 8s are led by Geoff Abbot and the year 9s by Mike Gladwell. There is a large team of coaches supporting these three from within our District, Colts and suproting programs including local product and senior listed player Alex Vernon who lead the Strength and Conditioning team. 

Jamie Douse, Warren Dean and Josh Rayson lead our Royal Country players from both the Leewin and Lower south west development areas and they too are supported by a group of quality local coaches.

Thanks to all that have joined in with us as we have worked through 2016 and all the best for your continued development. For those representing both the South West and EPFC in the upcoming Carnival – have a great time!

Royals Preview Elimination Final

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 10:30 AM

East Perth and Peel will battle it out on Father’s Day clash this Sunday, in an epic Elimination Final during the first week of the AHG Finals Series. To rise to the occasion, the Royals have put together a stellar starting line-up that will most definitely challenge a very experienced Thunder side. The last time these clubs met was in Round 20 at Medibank Stadium and the Thunder ran away with the game, winning by six goals. This time the Royals will be seeking redemption, but more importantly, a spot in next week’s Semi Final. Let’s have a look at the breakdown for this massive showdown!


Nathan Blee replaces Mitch Brown at half-back and will match-up against Michael Apeness. Triple-threat midfielder Corey Adamson also comes back onto the bench alongside Mitchell Lague and Brant Colledge. Speedster Shayne Hille is a massive name on the interchange for the Royals, with his pace adding another line of depth to East Perth’s forward line.

Jack Redden and Liam Duggan will start with Paul Johnson in the ruck- a lethal combination that’s worked well for the Royals before. After solid performances last week Craig Wulff, Fraser McInnes and Jamie Bennell will start a full forward.

Patrick McGinnity will lead the midfield with ball magnets Malcolm Karpany and Samuel Powell-Pepper by his side. 


Paddy Brophy, Mitchell Brown and Jackson Nelson. 


Experience: Peel will have a very experienced side playing this weekend, with big Fremantle inclusions such as; Alex Silvagni, Matt De Boer, Michael Apeness and Shane Yarran. Although East Perth do have similarly matched players such as McGinnity, Mackenzie and Bennell, the Royals do boast an impressive developing, fresh side; Duggan, Powell-Pepper, Maginness, Adamson, Hille. Sunday’s game will be a test of the old versus the new.

Mental Game: Last week the Royals knew just how important the final round of their season was, and despite leading at end of each quarter they still went into each term playing hard like the score was even. It’s going to be crucial that the Royals have the mental resilience and strength to keep pushing and play four full quarters of footy this weekend, in a game that will be undoubtedly tough mentally and physically. Especially if they are periods where East Perth trail, they need to not let this be an opportunity for Peel to steam ahead. 

The Bounce: Whoever can win the ball from center bounces and stoppages wi be vital in controlling this game. Johnson will have a great contest against Jonathon Griffin. Redden and Duggan will have Connor Blakely and Matt De Boer to fight for the ball, but if the dynamic duo can get some momentum and win some stoppages early on they could break free of Peel’s classy ruck work.

East Perth Women’s Football Club Inaugural Awards Night 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 9:00 AM - by Donna Nowotny

It has been an exciting year of firsts for the East Perth Women’s Football Club, and our very first night of nights was no exception!  The Club kicked off in 2016 with East Perth representative teams in the West Australian Women’s Football League and Metro u18s Youth Girls League and Saturday saw the Royals Women celebrating the season in spirited style and with a promise of what’s to come in 2017!   

Thank you to Dean Turner for very warmly welcoming us to the family; and to all our partners, sponsors and volunteers for getting behind us in 2016 to make our first season such a success.  And most importantly, congratulations to those players whose outstanding performances this year inspired and earned them a place in history as our Inaugural Award winners -     

Fairest & Best - Skye Cameron
Runner-up Fairest & Best - Kim Youdan
Most Consistent Player - Josephine Mark
Best 1st Year Player - Janis Burgess
Coaches Players - Elizabeth Dawson & Nichola Oliver
Player's Player - Josephine Mark

Youth Girls (u18s)
Fairest & Best - Tahlea Martin
Runner-up Fairest & Best - Jayde Martin
Most Consistent Player - Paige Douglas
Coaches Player - Annette Morrison
Player's Player - Jaymii Karapetkov

If you’re 15 or over and interested in representing East Perth in the u18s Youth Girls or senior women’s league competitions, please email for more info.  

Donna Nowotny
President EPWFC

Election of the Board of Management

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Election of Board of Management
Nominations are called for the position of President (1 year) and three Directors (2 years)
The retiring persons all of whom are eligible for re-election are:

President: Bronte Howson
Directors: Brian Bowley
                  Joe Barbaro
                  Alan Quartermaine
Nominations: Every candidate shall be nominated in writing, on the prescribed nomination form, (form available from the Club office) by two members of the Club who are either Ordinary, Lifetime or Life members both of whom shall sign the nomination form. The candidate shall also sign the nomination form as evidence of consent.
Closing Date for nominations: Nominations accompanied by the candidate’s resume of no more than 200 words shall be sent or delivered to the Chief Executive Officer so as to be in his hands by 5.00 pm on Friday 16th September 2016. Any nomination that is received by the Chief Executive officer after the aforesaid time and date shall be rejected by him.
Dean Turner
Chief Executive Officer

2016 AFL 9's Corporate Challenge

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 9:00 AM


AFL 9s is the AFL’s non-contact, social version of the game that all of your staff can play.

The Corporate Challenge will give your business a once in a lifetime footy experience including;

Play touch footy on the Domain Stadium turf in Grand Final week
Playing alongside former AFL Stars
An access all areas function in the Fremantle FC rooms
Best of all you don’t have to have any playing experience, as we have a division for everyone!

We’ll be sure to match you up with industry rivals on the famous last Wednesday in September. As an added bonus for each team that signs up through East Perth, the Royals will receive $500

Wednesday, 28th September 2016


Click Here to Register

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Any questions or for more information contact and 9381 5599

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Includes competition entry, custom team singlets & access to the post event awards function in the Fremantle FC Change rooms.



Includes everything featured in the Team Package plus;

AFL 9s footballs branded with you company logo for use in the corporate challenge
1 x company branded football provided to each player (total 220 footballs)
80 x footballs provided to your business to utilise as a promotional tool


Need a bit of star power? Recruit an ex-AFL player to play on your team. Pick a player from our list of ex-AFL stars.

If you select this option, we’ll provide you with a list of players to select from.

$3,000 to $8,000



Be the best corporate team in Perth.  Now that’s something to hang your hat on! No player restrictions.

(Max 6 teams)


For the unfit blokes who just want to have a run around!

(Max 6 teams)


Those who want to have a bit of fun – and the girls get 9 points for a goal. Min. 3 players of each gender

(Max 6 teams)



The rules are touch, non-contact and designed so that everyone can play.  To read a full list of rules Click Here

To watch a rules video Click Here


Click here for the Domain Stadium Conditions of Entry.


Arrive From: 1.00pm

Games Starts: 2.00pm

Grand Finals: 6.00pm

Awards Function: 6.30pm


Free parking is available to all participants and spectators on Kitchener Park.

Entry via Subiaco Road.


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