The circumstances surrounding Jancey's death have been kept private, but it was known that there was nothing suspicious about it and police were not investigating. Even as early as , blogs were posting comments about Jancey being a potential league player, who was an "outstanding junior footballer" and won the under 17's association medal. Nine months earlier the club had learned that a former player for their team, Mitch Gillam , had drowned after his scooter fell into a water drain in Bali in December,
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The on-field collision was ruled as a run-of-the-mill hip-and-shoulder tackle by WA Amateur Football League and not deemed a reportable offence. The club website posted that Matthew 'Chubba' Jancey "was a leader on and off the ground". Mitch Gillam centre drowned after his scooter fell into a water drain in Bali in December last year.