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ROUND 13 PREVIEW V SOUTH FREMANTLE

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 2:43 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth has been in terrific form since its last meeting with South Fremantle winning six of seven games and now the Falcons can take second spot from the Bulldogs when they do battle at HBF Arena on Saturday.

The Falcons and Bulldogs come into the contest both having recorded seven victories so far this season with West Perth having a game in hand while South Fremantle currently sits ahead with a far superior percentage.

West Perth also comes into the game on the back of having won six of its last seven games while South Fremantle has lost three of its past four.

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IN THEIR WORDS – BLAKE WILHELM ROUND 13

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 6:03 PM - by Blake Wilhelm

THE player columns have been rather quiet of late, so Pikey thought it would be fitting to enlist my help to bring them back to life in 2017.

I will start with a recap of last week, which was a massive week for West Perth Football Club with one of the all-time greats Andrew 'ya can't say that' Strijk playing his 200th game for the club. This is an absolutely outstanding achievement to be able to play such a large number of games for the one club, and I feel honoured that I got to play in the milestone game with him and also help celebrate with a win. Hopefully the bluetack can continue to hold his body together and he can continue to help us win games. 

Whilst the disappointing loss to East Perth the week before was hard to swallow, as a playing group we knew that we play best when we are challenged and had all the confidence in ourselves that we could travel to Steel Blue and get the job done. Which is exactly what we did, and if the majority of our forward line (namely myself) didn't have the "yips" then the scoreboard would have reflected a better picture of how I feel we played on the weekend. 

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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.

The Falcons began the game by far the better and after five minutes had raced to an eight-point lead. The first major was the result of a goal on the run by key forward Tyler Keitel. He scored from 40m to kick the first of his four for the day. Tyler, along with Michael Lourey, had a big impact in the forward line all game. He also did some good work in the ruck in what was a very good performance from him.

Swans steadied to kick the next two and they took a four-point advantage midterm. Rudy Riddoch scored two behinds and was involved in the next goal that gave the Falcons back the lead. He handballed to Keitel who ran into an open goal for his second. This occurred at the nineteen-minute mark and gave West Perth a four-point lead.

The teams struggled for ascendancy and each side only managed a behind each before the quarter-time siren. When it went the visitors led by four; 2.5 (17) to 2.1 (13).

The second quarter was another dour struggle with only four goals being scored. The first five scores were all behinds with the Falcons kicking four of them. It wasn’t until the 15-minute mark that the first goal was kicked. It went to Luke Meadows who finished from 45m with a clever snap. The 13-point lead was extended by six shortly after when Blake Wilhelm scored. He received a free as a result of a rushed behind. The kick went through from deep in the pocket. Swans scored their only goal for the term going into time on and it went to young key forward, Brayden Noble. Keitel then kicked his third after crumbing the ball off hands and snapping accurately. This gave West Perth the 19-point lead that they took into half-time. They led 5.11 (41) to 3.4 (22).

Play had to open up after two tight quarters and this is what happened in the third. Nine goals were kicked as the Black Ducks stormed back into the contest. Todd Banfield, who had been well held up to half-time, kicked three majors for the home side to get them right back into it. He and Noble kicked one each within two minutes to narrow the margin to seven.

West Perth steadied kicking the next two courtesy of Lourey. He was on the end of some fine passes by Rudy Riddoch and Corey Chalmers respectively. Swans replied with the next two before Riddoch intercepted a pass across goals. He finished from close in. This gave West Perth a 12-point lead. It was a fast moving contest in the third quarter and Swans steadied to kick the next two so that at the twenty nine minute mark scores were all tied up and it really was game on.

The quarter went for 35 minutes and West Perth outscored Swans two points to one in the remaining time and as a result they took a one point lead into the final change; 8.14 (62) to 9.7 (61).

It was set up to be a classic final term and that proved to be the case. Matthew Rogers kicked his third to give Swans the lead for the first time since midway through the first quarter. A pass by Ben King hit Lourey on the chest 30m out. He went back and kicked his third to retrieve the lead for West Perth. This was short-lived, however, as Tony Notte kicked a fine goal from 50, wide out, to regain the Swan Districts lead.

At the 14-minute mark Riddoch’s skills were again on display. He took the ball off hands from a throw in and threaded one through to give the Falcons back their one-point advantage. It was a clever goal and his second for the game. Four minutes later Aaron Black received a free 30m out and he showed his composure to kick accurately to take the lead out to eight.

Some fine defensive running by Steve Potente set up the next goal. He helped carry the ball from the back pocket, got the ball to Shane Nelson who hit Keitel on the chest with a precise pass. Tyler went back and steered his fourth through from 40 metres. It was a very good kick under a lot of pressure. Banfield got one back for Swans at the 26-minute mark but when the siren went two minutes later West Perth had held on for an eight point victory; 12.17 (89) to 12.9 (81).

The leadership shown by the senior players, led by Jay van Berlo, during this quarter was outstanding.

The win gives West Perth a 7-3 record at the halfway point of the season. This is a result that would have to make Falcons supporters happy. Best players for West Perth included Tyler Keitel, Shane Nelson who had 40 touches, Aaron Black, Trent Manzone and Blake Wilhelm. Congratulations to the reserves and colts who both got back into the winners list, as well.

A big game against South Fremantle at HBF Arena Saturday. This encounter will really give us an idea as to where we are at because the less said about the last game the better. Be there to get the boys over the line.

BY DARRELL KENT
PHOTOS BY BELINDA TAYLOR ... click here for the gallery of images from the weekend

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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