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TEDESCO RIDES INTO RETIREMENT ON A HIGH

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 2:17 PM - by Chris Pike

LUKE Tedesco never felt the West Perth Football Club owed him anything but the life member, former captain and premiership player was left humbled and honoured with the way his career was celebrated at the Breckler Medal night to close the 2016 season.

Tedesco gave his everything on and off the football field to firstly get his first opportunity at league level with West Perth back in 2007.

By 2009 with the arrival of new coach Bill Monaghan, he became a permanent fixture of the side and was a natural leader off half-back with his ability to win or halve contests, put his body on the line and then set up play out of defence with his good kicking skills.

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FALCONS SIGN KEY POSITION PLAYER SCOTT SIMPSON

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 10:32 AM - by Chris Pike

THE West Perth Football Club has made its first signing ahead of the 2017 WAFL season recruiting former Geelong-listed experienced key position player Scott Simpson to add further depth to the Falcons' big men stocks.

With Nick Rodda, Tyler Keitel and Mark Hamilton capable of filling a variety of key position roles, Michael Lourey returning for a third season in attack and Chris Keunen and Seva Mozhaev in the ruck, West Perth's big men department now looks strong with the addition of Simpson.

The recently turned 27-year-old stands 197cm tall and is strongly built tipping the scales around the 100kg range. He will be a strong addition for the Falcons whether he ends up settling in the back or forward-line.

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CAPTAIN JAY VAN BERLO WINS SECOND BRECKLER MEDAL

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 1:47 PM - by Chris Pike

AFTER two years straight as runner-up, West Perth captain Jay van Berlo has deservedly broken through to win a second Breckler Medal after being named the Falcons' fairest and best for the 2016 WAFL season on Friday night.

At a glittering dinner to celebrate the 2016 season in the Lakeview Ballroom at Joondalup Resort, the night was capped with van Berlo crowned the Breckler Medal winner as the league fairest and best player.

Having finished runner-up in Breckler Medal voting in each of the last two seasons behind Shane Nelson and Aaron Black, van Berlo now has a second fairest and best award in his career to go with the one he won back in 2008 prior to being drafted into the AFL by the Fremantle Dockers.

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BRECKLER, ENNIS, DOMINISH MEDAL PREVIEWS

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 11:12 PM - by Chris Pike

THE West Perth Football Club will celebrate its 2016 WAFL season on Friday night with the Breckler, Ennis and Dominish Medals all being presented at the fairest and best dinner at Joondalup Resort.

The Breckler Medal as the league fairest and best along with the Ennis Medal as reserves fairest and best, and the Dominish Medal as colts fairest and best will all be presented as part of a jam packed night to reflect back on the 2016 season for the Falcons.

West Perth's league team again made the finals in 2016 on the back of playing in the Grand Final in 2015. The Falcons did well to finish in third position with a 13-7 record after losing three of the opening four games of the season.

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2016 WA STATE AFL DRAFT COMBINE

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 9:30 PM

WEST Perth defender Luke Meadows had such a standout 2016 WAFL season with the Falcons that included representing Western Australia that he has been invited to attend the WA State AFL Draft Combine this Sunday.

The WA State AFL Draft Combine is being held this Sunday, October 16 at Herb Graham Recreation Centre, Mirrabooka. 

A total of 16 WAFL players will commence testing at approximately 11am.

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NEW FACILITY TO TAKE FLIGHT WHERE FALCONS DARE

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 5:56 PM

PREMIER Colin Barnett today turned the first sod of soil to mark the beginning of the next stage of a $20 million Liberal National Government election commitment to redevelop HBF Arena in Joondalup.

Mr Barnett said $4.3 million was allocated in the 2016-17 State Budget to finalise the HBF Arena works which would see new basketball and football facilities built to be enjoyed by the West Perth Football Club, the Wanneroo Basketball Association and the wider community.

The new two storey football facilities include ticketing and merchandise areas, administration and function areas, player amenities, coach and support staff accommodation, football development services and member facilities.

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KERR PAYS BACK FALCONS IN SPADES IN OUTSTANDING FOUR SEASONS

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 11:11 PM - by Chris Pike

RECRUITING from interstate can be somewhat of a lottery for WAFL clubs but West Perth struck gold with Rohan Kerr who has delivered a tremendous consistent four years as a highly-skilled, prolific ball winning star.

Kerr was drafted to Carlton from the Dandenong Stingrays in 2009 and spent three years at the Blues without breaking through for an AFL debut but when he was delisted it was a fresh start he was after.

But even he couldn’t imagine that upon moving to Western Australia and join West Perth that by the time a new job meant playing WAFL football would become impossible four years later that he would be calling Perth home for the foreseeable future.

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HBF ARENA - REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT UPDATE

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:40 PM

VenuesWest is excited to announce work is well underway on the multi-sport expansion of facilities at HBF Arena which is on track to be delivered by September 2017.

Stakeholders VenuesWest, the City of Joondalup, LandCorp, Department of Finance Building Management and Works, West Perth Football Club and Wanneroo Basketball Association with joint venture contractors EMCO Building and Jones Coulter Young Architects, are working together to deliver bespoke facilities that will significantly enhance the individual sports of basketball and football and ultimately the local community.

The new developments will have the capability to host major sporting events, and VenuesWest looks forward to welcoming the West Perth Football Club and Wanneroo Basketball Association into their new facilities next year.

Please read below for further detail on construction progress.

UPDATE ON THE BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL CONSTRUCTION SITE

Following the award of the contract for the design and construction of new basketball and football facilities at HBF Arena, designs are now complete following input from all stakeholders on both aesthetic and operational aspects of the new facilities.

On 5 September, award winning commercial building company EMCO Building officially occupied the site and commenced site preparations.  As such, construction fences and signage have been erected around the precinct to ensure the safety of patrons both whilst parking and moving around the venue.

The site fencing provides stakeholders, patrons and staff a first-hand indication of the locations of the new facilities and size of the two new buildings.

VenuesWest will now work with West Perth Football Club and Wanneroo Basketball Association to develop their respective agreements to enable occupation and use of the facilities once completed.   Based on positive discussions so far all parties expect early completion of the agreements.

The Project Working Group, consisting of representatives from all stakeholder groups, has been meeting on a monthly basis for more than 12 months to ensure the facilities will meet their intended purposes and to keep the project moving along so key targets are met.

Some important project milestones to note over the coming two weeks include:

• Closure of the service road to the rear yard of HBF Arena for approximately five weeks.

• Closure of the right access into HBF Arena from Kennedya Drive (immediately off Joondalup Drive) through the site to the football oval and past the site office until completion of the project.  The road will be reopened on request for specific events only.

• Piling for the new basketball facility will be completed.

• Preparatory work for the basketball building area for concrete footings will commence.

• Work to commence on the new football oval access road, fire services pumproom and inground services supporting the basketball building. Trees will be cleared and lawn removed to provide the new oval access road.

• Sewer mains will be installed alongside the existing basketball building.

• Work to refurbish the undercroft of the existing football grandstand will commence.

Works will include installation of street and parking signage to assist patrons in finding their way through the site.

CONTACTS

If you have any queries about the information in this newsletter please contact VenuesWest’s Project Consultant, Gary Conyard at gary.conyard@venueswest.wa.gov.au or Communications Manager, Emma Neal at emma.neal@venueswest.wa.gov.au .


VenuesWest is proud to partner with the City of Joondalup, Department of Finance,  West Perth Football Club, Wanneroo Basketball Association and the Department of Sport and Recreation to deliver these new facilities and infrastructure.
VenuesWest also acknowledges the financial support from the Government, City of Joondalup and LandCorp to deliver this major development.

WEST PERTH ON NEW WHEELS

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 3:45 PM - by Justin Bianchini - Joondalup Times

A minibus destined for the scrap heap is now at the service of the West Perth Football Club.

Chief executive David Crute said the club was looking to upgrade its team property van and needed a vehicle for its community programs and to transport people between Joondalup train station and Arena Joondalup.

“We asked a few of our contacts to be on the lookout for something suitable,” he said.

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FORMER FALCON RETURNS TO WEST PERTH AS COLTS COACH

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 2:50 PM - by Chris Pike

A FAMILIAR face will be coaching West Perth's colts in 2017 with the appointment of former player and football operations manager Ryan Lasscock to the role at the Falcons.

Craig Thomas is moving on as coach of the West Perth colts after five years at the helm that was highlighted with him named WAFL Colts Coach of the Year in 2015 having led the Falcons back into the finals.

Now the West Perth Football Club is glad to announce the return to the Falcons of Ryan Lasscock as colts coach at least for the 2017 and 2018 WAFL seasons.

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