CELEBRATE & SUPPORT

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 8:06 PM


'Tis the season to be merry and who doesn't enjoy a glass or two when celebrating with friends over the festive season.

Support sponsor, Drakesbrook Fine Wines, and support the West Perth Football Club at the same time ... 20% of proceeds from sale of wines on the attached order form will be donated back to West Perth.

So if your business intends on giving wine gifts to clients, or if you simply want to stock the cellar for Christmas, please give thought to supporting those who support us!

Please don't hesitate to contact Bernie Worthington for further information.

FALCONS PAIR PICKED UP IN AFL DRAFT

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 9:16 PM

WEST Perth's remarkable 2013 has continued at Thursday's AFL National Draft with Blake Acres and Nick Robertson both being selected by St Kilda and the Brisbane Lions respectively.

Exciting 18-year-old forward Acres was the first Falcons player selected when St Kilda picked him up at No. 19 and he was then joined in the AFL by his West Perth colts teammate Robertson who taken at selection No. 34 by the Brisbane Lions.
Having two players drafted into the AFL caps off a remarkable 2013 season for the West Perth Football Club with the league side winning a first premiership in 10 years and the reserves also pulling off a remarkable second half of the season culminating in a grand final berth.
The dreams of a host of other talented West Perth players of finding their way onto an AFL list in 2014 isn’t over, though, with the Rookie Draft still to take place next week.
Acres is a versatile prospect with good endurance and has shown he can adapt to any role asked of him.
A shoulder injury suffered early in the season threatened to derail his Under-18 Championships, but he returned for the last two games of the carnival and made a handy contribution. He is equally adept at rebounding off half-back and cutting up opposition sides with his slick disposal.
Meanwhile, Robertson is a medium midfielder who attacks the footy at every opportunity.
He is a strongly built player with an appetite for the contest who is rarely beaten one on one. He possesses elite endurance and missed the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships because of injury, but still performed well at colts level and now finds himself in the AFL system.
The West Perth Football Club not only continues to show the way in the WAFL but is also supplying AFL clubs with some of the best talent in the country.
Ever since the first National Draft was held in 1986, West Perth has consistently produced plenty of talented players into the AFL system, and never was that more evident than in 2013 when Max Bailey, Brad Hill and Stephen Hill all took part in the AFL grand final.
West Perth's first player drafted came in 1988 when Craig Turley was picked up by West Coast and he went on to play 131 games in the AFL with both the Eagles and Melbourne.
Todd Curley, Mark Merenda, Justin Longmuir, Michael Pettigrew and Mark Seaby are all past AFL players to have reached at least 100 games while Derek Hall, Paul Symmons, Brendon Fewster, Steven Koops and Troy Longmuir are others to have made a mark at the top level.
As well as the Hill brothers and Bailey, Quinten Lynch, Kepler Bradley, Nathan van Berlo, Mark LeCras, Jack Darling, Rohan Bewick and Mark Hutchings are all players to have been drafted from West Perth to play at least one AFL game in 2013.
Lynch moved from West Coast to Collingwood for 2013 and took his career tally to 227 matches, the most of any player from West Perth since the AFL was formed in 1990.
Adelaide captain Nathan van Berlo has now played 182 matches since being drafted by the Crows in 2004 and he is on track to reach his 200th game milestone in 2014.
Bradley's year was over just about before it began due to a knee injury, but the West Perth premiership player from 2003 has earned a new one-year contract with the Dockers in 2014.
Hawthorn ruckman Bailey has had a horror run with knee injuries since being drafted in 2005, but he persevered and the Hawks stuck with him and both player and club were rewarded in 2013 with a premiership medallion.
The 27-year-old Bailey retired after Hawthorn's grand final win over Fremantle ending his AFL career on 43 matches.
The last time two brothers ran onto the MCG in a grand final was way back in 1912 when Essendon captain Alan Belcher took on South Melbourne and his brother Vic.
It took 101 years but it finally happened again in the 2013 AFL grand final with the 23-year-old Docker Stephen Hill going up against his younger 20-year-old Brad in front of over 100,000 fans at the MCG, with Brad's Hawks managing to get over the line against the wasteful Dockers.
In a touching beginning to the grand final, the two brothers lined up opposed to one another as well at the game's first bounce, but for the rest of the afternoon they were rarely seen together for the most part.
There was one occasion when Fremantle's Stephen had the ball near the boundary and his younger brother Brad tackled him and got him over the line to force a throw-in. Brad held on to Stephen a little longer and Stephen pushed him away and struck out at his hand, but it was all good natured.
In the end, Stephen finished the grand final one of Fremantle's better players with 21 possessions while Brad had 15 disposals, four marks, three tackles, three inside-50 entries and a goal in Hawthorn's premiership-winning team.WEST Perth's remarkable 2013 has continued at Thursday's AFL National Draft with Blake Acres and Nick Robertson both being selected by St Kilda and the Brisbane Lions respectively.

Exciting 18-year-old forward Acres was the first Falcons player selected when St Kilda picked him up at No. 19 and he was then joined in the AFL by his West Perth colts teammate Robertson who taken at selection No. 34 by the Brisbane Lions.

Having two players drafted into the AFL caps off a remarkable 2013 season for the West Perth Football Club with the league side winning a first premiership in 10 years and the reserves also pulling off a remarkable second half of the season culminating in a grand final berth.

The dreams of a host of other talented West Perth players of finding their way onto an AFL list in 2014 isn’t over, though, with the Rookie Draft still to take place next week.

Acres is a versatile prospect with good endurance and has shown he can adapt to any role asked of him.

A shoulder injury suffered early in the season threatened to derail his Under-18 Championships, but he returned for the last two games of the carnival and made a handy contribution. He is equally adept at rebounding off half-back and cutting up opposition sides with his slick disposal.

Meanwhile, Robertson is a medium midfielder who attacks the footy at every opportunity.

He is a strongly built player with an appetite for the contest who is rarely beaten one on one. He possesses elite endurance and missed the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships because of injury, but still performed well at colts level and now finds himself in the AFL system.

The West Perth Football Club not only continues to show the way in the WAFL but is also supplying AFL clubs with some of the best talent in the country.

Ever since the first National Draft was held in 1986, West Perth has consistently produced plenty of talented players into the AFL system, and never was that more evident than in 2013 when Max Bailey, Brad Hill and Stephen Hill all took part in the AFL grand final.

West Perth's first player drafted came in 1988 when Craig Turley was picked up by West Coast and he went on to play 131 games in the AFL with both the Eagles and Melbourne.

Todd Curley, Mark Merenda, Justin Longmuir, Michael Pettigrew and Mark Seaby are all past AFL players to have reached at least 100 games while Derek Hall, Paul Symmons, Brendon Fewster, Steven Koops and Troy Longmuir are others to have made a mark at the top level.

As well as the Hill brothers and Bailey, Quinten Lynch, Kepler Bradley, Nathan van Berlo, Mark LeCras, Jack Darling, Rohan Bewick and Mark Hutchings are all players to have been drafted from West Perth to play at least one AFL game in 2013.

Lynch moved from West Coast to Collingwood for 2013 and took his career tally to 227 matches, the most of any player from West Perth since the AFL was formed in 1990.

Adelaide captain Nathan van Berlo has now played 182 matches since being drafted by the Crows in 2004 and he is on track to reach his 200th game milestone in 2014.

Bradley's year was over just about before it began due to a knee injury, but the West Perth premiership player from 2003 has earned a new one-year contract with the Dockers in 2014.

Hawthorn ruckman Bailey has had a horror run with knee injuries since being drafted in 2005, but he persevered and the Hawks stuck with him and both player and club were rewarded in 2013 with a premiership medallion.

The 27-year-old Bailey retired after Hawthorn's grand final win over Fremantle ending his AFL career on 43 matches.

The last time two brothers ran onto the MCG in a grand final was way back in 1912 when Essendon captain Alan Belcher took on South Melbourne and his brother Vic.

It took 101 years but it finally happened again in the 2013 AFL grand final with the 23-year-old Docker Stephen Hill going up against his younger 20-year-old Brad in front of over 100,000 fans at the MCG, with Brad's Hawks managing to get over the line against the wasteful Dockers.

In a touching beginning to the grand final, the two brothers lined up opposed to one another as well at the game's first bounce, but for the rest of the afternoon they were rarely seen together for the most part.

There was one occasion when Fremantle's Stephen had the ball near the boundary and his younger brother Brad tackled him and got him over the line to force a throw-in. Brad held on to Stephen a little longer and Stephen pushed him away and struck out at his hand, but it was all good natured.

In the end, Stephen finished the grand final one of Fremantle's better players with 21 possessions while Brad had 15 disposals, four marks, three tackles, three inside-50 entries and a goal in Hawthorn's premiership-winning team.

KRAKOUER SIGNS WITH WEST PERTH FOR TWO YEARS

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 2:47 PM

REIGNING WAFL premiers West Perth have pulled off what could prove to be a recruiting masterstroke signing Sandover and Simpson Medallist Andrew Krakouer for the next two years.

Krakouer had one of the best individual seasons in recent WAFL history in 2010 before leading Swan Districts to the premiership that year with a performance in the grand final that simply had to be seen the be believed.
On the back of that, he was picked up by Collingwood for his second chance in the AFL and three years later, he was delisted by the Magpies at the end of the 2013 season and now the Falcons have been quick to swoop.
While many expected the 30-year-old to return to Swan Districts if he was to return to the WAFL post his AFL career, West Perth made contact with Krakouer and in the end the two parties liked the sound of what each other was offering so much that it was impossible to say no to.
Krakouer will now play with the WAFL premiers of 2013 for at least the next two seasons after agreeing to terms with the West Perth Football Club on Friday evening.
Krakouer, the son of the great Phil, will bring with him to West Perth his history as an 137-game AFL player, AFL grand final player and as the 2010 Sandover Medallist, 2010 Simpson Medallist and premiership player, and with the feeling he has plenty of good football still left in him.
The impact he will have will be felt not just on the football field, though, with Krakouer working closely with the Indigenous community in the northern suburbs while also heading up the West Perth Football Club's Indigenous programs.
Andrew Krakouer's journey is quite the remarkable one. Growing up in a famous football family, there was always pressure to perform and he was drafted by Richmond in 2000 before going on to play 102 matches until the end of 2007.
He then returned to WA and played with Swan Districts in the first part of 2008 before life and his career hit its biggest hurdle, but he bounced back inspirationally in 2010 with Swans when he returned to the WAFL.
During his 2010 WAFL season, Krakouer dominated the competition culminating in his 40-possession, four-goal grand final performance that saw Swan Districts upset Claremont by a point to win the premiership.
Krakouer then ended up at Collingwood in 2011 and had a tremendous first season as part of the team that made the grand final before losing to Geelong.
He was restricted to just 12 games the last two years due to injury, but still showed he was capable of some outstanding football and now that is what West Perth hopes he can deliver back in the WAFL over the next two seasons at least.
The signing of Krakouer means that the Falcons' premiership defence is coming together nicely despite the retirement of captain Jason Salecic and with grand final Simpson Medallist Mark Hutchings and also Fremantle forward Josh Mellington forced to switch clubs in 2014 due to the AFL alignments with East Perth and Peel Thunder respectively.
Veteran forward Anthony Tsalikis looks set to continue his career after heartbreakingly missing the grand final victory over East Perth with a shoulder injury while reserves grand final players Trent Manzone, Brayden Antonio, Matt Johnson, Kris Shannon and a host of others are all ready to step up if called upon.
BY CHRIS PIKEREIGNING WAFL premiers West Perth have pulled off what could prove to be a recruiting masterstroke signing Sandover and Simpson Medallist Andrew Krakouer for the next two years.

Krakouer had one of the best individual seasons in recent WAFL history in 2010 before leading Swan Districts to the premiership that year with a performance in the grand final that simply had to be seen the be believed.

On the back of that, he was picked up by Collingwood for his second chance in the AFL and three years later, he was delisted by the Magpies at the end of the 2013 season and now the Falcons have been quick to swoop.

While many expected the 30-year-old to return to Swan Districts if he was to return to the WAFL post his AFL career, West Perth made contact with Krakouer and in the end the two parties liked the sound of what each other was offering so much that it was impossible to say no to.

Krakouer will now play with the WAFL premiers of 2013 for at least the next two seasons after agreeing to terms with the West Perth Football Club on Friday evening.

Krakouer, the son of the great Jim, will bring with him to West Perth his history as an 137-game AFL player, AFL grand final player and as the 2010 Sandover Medallist, 2010 Simpson Medallist and premiership player, and with the feeling he has plenty of good football still left in him.

The impact he will have will be felt not just on the football field, though, with Krakouer working closely with the Indigenous community in the northern suburbs while also heading up the West Perth Football Club's Indigenous programs.

Andrew Krakouer's journey is quite the remarkable one. Growing up in a famous football family, there was always pressure to perform and he was drafted by Richmond in 2000 before going on to play 102 matches until the end of 2007.

He then returned to WA and played with Swan Districts in the first part of 2008 before life and his career hit its biggest hurdle, but he bounced back inspirationally in 2010 with Swans when he returned to the WAFL.

During his 2010 WAFL season, Krakouer dominated the competition culminating in his 40-possession, four-goal grand final performance that saw Swan Districts upset Claremont by a point to win the premiership.

Krakouer then ended up at Collingwood in 2011 and had a tremendous first season as part of the team that made the grand final before losing to Geelong.

He was restricted to just 12 games the last two years due to injury, but still showed he was capable of some outstanding football and now that is what West Perth hopes he can deliver back in the WAFL over the next two seasons at least.

The signing of Krakouer means that the Falcons' premiership defence is coming together nicely despite the retirement of captain Jason Salecic and with grand final Simpson Medallist Mark Hutchings and also Fremantle forward Josh Mellington forced to switch clubs in 2014 due to the AFL alignments with East Perth and Peel Thunder respectively.

Veteran forward Anthony Tsalikis looks set to continue his career after heartbreakingly missing the grand final victory over East Perth with a shoulder injury while reserves grand final players Trent Manzone, Brayden Antonio, Matt Johnson, Kris Shannon and a host of others are all ready to step up if called upon.

BY CHRIS PIKE

WA Football Media Guild Awards

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 7:01 PM

Patersons Stadium was a buzz last night as the West Australian Football Commission and WA Football Media Guild hosted the annual WA Football Media Awards to recognise this season’s high achievers, both on and off the field.

Awards were presented for online, print, radio and television media, WAFL and AFL players and coaches, as well as special awards for outstanding service.

John Townsend, from the West Australian, took home the Bernie Kirwan-Ward Best WAFL Story for his piece on West Perth's Matt Guadagnin.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/a/-/afl/17403702/long-road-to-150-games-for-falcon-farmer/

The West Perth Football Club would like to congratulate John on his award, as well as acknowledge the tremendous coverage the Club, and WAFL in general, receives.

Photo: Sharon Smith / WA News

MEMORABILIA IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 2:34 PM

If you have pre-ordered the 2013 Premiers commemorative guernsey, you will either receive it in the post this week, or a phone call to arrange collection from our office.

For those who choose to frame it, why not add some photos to make a statement piece to hang proudly in the pool room!

We are very fortunate at West Perth to have the services of Dan White Photography. Dan is an Accredited Professional Photographer and not only provides fantastic sports photography, but also specialises in portraits and special events.

Check out the Breckler Medal gallery - Dan can be contacted to obtain any of these images. He also has a great selection of Grand Final photos you could choose from too.

DAN WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY - 0421 413 863

www.danwhitephotos.com     dan@danwhitephotos.com

2014 MEMBERSHIPS

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 2:17 PM

Today marks the end of 2013 Memberships and on the back of our most recent Premiership, you must all be eager to either re-new, or join as a new member.

The structure of 2014 Memberships is being reviewed and will be available for release shortly, well in time for Christmas as a membership with the reigning premiers would make a fantastic gift for a supporter of any age.

 

New members are invited to contact the Club on 9300 3611 or reception@falconsfc.com.au to pre-register your interest so as soon as the memberships are available for purchase, the information can be sent straight to you.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office should you have any further queries.

 

2014 NAB CHALLENGE COMES TO JOONDALUP

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 1:20 PM

The AFL has released the schedule for the 2014 pre-season competition and we're pleased to announce the NAB Challenge is coming to Joondalup!

A Western Derby will be played at Arena Joondalup at 4.10pm, Tuesday 18 February, giving supporters the opportunity to witness AFL live, on what we believe to be the best family viewing ground in the WAFL.

Arena Joondalup has the highest aggregate and average attendance amongst all WAFL grounds in 2013 and this match can expect 15 000 to descend on the Falcons home ground.

Looking forward to working with the AFL and WAFC in bringing this to the people and businesses within our District, the West Perth Football Club is cementing it's strength in the WAFL competition and increasing our prominence and importance as a vehicle for community growth and integration in the northern corridor.

West Perth President, Brett Raponi, said "this is a great reward for our Club. It presents a wonderful opportunity to present our Club and ground on national television via the Foxtel network. Further to this, it also presents significant commercial benefits to the businesses within the City of Joondalup".

COMMERATIVE 2013 PREMIERS GUERNSEYS

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 12:42 PM

To commerate the 2013 Premiership, replica guernseys are in production and will be with us very soon!

Strictly limited to 200, pre-order yours today by contacting the office on 9300 3611 or reception@falconsfc.com.au

Guernseys are $95 each incl GST (plus P & H if applicable) and sizes range from XS to XXL.

Perfect to frame, these are a must have item for every passionate Falcons supporter!

GRAND FINAL PHOTOS

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 2:39 PM

As with many clubs, volunteers are vital and an integral part of the results we see on field. We at West Perth are very fortunate to have the dedicated support of three photographers at every game, function and special event. We take this opportunity to thank Dan White, Matt Beilken & Belinda Taylor for their continued support and for capturing West Perth history in the making.

To enable you to share in Falcons memorabilia Matt Beilken has a range of 8 x 10 Grand Final matte images available for purchase, all hand signed by the respective players, ready for framing. At only $20 each, these are great buys and would make perfect gifts for anyone bleeding red and blue.

With more images to be on offer in the future, some of the current players available include: Jason Salecic, Matt Guadagnin, Ray Bartholomew, Jay van Berlo, Luke Tedesco, Matt Fowler, Chris Keunen & Rohan Kerr.

For details and sales, please contact Matt Beilken on 0406 174 578.

 

2013 MAJOR CLUB RAFFLE RESULTS

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 2:12 PM

The West Perth Football Club 2013 Major Raffle was drawn on Friday 4 October at the Breckler Medal.

Firstly, thank you to all who purchased tickets in support of our club. We had an overwhelming response with all 200 tickets selling.

 

 

 

Gino Bastow of Content Living was the ticket drawn to win the major prize. Gino couldn't be at the Breckler Medal as he was overseas and when advised, was in complete disbelief he'd won. Gino, we hope you enjoy your 5 nights in Rome and look forward to receiving a postcard!

Congratulations to Gino and the minor place winners.

1st place - Ticket 039 - Gino Bastow

2nd place - Ticket 110 - Ben Strijk

3rd place - Ticket 093 - Kent Dixon

4th place - Ticket 092 - Murry Calzada

5th place - Ticket 091 - Tim Laver

The success of the West Perth Football Club is due not only to our members and supporters, but also the generosity of our fantastic sponsors. We wish to thank Darren Tyrell of Emirates and George Michalczyk of Motive Travel for their support this year in donating the magnificent first prize.