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FOUR FALCONS HELP INSPIRE WAFL TO WIN OVER SANFL

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 4:48 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth's four representatives in Saturday's State Game win for the WAFL over the SANFL at Adelaide Oval took their combined appearances in the Black Swans jumper to 19 and all played a key role in the 26-point victory.
 
Shane Nelson, Andrew Strijk, Luke Meadows and Aaron Black were all among the best players on the field as they did West Perth proud and played big roles in the eventual win over South Australia that was Western Australia's first win in Adelaide since 1994.
 
Nelson was playing his fourth game representing the WAFL and the triple Breckler Medal winner continued his remarkable form to start the 2018 season with the Falcons. He finished with another 30 possessions, 11 tackles, four marks and four inside-50 entries. Read More ...

WAFL v SANFL STATE GAME PREVIEW

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 10:08 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's Aaron Black, Andrew Strijk, Shane Nelson and Luke Meadows will all form crucial parts of the WAFL State Team against the SANFL at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

The four Falcons players have previously represented Western Australia a combined 15 times and they will once again all play significant roles as the WAFL tries to score a first win against South Australia in Adelaide since 1994.

Strijk has previously played six games for WA as part of his 214-game WAFL career that includes a premiership and fairest and best award with the Falcons. He is in tremendous form in 2018 as well whether playing off half-back or in attack.

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FALCONS PROVIDE LIONS BIGGEST TEST OF 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:15 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth came out ready to challenge Subiaco and the Falcons started brightly and gave the Lions their sternest test of the 2018 WAFL season to date, but ultimately the undefeated league-leaders won by 22 points on Saturday at Leederville Oval.
 
Subiaco had taken all before it over its opening four games before a bye in Round 5 beating East Perth, South Fremantle, Swan Districts and Claremont by an average of 89.5 points.
 
That meant it was a daunting challenging for West Perth heading to Leederville Oval on Saturday taking on a Subiaco team who hadn’t played since beating Claremont by 86 points 16 days previous. Read More ...

PLENTY FOR FALCONS TO LIKE IN LIONS LOSS

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 9:45 AM - by Darrell Kent

WEST Perth didn’t come away with a victory against Subiaco on Saturday at Leederville Oval but they certainly gave the hosts plenty to think about. 

Up to this match the Lions had won all four games by an average margin of nearly 90 points. This certainly wasn’t the case against the Falcons who led for most of the first half before going down by 22 points.

Subiaco has been the form team of the competition for a number of years and their form this year has been as good as ever and as a result they were short priced favourites on the weekend. The Lions hit the scoreboard first with a behind before a clever handball by Rudy Riddoch enabled Tyler Keitel to kick the first of his two goals from the square. 

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ROUND 6 PREVIEW V SUBIACO

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:29 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth has delivered two impressive wins against Swan Districts and Perth over the last fortnight to gear up for this Saturday's challenge against the rampant Subiaco at Leederville Oval.

Subiaco couldn’t have possibly been any more dominant in the opening four rounds of the season before the bye last week winning the four matches by an average of 89.5 points to remain the only undefeated team left in the competition.

The Lions have now had the week off to freshen up to get ready for West Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

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FOUR FALCONS NAMED IN WAFL STATE SQUAD

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:14 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth players have formed a big part of the success of the WAFL State team in recent years and that looks set to continue next Saturday against South Australia with Andrew Strijk, Aaron Black, Shane Nelson and Luke Meadows all named in the 33-man squad.

Between Strijk, Nelson, Black and Meadows, they have racked up 15 previous appearances representing the WAFL and it's hard to see all four of them not being there again next Saturday as the West Australian team takes on the SANFL at Adelaide Oval.

The WAFL State team has been on a tremendous run in State matches in recent years with the winning streak beginning in 2013 against the VFL in Northam. 

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FALCONS CONTINUE DOMINANCE OF DEMONS

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:54 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth has continued its dominance of Perth with a strong first half on the way to a comfortable 62-point victory against the Demons at Lathlain Park on Saturday.
 
It was a dominant first half by West Perth with the Falcons doing as they pleased with the turnovers and lack of ability to hit targets, hold chest marks or handle the ball cleanly causing havoc for the Demons.
 
The Falcons took full advantage to lead by 53 points at half-time and the second half didn’t reach any great heights for either side in warm conditions, but West Perth cruised to the 17.11 (113) to 6.15 (51) victory.

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).