2014 Membership Packs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 3:05 PM

Five months of off-season has flown by and it's not long to go now until our first home game - for those who are eagerly awaiting your membership packs, distribution started at the end of last week.

Given the high volume of members, we have had to do this in stages so some of you may have already received your packs, whilst others will receive them this week.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Club on 9300 3611 by the end of the week if you still haven't received yours.

FALCONS' NEW LEADERS MORE THAN READY

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 1:20 PM

WEST Perth premiership coach Bill Monaghan has no doubt that new co-captains Jay van Berlo and Luke Tedesco will step seamlessly into the shoes left by Jason Salecic both because they are outstanding leaders, and experienced in the role with Salecic limited to 12 of 22 games in 2013.

Salecic was an inspirational leader at West Perth being captain since he took over from Clayton Lasscock ahead of the 2008 season, but when he was limited to just four games in the first 17 rounds of 2013, it allowed the captains of the future the chance to rehearse for the future role.
Salecic made it back to play the last eight games of the 2013 season including the grand final victory over East Perth that saw him end his decorated WAFL career with the Falcons as a dual premiership player, as a premiership skipper to go with 213 matches, seven appearances for WA and a Breckler Medal.
That is quite the legacy to leave, but West Perth will now head into its premiership defence in 2014 with Tedesco and van Berlo as its co-captains, and with both ready for the captaincy role.
Tedesco made his league debut with West Perth in 2007 and has now gone on to play 105 games for the club including last year's premiership where he worked tremendously hard to make it back from a calf injury in time to play in.
The 27-year-old has cemented himself as an outstanding member of the defensive unit both as a tough-as-nails mid-sized defender, but also a strong leader and someone who can set up play out of the back-line with his terrific kicking skills.
Despite still being only 25 years of age, van Berlo has already played in the AFL where he managed 32 matches for the Fremantle Dockers between 2009 and 2012.
On top of that, van Berlo represented Western Australia in a drought breaking State match victory over Victoria in Northam in 2013 and is putting together a high-quality WAFL career with West Perth.
Van Berlo made his WAFL league debut with West Perth in 2007 and went on to win the club's fairest and best award in 2008 before attracting the attention of Fremantle where he was added onto the rookie-list in 2009.
He continued to play at West Perth over the next four years while not playing in the AFL with the Dockers, and returned full-time to the Falcons in 2013.
He quickly cemented himself as a prime midfielder in the competition once again and was a key contributor to the Falcons claiming the 2013 premiership with a grand final victory over arch-rivals East Perth at Patersons Stadium.
The pair will be joined in the Falcons' leadership group this year by premiership players Matt Guadagnin and Marc Crisp, and Cameron Branch who captained the West Perth reserves into the grand final in 2013.
Monaghan is comfortable and confident that the two new captains van Berlo and Tedesco, and the entire leadership will show the way for the Falcons in 2014.
"It's as seamless as you can get. Jason has been an outstanding leader at our football club for a number of years, but Luke, Jay and Ray Bartholomew last year as our vice-captains had to step up because Jason missed nearly half the season," Monaghan said.
"The fact that Jason missed that amount of time made the transition to new captains really easy to manage because they had already captained for a lot of time last year. It's not a big change at all and we knew that Jason's time as captain was coming to an end whether he did play on this year or not.
"So we did give those guys more responsibilities during the season last year so it's now a really smooth transition into the captaincy for Jay and Luke.
"They are both outstanding leaders, but with their character and way they go about the game is slightly different. It should be a good mix. We are also always looking for who will be leading the club in the future so we look at that when deciding our leadership group."
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth premiership coach Bill Monaghan has no doubt that new co-captains Jay van Berlo and Luke Tedesco will step seamlessly into the shoes left by Jason Salecic both because they are outstanding leaders, and experienced in the role with Salecic limited to 12 of 22 games in 2013.

Salecic was an inspirational leader at West Perth being captain since he took over from Clayton Lasscock ahead of the 2008 season, but when he was limited to just four games in the first 17 rounds of 2013, it allowed the captains of the future the chance to rehearse for the future role.

Salecic made it back to play the last eight games of the 2013 season including the grand final victory over East Perth that saw him end his decorated WAFL career with the Falcons as a dual premiership player, as a premiership skipper to go with 213 matches, seven appearances for WA and a Breckler Medal.

That is quite the legacy to leave, but West Perth will now head into its premiership defence in 2014 with Tedesco and van Berlo as its co-captains, and with both ready for the captaincy role.

Tedesco made his league debut with West Perth in 2007 and has now gone on to play 105 games for the club including last year's premiership where he worked tremendously hard to make it back from a calf injury in time to play in.

The 27-year-old has cemented himself as an outstanding member of the defensive unit both as a tough-as-nails mid-sized defender, but also a strong leader and someone who can set up play out of the back-line with his terrific kicking skills.

Despite still being only 25 years of age, van Berlo has already played in the AFL where he managed 32 matches for the Fremantle Dockers between 2009 and 2012.

On top of that, van Berlo represented Western Australia in a drought breaking State match victory over Victoria in Northam in 2013 and is putting together a high-quality WAFL career with West Perth.

Van Berlo made his WAFL league debut with West Perth in 2007 and went on to win the club's fairest and best award in 2008 before attracting the attention of Fremantle where he was added onto the rookie-list in 2009.

He continued to play at West Perth over the next four years while not playing in the AFL with the Dockers, and returned full-time to the Falcons in 2013.

He quickly cemented himself as a prime midfielder in the competition once again and was a key contributor to the Falcons claiming the 2013 premiership with a grand final victory over arch-rivals East Perth at Patersons Stadium.

The pair will be joined in the Falcons' leadership group this year by premiership players Matt Guadagnin and Marc Crisp, and Cameron Branch who captained the West Perth reserves into the grand final in 2013.

Monaghan is comfortable and confident that the two new captains van Berlo and Tedesco, and the entire leadership will show the way for the Falcons in 2014.

"It's as seamless as you can get. Jason has been an outstanding leader at our football club for a number of years, but Luke, Jay and Ray Bartholomew last year as our vice-captains had to step up because Jason missed nearly half the season," Monaghan said.

"The fact that Jason missed that amount of time made the transition to new captains really easy to manage because they had already captained for a lot of time last year. It's not a big change at all and we knew that Jason's time as captain was coming to an end whether he did play on this year or not.

"So we did give those guys more responsibilities during the season last year so it's now a really smooth transition into the captaincy for Jay and Luke.

"They are both outstanding leaders, but with their character and way they go about the game is slightly different. It should be a good mix. We are also always looking for who will be leading the club in the future so we look at that when deciding our leadership group."

BY CHRIS PIKE

BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN Q & A

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 5:16 AM

WEST Perth premiership coach Bill Monaghan will be conducting a weekly question and answer segment each week during the 2014 WAFL season for the club's website. Here is edition No. 1.

QUESTION: What have you taken out of the pre-season wins over East Perth and Subiaco?
ANSWER: First of all the players worked really hard over the pre-season and that's not only the guys who were lucky enough to play in our premiership team last year, but the young guys in particular have really come back with some hunger. They got a bit of a taste of finals footy in the reserves and they are keen to push the group along. We have also been able to add four or five players from either other WAFL clubs or amateur clubs and they are the ones who are driving the premiership players to improve.
I have been very impressed with our pre-season and that's been reflected in our two performances. Whilst we made plenty of mistakes as you do at this time of year and our ball handling wasn’t where it needs to be, the focus has been on physically preparing ourselves.
We did play a fairly second string East Perth side in 20-minute quarters so that was a bit of a light hit out, but Subiaco early on really came at us. From all reports, they worked really hard over the pre-season so that was a really good test for us and I was happy with the way our players kept battling away all day, and in the end our pressure skills in the last quarter were as good as they were in the first quarter. But there does need to be a significant lift again in two weeks when we take on East Fremantle in Round 1.
Q: Losing in the pre-season isn’t always a concern, but it must be nice to have some winning form?
A: Pre-season matches are always very interesting and coaches can always sell losses, but what we have been trying to do the whole time I've coached is that whilst the results aren’t crucial, we want to put our best foot forward in every game we play. Over the two weeks we've played, it has given some players on the fringe of our best 22 a chance and they can't afford to just go through the motions. If they are in good form then it puts pressure on the guys who think they would be in the team for Round 1 so it makes them step it up again. The focus isn’t to win, it is to make sure we are going in the right direction but we expect a good performance every time we play whether it's pre-season or a Foxtel Cup game, we will be giving 100 per cent.
Q: The battle between new recruit Seva Martin and former ruckman Frank Stockley?
A: It was a really interesting duel and from West Perth and Subiaco fans, and coaches, that is going to be a really interesting swap to keep an eye on. We have been impressed with Sev's commitment over the pre-season. He is a big lump of a lad and he is a developing ruckman. We gave Frank our blessings when he left and he was obviously at the age and experience who felt ready for league footy, and I had to sit down and tell him that he was still second behind Chris Keunen until he could prove that he was first.
Sev is developing and has some issues around his kicking, but with his size and bulk he is going to be a huge plus to us. When he first came over and we talked to him, we had a long-term view of him where Chris is going on 31 this year and is probably in his last or second last year so Sev just needs to be patient and to keep working hard. At 208cm, though, he is a good enough size and at an age where we think we can help him develop further and he should turn into a very good league footballer down the track.
Q: Andrew Strijk and Andrew Krakouer are the only players to not play a pre-season game?
A: We haven’t seen a lot of Andrew Krakouer around and he is still probably a month away from playing competitive footy. When he's been here both before he announced he wasn’t going to play with us and now since coming back, his training has been first class. He is a quality act and that will develop over time. We won't rush Andrew and we have a longer-term view of the season than trying to get him out quickly and opening up all possibilities of injury.
Matthew Spencer and Matt Guadagnin both played against East Perth, but had commitments for the Subiaco game. At their age and experience, though, one hit out is probably enough but Spencer would likely have preferred another one just because he is trying to break into our side.
The only other one who hasn’t played any competitive football is Andrew Strijk who is coming off a shoulder reconstruction. He was touch and go to play against Subiaco, but his medical clearance has now come this week but we have a bye in the pre-season schedule. So we have a dilemma about if we can get enough match simulation into him to play him in Round 1 or if we be more conservative with him and ease him back through the reserves.
Anthony Tsalikis has played both the reserves games coming off a shoulder reconstruction last year. He played a half against East Perth and then a full game against Subiaco so he has put his name up in the frame for Round 1. Both Anthony and Andrew have been around long enough where if we pick them for Round 1, we know they will give us everything they have.
Q: So everyone except Krakouer will be available for selection for Round 1?
A: At this stage, yes except Kody Manning who is out with suspension. We will still have 18 of our premiership players available with Salecic, Mellington and Hutchings the only ones not here and then you take out Kody for the first couple of weeks. When you add in a few of our good young players, guys like Manzone and Tsalikis who didn’t play in our premiership and then the new players, selection for Round 1 will be quite tough and we will have to find a way to chop down 28 to 22. There will be some genuinely disappointed players, but that's good for our football club and everyone will get a chance throughout this year especially with us playing in the Foxtel Cup.
Q: How do you approach this weekend because once the season starts you won't have a bye potentially for a long time because of the Foxtel Cup?
A: We treated the game with Subiaco as our last opportunity for match practice and we are backing our strength and conditioning coach Craig Soley in, and he has run a really good program over summer. The plan all along was to have a heavy workload into our two practice games and then we will begin to taper off. We won't do much match simulation work now. We will just do some short and sharp work with a bit of competitive stuff thrown in. We felt that the second half on the weekend showed that we are on the right track and there is no need for us to play any catch up work with our fitness leading into Round 1. Mainly we will just try to fine tune our skills and we will train Saturday morning, but it's not going to be a practice match so to speak.
We had the opportunity to play one more practice game and chose not to given that this might well be, other than the state game, our only opportunity for a bye for the rest of the season. Hopefully we go a long way in the Foxtel Cup and that's what we are hoping for, so we wanted to give the players this weekend off really. That's a little risky given you go into Round 1 coming off a bye, but it can tend to be scrappy anyway and hopefully our endeavour and efforts will be at a high level and we may be able to cover any slight deficiency from not having a game.
WITH CHRIS PIKE

QUESTION: What have you taken out of the pre-season wins over East Perth and Subiaco?

ANSWER: First of all the players worked really hard over the pre-season and that's not only the guys who were lucky enough to play in our premiership team last year, but the young guys in particular have really come back with some hunger. They got a bit of a taste of finals footy in the reserves and they are keen to push the group along. We have also been able to add four or five players from either other WAFL clubs or amateur clubs and they are the ones who are driving the premiership players to improve.

I have been very impressed with our pre-season and that's been reflected in our two performances. Whilst we made plenty of mistakes as you do at this time of year and our ball handling wasn’t where it needs to be, the focus has been on physically preparing ourselves.

We did play a fairly second string East Perth side in 20-minute quarters so that was a bit of a light hit out, but Subiaco early on really came at us. From all reports, they worked really hard over the pre-season so that was a really good test for us and I was happy with the way our players kept battling away all day, and in the end our pressure skills in the last quarter were as good as they were in the first quarter. But there does need to be a significant lift again in two weeks when we take on East Fremantle in Round 1.

Q: Losing in the pre-season isn’t always a concern, but it must be nice to have some winning form?

A: Pre-season matches are always very interesting and coaches can always sell losses, but what we have been trying to do the whole time I've coached is that whilst the results aren’t crucial, we want to put our best foot forward in every game we play. Over the two weeks we've played, it has given some players on the fringe of our best 22 a chance and they can't afford to just go through the motions. If they are in good form then it puts pressure on the guys who think they would be in the team for Round 1 so it makes them step it up again. The focus isn’t to win, it is to make sure we are going in the right direction but we expect a good performance every time we play whether it's pre-season or a Foxtel Cup game, we will be giving 100 per cent.

Q: The battle between new recruit Seva Martin and former ruckman Frank Stockley?

A: It was a really interesting duel and from West Perth and Subiaco fans, and coaches, that is going to be a really interesting swap to keep an eye on. We have been impressed with Sev's commitment over the pre-season. He is a big lump of a lad and he is a developing ruckman. We gave Frank our blessings when he left and he was obviously at the age and experience who felt ready for league footy, and I had to sit down and tell him that he was still second behind Chris Keunen until he could prove that he was first.

Sev is developing and has some issues around his kicking, but with his size and bulk he is going to be a huge plus to us. When he first came over and we talked to him, we had a long-term view of him where Chris is going on 31 this year and is probably in his last or second last year so Sev just needs to be patient and to keep working hard. At 208cm, though, he is a good enough size and at an age where we think we can help him develop further and he should turn into a very good league footballer down the track.

Q: Andrew Strijk and Andrew Krakouer are the only players to not play a pre-season game?

A: We haven’t seen a lot of Andrew Krakouer around and he is still probably a month away from playing competitive footy. When he's been here both before he announced he wasn’t going to play with us and now since coming back, his training has been first class. He is a quality act and that will develop over time. We won't rush Andrew and we have a longer-term view of the season than trying to get him out quickly and opening up all possibilities of injury.

Matthew Spencer and Matt Guadagnin both played against East Perth, but had commitments for the Subiaco game. At their age and experience, though, one hit out is probably enough but Spencer would likely have preferred another one just because he is trying to break into our side.

The only other one who hasn’t played any competitive football is Andrew Strijk who is coming off a shoulder reconstruction. He was touch and go to play against Subiaco, but his medical clearance has now come this week but we have a bye in the pre-season schedule. So we have a dilemma about if we can get enough match simulation into him to play him in Round 1 or if we be more conservative with him and ease him back through the reserves.

Anthony Tsalikis has played both the reserves games coming off a shoulder reconstruction last year. He played a half against East Perth and then a full game against Subiaco so he has put his name up in the frame for Round 1. Both Anthony and Andrew have been around long enough where if we pick them for Round 1, we know they will give us everything they have.

Q: So everyone except Krakouer will be available for selection for Round 1?

A: At this stage, yes except Kody Manning who is out with suspension. We will still have 18 of our premiership players available with Salecic, Mellington and Hutchings the only ones not here and then you take out Kody for the first couple of weeks. When you add in a few of our good young players, guys like Manzone and Tsalikis who didn’t play in our premiership and then the new players, selection for Round 1 will be quite tough and we will have to find a way to chop down 28 to 22. There will be some genuinely disappointed players, but that's good for our football club and everyone will get a chance throughout this year especially with us playing in the Foxtel Cup.

Q: How do you approach this weekend because once the season starts you won't have a bye potentially for a long time because of the Foxtel Cup?

A: We treated the game with Subiaco as our last opportunity for match practice and we are backing our strength and conditioning coach Craig Soley in, and he has run a really good program over summer. The plan all along was to have a heavy workload into our two practice games and then we will begin to taper off. We won't do much match simulation work now. We will just do some short and sharp work with a bit of competitive stuff thrown in. We felt that the second half on the weekend showed that we are on the right track and there is no need for us to play any catch up work with our fitness leading into Round 1. Mainly we will just try to fine tune our skills and we will train Saturday morning, but it's not going to be a practice match so to speak.

We had the opportunity to play one more practice game and chose not to given that this might well be, other than the state game, our only opportunity for a bye for the rest of the season. Hopefully we go a long way in the Foxtel Cup and that's what we are hoping for, so we wanted to give the players this weekend off really. That's a little risky given you go into Round 1 coming off a bye, but it can tend to be scrappy anyway and hopefully our endeavour and efforts will be at a high level and we may be able to cover any slight deficiency from not having a game.

WITH CHRIS PIKE

Arena Joondalup Development Projects Update

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:23 PM

Keep up to date with the Arena Joondalup re-development with the latest information from VenuesWest.

Click here for further information or phone David Crute on 9300 3611.

WAFL Family Open Day

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 3:54 PM

Patersons Stadium Open Day- FREE for WAFL members!

Don’t miss your chance to have a kick on the hallowed turf of Patersons Stadium, meet AFL players and watch Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University on the new Big Screen. Patersons Stadium is opening their gates for the FIRST TIME EVER for a Family Open Day and Movie on the Turf on Saturday 15 March from 4:30pm! Entry $2 (non WAFL Members)

Click the link for details http://patersonsstadium.com.au/news/2933/patersons-stadium-open-day

Congratulations Major Motors - 2014 Corporate Classic Major Winner

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 3:51 PM

Congratulations to Brent Howard from Major Motors who has won the Major Prize in the 2014 Corporate Classic. A fantastic supporter of the Club, this is a great reward for Brent's continued efforts.

Congratulations also to Fred Bloffwitch of Townshend Financial Solutions and Les Fong of Credent Financial Services who respectively won the second and third prizes.

The Club would like to thank all companies who entered the 2014 Corporate Classic, raising valuable funds and support contributing towards the Club's focus on back to back premierships.

FINAL PRE-SEASON HIT OUT V SUBIACO THIS SATURDAY

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 8:45 PM

WEST Perth will undergo its final pre-season hit out ahead of the 2014 WAFL home and away season this Saturday against Subiaco at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.

Following last Friday night's 7.6 (48) to 1.5 (11) victory over East Perth at the same venue, the Falcons will now face the Lions on Saturday with the reserves beginning at 1.40pm and then the league at 4.05pm.

Here are the team lists for the encounter:

RESERVES

West Perth - Max Alexander, Cameron Branch, Corey Chalmers, James Embley, Martin Geraghty, Peter Harvey, Stephen Healy, Ben King, Jesse Kirwen, Aidan Lynch, Ben McNamara, Mitch McPhee, Jordan Mills, Sam Money, Ben O'Regan, Jacob Regan, David Sorgiovanni, Tim Sutherland, Jack Thrum, Anthony Tsalikis, Broderick Walton, Blake Wilhelm, Tamati Young.

Subiaco - Stuart Berryman, Jordan Bestry, Matt Bogensperger, Darcy Boyle, Sean Bradley, Dylan Clarke, Will Fetherstonhaugh, Ian Garlett, Tim Garvey, Michael Genovese, Kyle Halligan, Aaron Heal, James Hughes, Declan Jackson, David Madut, Luke Norriss, Joe Scafidi, Alex Sheed, Kobie Somers, Nathan Stewart, Luke Symonds, Andrew Vawser, Jordan Webster, Tim Whyte, Chris Wrigley.

LEAGUE

West Perth - Marcus Adams, Brayden Antonio, Ray Bartholomew, James Batterham, Aaron Black, Steven Browne, Marc Crisp, Matt Fowler, Dan Hunt, Matt Johnson, Jordan Jones, Rohan Kerr, Chris Keunen, Trent Manzone, Seva Martin, Shaun Marusic, Joe Morrow, Laine Rasmussen, Nick Rodda, Drew Rohde, Kris Shannon, Luke Tedesco, Jay van Berlo, Mitch van Berlo.

Subiaco - Reece Blechynden, Matt Boland, Jason Bristow, Abe Davey, Lachlan Delahunty, Chris Deluca, Josh Deluca, Dylan Elliott, James Garcia, George Hampson, Shaun Hildebrandt, Jarrod Kayler-Thomson, Hayden Kennedy, Rhett Kerr, Joel Latham, Charles Le Fanu, Daniel Leishman, Simon Moore, Chris Phelan, Darren Rumble, Tom Smith, Frank Stockley, Wayde Twomey, Rhys Waters, Shane Yarran.

2014 Player Auction

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Join the excitement of the 2014 Player Auction - even if you can't attend the Season Launch at 7pm, Friday 7 March in the Premiers Suite, Arena Joondalup.

Please peruse the Catalogue and email reception@falconsfc.com.au if you wish to lodge a proxy bid.

For those attending, we look forward to seeing you all to enjoy a wonderful night to kick start Season 2014.

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!