2018 WAFL Grand Final Ticket Options!

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 3:11 PM

We're off to the 2018 WAFL Grand Final... Come and join us at Optus Stadium! Book your spot and show your support for the Falcons. 

Ticket options: 

    West Perth Football Club Grand Final Luncheon

  - All game access to the Cygnet Room with prime viewing
   overlooking the oval

  - Premium 3 course luncheon

  - 4.5 hour premium beverage package

  - Corporate Seating for the League Game at the front of the Cygnet Room

  - Special guest MC

  - Function guest speakers include West Perth coach Bill Monaghan 

  - $200 per person! 

*You can register your interest for the WPFC Grand Final Luncheon here

 

  VIP Open Boxes - SOLD OUT

  - Arrival, first quater and half time catering included

  - 4 hour beverage package

  - Premium viewing 

  - $120 per person! 

  - Book your tickets here
 

   General Admission Tickets  - SOLD OUT 

   Please note you can still purchase tickets from other WAFL Clubs &Ticketmaster

  - Purchase your tickets for the WAFL Grand Final from the Club
   and avoid paying the $7 Ticketmaster transaction fees!

  - Contact reception to get yours today - be quick limited tickets available. 9300 3611.

  - Don't forget you can bring in your Club card to receive a discounted ticket! 

 

  WAFL Grand Final After Party! 

  - Come celebrate with the team at the Italian Club 

  - Food and beverage available from 6:00pm.  

THEIR HEART BEATS TRUE

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 3:06 PM

By Darrell Kent

Regardless of the result in the Grand Final next Sunday Falcons supporters cannot help but admire the performance of the League team this year. Written off by many at the start of the year and defeated by ninety eight points by the Bulldogs two weeks ago the players staged a remarkable effort to book a Grand Final berth with a twenty six point victory against South Fremantle. Their pressure all day was a sight to behold as they forced their more fancied rivals to make a number of errors while West Perth managed to take advantage of the opportunities that came their way.


It was obvious from the first bounce that the Falcons were up and about and determined to prove that the last result against the Bulldogs was not a true indication of what they were capable of.  Luke Meadows, who played a wonderful game, scored a behind at the two minute mark. West Perth did not relinquish the lead all day. Six minutes later Chris Keunen scored the first major after he marked fifteen out. He was on the end of some really good work by Mitch Peirce who impressed with his ability to push the ball forward all day. He is the find of the season. Dylan Main got one back for Souths but it was to be their only major for the term. West Perth dominated play but their reward didn’t come until later in the quarter. A good pass by Aaron Black hit Keegan Knott on the chest twenty five out on an acute angle. He finished accurately and the energy that he brings to the West Perth forward line is very important. At the twenty two minute mark a Bulldogs defensive error saw Tyler Keitel mark thirty out. His straight kick gave West Perth a twelve point lead. Rudy Riddoch, who was a late inclusion when Steve Potente was injured in the warm up, received a free for a high tackle fifty out and his long kick extended the lead even more. At the end of the first quarter the Falcons led by nineteen; 4.2 (26) to 1.1 (7). They had certainly given the home team plenty to think about.

The second quarter produced more of the same with West Perth outscoring South Fremantle five goals to one. To keep the Bulldogs to just two majors in the first half was a terrific effort. At the five minute mark the West Perth pressure was evident when, once again, a poor Bulldogs kick out of defence hit Aaron Black on the chest forty out. His accurate kick increased the margin to twenty five. South Fremantle had the next three scoring shots and reduced the margin to seventeen. Mason Shaw kicked the only Bulldogs major for the term during this time. The Falcons victory was set up during the second part of this quarter as they maintained their pressure to kick four more goals. Connor West showed a touch of class when he marked and finished from forty five. He is certainly a player of the future. Some great work by Keegan Knott and Jay van Berlo saw the ball kicked forward to Andrew Strijk who out-marked two opponents to kick the first of his four majors. He is in rare form. At the twenty eight minute mark the lead was out to thirty five when “VB” scored from twenty. He received a free after Keegan Knott was pushed after kicking the ball forward. Four minutes later Corey Chalmers marked fifty out after some good work by Jay van Berlo. The siren went before he took his kick but he put it through to give West Perth a forty one point lead; 9.4 (58) to 2.5 (17). It was as good a half of football as the Falcons had played all year and the challenge was well and truly in front of South Fremantle.

The Bulldogs were always going to mount a comeback and this occurred in the third term. They attacked consistently but only managed to reduce the margin to thirty five by the twelve minute mark. Shortly after Andrew Strijk became the first Falcon multiple goal scorer when he finished after marking on fifty. South Fremantle kicked the next two to reduce the margin to twenty nine before Blake Wilhelm scored an important goal. He intercepted a Bulldogs kick out of defence, ran to forty and finished accurately to help the Falcons regain some momentum. Danger man, Marlion Pickett, got one back for the Bulldogs just before the three quarter time to reduce the lead to twenty nine at the final change. West Perth led 11.7 (73) to 6.8 (44).

South Fremantle seemed to have momentum going into the last quarter and they did finish the best but inaccurate finishing did them no favours. They scored three goals nine to West Perth’s four goals straight. It is fair to say that if they had kicked accurately Falcons supporters would have had a nervous finish to the game. The Bulldogs had the first four scoring shots and as a result reduced the margin to twenty after five minutes. Seven minutes later Mitch Peirce showed some real class when he snapped from twenty after taking the ball off hands. This gave West Perth some breathing space. The Bulldogs pressure continued but at the eighteen minute mark the Falcons had a touch of luck. Rudy Riddoch showed a touch of class on the boundary to take possession. He attempted to pass to “Strijky” who was near the square but the ball just cleared him and took a right hand bounce to go through for his second. This took the lead to twenty nine and enabled West Perth supporters to relax a little. Andrew Strijk kicked his third and fourth majors after a bullet like pass from Trent Manzone and a long kick forward by Mitch Peirce. South Fremantle kicked the last two with the last goal going to Ashton Hams after the siren. It was fitting that he kicked this as it was his last game.  He has been a wonderful WAFL and South Fremantle player. At the final siren West Perth had prevailed by twenty six; 15.7 (97) to 9.17 (71).

It would be fair to say that it was an unexpected win but it is a tribute to all involved in the Football Department at West Perth. The players and coaching staff should be really proud of what this playing group has achieved. All players contributed including Tyson Moulton, who was a late call up for Ben King who was ill, and Rudy Riddoch. Tyson took some very good marks while playing in defence. Best players included Luke Meadows, Mike Lourey, Mitch Peirce, Aaron Black and Andrew Strijk. A tough Grand Final assignment against the undefeated Subiaco next week. If your heart beats true be there to cheer on the Falcons.

 

Important Message From New Club President

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Dear Members

The last couple of months have been some of the most difficult and significant in West Perth’s long rich history.

As most of you will be aware the Club found itself in a very difficult financial position and had to appoint Voluntary Administrators on 25 July.  We’ve now come out the other side of that process with restructured finances and renewed enthusiasm for the future of West Perth. 

Following that process we now have a new look Board with some old and new faces.  The WAFC tried to strike a balance between bringing in some fresh perspectives and thinking, as well as retaining much of the valuable knowledge and experience of recent and past Directors. 

I am now President of the Club and will be joined on the Board by inaugural Fremantle Dockers Chairman and past West Perth player Ross Kelly as Vice President.  Scott Ballem and Peter Cutler will continue on along with former West Perth board member Jim Caffierie.  We welcome new Board members; chartered accountant Sam Modica who undertook the recent financial review of the West Perth Football Club, and media identity and life-long West Perth supporter Paul Murray.

The new Board structure meant not all of the current Directors could be accommodated as we’re limited by our constitution to a Board of seven.  We’d like to pass on our sincere thanks to the outgoing Directors who have given their time and passion to the Club over an extended period. I look forward to them joining our new Strategic Sustainability and Fundraising Group which will assist in securing the club’s long term future.

For those that don’t know me, I’ve been around football all my life.  I played for West Perth in my younger days and chaired the WA Football Commission for 9 years. Outside of football I’m currently the Chairman of Bethesda Hospital in addition to more than 20 years undertaking a number of Board roles with companies working in Australia and South East Asia. I am honoured to be asked to take on the role of President at this time and didn’t think twice about taking it on.

I encourage you to watch the video below to hear from me personally and hopefully answer some of the questions you might have. 

Members are the lifeblood of any football club and I can’t thank you enough for your support.  I look forward to meeting many of you at Joondalup over time.

As a Club we can’t rest on our laurels and just assume everything will be fine now, we must keep our fundraising efforts as a priority.  Anything you can do to help, whether it’s renewing your membership or providing input to the Strategic Sustainability and Fundraising Group will be crucial for the future of West Perth.

I’d also like to make mention of our on-field performance during this difficult period. It is such a credit to the players and coaching staff, they’ve just got on with playing footy and have made their presence felt these finals.  Let’s continue to show True Falcons spirit and get behind the team this Sunday at Fremantle Oval.

Regards

Neale Fong

Click here to watch the video interview

Quiz Night

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The Big Footy Quiz is coming to the Falcons Function Centre. 


Date: 21 September 2018 

Time: 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start

Food and Beverage: The Falcons Bar & Cafe will be open and providing a delicious selection of homemade foods with an extensive list of beverages.

Quiz: It's all about footy: players, matches, clubs, history etc.

Table allocation: Please contact functions@falconsfc.com.au if you have any table requests. 
*Tables seat 8 comfortably however we can do tables of 10.

For further information please email: functions@falconsfc.com.au

Purchase tickets: https://shop.westperthfc.com.au/categoryProducts/89

 

FALCONS PRESSURE IMPRESSES

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 10:45 AM

By Darrell Kent

West Perth could not have been more impressive in their fifty three point victory over Claremont at The Arena on Sunday. The Falcons kicked the first goal within two minutes and were never headed in what was one of their best performances for the year. From the first bounce West Perth exerted tremendous pressure on their rivals and as a result they controlled the play to look the better side for most of the day. There will need to be a repeat performance next week when they return to Fremantle Oval to take on the Bulldogs in an encounter that will decide who takes on Subiaco in the Grand Final.

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Club Message & Media Statement - Breckler Medal Awards Night 28 September 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Club Message & Media Statement

Breckler Medal Awards Night 28 September 2018

During the Voluntary Administration period, a discussion was held with the Administrators regarding planning for the Breckler Medal night. Players fees, that were received in early 2018, included an amount for the Breckler Medal function. This money was received early in the 2018 year, and no longer available to the Club to offset the cost for players to attend the function.  The discussion with the Administrators was whether to not host the Breckler Medal function at all, or alternatively, charge the players to attend the function. To honour the payments already received the decision was made to host separate functions and to have tickets available for general sale to help offset the lack of revenue from the players attending the function. The Club is trying to financially manage the fact that the player fees were received at the beginning of the year, and we now do not have those funds to help pay for the functions.

The men’s function will go ahead and we anticipate we will be able to sell approximately 150 tickets, thus reducing the expected loss. We are planning the same for the women, equally expected that there will be 150 tickets available for sale. With separate functions the players will be able to have partners, friends and family in the room. If we hosted a combined function, there would be a greater financial loss to the Club and virtually no ability for partners, friends or family to attend. The Club is not in a financial position to hire a 500 seat function centre to host a combined Breckler Medal Awards night.

The men’s Breckler Medal Awards Night is set for 28 September 2018; details of the women’s Awards Night are yet to be agreed. The Club has a meeting set for Wednesday 12 September 2018 with the Women’s Team Manager and a representative group from the women’s teams. Whilst the Club understands this is not the ideal situation, all our decisions must be based on the financial outcome.

Earlier this year the CEO, with the Football Director and the General Manager Football Operations met with the Women’s Team Manager. The purpose of the meeting was to look at the revenue shortfall for the women’s program. It was agreed there was a shortfall of approximately $15,000 and the women’s teams would need to look at ways of fund raising to offset the shortfall. When the Mundella competition was announced, it was agreed this was a great opportunity for the West Perth Football Club to get behind the women’s team and support them in the quest to win the competition and for the $5,000 to be used against the revenue shortfall. This has always been the case and continues to remain so.

Linda Hamersley

Chief Executive Officer

BULLDOGS FAR TOO GOOD

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 9:20 AM

By Darrell Kent

It was a beautiful day for footy at Fremantle Oval on Saturday and as a result a large crowd turned up to watch the qualifying final between West Perth and South Fremantle. The first quarter and a half was an entertaining and even contest but after this point in time the home side took control to run out ninety eight point winners. The Falcons have played consistent football all year, with only one disappointing game against East Perth during that time, but the firepower of the Bulldogs was too much for West Perth to overcome.

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YOU HAVE TO LOVE THIS FOOTY TEAM

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 9:03 AM

By Darrell Kent

Two consecutive defeats, Jay van Berlo, Mike Lourey and Mark Hamilton out, third spot in the bag and as a result not as much to play for as East Perth but the Falcons were still too good for their rivals on Saturday. It is a great tribute to the character of the team that they were able to fight back after being down early and record an eighteen point victory. On top of that Tyler Keitel and Andrew Strijk were tied at the top of the goal kicking going into the game. Both kicked three but in the last quarter Keitel passed off on a couple of occasions when he could have taken the lead on his own. Their nearest opponent is nine behind so let’s hope that these two quality players remain at the top of the standings after the last round next week. West Perth has the bye. Also congratulations to Jacob Turner who scored a goal on his debut.

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Patersons Wealth Management West Perth AFL Players Panel Lunch & Auction

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 2:11 PM

Join us and some of our AFL Players in a panel discussion while enjoying a superb lunch and auction supporting the Falcons Fighting Fund. 

Ticket includes: 

  • Multi-course seated lunch
  • Beer, wine, sparkling, cider & soft drink beverage package
  • Opportunity to bid on unique sporting memorabilia & auction items
  • MC entertainment
  • West Perth AFL players panel discussion
  • Only $195 - on sale now! 
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Falcons never in the hunt

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:23 AM

By Darrell Kent

You only have to be off your game a little against the ladder leading Subiaco to not have a good day. This was the case at Arena Joondalup on Saturday when the Lions dominated from the outset and eventually ran out forty seven point winners. West Perth tried hard but lacked the polish of the visitors and as a result struggled to hit the scoreboard, only scoring three majors in the first three quarters.

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