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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OUTCLASSED BUT STILL IN THE HUNT

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 2:18 PM - by Darrell Kent

WEST Perth was competitive against Subiaco until the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter. At different times during the game the Falcons challenged the home team to close the gap and appear a winning chance but they had no answer for the Lions late in the game as they piled on the last eight goals. 

The loss should have been the end of the Falcons finals chances but Perth’s defeat of East Perth has left the door ajar for West Perth to claim a finals spot. There are a few ifs involved though. If West Perth beat Claremont and Subiaco defeat East Perth then the Falcons will play finals football. A Swan Districts loss to East Fremantle also could see West Perth advance depending on percentage. If Claremont beat West Perth the Tigers are a chance to prolong their season. So it is fair to say that the last week of fixtures is going to be a beauty.

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ROUND 22 PREVIEW V SUBIACO

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 4:16 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth heads to Leederville Oval on Saturday with the task of ending Subiaco's winning streak at 17 and keeping its own finals hopes alive in the process for the 2017 WAFL season.

The two teams have built up quite the rivalry that has continued in recent years including in the 2015 grand final and so far this season even though Subiaco has beaten West Perth twice, the Falcons have done the best out of any side against the Lions.

Subiaco comes into Saturday's game at Leederville Oval on a 17-game winning streak and that includes wins over West Perth in Round 3 at HBF Arena and also back at the Joondalup venue in Round 15.

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FALCONS FAVOURITE HARD MAN REACHES 100 GAMES

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:22 AM - by Chris Pike

KODY Manning lives and breathes for the West Perth Football Club and no player is more inspirational or puts his body on the line more than the premiership player as he prepares for his 100th game at the Falcons on Saturday.

Manning remains the standout player in the WAFL who can inspire his team through his physicality and that's not to say he isn’t fair and doesn’t have a lot of other strings to his bow.

The 2013 premiership player simply plays in a style where he thrives on the physical contact and whether that means he lays a big bump, puts on a crunching tackle or bursts through a contest or a pack, he just goes about his football in a way that you rarely see in the modern day.

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NOT QUITE THE DREAM RETURN FOR FALCONS FAVOURITE SON

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 1:01 PM - by Chris Pike

ONE of West Perth's favourite sons returned for his first game in over two years on Saturday and while Matt Guadagnin's comeback didn’t turn out how everyone hoped, coach Bill Monaghan is glad he made it back out there no matter what happens from here.

Guadagnin initially injured his knee back in Round 16, 2015 when he was in the middle of another outstanding season in the West Perth midfield and was a key contributor in the Falcons being near the top of the ladder and ending up playing off in the grand final of that year.

He underwent the second knee reconstruction of his career but he wasn’t about to let it be the end for him. The 2013 premiership star returned late last season for a couple of reserves appearances desperate to push for a league spot come finals time.

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