FALCONS WIN IN MANDURAH IN TEDDY'S 100TH

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 1:57 AM

WEST Perth celebrated vice-captain Luke Tedesco's 100th WAFL game with a 16-point win over Peel Thunder in Mandurah on Saturday to move further clear in second position on the ladder.

The Falcons conceded the first goal of the game to Peel on Saturday at Bendigo Bank Stadium but from there kicked the next eight goals of the game and went on to lead by as much as 56 points late in the third quarter.
However, eight consecutive goals to the Thunder either side of three quarter-time certainly made things interesting with the margin getting down to as little as nine points, but a late goal to Anthony Tsalikis steadied the Falcons and secured the 15.11 (101) to 13.7 (85) victory.
The win improves West Perth to a 10-4 record on the season to be two games and percentage clear in second position of the third-placed East Perth and three games and percentage over fourth-placed Swan Districts and fifth-placed Perth.
The Falcons have now won four straight matches heading into next weekend's bye before the last six games of the season against South Fremantle, East Perth, Peel, Perth, East Fremantle and Swan Districts.
Marc Crisp had a day out for West Perth kicking a career-best five goals to go with 18 possessions, 11 marks and four inside-50 entries.
Matt Fowler also added three goals in the absence of Nick Rodda and Matt Johnson up forward, with Jason Salecic, Ray Bartholomew and Laine Rasmussen also missing for the Falcons.
Shane Nelson finished with 31 possessions in the midfield for West Perth with Rohan Kerr racking up 26, Jay van Berlo 25 and Aaron Black 20.
Ruckman Chris Keunen was up against Fremantle pair Craig Moller and Jack Hannath, and did a terrific job finishing with 24 possessions, 23 hit outs and a goal.
Steve Potente also did well limiting the influence of his former Swan Districts teammate Marlon Motlop in the midfield for Peel while gathering 20 touches himself.
Peel did kick the game's first goal through Brad Holmes, but West Perth soon assumed control of the contest with Fowler booting three first quarter goals, Crisp adding two and James Batterham and Keunen also getting on the board.
That saw the Falcons lead by 40 points at quarter-time and then 46 to start the second quarter when Shaun Marusic kicked truly as well.
It was a quiet second term from there with West Perth not able to manage another goal and Peel kicking just the two with the Falcons still leading by 32 points at half-time.
It took just over a minute for West Perth to get the first goal of the second half when Crisp booted his third afternoon. Peel answered through Holmes but then Crisp added his fourth at the eight-minute mark.
Then when Brayden Antonio, Michael Pettigrew and Crisp all kicked goals in a three-minute patch in time-on, West Perth's lead was suddenly out to a game-high 56 points.
West Perth still led by 44 points at the last change, but with Holmes on fire up forward for Peel and all the moment swinging the home team's way, the margin was cut to just nine points at the 26-minute mark of the final term before Tsalikis' match-sealing goal at the 28-mintue mark.
West Perth's reserves also beat Peel by 72 points with Jason Salecic, Mitch McPhee and Corey Chalmers all kicking three goals each, and Michael Mascoulis, Jack Thrum and Ben McNamara two.
The Falcons' colts also won over the Thunder by 13 points with Tyson Moulton and Tim Sutherland kicking two goals each. Jesse Kirwen racked up 31 possessions, Nick Bowe 26, Tom Shadbolt 24, Ashley Smith 24 and Joel Brown 19.
WEST PERTH 7.4 8.6 14.7 15.11 (101)
PEEL THUNDER 1.0 3.4 7.5 13.7 (85)
WEST PERTH – Goals: Crisp 5; Fowler 3; Pettigrew, Marusic, Keunen, van Berlo, Antonio, Tsalikis, Batterham.
Best: Kerr, Crisp, Nelson, Keunen, Potente, van Berlo.
PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Holmes 6; Taberner 2; Gillam, Blair, Moller, McFarlane, Michie.
Best: Jones, Holmes, Faulks, Michie, Moller, Gillam.
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth celebrated vice-captain Luke Tedesco's 100th WAFL game with a 16-point win over Peel Thunder in Mandurah on Saturday to move further clear in second position on the ladder.

The Falcons conceded the first goal of the game to Peel on Saturday at Bendigo Bank Stadium but from there kicked the next eight goals of the game and went on to lead by as much as 56 points late in the third quarter.

However, eight consecutive goals to the Thunder either side of three quarter-time certainly made things interesting with the margin getting down to as little as nine points, but a late goal to Anthony Tsalikis steadied the Falcons and secured the 15.11 (101) to 13.7 (85) victory.

The win improves West Perth to a 10-4 record on the season to be two games and percentage clear in second position of the third-placed East Perth and three games and percentage over fourth-placed Swan Districts and fifth-placed Perth.

The Falcons have now won four straight matches heading into next weekend's bye before the last six games of the season against South Fremantle, East Perth, Peel, Perth, East Fremantle and Swan Districts.

Marc Crisp had a day out for West Perth kicking a career-best five goals to go with 18 possessions, 11 marks and four inside-50 entries.

Matt Fowler also added three goals in the absence of Nick Rodda and Matt Johnson up forward, with Jason Salecic, Ray Bartholomew and Laine Rasmussen also missing for the Falcons.

Shane Nelson finished with 31 possessions in the midfield for West Perth with Rohan Kerr racking up 26, Jay van Berlo 25 and Aaron Black 20.

Ruckman Chris Keunen was up against Fremantle pair Craig Moller and Jack Hannath, and did a terrific job finishing with 24 possessions, 23 hit outs and a goal.

Steve Potente also did well limiting the influence of his former Swan Districts teammate Marlon Motlop in the midfield for Peel while gathering 20 touches himself.

Peel did kick the game's first goal through Brad Holmes, but West Perth soon assumed control of the contest with Fowler booting three first quarter goals, Crisp adding two and James Batterham and Keunen also getting on the board.

That saw the Falcons lead by 40 points at quarter-time and then 46 to start the second quarter when Shaun Marusic kicked truly as well.

It was a quiet second term from there with West Perth not able to manage another goal and Peel kicking just the two with the Falcons still leading by 32 points at half-time.

It took just over a minute for West Perth to get the first goal of the second half when Crisp booted his third afternoon. Peel answered through Holmes but then Crisp added his fourth at the eight-minute mark.

Then when Brayden Antonio, Michael Pettigrew and Crisp all kicked goals in a three-minute patch in time-on, West Perth's lead was suddenly out to a game-high 56 points.

West Perth still led by 44 points at the last change, but with Holmes on fire up forward for Peel and all the moment swinging the home team's way, the margin was cut to just nine points at the 26-minute mark of the final term before Tsalikis' match-sealing goal at the 28-mintue mark.

West Perth's reserves also beat Peel by 72 points with Jason Salecic, Mitch McPhee and Corey Chalmers all kicking three goals each, and Michael Mascoulis, Jack Thrum and Ben McNamara two.

The Falcons' colts also won over the Thunder by 13 points with Tyson Moulton and Tim Sutherland kicking two goals each. Jesse Kirwen racked up 31 possessions, Nick Bowe 26, Tom Shadbolt 24, Ashley Smith 24 and Joel Brown 19.

WEST PERTH 7.4 8.6 14.7 15.11 (101)

PEEL THUNDER 1.0 3.4 7.5 13.7 (85)

WEST PERTH – Goals: Crisp 5; Fowler 3; Pettigrew, Marusic, Keunen, van Berlo, Antonio, Tsalikis, Batterham.

Best: Kerr, Crisp, Nelson, Keunen, Potente, van Berlo.

PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Holmes 6; Taberner 2; Gillam, Blair, Moller, McFarlane, Michie.

Best: Jones, Holmes, Faulks, Michie, Moller, Gillam.

BY CHRIS PIKE