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HISTORIC DAY FOR FALCONS DESPITE LOSS TO LIONS

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 1:36 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth might have fallen 11 points short in a hard-fought battle with Subiaco at HBF Arena on Saturday but it was a memorable occasion for the Falcons with the women's team scoring a big win over East Perth.

The West Perth Football Club has brought in the Falcons female football team under its banner in 2017 for the first time and celebrated the start of the WA Women's Football League on Saturday with West Perth playing East Perth prior to the men's league contest.

That saw West Perth defeat East Perth in a dominant performance winning 17.18 (120) to 0.0 (0). It was quite the statement to start the new era for the West Perth Football Club.

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WAFC | STRUCTURAL REVIEW OF FOOTBALL

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 12:43 PM

The WA Football Commission has been conducting a once-in-a-generation review of WA football to ensure the long-term success and sustainability of WA football at all levels.  The WAFC engaged external global strategy consultants, The Boston Consulting Group, to thoroughly assess the current effectiveness of WA football structures and make recommendations.

The WAFC has reviewed the BCG report and in conjunction with other research work undertaken by the WAFC, developed the Structural Review of Football Report - WAFC Structural Review of Football.

We believe this reform agenda paves the way for an exciting future for WA football and I look forward to engaging further with you to provide more details of this report so we can seek your feedback prior to finalising our final reform recommendations.

GAVIN TAYLOR
WAFC - CEO

FALCONS FALL JUST SHORT

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:33 AM - by Darrell Kent

IT was a tight match but a 12-minute burst by Subiaco in the third quarter was enough to undo a brave West Perth effort.

The Falcons were in the contest all day but were unable to take their opportunities up forward and as a result fell 11 points short. There was no doubting the commitment of the players as they battled hard throughout the match but were unable to take home the four points.

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ROUND 3 PREVIEW V SUBIACO

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 5:02 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth hosts Subiaco on Saturday at HBF Arena on Ladies Day with the Falcons' women's team in action before hand up against East Perth to open the WAWFL season.

It will be a historic occasion for the West Perth Football Club with the women's team playing East Perth from 12.10pm at HBF Arena.

That will be followed by the league clash between West Perth and Subiaco. The colts are playing on Friday night at 6.30pm while the reserves will play on Saturday following the league match at 5pm.

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 2 Q & A

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 4:29 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's longest-serving coach Bill Monaghan discussed the Falcons' Polly Farmer Shield victory over East Perth and looks ahead to the challenges Subiaco pose this Saturday at HBF Arena.

QUESTION: It's never pretty in the opening game of the season but you would have liked a lot that you saw particularly in the second half?
ANSWER: It's really hard to judge where everyone's at as a competition early days and it's probably even harder when you have the first week off. I went and watched a lot of games and I was especially impressed by South Fremantle and then they lose this week, so it's just going to be nearly impossible to be confident with who is good or bad on any given week. It was a long eight days from Round 1 to our first game and 15 days from the last time we played because we really didn’t know where we're at. I'm really happy that the players have worked extremely hard to get themselves fit and work on some slight changes to our game style. They were rewarded but we're under no illusions that we're going to have to keep improving because right now East Perth aren't at the top of the tree. They might be at the end, but we have to make sure we keep looking forward and put this one in the bank, be happy with the win and move on quickly on a six-day break.

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FALCONS FINISH STRONG TO CLAIM POLLY FARMER SHIELD

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:23 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth has claimed the inaugural Polly Farmer Cup opening its 2017 WAFL season with a 21-point win over East Perth at HBF Arena on Sunday.

Following the bye in the opening round, West Perth made its first appearance for 2017 and it was up against arch-rivals East Perth on home turn at HBF Arena with the Polly Farmer Shield on the line named in honour of one of Australian football's legendary figures who played with both clubs.

Little separated the two teams all day either in a typically spirited contest between the two clubs. There were nine lead changes along the way but the last one went West Perth's favour 17 minutes into the third term with a goal to Steve Potente.

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FALCONS MAKE WINNING START

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 10:28 AM - by Darrell Kent

THERE was a lot to like about the first game of the year against East Perth. All three grades recorded a hard fought victory.

Senior coach Bill Monaghan had his 100th victory as Falcons coach; this is the first time that this has been achieved. It confirms how good a coach he is as the players do give their best for him.  Scott Nelson and Nathan Alexandre made their debuts. The local products more than held their own.

Experienced Victorian big man Scott Simpson also debuted and showed that he is going to be a valuable acquisition. It was also pleasing to see younger players Tyson Moulton, James Batterham, Dean Munns, Corey Chalmers and Kris Shannon rewarded for their pre-season form and perseverance by being chosen for the season opener.

West Perth kicked to the city end to start the game; this was into a swirling breeze. They made all the running early but were unable to kick the first major until the 16-minute mark. This went to Chalmers who was on the end of a long pass. He converted from 30. The second followed shortly after when Moulton finished from a sharp angle 30 out. This gave West Perth a 13-point lead going into time on. From this point in time the Royals settled and they attacked consistently. Their first major came at the 22-minute mark courtesy of Kurt Mutimer. The Falcons defended hard but a goal after the siren by Tom Lamb gave the visitors a four-point lead going into the first change. The scores were East Perth 3.1 (19) to West Perth 2.3 (15).

The second quarter continued to be a hard fought contest with each side gaining the ascendancy for short periods. West Perth hit the scoreboard first courtesy of a second to Moulton. He finished from the square after a clever kick forward by Andrew Strijk. The next 10 minutes belonged to East Perth and they kicked two goals, including a second to Lamb, and led by nine. West Perth, who had been doing little wrong as they tried to move the ball on at all costs, then steadied to momentarily wrest back the initiative.

A wonderful left foot pass by Trent Manzone hit Michael Lourey on the chest 50 out. He went back and kicked the first of his three. Manzone also kicked two goals on his non-preferred left foot. The first of these came at the 18-minute mark when he finished from just on 50. The Falcons now led by four but shortly after a major to Luke Partington gave the advantage back to East Perth. But the Falcons weren’t done with yet. The impressive Luke Meadows launched a terrific 50m pass to James Batterham. He marked 20 out, on an angle, and his accurate kick gave West Perth a three point half time lead; 6.5 (41) to 6.2 (38).

A highlight of the game was the high number of lead changes and the third term was no exception. Lamb kicked his third at the nine-minute mark to regain the lead for the Royals, Lourey got it back for the Falcons with his second but a fourth to Lamb saw the lead, once again, in the visitors hands. At the 18-minute mark good hands from the skipper, Jay van Berlo, enabled Steve Potente to kick the first of his two from the square. This gave West Perth a three-point lead; one that they didn’t relinquish for the rest of the day.

It continued to be a tight contest with the Falcons kicking three behinds before Lourey kicked his third. This was a wonderful effort with him carrying the ball a long way, taking three bounces and finishing on the run from 30. The lead was now 12 but as had been the case all day East Perth rallied and at the final change had narrowed the margin to just four; 9.8 (62) to 9.4 (58).

The game was up for grabs going into the last quarter. Play opened up and scoring became easier. Tyler Keitel, who had looked dangerous up forward, kicked his first from 30 and a strong tackle laid by Chalmers enabled him to kick his second. At the nine-minute mark the lead was out to 23 when Manzone scored his second left foot major. West Perth had all of the momentum and were playing strong, team football. East Perth kicked two of the next three goals and had reduced the margin to 19 midway through the term. The West Perth goal was a second to Potente and occurred within seconds of an East Perth major with the ball coming straight out of the middle. As the game moved into time on East Perth rallied for the final time and they narrowed the margin to just 13 before West Perth had the last three scoring shots to run out 21-point victors. The 14.15 (99) to 12.6 (78) was a great start to the season.

As a result of the victory West Perth are the winners of the inaugural Polly Farmer Shield. This was recognised with a presentation at the end of the game.

Congratulations to Ryan Lasscock who scored a first up victory as colts coach and to Paul Sanzone who did the same back in the chair as reserves coach. Sanza coached the reserves to a premiership in 2014; their first since 1960. Players in the reserves to receive awards included the returning Mitch van Berlo, Conal Lynch, Brayden Antonio and best was Aidan Lynch who will soon force his way back into the league side. Best for the league were Kody Manning, Trent Manzone, Shane Nelson and best was Luke Meadows. It was a very even team performance. Another big challenge lays ahead next week with the Falcons taking on Subiaco at HBF Arena. Be there to help get the teams over the line.

BY DARRELL KENT
PHOTOS BY BELINDA TAYLOR

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING HBF ARENA ACCESS

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 3:06 AM

The Falcons season kicks off HBF Arena with the Polly Farmer Shield clash with rivals East Perth Football Club this Sunday at 1.40pm … a great day out for the whole family, with a kids zone on the eastern bank from 1pm.

Our new facility is taking shape and for those who haven’t been to the ground for a while, you’ll be pleased to see the progress on our new home.

It is however a major construction site with multiple road closures, so please allow yourself extra time to gain entry. There is no entry from Moore Drive so all vehicles are to enter Kennedya Drive from Joondalup Drive.

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ROUND 2 PREVIEW V EAST PERTH

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 5:53 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth has had an extra week's wait to open the 2017 WAFL season and now the Falcons get underway with a derby against East Perth at HBF Arena with the Polly Farmer Shield on the line on Sunday.

West Perth had the opening round bye to prepare for the derby to start its season in 2017 on the back of another finals appearance in 2016.

East Perth, meanwhile, also played finals in 2016 and started the season last Saturday night with a 17-point defeat at the hands of Peel Thunder at Leederville Oval.

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FALCONS ENTER 2017 WITH WELL-BALANCED PLAYING GROUP

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 3:26 PM - by Chris Pike

DESPITE West Perth losing some key players over the summer coach Bill Monaghan likes the blend that he still has in the Falcons playing group and a key to that is the retention of veterans.

West Perth has lost some important players since the end of last season including premiership players Luke Tedesco, Matt Fowler, Laine Rasmussen and Rohan Kerr along with Drew Rohde, Max Duffy, Joel Leeson and Keegan Knott.

While each of those players will be missed, Monaghan is comfortable with the squad the Falcons enter 2017 with that begins this Sunday at HBF Arena against East Perth.

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