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FALCONS NEW-LOOK IN ATTACK COULD CONTINUE

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 5:07 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's forward-line looked the best it has all season with Nick Rodda alongside Tyler Keitel in Saturday's win over Perth and that could just be the different look the Falcons are after trying to stop their recent struggles against South Fremantle.

Kicking goals has been a bit of a concern for West Perth so far in 2017. Not so much getting shots, but the Falcons are the most inaccurate team in the competition and that has potentially cost a handful of victories already.

West Perth has kicked 178.176 for the season and when you throw in the 33 rushed behinds that takes the total score to 178.209 leaving he Falcons as the only team in the WAFL this season going at less than 50 per cent in front of goal.

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 18 Q & A

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 9:38 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth premiership coach Bill Monaghan spoke after the Falcons' 53-point win against Perth at Lathlain Park and looks ahead to this Saturday's clash with South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

QUESTION: After about six weeks and four games without a win, it must just be nice to get a win on the board again and sitting two games clear in fifth?
ANSWER:
That's the benefit of winning some games early on. Everyone's been making judgements on our form and that's fair enough because we had lost four in-a-row, but we lost to the three top sides who most people think are going better than most, and we lost in a very ordinary kicking display against Claremont by two points. We haven’t felt as though our form has been terrible but clearly it hasn’t been good enough to win and we are in the business of winning. It was good to get back out there after the players had been challenged to fix a few minor things that have crept into our game and we made some inroads into those. Again we had 36 scoring shots and it would have been nice to sneak a couple more goals in because it's another week where we didn’t kick more goals than points. There has only been four of those all year so it would have been good to have managed that, but we got a couple late which gives us some confidence going forward.

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NELSON, RODDA, KEITEL LIFT FALCONS TO WIN OVER DEMONS

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 1:19 PM - by Chris Pike
CAREER-best hauls of seven and six goals respectively from Tyler Keitel and Nick Rodda, and 51 possessions from Shane Nelson set up West Perth's 53-point victory over Perth on Saturday at Lathlain Park.
 
West Perth came into the game on a four-game losing streak before last week's bye and it took a while to get on top of Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday, but the Falcons did by midway through the second term.
 
That was sparked by Nelson's dominance through the midfield and then with the duo of Rodda and Keitel in attack, and West Perth regained some form and confidence to claim the 18.18 (126) to 11.7 (73) victory.
 
It continued West Perth's dominance over Perth too with the Falcons having now won 13 straight against the Demons and having still not lost on their last 13 visits to Lathlain Park with the last loss way back in 2004.
 
The win also improves West Perth to an 8-7 record on the season to now sit two games clear in fifth position of the chasing Claremont and East Perth.
 
Unfortunately for Perth, it slipped to the bottom of the ladder with the loss as the Demons' percentage fellow below that of East Fremantle's.
 
It was a dominant all-round showing by West Perth finishing with 83 more possessions, 27 more marks, 23 more inside-50 entries and then 36 scoring shots to just 18 in the eventual 53-point triumph.
 
Nelson had a field day in the midfield for West Perth allowed to do as he pleased and taking full advantage racking up 51 possessions, 11 clearances, nine inside 50s, eight marks, five tackles and a goal.
 
West Perth's forward-line functioned well with the two tall targets. Keitel ended up kicking a career-best seven goals from 21 possessions and eight marks. Rodda moved forward after quarter-time and also booted a career-high six goals from 12 disposals and 10 marks.
 
Aaron Black ran hard all day for 36 possessions and six marks on the wing for West Perth while captain Jay van Berlo had a significant impact too with 28 disposals, six marks and six tackles.
 
Aidan Lynch had 25 possessions, Trent Manzone 21, Mitch Peirce 19, Brayden Antonio 19, Luke Meadows 19 and Blake Wilhelm 18.
 
Chris Keunen had his best game of the season in the ruck too with 13 disposals and 30 hit outs.
 
Ben King was rock solid in defence holding Brennan Stack to one goal and four kicks after he kicked seven goals against West Perth back in Round 7.
 
Perth happens to be the highest-scoring first quarter team in the WAFL this season so starts have certainly not been a problem with the Demons and that was again the case against West Perth on Saturday.
 
The Demons kicked the opening goal when captain Clint Jones ran into the open goal square. The Falcons replied through Keitel but then Perth got the immediate response thanks to Kurtis Chester.
 
The teams continued to trade goals the rest of the opening quarter with majors for West Perth to Nelson and Strijk with Perth maintain its lead with goals to Liam McKenna and Kristian Cary with the home team up by four points at quarter-time.
 
West Perth, however, managed to kick consecutive goals to start the second quarter with the first from Rodda and the next two both coming from Keitel for a 16-point advantage that was the biggest game at that stage.
 
The Demons answered with Sam Perkusich kicking the first goal of his seven-game career.
 
But from there it was all West Perth with goals to Antonio and Rodda before half-time with the Falcons leading by 25 points but it could have been more had it not been for seven behinds for the term.
 
West Perth continued its control of the contest to begin the second half with the first two goals to Meadows and Rodda.
 
Perth got a couple of steadiers through Stack and Mitch Henderson to keep things interesting, but the Falcons had the answers in attack and Rodda's fourth goal saw them still in charge by 28 points at the last change. 
 
The Demons did open the last term with a goal from Taran Etto. But the Falcons kicked the next three in a five-minute burst with Keitel kicking the first two of those and then Rodda adding his fifth.
 
Corey Byrne provided some reprieve for Perth at the 16-minute mark with a goal but it couldn’t stop West Perth's momentum with Keitel adding his sixth and seventh late in the piece, Rodda his sixth and then Corey Chalmers another for the 53-point victory. 
 
West Perth's colts began the day in impressive fashion at Lathlain Park beating Perth 12.13 (85) to 8.2 (50).
 
Kurt Monaghan and Lane Sedgwick kicked three goals apiece for West Perth.
 
Dylan Yem racked up 27 possessions for the Falcons, Jamie Dowen 21, Bailey Chalmers 17, Lachlan Sherriffs 17, Thomas Medhat 17, Alec Johnson 16 and ruckman Slade Hawkins 13 to go with 21 hit outs.
 
Perth might have lost the colts and league contests to West Perth at Lathlain Park, but managed a 14.12 (96) to 12.6 (78) win.
 
Mitch Antonio kicked three goals for West Perth with Zac Guadagnin collecting 22 possessions, Angus Allen 20, Broderick Walton 19, Connor West 17 and Rudy Riddoch 17 to go with seven tackles and a goal.
 
Oscar Allen played his first game in the reserves with 13 possessions, five marks and a goal while Matt Guadagnin had nine disposals in the opening half.
 
West Perth looks to snap a five-game losing run against South Fremantle this Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
 
WEST PERTH 3.3 8.10 11.15 18.18 (126)
PERTH 4.1 5.3 8.5 11.7 (73)
 
WEST PERTH – Goals: Keitel 7; Rodda 6; Antonio, Strijk, Meadows, Chalmers, Nelson.
Best: Nelson, Keitel, Rodda, Black, J van Berlo, King, A Lynch.
PERTH – Goals: Etto 2; McKenna, Tropiano, Jones, Stack, Byrne, Cary, Chester, Henderson, Perkusich.
Best: Colledge, Etto, Jones, McKenna, Tropiano, Sinclair.
 

FALCONS GET BACK ON WINNER'S LIST

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:53 AM - by Darrell Kent

West Perth recorded a much needed victory against Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday. They led from early in the second quarter and increased their margin at each change from then on to run out fifty three point winners. Tyler Keitel and Nic Rodda both had a big day in front of goals kicking seven and six goals respectively. It was also pleasing to see the players brought into the game make a real contribution. These included Mitch van Berlo, Brayden Antonio, Max Alexander, Conal Lynch, Mitch Peirce and Riley Hutchinson. Conal Lynch came into the side when Steve Potente was a late withdrawal.

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ROUND 18 PREVIEW V PERTH

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 2:27 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth will look to return to the winner's list after the bye this Saturday against Perth at Lathlain Park against a team the Falcons have lost to since 2011 and at a ground they haven’t lost at since 2004.

Perth is back to Lathlain Park to host West Perth but it hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Demons against the Falcons for a long time. 

In fact West Perth has not lost at Lathlain Park since Round 9, 2004 winning 11 of their past 12 trips to the ground with the only hiccup being a draw in Round 9, 2008.

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FALCONS PAY FOR INNACURACY BUT STILL IN FINALS SPOT

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 10:03 AM - by Chris Pike
KICKING eight behinds only in the first half made for a tough afternoon against Peel Thunder in NAIDOC Round on Saturday at HBF Arena but the positive is West Perth remains in the top five and can gear up for a big finish to 2017 after this week's bye.
 
When one teams kicks eight straight goals with their opening eight shots and the other kicks eight behinds, the result is a 40-point lead to the accurate and that was the case at HBF Arena on Saturday.
 
Peel led West Perth 8.0 to 0.8 at half-time as the reigning premiers made their Falcons pay for their inaccuracy in front of goal while taking full rewards for taking their chances.
 
The Thunder went on to kick 16 goals without a miss when they kicked three behinds in the final quarter. The Falcons didn’t kick a goal until the opening minute of the third quarter.
 
While West Perth held its own from that point on including a seven-goal final quarter, the job was too big and Peel cruised to the 16.3 (99) to 9.15 (69) victory.
 
The win is a fourth straight for Peel as the Thunder improve to a 9-5 record on the season to be just a game from second spot and percentage ahead of fourth, but two games clear now of the fifth placed West Perth.
 
The Falcons do remain fifth despite four consecutive losses and with the bye to come this weekend.
 
West Perth ended up kicking nine second half goals and seven in the last quarter with Luke Meadows, Corey Chalmers and Tyler Keitel all booting two apiece. Meadows also racked up 27 possessions to go with eight marks, five inside-50 entries and four tackles.
 
Shane Nelson compiled another 30 possessions for the Falcons after a quieter than usual performance last week in the wet against Subiaco.
 
Trent Manzone gathered 28 disposals for West Perth, Aaron Black 23, Jay van Berlo 21, Blake Wilhelm 16, Steve Potente 16 and Aidan Lynch 16.
 
It took a while for either time to score in perfect conditions at HBF Arena but when they did, it was Peel getting the game's first goal thanks to the returning Harley Balic.
 
Following a couple of West Perth behinds, the Thunder finished the first term strongly with four goals in 10 minutes courtesy of debutant Damon Cramer, Ed Langdon, Cameron Sutcliffe and Jonathon Griffin.
 
That put the Thunder up by 27 points at quarter-time before that became 33 early in the second term with Matt Taberner's first major of the afternoon.
 
West Perth had plenty of chances and were on top in a lot of areas throughout the second quarter, but could only kick five behinds while Peel managed two more goals to Taberner and Zac Dawson to be on top by 40 points at the main break.
 
West Perth finally kicked its first goal of the game less than a minute into the third term when Chalmers ended the drought following eight first half behinds. The Falcons then made it two in succession with Keitel adding another to bring them within 27 points.
 
But they could only manage another three behinds for the quarter with Peel kicking three goals all courtesy of Sutcliffe to remain in control to the tune of 42 points at the last change.
 
The game really opened up in the final quarter and West Perth finally was rewarded for its good efforts up the field on the scoreboard.
 
West Perth kicked seven goals for the last term including a second each for Keitel and Chalmers, two for Meadows and one each to Andrew Strijk, Black and Kody Manning.
 
But Peel did enough to still win by five goals on the back of five goals themselves for the final quarter including four to Taberner and a second to Langdon.
 
The day began at HBF Arena with Peel Thunder's colts beating West Perth 11.11 (77) to 7.7 (49).
 
Rhys Bostock and Kurt Monaghan kicked two goals each for West Perth.
 
Nathan Murray gathered 23 possessions for the Falcons, Connor West 20 (13 tackles), Alec Johnson 19, Thomas Boyes 18 (10 tackles), Oliver Kidd 16 and Graham Richards 16.
 
The reserves contest at HBF Arena saw Peel Thunder also record a 13.10 (88) to 11.14 (80) victory over West Perth.
 
Brayden Antonio kicked four goals for West Perth to go with 17 possessions and five marks. Josh Hatch also kicked two majors.
 
Angus Allen racked up 26 possessions for the Falcons, Mitch Peirce 25, Broderick Walton 18, Max Alexander 17, Nathan Alexandre 17, Riley Hutchinson 15 and Baylee James 15.
 
West Perth now has the Round 17 bye before a clash with Perth at Lathlain Park.
 
WEST PERTH 0.3 0.8 2.12 9.15 (69)
PEEL THUNDER 5.0 8.0 11.0 16.3 (99)
 
WEST PERTH – Goals: Meadows, Chalmers, Keitel 2; Black, Strijk, Manning.
Best: Meadows, Manzone, Nelson, Chalmers, Black, van Berlo.
PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Taberner 6; Sutcliffe 4; Langdon 2; Balic, Griffin, Cramer, Dawson.
Best: Taberner, Sutcliffe, Collins, Balic, Bennell, Matthews, Griffin.

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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