The poll on the Fremantle Dockers’ club song opened at 9.00am (WST), Tuesday 25 October, 2011.

The background to the club song poll is that last October when Fremantle launched its new logo and new jumper for the 2011season, it was announced that as part of the review of the club’s brand elements eligible voting club members would be provided with the opportunity to participate in a poll on whether to keep the current song or choose a preferred alternate song.

The club has put forward four options for eligible members to nominate their preferences. The song poll is being overseen by Computershare, an independent and internationally recognised company that has run the club’s member-elected polls since 2007.

On the ballot, all songs must be ranked from one through to four, with a one representing an eligible voting member’s 1st preference or most favoured option, two as their 2nd preference, three as their 3rd preference and four as their 4th preference or least favoured option.

The winner will be determined by ranking system that takes into account all preferences after they have been tallied. The song that polls the lowest number is the winner.

All details relating to the song poll are available online at www.fremantlefc.com.au, including a recording of the four options and a link to the Computershare poll site, where eligible members can also listen to the four songs. A list of frequently asked questions is also available on the club’s website.

Eligible members who are unable to access the online song poll are asked to contact the Returning Officer at Computershare toll free on 1800 240 602 to obtain a postal ballot paper.

Eligible members who are unable to listen to the songs online can attend the club’s offices at Fremantle Oval to hear a recording of the four songs before nominating the preferences and posting the ballot paper to Computershare in the replied paid envelope, or leave it in the secure ballot box at the club’s reception desk.

The poll closes at 5.00pm (WST) on Monday 21 November, 2011. The result will be announced at the club’s Annual Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 22 November, 2011.

In order of their appearance on the ballot paper, as randomly drawn and overseen by Computershare Returning Officer Ken Dyer, the songs are:

Freo Freo, by Eskimo Joe:

Preview by Eskimo Joe: “Freo Freo was written with Fremantle as a town in mind, and how we bring the fight to the east coast, like the roaring of an ocean across the Nullarbor. The song was written as something that everyone in the crowd and on the team could sing with the same gusto that we all sing T.N.T after a home game win!”

The Mighty Roar of Freo, by Rosco Elliott:

Preview by Rosco Elliott: “I wanted to write an anthem around massive chants of FREO to fire up the team and supporters. I chose a military type feel at the start and the end to symbolize the players running out to ‘battle’. I road tested the song with a group of local footy players in a change room after throwing a microphone in the middle. It gave me chills hearing it like it would sound belted out by Freo after an epic win.”

Reworked version of the current Fremantle Club Song, by Kenny Walther:

Preview by Kenny Walther: “The song has been re-structured in such a way to give it a more celebratory feel. The Freo Heave Ho introduction and chant have been removed and replaced by a shorter, faster tempo anthem with an upbeat feel, which is more in line with the way the team sings the song following a win.”

Current version of the Fremantle Club Song, by Kenny Walther:

The original Fremantle club song is based in part on The Song of the Volga Boatmen, a traditional arrangement by Igor Stravinsky.

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