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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 2:43 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth has been in terrific form since its last meeting with South Fremantle winning six of seven games and now the Falcons can take second spot from the Bulldogs when they do battle at HBF Arena on Saturday.

The Falcons and Bulldogs come into the contest both having recorded seven victories so far this season with West Perth having a game in hand while South Fremantle currently sits ahead with a far superior percentage.

West Perth also comes into the game on the back of having won six of its last seven games while South Fremantle has lost three of its past four.

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Friday, June 16, 2017 - 6:03 PM - by Blake Wilhelm

THE player columns have been rather quiet of late, so Pikey thought it would be fitting to enlist my help to bring them back to life in 2017.

I will start with a recap of last week, which was a massive week for West Perth Football Club with one of the all-time greats Andrew 'ya can't say that' Strijk playing his 200th game for the club. This is an absolutely outstanding achievement to be able to play such a large number of games for the one club, and I feel honoured that I got to play in the milestone game with him and also help celebrate with a win. Hopefully the bluetack can continue to hold his body together and he can continue to help us win games. 

Whilst the disappointing loss to East Perth the week before was hard to swallow, as a playing group we knew that we play best when we are challenged and had all the confidence in ourselves that we could travel to Steel Blue and get the job done. Which is exactly what we did, and if the majority of our forward line (namely myself) didn't have the "yips" then the scoreboard would have reflected a better picture of how I feel we played on the weekend. 

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Friday, June 16, 2017 - 5:38 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth coach Bill Monaghan gave his thoughts on the crucial win over Swan Districts, Tyler Keitel's exploits up forward, Andrew Strijk's 200th game and looked ahead to this Saturday against South Fremantle at HBF Arena.

QUESTION: It wasn’t always pretty, but it was such a big game that you would be delighted with the final result?
ANSWER: We probably squandered a few opportunities early, think we had 16 scoring shots in the first half to seven. We missed a couple of real easy ones which has been a bit of a pattern for us which is disappointing. We felt 19 points probably wasn’t enough because we knew Swans have been in ripper form so they came hard at us. A couple of times in that last quarter too they hit the lead and we challenged them. We just felt that if we could get a couple in a row and get a bit of space then sometimes when you chase hard all day and you can’t overtake it only takes one or two goals back to back that can take the wind out of their sails. I thought the last five or six minutes we controlled the game and we got two and a half goals up. They got a late one but from the 25-minute mark of the last quarter it looked like we were going to hold on. We’ve shown over the past couple of years and you watch games of footy that if there’s still enough time you got to be wary. I thought the players dug deep for Andrew’s 200th and VB led from the front, especially in the last quarter through his efforts. I thought Lourey looked sharp forward. Blake Wilhelm did a good job on Bennell, Munnsy was again outstanding keeping Ellard to two possessions in the first half. Then he alternated between him and Faulkner in the second half. Kody was fantastic down back. We had good contributors I guess without anyone being outstanding. Lourey kicks three, Tyler four, even Rudy who was in and out of the game finished with a couple. It was a really good team effort. Any success we have as a club is based around us working together as a team and I thought we did that well.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 10:54 AM

Everyone knows we have some of the most passionate and enthusiastic members and supporters in the WAFL but passion and enthusiasm can also make us behave in a manner we normally wouldn't.

I received a letter from a member this week which serves as a reminder to us all to be aware of our conduct - both at home and at away games. While we never want to dampen the cheers of encouragement towards our players, we do ask all members and supporters to consider those around you at all times. Wear the red and blue with pride and remember your behaviour directly reflects the reputation of our great club.

An excerpt from the letter reads as follows:

I took my son to the game on Monday against East Perth at Leederville Oval. We sat in the Subiaco Members stand with other families, some elderly couples, and some groups of men.

We are West Perth supporters through the good games, and not so good games.

May I ask that you send out an email to all members, requesting that they refrain from the use of foul language towards the opposition team and the field umpires. I was extremely embarrassed and ashamed that supporters from both sides were looking at the Subiaco Members stand with disgust, shaking their heads. I feel that my son and I have been tarnished with the same brush from their behaviour, not to mention the damage to the reputation of the West Perth brand.

This is the main reason why I have not taken my son to an AFL match at Domain Stadium. I said to my son that we have another game away this weekend against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval. He was hesitant and not as keen as usual ... when I finally found out why, he said it was “because of those men”.

Please take the time to consider the above as everyone has the right to a safe and enjoyable experience at the footy. It is a timely reminder of our obligations within the West Perth FC Code of Conduct.

Thank you.

David Crute
Chief Executive Officer


Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:53 PM - by Aaron Black

We have a big milestone achievement this week, as Andrew Strijk plays his 200th game, making him the 20th player in West Perth’s 132-year history to do so. 

A wonderful achievement for a fantastic servant and even better personality from our football club. As we take on Swan Districts in a must win game, there is no bigger motivation to win than to do it for one of the best to have worn the red and blue jumper. 

Debuting for West Perth in 2006, Strijky was drafted by the Eagles in 2010, playing 13 games over a three-year span before winning a premiership in 2013, a fairest and best also that year and representing the state on six occasions to cap off his very impressive resume.

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Monday, June 12, 2017 - 12:26 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth showed tremendous heart to respond to a challenge by Swan Districts with three consecutive last quarter goals to win by eight points at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday to celebrate Andrew Strijk's 200th game.

Swans-Falcons games never fail to disappoint and this was yet another tremendous contest with plenty on the line and milestones on either side of the fence to celebrate at Steel Blue Oval.

Both teams entered the contest with 6-3 records and with South Fremantle's loss to Peel on Saturday, it opened the door to only be percentage out of second spot with a game in hand.

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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.

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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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