Royals Revisited: Rod Wheatley

Friday, June 12, 2020 - 1:04 PM - by Katie de Haer

Rod Wheatley joined a select group of WAFL players when he made his league debut in a final.

Wheatley’s first senior game was against East Fremantle, when East Perth lost the 1992 preliminary final by just four points.

Raised in Bridgetown, he played 169 league games for the Royals, retiring in 2003.

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Turner hopeful for crowds at Leederville

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 4:06 PM - by Katie de Haer

East Perth CEO Dean Turner says he is growing more optimistic by the day of fans being allowed to attend games this season.

Players have returned to full contact training, after the State Government eased COVID-19 restrictions on community sport.

“We’re pretty positive about everything. Obviously, now we have a season start date, I think everyone has really turned a corner,” Turner told 91.3 Read More [+]

Dean Cox inducted into Australian Football Hall of Fame

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 6:25 PM - by Katie de Haer

East Perth premiership player Dean Cox has been inducted as a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Cox arrived at the Royals via Dampier in the Pilbara, more than 1500 kilometres north of Perth.

Despite the physical distance, Cox was by no means in new territory. His mother Mary’s three brothers George, Richard and Eddie Michalczyk all played for Read More [+]

Q & A: Patrick McGinnity

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 8:00 AM - by Katie de Haer

Patrick McGinnity gives an insight into East Perth's preparations ahead of the WAFL Season.

Players have recently returned to Leederville Oval to begin training in bigger groups - albeit still with restrictions. How good was it to be back?

PM: We were in groups of 10 for a few weeks before that, which was also a great step up from running on Read More [+]

McGinnity, Ramsay to lead Royals

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 12:48 PM - by Katie de Haer

Patrick McGinnity will take the reins as sole captain of East Perth, following the retirement of Kyle Anderson in May.

Jackson Ramsay will support McGinnity as vice-captain, elevated to a leadership role for the first time.

It is the first time in almost a decade that the club has reverted to a sole captaincy model after implementing a co-captaincy format Read More [+]

Devan Perry reflects on three-peat

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 9:48 PM - by Katie de Haer

Devan Perry’s uncompromising approach was the hallmark of East Perth’s hat trick of premierships in the early 2000s.

Originally from Lara, just outside of Geelong in Victoria, Perry played 123 games for the Royals, arriving at club via North Adelaide and St Mary’s.

He made his debut under Robert Solin in 1995 and despite missing out on a finals berth that year, Perry Read More [+]

Locked in: WAFL start date confirmed

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Mark August 1 on your calendar – a start date has been set for the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season.

The West Australian Football Commission met with WAFL club officials on Friday to decide the future of this year’s competition, which has been postponed since March 16, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pending the further easing of restrictions set by the Read More [+]

A Player's Perspective: Eddie Simpson

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 7:37 PM - by Katie de Haer

Not too many players cut a more imposing physical presence in the WAFL than East Perth’s Eddie Simpson.

At 199cm and 105 kilos, Simpson is still relatively new to the club having arrived via Claremont midway through last season.

Under Jeremy Barnard, he made his Royals league debut in Round 11, playing nine games.

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Barnard: Players back fit and healthy

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 11:48 AM - by Katie de Haer

East Perth league coach Jeremy Barnard has confirmed his players returned fit and healthy to training at Leederville Oval this week.

As part of the State Government’s roadmap to recovery, sporting clubs were able to begin non-contact training in groups of 20 from Monday.

“It’s great to be back into some formal training,” Barnard told SportFM on Read More [+]

Anderson Announces Retirement

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 2:46 PM - by Katie de Haer

Veteran defender Kyle Anderson has called time on his WAFL career.

The 29-year-old is a Life Member of East Perth, having played 124 league games over a career spanning ten seasons.

“I spent a lot of time thinking about it all but in the end, I had to start listening to my body and what’s going on with it.

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