BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 12 Q & A

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 5:38 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth coach Bill Monaghan gave his thoughts on the crucial win over Swan Districts, Tyler Keitel's exploits up forward, Andrew Strijk's 200th game and looked ahead to this Saturday against South Fremantle at HBF Arena.

QUESTION: It wasn’t always pretty, but it was such a big game that you would be delighted with the final result?
ANSWER: We probably squandered a few opportunities early, think we had 16 scoring shots in the first half to seven. We missed a couple of real easy ones which has been a bit of a pattern for us which is disappointing. We felt 19 points probably wasn’t enough because we knew Swans have been in ripper form so they came hard at us. A couple of times in that last quarter too they hit the lead and we challenged them. We just felt that if we could get a couple in a row and get a bit of space then sometimes when you chase hard all day and you can’t overtake it only takes one or two goals back to back that can take the wind out of their sails. I thought the last five or six minutes we controlled the game and we got two and a half goals up. They got a late one but from the 25-minute mark of the last quarter it looked like we were going to hold on. We’ve shown over the past couple of years and you watch games of footy that if there’s still enough time you got to be wary. I thought the players dug deep for Andrew’s 200th and VB led from the front, especially in the last quarter through his efforts. I thought Lourey looked sharp forward. Blake Wilhelm did a good job on Bennell, Munnsy was again outstanding keeping Ellard to two possessions in the first half. Then he alternated between him and Faulkner in the second half. Kody was fantastic down back. We had good contributors I guess without anyone being outstanding. Lourey kicks three, Tyler four, even Rudy who was in and out of the game finished with a couple. It was a really good team effort. Any success we have as a club is based around us working together as a team and I thought we did that well.

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A REMINDER TO OUR PASSIONATE SUPPORTERS

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 10:54 AM

Everyone knows we have some of the most passionate and enthusiastic members and supporters in the WAFL but passion and enthusiasm can also make us behave in a manner we normally wouldn't.

I received a letter from a member this week which serves as a reminder to us all to be aware of our conduct - both at home and at away games. While we never want to dampen the cheers of encouragement towards our players, we do ask all members and supporters to consider those around you at all times. Wear the red and blue with pride and remember your behaviour directly reflects the reputation of our great club.

An excerpt from the letter reads as follows:

I took my son to the game on Monday against East Perth at Leederville Oval. We sat in the Subiaco Members stand with other families, some elderly couples, and some groups of men.

We are West Perth supporters through the good games, and not so good games.

May I ask that you send out an email to all members, requesting that they refrain from the use of foul language towards the opposition team and the field umpires. I was extremely embarrassed and ashamed that supporters from both sides were looking at the Subiaco Members stand with disgust, shaking their heads. I feel that my son and I have been tarnished with the same brush from their behaviour, not to mention the damage to the reputation of the West Perth brand.

This is the main reason why I have not taken my son to an AFL match at Domain Stadium. I said to my son that we have another game away this weekend against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval. He was hesitant and not as keen as usual ... when I finally found out why, he said it was “because of those men”.

Please take the time to consider the above as everyone has the right to a safe and enjoyable experience at the footy. It is a timely reminder of our obligations within the West Perth FC Code of Conduct.

Thank you.

David Crute
Chief Executive Officer

AARON BLACK COLUMN - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:53 PM - by Aaron Black

We have a big milestone achievement this week, as Andrew Strijk plays his 200th game, making him the 20th player in West Perth’s 132-year history to do so. 

A wonderful achievement for a fantastic servant and even better personality from our football club. As we take on Swan Districts in a must win game, there is no bigger motivation to win than to do it for one of the best to have worn the red and blue jumper. 

Debuting for West Perth in 2006, Strijky was drafted by the Eagles in 2010, playing 13 games over a three-year span before winning a premiership in 2013, a fairest and best also that year and representing the state on six occasions to cap off his very impressive resume.

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FALCONS CLAIM CRUCIAL WIN TO CELEBRATE STRIJK'S 200TH

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 12:26 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth showed tremendous heart to respond to a challenge by Swan Districts with three consecutive last quarter goals to win by eight points at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday to celebrate Andrew Strijk's 200th game.

Swans-Falcons games never fail to disappoint and this was yet another tremendous contest with plenty on the line and milestones on either side of the fence to celebrate at Steel Blue Oval.

Both teams entered the contest with 6-3 records and with South Fremantle's loss to Peel on Saturday, it opened the door to only be percentage out of second spot with a game in hand.

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FALCONS 'STRIJK' OUT SWANS

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 10:33 AM - by Darrell Kent

IT was an important day in more ways than one at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday. West Perth was desperate for a win to move into third place and Andrew Strijk played his 200th game.

Strijk is a gifted footballer and a very popular team member. His teammates were keen to recognise his milestone with a win and they achieved this with a hard fought eight-point victory.

The game was in the balance until the dying minutes of the contest and the win has the Falcons one game clear in third spot. The club had a big day at Steel Blue with the colts and reserves recording solid victories as well.

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ROUND 12 PREVIEW V SWAN DISTRICTS

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 11:21 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth can zone in on second place in the WAFL with a win on Sunday against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval in what is also the 200th appearance for the Falcons of favourite son Andrew Strijk.

Swan Districts and West Perth do battle in a standalone WAFL Round 12 fixture on Sunday and all signs point to it being an afternoon to remember with plenty on the line.

Coming off the best attended round of the season last weekend, a good crowd is expected to turn out to Steel Blue Oval to watch the Swans and Falcons in action as well.

For those not in attendance, the game will be telecast live on Channel 7 from 2pm.

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STRIJK REACHES DOUBLE TON IN STYLE FOR FALCONS

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:21 AM - by Chris Pike

ANDREW Strijk's stunning WAFL career with West Perth reaches another significant mark on Sunday with the premiership player, life member and remarkably consistent top-quality performer becoming the 20th player to reach 200 games with the club.

Strijk will reach the 200-game milestone with West Perth in what is shaping as a season-defining game on Sunday against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

Both teams go into the game on 6-3 records so the winner will put themselves in a strong position heading into the second half of the season, while the loser will be left fighting for their spot inside the top five.

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FALCONS WINNING RUN ENDS AT HANDS OF ROYALS

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 2:51 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's impressive WAFL winning streak came to an end at the hands of East Perth in the WA Day Derby at Leederville Oval with the Royals taking out a 46-point win.

East Perth and West Perth were both coming into the derby contest in impressive form with the Royals having won their last four games, and the Falcons their last five heading into last Saturday's historic state game victory for the WAFL over the VFL in Melbourne.

That set the scene for what shaped as a terrific derby battle at Leederville Oval on WA Day and the crowd responded with 5289 attending in what was the biggest turnout so far this WAFL season across the opening 11 rounds.

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FALCONS UNABLE TO MATCH IN-FORM ROYALS

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 11:44 AM - by Darrell Kent

West Perth was outplayed by East Perth at Leederville Oval on WA Day. On paper it appeared to be a difficult task to defeat the home team that was bolstered by the inclusion of fourteen AFL listed players. Unfortunately for Falcons supporters this proved to be the case and they were defeated by forty six points. The East Perth run through the midfield provided their forwards with a host of opportunities and they took full advantage in the 14.19 (103) to 7.15 (57) victory.

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WA DAY DERBY PREVIEW V EAST PERTH

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 11:04 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth was in hot form winning five matches on the trot leading into the state game and now will look to keep it going and put an end to East Perth own winning run in the WA Day Derby at Leederville Oval.

It could very well be the most intense rivalry in the WAFL and now East Perth takes on West Perth on WA Day at Leederville Oval with both putting significant winning streaks on the line.

East Perth and West Perth both made slow starts to the 2017 season, but prior to the state game break last week each of them had been in impressive winning form.

Those winning runs now go on the line in the WA Day Derby at Leederville Oval on Monday.

The game will also be broadcast live from 2pm on Channel 7.

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