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FALCONS 'STRIJK' OUT SWANS

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 10:33 AM - by Darrell Kent

IT was an important day in more ways than one at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday. West Perth was desperate for a win to move into third place and Andrew Strijk played his 200th game.

Strijk is a gifted footballer and a very popular team member. His teammates were keen to recognise his milestone with a win and they achieved this with a hard fought eight-point victory.

The game was in the balance until the dying minutes of the contest and the win has the Falcons one game clear in third spot. The club had a big day at Steel Blue with the colts and reserves recording solid victories as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROUND 12 PREVIEW V SWAN DISTRICTS

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 11:21 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth can zone in on second place in the WAFL with a win on Sunday against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval in what is also the 200th appearance for the Falcons of favourite son Andrew Strijk.

Swan Districts and West Perth do battle in a standalone WAFL Round 12 fixture on Sunday and all signs point to it being an afternoon to remember with plenty on the line.

Coming off the best attended round of the season last weekend, a good crowd is expected to turn out to Steel Blue Oval to watch the Swans and Falcons in action as well.

For those not in attendance, the game will be telecast live on Channel 7 from 2pm.

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STRIJK REACHES DOUBLE TON IN STYLE FOR FALCONS

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:21 AM - by Chris Pike

ANDREW Strijk's stunning WAFL career with West Perth reaches another significant mark on Sunday with the premiership player, life member and remarkably consistent top-quality performer becoming the 20th player to reach 200 games with the club.

Strijk will reach the 200-game milestone with West Perth in what is shaping as a season-defining game on Sunday against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

Both teams go into the game on 6-3 records so the winner will put themselves in a strong position heading into the second half of the season, while the loser will be left fighting for their spot inside the top five.

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FALCONS WINNING RUN ENDS AT HANDS OF ROYALS

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 2:51 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's impressive WAFL winning streak came to an end at the hands of East Perth in the WA Day Derby at Leederville Oval with the Royals taking out a 46-point win.

East Perth and West Perth were both coming into the derby contest in impressive form with the Royals having won their last four games, and the Falcons their last five heading into last Saturday's historic state game victory for the WAFL over the VFL in Melbourne.

That set the scene for what shaped as a terrific derby battle at Leederville Oval on WA Day and the crowd responded with 5289 attending in what was the biggest turnout so far this WAFL season across the opening 11 rounds.

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FALCONS UNABLE TO MATCH IN-FORM ROYALS

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 11:44 AM - by Darrell Kent

West Perth was outplayed by East Perth at Leederville Oval on WA Day. On paper it appeared to be a difficult task to defeat the home team that was bolstered by the inclusion of fourteen AFL listed players. Unfortunately for Falcons supporters this proved to be the case and they were defeated by forty six points. The East Perth run through the midfield provided their forwards with a host of opportunities and they took full advantage in the 14.19 (103) to 7.15 (57) victory.

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WA DAY DERBY PREVIEW V EAST PERTH

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 11:04 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth was in hot form winning five matches on the trot leading into the state game and now will look to keep it going and put an end to East Perth own winning run in the WA Day Derby at Leederville Oval.

It could very well be the most intense rivalry in the WAFL and now East Perth takes on West Perth on WA Day at Leederville Oval with both putting significant winning streaks on the line.

East Perth and West Perth both made slow starts to the 2017 season, but prior to the state game break last week each of them had been in impressive winning form.

Those winning runs now go on the line in the WA Day Derby at Leederville Oval on Monday.

The game will also be broadcast live from 2pm on Channel 7.

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 10 Q & A

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 4:51 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth premiership coach Bill Monaghan discussing his team's win over Claremont that made it five on the trot prior to the state game break and then a WA Day Derby clash with the also in-form East Perth at Leederville Oval.

QUESTION: Happy with that performance to beat Claremont to make it five straight heading into the break?
ANSWER: What’s pleasing is we got a win against a side who’d been struggling a little bit for a few weeks and they came out and threw a fair bit at us. The contested possession and the clearances we were well behind early. To fight through that and get the victory made it a good win. 

Q: Pretty close to a good four-quarter performance?
A: I would have thought that as a spectacle it was pretty ugly. We didn’t kick the ball overly well. Both sides were poor in front of goal. There was ups and downs and I thought the third quarter in particular for us was a big plus. We were all over them, dominated field position, inside 50s and we just couldn’t convert enough inside forward 50 from our entries. To Claremont’s credit they came out and they rolled the dice a bit in the last quarter. It's hard to be good across all four quarters so we probably achieve that today, but again a 32-point win I’m going to go home and be relatively happy. 

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FALCONS FIVE HELP WAFL MAKE HISTORY IN WIN OVER VFL

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 1:07 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth had five players pull on the West Australian jumper and create history in Saturday's State Game triumph as the WAFL made history beating the VFL in Melbourne by 63 points.

West Perth's Shane Nelson, Kody Manning, Aaron Black, Luke Meadows and Andrew Strijk were all key contributers in the history-making win by the WAFL State Team.

WA beat Victoria for the first ever time in Melbourne and the impact the five West Perth players had was significant in the triumph.

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MONAGHAN EXPECTS FALCONS FIVE TO HAVE BIG SAY IN STATE GAME

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 12:01 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth coach Bill Monaghan has no question that any success the WAFL has against the VFL in the state game on Saturday will be significantly influenced by the five West Perth players in the side.

The WAFL will attempt to make history on Saturday by taking on the VFL in the 2017 state match at Port Melbourne's North Port Oval.

In 24 previous attempts, Victoria has beaten Western Australia in each and every one of the state matches played in Melbourne.

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IN THEIR WORDS – KODY MANNING STATE GAME

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 9:58 AM - by Kody Manning

WELL we are in Melbourne getting ready for the state game and it's pretty exciting to be honest. To be a part of such a quality bunch of players and getting to know new people that end up being long term mates make it a great experience.

It's the second time I've been lucky enough to play in Melbourne after playing in a Foxtel Cup game at Etihad Stadium a few years ago. That was a good game for us, to face one of the best VFL teams around. To test our skills against what they had to offer definitely was an experience that helped a lot of the boys. Even better coming away with a win.

To be honest nothing changes for me coming into the state game compared to what I try and do every other week at West Perth. I'll still do everything I would normally do before a game at home, only thing that's different is obviously where we are playing this weekend.

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