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FALCONS PAY TRIBUTE TO EDDIE WYLDE

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 9:42 AM

The West Perth Football Club is mourning the passing of 1960 Premiership player Eddie Wylde who sadly passed away earlier this week.

A  Life Member of the Falcons, Eddie played 200 games and kicked 145 goals. An outstanding footballer, he was runner-up to Merv McIntosh in the 1954 Sandover Medal.

In 1960 he became a Premiership player and also represented WA in State football.

He was friends with both Ray and Don Marinko Jnr, growing up together and playing in the Temperance League and Mt Hawthorn Metropolitan League before they went to West Perth.

Eddie, Ray and Don all played in the 1960 flag.

West Perth players will wear black armbands this weekend against East Perth.

Condolences from everyone at the West Perth Football Club to Eddie’s family.

GET YOUR FALCONS SHIRT AT THE GATE ON SATURDAY

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 2:24 PM

MAKE sure you are dressed in red and blue at the derby this Saturday at Arena Joondalup by getting your limited edition Falcons t-shirt at the gate.

The limited edition shirts will be on sale at the front gate at Arena Joondalup on Saturday ahead of the season-opening derby when West Perth hosts East Perth.
The Falcons want everyone to be dressed in red and blue to show their support for the team as they run out and attempt to start the season off on a winning note against the old enemy.
These limited shirts are available in adult sizes for just $15 and in children's sizes for $10 and are a great way to show your support for the Falcons as the club gears up for an exciting 2013 campaign.
West Perth president Brett Raponi is excited by the initiative of getting West Perth supporters and members into the shirts, and hopes those that come to the derby at Arena Joondalup get right behind the idea.
"These are once off with limited stock. We want everyone in red and blue and this is an economical way for some to show their support for the Falcons," Raponi said.
"I saw the idea in Adelaide at last year’s state game . The SA jumper was replicated into t-shirts and they sold over 1000 on the day! I hope our West Perth fans now get right behind the concept."

The limited edition shirts will be on sale at the front gate at Arena Joondalup on Saturday ahead of the season-opening derby when West Perth hosts East Perth.

The Falcons want everyone to be dressed in red and blue to show their support for the team as they run out and attempt to start the season off on a winning note against the old enemy.

These limited shirts are available in adult sizes for just $15 and in children's sizes for $10 and are a great way to show your support for the Falcons as the club gears up for an exciting 2013 campaign.

West Perth president Brett Raponi is excited by the initiative of getting West Perth supporters and members into the shirts, and hopes those that come to the derby at Arena Joondalup get right behind the idea.

"These are once off with limited stock. We want everyone in red and blue and this is an economical way for some to show their support for the Falcons," Raponi said.

"I saw the idea in Adelaide at last year’s state game . The SA jumper was replicated into t-shirts and they sold over 1000 on the day! I hope our West Perth fans now get right behind the concept."

QUEENSLANDER MANZONE READY FOR DERBY DEBUT

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 12:36 PM

TRENT Manzone was instantly impressed with what he saw at West Perth in the derby win late last year and now the Queensland recruit can't wait to run out there to make his debut for the Falcons this Saturday against the Royals.
Manzone arrives from Queensland where he most recently played in the new North Eastern Australian Football League with Apsley as a talented and hard-running wingman/half-back with good kicking skills.
He saw firsthand what a Perth derby was like in Round 24 last year and now can't wait to play in one himself when he lines up for West Perth against East Perth at Arena Joondalup this Saturday.
"Everyone has been telling me not only that there's a rivalry, but about the amount of people that come and watch the game. Even last year when we played East Perth and there wasn’t much riding on it, there was a lot of excitement with that many people at the game," Manzone said.
"It's good to have that rivalry and back home there were only little rivalries because the competition isn’t really old enough. It's good being here having those cross-town rivals and I've got my parents coming across for my first game, so they are pretty excited to see me run out of the first time and so am I."
West Perth did welcome Manzone into its nest late last year for the derby with East Perth which the Falcons won in the final round. He was impressed with everything he saw as a spectator that day and from that day on he always knew he wanted to be part of the club.
"They did bring me over at the end of last year to watch them play East Perth in the last round so I got to know the blokes then and they were really inviting, so that was pretty good," he said.
"Anything and everything I have needed in the move, the club has had answers or got me to the right people and they have done everything they can to help me settle in. It's only been training that has been the hard part really and that's to be expected."
While perhaps best suited to a role running off half-back where he can show his kicking and running abilities, Manzone is happy to play where coach Bill Monaghan wants him to in the side, but he does feel the running style of WAFL football will suit him down to the tee.
He also is fitter than he's ever been after the pre-season session under strength and conditioning coach Craig Soley.
"Last year I played the last three quarters of the year across half-back and played really well. I was pretty happy with the way I was at with it, but other than that I've always played through the midfield or when I was even younger, forward," he said.
"But I've told Bill I will play wherever they need me whether it half-back, forward, midfield or wing. I will just be happy if I'm getting a game and playing to my standards. I think it's just the load of training that I've had to adjust to.
"At home we would train Monday, Tuesday and Thursday but Monday was a recovery session, and Tuesday and Thursday was always tough for me to get to all the time because it was an hour's drive from the sunshine coast and the training is on a different level here.
"Soles is our strength and conditioning coach here and he's the best one I've had so far and the intensity and level of training is a bit better. There are grounds here twice the size of back home but it's just the load and time spent training is a step up here.
"Ross Parker is one of the reasons I came across and he always let me know that the speed was one thing with WAFL footy, but the fitness really is the thing I had to get on top. Blokes here aren’t really focused on being big and strong, it's all about fitness and that long distance running."
Even though Manzone had some distant family living in WA who he has connected up with, he essentially made the move along with his girlfriend while knowing nobody in the entire state.
That didn’t scare him off, though, in fact he was looking forward to that challenge and has enjoyed the whole pre-season.
"I have some family as such over here on my dad's side and I have got to know them to help me settle in, but I didn’t really know anyone at all when I got here. It wasn’t so much daunting, it was more the unknown of not being at home with the family and in your home state, but it's been good so far and has helped me grow up a little bit," Manzone said.
"I have really enjoyed the move so far. Even the last couple of years playing in the NEAFL it has always been an option to come across, and I was lucky enough to get offered a contract by West Perth.
"I have settled in well and the club has been pretty good, and the coaches are really good and the personnel are all great around the club. It probably has helped that I brought my girlfriend across too to help settle in and it's all been good so far."
Manzone has had one experience of playing in WA before when he represented Queensland back in 2011. He was one of the Maroons better players in a narrow six-point loss in Mandurah. He enjoyed that experience of playing against WA and now is glad to be part of the WAFL. 
"I was pretty glad I was lucky enough to play in that game and to come over here to play was a real eye-opener of what the new standard of footy is like," he said.
"We have a pretty good standard back home with Brisbane and the Gold Coast combined with the new conference, but to come across to WA and play against the best of the best from WAFL was good, and a real eye-opener to play against some ex-AFL players.
"I really enjoyed it and it was a good experience, and I played alright. The whole time our attitude was not to give up and play our style of footy, and the conditions went our way and we were lucky that Dayne Zorko kicked a few last quarter goals that got us back into it.
"We were pretty rapt to get within a goal considering two years before when we played them two years ago in Townville they did us pretty easily. All the boys were pretty happy in that aspect and it was good to see that the gap is starting to close between the two states."
While he still has no doubt that WAFL football will be a step up for him, Manzone has been impressed with the improved standard back home since the inception of the NEAFL to include teams from Sydney, Canberra, Queensland and the Northern Territory.
"The standard has really improved and you can see that by the quality of players starting to come into the league," Manzone said.
"My old team Apsley from last year have got Cheynee Stiller from the Brisbane Lions and have brought in another guy from SANFL, and are starting to get either ex-AFL players or players from other leagues like the SANFL or WAFL.
"The crossover of the northern and eastern conference gives you the ability to play that elite level with the travel, and it gives you the opportunity to go down and play in Canberra or Sydney, or up in the Northern Territory. It gives it that extra dimension and I have noticed since we went to the NEAFL there has been a lot more exposure and the play has been on a lot higher level."
BY CHRIS PIKE

TRENT Manzone was instantly impressed with what he saw at West Perth in the derby win late last year and now the Queensland recruit can't wait to run out there to make his debut for the Falcons this Saturday against the Royals.

Manzone arrives from Queensland where he most recently played in the new North Eastern Australian Football League with Apsley as a talented and hard-running wingman/half-back with good kicking skills.

He saw firsthand what a Perth derby was like in Round 24 last year and now can't wait to play in one himself when he lines up for West Perth against East Perth at Arena Joondalup this Saturday.

"Everyone has been telling me not only that there's a rivalry, but about the amount of people that come and watch the game. Even last year when we played East Perth and there wasn’t much riding on it, there was a lot of excitement with that many people at the game," Manzone said.

"It's good to have that rivalry and back home there were only little rivalries because the competition isn’t really old enough. It's good being here having those cross-town rivals and I've got my parents coming across for my first game, so they are pretty excited to see me run out of the first time and so am I."

West Perth did welcome Manzone into its nest late last year for the derby with East Perth which the Falcons won in the final round. He was impressed with everything he saw as a spectator that day and from that day on he always knew he wanted to be part of the club.

"They did bring me over at the end of last year to watch them play East Perth in the last round so I got to know the blokes then and they were really inviting, so that was pretty good," he said.

"Anything and everything I have needed in the move, the club has had answers or got me to the right people and they have done everything they can to help me settle in. It's only been training that has been the hard part really and that's to be expected."

While perhaps best suited to a role running off half-back where he can show his kicking and running abilities, Manzone is happy to play where coach Bill Monaghan wants him to in the side, but he does feel the running style of WAFL football will suit him down to the tee.

He also is fitter than he's ever been after the pre-season session under strength and conditioning coach Craig Soley.

"Last year I played the last three quarters of the year across half-back and played really well. I was pretty happy with the way I was at with it, but other than that I've always played through the midfield or when I was even younger, forward," he said.

"But I've told Bill I will play wherever they need me whether it half-back, forward, midfield or wing. I will just be happy if I'm getting a game and playing to my standards. I think it's just the load of training that I've had to adjust to.

"At home we would train Monday, Tuesday and Thursday but Monday was a recovery session, and Tuesday and Thursday was always tough for me to get to all the time because it was an hour's drive from the sunshine coast and the training is on a different level here.

"Soles is our strength and conditioning coach here and he's the best one I've had so far and the intensity and level of training is a bit better. There are grounds here twice the size of back home but it's just the load and time spent training is a step up here.

"Ross Parker is one of the reasons I came across and he always let me know that the speed was one thing with WAFL footy, but the fitness really is the thing I had to get on top. Blokes here aren’t really focused on being big and strong, it's all about fitness and that long distance running."

Even though Manzone had some distant family living in WA who he has connected up with, he essentially made the move along with his girlfriend while knowing nobody in the entire state.

That didn’t scare him off, though, in fact he was looking forward to that challenge and has enjoyed the whole pre-season.

"I have some family as such over here on my dad's side and I have got to know them to help me settle in, but I didn’t really know anyone at all when I got here. It wasn’t so much daunting, it was more the unknown of not being at home with the family and in your home state, but it's been good so far and has helped me grow up a little bit," Manzone said.

"I have really enjoyed the move so far. Even the last couple of years playing in the NEAFL it has always been an option to come across, and I was lucky enough to get offered a contract by West Perth.

"I have settled in well and the club has been pretty good, and the coaches are really good and the personnel are all great around the club. It probably has helped that I brought my girlfriend across too to help settle in and it's all been good so far."

Manzone has had one experience of playing in WA before when he represented Queensland back in 2011. He was one of the Maroons better players in a narrow six-point loss in Mandurah. He enjoyed that experience of playing against WA and now is glad to be part of the WAFL. 

"I was pretty glad I was lucky enough to play in that game and to come over here to play was a real eye-opener of what the new standard of footy is like," he said.

"We have a pretty good standard back home with Brisbane and the Gold Coast combined with the new conference, but to come across to WA and play against the best of the best from WAFL was good, and a real eye-opener to play against some ex-AFL players.

"I really enjoyed it and it was a good experience, and I played alright. The whole time our attitude was not to give up and play our style of footy, and the conditions went our way and we were lucky that Dayne Zorko kicked a few last quarter goals that got us back into it.

"We were pretty rapt to get within a goal considering two years before when we played them two years ago in Townville they did us pretty easily. All the boys were pretty happy in that aspect and it was good to see that the gap is starting to close between the two states."

While he still has no doubt that WAFL football will be a step up for him, Manzone has been impressed with the improved standard back home since the inception of the NEAFL to include teams from Sydney, Canberra, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

"The standard has really improved and you can see that by the quality of players starting to come into the league," Manzone said.

"My old team Apsley from last year have got Cheynee Stiller from the Brisbane Lions and have brought in another guy from SANFL, and are starting to get either ex-AFL players or players from other leagues like the SANFL or WAFL.

"The crossover of the northern and eastern conference gives you the ability to play that elite level with the travel, and it gives you the opportunity to go down and play in Canberra or Sydney, or up in the Northern Territory. It gives it that extra dimension and I have noticed since we went to the NEAFL there has been a lot more exposure and the play has been on a lot higher level."

BY CHRIS PIKE

KERR WANTS TO HELP LEAD FALCONS TO SUCCESS

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 6:17 PM

NOT only does Rohan Kerr want to offer plenty on the field to West Perth, but coming off his experience in the AFL with Carlton he wants to provide some leadership to hopefully put the Falcons within premiership contention in 2013.

Kerr joins West Perth for the 2013 WAFL season after spending the last three years with Carlton where he was taken at pick No. 59 in the 2009 draft from the Dandenong Stingrays.

While he couldn’t quite crack it for an AFL game, whether as a midfielder, wingman or half-forward, he played well at VFL level before being delisted at the end of 2012.

The 21-year-old wanted to make a completely fresh start and decided to come west. West Perth then proved his most attractive option and now after a strong pre-season with the Falcons, he can't wait to make his debut this Saturday against East Perth at Arena Joondalup.

"It's a big rivalry I hear and especially to have it at Joondalup in front of the home fans will be a bit more special. Hopefully we can get a win on the board to kick start 2013 off on a high note," Kerr said.

"Everyone talks up the East-West derby and it makes you want to try that extra bit harder to win it. It's something the boys have all been talking about and just can't wait to start the season with that.

"We have done everything in our preparation to give us the best chance to start the season off on the right note against East Perth."

West Perth wasn’t a completely foreign club to Kerr with his former Carlton teammates Steven Browne and Josh Donaldson in the group, and with Darren Harris highly recommending the club he is a premiership captain and coach of.

Kerr has found himself having no trouble settling in and already feels the West Perth culture rubbing off on him.

"It definitely has been different and I suppose that is one of the reasons I came here. The boys have made it a pretty smooth transition and I've known a few guys previously from Carlton like Browney and Darren Harris," he said.

"On that part of it, it's been pretty smooth and I'm enjoying the change so far both for footy and with the better weather compared to Melbourne. I've really noticed the mateship that everyone has. Over at Carlton it's a bit more serious and professional, and just to come down here with 50 of your best mates is really good.

"Everyone is obviously fighting for their spot, but at the end of the day you can walk off the track and everyone is mates, and is trying to succeed for the team to try and win that premiership. That's what we are all about."

Kerr feels that the pre-season with West Perth has been harder than his ones with Carlton simply for the fact that the same amount of work is crammed into spending significantly less time together as a group. He feels the hard work has paid off for himself and the team though.

"I actually think the pre-season has been a bit harder to be honest," Kerr said.

"Compared to an AFL pre-season, you pretty much do the same amount of things but just in a shorter amount of time because Bill only has six hours with us a week but at an AFL club, the coaches are with you all day, every day.

"From that part of it, the time frame is a lot less and the training load is definitely up there. The heat also gets you over here and that makes a difference when you are doing all the hard training."

While there is plenty of experience still in the West Perth group with the likes of captain Jason Salecic, Ray Bartholomew, Dan Hunt, Matt Guadagnin, Anthony Tsalikis, Chris Keunen, Andrew Strijk and Jay van Berlo, Kerr certainly has not been afraid to speak up and express his views.

That's something he will aim to continue to do and feels that having as much input as possible from the senior players to help coach Bill Monaghan and his coaching staff can only be beneficial towards building a successful season.

"You've also got Strijky and Van Berlo and guys like that who have had AFL experience, but if I can add to the group in any way with leadership or ideas, which I hope I have, then I will be more than happy to," he said.

"We are all striving for that premiership at the end of the year and if I can help achieve that in any way, I'm happy to do that."

Kerr sees himself playing a similar role with West Perth than he was in the VFL, but feels that the bigger grounds and open spaces of WAFL grounds could make him an even more effective player.

"I'll spend more time midfield and half-forward this year, and maybe towards the wing a fair bit to give the guys inside a bit of a chop out, and hopefully hit the scoreboard a bit more," he said.

"VFL grounds are a lot smaller and the space out here will definitely suit my game more. Personally, one of my strengths is being able to run so if I can use that to my advantage and if that can help the team in any way, then I suppose I'll be doing my job."

Kerr had West Perth highly recommended to him and now is already glad that he made the move, and will be more than happy to stay for some time unless another AFL opportunity opens up for him.

"Darren Harris was someone I had a lot to do with in the VFL and in development at Carlton, and I knew Steven Browne and Josh Donaldson who were playing here so that definitely attracted me here," Kerr said.

"I spoke to a few other WAFL clubs as well at the start, but these guys were more on the front foot and more approachable, and it just seemed right and I'm definitely happy I made the move. I'm more than happy with where I am at West Perth and I'm just taking it one year at a time.

"At this stage I will play this year and I've signed for two years, so I'm not looking beyond what is happening here at West Perth. If it happens in the AFL again then it happens and I'm sure West Perth will be happy for me, but I am happy here and hopefully we can bring in a premiership."

BY CHRIS PIKE

CORPORATE CLASSIC A MAJOR SUCCESS

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 2:03 PM

Another successful Falcons Corporate Classic has been run and won, and this year a new business has taken the main prize.

The winners are:

  • Major Sponsor – CK Plumbing & Gas
  • Associate Sponsor – Kitchen Headquarters
  • Associate Sponsor – Century 21 Gold Key Realty

It was another terrific night as all our valuable sponsors gathered in the Premier Suite to hear the announcement. Club President Brett Raponi drew out the 3 winners and the celebrations began.

West Perth Football Club would like to sincerely thank all Corporate Classic entrants. We had 80 entries in total which is another great result for the club as we surpassed our budget expectations.

The Jumper Presentation followed the Corporate Classic draw, and we were delighted to be assisted by members of the 2003 Premiership Team. This really added to the occasion as Brendon Fewster, Regan Duckworth, Brett Cousins, Glenn Britten, Troy Longmuir, Rob Hunt, Darren Harris, Callum Chambers, Todd Curley, Brendon Logan and Stevie Trewhella, assisted in handing out jumpers and reminiscing with a few tales from the flag year. It was great to see so many of these champions back at the club.


The Player Auction, held in conjunction was also well received with $40,000 raised on the night through some spirited bidding. We are very appreciative of all who attended the night and bid for player lots. Now that much of the off-field preparation has been completed, it’s time to bring on the season and start playing some real footy.

FALCONS FINISH PRE-SEASON UNBEATEN

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 11:35 PM

WEST Perth made it two from two this pre-season beating a full-strength Peel Thunder by nine points at Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday night.

Coming off an impressive 56 point win over South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval in their first pre-season game, the Falcons were again impressive beating Peel 14.10 (94) to 13.7 (85) at Bendigo Bank Stadium following the Fremantle vs Western Bulldogs NAB Cup game.

The Falcons did fall 13 points down by half-time, but kicked six goals to two in the third quarter to set up the eventual nine-point win.

West Perth's attention now turns to the season proper that starts this Saturday at Arena Joondalup against East Perth.

Peel might have had 33 more disposals for the game than West Perth, but the Falcons were far more efficient having more inside-50 entries and 24 scoring shots to 20.

The differing game styles of the two sides was also clearly evident with West Perth having 241 kicks and just 112 handballs, while taking 126 marks and Peel's disposals consisting of 204 kicks, 182 handballs and just 92 marks.

Fremantle's Josh Mellington kicked four goals for West Perth from 13 possessions, eight marks and six tackles. Matthew Johnson also continued to put his hand up for Round 1 with another three goals with veteran Anthony Tsalikis adding two as well.

Shane Nelson had a breakout season for the Falcons in 2012 and it was somewhat of a surprise he wasn’t picked up by an AFL club, but that is West Perth's gain and he starred again on Saturday night finishing with 30 possessions, nine marks and a goal.

Steven Browne was also terrific with 28 possessions and 11 marks. Marc Crisp continued his emergence with 25 touches, Aaron Black 23, eight marks and five inside 50s, Jordan Jones 22, 15 marks and a goal and Ray Bartholomew 21, 10 marks and six tackles.

Recruits Rohan Kerr (20 possessions, six marks and four inside-50 entries), Trent Manzone (12 touches and a goal) and Shaun Marusic (11 disposals) also put in encouraging performances.

Former Port Adelaide defender Michael Pettigrew found some form as well gathering 15 possessions and taking eight marks with Frank Stockley doing well in the ruck with 11 touches, 10 hit outs and a goal.

Andrew Strijk, Matt Guadagnin, Matt Fowler, Steve Potente and Anton Saylor were among those that didn’t play against Peel down in Mandurah, but remain a chance to come in and play East Perth this Saturday in Round 1 at Arena Joondalup.

BY CHRIS PIKE

LES FONG 16'S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD ANNOUNCED

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 11:27 AM

The past 8 weeks following the Christmas break has seen our Les Fong 16's Squad ramp up training to two nights a week. All hard work and training has been noted and will ensure that players have had ample lead in to the upcoming WAFL 16's Development Carnival.

Tuesday 5th March saw the final squad recognised at their Jumper Presentation Night, held at Arena Joondalup. Les Fong, West Perth Football Club great was in attendance along with Gary and Jan O'Neill representing Kevrek Australia, West Perth Club President Brett Raponi and Directors Rebecca Daniels and Chris Erikson. Les was 7 time West Perth Football Club Captain, represented WA on 6 occasions, is a West Perth Football Club Life Member (playing a total of 284 games) as well as being inducted into the WA Football Commission Hall of Fame- and was able to impart some of his knowledge and love for the West Perth Football Club onto the players involved.

The boys will take on Perth Demons in a scratch match this Sunday 10th March at Brownes Stadium with bouncedown being 10:00am, great preparation for the clash next week against rivals East Perth FC following the league game. Please see a copy of all fixtures below and get along to see the boys in action throughout the carnival!

WAFL 16's Fixtures

Congratulations to the following players who will be pulling on the Red and Blue over the course of the WAFL Carnival:

1. Tim Smith

2. Jesse Montile

3. Scott Nelson

4. Joel Horgan

5. Jay O'Brien

6. Brad Pankasz

7. Ashley Duina

8. Angus Allen

9. Ben Mountford

10. Brandon Williams

11. Nathan Alexandre

12. Conal Lynch

13. Laughlan Roe

14. Kyle Hodson

15. Zen Best

16. Daniel Robertson

17. Trent Mullumby

18. Joshua Williams

19. Bayley Mohr

20. Ethan Mullane

21. Mitche;; Antonio

22. Kael Coleman

23. Alphonse Charlie

24. Lenny Brown

25. Alby Munns

26. Jordan Nelson

27. Josua Quaid

28. Samuel Elliott

29. Joshua Briggs

30. Roley Slater

31. Tom O'Brien

32. Riley Dolman

33. Jacob Turner

34. James Duyvestyn

35. Ethan Hills

36. Liam Logan

ANOTHER WEST PERTH GREAT IN HALL OF FAME

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 10:21 AM

THE West Perth Football Club was front and centre once again on Wednesday night when former premiership player and star goal kicker Frank Hopkins inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame.

Hopkins played 128 games for West Perth starting his career in 1926 and went on to kick 289 goals, including 79 in 1930 and was a key player in the 1932 premiership before finishing his career with Claremont where he added 70 games and 268 goals.
He also played 12 matches and kicked 39 goals in total for Western Australia, and on Wednesday night was inducted into WA Football's Hall of Fame alongside Ray Richards, Tom Wilson, Peter Bell, Chris Lewis and George Young.
The 1920s and 30s saw a whole host of spectacular aerialists but it was Hopkins that was regarded by many to be the best.
In all, he established a brilliant record over 15 seasons with both West Perth and Claremont where as a forward he kicked nearly 600 goals, won a premiership at both his WAFL clubs and earned selection for WA on 12 occasions.
Hopkins was born near Beverley in 1909 and burst onto the WAFL scene as a 17-year-old in 1926 as a tall rangy forward with brilliant marking ability and a superb long drop-kick.
He was a natural at centre half-forward from the outset where he played every game of his debut season to finish with 21 goals.
In 1928, Hopkins was selected in the West Australian team for the tour of the eastern states and by this time he was an established star. The WA Footballer on June 30 wrote, "Hopkins was nothing short of sensational. Seldom has a display of such brilliancy been seen on our grounds."
After another tremendous season for West Perth in 1929 where he kicked 62 goals and was centre half-forward in the centenary matches for WA against South Australia and Victoria, Hopkins reached his peak in 1930.
His regular displays of dominant form included him kicking 14 goals in the final game of the 1930 season against Perth and he clinched the WAFL leading goalkicker award despite the presence of Ted Tyson as West Perth's full-forward.
The presence of both Ted Flemming and Tyson in West Perth's forward-line from 1931 onwards saw Hopkins used at centre half-back in the most part for the rest of his time in red-and-blue, but he did play centre half-forward in the grand final of 1932 and kicked two goals in the drought breaking premiership.
Hopkins then went on to play the last of his 128 games with West Perth in the 1933 preliminary final.
After not playing football at all in 1934, Hopkins was cleared to Claremont in 1935 and became a highly reliable forward kicking 83 goals in 1936 and then a massive 120 in 1937 to be one of a record five players to record the century in that season.
Hopkins continued to live in Claremont until his untimely death in January 1960 aged just 50.
BY CHRIS PIKTHE West Perth Football Club was front and centre once again on Wednesday night when former premiership player and star goal kicker Frank Hopkins inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame.

Hopkins played 128 games for West Perth starting his career in 1926 and went on to kick 289 goals, including 79 in 1930 and was a key player in the 1932 premiership before finishing his career with Claremont where he added 70 games and 268 goals.

He also played 12 matches and kicked 39 goals in total for Western Australia, and on Wednesday night was inducted into WA Football's Hall of Fame alongside Ray Richards, Tom Wilson, Peter Bell, Chris Lewis and George Young.

The 1920s and 30s saw a whole host of spectacular aerialists but it was Hopkins that was regarded by many to be the best.

In all, he established a brilliant record over 15 seasons with both West Perth and Claremont where as a forward he kicked nearly 600 goals, won a premiership at both his WAFL clubs and earned selection for WA on 12 occasions.

Hopkins was born near Beverley in 1909 and burst onto the WAFL scene as a 17-year-old in 1926 as a tall rangy forward with brilliant marking ability and a superb long drop-kick.

He was a natural at centre half-forward from the outset where he played every game of his debut season to finish with 21 goals.

In 1928, Hopkins was selected in the West Australian team for the tour of the eastern states and by this time he was an established star. The WA Footballer on June 30 wrote, "Hopkins was nothing short of sensational. Seldom has a display of such brilliancy been seen on our grounds."

After another tremendous season for West Perth in 1929 where he kicked 62 goals and was centre half-forward in the centenary matches for WA against South Australia and Victoria, Hopkins reached his peak in 1930.

His regular displays of dominant form included him kicking 14 goals in the final game of the 1930 season against Perth and he clinched the WAFL leading goalkicker award despite the presence of Ted Tyson as West Perth's full-forward.

The presence of both Ted Flemming and Tyson in West Perth's forward-line from 1931 onwards saw Hopkins used at centre half-back in the most part for the rest of his time in red-and-blue, but he did play centre half-forward in the grand final of 1932 and kicked two goals in the drought breaking premiership.

Hopkins then went on to play the last of his 128 games with West Perth in the 1933 preliminary final.

After not playing football at all in 1934, Hopkins was cleared to Claremont in 1935 and became a highly reliable forward kicking 83 goals in 1936 and then a massive 120 in 1937 to be one of a record five players to record the century in that season.

Hopkins continued to live in Claremont until his untimely death in January 1960 aged just 50.

BY CHRIS PIKE

2013 PLAYER AUCTION

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 11:06 AM

IT'S ON TONIGHT! DOWNLOAD THE PLAYER AUCTION BOOKLET NOW TO GET YOUR BIDS READY!!!

The 2013 Season Opener comprises of the Player Auction and Jumper Presentation for the 2013 senior squad. It is our first event for the year and we need your help to make it a resounding success!

The Player Auction is a fun way for members, sponsors and supporters to get an even closer involvement with the West Perth player list this season. The Player Auction and Jumper Presentation will commence at 7pm in the Premiers Suite at Arena Joondalup.

By purchasing a players’ lot, you are eligible to receive a large cash dividend each week. The dividend will depend on the level of money in the pool. 50% of the funds raised go towards the prize pool whilst the other 50% goes into running our football department.

In 2012, the League dividend was $800.00 and for the Reserves, $400.00. One lucky person won over $9,000 last year when their players had a stellar season so if you pick the right lot, you could be in the money!

So take up the challenge, have some fun and become the proud ‘owner’ of our Captain Jason Salecic, 2012 Breckler Medallist Mark Hutchings, a new recruit like Rohan Kerr or an up and comer like Nick Rodda.

If you are unable to attend but are still interested in participating in the auction, please contact Jessy at the Club on 08 9300 3611 or by email to promotions@falconsfc.com.au with your maximum bid, player lot number/s and your contact information.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2013 PLAYER AUCTION BOOKLET

All sponsors, members, supporters, family and friends are invited to attend this exclusive event! The more the merrier so bring everyone you know for a great night out!

FRIDAY 8TH MARCH 2013

PREMIERS SUITE, ARENA JOONDALUP

Level 1 / Arena Joondalup, Kennedya Drive, JOONDALUP WA 6027

6:00pm to 7:00pm - CORPORATE CLASSIC SUNDOWNER

All Corporate Classic entrants are invited to attend the sundowner for some fellowship and the announcement of the 2013 Major Sponsor & Associate Sponsors. Drinks & cocktail food will be provided.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE CORPORATE CLASSIC SUNDOWNER IS FOR CORPORATE CLASSIC ENTRANTS ONLY. ALL OTHER MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ARRIVE AT 7PM FOR THE PLAYER AUCTION & JUMPER PRESENTATION.

7:00pm - CORPORATE CLASSIC MAJOR SPONSOR DRAW

7:00pm to 9:30pm - PLAYER AUCTION & JUMPER PRESENTATION

2003 West Perth Football Club Premiership players will be in attendance to present the 2013 senior squad with their playing Guernsey's for the season. We are extremely excited to announce that 2003 Premiership Coach Darren Harris & 2003 Premiership players Glenn Britten, Regan Duckworth, Callum Chambers, Todd Curley, Rob Hunt, Troy Longmuir, Brett Cousins, Brendon Logan & Brendon Fewster will be there on the night to help us kick off our first event for the year!

Join us as we celebrate their contribution to the Club & reminisce over the 2003 Premiership victory! Our Auctioneer Terry Hardie will commence the Player Auction after each lot of players are presented with their Guernsey's. There will also be a raffle on the night with the opportunity to win a Steve Trewhella Legend Football signed by the 2013 senior squad!

Beverages & snacks will be available for purchase at the bar.

Make sure you get in quick and RSVP by contacting the Club on 08 9300 3611 or by emailing your RSVP topromotions@falconsfc.com.au by Thursday the 7th of March 2013.

All those who RSVP for the Season Opener by Friday the 8th of March 2013 will go into the draw to win a LIMITED EDITION TRAINING GUERNSEY SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE 2013 SQUAD. The winner will be announced at the Season Opener with the prize available for collection on the night.

We urgently need your support as we start our campaign for the 2013 premiership so make sure you come down and be a part of the red and the blue.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Jessy Edmunds

PROMOTIONS OFFICER

BLISTERING START TO FALCONS' PRE-SEASON

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 1:23 AM

WEST Perth turned out for its first official pre-season clash of 2013 on Saturday night and went on to thrash South Fremantle by 56 points at Fremantle Oval.

It was a fit-looking, slick moving and well organised looking Falcons outfit that recorded a 17.11 (113) to 8.9 (57) victory over a South Fremantle team had already one pre-season match against Perth under its belt.

The Falcons will now take on Peel Thunder this Saturday night at Bendigo Bank Stadium to conclude their pre-season campaign before a Round 1 derby with East Perth at Arena Joondalup.

West Perth got off to a flying start against South Fremantle on Saturday night with five goals to two in the first quarter to lead by 21 points by quarter-time.

The Falcons' advantage extended to 27 by half-time but was down to just 13 at three quarter-time. However, West Perth had a big final term booting 8.3 to just 1.2 from South Fremantle to run out thumping 56-point victors.

It was a new-look forward-line put into action from coach Bill Monaghan and that saw Kody Manning and Matt Fowler boot three goals apiece.

Jason Salecic, Matthew Johnson and Ray Bartholomew all kicked two goals each as well.

Through the middle, last year's Breckler Medal winner Mark Hutchings continued his outstanding form that saw him rookie-listed by West Coast picking up 25 possessions, taking five marks, driving the ball inside-50 on four occasions and kicking a goal.

He had plenty of help as well with Fremantle's Josh Mellington terrific with 22 possessions, six marks, four tackles and four inside-50 entries. The only blight on his performance was his three behinds.

Experienced defender Luke Tedesco also picked up 18 possessions, Aaron Black 15, Shane Nelson 14 and Andrew Strijk 13. Frank Stockley did well in the ruck finishing with 10 disposals, 22 hit outs and a goal.

Former Carlton-listed player Rohan Kerr looked good with 12 disposals, three inside 50s and a goal with fellow recruits Trent Manzone (17 disposals, five marks) and Shaun Marusic (10 touches) also showing plenty to suggest they will be good additions to the West Perth line-up.

The Falcons were near full strength with only James Embley, Anthony Tsalikis, Shayne Zanetti and Josh Donaldson to try and come in for Round 1.

BY CHRIS PIKE