Sharks 'disappointed' at fixture snub
East Fremantle Chief Executive Officer Todd Shimmon expressed his disappointment at the WAFL's decision to abandon the traditional Anzac Day Derby against South Fremantle as part of the 2020 fixturing, revealed on Saturday.
It was the only fixturing request submitted by the club for the WAFL home and away fixtures, depriving the Sharks of their marquee fixture against the Bulldogs.
"We were pretty disappointed with the outcome." Shimmon told Sports Drive on Tuesday.
"Hopefully next year we will get the Foundation derby."
The decision comes due to the WA Football Commission's want for every club to play each other once before a second meeting in the 2020 season, something Shimmon and the club acknowledged.
"There's only five games between playing Souths from Anzac Day to Foundation Day, so hence the change there." he said.
The club will play four of it's first five matches at home, and will instead play West Coast at New Choice Homes Park on Anzac Day.
Arch rivals South and East Fremantle meet on the Foundation Day public holiday Monday at Fremantle Oval (June 1) and again in round 17 on August 1st at Shark Park.
East Fremantle are also at loggerheads with Perth as they chase the signature of Demons midfielder Cody Leggett for the 2020 season.