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IN MEMORY OF BRIAN SAMPSON & PETER O'DONOHUE

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 5:19 PM

The West Perth Football Club was saddened to hear the news over the Christmas break of the loss of 1969 Premiership player Brian Sampson and former Captain Coach Peter O’Donohue.

Brian passed away on the 16th of December 2012 in his native Melbourne. He will be best remembered for his able ruck work and his skillful forward play. Brian had played 100 games and won two Premierships with Essendon in 1962 and 1965 before arriving at West Perth in 1967.

He made his League debut in the first game of the season on the 8th of April 1967. It was a winning debut against Claremont. He went on to play 50 games booting 29 goals between 1967 and 1969 before returning to Victoria. Brian played one state game for WA in 1968.

Peter was appointed Captain Coach for the 1953 and 1954 seasons. He was a former Captain of Hawthorn Football Club and came to West Perth as a replacement for Stan ‘Pops’ Heal who had just been elected to parliament.

Peter coached some great footballers at West Perth including Buttsworth, Don Marinko Jnr, Wally Price, Ray Schofield, Ray Scott and Eddie Wylde. Peter’s side won a record 18 games in 1953 (eventually losing the Grand Final to South Fremantle) and 15 in 1954 (eventually losing the Preliminary Final to South Fremantle).

Peter played 31 games kicking 21 goals before retiring from football and returning to Victoria.

West Perth remembers the great memories of a bygone era and extends our condolences to both the Sampson and O’Donohue families.

CLIPSAL BY SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC RE-SIGN FOR 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 4:22 PM

The Falcons are proud to announce the re-signing of Clipsal by Schneider Electric as our key corporate sponsor for 2013.

Clipsal have been an integral supporter of the West Perth Football Club for the past eight years. In 2012 Clipsal significantly increased their commitment to include logos on the League and Reserves jumpers, player’s polo shirts and perimeter signage.

West Perth President Brett Raponi paid tribute to Clipsal and in particular, their State Manager Steve Reinholdtsen for their ongoing support of the Club. “Clipsal are a dominant force within the electrical industry in this state. They are an innovative organisation who understand the value in supporting community sports in which the West Perth Football Club plays a major part. We have many electricians and industry related businesses here associated with West Perth and this is just a good fit for them. They have been with us for many years now and I thank Steve and his team for their continuing support in 2013.”

State Manager, Steve Reinholdtsen replied “We receive great value from our sponsorship with West Perth. Many of our customers are directly and indirectly involved with West Perth and the WAFL for that matter. The professionalism of the Club and the hospitality offered on match day provides Clipsal with an opportunity to entertain our customer base whilst also promoting our brand and supporting the Club.”

It must be noted that whilst Steve has his heart with another WAFL Club, perhaps the fact that the 2012 season attracted more patrons to Arena Joondalup than any other WAFL ground encouraged Clipsal by Schneider Electric to jump on board once again!

POSITION VACANT:16'S MANAGER AND TRAINER

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 7:47 PM

The West Perth 16's Les Fong Development Squad is currently seeking an organised, reliable and motivated individual to join the team. The 16's Les Fong Development Squad Manager is required to complete the following tasks:

     - Attend all training sessions and match days.

     - Mark attendance and absentees at both training and match days.

     - Collect and record all player levy payments.

     - Distribute all playing gear.

     - Be a contact point on game days for players, staff and parents.

     - Liaisa with coaching staff to ensure players who are not playing are utilised (water carriers)

     - Ensure team sheets are filled out correctly on match days.

     - Ensure all match day paperwork is completed to standard and results are sent through to the PDM.

     - Ensure the changeroom is left in a clean and tidy manner.

 

The team is also seeking a qualified and experienced trainer to oversee training and gameday requirements. Duties for this role will include the following tasks:

     - Imeddiate injury management.

     - Strapping.

     - Injury rehabilitation.

     - Sports Massage

Applicants must posses a Level 1 Sports Trainer Accreditation and experience as a sports trainer is essential.

This position does come with some renumeration.

If you believe you can fulfil either of the positions above or for further information, and are available for training on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00pm-6:00pm as well as game days throughout March and April, please contact Megan O'Mara at the Club on 08 9300 3611 during office hours or alternatively via email on pdm@falconsfc.com.au

16'S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD BOOTCAMP

Friday, January 4, 2013 - 6:10 PM

Saturday 22nd December saw the West Perth FC Les Fong 16's Development Squad converge on Claytons Beach, Mindarie to be put through their paces before having some time off over the Christmas and New Year period.

The squad were handed over to well equipped martial arts experts Graham McDonnell and Phil Britten from WA Institute of Martial Arts for the next two hours of physical conditioning and team building. Graham and Phil are co-owners of the company and both 4th Degree Black Belts, Graham is accomplished in Zen Do Kai, Muay Thai and Kombatan Arnis aswell as a former WA Middleweight Title holder (Muay Thai). Phil also boasts experience in Zen Do Kai, Muay Thai and Kombatan Arnis and comes with a motivational story associated with football attached to his martial arts expert. In 2002, Phil, a young captain of Kinglsey Football Club was involved in terrorist attacks at Bali's Sari Club. Phil came through the ranks as a West Perth development Squad and Colts player prior to this happening, later in the program, Phil will share some of his experiences with the 16's Squad and staff.

The boys were put through their paces both physically and mentally with coaches and facilitators asking players to continually repeat efforts physically and solve mental problems. Coaching staff were pleased with the way the boys set about working out challenges, the way they put their bodies on the line to ensure their team was able to achieve what they set out to and also the teamwork and leadership on display. Activities included dune sprints, an obstacle course- featuring an army cargo net, stick spins, burpees, tuck jumps, lunges, sand bag dragging/ carrying, kicking under pressure and with opposition, team building activities and a refreshing dip in the water.

The squad will now enjoy a 3 week break before hitting the track again on Thursday 17th January.

Thank you to Graham and Phil from WAIMA for organising and delivering such a quality program for the boys, we look forward to working with you further down the track with this squad.