The ANZAC day derby between port rivals East Fremantle and South Fremantle is on of the key fixtures in the WAFL calendar. The two teams are at opposite ends of the ladder with Fremantle hoping to go one game better than last years grand final loss while the Bulldogs are under seige and yet to register their first win of the 2013 WAFL Season six games into the season in what is their worst start in over 40 years.
Wearing special guernseys to commemorate Australia's armed forces the Sharks seemed to control the game after a tight first quarter which saw the home team lead by three points at the first break. James Bayliss and Mark McGough led from the front for the Sharks with 31 & 28 possessions respectively, while Sean Henson kicked 4 majors in a solid performance. For the South Fremantle Bulldogs Mitch Banner and Ryan Cook seemed to have the ball on a string with 34 and 29 possessions while the evergreen and former East Freo Shark Kris Miller totalled 26 possessions in his milestone match.
The second half saw the visitors over run the less experienced Bulldogs running out 12.11 (83) to 7.12 (54) 39 point winners.
Ryan Lester-Smith about to lay a tackle
Mitchell Boyle breaking free on the wing
South Fremantle taking a high pack mark in the last quarter of the Fremantle WAFL Derby
Steve Malaxos - East Fremantle Sharks Coach
Tony Micale - East Perth Royals Coach
Passionate East Fremantle Sharks supporter
Crowd at Leederville Oval for the East Perth Royals Vs East Fremantle Sharks
Last weekend saw the East Fremantle Sharks overcome a 5 goal deficit at quarter time to eventually overrun the East Perth Royals in the final quarter.
Sports photography offers a wide gamut of photographic opportunites if look at the game from a different angle. Normally sports photographers are concerned with whats going on between the start and the end whistle on the pitch, court of field of play. Its true that this offer great opportunities to capture athletes at the peak of physical activity, tackling, shooting, running in what ever the sport may be. However if you confine youself to this your missing out on some great opportunities in other facets of the game.
One of my favourite places for excellent sports portrait photography is in the team huddles between quarters. It's here where a lot of emotion can be picked up on the faces of players and in particular coaches. In the photos above i have included a picture of both the East Perth Royals coach Tony Micale and the East Fremantle Sharks Coach Steve Malaxos. The photograph of the East Perth Royals huddle is taken by putting a fish eye lens on the top of my monopod and raising over the huddle on the timer setting. I particularly like this shot with Tony looking towards the playing group and his players circled around him.
The photo if Steve Malaxos was taken with him addressing his troops at three quarter time just before the fightback to overrun the Royals in the last quarter. In this shot Steve was adjusting the matchups on the whiteboard. The intensity in his eyes makes for a strong "action" portrait.
Finally I also like to photograph the crowd if i get the opportunity in a match. The shot of this passionate sharks fan is one of my favourites and i love his expression jumping out of his chair after another goal.
Saturday afternoon was raining goals at East Fremantle oval as the Sharks thrashed the Peel Thunder by 132 points in their largest ever victory against the Mandurah based team. Steven Dodd was brilliant both forward and back for the Sharks who raced away from the Thunder who were competitive until quarter time.
From a photography standpoint Saturday was the first game that has been overcast all season. A sports photographers job is always easier when you don't have the harsh shadows from the sun to contend with. It also means you can position yourself wherever you want to on the oval which enables better angles.