KRAKOUER WILL PLAY FOR FALCONS AFTER ALL

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 10:28 PM

ANDREW Krakouer will play in the WAFL for West Perth in 2014 with reigning premiership coach Bill Monaghan looking at his addition as a huge bonus on and off the field for the Falcons.

Krakouer initially signed with West Perth after his AFL career with Collingwood ended following the 2013 season, but the 2010 WAFL premiership player, Sandover Medallist and Simpson Medallist accepted a job in the mining industry last month that looked to end his WAFL career prematurely.
However, that situation has now changed again and the 31-year-old has successfully gained employment closer to Perth that will allow him to train at the required level to still be a WAFL footballer.
Because of the pre-season training he has missed, Krakouer is an unlikely starter for Round 1 on Saturday March 22 against East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval, but is still a significant boost on and off the field for West Perth in its premiership defence in 2014.
With 137 games of AFL experience at Richmond and Collingwood, plus his remarkable 2010 WAFL season with Swan Districts where he led Swans to an unlikely premiership, Krakouer is sure to add plenty on the field but also off it as a mentor for the Falcons' emerging Indigenous programs.
"For us to be able to draw on his experience and ability as a player, and hopefully introduce him into a side that is playing good footy can only be seen as a bonus. That is kind of how we are looking at it now," Monaghan said.
"It has been up and down, and I've tried to distance myself from thinking about it too much because it has been a fairly long and protracted set of circumstances that gets us to where we are now. All we will do now is put all our energies into getting Andrew ready to play league football for West Perth."
Monaghan always knew that Krakouer's ability to play with the Falcons in 2014 would depend on his employment opportunities so he was understanding at his decision last month to not play, but obviously is now delighted that the situation has changed.
"I was fully understanding of Andrew's reasons why he chose originally that he wasn’t going to play and he does need to set himself up for life outside of football, and he has a partner and two girls he needs to look after," he said.
"He was only trying to do the best for his family and we were respectful of that decision even if there was a tinge of disappointment. It wasn’t probably as bad, though, because he never actually played for West Perth. We were always thinking he was going to be a bonus on top of what we already had, and he would provide some leadership and direction for some of our young kids.
"The fact that he had never played for us made it less disappointing in the first place for me, but the flipside of that now that he is back is that when or if he gets up to the stage where he is ready to play senior footy for us, that will be a bonus."
To the best of Monaghan's knowledge, the employment situation with Krakouer has changed in regards to the work that West Perth had initially lined up and was taking time, has now been sorted and come through.
That means that Krakouer no longer needs to go and work in the mining industry in the north of WA.
"My understanding of the situation is that the jobs that we had in the pipeline for him all along were just taking a little longer to come to fruition than everyone had hoped, including Andrew and his family," Monaghan said.
"These jobs have now got certain start dates and are locked in with contracts which are done and dusted. It was more a case of ticking all the boxes to get them happening.
"Even though we can assist people in getting jobs, at the end of the days a lot of the time they are big companies who have to justify to human resources why they employ people, and there's a whole range of laws to stop putting blokes into jobs without the right qualifications.
"There was a fair bit of work to be done in the background and it all just took a little longer for it to all be finalised, but it's done now, he has got an employer, we have given him a football home and we hope that everyone down the track will get great reward out of all of that."
While Monaghan doesn’t expect Krakouer to be available for Round 1 against the Sharks with him likely requiring up to a month of solid training under his belt, he has no doubt he will be well and truly up and running enough to have an impact in the first half of the season.
"It's a little hard to tell at the moment because he hasn’t done a lot of training with us, but I would say that he will take two to four weeks to be in condition to play a game of football, and then we will need to reassess it from there in terms of his match fitness," he said.
"He is looking in reasonable nick and he hasn't let himself go or anything like that, and is coming off an AFL season last year, so I would say there'll be a fair bit of residual fitness there. We are hoping that in less than a month he will be able to trot out in a West Perth jumper."
However, everyone at West Perth is fully aware that the impact of Krakouer's signing will be felt much more than just whatever he is able to deliver on the field.
When he returned to the WAFL in 2010 and then the AFL in 2011 after some hard times, he became one of the best stories in Australian sport and is a terrific role model particularly for the Indigenous community.
His impact has already been seen with the Falcons able to field a team in the Nicky Winmar Cup for the first time and his impact with the Indigenous community in West Perth's zone will only continue to grow as time goes on.
"For us as a football club, we have already seen some benefits from having Andrew on board. You probably can't put a price on it, but on the weekend the Nicky Winmar Cup was held and it's the first time that West Perth has ever fielded a side in that," Monaghan said.
"That alone is a huge coup for us and Andrew in his brief time here has been able to help us facilitate that. The benefits are wide-ranging and it's not just what he will put on the park on Saturday afternoons.
"We have a big picture to look at and we've got a broad community base which we need to service and the Aboriginal community is a strong part of that, and we focus a lot on our multicultural programs but we need to make sure we service the Indigenous community as well. Andrew is going to play a huge part in that."
BY CHRIS PIKEANDREW Krakouer will play in the WAFL for West Perth in 2014 with reigning premiership coach Bill Monaghan looking at his addition as a huge bonus on and off the field for the Falcons.

Krakouer initially signed with West Perth after his AFL career with Collingwood ended following the 2013 season, but the 2010 WAFL premiership player, Sandover Medallist and Simpson Medallist accepted a job in the mining industry last month that looked to end his WAFL career prematurely.

However, that situation has now changed again and the 31-year-old has successfully gained employment closer to Perth that will allow him to train at the required level to still be a WAFL footballer.

Because of the pre-season training he has missed, Krakouer is an unlikely starter for Round 1 on Saturday March 22 against East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval, but is still a significant boost on and off the field for West Perth in its premiership defence in 2014.

With 137 games of AFL experience at Richmond and Collingwood, plus his remarkable 2010 WAFL season with Swan Districts where he led Swans to an unlikely premiership, Krakouer is sure to add plenty on the field but also off it as a mentor for the Falcons' emerging Indigenous programs.

"For us to be able to draw on his experience and ability as a player, and hopefully introduce him into a side that is playing good footy can only be seen as a bonus. That is kind of how we are looking at it now," Monaghan said.

"It has been up and down, and I've tried to distance myself from thinking about it too much because it has been a fairly long and protracted set of circumstances that gets us to where we are now. All we will do now is put all our energies into getting Andrew ready to play league football for West Perth."

Monaghan always knew that Krakouer's ability to play with the Falcons in 2014 would depend on his employment opportunities so he was understanding at his decision last month to not play, but obviously is now delighted that the situation has changed.

"I was fully understanding of Andrew's reasons why he chose originally that he wasn’t going to play and he does need to set himself up for life outside of football, and he has a partner and two girls he needs to look after," he said.

"He was only trying to do the best for his family and we were respectful of that decision even if there was a tinge of disappointment. It wasn’t probably as bad, though, because he never actually played for West Perth. We were always thinking he was going to be a bonus on top of what we already had, and he would provide some leadership and direction for some of our young kids.

"The fact that he had never played for us made it less disappointing in the first place for me, but the flipside of that now that he is back is that when or if he gets up to the stage where he is ready to play senior footy for us, that will be a bonus."

To the best of Monaghan's knowledge, the employment situation with Krakouer has changed in regards to the work that West Perth had initially lined up and was taking time, has now been sorted and come through.

That means that Krakouer no longer needs to go and work in the mining industry in the north of WA.

"My understanding of the situation is that the jobs that we had in the pipeline for him all along were just taking a little longer to come to fruition than everyone had hoped, including Andrew and his family," Monaghan said.

"These jobs have now got certain start dates and are locked in with contracts which are done and dusted. It was more a case of ticking all the boxes to get them happening.

"Even though we can assist people in getting jobs, at the end of the days a lot of the time they are big companies who have to justify to human resources why they employ people, and there's a whole range of laws to stop putting blokes into jobs without the right qualifications.

"There was a fair bit of work to be done in the background and it all just took a little longer for it to all be finalised, but it's done now, he has got an employer, we have given him a football home and we hope that everyone down the track will get great reward out of all of that."

While Monaghan doesn’t expect Krakouer to be available for Round 1 against the Sharks with him likely requiring up to a month of solid training under his belt, he has no doubt he will be well and truly up and running enough to have an impact in the first half of the season.

"It's a little hard to tell at the moment because he hasn’t done a lot of training with us, but I would say that he will take two to four weeks to be in condition to play a game of football, and then we will need to reassess it from there in terms of his match fitness," he said.

"He is looking in reasonable nick and he hasn't let himself go or anything like that, and is coming off an AFL season last year, so I would say there'll be a fair bit of residual fitness there. We are hoping that in less than a month he will be able to trot out in a West Perth jumper."

However, everyone at West Perth is fully aware that the impact of Krakouer's signing will be felt much more than just whatever he is able to deliver on the field.

When he returned to the WAFL in 2010 and then the AFL in 2011 after some hard times, he became one of the best stories in Australian sport and is a terrific role model particularly for the Indigenous community.

His impact has already been seen with the Falcons able to field a team in the Nicky Winmar Cup for the first time and his impact with the Indigenous community in West Perth's zone will only continue to grow as time goes on.

"For us as a football club, we have already seen some benefits from having Andrew on board. You probably can't put a price on it, but on the weekend the Nicky Winmar Cup was held and it's the first time that West Perth has ever fielded a side in that," Monaghan said.

"That alone is a huge coup for us and Andrew in his brief time here has been able to help us facilitate that. The benefits are wide-ranging and it's not just what he will put on the park on Saturday afternoons.

"We have a big picture to look at and we've got a broad community base which we need to service and the Aboriginal community is a strong part of that, and we focus a lot on our multicultural programs but we need to make sure we service the Indigenous community as well. Andrew is going to play a huge part in that."

BY CHRIS PIKE

First Video of the Season on Falcons TV

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 6:26 PM

The first video of Season 2014 is now available via Falcons TV.

Follow the link to listen to:

  • Senior Coach, Bill Monaghan
  • Veteran Player, Ray Bartholomew
  • Falcons District Emerging Markets Officer, Scott Minchin
Keep an eye out for new vision in the future!

 

2014 Season Launch

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:39 PM

WELCOME TO 2014

The off-season has been and gone and we as a Club are all raring to go for another exciting season.

 

MEMBERSHIP

For those who have already renewed their memberships, thank you for your continued support! 

For those who haven't renewed, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible so we can prepare and dispatch your membership packs. You can complete your renewal online or simply call Erin or Diane in the office who will happily complete your renewal for you.

 

SEASON LAUNCH

The countdown is on to Round 1 however before we get there, we wish to invite all members and families to our Season Launch on Friday 7 March at the Premier's Suite, Arena Joondalup from 7pm.

The senior playing group will be presented with their jumpers and the player auction will also take place so if you're in the market to possibly win dividends throughout the season should your player(s) be voted best on ground, here's your chance.

It will also be a great opportunity to mingle with fellow supporters as we all look forward to another great year!

 

The Falcons will be fundraising using the Entertainment Book in 2014 with a massive 20% of the price returning to the club.

A new initiative this year is the option to purchase a digital app opposed to the book. This will mean you will never be without the $20 000 worth of offers available, wherever you are. Our target is 500 books / apps and we call on the support of all of our players, staff, members and families to get behind us to help reach our goal.

To pre-order, email reception@falconsfc.com.au or see us at the Season Launch.

WEST PERTH LAUNCHES FALCONS TV IN 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 4:11 PM

THE West Perth Football Club will be launching Falcons TV for the 2014 WAFL season with it to include video news, profiles, interviews, announcements and events from around the club.

The West Perth FC website, www.westperthfc.com.au, will be the home of Falcons TV in 2014 which will be headed up by television media veteran Peter Hale of Main Event Professionals (www.maineventprofessionals.com.au).
Hale is a lifetime West Perth supporter and has previously been linked to the club by producing the history video in 1985 with the latest update covering the 2013 premiership season.
This new double DVD set is available for purchase from the club's office on (08) 9300 3611 or reception@falconsfc.com.au.
Hale also did some work with the Falcons in 1990s with John Dimmer in charge as coach which saw him film individual players during training and also matches for video analysis that was well ahead of its time.
As a lifelong fan of the club, Hale is delighted to now be producing Falcons TV to offer a new insight into the club for all members and supporters to enjoy.
"I grew up riding my bike after school to see the boys train during the week at Leederville in the 1960s," Hale said.
"I am looking forward to bringing Falcons TV to the members and supporters of this great club throughout 2014 and beyond."
Hale has spent many years in the media industry working with the major television networks both in Perth and the eastern states.
He has operated Main Event Professionals for the past eight years and that is what now is allowing him to produce Falcons TV for the West Perth Football Club.
Throughout 2014, Falcons TV will include a weekly video featuring all the latest news straight from the coaches along with injury updates, player profiles and announcements on special events around the club.
BY CHRIS PIKETHE West Perth Football Club will be launching Falcons TV for the 2014 WAFL season with it to include video news, profiles, interviews, announcements and events from around the club.

The West Perth FC website, www.westperthfc.com.au, will be the home of Falcons TV in 2014 which will be headed up by television media veteran Peter Hale of Main Event Professionals (www.maineventprofessionals.com.au).

Hale is a lifetime West Perth supporter and has previously been linked to the club by producing the history video in 1985 with the latest update covering the 2013 premiership season.

This new double DVD set is available for purchase from the club's office on (08) 9300 3611 or via the team store.

Hale also did some work with the Falcons in 1990s with John Dimmer in charge as coach which saw him film individual players during training and also matches for video analysis that was well ahead of its time.

As a lifelong fan of the club, Hale is delighted to now be producing Falcons TV to offer a new insight into the club for all members and supporters to enjoy.

"I grew up riding my bike after school to see the boys train during the week at Leederville in the 1960s," Hale said.

"I am looking forward to bringing Falcons TV to the members and supporters of this great club throughout 2014 and beyond."

Hale has spent many years in the media industry working with the major television networks both in Perth and the eastern states.

He has operated Main Event Professionals for the past eight years and that is what now is allowing him to produce Falcons TV for the West Perth Football Club.

Throughout 2014, Falcons TV will include a weekly video featuring all the latest news straight from the coaches along with injury updates, player profiles and announcements on special events around the club.

BY CHRIS PIKE

WEST PERTH PRE-SEASON FIXTURES

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 3:15 PM

WEST Perth's premiership defence begins this Friday night with an intra-club hit out before two clashes against East Perth and Subiaco at Leederville leading into the 2014 season proper getting underway.

It certainly feels as though time has flown since that memorable day last September when West Perth beat East Perth on Patersons Stadium to win the 2013 WAFL premiership, but the Falcons have been working hard over the pre-season in an effort to back up that stunning performance.
The Falcons have certainly not rested on their laurels since winning the premiership and even though captain Jason Salecic, Simpson Medallist Mark Hutchings and premiership forward Josh Mellington will be missed, depth was one of West Perth's greatest strengths in 2013.
Anthony Tsalikis, Trent Manzone, Matt Johnson, Brayden Antonio, Luke Meadows, James Batterham and Kris Shannon were among the players to miss out on that grand final triumph either through injury or by taking part in the reserves grand final against South Fremantle.
West Perth has also signed Matthew Spencer (formerly Swan Districts, Geelong), Seva Martin (Subiaco) and Todd Bryant (Wodonga) for the 2014 WAFL season.
The Falcons' first official hit out will take place this Friday night at the UWA Sports Ground in an intra-club match starting at 5.30pm.
West Perth will then spend the following fortnight playing matches at the club's spiritual home at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.
It begins on Friday February 28 when West Perth and East Perth do battle under lights with the league match bouncing down at 7pm.
The following weekend on Saturday March 8, West Perth takes on Subiaco at the same venue with bounce down at 4.05pm.
That all leads into Round 1 of the 2014 season proper when West Perth travels to East Fremantle Oval to face the Sharks on Saturday March 22 before the first home game at Arena Joondalup in Round 2 against Claremont where the premiership flag will be unfurled.
WEST PERTH PRE-SEASON FIXTURES
Friday February 21 – Intra-club match at UWA Sports Ground, 5.30pm
Friday February 28 – v East Perth at Medibank Stadium, 7.00pm
Saturday March 8 – v Subiaco at Medibank Stadium, 4.05pm
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth's premiership defence begins this Friday night with an intra-club hit out before two clashes against East Perth and Subiaco at Leederville leading into the 2014 season proper getting underway.

It certainly feels as though time has flown since that memorable day last September when West Perth beat East Perth on Patersons Stadium to win the 2013 WAFL premiership, but the Falcons have been working hard over the pre-season in an effort to back up that stunning performance.

The Falcons have certainly not rested on their laurels since winning the premiership and even though captain Jason Salecic, Simpson Medallist Mark Hutchings and premiership forward Josh Mellington will be missed, depth was one of West Perth's greatest strengths in 2013.

Anthony Tsalikis, Trent Manzone, Matt Johnson, Brayden Antonio, Luke Meadows, James Batterham and Kris Shannon were among the players to miss out on that grand final triumph either through injury or by taking part in the reserves grand final against South Fremantle.

West Perth has also signed Matthew Spencer (formerly Swan Districts, Geelong) and Seva Martin (Subiaco) for the 2014 WAFL season.

The Falcons' first official hit out will take place this Friday night at the UWA Sports Ground in an intra-club match starting at 5.30pm.

West Perth will then spend the following fortnight playing matches at the club's spiritual home at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.

It begins on Friday February 28 when West Perth and East Perth do battle under lights with the league match bouncing down at 7pm.

The following weekend on Saturday March 8, West Perth takes on Subiaco at the same venue with bounce down at 4.05pm.

That all leads into Round 1 of the 2014 season proper when West Perth travels to East Fremantle Oval to face the Sharks on Saturday March 22 before the first home game at Arena Joondalup in Round 2 against Claremont where the premiership flag will be unfurled.

WEST PERTH PRE-SEASON FIXTURES

Friday February 21 – Intra-club match at UWA Sports Ground, 5.30pm

Friday February 28 – v East Perth at Medibank Stadium, Reserves 5.00pm; League 7.00pm

Saturday March 1 – v East Perth at Medibank Stadium, Colts 9.00am

Saturday March 8 – v East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval, Colts 9.00am

Saturday March 8 – v Subiaco at Medibank Stadium, Reserves 1.00pm; League 4.00pm

 

BY CHRIS PIKE

nab Challenge Match Day Raffle Results

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 4:03 PM

Thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets at the nab Challenge Derby on Tuesday! A great crowd of 10 737 attended to witness AFL in our own backyard. The funds raised will go directly to West Perth Football Club player development and a massive thank you to our Past Players & Officials Association for their efforts in this fundraising.

For those who didn't hear the announcements, the winning tickets are:

1st prize - ticket # 1261

2nd prize - ticket # 1796

3rd prize - ticket # 0236

 

Prize winners can contact the West Perth Football Club office on 9300 3611 to claim their footys.

FALCONS UPBEAT DESPITE LOSS OF KRAKOUER

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 4:12 AM

WHILE disappointed that Andrew Krakouer won't be lining up as expected in the 2014 WAFL season, the West Perth Football Club is not letting it effect preparations for the premiership defence but the door will always be open to the former AFL star to return if his circumstances change.

Krakouer did initially sign with West Perth for the 2014 and 2015 WAFL seasons after his 137-game AFL career came to an end following the 2013 season with Collingwood.
However, the 30-year-old informed the club on Monday that he had been offered, and accepted, an employment opportunity that would see him spend too much time outside of Perth in 2014 for him to continue to train and play at WAFL level.
As a result, he will not be lining up for West Perth and while there is no tangible loss on the field given his pre-season training to date meant he was an unlikely starter for Round 1 anyway, it does leave the Falcons in a unique position.
West Perth and Swan Districts agreed on a transfer fee when Krakouer signed with the Falcons upon wishing to return to the WAFL, and now that deal looks like it will have to be upheld despite West Perth not having even seen Krakouer in as much as an intra-club hit out.
West Perth chief executive David Crute is still ironing out the nuts and bolts of the process with both Swan Districts and the WAFL.
"Essentially we are going to be paying out X amount of dollars for nothing in effect so that is a bit gut-wrenching when money is tight in WAFL circles, and you don’t like to be throwing away money. We have to get past that before we make a rational decision," Crute said.
"If we are asked to pay it by the footy commission, we don’t have a choice. We entered into an agreement with Swan Districts and they are expecting us to pay it so that is probably what will end up happening. There's still a bit of water to go under the bridge yet though.
"Andrew and his manager made it clear that he wouldn’t be playing for the club in 2014, but that being said you never say never about next year. But right now I would have to say it's unlikely. He is still a listed West Perth player for 2014 and we have an obligation to pay his transfer fee to Swan Districts and the final details of that are still being worked through."
While Crute and everyone involved at West Perth are disappointed that Krakouer won't be seen on the field now in 2014 to help the club try and win back-to-back WAFL premierships, Krakouer had made it clear upon returning to Western Australia that his off-field life was always coming first.
"It's a little bit disappointing. It didn’t come as a total shock and we have been working behind the scenes with Andrew the last couple of weeks but he gave me a call Sunday night to tell me that he's finally made his decision. We wish him all the best," he said.
"At the end of the day, Andrew made it clear when he approached us late last year that life after football was his No. 1 focus, and he was looking at some career opportunities. At that stage, we stressed that playing football is an excellent way of building up your networks and contacts with the hope of employment coming out of that.
"Andrew did have a job lined up before he came back to Perth so that sort of made it easier for us, but for whatever reason that fell through at reasonably late notice.
"We have spent the last month or six weeks busily working behind the scenes looking for other opportunities, and we did have a number that came to fruition but then this opportunity came up in the mining industry that was a little more lucrative than we could locate in the metro area."
Given the fact that Krakouer never showed what he could offer on the field for West Perth, the loss of him from the team for 2014 won't be felt too much by the Falcons, but it is a blow to some of the Indigenous programs that were being put in place with Krakouer in line to help implement them.
"It's probably not such a blow on the field because we certainly have the players to cover him. Our coach Bill Monaghan has done a lot of work bringing through our younger players so we have no issue covering Andrew's absence," Crute said.
"He's never even played an intra-club game for the club so Bill has been doing all the work this pre-season without him there anyway. One of the reasons we were excited to sign him was because he is a rare individual in that he has huge football talent, but his off the field presence is quite exceptional as well.
"We were planning on running some programs with his help with our district staff, and we will continue to do that, but his presence with all of that would have been fantastic. We don’t know what we have missed out on though."
BY CHRIS PIKEWHILE disappointed that Andrew Krakouer won't be lining up as expected in the 2014 WAFL season, the West Perth Football Club is not letting it effect preparations for the premiership defence but the door will always be open to the former AFL star to return if his circumstances change.

Krakouer did initially sign with West Perth for the 2014 and 2015 WAFL seasons after his 137-game AFL career came to an end following the 2013 season with Collingwood.

However, the 30-year-old informed the club on Monday that he had been offered, and accepted, an employment opportunity that would see him spend too much time outside of Perth in 2014 for him to continue to train and play at WAFL level.

As a result, he will not be lining up for West Perth and while there is no tangible loss on the field given his pre-season training to date meant he was an unlikely starter for Round 1 anyway, it does leave the Falcons in a unique position.

West Perth and Swan Districts agreed on a transfer fee when Krakouer signed with the Falcons upon wishing to return to the WAFL, and now that deal looks like it will have to be upheld despite West Perth not having even seen Krakouer in as much as an intra-club hit out.

West Perth chief executive David Crute is still ironing out the nuts and bolts of the process with both Swan Districts and the WAFL.

"Essentially we are going to be paying out X amount of dollars for nothing in effect so that is a bit gut-wrenching when money is tight in WAFL circles, and you don’t like to be throwing away money. We have to get past that before we make a rational decision," Crute said.

"If we are asked to pay it by the footy commission, we don’t have a choice. We entered into an agreement with Swan Districts and they are expecting us to pay it so that is probably what will end up happening. There's still a bit of water to go under the bridge yet though.

"Andrew and his manager made it clear that he wouldn’t be playing for the club in 2014, but that being said you never say never about next year. But right now I would have to say it's unlikely. He is still a listed West Perth player for 2014 and we have an obligation to pay his transfer fee to Swan Districts and the final details of that are still being worked through."

While Crute and everyone involved at West Perth are disappointed that Krakouer won't be seen on the field now in 2014 to help the club try and win back-to-back WAFL premierships, Krakouer had made it clear upon returning to Western Australia that his off-field life was always coming first.

"It's a little bit disappointing. It didn’t come as a total shock and we have been working behind the scenes with Andrew the last couple of weeks but he gave me a call Sunday night to tell me that he's finally made his decision. We wish him all the best," he said.

"At the end of the day, Andrew made it clear when he approached us late last year that life after football was his No. 1 focus, and he was looking at some career opportunities. At that stage, we stressed that playing football is an excellent way of building up your networks and contacts with the hope of employment coming out of that.

"Andrew did have a job lined up before he came back to Perth so that sort of made it easier for us, but for whatever reason that fell through at reasonably late notice.

"We have spent the last month or six weeks busily working behind the scenes looking for other opportunities, and we did have a number that came to fruition but then this opportunity came up in the mining industry that was a little more lucrative than we could locate in the metro area."

Given the fact that Krakouer never showed what he could offer on the field for West Perth, the loss of him from the team for 2014 won't be felt too much by the Falcons, but it is a blow to some of the Indigenous programs that were being put in place with Krakouer in line to help implement them.

"It's probably not such a blow on the field because we certainly have the players to cover him. Our coach Bill Monaghan has done a lot of work bringing through our younger players so we have no issue covering Andrew's absence," Crute said.

"He's never even played an intra-club game for the club so Bill has been doing all the work this pre-season without him there anyway. One of the reasons we were excited to sign him was because he is a rare individual in that he has huge football talent, but his off the field presence is quite exceptional as well.

"We were planning on running some programs with his help with our district staff, and we will continue to do that, but his presence with all of that would have been fantastic. We don’t know what we have missed out on though."

BY CHRIS PIKE

FALCONS OFFER PRIME VIEWING OF NAB CHALLENGE DERBY

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 3:57 AM

WEST Perth supporters and members have the chance to watch next Tuesday's AFL NAB Challenge Western Derby in comfort at Arena Joondalup as the ground's condition continues to remarkably improve after the recent Big Day Out.

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Concerns were raised over the Arena Joondalup surface being fit for the first ever AFL fixture at the venue on Tuesday February 18 between West Coast and Fremantle when the Big Day Out music festival was scheduled for February 2.

However, the playing surface at Arena Joondalup is now looking terrific and perhaps even better than before according to West Perth Football Club chief executive David Crute.

"The oval is looking fantastic. To be honest, it's actually looking better than it was prior to the Big Day Out weirdly enough," Crute said.

"VenuesWest have gone above and beyond to get specialists over from the eastern states who looked after turf following festivals over there, and I think they have replaced around 200 square metres of turf both where the cranes were driving and the goal squares.

"You can't tell there was a festival on the oval so that has been amazing. There certainly won't be any issues with the ground for the NAB Cup ground."

While general tickets for the game at Arena Joondalup are available, the West Perth Football Club is offering a chance to purchase a seat in the upstairs section of the Whinnen-Dempsey grandstand with all moneys raised from that directly helping the Falcons, and not the AFL.

West Perth is able to offer both general seats in the grandstand but also spots at the luncheon held before the match and also there are limited corporate boxes still available.

Tickets for the grandstand seating are $60 and that will include food and beverages, and will provide you with the best seats in the house for the first ever AFL clash at Arena Joondalup, and also the first competitive hit out for both West Coast and Fremantle against real opposition for 2014.

"Tickets are selling well now that the game has been 100 per cent confirmed at Arena, but there are still tickets available for the game," Crute said.

"All that money goes to the AFL but VenuesWest and the AFL have agreed to give us the rights to sell tickets to the upstairs grandstand seating area as well as those corporate boxes and a function room. We have three options available and for $60 you get a burger, a drink and a comfortable seat in the upstairs grandstand area.

"If you want to sit in comfort there in the grandstand, then give the club a call. We've also got a luncheon on beforehand with Basil Zempilas as our special guest feature. That is selling well but we also have a few seats left for that, and one or two corporate boxes left as well.

"If anyone is interested, then please call the club or check out the website. Every single dollar through those tickets, goes back to West Perth which is very timely for us at the moment."

While the scheduling of the Big Day Out festival, the NAB Challenge game and the March 2 Future Music festival has somewhat interrupted the Falcons' pre-season schedule, Crute couldn’t be happier with the help provided to the West Perth Football Club by VenuesWest and the City of Joondalup.

"We had a little bit of an interrupted pre-season having to move off Arena Joondalup but all the boys are training down at Chichester Park at the moment down in Woodvale," Crute said.

"I need to thank the City of Joondalup for helping us out there. They have put up goals for us and had the ground marked, and hopefully we can get back onto Arena Joondalup after Future Music is finished in time for the season."

BY CHRIS PIKE

ANDREW KRAKOUER STATEMENT

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 4:22 AM

THE West Perth Football Club has been advised that Andrew Krakouer will not be playing in the WAFL for the Falcons in 2014 because of an employment opportunity in the mining industry.

On the back of his AFL career of 137 matches with Richmond and Collingwood coming to an end following the 2013 season, Krakouer signed with the reigning WAFL premiers West Perth.
However, the 30-year-old has since been offered, and accepted, a lucrative employment opportunity in the mining industry.
This new job will mean that Krakouer will have limited time in Perth throughout 2014 making it impossible for him to devote the time and effort necessary to train and play at WAFL level.
The former Richmond and Collingwood AFL star, and Sandover and Simpson Medallist, and premiership hero at Swan Districts in 2010 wishes to make it clear that this was purely a career choice.
Krakouer noted that everyone associated with the West Perth Football Club had gone above and beyond in their efforts since signing with the club upon returning to Perth, to make the transition back from Melbourne to Western Australia as seamless as possible.
"While the club is disappointed we won’t get to see Andrew running around in a red and blue jumper this season, we wish he and his family all the best in the next stage of their lives," West Perth Football Club President Brett Raponi said.
Krakouer's manager at Global Sports Solutions, Matthew Gray conveyed Krakouer's decision that was one of the hardest he has had to make in his life.
"This is not a decision Andrew has made lightly. Andrew reached his decision having spent the past few days weighing up all options. Andrew's decision is based on career opportunities," Gray said.
"These opportunities require Andrew to spend extended periods away from Perth, meaning Andrew would not be able to commit to the requirements of playing football in the WAFL. Andrew had been looking forward to returning to the WAFL with West Perth in 2014."THE West Perth Football Club has been advised that Andrew Krakouer will not be playing in the WAFL for the Falcons in 2014 because of an employment opportunity in the mining industry.

On the back of his AFL career of 137 matches with Richmond and Collingwood coming to an end following the 2013 season, Krakouer signed with the reigning WAFL premiers West Perth.

However, the 30-year-old has since been offered, and accepted, a lucrative employment opportunity in the mining industry.

This new job will mean that Krakouer will have limited time in Perth throughout 2014 making it impossible for him to devote the time and effort necessary to train and play at WAFL level.

The former Richmond and Collingwood AFL star, and Sandover and Simpson Medallist, and premiership hero at Swan Districts in 2010 wishes to make it clear that this was purely a career choice.

Krakouer noted that everyone associated with the West Perth Football Club had gone above and beyond in their efforts since signing with the club upon returning to Perth, to make the transition back from Melbourne to Western Australia as seamless as possible.

"While the club is disappointed we won’t get to see Andrew running around in a red and blue jumper this season, we wish he and his family all the best in the next stage of their lives," West Perth Football Club President Brett Raponi said.

Krakouer's manager Matthew Gray conveyed Krakouer's decision that was one of the hardest he has had to make in his life.

"This is not a decision Andrew has made lightly. Andrew reached his decision having spent the past few days weighing up all options. Andrew's decision is based on career opportunities," Gray said.

"These opportunities require Andrew to spend extended periods away from Perth, meaning Andrew would not be able to commit to the requirements of playing football in the WAFL. Andrew had been looking forward to returning to the WAFL with West Perth in 2014."

REWARD THE FALCONS FOR PERFORMING FOR YOU

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 8:31 PM

THE West Perth Football Club will once again be doing everything to provide our supporter base with plenty of victories to cheer on during the 2014 WAFL season and each member can help the club out even further by pledging to donate per victory the Falcons record.

The pledge is there for members to give additional support to ensure that the players and coaches have every single opportunity to be the best they can be. 
The pledge system has been running for three years and last year added an additional $11,000 to the West Perth Football Club. It allows the club to that little bit extra in supporting the players and coaches to then in turn give all our supporters and members what they want – on-field success.
It is easy to participate and the club encourages all members to consider when renewing their membership for 2014.
We understand that not everyone will be able to and trust us, we truly appreciate every single one of the West Perth Football Club's members, but every additional cent you are able to provide will help us be the best that we can as a club on and off the field.
When members renew their membership, they can additionally pledge a dollar amount for every game won for the season including finals by the league team. Whether it is $5, $10, $20 or $50 - it all counts and best of all for you, if we don't perform you don't owe an extra cent!
Last year the league team won 17 games and went on to win the WAFL premiership, and we hope that every one of our members felt they got their money's worth for whatever pledge they were able to make.
Long-time Falcons supporter Andrew Anderton has been supporting the program since it first started. He has renewed his membership for 2014 and pledged a further $100 to the Falcons for every league win this season – and we hope there will be plenty of those in the premiership defence.
West Perth Football Club President Brett Raponi believes Andrew is representative of the Falcons' supporter base.
"Andrew is the quintessential supporter that all clubs love to have," Raponi said.
"Never a bad word to say and always encouraging, Andrew attends a variety of club functions and really gets the most out of his membership. This is an outstanding pledge and I just hope this year we take plenty from him this year." 
If you have renewed your membership already and not made a pledge then phone the club and get on board.THE West Perth Football Club will once again be doing everything to provide our supporter base with plenty of victories to cheer on during the 2014 WAFL season and each member can help the club out even further by pledging to donate per victory the Falcons record.

The pledge is there for members to give additional support to ensure that the players and coaches have every single opportunity to be the best they can be. 

The pledge system has been running for three years and last year added an additional $11,000 to the West Perth Football Club. It allows the club to that little bit extra in supporting the players and coaches to then in turn give all our supporters and members what they want – on-field success.

It is easy to participate and the club encourages all members to consider when renewing their membership for 2014.

We understand that not everyone will be able to and trust us, we truly appreciate every single one of the West Perth Football Club's members, but every additional cent you are able to provide will help us be the best that we can as a club on and off the field.

When members renew their membership, they can additionally pledge a dollar amount for every game won for the season including finals by the league team. Whether it is $5, $10, $20 or $50 - it all counts and best of all for you, if we don't perform you don't owe an extra cent!

Last year the league team won 17 games and went on to win the WAFL premiership, and we hope that every one of our members felt they got their money's worth for whatever pledge they were able to make.

Long-time Falcons supporter Andrew Anderton has been supporting the program since it first started. He has renewed his membership for 2014 and pledged a further $100 to the Falcons for every league win this season – and we hope there will be plenty of those in the premiership defence.

West Perth Football Club President Brett Raponi believes Andrew is representative of the Falcons' supporter base.

"Andrew is the quintessential supporter that all clubs love to have," Raponi said.

"Never a bad word to say and always encouraging, Andrew attends a variety of club functions and really gets the most out of his membership. This is an outstanding pledge and I just hope this year we take plenty from him this year." 

If you have renewed your membership already and not made a pledge then phone the club and get on board.