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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?
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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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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Monday, June 26, 2017 - 9:01 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth finished all over the top of Claremont at Claremont Oval on Saturday and had five chances on goal after getting within six points late, but couldn’t convert with the Tigers holding on to win by two points.

Claremont appeared to have the game won at Claremont Oval leading by 25 points late in the third quarter and still by 18 at the 19-minute mark of the final term.

But West Perth found something from there with quick goals to Tyler Keitel and Tyson Moulton. The Falcons then had four shots on goal but managed just three behinds before Corey Chalmers earned a holding the ball free-kick as the siren sounded.

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Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:25 PM - by Darrell Kent

IT is hard to express the frustration of West Perth's two point loss against Claremont on Saturday. It was a game that was tight all day. The Falcons had eight more scoring shots and six more inside 50s but was unable to get the job done.

There was no doubting the endeavour of the team but unfortunately the entries into the forward line in a tight last quarter weren’t as efficient as they could have been and as a result West Perth fell short.

They kicked 2.7 to only two behinds but this wasn’t enough to overcome the 19-point three quarter-time deficit. The loss saw West Perth slip from third to fifth and will have repercussions for the rest of the year.

Mark Hamilton started in the ruck for West Perth and he kicked the first major. He took possession at a throw in and snapped a clever goal. This took place at the two-minute mark but the Tigers replies came shortly after. They went to Alex Manuel and Matt Guelfi. Kris Shannon evened things up again at the 15-minute mark when he intercepted a kick out of defence on 50. His long kick into the breeze was a beauty. Beau Maister then kicked the first of his three for Claremont to give them back the lead before Aaron Black scored for West Perth. He was on the end of a very good Blake Wilhelm pass and showed his class with a good finish from 30. The last eight minutes of the quarter belonged to Claremont, however, and they kicked the last two majors. As a result the home team took an 11-point lead into the first break. They led 5.0 (30) to 3.1 (19). It was a high quality term of football.

The high scoring encounter continued in the second quarter. West Perth kicked one goal from four shots and narrowed the margin to two. Corey Chalmers was the goal kicker and he finished from deep in the pocket. Guelfi kicked his second before Tyler Keitel hit the score board for the first of his four. Andrew Strijk scored from 30 and the Falcon lead was out to four. The fast paced game continued with a Tigers reply before Luke Meadows took advantage of an opponent’s fumble to score from 50m and a clever Rudy Riddoch tap enabled Keitel to kick his second. The lead was out to nine, but in what was to become a pattern, Claremont scored the next two. They took a 9.3 (57) to 8.5 (53) lead into the main break. It was a very good game of football that was doing the Tigers’ new facility justice.

Kody Manning, who continues to play very good football across half back, scored the first goal of the third quarter. He scored from fifty after barging through the pack. Tyson Moulton then used the ball very well to hit Keitel on the chest 40m out. He showed his increasing goal kicking confidence by going back and slotting his third to take the lead out to nine points. This was at the 11-minute mark but the rest of the quarter belonged to Claremont and this is when they set up their victory. They kicked the last five goals to take a 19-point lead into the final change. West Perth was unable to stop their run through the middle and they led 14.4 (88) to 10.9 (69).

The challenge was well and truly in front of the Falcons and it was one that they rose to. The goals really dried up and West Perth kicked the only two for the term. The first didn’t come until the 20-minute mark and it was a scrambled fourth major to Keitel. West Perth had been attacking consistently with little reward for effort. Three minutes later Moulton showed how dangerous a forward he is when he crumbed the ball to score on his left from 30. The margin was now only six and the Falcons were full of running. A minute later Manning got the ball out of the middle and it was marked by Strijk 40 out. His shot at goal hit the post and the Falcons then trailed by five. Two more behinds to Keitel and Scott Simpson followed to reduce the margin to three. It is hard to explain the tension at the ground at what was a wonderful finish to a top game. At the 28-minute mark Chalmers marked 50 out on the boundary. As he went back the siren sounded. His kick went behind and West Perth, after dominating the quarter, had fallen two points short. The 14.6 (90) to 12.16 (88) score line indicated West Perth’s last quarter dominance but the lack of precision going into the forward line was costly.

A place in the five is really on the line now; particularly with games against top side Subiaco and fellow top five side Peel in the next two weeks. Joe Morrow has injured his hand and the unlucky but very talented player is likely to miss a few weeks just as he was running into good form. Kody Manning was once again very good for West Perth. Other good players included Aaron Black, Luke Meadows, Corey Chalmers, Shane Nelson and Dean Munns. The Colts and Reserves both recorded very good victories against teams above them on the premiership table and have increased their chances of playing finals football. A tough one against the ladder leaders, Subiaco, next week. The International Football Festival is a highlight of the year so be at HBF Arena next week in what will be a game full of interest.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 6:55 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's last visit to Claremont Oval was the winning 2013 second semi-final and the Falcons look to repeat that against Claremont this Saturday to retail third position in the WAFL.

With Claremont to potentially enter the top five with a victory and West Perth to remain in third spot with the win it sets the scene for a potentially season-defining contest for both clubs on Saturday at Claremont Oval.

Claremont's season had appeared off the rails prior to the opening of its redeveloped home ground. After starting the season with three straight wins, the Tigers had lost six straight before hosting East Fremantle two weeks ago.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:22 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth coach Bill Monaghan discussed last Saturday's loss to South Fremantle, where the Falcons need to improve and looking ahead to another crucial match with Claremont this Saturday at Claremont Oval.

QUESTION: They again got off to a strong start against you and just left you with too much to do by half-time?
ANSWER: I thought the first quarter for the most part we were competitive, it was the second quarter we were horrific. Everything that we had planned and things that we were doing relatively ok in the first quarter went out the window. We realigned that at half-time, reminded the players of what we had planned and what we had thought would work against South. I think we improved in the second half albeit maybe we were flattered a little bit by South’s kicking on goal. There’s a lot to learn from it. I guess a positive is that last time it was 103 points and this time it’s 40 something so we’re on the right track. There’s an improvement there but we’re obviously disappointed because we genuinely think we can beat anyone if we play our stuff well. We just didn’t do that for long enough periods.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 3:14 PM

THE Falcons Football District has a rapidly growing population with the fastest growing migrant and multicultural demographic in the state. Australian Rules Football is continually being embraced by these new populations.

In celebration, the West Perth Football Club and the Falcons District will host the International Football Festival on Saturday 1 July at HBF Arena, as the Falcons take on the Lions.

West Perth Football Club's league team will play in a special one-off themed Guernsey in Round 15 to embrace the local international community.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 2:41 PM


at HBF Arena (Joondalup), home of the West Perth Football Club

For boys and girls with full coaching and instruction provided

Morning tea and drinks provided

Football inflatables, give-a-ways and more


In addition, all participants will receive a West Perth Football Club replica Guernsey.


Pre-Primary to Year 6's 

1 Day Clinic  

Wednesday 12 July 2017

8:30am - 12:30pm 

only $75.00 

Applications close 12noon Wednesday 5 July 2017 (or when the program is full) - places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment!


Individual applications: if you are registering for our Holiday Clinic as an individual applicant please: 






Team Registrations: as a special offer for Junior Football Teams we are offering a special for Team registrations. Not only will team entries receive $10.00 off per participant you will also be guaranteed to be grouped with your team mates.


1) You must register 5 or more players from the same team

2) Registrations must be supplied on the downloadable team nomination form - not the online registration gateway. 

3) Applications must be received before 12noon Wednesday 5 July (note - registrations will close early if program is full).


Have any questions?


Post: PO Box 448, Joondalup WA 6919 or Fax: (08) 9300-3612

For more information, please call Kathy on (08) 9300 3611 or email


Team Nominations Frequently asked questions:

1) What if have more than 5 or 10 kids?

A: Complete two-three team sheets applications and staple together.


2) How does payment work?

A: A parent in the team or the team manager will need to collect payment on behalf of the team and submit the application and payment as one.


3) Some of our team are already entered- can we still participate in the team discount offer?

A: Yes- call Kathy Monck on 9300-3611 for more information

As a guide please follow the following: We cannot offer fee reduction or discount to those already entered. We can however allow those already entered to be used as a 'counter' to make up numbers for the 5 participant requirement to allow discount for additional members of the same team to register for the clinic. Please list the new entrants at the top of the application form and the existing registrations below with a note they have already registered. Please factor this into Money Collection and payment. We can also provide the guarantee that undergoing this process will ensure they are grouped together on the day.


4) Do they have to be in the same team?

A: Yes


Monday, June 19, 2017 - 3:02 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth again struggled against South Fremantle losing to the Bulldogs for a fifth straight time but the Falcons remain clear in third position and can further consolidate that by bouncing back on Saturday.

The Bulldogs came into the clash with the Falcons having lost three of their last four matches to only be clinging to second position still. 

That spot went on the line at HBF Arena on Saturday with West Perth looking to leapfrog South Fremantle, but once again the Bulldogs showed their recent dominance over the Falcons and their enjoyment of playing at the Joondalup venue.

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Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:55 AM - by Darrell Kent

IF there is one team that West Perth has struggled against in recent years it is South Fremantle. Earlier in the year they inflicted a heavy defeat on the Falcons and leading into Saturday’s game they had won seven of their last 10 encounters at HBF Arena.

On Saturday they continued this dominance when they produced a consistent effort to down the home side by 47 points.

West Perth matched the intensity of the visitors early in the match. South Fremantle kicked the first of the game courtesy of key forward, Ben Saunders. The Falcons' reply came at the 10-minute mark when Tyler Keitel was on the end of some good work by Jay van Berlo. He kicked the first of his four for the day from the square. This tied up the scores but it was as close as West Perth was going to get for the rest of the day. Haiden Schloithe kicked the first of his four soon after and from here the Bulldogs extended the lead. It was a tight quarter of football but South Fremantle had the best of it and as a result they led by 15 at the first break; 3.4 (22) to 1.1 (7).

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