Trio Calls Time

Friday, August 27, 2021 - 11:47 AM

Three East Perth favourites will call time on their WAFL careers this week.

Veteran Nathan Blee will play his 159th and last match for the Royals when he runs out on Saturday. ‘Bleeza’ came to East Perth from Ballajura Junior Football Club, graduated through our development programs to debut in Round 1 2011. After a standout first season, Nathan was recruited to Port Adelaide where he played six games over two seasons.

Blee returned to the club at the end of the 2013 season where he has been a pivotal member of the League side ever since. Nathan’s commitment to his teammates and the Club has never wavered. Predominantly a Backman, he has often found himself as the Royals ‘Mr Fix-It’ having had to play all over the ground including as a ruckman in a famous upset win over Subiaco.

A model of consistency Blee won the 2017 FD Book Medal, in a three-way tie with Fraser McInnes and fellow retiree Julian Ameduri who has called time on his injury cruelled career.

‘Rocky’ played junior football for the Noranda Hawks coming to East Perth as a highly touted junior. Part of a proud East Perth family, Julian made his league debut in 2014, coming in and out of the East Perth side before his trademark competitiveness and endeavour saw him cement a place in the Seniors in 2017. A deserved FD Book medallist that season, a range of injuries never allowed Julian to recapture that form. Last playing League football in 2019, Julian will finish on 48 League matches

In recent seasons, Ameduri has worked as a playing coach for the Reserves side, playing a crucial role in the Reserves undefeated Premiership last season. A year in which he also won his second Eric Smith Medal as Reserves Fairest and Best Player. He is only one of three players to win a FD Book and Eric Smith Medal.

Rohan Kerr is the third Royal drawing a curtain on his WAFL Career. Coming to East Perth in 2019 after the end of the Royals partnership with West Coast, Kerr committed to helping the Royals rebuild and to be competitive. Kerr has finished in the top 3 of the FD Book medal in 2019 and 2020 and will likely feature highly in this year’s count as well. A ball magnet, Kerr has frequently been chosen in the WAFL ‘Team of the Week’, Rohan will finish on 122 WAFL matches, including 43 with East Perth.