ELIMINATION FINAL PREVIEW V SWAN DISTRICTS

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 4:50 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth is back in WAFL finals action in 2017 and after having fight hard to be there will be looking to make the most of it starting Sunday in the elimination final against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

Neither team might be entering the AHG WAFL Finals Series in peak form but that will count for little when their seasons go on the line Sunday at the Bassendean venue.

With precious little separating the two teams over the course of the season with both winning 10 games and then Swan Districts only finishing in fourth position with a percentage 1.44 greater than that of West Perth, that says it all about the tightness of the contest that awaits.

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HEARTBEAT - ISSUE 2

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 7:35 PM

THE second issue of 'Heartbeat' has been released with the official newsletter of the Past Players and Officials of the West Perth Football Club providing plenty of great content and information.

The latest issue of the newsletter includes the following:

Heading West - a look at Shane Fitzsimmons' move from Melbouren to join West Perth in 1979

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EFFICIENT FALCONS IN STUNNING FINISH TO MAKE FINALS

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 7:07 AM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth produced a stunning finish on an afternoon where it was accurate and efficient to end up beating Claremont by four points at Claremont Oval to make the finals in 2017.
 
Claremont and West Perth have played in a string of remarkably tight and tense games in recent years with precious little separating the two teams and no love lost from them out on the field either.
 
So with the potential of a finals position being at stake on Saturday at Claremont Oval the stage was set for a tantalising and tense contest from start to finish. Read More ...

FALCONS SHOW REAL CHARACTER

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 6:37 PM - by Darrell Kent

WEST Perth had its backs to the wall on a number of occasions at Claremont Oval on Saturday but showed real character to come away with a four-point victory. Both sides had a lot to play for as a finals spot was at stake and the contest reflected this all day. 

On a number of occasions the Tigers looked to have the game under control but the Falcons found a way to win in a match that culminated in a pulsating fourth quarter. The victory now has West Perth facing Swan Districts in an elimination final Sunday at Steel Blue Oval.

Claremont had the advantage of a pretty stiff breeze to start the match and the first major went to Ian Richardson who scored from outside 50. West Perth kicked a goal at the eight-minute mark when Dean Munns scored from the square after receiving a 50m penalty. The margin was one at this point in time but the Tigers took full advantage of the breeze for the next 20 minutes and opened up a 23-point advantage. 

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ROUND 23 PREVIEW V CLAREMONT

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 4:09 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth remains a chance to part in the WAFL Finals Series for 2017 if the Falcons can rise to the occasion in Aaron Black's 150th game this Saturday against Claremont at Claremont Oval.

While nothing is guaranteed for whoever it is that ends up winning Saturday's contest to close the home and away season at Claremont Oval, it at least gives them some hope of still playing a final the next week while the season is over for the loser.

While what happens at Steel Blue Oval between Swan Districts and East Fremantle, and at Leederville Oval between East Perth and Subiaco will have a big say on what Claremont's clash with West Perth ends up counting for, all the Tigers and Falcons can focus on is winning to get a sniff.

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PROUD FALCON REACHES 150 WITH A WIN ON HIS MIND

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 3:06 PM - by Chris Pike

HE is already one of West Perth's most decorated players as he reaches 150 games to earn life membership but all Aaron Black is looking for is a win come Saturday's to keep the Falcons' finals hopes alive.

Ever since he made his league debut for West Perth in Round 16, 2010 as a 17-year-old, Black has been a permanent member of the Falcons line-up.

Initially starting his career in tagging roles and then developing himself into one of the hardest working and running midfielders and wingmen in the competition, the accolades began to come his way as he continued to rack up plenty of games and achievements at a young age.

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FALCONS ACKNOWLEDGE MILESTONES, DEBUTANT

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 2:58 PM - by Chris Pike

WHILE individual achievements might get lost in the big picture when a season is on the line like is the case with West Perth entering Saturday's clash with Claremont, but coach Bill Monaghan has paid tribute to the milestones of two premiership players and for another debutant.

West Perth's season goes on the line this Saturday against Claremont at Claremont Oval with the Falcons needing to beat the Tigers to remain a chance of still playing finals in 2017.

But there have been some significant achievements along the way this season that shouldn’t go without being paid proper acknowledgement to.

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 22 Q & A

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:42 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's longest serving and winningest coach ever Bill Monaghan spoke following last week's loss to Subiaco and looks ahead to this Saturday's must-win contest with Claremont with a potential finals spot at stake for the Falcons.

QUESTION: What do you take out of a game like that?
ANSWER:
That's a really difficult one because again for chunks of the game, obviously not big enough ones, we did a lot of things right. I thought we matched Subi in a lot of areas in the first quarter and not for the first time and I know this sounds like a broken record, but we kicked 2.5 to 5.2 and that's the difference. There were some crucial misses and two or three of those were really gettable, and then at the other end Ben Sokol takes a shot from 50m out on the boundary and it doesn’t spin but floats through the middle of the goals into the breeze. There are things like that where you get to quarter-time and think you've done a reasonable job but are three goals down. Then in the second quarter for the first 10 or 15 minutes we were pretty ordinary but they only ended up kicking three goals for the quarter. We were able to limit the damage on the scoreboard to a certain extent in the second quarter even though the signs weren’t great. What would have been nice would have been to sneak one or two just before half-time to get back to within three or four goals instead of being six down. Then again our first 20 minutes of the third quarter I thought was pretty good and we fired our best shot, but weren’t able to take our opportunities after playing the majority of the football in our half. Then in the last quarter the floodgates opened and the last 15 minutes were just horrible. They were running around doing as they wanted to. I would like to say the players knew Perth beat East Perth and were saving themselves for next week but I'm not going to seriously give them that as an out.

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FALCONS LOSE TO LIONS BUT STILL A FINALS CHANCE

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 1:35 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth competed hard with Subiaco for three and-a-half quarters on Saturday before suffering an 82-point loss but the Falcons remain a chance to still play finals with a win this week against Claremont at Claremont Oval.
 
Subiaco continues to assert its authority of the rest of the competition now remaining undefeated since the Round 1 loss to South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
 
The Lions have now won their 18 matches since and Saturday's performance was one that was solid against the Falcons for three quarters before they kicked the last eight goals of the contest to blow them away and win 19.14 (128) to 6.10 (46). Read More ...

VALE BRIAN HUMPHRIES

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 4:07 PM

THE West Perth Football Club was saddened to learn that 1951 premiership member 100-game game player Brian Humphries passed away last week aged 83.

As a 17-year-old, Humphries made his league debut at West Perth in 1951 and would go on to line-up on the wing in the premiership triumph with the Cardinals of that same year.

He would go on to play with West Perth until the end of 1955 racking up 102 games in the process.

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