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KEITEL THRIVING IN WEST PERTH FORWARD-LINE

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 12:58 PM - by Chris Pike

TYLER Keitel has had two equally outstanding seasons the past two years with West Perth as a defender in 2016 and forward in 2017, but he's happy to have now settled into attack and a premiership with the Falcons is much more his priority than a potential AFL future.

Keitel had a promising junior career and that meant it created quite a stir between the bitterest of WAFL rivals when he wanted to switch from East Perth to West Perth without having yet made his league debut with the Royals.

That meant that he had a slow start to his 2015 season and never really got going, but the improvement and development of the 22-year-old has been rapid since.

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ROUND 5 PREVIEW V PERTH

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:50 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth heads to Lathlain Park on Saturday looking to back up a good win over Swan Districts with the Falcons looking to remain undefeated at the venue since 2004 and to win a 14th straight match over the Demons.

Perth remains home at Lathlain Park on Saturday to host West Perth but home turf hasn’t provided much comfort for the Demons in recent times with them only winning one of their past 10 games in front of their loyal, and patient, fans.

It's even worse news up against West Perth but Perth will be looking to put in an improved performance this Saturday against the Falcons.

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WAWFL ANZAC Day Game

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 4:41 PM

League Side paying respect to the ANZACs before Sunday’s big win against South Fremantle.
Photo: James Jeffery

Last Sunday’s ANZAC game started with a very symbolic moment, as the teams lined up to pay homage to those gallant service men and women who fought so we may have our freedoms of today, the heaviest shower of the day came and went during the playing of the last post.

That set the scene for the first quarter, in which both teams fought out a hard grinding quarter with neither team giving an inch, and for every attack our Falcons made the Bulldogs would dig in and restrict the scoring opportunities keeping us to just 4 points, before South Fremantle finally scored the first major of the game 15 minutes into the first quarter. A Chloe Metcalf snap a couple of minutes later broke the drought for the Falcons, who went into the first change 3 points up leading 10 to 7.

Whatever Coach, Brendan Cullinan said to the team at the break certainly worked, West Perth sprang into action with Ellie Hansen scoring within the first minute and then similar to the weather, where the bright sunshine broke through the clouds, so did Tyhara Garlett kicking the next 3 goals a couple from set shots and a great opportunistic snap and when Laura Pugh strolled into the forward 50 grabbing a handpass and kicking truly in the last minute of the quarter, the Falcons had certainly broken open the game leading by 36 points at the main break.

Ashton Hill break away in Sunday’s win
Photo: James Jeffery

South Fremantle had regrouped during the break and came back out with the same fire in the third as they had in the first with a real arm wrestle, their Ruck was performing very well at centre bounces and around the ground giving the Bulldogs good use of the ball, but the strong defense lead by Laura Pugh and Brooke Hongell was halting in progress they were hoping to make, likewise the South Fremantle defense was doing all they could to bottle things up within the Falcons forward line, by the last change the margin had only increased by 4 points.

Once again though a quick realignment by the coach at three quarter time and the Falcons were back focused on the task and within the first minute Tyhara had her fourth for the day and with Ellie Hansen kicking her second on the run from the goal square the rout was complete. Brooke Whyte, Amy Szeliga and Tyhara booting her fifth the Falcons finished full of running and eventually won 13.12 (90) to 2.4 (16).

The Reserves side had a similar outcome defeating South Fremantle 9.7 (61) to 3.2 (20) with Ruby Riley’s speed and elusiveness proving too much and Katie Rabe’s great rebounding off half back ensuring the defence stayed strong, it was really about an all over team effort with 9 individual goal-kickers.

The U18’s unfortunately succumbed to a much stronger Bulldogs team in the Rogers Cup, but some great signs from first year player Emily Bennett and the Corcoran sisters Dixie and Evie who were amongst the best for the Falcons in the loss, which saw the scoreline 2.1 (13) to South Fremantle 11.12 (78).

IMPRESSIVE FALCONS BEAT SWANS IN ANZAC ROUND

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:59 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth hit back impressively from a couple of tough weeks to deliver a strong performance to beat Swan Districts by 31 points in ANZAC Round at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.
 
It was a relatively even battle in what was the sixth straight meeting to commemorate Anzac Day between the growing rivals with the Falcons only managing to lead by 12 points at quarter-time and then four points at the main break.
 
But the Falcons turned it on with seven unanswered goals during the third quarter to set up the eventual 15.6 (96) to 9.11 (65) victory at Steel Blue Oval. Read More ...

ANZAC ROUND PREVIEW v SWAN DISTRICTS

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:43 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth will head to Steel Blue Oval to try and get back on the winner's list at the expense of Swan Districts on Saturday in what has now become an annual fixture as part of Anzac Round.

The Falcons have plenty of motivation as they head to Bassendean on Saturday not only to make up for losses the past two weeks to East Perth and South Fremantle, but also for last year's elimination final loss at the same venue against Swan Districts.

Swan Districts and West Perth have played in some of the more remarkable WAFL victories this century and that has included some fascinating Anzac Round contests with the two teams playing to commemorate the occasion now ever since 2013.

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FALCONS CAN'T QUITE GET OVER BULLDOGS

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 2:26 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth shot out of the blocks impressively against South Fremantle at HBF Arena on Sunday but couldn’t quite maintain the rage with the Falcons losing to the Bulldogs in a tight Round 3 WAFL contest.
 
West Perth was attempting to snap a six-game losing run against South Fremantle and got off to the ideal start with five goals to one in the opening quarter to be 24 points to the good by quarter-time.
 
But the Bulldogs kicked four goals in the opening nine minutes of the second quarter to claim the lead and from there it was a seesawing contest the rest of the way. Read More ...

ROUND 3 PREVIEW V SOUTH FREMANTLE

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 6:50 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth returns home to HBF Arena on Sunday trying to return to the WAFL winner's list hosting South Fremantle with league bounce set for 12.45pm.

West Perth started the new season and life in its new facility at HBF Arena in good fashion with a strong Round 1 victory over Claremont to the tune of 18 points.

The Falcons then had every right to head to Leederville Oval last Saturday full of confidence to take on an East Perth team in the derby who had been thrashed on Good Friday by Subiaco by 118 points.

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VALE RAY MARINKO

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 1:32 PM

THE West Perth Football Club wishes to offer its condolences to friends and family following the recent passing of life member and 1960 premiership player Ray Marinko.

Marinko passed away earlier this month aged 81 and he will be fondly remembered as an all-time great of the West Perth Football Club whose connection with the club continued long beyond the end of his playing career in 1965.

Growing up the son of former West Perth great Don Marinko Sr, who played 194 matches for the Cardinals between 1926 and 1939 where he was a premiership player in 1932, 1934 and 1935 and captain in the last two of those including a fairest and best winner, it was inevitable that Ray and his brother Don Jr would follow in his footsteps.

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FALCONS GO DOWN TO ROYALS BY 58 POINTS IN DERBY

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 3:33 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth had good reason to head to Leederville Oval optimistic on Saturday in the opening derby 2018 but the Falcons came away disappointed with a 58-point defeat at the hands of East Perth.
 
Coming off a solid performance to beat Claremont in the opening round at HBF Arena, it was a disappointing second up showing for the season by West Perth with the 58-point defeat at the hands of an East Perth team who had been hammered by Subiaco to the tune of 118 points eight days earlier.
 
Small forward Keegan Knott did kick two goals for West Perth but fellow forwards Tyler Keitel, Michael Lourey, Rudy Riddoch, Tyson Moulton and Kody Manning combined for just the one goal, largely through a lack of supply with just 40 inside-50 entries for the game. Read More ...

ROUND 2 PREVIEW V EAST PERTH

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 8:49 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth started the 2018 WAFL season impressively last Saturday and will look to keep that going this Saturday against East Perth at Leederville Oval.

The Falcons started 2018 with an 18-point victory over Claremont last Saturday at HBF Arena. East Perth struggled, meanwhile, losing on Good Friday to Subiaco by 118 points.

West Perth will now head to Leederville Oval full of confidence on Saturday looking to improve to 2-0 and inflict some more pain on East Perth.

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