GOALLESS FIRST HALF TELLS THE STORY

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 9:29 AM

FIVE more scoring shots, 25 more inside 50s, a goalless first half and a 30-point loss. They were just some of the facts that Falcons supporters had to come to terms with after the game against Peel at HBF Arena on Saturday.

It was a contest that the Falcons were not in all day after Peel kicked eight goals straight in the first half to eight behinds by the home team. Peel didn’t score their first behind for the day until the 20-minute mark of the fourth quarter and even that was a rushed behind.

This may sound like the ramblings of someone who doesn’t know what to say about what was a hard to understand game of football and, if so, you are right.

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NAIDOC ROUND PREVIEW V PEEL THUNDER

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:50 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth is back at HBF Arena to take on Peel Thunder in the WAFL NAIDOC Round on Saturday with the Falcons looking to replicate its earlier season standout performance against the reigning premiers in Mandurah.

WEST Perth and Peel Thunder both currently sit inside the WAFL top five with just one game between them but the difference between a win and loss will be stark for both on Saturday when they meet at HBF Arena.

West Perth and Peel have a recent of habit of playing some exciting, free-flowing and close encounters and this Saturday could very well be another of those with plenty on the line for both clubs.

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AARON BLACK COLUMN - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 9:52 AM - by Aaron Black

Last week was a tough slog against Subiaco in some pretty interesting conditions. It had rained heavily for a few days and the ground had begun to look more like a swimming pool than a football oval. 

Subiaco are the best contested football side in the competition, and knowing this we knew winning the contested ball stats would be a huge indication of whether we would be able to win the game or not. The conditions had a major impact on this as well, with heavy rain making it contested every single possession contested. 

We started the game off extremely well with the ball pinned inside our forward 50 but unfortunately we couldn't kick a goal, which is becoming far too common in recent weeks. We managed to kick four behinds in the first 15-20 minutes. Showing our dominance early but our inability to score. 

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 15 Q & A

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 8:23 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth's longest-serving coach Bill Monaghan discusses a narrow loss to Subiaco in horrible conditions for the International Football Festival at HBF Arena and looks ahead to the NAIDOC Round clash with Peel Thunder back at the Joondalup venue.

QUESTION: For the second straight week you finished full of running and were coming hard at the end, but just couldn’t get that goal to get in front?
ANSWER:
Look last week it was a case of being really inaccurate in front of goals. This week it was a result of the conditions and clearly there was less of a puddle at the end towards the left than the right end of the ground. We unfortunately were kicking into the puddles which didn’t help us in the last quarter. I thought apart from the second quarter our effort was there and we were able to match them in a lot of areas. It's disappointing to come up short, I thought we were a chance to pinch it there for a bit and we got within five points and then a quick turnaround and up the other end it blew out to 11 or whatever it was. Which was disappointing and the players, they didn’t get the reward for the effort. I thought Subiaco were fantastic as well so given the conditions it was a pretty hard fought game.

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LIONS HOLD OFF FALCONS IN WET INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL FESTIVAL

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 6:58 PM - by Chris Pike
THE weather might have put a halt on a lot of the International Football Festival celebrations but it created a tough and brutal affair between West Perth and Subiaco at HBF Arena with the Lions prevailing by 11 points.
 
The conditions that greeted both clubs at HBF Arena might have dampened the attendance and the celebrations for the annual International Football Festival, but it did set the scene for what was always going to be a tight, physical and tense affair between two strong rivals.
 
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FALCONS FALL SHORT IN HARD SLOG

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 9:10 AM - by Darrell Kent

SUBIACO beat West Perth by 11 points in Round 3 and they repeated that performance at HBF Arena on Saturday. It would be fair to say that the conditions were vastly different, though. Earlier in the year the sun was shining but this certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday.

Heavy and persistent rain had left the ground with large puddles, particularly at the Perth end, and as a result the game was a real war of attrition. West Perth’s form against the ladder leaders, who have only lost one game for the year, has been very good with them having the opportunity to win both encounters but falling just short on both occasions. At least the ducks who settled into the puddle at the Perth end after the game enjoyed what was a miserable day for football.

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ROUND 15 PREVIEW v SUBIACO

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:45 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth celebrates its annual International Football Festival against Subiaco on Saturday at HBF Arena, but it's the four points that are crucial for the Falcons to remain in the WAFL's top five.

The International Football Festival has become one of the biggest days on the WAFL calendar and another big crowd is expected at the game on Saturday, but that can't detract from the importance of the contest for the Falcons in particular.

West Perth come into the game just clinging to fifth position just the one game clear of Claremont and two ahead of East Perth. A loss on Saturday and a win for the Tigers over Peel and the Falcons will be out of the top five.

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AARON BLACK COLUMN - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:39 PM - by Aaron Black

It’s fair to say it's been a bumpy few weeks for the side as we have won just one game out of our last three defeating Swan Districts three weeks ago and losing more recently to South Fremantle and Claremont. 

We have made strides in a few areas but are disappointingly a long way away from where we would like to be. 

Due to some disappointing and close losses we have given up a great position on the WAFL ladder to now sit fifth in the middle of the pack, making things all the more important in the coming weeks. 

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 14 Q & A

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:23 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth's longest-serving coach Bill Monaghan discussed the heartbreaking loss to Claremont at Claremont Oval, what he liked and didn't, and what his thoughts are heading into this Saturday's clash with Subiaco at HBF Arena.

QUESTION: You gave yourselves a chance with a strong finish, but what are your first reactions to that game?
ANSWER:
I think first of all most of the scoring over the whole day was done at one end. They got away from us a little bit in the third quarter, which we set ourselves a bit of a task and there was an arm wrestle but 2.7 in that last quarter and at least two out on the full hurt us. We were coming and coming, I guess they were brave in the end and competitive but we left our run too late. We’re gutted it’s a two-point loss, but 12.16 to 14.6 tells the story. Our kicking at goals has been poor all year, it’s probably the first time its cost us in a game. Strijk hitting the post and a couple of others should have been able to hit the target. A lot of attention will be put on Corey Chalmers shot after the siren in a little patch that should he should’ve got a preferred lie or something, it was in a terrible patch of ground that was a tough kick. Claremont may have thought that they were robbed if we had have got up but in the last 20 minutes it was all us. I guess you have to give the players some credit but it’s a loss we have to deal with and move on.

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IN THEIR WORDS – TYLER KEITEL ROUND 15

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 9:12 AM - by Tyler Keitel

AFTER a stellar performance by Blake 'Wish I was Ras' Wilhelm in the last player column, it was always going to be a tough ask to produce the same quality this week … although I will give it a shot.

In recapping last week’s disappointing loss to Claremont, it was a game the boys really set themselves for knowing the outcome could set us up leading into the second half of the season, although we simply left it all a little late. 

Our inability to capitalise from shots on goal in the last quarter from a number of players (myself included) was detrimental and did not allow us to come out on top when the final siren sounded. Overall it was a performance that the playing group is not proud of and will look to improve on in the coming weeks.

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