Sharks pick duo to lead
Rory O'Brien. Pic: Lincoln Baker

Rory O'Brien and Andrew Stephen shared East Fremantle's highest honour last season and they will pair up again this year as the club's on-field leaders.

O'Brien's emergence as one of the WAFL's prime midfielders last year saw him win the Sandover Medal and the club's Lynn Medal as its best player.

Stephen, the doughty back-pocket, did not receive a single vote from the WAFL umpires but was still recognised by his club as equally important as O'Brien on the field with the Lynn Medal.

O'Brien, who hasn't missed a match since moving from Peel three years ago, will captain the Sharks. Stephen will be his deputy.

Mark McGough stood down after three years at the helm but will play on as East Fremantle attempt to return to finals action.

The captains were selected by the East Fremantle players while chief executive Adam Kelly identified their significant improvement in the past two years as keys to their potential success as leaders.

"They are proof of where professionalism and dedication can take you with both achieving significant career highlights as a result of their hard work and determination," Kelly said.

"They have also been rewarded as the best exemplars of the behaviours we seek as a club and for their ability to embed and maintain these amongst their peers."

East Fremantle will host Subiaco at East Fremantle at 2.05pm today in the first round of WAFL scratch matches.

  • Next week's games - Saturday, March 8: * Swan Districts v East Perth (Steel Blue Oval), Peel Thunder v Perth (Bendigo Bank Stadium), Subiaco v West Perth (Medibank Stadium 4.05pm), South Fremantle v Claremont (Fremantle Oval 6.30pm)

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