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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 7 Q & A

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:15 AM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth's longest-serving coach Bill Monaghan talks about Saturday's win over Perth including the efforts of Rudy Riddoch, Jay van Berlo's 150th game and plenty more ahead of this Saturday's clash with East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval.

QUESTION: What are your reactions to a pretty hard earned win over Perth?
ANSWER: It’s a really hard one to judge, I’m fairly critical of what we did, but in the end we won. I talked to the players about respecting the opposition and making sure that they play the game to the full. Maybe I had different expectations, 15.19 isn’t a bad day at the office in terms of getting the ball forward and shooting on goal, but we’ve got some work to do. Perth, I’ve watched them two or three times and they’ve played similar to that where they’ve stayed with opposition, but just get blown away in little patches. I thought it was ugly, it was frustrating, but at the end of the day we win by 19 points by kicking 15.19. We have to take the good with the bad. 

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WEST PERTH WITH FIRST FEMALE STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 3:29 PM

THE West Perth Football Club is delighted to announce its first female football state representative with Jacinta Valentini named in the WA squad for the upcoming AFL U18 Youth Girls National Championships.

A squad of 35 players to represent the Mundella Western Australia U18 Youth Girls was announced and it with great pride that West Perth can confirm that Valentini is part of that group.

She began playing football seriously back in 2012 when she represented Beldon Primary School in the inter-school competition. 

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RIDDOCH'S SIX LIFT FALCONS OVER DEMONS IN VB'S 150TH

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 1:02 PM - by Chris Pike

RUDY Riddoch delivered a performance to suggest he could be just the X-factor West Perth has been after with his six goals lifting the Falcons to a 19-point win over Perth at HBF Arena on Saturday.

The Falcons were also celebrating the 150th game of captain Jay van Berlo up against the Demons and it was six goals from Riddoch that proved instrumental in the win despite seven majors for Perth from Brennan Stack.

It was a remarkable performance by the two exciting forwards who both had the best games of their careers in West Perth's 15.19 (109) to 14.6 (90) victory.

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FIERCE OPPONENTS ON FIELD, GREAT MATES OFF FIELD

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 11:18 AM - by Peter Kennedy

In the 1960s they were fiercely competitive on-field opponents. But these days they are the best of mates and when Perth and West Perth are opposed, they enjoy catching up.

Pat Astone and Bill Dempsey were key ruckmen in their teams' premierships - Pat in Perth's hat trick of flags (1966-67-68) and Bill with West Perth in 1969 and 1971.

Between them they played 558 league games, Pat 215 with the Demons and Bill 343 with the Falcons, then known as the Cardinals. And there were few honors that didn't come their way, including state representation, club captain (Pat) and fairest and best (Bill). In addition, Bill has the honor of having the grandstand at HBF Arena bearing his name, along with that of another West Perth champion, Mel Whinnen.

And when West Perth play at Lathlain Park, Bill says he is often flattered to be mistaken for Pat by Perth supporters. 'I never correct them,' he says."

Picture: Peter Kennedy
Bill Dempsey (left) catches up with Pat Astone at HBF Arena on Saturday

FALCONS TOO GOOD FOR DEMONS

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 9:30 AM - by Darrell Kent

WEST Perth was too good for a tenacious Perth at HBF Arena on Saturday. The Falcons looked like blowing the game apart on a number of occasions but the Demons always fought back to go under by just 19 points.

This margin could have been higher, though, as an inaccurate West Perth won by 1.13. The victory was also a fitting tribute to captain, Jay van Berlo, who played his 150th game.

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ROUND 7 PREVIEW V PERTH

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 6:16 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth is back home at HBF Arena to take on Perth on Saturday looking for a third straight WAFL victory and to celebrate the 150th game of captain Jay van Berlo.

The Falcons were rocked three weeks ago with a 103-point defeat at the hands of South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, but how they responded would tell the story of their season.

And to West Perth's credit, it has hit back impressively to beat Peel Thunder in Mandurah by 35 points and then last Saturday handing Swan Districts its first loss of the season with a five-point triumph at HBF Arena.

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VAN BERLO ADDS LIFE MEMBERSHIP TO GROWING LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 12:59 PM - by Chris Pike

AS Jay van Berlo prepares to earn West Perth life membership by playing his 150th game on Saturday against Perth at HBF Arena, he can't help but pinch himself over everything he's achieved in his career to date.

Van Berlo has become a remarkably decorated player over his 149-game career to date having won Breckler Medal fairest and best awards in 2008 and 2016, playing in the 2013 premiership, representing Western Australia three times and playing 32 matches in the AFL with Fremantle.

He was also co-captain alongside Luke Tedesco for two years and is now in his second season as sole skipper at the Falcons ahead of earning life membership by playing his 150th game on Saturday at HBF Arena against Perth.

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 6 Q & A

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:15 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth's longest-serving coach Bill Monaghan talks about Saturday's win over Swan Districts, what is impressing him most with the last two wins and looking ahead to this Saturday against Perth at HBF Arena.

QUESTION: Must have been happy with that performance to beat the unbeaten Swans?
ANSWER:
We did a lot right during the day, probably at times it felt like we should’ve been a lot further ahead. In the end we were pretty lucky, we did a lot wrong in the last two or three minutes, some things that we can really learn from. Sometimes you don’t really get the opportunity at training to practice those things in that sort of pressure cooker. We will take a lot away from the win. South Fremantle two weeks ago horrible, fantastic last week against Peel and we backed that up today against a side that was four and zip.

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VAN BERLO PROUD OF HONOUR TO BECOME WEST PERTH LIFE MEMBER

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 5:48 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth captain Jay van Berlo achieves a dream this Saturday at HBF Arena by playing his 150th game with the Falcons to earn life membership but a third straight WAFL victory is his focus.

From the moment he made his league debut for West Perth in 2007, van Berlo has been one of the WAFL's hardest working and most consistent on-ballers with him winning the club's fairest and best awards in 2008 and 2016 along with being runner-up in 2014 and 2015.

His form and commitment to West Perth has never dropped off now over a 149-game career that includes the two Breckler Medals, the 2013 premiership, representing Western Australia on three occasions being in his fourth season as captain.

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FALCONS DELIVER TO HAND SWANS FIRST LOSS

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 3:39 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth delivered a second straight stirring performance to hand Swan Districts its first loss of 2017 in a tremendous ANZAC Round contest at HBF Arena on Saturday.

Little separated the two teams all afternoon with West Perth's 26-point lead late in the third quarter the biggest break in the contest.

But from there, Swans kicked the next three goals either side of three quarter-time to set up a thrilling finish in the clash that is now an annual event to commemorate ANZAC Day.

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