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FALCONS NOW LOOK TO MAKE FINALS IMPACT

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 9:35 AM - by Chris Pike

QUALIFYING for the finals is always the goal any season and it's a good achievement any time it's ticked off and now West Perth coach Bill Monaghan is looking forward to seeing how far the Falcons can go in 2017.

West Perth's form might not have been as strong as hoped to close the season, but the fact remains that the Falcons put in such a strong first half of the year to be in a good position and that by winning 10 games they were deserving of a finals spot ahead of East Perth and Claremont.

In the end as well it was only just over one per cent that West Perth missed out on hosting this Sunday's elimination final against Swan Districts. 

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ELIMINATION FINAL PREVIEW V SWAN DISTRICTS

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 4:50 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth is back in WAFL finals action in 2017 and after having fight hard to be there will be looking to make the most of it starting Sunday in the elimination final against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

Neither team might be entering the AHG WAFL Finals Series in peak form but that will count for little when their seasons go on the line Sunday at the Bassendean venue.

With precious little separating the two teams over the course of the season with both winning 10 games and then Swan Districts only finishing in fourth position with a percentage 1.44 greater than that of West Perth, that says it all about the tightness of the contest that awaits.

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HEARTBEAT - ISSUE 2

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 7:35 PM

THE second issue of 'Heartbeat' has been released with the official newsletter of the Past Players and Officials of the West Perth Football Club providing plenty of great content and information.

The latest issue of the newsletter includes the following:

Heading West - a look at Shane Fitzsimmons' move from Melbouren to join West Perth in 1979

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EFFICIENT FALCONS IN STUNNING FINISH TO MAKE FINALS

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 7:07 AM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth produced a stunning finish on an afternoon where it was accurate and efficient to end up beating Claremont by four points at Claremont Oval to make the finals in 2017.
 
Claremont and West Perth have played in a string of remarkably tight and tense games in recent years with precious little separating the two teams and no love lost from them out on the field either.
 
So with the potential of a finals position being at stake on Saturday at Claremont Oval the stage was set for a tantalising and tense contest from start to finish.
 
Claremont opened an early 23-point lead kicking four of the game's first five goals and the Tigers remained in control and West Perth took its first lead of the game courtesy of two Andrew Strijk goals in the first three minutes of the final term.
 
West Perth's lead soon grew to 13 points with a goal to Tyler Keitel but Claremont responded with the next three majors in the space of nine minutes to be nine points in front again.
 
But West Perth key forward Michael Lourey had his best game of the season kicking two of his four goals for the day to close the game for the Falcons with the 12.6 (78) to 10.14 (74) victory when a much talked about play-on call was made on a Blake Wilhelm tackle on Claremont small forward CJ Oakley.
 
With East Perth losing to Subiaco at the same time at Leederville Oval, it meant that the win sees West Perth replace the Royals in fifth position and to enter the finals for 2017. 
 
As a result, East Perth and Claremont missed out but percentage would have meant the Tigers missed playing finals anyway even if the free-kick was paid to Oakley and he kicked the goal. But it would have meant East Perth and not West Perth played finals.
 
West Perth now finishes in fifth position with a 10-10 record on the season ahead of Sunday's elimination final against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.
 
Claremont will be kicking itself for not taking advantage of its control of the game having finished with 78 more disposals than the Falcons, 67 more marks, 23 extra inside-50 entries and the 24 scoring shots to 18.
 
For a rare time this season it was West Perth who was the more efficient team and the more accurate in front of goal. It is just the seventh time this season that the Falcons have kicked more goals than behinds in a game.
 
Michael Lourey came up huge for the Falcons kicking four goals from nine kicks and five marks.
 
Andrew Strijk also booted three crucial goals for West Perth to go with 21 touches with Tyler Keitel adding two.
 
Shane Nelson collected another 28 possessions for West Perth with Aaron Black celebrating his 150th game to become a life member at the Falcons with 27 disposals, six marks and five tackles.
 
Blake Wilhelm also had it 18 times for the Falcons, Corey Chalmers 17, Trent Manzone 15 and Kody Manning.
 
Despite West Perth getting a goal at the seven-minute mark from Dean Munns, it was Claremont who started strongly in the must-win contest with majors to Ian Richardson, Ryan Lim and Matt Guelfi in the first 13 minutes.
 
By the time Beau Maister kicked truly at the 26-minute mark, the lead was out to 23 points but the Falcons crucially kicked two goals before quarter-time thanks to Michael Lourey and Andrew Strijk to trail by just 11 points.
 
Lourey then got his second of the day 15 minutes into the second quarter to bring West Perth within six points but Claremont led by 13 at the main break following a major to CJ Oakley.
 
The Tigers again threatened to pull away when leading by 20 points following goals to Richardson and Matthew Palfrey in the third term. But West Perth stayed in touch to be just seven points behind at the last change after goals to Corey Chalmers and Trent Manzone.
 
That set the stage for the fascinating last quarter with a finals spot potentially on the line with the way Subiaco was taking care of East Perth at Leederville Oval.
 
West Perth made the move first with two goals to Strijk in the first three minutes and then another to Keitel shortly after. That had the Falcons in front for the first time in the game and the advantage was out to 13 points after Keitel's goal.
 
But Palfrey, Guelfi and Maister all combined in the space of nine minutes for goals to Claremont to put the Tigers eight points up again heading into time-on. But the Falcons responded with two goals to Lourey to again lead and then hold on to win by four points in the frantic finish.
 
It was a tough finish to the season for West Perth's colts against a strong Claremont team with the Tigers winning 18.16 (124) to 5.6 (36) at Claremont Oval.
 
Lachlan Johns kicked two of West Perth's five goals for the contest.
 
Connor West gathered 35 possessions for the Falcons, Oscar Allen 28 (10 tackles, seven marks, one goal), Nathan Murray 22, Bailey Chalmers 16, Thomas Medhat 16 and Thomas Boyes 15. Slade Hawkins also had 25 hit outs.
 
West Perth's colts end the 2017 season in eighth position with an 8-12 record.
 
Claremont's reserves geared up for their finals campaign with a strong victory over West Perth at Claremont Oval, winning 17.7 (109) to 5.8 (38).
 
Rudy Riddoch kicked two goals for West Perth from 15 possessions while Chris Keunen performed well in the ruck with 16 disposals, 24 hit outs and a goal.
 
Baylee James collected 21 possessions and laid 11 tackles for the Falcons while Max Alexander gathered 21 disposals, Josh Hatch 18, Conal Lynch 18, Mitch Peirce 17, Riley Hutchinson 15, Dylan Campbell 15 and Zac Guadagnin 15.
 
West Perth's reserves finish the season in eighth position with a 6-14 record.
 
CLAREMONT 4.5 5.9 7.11 10.14 (74)
WEST PERTH 3.0 4.2 7.4 12.6 (78)
 
CLAREMONT – Goals: Richardson, Guelfi, Palfrey, Maister 2; Oakley, Lim.
Best: J Murphy, Busher, Richardson, Lim, Hardisty, Banfield, Guelfi, Andrews.
WEST PERTH – Goals: Lourey 4; Strijk 3; Keitel 2; Chalmers, Manzone, Munns.
Best: Black, Shane Nelson, Strijk, Rodda, Lourey, Wilhelm, Munns.

FALCONS SHOW REAL CHARACTER

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 6:37 PM - by Darrell Kent

WEST Perth had its backs to the wall on a number of occasions at Claremont Oval on Saturday but showed real character to come away with a four-point victory. Both sides had a lot to play for as a finals spot was at stake and the contest reflected this all day. 

On a number of occasions the Tigers looked to have the game under control but the Falcons found a way to win in a match that culminated in a pulsating fourth quarter. The victory now has West Perth facing Swan Districts in an elimination final Sunday at Steel Blue Oval.

Claremont had the advantage of a pretty stiff breeze to start the match and the first major went to Ian Richardson who scored from outside 50. West Perth kicked a goal at the eight-minute mark when Dean Munns scored from the square after receiving a 50m penalty. The margin was one at this point in time but the Tigers took full advantage of the breeze for the next 20 minutes and opened up a 23-point advantage. 

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ROUND 23 PREVIEW V CLAREMONT

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 4:09 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth remains a chance to part in the WAFL Finals Series for 2017 if the Falcons can rise to the occasion in Aaron Black's 150th game this Saturday against Claremont at Claremont Oval.

While nothing is guaranteed for whoever it is that ends up winning Saturday's contest to close the home and away season at Claremont Oval, it at least gives them some hope of still playing a final the next week while the season is over for the loser.

While what happens at Steel Blue Oval between Swan Districts and East Fremantle, and at Leederville Oval between East Perth and Subiaco will have a big say on what Claremont's clash with West Perth ends up counting for, all the Tigers and Falcons can focus on is winning to get a sniff.

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PROUD FALCON REACHES 150 WITH A WIN ON HIS MIND

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 3:06 PM - by Chris Pike

HE is already one of West Perth's most decorated players as he reaches 150 games to earn life membership but all Aaron Black is looking for is a win come Saturday's to keep the Falcons' finals hopes alive.

Ever since he made his league debut for West Perth in Round 16, 2010 as a 17-year-old, Black has been a permanent member of the Falcons line-up.

Initially starting his career in tagging roles and then developing himself into one of the hardest working and running midfielders and wingmen in the competition, the accolades began to come his way as he continued to rack up plenty of games and achievements at a young age.

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FALCONS ACKNOWLEDGE MILESTONES, DEBUTANT

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 2:58 PM - by Chris Pike

WHILE individual achievements might get lost in the big picture when a season is on the line like is the case with West Perth entering Saturday's clash with Claremont, but coach Bill Monaghan has paid tribute to the milestones of two premiership players and for another debutant.

West Perth's season goes on the line this Saturday against Claremont at Claremont Oval with the Falcons needing to beat the Tigers to remain a chance of still playing finals in 2017.

But there have been some significant achievements along the way this season that shouldn’t go without being paid proper acknowledgement to.

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 22 Q & A

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:42 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's longest serving and winningest coach ever Bill Monaghan spoke following last week's loss to Subiaco and looks ahead to this Saturday's must-win contest with Claremont with a potential finals spot at stake for the Falcons.

QUESTION: What do you take out of a game like that?
ANSWER:
That's a really difficult one because again for chunks of the game, obviously not big enough ones, we did a lot of things right. I thought we matched Subi in a lot of areas in the first quarter and not for the first time and I know this sounds like a broken record, but we kicked 2.5 to 5.2 and that's the difference. There were some crucial misses and two or three of those were really gettable, and then at the other end Ben Sokol takes a shot from 50m out on the boundary and it doesn’t spin but floats through the middle of the goals into the breeze. There are things like that where you get to quarter-time and think you've done a reasonable job but are three goals down. Then in the second quarter for the first 10 or 15 minutes we were pretty ordinary but they only ended up kicking three goals for the quarter. We were able to limit the damage on the scoreboard to a certain extent in the second quarter even though the signs weren’t great. What would have been nice would have been to sneak one or two just before half-time to get back to within three or four goals instead of being six down. Then again our first 20 minutes of the third quarter I thought was pretty good and we fired our best shot, but weren’t able to take our opportunities after playing the majority of the football in our half. Then in the last quarter the floodgates opened and the last 15 minutes were just horrible. They were running around doing as they wanted to. I would like to say the players knew Perth beat East Perth and were saving themselves for next week but I'm not going to seriously give them that as an out.

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FALCONS LOSE TO LIONS BUT STILL A FINALS CHANCE

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 1:35 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth competed hard with Subiaco for three and-a-half quarters on Saturday before suffering an 82-point loss but the Falcons remain a chance to still play finals with a win this week against Claremont at Claremont Oval.
 
Subiaco continues to assert its authority of the rest of the competition now remaining undefeated since the Round 1 loss to South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
 
The Lions have now won their 18 matches since and Saturday's performance was one that was solid against the Falcons for three quarters before they kicked the last eight goals of the contest to blow them away and win 19.14 (128) to 6.10 (46).
 
Subiaco has guaranteed of the minor premiership for 2017 with the 18-1 record with one round to go and the Lions have secured a break in the first week of the finals ahead of hosting the winner of South Fremantle and Peel Thunder in the second semi-final at Leederville Oval.
 
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of reasons for Subiaco's players to continue to perform and most importantly because there is such pressure on for selection among the 22 at the Lions that they all must keep delivering.
 
That is a big factor why there is no sign of a drop off with Subiaco despite that third straight minor premiership being secured as the Lions chase a fourth successive grand final and third premiership in the past four years.
 
As much as the loss was a disappointing one for West Perth with the Falcons having now won just two of their last nine games, they remain in the finals race after Saturday with the other results working in their favour.
 
With Swan Districts losing to Claremont and East Perth going down to Perth, West Perth still has the chance to qualify for the finals with a win against Claremont this Saturday at Claremont Oval.
 
In fact if both Swans and the Royals lose their games in the final round, West Perth could still even finish in fourth position depending on percentage. If Swans win and the Royals lose, West Perth is guaranteed of finishing fifth.
 
But if Swan Districts and East Perth both win on Saturday, West Perth can't make finals no matter what happens against Claremont at Claremont Oval.
 
It was a tough day for West Perth but Shane Nelson worked tirelessly again in the midfield finishing with 29 possessions, nine tackles and eight marks.
 
Trent Manzone continued his strong form as well ending up with 28 disposals, seven inside-50 entries and four marks.
 
Luke Meadows also had it 23 times for the Falcons while laying eight tackles. Corey Chalmers ended up with 21 possessions, Jay van Berlo 19, Aidan Lynch 18 and Kody Manning 18 in his 100th game with West Perth.
 
Scott Simpson worked hard in the ruck for the Falcons with 15 touches, six marks and 40 hit outs while Blake Wilhelm moved into the job on Liam Ryan for most of the afternoon. He did that well and also had 20 possessions and seven marks.
 
Tyler Keitel kicked two goals for the Falcons and Mitch Antonio made his debut finishing with 11 possessions and four marks.
 
Subiaco started well with the first goal after a couple of minutes through Lachlan Delahunty but West Perth soon steadied. Tyson Moulton kicked the Falcons' first goal but they had a host of other good chances they failed to convert.
 
Up the other end, Subiaco did kick straight with goals to Ben Sokol, Liam Ryan, Brad Stevenson and Sokol again to lead by 22 points before a goal to West Perth just before quarter-time to Tyler Keitel.
 
The Falcons had matched the Lions in virtually all areas in the first term but it was the same old story with Subiaco leading having kicked 5.2 to West Perth's 2.5.
 
The Lions then had the advantage of the breeze in the third quarter and held the Falcons scoreless while kicking three goals themselves. Two of them went to Sokol and the other Delahunty with Subiaco in control leading by 37 points at the long break.
 
Aidan Lynch kicked an early third quarter goal and the Falcons also kicked the next goal of the term thanks to captain Jay van Berlo after a 50m penalty to make the margin 24 points.
 
But the Lions steadied with the last three goals of the term courtesy of Kyle Halligan, Ryan and Adam Creeper to be 42 points up at the last change.
 
It took just 45 seconds of the last term for West Perth to kick its fifth of the day through Keitel. Andrew Strijk added the next at the nine-minute mark but the Falcons would only manage one behind the rest of the way.
 
In the meantime, Subiaco piled on eight goals in the space of 14 minutes with Halligan booting three of them, Sokol two more, Delahunty his third with Leigh Kitchin and even defender Declan Jackson also finding the major opening.
 
West Perth's colts opened the day at Leederville Oval beating Subiaco 12.9 (81) to 8.10 (58).
 
Dylan Yem kicked four goals for West Perth as did Tyrese Miller to go with 16 possessions and five marks. Alec Johnson also kicked two goals.
 
Lachlan Johns racked up 27 possessions for the Falcons, Nathan Murray 27, Thomas Medhat 19, Bailey Chalmers 19 and Thomas Boyes 15 to go with 11 tackles.
 
Then in the reserves contest at Leederville Oval, Subiaco took out a big 20.9 (129) to 5.10 (40) victory against West Perth.
 
Jacob Turner kicked two of West Perth's five goals for the contest.
 
Broderick Walton continued to press his claims for a league call up with 26 possessions, eight marks and a goal while Mitch Peirce also had 25 disposals for the Falcons, Martin Geraghty 19, Conal Lynch 18, Zac Guadagnin 18, Steve Potente 16 and ruckman Chris Keunen 16 along with four marks, 37 hit outs and a goal.
 
West Perth has to beat Claremont at Claremont Oval to be any hope of still playing finals in 2017.
 
WEST PERTH 2.5 2.5 4.9 6.10 (46)
SUBIACO 5.2 8.6 11.9 19.14 (128)
 
WEST PERTH – Goals: Keitel 2; Strijk, van Berlo, Lynch, Moulton.
Best: Manzone, Wilhelm, Simpson, Nelson, Meadows.
SUBIACO – Goals: Sokol 6; Halligan 4; Delahunty 3; Ryan 2; Creeper, Parry, Stevenson, Kitchin.
Best: Kitchin, Delahunty, Sokol, Hoskins, Powell, Adamson, Jackson, Twomey.