Laura Pugh Makes West Perth AFLW History

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 12:03 PM


Sixty-seven players found themselves on club lists in the NAB AFL Women’s Draft that took place Tuesday morning. Ten of those players hail from Perth and will be playing for the Fremantle Dockers, Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs.West Perth’s very own Laura Pugh has made club history as the first player to be drafted into the AFLW, as pick 57 to the Fremantle Dockers.

“We are extremely proud to see the first AFLW player from West Perth be drafted into the competition. It is a great honour for Laura and the Club congratulate her for this achievement.” Dr Neale Fong, West Perth President.

With four seasons, fifty-six games and thirty goals under her belt, Pugh should be an outstanding addition to the Fremantle Dockers side.

Whilst she has been drafted as a versatile intercept defender she has a great history of pushing forward to kick a goal or two and stints in the midfield, as all round player.

West Perth’s Female Team Manager, Dave Burton expresses his pride in Pugh through her football journey. “Laura deserves the opportunity to fulfil her dreams, I've seen how much extra work she has put in since AFLW was launched. She is an excellent example for all the girls within our club and district that reaching the pinnacle of female football is within their reach.”

This is a big moment for everyone from West Perth and WA and an even bigger day for Laura herself. “It was a very exciting moment when I found out I was drafted, it is such a great opportunity and privilege to be a part of the Fremantle Dockers club.”

Laura said, “I was at work when I found out that I had been selected and I just missed my name being called out haha! Once in a lifetime but I will have to replay it. I received many amazing messages from all my family, friends, West Perth and the Fremantle Dockers but it still feels pretty surreal!’.

West Perth players and supporters look forward to watching Laura take on this new challenge at the Fremantle Dockers.

Article Author: Ellysia Burton

Photo Credit: Tom Campbell (Total Sports Photography)



Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00 AM


The West Perth Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Geoff Valentine as its Senior Coach. Geoff was a member of the 1995 Premiership Team and Senior Assistant Coach of the 2003 Premiership Team.

Currently an Assistant Coach with the Claremont Football Club and Director of Football at Guildford Grammar School. Valentine brings significant coaching and playing experience to the role. Geoff will be responsible for all facets of coaching, player development, leadership and strategic direction for the Club’s senior football program

After finishing his playing career with West Perth, Valentine went on to coach with the Wodonga Raiders FC, Campbelltown FC, West Perth FC, Swan Districts FC and Claremont FC.  During this time he also had football roles with North Melbourne FC, Carlton FC and Richmond FC in the AFL.

Success has followed Valentine throughout his coaching career, with premierships at Guildford Grammar School, Wodonga Raiders and West Perth and reaching finals with Campbelltown, Claremont and Swan Districts.

Quote from President, Dr Neale Fong: “As a Club, we went through a thorough process to get the best person and Geoff brings a wealth of coaching knowledge and experience which we feel will strengthen our football program. We are confident that under his tutelage the Club will continue to progress and excel both on and off the field. Geoff demonstrated his vision for building key relationships, pastoral care of the playing group and support staff, along with connecting with the wider-football community within our Metro and Country Districts.”

Quote from Senior Coach, Geoff Valentine: “It’s an honour to be appointed as Senior Coach of the West Perth FC – the Club that I played for with pride and won a premiership for. I’m excited about what lies ahead for this current group and the Club by building on the program that has been established.”

Dr Neale Fong
West Perth Football Club

PRESS RELEASE - Senior Coach and statement from Bill Monaghan

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

End of a Coaching era at West Perth Football Club

After ten seasons as Senior Coach, the West Perth Board has made the decision to make a change as they look to appoint a new Senior Coach who will lead the program through the next three to five years.

Bill Monaghan has been the longest serving coach in the West Perth Football Club’s history. During Bill’s tenure, he coached the club to a premiership in 2013 and finals campaigns in seven seasons including 2018. The West Perth Football Club holds high regard for the contribution Bill has made in the past decade. The Club sincerely wishes Bill well in his future endeavours.

Quote from Club President, Dr Neale Fong: “As a Board we felt the time was right to make the change, to bring a new style and approach to the playing group and look to what opportunities there are to better connect with our wider football community in the West Perth District. Bill has provided stability over many years and in particular this current year and we greatly appreciate the work he has undertaken on behalf of the Club.”

The appointment of Bill’s successor involves an extensive recruitment process. The club will announce the new Senior Coach once an appointment has been finalised. No comments will be made by the Club until the appointment is made.

Statement from Bill Monaghan

I would like to thank the West Perth Football Club for the opportunity to coach the football club over the last 10 years.

Over that journey there have been many highs and lows and thankfully many more highs than lows culminating in the 2013 Premiership.

Other achievements that I am proud to be a part of were reaching the 2015 and 2108 Grand Finals, the opportunity to coach the only WAFL side to play at the MCG, the 2014 Foxtel Cup Grand Final, multiple final appearances and many remarkable performances including a record 100-point victory against the old enemy, scoring 5 goals in 5 minutes to snatch a victory against Swan Districts and the recent turnaround from the Qualifying Final to name a few.

More importantly it is the friendships and relationships established with players, coaches, volunteers, sponsors, members, families and supporters who go into making the fabric of football clubs that I will remember and cherish the most.

There were times when my passion may have been misinterpreted or misplaced but I have no regrets as I only ever wanted what was best for the players. In return those players paid me back in spades in what they gave me, my fellow coaches, each other and most importantly the jumper each and every week.

People come and go and great clubs will outlast all of us and I hope that history will look favourably on my time as coach of the West Perth Football Club.

With the League team contesting this year’s Grand Final, the Reserves playing finals football and a united and professional playing group with strong leadership there is plenty of hope for future success.

I wish all players, coaches and the new Board the very best for that future.

Bill Monaghan

Aaron Black 2018 Breckler Medalist

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Last night, at West Perth Football Club's most prestigious event, Aaron Black was presented the 2018 Breckler Medal following a spectacular season.

Full details and evenings story to come.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 9:43 AM

By Darrell Kent

Subiaco has been the best team all year and they confirmed it with an eighty one point victory at Optus Stadium on Sunday. The result was never in doubt as the Lions controlled play all day but it does not take away from the wonderful achievement by all involved at West Perth. No one would have expected the team to play in a Grand Final but they achieved it and all Falcons supporters should be proud of the way that they have represented the red and blue this year.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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