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FALCONS CONTINUE RUN TO FINALS

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:53 AM

West Perth recorded a most impressive victory against Peel at the Arena on Saturday. Supporters would have expected a close contest with Peel bolstered by the return of AFL listed players and the Falcons losing three key players; Michael Pettigrew, Dan Hunt and Jay Van Berlo. But this was not to be as West Perth led all day to record a comprehensive forty nine point victory.

The first score of the game didn’t come until the eighth minute of the opening term. Shane Nelson kicked a clever goal out of a congested pack. A minute later dangerous Peel forward Bradley Holmes took advantage of a West Perth defensive error to even up the scores but from here the term belonged to the Falcons as they kicked five unanswered goals. The first went to Josh Mellington who marked in the square after a kick forward by Anthony Tsalikis. Andrew Strijk’s terrific defensive pressure resulted in the skipper, Jason Salecic, snapping from thirty. Matt Guadagnin then showed his class with a give and go out of the middle and a goal on the run from fifty. Once again the Falcons took the ball straight out of the centre courtesy of some hard work by Marc Crisp. Matt Fowler kicked the first of his four after marking forty out. In the blink of an eye the lead was out to twenty four. At the twenty five minute mark Matt Fowler instigated a passage of play that saw Kris Shannon and Steven Potente involved before he ran forward to receive the ball and kick his second. Peel finished the quarter with a major to Docker Viv Michie but at the first change West Perth led by twenty three; 6.1 (37) to 2.2 (14).

Once again it took both sides time to settle into the quarter but the first goal went to West Perth. Kris Shannon finished on the run from forty. In only his third game he certainly didn’t look out of place. Peel steadied to kick the next two and by the eighteen minute mark the lead had been reduced to seventeen. Shortly after Matt Fowler marked and kicked his third and he was once again involved shortly after when he cleverly tapped the ball out to Josh Mellington who received a free and fifty to kick his second from the square. The Falcons had extended their lead at the main break to twenty eight; 9.4 (58) to 4.6 (30).

It was an even third term with both teams kicking three goals. At the two minute mark a rocket like pass from Matt Guadagnin was marked by “Slick” who scored from a sharp angle. Anthony Tsalikis soccered his second shortly after and when Josh Mellington scored his third at the thirteen minute mark the lead was out to forty nine. The game appeared to be done at this stage but to Peel’s credit they kicked the last three of the quarter to reduce the margin to twenty nine at the final change. Scores were 12.8 (80) to 7.9 (51).

When Viv Michie kicked his second for Peel at the two minute mark the lead had been reduced to four straight kicks and a comeback similar to what had occurred in Mandurah seemed likely but the Falcons responded in the best possible way by kicking the next four goals. Anthony Tsalikis kicked his third after some terrific work at ground level, a clever kick by Ray Bartholomew set up Matt Fowler for his fourth, Frank Stockley took a strong mark thirty out and converted and the final major in the run came from Jason Salecic who was on the receiving end of a Josh Mellington handpass. At the eighteen minute mark the lead was out to fifty. Four minutes later Marlon Motlop got onto the scoreboard for Peel before a long goal from Marc Crisp completed the game. The final margin of forty nine was a credit to the disciplined team brand of football played by the Falcons. Final scores were 17.12 (114) to 9.11 (65).

It was a day out for West Perth as they won all three grades for the first time this year. Well done to all concerned. Players to receive awards included Andrew Strijk, Shane Nelson, Steven Potente, Kody Manning, Marc Crisp and best was Matt Guadagnin. The Reserves remain on the fringe of the four after recording a strong victory. Best players were Cameron Branch, Ben McNamara, Mitch Van Berlo and Jack Thrum. The Falcons travel to Moora to play Perth next weekend. A victory should shore up second place on the ladder.

BY DARRELL KENT

PHOTOS BY BELINDA TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

FALCONS SCORE COMFORTABLE WIN OVER THUNDER

Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 11:44 PM

WEST Perth further consolidated second position on the WAFL ladder with a comfortable and convincing 49-point win over Peel Thunder at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

The Falcons improved to a 12-5 record on the season with Saturday's 17.12 (114) to 9.11 (65) victory to now remain three games clear of the chasing East Fremantle, Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth.
West Perth has just three games remaining this season against Perth, East Fremantle and Swan Districts as well so those matches will be tough with all those teams still in finals contention, but to miss finishing second now basically the Falcons will need to lose all three of those games.
That looks decidedly unlikely with West Perth in some good form. Despite a hiccup at home to South Fremantle, the Falcons have won two games since and six of their last seven matches overall.
The Falcons got off to a fast start against the struggling Thunder who had lost seven straight games coming into the contest.
West Perth booted six goals to two in the first quarter to be in control holding a lead of 23 points at quarter-time and that was out to 28 points by half-time with the Falcons kicking three goals to the Thunder's two in the second term.
It was an even third quarter coming out of the main break with both teams kicking three goals apiece before West Perth again asserted its dominance kicking five goals to just two from Peel in the final quarter to end up winning by 49 points.
Matt Fowler equalled his career-best haul of four goals in the league side when he booted four majors on Saturday for the Falcons from 15 possessions and eight marks.
Anthony Tsalikis also proved to be a strong forward target finishing with 20 possessions, eight marks and three goals while Josh Mellington also kicked three goals and captain Jason Salecic two from 17 disposals.
The West Perth midfield got on top of Peel's as well led by Shane Nelson who racked up 24 first half possessions before finishing the game with 32 to go with six tackles and a goal.
Aaron Black also racked up 28 possessions for the Falcons to go with five tackles and three inside-50 entries.
Andrew Strijk collected 26 disposals, Rohan Kerr 24, Steve Potente 23, Jordan Jones 20, Marc Crisp 20, Ray Bartholomew 18 and Matt Guadagnin 17.
The West Perth reserves scored another comfortable 58-point victory over Peel as well with Drew Rohde, Broderick Walton, Max Alexander and Cameron Branch all kicking two goals apiece.
Branch picked up 26 possessions to go with his two majors with Rohde also picking up 22 disposals and Walton 21.
Ben McNamara picked up 27 disposals for the Falcons with Sam Money finishing with 25 and Jack Thrum 21.
The Falcons colts also ensured that West Perth went three from three for the day against Peel with a 7.6 (48) to 5.8 (38) win despite kicking just the one goal in the first half.
Tom Shadbolt kicked four goals for West Perth from just seven kicks with Mitchell Antonio racking up 27 possessions, William Michell 22, Kyle Egan 22, Peter Harvey 21, Nelson Laurance 20, Jesse Kirwen 19 and Jordan Gray 18.
WEST PERTH 6.1 9.4 12.8 17.12 (114)
PEEL THUNDER 2.2 4.6 7.9 9.11 (65)
WEST PERTH – Goals: Fowler 4; Tsalikis, Mellington 3; Salecic 2; Crisp, Guadagnin, Nelson, Shannon, Stockley.
Best: Nelson, Strijk, Guadagnin, Black, Potente, Kerr, Jones, Tsalikis. 
PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Holmes, Michie 2; Motlop, Crichton, Green, McKenna, Wilkins.
Best: Motlop, Michie, Orzel, Jones, Crozier, McKenna.
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth further consolidated second position on the WAFL ladder with a comfortable and convincing 49-point win over Peel Thunder at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

The Falcons improved to a 12-5 record on the season with Saturday's 17.12 (114) to 9.11 (65) victory to now remain three games clear of the chasing East Fremantle, Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth.

West Perth has just three games remaining this season against Perth, East Fremantle and Swan Districts as well so those matches will be tough with all those teams still in finals contention, but to miss finishing second now basically the Falcons will need to lose all three of those games.

That looks decidedly unlikely with West Perth in some good form. Despite a hiccup at home to South Fremantle, the Falcons have won two games since and six of their last seven matches overall.

The Falcons got off to a fast start against the struggling Thunder who had lost seven straight games coming into the contest.

West Perth booted six goals to two in the first quarter to be in control holding a lead of 23 points at quarter-time and that was out to 28 points by half-time with the Falcons kicking three goals to the Thunder's two in the second term.

It was an even third quarter coming out of the main break with both teams kicking three goals apiece before West Perth again asserted its dominance kicking five goals to just two from Peel in the final quarter to end up winning by 49 points.

Matt Fowler equalled his career-best haul of four goals in the league side when he booted four majors on Saturday for the Falcons from 15 possessions and eight marks.

Anthony Tsalikis also proved to be a strong forward target finishing with 20 possessions, eight marks and three goals while Josh Mellington also kicked three goals and captain Jason Salecic two from 17 disposals.

The West Perth midfield got on top of Peel's as well led by Shane Nelson who racked up 24 first half possessions before finishing the game with 32 to go with six tackles and a goal.

Aaron Black also racked up 28 possessions for the Falcons to go with five tackles and three inside-50 entries.

Andrew Strijk collected 26 disposals, Rohan Kerr 24, Steve Potente 23, Jordan Jones 20, Marc Crisp 20, Ray Bartholomew 18 and Matt Guadagnin 17.

The West Perth reserves scored another comfortable 58-point victory over Peel as well with Drew Rohde, Broderick Walton, Max Alexander and Cameron Branch all kicking two goals apiece.

Branch picked up 26 possessions to go with his two majors with Rohde also picking up 22 disposals and Walton 21.

Ben McNamara picked up 27 disposals for the Falcons with Sam Money finishing with 25 and Jack Thrum 21.

The Falcons colts also ensured that West Perth went three from three for the day against Peel with a 7.6 (48) to 5.8 (38) win despite kicking just the one goal in the first half.

Tom Shadbolt kicked four goals for West Perth from just seven kicks with Mitchell Antonio racking up 27 possessions, William Michell 22, Kyle Egan 22, Peter Harvey 21, Nelson Laurance 20, Jesse Kirwen 19 and Jordan Gray 18.

WEST PERTH 6.1 9.4 12.8 17.12 (114)

PEEL THUNDER 2.2 4.6 7.9 9.11 (65)

WEST PERTH – Goals: Fowler 4; Tsalikis, Mellington 3; Salecic 2; Crisp, Guadagnin, Nelson, Shannon, Stockley.

Best: Nelson, Strijk, Guadagnin, Black, Potente, Kerr, Jones, Tsalikis. 

PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Holmes, Michie 2; Motlop, Crichton, Green, McKenna, Wilkins.

Best: Motlop, Michie, Orzel, Jones, Crozier, McKenna.

BY CHRIS PIKE

ROUND 20 PREVIEW V PEEL THUNDER

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 3:49 PM

WEST Perth and Peel might seem a mismatch on paper with it being second against last on the ladder but with some big outs for the Falcons and big inclusions for the Thunder, the clash significantly tightens up.

West Perth might be looking good in second position on the ladder at present with an 11-5 record to be two games clear of the chasing Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth but the Falcons do need to keep winning to secure that double-chance come finals time.
The Falcons suffered a disappointing loss a fortnight ago to South Fremantle at home but also at Arena Joondalup bounced back to beat East Perth in the derby last Saturday by 30 points while doing particularly well to hold the Royals goalless after half-time.
Peel might be on the bottom of the ladder with just three wins for the season with all three of them coming in Mandurah against Swan Districts, East Perth and Subiaco, but the Thunder will be confident of causing an upset at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.
Peel came flying home three games ago against West Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium to only lose by 16 points and showed some good form last week only losing to the in-form Swan Districts by 11 points at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.
West Perth has three big outs for the clash with Peel with full-back Michael Pettigrew out for the rest of the season with a serious hamstring injury while Jay van Berlo is out with a knee injury and experienced centre half-back Dan Hunt also goes out of the side.
Young big man Nick Rodda returns to the side after a week in the reserves and he will slot right back into one of the key defensive slots for the Falcons.
James Batterham, Drew Rohde, Kris Shannon, Frank Stockley and Jack Thrum are all pressing for selection for West Perth as well with all looking to fill roles left vacant at both ends of the ground.
Peel already had a stronger team after last week with Fremantle's Hayden Crozier and former AFL pair James Hawksley and Kristin Thornton, back in its line-up and now the Thunder is further strengthened this week.
Two Fremantle ruckmen Jack Hannath and Craig Moller are both into the Peel side giving the Thunder plenty of height to play one in the ruck and one up forward at all times to strength a West Perth back-line without Pettigrew and Hunt.
Laine Wilkins and Aiden Field are also a chance to come in and play for Peel while Jesse Hockings is the only out at this stage.
Surprisingly, former North Melbourne midfielder Cruize Garlett has not been recalled to the league side despite having a game back in the reserves last week against Swan Districts.
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth and Peel might seem a mismatch on paper with it being second against last on the ladder but with some big outs for the Falcons and big inclusions for the Thunder, the clash significantly tightens up.

West Perth might be looking good in second position on the ladder at present with an 11-5 record to be two games clear of the chasing Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth but the Falcons do need to keep winning to secure that double-chance come finals time.

The Falcons suffered a disappointing loss a fortnight ago to South Fremantle at home but also at Arena Joondalup bounced back to beat East Perth in the derby last Saturday by 30 points while doing particularly well to hold the Royals goalless after half-time.

Peel might be on the bottom of the ladder with just three wins for the season with all three of them coming in Mandurah against Swan Districts, East Perth and Subiaco, but the Thunder will be confident of causing an upset at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

Peel came flying home three games ago against West Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium to only lose by 16 points and showed some good form last week only losing to the in-form Swan Districts by 11 points at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

West Perth has three big outs for the clash with Peel with full-back Michael Pettigrew out for the rest of the season with a serious hamstring injury while Jay van Berlo is out with a knee injury and experienced centre half-back Dan Hunt also goes out of the side.

Young big man Nick Rodda returns to the side after a week in the reserves and he will slot right back into one of the key defensive slots for the Falcons.

James Batterham, Drew Rohde, Kris Shannon, Frank Stockley and Jack Thrum are all pressing for selection for West Perth as well with all looking to fill roles left vacant at both ends of the ground.

Peel already had a stronger team after last week with Fremantle's Hayden Crozier and former AFL pair James Hawksley and Kristin Thornton, back in its line-up and now the Thunder is further strengthened this week.

Two Fremantle ruckmen Jack Hannath and Craig Moller are both into the Peel side giving the Thunder plenty of height to play one in the ruck and one up forward at all times to strength a West Perth back-line without Pettigrew and Hunt.

Laine Wilkins and Aiden Field are also a chance to come in and play for Peel while Jesse Hockings is the only out at this stage.

Surprisingly, former North Melbourne midfielder Cruize Garlett has not been recalled to the league side despite having a game back in the reserves last week against Swan Districts.

BY CHRIS PIKE

PLENTY OF FALCONS TO ATTRACT AFL ATTENTION

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 4:02 AM

NOT only is the West Perth team of 2013 performing well as a collective sitting in second position on the ladder but a host of players could also be putting themselves in the frame to end up on AFL lists.

West Perth now sits two games clear in second position on the WAFL ladder following last Saturday's 30-point derby win over East Perth at Arena Joondalup and a host of players who have been key players in the Falcons' rise up the ladder could see themselves being looked at closely by AFL clubs.
There are colts players like Nick Robertson and Blake Acres who are near-certain draftees, but those with senior experience who continue to impress and could attract attention include Rohan Kerr, Shane Nelson, Aaron Black, Kody Manning, Nick Rodda, Matt Johnson and possibly even Andrew Strijk.
West Perth coach Bill Monaghan hopes for their individual sakes that all those players get the chance in the AFL, but if not he is just as confident that the Falcons will provide the ideal place for them to continue to improve and be part of a successful football culture.
"The beauty of all of them is that if they happen to not get drafted we think this is a really good environment for them to learn and improve in, and that group is going to be an exceptionally hard group to hold out for opposition sides for three or four years if they are at West Perth," Monaghan said.
"In our senior group we have five or six in the 19 through to 21 or 22 age bracket who have had really good years and it wouldn’t be a surprise to any of us for them to make their way onto an AFL list.
"We have two boys in our colts Robertson and Acres who are outstanding talents. They have both had shoulder injuries, but that shouldn’t stop them from being drafted. They have both been added to the national combine and we are confident that both of them will end up on an AFL-list."
Nick Rodda and Matt Johnson have come through the ranks at West Perth together to see the good friends play strong league football each during 2013 and without question they both will be looked at closely by a host of AFL clubs.
Johnson started the season in brilliant fashion kicking six goals in Round 1 against East Perth and he has kicked 19 majors for the season up until injuring a hamstring in Round 13. However, with his lethal left-boot he could quite comfortably make an impact at AFL level.
Then there is key position big man Rodda. He has played as a key forward most of this season as the main target and played that role well, but he is perhaps best suited to defence and will now move to full-back to replace the injured Michael Pettigrew.
"Nick Rodda and Matt Johnson both have the ability to be on an AFL list and it's just a matter of whether clubs have room on their development lists for guys like that. Nick is a big boy at 196cm, he is a 2.90 20-metre runner and has strong attack on the footy, and can play forward or back," he said.
"They are some good assets to have as a young player at 19 years of age and he's now played 20 league games and will play with us for the rest of the season. Johnson is an exceptional talent. He has all the attributes in terms of speed, marking and kicking.
"He had a really up and down year as a colt last year and played some State 18s but consistency and competitiveness were some issues people had with him.
"I'm not sure that anyone has any problems with his ability and we've worked hard with Matt to improve his competiveness and consistency, and he's played some outstanding senior football as an 18-year-old young man who could still be playing colts footy.
"I'm really excited by both Nick and Matt's future and I think there will be a lot of AFL clubs looking closely at them. Whether they get drafted or not is not our choice, but they are both very much in the draftable bracket."
Rohan Kerr was one of West Perth's top recruits for the 2013 coming off being listed with Carlton for three years and he has made a tremendous impact.
He narrowly missed selection for Western Australia in the State game against Victoria, but is having an outstanding season both on the wing and half-forward. He is averaging almost 21 possessions a game including a high of 31 in Round 18 while also kicking 15 goals including six against Peel in Round 5.
The 21-year-old has fitted in immediately at West Perth with his kicking skills a particular highlight of his game.
"Rohan Kerr was on Carlton's list for three years and he's come over here, and has really enjoyed the WA lifestyle," Monaghan said.
"He has fitted in well, he is a good character to have around the club and has played some really good footy. At 21, people know he's been in the system and I think he is capable of playing at that level. His best football is really good."
Monaghan also expects Nelson, Black and Manning to all come under close attention from AFL recruiters with Nelson becoming an elite in-and-under midfielder, Black a tremendous wingman and Manning one of the best tacklers and pressure players in the competition.
"Then we've got Shane Nelson, Aaron Black and to a degree Kody Manning who have enough strengths and strings to their bow where if a side is looking for that type of player that they are outside chances of being drafted," he said.
"Kody's attack on the footy and his defensive mindset in our forward-line this year has been outstanding.
"Shane just has an uncanny ability to rack up possessions. There may be some issues about how well he kicks the football, but in terms of him finding the football, winning clearances and tackling, there has to be a premium placed on people who can find it 30 or 35 times as a 19-year-old playing league football.
"Blacky is a case where I think as a 55-game player at 20 years of age he is going to be one of those genuine mature-age draft picks. He could be a 100-game player here by the time he's only 22 or 23 and physically and mentally he is mature enough to be playing AFL footy. He is ticking all the boxes."
Andrew Strijk has also had an outstanding season for West Perth running off half-back and Monaghan wouldn’t be surprised if he attracts some attention as well.
"Andrew Strijk is another one who would be a bit of a left-field selection at 26 years of age. We've moved him to half-back, which we've always thought was his best position, and that wasn’t necessarily the views of West Coast who played him as a forward," Monaghan said.
"If there's a side out there who wants a strong marking, rebounding, beautiful kick off half-back then Andrew Strijk has plenty of years of AFL footy left in him. It would need to be a real area that a club needs to fill for him, but I wouldn’t completely rule out him being redrafted."
BY CHRIS PIKENOT only is the West Perth team of 2013 performing well as a collective sitting in second position on the ladder but a host of players could also be putting themselves in the frame to end up on AFL lists.

West Perth now sits two games clear in second position on the WAFL ladder following last Saturday's 30-point derby win over East Perth at Arena Joondalup and a host of players who have been key players in the Falcons' rise up the ladder could see themselves being looked at closely by AFL clubs.

There are colts players like Nick Robertson and Blake Acres who are near-certain draftees, but those with senior experience who continue to impress and could attract attention include Rohan Kerr, Shane Nelson, Aaron Black, Kody Manning, Nick Rodda, Matt Johnson and possibly even Andrew Strijk.

West Perth coach Bill Monaghan hopes for their individual sakes that all those players get the chance in the AFL, but if not he is just as confident that the Falcons will provide the ideal place for them to continue to improve and be part of a successful football culture.

"The beauty of all of them is that if they happen to not get drafted we think this is a really good environment for them to learn and improve in, and that group is going to be an exceptionally hard group to hold out for opposition sides for three or four years if they are at West Perth," Monaghan said.

"In our senior group we have five or six in the 19 through to 21 or 22 age bracket who have had really good years and it wouldn’t be a surprise to any of us for them to make their way onto an AFL list.

"We have two boys in our colts Robertson and Acres who are outstanding talents. They have both had shoulder injuries, but that shouldn’t stop them from being drafted. They have both been added to the national combine and we are confident that both of them will end up on an AFL-list."

Nick Rodda and Matt Johnson have come through the ranks at West Perth together to see the good friends play strong league football each during 2013 and without question they both will be looked at closely by a host of AFL clubs.

Johnson started the season in brilliant fashion kicking six goals in Round 1 against East Perth and he has kicked 19 majors for the season up until injuring a hamstring in Round 13. However, with his lethal left-boot he could quite comfortably make an impact at AFL level.

Then there is key position big man Rodda. He has played as a key forward most of this season as the main target and played that role well, but he is perhaps best suited to defence and will now move to full-back to replace the injured Michael Pettigrew.

"Nick Rodda and Matt Johnson both have the ability to be on an AFL list and it's just a matter of whether clubs have room on their development lists for guys like that. Nick is a big boy at 196cm, he is a 2.90 20-metre runner and has strong attack on the footy, and can play forward or back," he said.

"They are some good assets to have as a young player at 19 years of age and he's now played 20 league games and will play with us for the rest of the season. Johnson is an exceptional talent. He has all the attributes in terms of speed, marking and kicking.

"He had a really up and down year as a colt last year and played some State 18s but consistency and competitiveness were some issues people had with him.

"I'm not sure that anyone has any problems with his ability and we've worked hard with Matt to improve his competiveness and consistency, and he's played some outstanding senior football as an 18-year-old young man who could still be playing colts footy.

"I'm really excited by both Nick and Matt's future and I think there will be a lot of AFL clubs looking closely at them. Whether they get drafted or not is not our choice, but they are both very much in the draftable bracket."

Rohan Kerr was one of West Perth's top recruits for the 2013 coming off being listed with Carlton for three years and he has made a tremendous impact.

He narrowly missed selection for Western Australia in the State game against Victoria, but is having an outstanding season both on the wing and half-forward. He is averaging almost 21 possessions a game including a high of 31 in Round 18 while also kicking 15 goals including six against Peel in Round 5.

The 21-year-old has fitted in immediately at West Perth with his kicking skills a particular highlight of his game.

"Rohan Kerr was on Carlton's list for three years and he's come over here, and has really enjoyed the WA lifestyle," Monaghan said.

"He has fitted in well, he is a good character to have around the club and has played some really good footy. At 21, people know he's been in the system and I think he is capable of playing at that level. His best football is really good."

Monaghan also expects Nelson, Black and Manning to all come under close attention from AFL recruiters with Nelson becoming an elite in-and-under midfielder, Black a tremendous wingman and Manning one of the best tacklers and pressure players in the competition.

"Then we've got Shane Nelson, Aaron Black and to a degree Kody Manning who have enough strengths and strings to their bow where if a side is looking for that type of player that they are outside chances of being drafted," he said.

"Kody's attack on the footy and his defensive mindset in our forward-line this year has been outstanding.

"Shane just has an uncanny ability to rack up possessions. There may be some issues about how well he kicks the football, but in terms of him finding the football, winning clearances and tackling, there has to be a premium placed on people who can find it 30 or 35 times as a 19-year-old playing league football.

"Blacky is a case where I think as a 55-game player at 20 years of age he is going to be one of those genuine mature-age draft picks. He could be a 100-game player here by the time he's only 22 or 23 and physically and mentally he is mature enough to be playing AFL footy. He is ticking all the boxes."

Andrew Strijk has also had an outstanding season for West Perth running off half-back and Monaghan wouldn’t be surprised if he attracts some attention as well.

"Andrew Strijk is another one who would be a bit of a left-field selection at 26 years of age. We've moved him to half-back, which we've always thought was his best position, and that wasn’t necessarily the views of West Coast who played him as a forward," Monaghan said.

"If there's a side out there who wants a strong marking, rebounding, beautiful kick off half-back then Andrew Strijk has plenty of years of AFL footy left in him. It would need to be a real area that a club needs to fill for him, but I wouldn’t completely rule out him being redrafted."

BY CHRIS PIKE

International Football Festival - Sunday 18th August - West Perth vs East Fremantle

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 6:38 PM

Sunday the 18th of August will be a day of celebration, a day that will unite those of many cultures through a sport we all love, AFL. The Falcons Football District, The West Perth Football Club and The WA Football Commission unite to host an International Football Festival to be held at the Falcon’s home ground, Arena Joondalup.

With over 50% of residents in the northern suburbs being of multicultural background the Falcons welcome new Australians to the great game of AFL, offer an opportunity to learn some of the skills and have a bit of fun while you’re at it.

On Sunday 18th August the West Perth Football Club will open it’s doors to free ticket holders to their annual International Round as West Perth take on East Fremantle in the lead up to WAFL Finals. More than 30,000 free tickets are being distributed through local schools and the community newspaper.

The Falcons will create a Football festival with a KIDS ZONE opening up at 1 pm, with footy skills clinics, a bouncy castle, mega slide show bags, prizes and much more!! For Adults we’ve got the ‘Falcon Arms’, a British style pub opening up also at 1pm. With the main game being West Perth vs East Fremantle commencing at 2pm.

Half time will see more action offering the exciting opportunity for a free kids footy coaching clinic for new Australians from all nationalities. Registrations for this opportunity are essential and can be completed through the West Perth Website. Free Tickets will be given out to local school kids over the coming weeks at assemblies.

With thousands flocking to Arena Joondalup for the International Football Festival it is wise to arrive early so you don't miss a minute of the action! Overflow parking will be available on the Lake Joondalup Baptist College oval. Parking is $5 per car with entry from Kennedya Drive.

Our History: The West Perth Football Club has a strong history of migrant members and players with many players the sons of Italian Migrants. In the late 40's early 50's when a lot of Italians and migrants from neighboring European Countries came over to Australia they basically turned much of the West Perth zone into one big market garden. They would all work the gardens till noon on Saturdays before heading to Leederville to watch the footy.

West Perth named its Garlic Muncher Team of - t h e – Century in 2008, which paid tribute to its Mainland European tradition that stemmed from its time at Leederville Oval. The footy club named it's Garlic Muncher team of the century to honor the great ethnic players who have represented the club.

BILL'S GRILL – ROUND 19

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 4:55 PM

WE DID a bit of competitive work during the week which we don’t usually do a lot of, so that sharpened the boys up and I was really happy with the way we performed. To be able to shut them down in the second half to three scoring shots and three behinds was a really good reward for effort.

We were really critical of a lot of things against South Fremantle and mainly our preparation, and mental application for the game but South were up and about and played some really good footy so we can't put it all down to us. But we think that if we play at our best we can beat any side in the competition so we were slightly off that day and South were very good.
To the player's credit this week we were able to turn that around and we didn’t pull any punches during the week. Everyone was open and honest, and we thought as a coaching staff there were things we could have done better and the players clearly thought there were things they could have done better. We got together, came up with a solution and I thought our attitude was really good on the weekend.
The conditions were tough and trying, but we were able to keep coming at the opposition and put good pressure on, and i thought our attack on the footy and ability to keep our head over the footy was very good.
In the second half the inside 50s were 39 to 11 so we played a really good, tough, honest brand of footy and we were really pleased with that. In a way, given how poor we were with our mental and physical state the week before, to get a day like that on Saturday meant that we had to do all the hard things and that was a big focus.
Second position on the ladder is something we are certainly aiming for, but it's a process we need to go through to get that and it doesn't just happen. We can't take any liberties and we can't expect things to go the way we want them to. It's only going to happen for us through hard work, planning and preparation. We think that we are a win or two short of where we need to be at the end of the year, but importantly we need to look at this week and focus on a Peel side who was really competitive last week against Swans and could potentially get three or four AFL-listed players back in plus Cruize Garlett who played in the reserves on the weekend. They are going to be a formidable side and we will need to be at our best, and we expect it to be a great test and it's something we are looking forward to.
Steve Potente is one of those guys where there's not much of him, but he gives 100 per cent all the time. He has been dogged by injuries over the last two or three years and did play some really good football at Swan Districts in 2010 when they were the premiers, and we just thought that a change environment and in his training routine would bring the best out of him.
We're not surprised he is playing how he is, that's why we got him here, but it's great that he has been able to grab his opportunity with both hands. I thought the conditions on the weekend suited him and he played accordingly. We think that he has the ability to win his own football, but if we need to we can get him to run with someone from the opposition. He has been a handy acquisition for us and we were all happy with his game on the weekend.
Jason Salecic was miles ahead on the weekend of where he was the week before and in his couple of reserves games. We all know that he is a quality player so that is a real bonus for us with him getting back in the latter part of the season and if he can get back to his best he will cause trouble for a lot of teams. Ray Bartholomew also came back and was a bit scratchy especially coming back in those conditions. Without being critical of Ray, he is an outside, running player who is used to use the ball well and those conditions didn’t suit him. He struggled a bit early but he improved in the second half and he will be better for the run.
Unfortunately on the weekend Michael Pettigrew and Jay van Berlo both suffered what appear to be relatively serious injuries. Our early diagnosis on Michael's hamstring is not great and it looks like a hamstring tendon injury and history over the last couple of years with Riewoldt and a couple of others suggests that will end his year. That will be sad if that's the case.
Jay van Berlo looks like he has a PCL injury in his knee which we are hoping will be closer to three or four weeks, but it could well end up being five or six weeks. With four games and a bye left in the season we are hopeful that we might get some luck there, but other than we think that players in the reserves and guys who have come in throughout the year have been able to play roles.
It hasn’t been plain sailing with our injuries this year but we have been able to step up to the plate and deliver so those guys who get an opportunity this week will have to do that and it's about everyone playing their part. As sad as it is for the players who miss out, it's a real chance for the players who get an opportunity.
BY BILL MONAGHANWE DID a bit of competitive work during the week which we don’t usually do a lot of, so that sharpened the boys up and I was really happy with the way we performed. To be able to shut them down in the second half to three scoring shots and three behinds was a really good reward for effort.

We were really critical of a lot of things against South Fremantle and mainly our preparation, and mental application for the game but South were up and about and played some really good footy so we can't put it all down to us. But we think that if we play at our best we can beat any side in the competition so we were slightly off that day and South were very good.

To the player's credit this week we were able to turn that around and we didn’t pull any punches during the week. Everyone was open and honest, and we thought as a coaching staff there were things we could have done better and the players clearly thought there were things they could have done better. We got together, came up with a solution and I thought our attitude was really good on the weekend.

The conditions were tough and trying, but we were able to keep coming at the opposition and put good pressure on, and i thought our attack on the footy and ability to keep our head over the footy was very good.

In the second half the inside 50s were 39 to 11 so we played a really good, tough, honest brand of footy and we were really pleased with that. In a way, given how poor we were with our mental and physical state the week before, to get a day like that on Saturday meant that we had to do all the hard things and that was a big focus.

Second position on the ladder is something we are certainly aiming for, but it's a process we need to go through to get that and it doesn't just happen. We can't take any liberties and we can't expect things to go the way we want them to. It's only going to happen for us through hard work, planning and preparation. We think that we are a win or two short of where we need to be at the end of the year, but importantly we need to look at this week and focus on a Peel side who was really competitive last week against Swans and could potentially get three or four AFL-listed players back in plus Cruize Garlett who played in the reserves on the weekend. They are going to be a formidable side and we will need to be at our best, and we expect it to be a great test and it's something we are looking forward to.

Steve Potente is one of those guys where there's not much of him, but he gives 100 per cent all the time. He has been dogged by injuries over the last two or three years and did play some really good football at Swan Districts in 2010 when they were the premiers, and we just thought that a change environment and in his training routine would bring the best out of him.

We're not surprised he is playing how he is, that's why we got him here, but it's great that he has been able to grab his opportunity with both hands. I thought the conditions on the weekend suited him and he played accordingly. We think that he has the ability to win his own football, but if we need to we can get him to run with someone from the opposition. He has been a handy acquisition for us and we were all happy with his game on the weekend.

Jason Salecic was miles ahead on the weekend of where he was the week before and in his couple of reserves games. We all know that he is a quality player so that is a real bonus for us with him getting back in the latter part of the season and if he can get back to his best he will cause trouble for a lot of teams. Ray Bartholomew also came back and was a bit scratchy especially coming back in those conditions. Without being critical of Ray, he is an outside, running player who is used to use the ball well and those conditions didn’t suit him. He struggled a bit early but he improved in the second half and he will be better for the run.

Unfortunately on the weekend Michael Pettigrew and Jay van Berlo both suffered what appear to be relatively serious injuries. Our early diagnosis on Michael's hamstring is not great and it looks like a hamstring tendon injury and history over the last couple of years with Riewoldt and a couple of others suggests that will end his year. That will be sad if that's the case.

Jay van Berlo looks like he has a PCL injury in his knee which we are hoping will be closer to three or four weeks, but it could well end up being five or six weeks. With four games and a bye left in the season we are hopeful that we might get some luck there, but other than we think that players in the reserves and guys who have come in throughout the year have been able to play roles.

It hasn’t been plain sailing with our injuries this year but we have been able to step up to the plate and deliver so those guys who get an opportunity this week will have to do that and it's about everyone playing their part. As sad as it is for the players who miss out, it's a real chance for the players who get an opportunity.

BY BILL MONAGHAN

FALCONS DOMINATE SECOND HALF TO BEAT ROYALS

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 2:46 PM

WEST Perth dominated the second half of the derby on Saturday at Arena Joondalup to end up beating East Perth by 30 points and further consolidate second position on the WAFL ladder.

The Falcons surprise loss at home last week to South Fremantle left them a little vulnerable in second position on the ladder coming into the derby with the in-form Royals, but the 10.14 (74) to 6.8 (44) has seen them put a handy gap now between the chasing pack.
West Perth's 30-point victory over the Royals sees it improve to a 11-5 record on the season with just four matches of the 2013 home and away season remaining and a two-game lead over the third-placed Swan Districts, fourth-placed Perth and fifth-placed East Perth.
In the tough conditions of Saturday afternoon, East Perth got the better of things in the first half leading by five points at quarter-time and by 12 at the main break, but the game was still very much up for grabs at half-time.
After the break, it was all West Perth with the Falcons kicking four goals to one in a dominant third quarter where they had nine scoring shots to just one from the Royals.
That saw West Perth lead by 16 points at three quarter-time and the Falcons then booted the only two goals of the last term as well to run out 30-point winners.
Steve Potente continued to show why he has been a terrific recruit this season from Swan Districts by putting in a strong performance against East Perth on Saturday.
Potente finished with 23 possessions, two goals, four inside-50 entries and three tackles in a best on ground performance.
Matt Fowler and Kody Manning also kicked two goals apiece for the Falcons with another new player for 2013 Rohan Kerr also terrific with 23 possessions and seven entries inside the forward 50.
Veteran midfielder Matt Guadagnin picked up 20 possessions to go with laying eight tackles and driving the ball inside-50 on four occasions.
Shane Nelson also racked up 18 disposals for the Falcons, Aaron Black 17, Steven Browne 17, Andrew Strijk 16, Marc Crisp 16, Luke Tedesco 16 and Josh Mellington 16.
The Falcons colts put in a terrific display as well beating East Perth 9.16 (70) to 4.2 (26) after holding the Royals to just the one goal for the entire first half.
Frank Stockley put in a massive effort for West Perth finishing with 27 possessions, six marks, 52 hit outs, four inside-50 entries and three tackles in the difficult conditions.
Mitch McPhee also kicked three goals for the Falcons and Kris Shannon two with Corey Chalmers picking up 24 disposals, James Embley 20, Joel Latham 19, Jack Thrum 19 and Ben McNamara 18. 
The West Perth colts came up short to start off the day at Arena Joondalup with East Perth ending up winning 8.5 (53) to 4.7 (31).
Tim Sutherland, Troy Manners, Peter Harvey and William Michell kicked the Falcons' four goals for the game with Nick Bowe finishing with 19 possessions.
WEST PERTH 2.3 4.5 8.10 10.14 (74)
EAST PERTH 3.2 6.5 6.6 6.8 (44)
WEST PERTH – Goals: Manning, Potente, Fowler 2; Crisp, Tsalikis, Bartholomew, Mellington.
Best: Potente, Kerr, Guadagnin, Tedesco, Crisp, Nelson.
EAST PERTH – Goals: Smith 2; Brookes, Wulff, Oakley-Nicholls, Swan.
Best: Wulff, Lee, Selwood, Payne, Johnson, Seal.
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth dominated the second half of the derby on Saturday at Arena Joondalup to end up beating East Perth by 30 points and further consolidate second position on the WAFL ladder.

The Falcons surprise loss at home last week to South Fremantle left them a little vulnerable in second position on the ladder coming into the derby with the in-form Royals, but the 10.14 (74) to 6.8 (44) has seen them put a handy gap now between the chasing pack.

West Perth's 30-point victory over the Royals sees it improve to a 11-5 record on the season with just four matches of the 2013 home and away season remaining and a two-game lead over the third-placed Swan Districts, fourth-placed Perth and fifth-placed East Perth.

In the tough conditions of Saturday afternoon, East Perth got the better of things in the first half leading by five points at quarter-time and by 12 at the main break, but the game was still very much up for grabs at half-time.

After the break, it was all West Perth with the Falcons kicking four goals to one in a dominant third quarter where they had nine scoring shots to just one from the Royals.

That saw West Perth lead by 16 points at three quarter-time and the Falcons then booted the only two goals of the last term as well to run out 30-point winners.

Steve Potente continued to show why he has been a terrific recruit this season from Swan Districts by putting in a strong performance against East Perth on Saturday.

Potente finished with 23 possessions, two goals, four inside-50 entries and three tackles in a best on ground performance.

Matt Fowler and Kody Manning also kicked two goals apiece for the Falcons with another new player for 2013 Rohan Kerr also terrific with 23 possessions and seven entries inside the forward 50.

Veteran midfielder Matt Guadagnin picked up 20 possessions to go with laying eight tackles and driving the ball inside-50 on four occasions.

Shane Nelson also racked up 18 disposals for the Falcons, Aaron Black 17, Steven Browne 17, Andrew Strijk 16, Marc Crisp 16, Luke Tedesco 16 and Josh Mellington 16.

The Falcons reserves put in a terrific display as well beating East Perth 9.16 (70) to 4.2 (26) after holding the Royals to just the one goal for the entire first half.

Frank Stockley put in a massive effort for West Perth finishing with 27 possessions, six marks, 52 hit outs, four inside-50 entries and three tackles in the difficult conditions.

Mitch McPhee also kicked three goals for the Falcons and Kris Shannon two with Corey Chalmers picking up 24 disposals, James Embley 20, Joel Latham 19, Jack Thrum 19 and Ben McNamara 18. 

The West Perth colts came up short to start off the day at Arena Joondalup with East Perth ending up winning 8.5 (53) to 4.7 (31).

Tim Sutherland, Troy Manners, Peter Harvey and William Michell kicked the Falcons' four goals for the game with Nick Bowe finishing with 19 possessions.

WEST PERTH 2.3 4.5 8.10 10.14 (74)

EAST PERTH 3.2 6.5 6.6 6.8 (44)

WEST PERTH – Goals: Manning, Potente, Fowler 2; Crisp, Tsalikis, Bartholomew, Mellington.

Best: Potente, Kerr, Guadagnin, Tedesco, Crisp, Nelson.

EAST PERTH – Goals: Smith 2; Brookes, Wulff, Oakley-Nicholls, Swan.

Best: Wulff, Lee, Selwood, Payne, Johnson, Seal.

BY CHRIS PIKE

A ROYAL FLUSH

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 7:16 PM

West Perth was most impressive in their thirty point victory against arch rivals East Perth at the Arena on Saturday.

The Falcons trailed by twelve at the main change but not even the most ardent fan would have expected the Royals to be limited to just three behinds for the rest of the game. The West Perth pressure on the contest was a credit to the whole team and it completely restricted the run and ball movement of East Perth.

 

It would be fair to say that it wasn’t a great day for football as showers swept across the ground all day. West Perth won the toss and kicked to the northern end with the use of the breeze. The ball was in the West Perth forward line for the first ten minutes with two behinds being scored before a Josh Mellington kick forward was marked by Matt Fowler who converted from thirty. Former Falcon, Josh Smith, snapped a left foot goal to get East Perth on the score board. The ball rebounded between the back lines in the wintry conditions before the passage of the day took place. West Perth ran the ball from deep in defence and Matt Fowler kicked his second on the run from fifty. It was great to watch. But from here the Royals steadied and did best kicking the final two goals for the quarter. At the first change they led by five; 3.2 (20) to 2.3 (15).

 

The Royals kicked the first two behinds of the second term before Chris Keunen scored a behind to make the deficit one straight kick. Before the ball was kicked in an incident occurred that saw Kody Manning receive a free from the end of the square. His kick evened up the scores. East Perth kicked the next courtesy of Craig Wulff. This took the lead out to seven after fourteen minutes. Six minutes later Steve Potente snapped the first of his two goals to tie things up. It was his best game for the Falcons since coming over from Swan Districts. Josh Smith then kicked his second and Jarred Oakley-Nicholls his first from the square. No-one would have expected that the Oakley-Nicholls goal at the twenty seven minute mark would be the last one for the game for the Royals. At half time, though, they held a handy twelve point lead; 6.5 (41) to 4.5 (29).

 

It was imperative that West Perth get back into the game in the third quarter while they had the use of the breeze. The players knew this and they dominated play restricting East Perth to just one behind for the quarter. Anthony Tsalikis got the ball rolling with a fine snap but it wasn’t until the nineteen minute mark that they hit the lead. The Falcons ran in a wave from deep in defence and Josh Mellington finished the good work on the run from forty. A second to Steve Potente and Kody Manning followed and at the final change West Perth had established a handy sixteen point lead. They led 8.10 (58) to 6.6 (42).

 

The breeze was still a factor and East Perth were still right in the game but West Perth made a lie of the wind advantage and completely dominated the quarter. The ball rarely left their forward fifty as the Falcons piled on the pressure. The first goal came at the eleven minute mark when Ray Bartholomew ran hard to soccer the ball through from fifteen metres. The only other goal for the term came right at the end when Marc Crisp scrambled one through. This gave West Perth their thirty point winning margin.  The Falcons completely dominated the quarter and this was shown by the fifty nine to thirty one inside fifties for the game. Final scores were 10.14 (74) to 6.8 (44).

 

It was an important victory in the battle to retain second spot and once again West Perth showed, that on their day, they are as good a team as anybody. The main worry to come out of the game is injuries to Michael Pettigrew, Jay Van Berlo and Rohan Kerr. They are vital players in the Falcons side. Players to receive awards included Marc Crisp, Steve Potente, Matt Guadagnin, Chris Keunen, Kody Manning and best was Luke Tedesco who was terrific across half back. The Reserves have closed to within a game of the four after another impressive victory. Well done to best players Joel Latham, Cameron Branch, James Embley and Frank Stockley. Another must win game against Peel this week. See you at the Arena to help get the boys over the line.

 

BY DARRELL KENT

 

PHOTOS BY BELINDA TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

ROUND 19 PREVIEW V EAST PERTH

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 6:18 PM

PERTH derbies do not need any reason to have any added spite to them but this Saturday's clash at Arena Joondalup certainly does with the result to have big repercussions on final positions in the top-four come the end of the season.

Perth derbies between the Falcons and Royals have become the fiercest, most physical and most intense clashes in any WAFL season and now this week's battle will see both teams throwing everything into getting the victory.

West Perth has been looking safe in second position on the ladder for some time now, but a surprise loss to South Fremantle last Saturday at Arena Joondalup has left the Falcons a little vulnerable.

That defeat snapped a four-game winning run for West Perth and sees the Falcons fall to a 10-5 record to be just one win and percentage ahead of the third-placed Perth and fourth-placed East Perth.

The Royals had a shaky start to the season in the first year under new coach Brian Dawson but things have now come together tremendously with six straight victories to improve to a 9-5 record on the season and while their percentage isn’t great, they have a game in hand on the rest of the competition.

The winner of Saturday's derby could very well end up finishing the season in second position as a result setting up a double chance come finals time.

There have already been two Perth derbies this season with West Perth thumping East Perth in Round 1 at Arena Joondalup by 75 points but the Royals hit back in the Foundation (WA) Day clash at Leederville's Medibank Stadium running over the top of the Falcons to win by 19 points.

For the first occasion in some time, West Perth pulled up with a clean bill of health injury-wise from last week's loss to South Fremantle with captain Jason Salecic getting through his first full league game of the season.

Ray Bartholomew returned in the reserves from a calf injury and had 13 possessions to be in contention to come into the league side this Saturday against the Royals.

Back-up ruckman Frank Stockley has been doing all he can in the reserves to keep himself in the mix for a league spot this season and is again in contention this week to take on Paul Johnson and East Perth's big men department.

Small running defender Kris Shannon is also in the mix to come in for the Falcons for what would be his first league appearance of the season, and first since playing in West Perth's two Foxtel Cup matches last year.

East Perth's big men is perhaps its greatest strength with Johnson, Josh Smith and Scott Lycett but one third of that will be missing on Saturday with Lycett called up by the Eagles to replace the sore Nic Naitanui.

However, Brock Higgins has been developing nicely as a key forward option and back-up ruckman and is the likely replacement for Lycett while Adam Selwood should also be back with the Royals after again being dropped by the Eagles.

Another Eagle Blayne Wilson is out of the East Perth line-up as is small forward Arthur Bennell but there are some more than handy players still trying to break into the side at the right time of the year including Danny Chartres, Rowan Brookes, Jordan Wityk and Shaquille McKenzie.

BY CHRIS PIKE

2013 BANQUET AUCTION

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 3:28 PM

It's Banquet Auction time again! Help support the West Perth Football Club with donations & by attending our biggest fundraiser for the year!

2013 BANQUET AUCTION DONATIONS

The West Perth Football Club will be holding its annual Banquet Auction on Saturday 24 August 2013 at the Stirling Adriatic Centre. This occasion represents the largest single component of our club’s annual fundraising ventures and as such, is extremely important to the club in terms of our success both on and off the field. It is a great chance for Falcon supporters to take advantage of this unique promotional opportunity, whilst helping the Club at the same time!

Preparations for the night are already underway and we are currently seeking donations for the main auction, silent auction, lucky dip bags and raffle prizes. Any donation great or small would be greatly appreciated. Popular items are always memorabilia pieces, gift vouchers, overnight stays and unique experiences.

There are many benefits associated with donating to this event including:

  • Promotional and advertising exposure of your company to all guests at the Banquet Auction
  • Your company name listed in the official Banquet Auction Catalogue
  • Your company details listed on the official West Perth Football Club website www.westperthfc.com.au, including a link to your company’s website
  • Your company details listed in the 2013 Year Book & Annual Report

If you are able to donate to our Banquet Auction, please fill in the attached donation form to notify us of your donation pledge. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at promotions@falconsfc.com.au or by phone on 08 9300 3611.

2013 Banquet Auction Donation Form

On behalf of the West Perth Football Club, I would like to thank you in anticipation of your support and hope that you will be able to assist us in making the 2013 Banquet Auction our biggest and best yet!


2013 BANQUET AUCTION TICKETS

Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Banquet Auction!

Tickets are $110 per person including GST and includes a delicious 3 course meal, wine, beer and soft drinks. It is always a great night out so get some mates together and book a table today!

Please peruse the Main Auction Catalogue prior to the night and come ready to bid on your favourite items!

For any further information, please contact me via email at promotions@falconsfc.com.au or by phone on 08 9300 3611.

ERIN CAPSIS

PROMOTIONS OFFICER