FONG STILL A FALCON FAVOURITE

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 11:54 PM

LAST Friday the West Perth Football Club kicked of its finals campaign with a luncheon at Kailis Bros in Leederville with league coach Bill Monaghan and club champion Les Fong addressing the faithful. 

A full house of Garlic Munchers converged into Leederville to hear great stories from the past from Fong and how coach Monaghan was going to guide the Falcons to the WAFL grand final of 2013.
Les Fong played 284 games (equal third all-time at West Perth), won a flag in 1975, captured two Breckler Medals and has been inducted in the WA Football Hall of Fame. For all his achievements he considers his highest honour being captain of West Perth for a record seven seasons.
Fong spoke about the passion of representing the Falcons over so many seasons and how his passion still burns for his club. Running through his playing days under coaches Jones, Campbell, Cometti and Wynne, it was Percy Johnson that Fong was most fond of.
Fong brought back vivid memories to the packed house of his 250th game against Claremont. A game in which his son Matt ran on the ground with him and the game turning incident that saw George Michalczyk knocked out and the Falcons turn a 41-point deficit in the last quarter, into victory.
There was also the day the champion rover kicked nine goals in John Wynne’s first league game and the record crowd at Leederville oval against East Perth in 1978.
In a thoroughly entertaining 40-minute segment Fong ran through a commentary of debuting, the 1975 premiership, State footy and former great Falcons.
Fong and Peter Menaglio were often targets for opposition hit men. Fong spoke passionately about the support he and Menaglio received from Ben Jaeger and John Duckworth in an era that was very different to the one we have today.
There is no doubting Les Fong still has strong feelings for his club and that is reciprocated by the club.
The Falcons'16s development squad (a precursor to colts) has spurned players of the ilk of Darling, Hill, van Berlo, Black and Nelson, and is named in honour of him. Fong attends the annual jumper presentation and is still a regular at Falcons games.
Kailis Bros has hosted many past champions including Harris, Whinnen, Duckworth and this year number 1 ticket holder, former coach and player Dennis Cometti but there was little doubt that Fong remains a favourite amongst the Falcons.
Falcons President Brett Raponi suggested to Fong that his name was held in such high regard that it is at least the equal of Whinnen and Dempsey in a club that is 129 years old. Ever so humble Fong refused the suggestion and went on to speak about his love for both Whinnen and Dempsey.
Interestingly Whinnen and Dempsey were in attendance as were past greats Darren Harris, Kim Rigoll and Steve Arnott.
If the main course was the interview with Bill Monaghan then the dessert was the football journey of Les Fong.
The club would like to thank Kailis Bros for their on-going support of the Falcons.LAST Friday the West Perth Football Club kicked of its finals campaign with a luncheon at Kailis Bros in Leederville with league coach Bill Monaghan and club champion Les Fong addressing the faithful. 

A full house of Garlic Munchers converged into Leederville to hear great stories from the past from Fong and how coach Monaghan was going to guide the Falcons to the WAFL grand final of 2013.

Les Fong played 284 games (equal third all-time at West Perth), won a flag in 1975, captured two Breckler Medals and has been inducted in the WA Football Hall of Fame. For all his achievements he considers his highest honour being captain of West Perth for a record seven seasons.

Fong spoke about the passion of representing the Falcons over so many seasons and how his passion still burns for his club. Running through his playing days under coaches Jones, Campbell, Cometti and Wynne, it was Percy Johnson that Fong was most fond of.

Fong brought back vivid memories to the packed house of his 250th game against Claremont. A game in which his son Matt ran on the ground with him and the game turning incident that saw George Michalczyk knocked out and the Falcons turn a 41-point deficit in the last quarter, into victory.

There was also the day the champion rover kicked nine goals in John Wynne’s first league game and the record crowd at Leederville oval against East Perth in 1978.

In a thoroughly entertaining 40-minute segment Fong ran through a commentary of debuting, the 1975 premiership, State footy and former great Falcons.

Fong and Peter Menaglio were often targets for opposition hit men. Fong spoke passionately about the support he and Menaglio received from Ben Jaeger and John Duckworth in an era that was very different to the one we have today.

There is no doubting Les Fong still has strong feelings for his club and that is reciprocated by the club.

The Falcons'16s development squad (a precursor to colts) has spurned players of the ilk of Darling, Hill, van Berlo, Black and Nelson, and is named in honour of him. Fong attends the annual jumper presentation and is still a regular at Falcons games.

Kailis Bros has hosted many past champions including Harris, Whinnen, Duckworth and this year number 1 ticket holder, former coach and player Dennis Cometti but there was little doubt that Fong remains a favourite amongst the Falcons.

Falcons President Brett Raponi suggested to Fong that his name was held in such high regard that it is at least the equal of Whinnen and Dempsey in a club that is 129 years old. Ever so humble Fong refused the suggestion and went on to speak about his love for both Whinnen and Dempsey.

Interestingly Whinnen and Dempsey were in attendance as were past greats Darren Harris, Kim Rigoll and Steve Arnott.

If the main course was the interview with Bill Monaghan then the dessert was the football journey of Les Fong.

The club would like to thank Kailis Bros for their on-going support of the Falcons.

WE WANT TO HEAR YOU AT THE GRAND FINAL

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 3:06 PM

Make your voice heard at the Grand Final and be a part of the West Perth cheer squad.

A bulk ticket purchase will be made Monday 16 September for those wanting to be surrounded by other passionate supporters so please contact Richard on 0447 259 864 for further details.

WEST PERTH GRAND FINAL LUNCHEON

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 5:27 PM

Be a part of the next chapter in West Perth's premiership history!

Join MC Lachy Reid and the West Perth faithful at our exclusive premier Grand Final Luncheon
in the Polly Farmer Room at Patersons Stadium from 12.30pm, Sunday 22 September.

Click here for further details on the package inclusions.

STRICTLY LIMITED CAPACITY!

We have received an overwhelming response however have a limited number of tickets available.

Please note - doors open at 12.30pm with service to commence at 12.45pm.

Call Erin on 9300 3611 to register your attendance (payment required when booking to secure your seats)

FALCONS SHOCK TIGERS TO ENTER 2013 GRAND FINAL

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 1:30 AM

WEST Perth pulled off a stunning effort to upset Claremont in Sunday's second semi-final at Claremont Oval to see the Falcons win through to their first WAFL grand final since 2003.

Few might have given West Perth much of a chance of heading to Claremont Oval and there were plenty of reasons behind that.
First of all Claremont had finished on top of the ladder to claim a fourth straight minor premiership ending the 2013 home and away season with a 17-3 record to be four games clear of the 13-7 West Perth.
Claremont has won the last two WAFL premierships having played in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 grand finals while also having won its last five matches against West Perth.
On top of that, West Perth had lost its last two games entering the finals and had lost all six of its finals played since the winning grand final of 2003 against Subiaco.
However, every single one of those reasons why people tipped against West Perth were forgotten by Sunday night with the Falcons winning 11.21 (87) to 12.11 (83) to win their way straight through to the 2013 WAFL grand final.
The four-point margin was somewhat flattering to Claremont as well after West Perth controlled the contest from the outset virtually in all areas aside from kicking on goal.
West Perth's pressure and intensity was enormous for all four quarters with the two-time reigning premiers succumbing to that pressure and coughing up countless uncharacteristic turnovers, and also unable to get any of their usual fluent game style going.
The only downside in West Perth's effort was kicking at goal. The Falcons had 10 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes but managed one goal with six behinds and several more shots which ended up on the full.
Again, the Falcons dominated play in the last quarter and had opportunity after opportunity to put the game out of Claremont's reach but couldn’t quite kick straight.
However, West Perth's sheer dominance around the ground paid off with the Falcons finishing with more possessions, marks, tackles, inside-50 entries and obviously scoring shots.
Mark Hutchings was playing what will likely be his second last game for some time with West Perth due to him being forced to play with East Perth in 2014 as long as he remains listed by the West Coast Eagles.
He was outstanding on Sunday in a best on ground performance despite being run-with by Claremont's dual premiership 175-game veteran Trinity Handley.
Hutchings finished the game with 32 possessions, seven marks, four clearances, five inside-50 entries and two goals.
Marc Crisp had managed just 29 games the last five years after being unable to secure a regular spot in the West Perth team, but he has certainly cemented his spot in 2013 and showed exactly why with an outstanding performance across half-forward on Sunday.
The 26-year-old finished with 21 possessions and four goals as the leading goalkicker on the ground.
Fremantle-listed Josh Mellington booted two goals for the Falcons from a whole host of opportunities.
Veteran on-baller Matt Guadagnin might not have been on song in front of goals kicking 1.4 but he worked tirelessly all day as he played in the first winning final of his 161-game WAFL career. He picked up 28 possessions to go with five clearances and four inside-50 entries.
Jay van Berlo was playing just his second game back from a medial ligament injury in his knee and was superb in the midfield with 23 disposals, six marks, seven tackles and six clearances.
Young West Perth midfielders Shane Nelson and Aaron Black have been outstanding all season, and were again strong contributors on Sunday with Nelson finishing with 21 touches and eight inside 50s with Black contributing 19 disposals, four clearances and three inside 50s.
Rohan Kerr has been superb in his first year with West Perth coming from Carlton and had another 18 possessions in the second semi-final while Chris Keunen broke even in the ruck against former West Perth pair Mark Seaby and Mitch Andrews in a superb effort.
The West Perth back-line was also rock solid with Dan Hunt celebrating his 150th WAFL game by playing in his first winning final, and keeping Claremont full-forward Chad Jones quiet.
Trent Manzone had an enthralling battle with Ian Richardson while Jordan Jones, Steven Browne and Shaun Marusic all combined to make sure that Paul Medhurst, Anton Hamp and Claremont's resting ruckman had no influence on the game.
West Perth now has the weekend off awaiting the winner of the Claremont-East Perth preliminary final on Sunday at Claremont Oval to find out who it faces in the WAFL grand final of 2013 on Sunday September 22 at Subiaco's Patersons Stadium.
WEST PERTH 1.6 5.9 9.15 11.21 (87)
CLAREMONT 3.3 8.9 10.10 12.11 (83)
WEST PERTH – Goals: Crisp 4; Mellington, Hutchings 2; Jones, Guadagnin, Fowler.
Best: Hutchings, Crisp, Hunt, Guadagnin, van Berlo, Nelson, Kerr.
CLAREMONT – Goals: Richardson, Davies 2; Bradshaw, Foster, Winmar, Handley, Jones, Neates, Hamp, Seaby.
Best: Blackwell, Bradshaw, Anderson, Taylor, Thomson, Davies.
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth pulled off a stunning effort to upset Claremont in Sunday's second semi-final at Claremont Oval to see the Falcons win through to their first WAFL grand final since 2003.

Few might have given West Perth much of a chance of heading to Claremont Oval and there were plenty of reasons behind that.

First of all Claremont had finished on top of the ladder to claim a fourth straight minor premiership ending the 2013 home and away season with a 17-3 record to be four games clear of the 13-7 West Perth.

Claremont has won the last two WAFL premierships having played in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 grand finals while also having won its last five matches against West Perth.

On top of that, West Perth had lost its last two games entering the finals and had lost all six of its finals played since the winning grand final of 2003 against Subiaco.

However, every single one of those reasons why people tipped against West Perth were forgotten by Sunday night with the Falcons winning 11.21 (87) to 12.11 (83) to win their way straight through to the 2013 WAFL grand final.

The four-point margin was somewhat flattering to Claremont as well after West Perth controlled the contest from the outset virtually in all areas aside from kicking on goal.

West Perth's pressure and intensity was enormous for all four quarters with the two-time reigning premiers succumbing to that pressure and coughing up countless uncharacteristic turnovers, and also unable to get any of their usual fluent game style going.

The only downside in West Perth's effort was kicking at goal. The Falcons had 10 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes but managed one goal with six behinds and several more shots which ended up on the full.

Again, the Falcons dominated play in the last quarter and had opportunity after opportunity to put the game out of Claremont's reach but couldn’t quite kick straight.

However, West Perth's sheer dominance around the ground paid off with the Falcons finishing with more possessions, marks, tackles, inside-50 entries and obviously scoring shots.

Mark Hutchings was playing what will likely be his second last game for some time with West Perth due to him being forced to play with East Perth in 2014 as long as he remains listed by the West Coast Eagles.

He was outstanding on Sunday in a best on ground performance despite being run-with by Claremont's dual premiership 175-game veteran Trinity Handley.

Hutchings finished the game with 32 possessions, seven marks, four clearances, five inside-50 entries and two goals.

Marc Crisp had managed just 29 games the last five years after being unable to secure a regular spot in the West Perth team, but he has certainly cemented his spot in 2013 and showed exactly why with an outstanding performance across half-forward on Sunday.

The 26-year-old finished with 21 possessions and four goals as the leading goalkicker on the ground.

Fremantle-listed Josh Mellington booted two goals for the Falcons from a whole host of opportunities.

Veteran on-baller Matt Guadagnin might not have been on song in front of goals kicking 1.4 but he worked tirelessly all day as he played in the first winning final of his 161-game WAFL career. He picked up 28 possessions to go with five clearances and four inside-50 entries.

Jay van Berlo was playing just his second game back from a medial ligament injury in his knee and was superb in the midfield with 23 disposals, six marks, seven tackles and six clearances.

Young West Perth midfielders Shane Nelson and Aaron Black have been outstanding all season, and were again strong contributors on Sunday with Nelson finishing with 21 touches and eight inside 50s with Black contributing 19 disposals, four clearances and three inside 50s.

Rohan Kerr has been superb in his first year with West Perth coming from Carlton and had another 18 possessions in the second semi-final while Chris Keunen broke even in the ruck against former West Perth pair Mark Seaby and Mitch Andrews in a superb effort.

The West Perth back-line was also rock solid with Dan Hunt celebrating his 150th WAFL game by playing in his first winning final, and keeping Claremont full-forward Chad Jones quiet.

Trent Manzone had an enthralling battle with Ian Richardson while Jordan Jones, Steven Browne and Shaun Marusic all combined to make sure that Paul Medhurst, Anton Hamp and Claremont's resting ruckman had no influence on the game.

West Perth now has the weekend off awaiting the winner of the Claremont-East Perth preliminary final on Sunday at Claremont Oval to find out who it faces in the WAFL grand final of 2013 on Sunday September 22 at Subiaco's Patersons Stadium.

WEST PERTH 1.6 5.9 9.15 11.21 (87)

CLAREMONT 3.3 8.9 10.10 12.11 (83)

WEST PERTH – Goals: Crisp 4; Mellington, Hutchings 2; Jones, Guadagnin, Fowler.

Best: Hutchings, Crisp, Hunt, Guadagnin, van Berlo, Nelson, Kerr.

CLAREMONT – Goals: Richardson, Davies 2; Bradshaw, Foster, Winmar, Handley, Jones, Neates, Hamp, Seaby.

Best: Blackwell, Bradshaw, Anderson, Taylor, Thomson, Davies.

BY CHRIS PIKE

FALCONS RESERVES INTO PRELIMINARY FINAL

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 7:26 PM

THE reserves began a massive day for West Perth at Claremont Oval on Sunday by continuing its good form beating East Perth to advance to this Sunday's preliminary final.

The Falcons reserves finished the home and away season in outstanding form winning seven straight matches to end up finishing in fourth position on the ladder and setting up a first semi-final derby at Claremont Oval on Sunday.
West Perth then advanced to this Sunday's preliminary final back at Claremont Oval up against a Perth team who might have finished as the minor premier in the reserves, but has lost its last two games both against South Fremantle.
The Falcons finished right over the top of the Royals on Saturday morning kicking five goals to three in the final quarter to end up winning 11.6 (72) to 10.3 (63).
The Falcons got off to a bright start at the super early bounce down time of 9.05am kicking four goals to one in the opening quarter to hold a handy 19-point lead at quarter-time.
However, East Perth fired back in the second term with four goals to one of its own to cut West Perth's advantage at the main break to just two points.
It was a low-scoring and tight third quarter with the Royals kicking two goals to the Falcons' one to see East Perth up by five points at the last change.
It was all West Perth in the final quarter, though, with the Falcons booting five goals to three to secure the nine-point win to stay alive in season 2013.
Ruckman Frank Stockley again led the way for West Perth as he has admirably all season long finishing with 21 possessions, seven marks, 37 hit outs, four inside-50 entries and a goal.
Corey Chalmers, Joe Morrow and Matt Johnson also kicked two goals apiece for the Falcons with Jack Thrum gathering 18 possessions, Brayden Antonio 17, James Batterham 16, Cameron Branch 14 and Aidan Lynch 14.
The West Perth reserves have now won eight straight matches heading into the preliminary final against Perth where the Falcons will be trying to join the league side in the grand final for 2013.
West Perth and Perth's reserves teams met twice during the home and away season with the Falcons winning by 10 points at Arena Joondalup in Round 10 and then by 52 points at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium in Round 21.
The reserves clash will also be back to the regular time slot of 11.35am this Sunday.
WEST PERTH 4.2 5.3 6.4 11.6 (72)
EAST PERTH 1.1 5.1 7.3 10.3 (63)
WEST PERTH – Goals: Johnson, Morrow, Chalmers 2; Antonio, Stockley, McNamara, Rohde, Money.
Best: Stockley, Thrum, Embley, Antonio, Batterham, Lynch.
EAST PERTH – Goals: Locantro 4; Warrell, Brookes 2; Gordon, Boyes.
Best: Boyes, Grover, Higgins, Payne, Locantro, Hart.
BY CHRIS PIKETHE reserves began a massive day for West Perth at Claremont Oval on Sunday by continuing its good form beating East Perth to advance to this Sunday's preliminary final.

The Falcons reserves finished the home and away season in outstanding form winning seven straight matches to end up finishing in fourth position on the ladder and setting up a first semi-final derby at Claremont Oval on Sunday.

West Perth then advanced to this Sunday's preliminary final back at Claremont Oval up against a Perth team who might have finished as the minor premier in the reserves, but has lost its last two games both against South Fremantle.

The Falcons finished right over the top of the Royals on Saturday morning kicking five goals to three in the final quarter to end up winning 11.6 (72) to 10.3 (63).

The Falcons got off to a bright start at the super early bounce down time of 9.05am kicking four goals to one in the opening quarter to hold a handy 19-point lead at quarter-time.

However, East Perth fired back in the second term with four goals to one of its own to cut West Perth's advantage at the main break to just two points.

It was a low-scoring and tight third quarter with the Royals kicking two goals to the Falcons' one to see East Perth up by five points at the last change.

It was all West Perth in the final quarter, though, with the Falcons booting five goals to three to secure the nine-point win to stay alive in season 2013.

Ruckman Frank Stockley again led the way for West Perth as he has admirably all season long finishing with 21 possessions, seven marks, 37 hit outs, four inside-50 entries and a goal.

Corey Chalmers, Joe Morrow and Matt Johnson also kicked two goals apiece for the Falcons with Jack Thrum gathering 18 possessions, Brayden Antonio 17, James Batterham 16, Cameron Branch 14 and Aidan Lynch 14.

The West Perth reserves have now won eight straight matches heading into the preliminary final against Perth where the Falcons will be trying to join the league side in the grand final for 2013.

West Perth and Perth's reserves teams met twice during the home and away season with the Falcons winning by 10 points at Arena Joondalup in Round 10 and then by 52 points at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium in Round 21.

The reserves clash will also be back to the regular time slot of 11.35am this Sunday.

WEST PERTH 4.2 5.3 6.4 11.6 (72)

EAST PERTH 1.1 5.1 7.3 10.3 (63)

WEST PERTH – Goals: Johnson, Morrow, Chalmers 2; Antonio, Stockley, McNamara, Rohde, Money.

Best: Stockley, Thrum, Embley, Antonio, Batterham, Lynch.

EAST PERTH – Goals: Locantro 4; Warrell, Brookes 2; Gordon, Boyes.

Best: Boyes, Grover, Higgins, Payne, Locantro, Hart.

BY CHRIS PIKE

2013 Grand Final Functions

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 5:56 PM

We have been flooded with enquiries regarding functions to be held at Patersons Stadium on Grand Final day and due to overwhelming demand, we are looking at hosting multiple West Perth specific functions.

Patersons Stadium are advertising functions open to the general public so don't book anything through them until you've seen our packages.

Details on our functions will follow shortly so watch this space!

WAFL Grand Final Auction

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 4:23 PM

Bid now to watch the 2013 WAFL Grand Final from your private 6 seater box at Patersons Stadium. Package includes gate entry, box seating and service for you and five guests with $200 towards catering.

Click here to make your bid towards another chapter in Falcons premiership history.

This opportunity is available courtesy of Custom Cars.

FALCONS EARN GRAND FINAL APPEARANCE

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 12:17 PM

THE Falcons booked their first Grand Final appearance for ten years with a determined four point victory against Claremont on Sunday.

The game was in the balance until the final siren as West Perth played a relentless final quarter in which they dominated play but were unable to convert the pressure into majors. The win reinforced that the Falcons best is good enough and the week off should ensure that they are ready to go for the big game. It was great to see Dan Hunt’s 150th game recognised with the important victory and the Reserves are to be congratulated for their hard fought nine point win against East Perth. It was a satisfying weekend of football for Falcons supporters but the big one still has to be won.

 

As you would expect the pressure was on from the start and this was highlighted by the fact that the first six scores were behinds. At the sixteen minute mark the Falcons led by two. A minute later Marc Crisp split the middle after taking the ball from a boundary throw in. It was the first of four for the game and “Chippa”, who played his fiftieth game last week, has been one of the success stories this year. The Tigers didn’t kick their first until the twenty five minute mark when Ian Richardson ran into an open goal. This was the beginning of a golden five minute period for Claremont who kicked two more quick ones to take a nine point lead into the first change. They led 3.3 (21) to 1.6 (12).

 

The second quarter followed a similar pattern to the first with West Perth fighting their way back into the game and Claremont having the best of it in red time. The Claremont lead was out to sixteen after a Jack Bradshaw major. The Falcons steadied to kick the next three and lead by two after twelve minutes. Marc Crisp kicked his second after a long kick forward by Aaron Black. Matt Fowler was on the end of a series of handballs when he ran into goal to open his account and Mark Hutchings capitalised on some great forward line pressure to kick the first of his two. A free to the Tigers Ryan Neates saw him restore the Claremont lead when he kicked accurately from fifty. The hard running Mark Hutchings then bobbed up for his second for the Falcons when he marked and scored from forty. This was at the twenty five minute mark but all of the hard work was undone when Claremont had the last five scoring shots of the half and as a result they took an eighteen point lead into the main break. Scores were 8.9 (57) to 5.9 (39). The job was now in front of West Perth as the half time lead to Claremont did not seem to reflect the closeness of the game.

 

West Perth were up and about early in the third quarter. At the two minute mark Josh Mellington snapped one from thirty and three minutes later Matt Guadagnin finished on his left after being on the end of a series of handballs. Matthew Davies stopped the run when he kicked his second but then Josh Mellington did the same for the Falcons and midway through the term the deficit was just four. West Perth continued to pile on the pressure and at the twenty three minute mark Marc Crisp’s third gave the Falcons the lead. The intensity of the game went up even further at this stage as West Perth endeavoured to buck the trend of the last two quarters. Ian Richardson kicked his third to give the Tigers a three point lead but the Falcons scored the final two behinds of the term to see Claremont go into the final quarter with the barest of margins. They led 10.10 (70) to 9.15 (69).

 

The last quarter lived up to all expectations. The tenacity of the West Perth players was a feature and most of the quarter was spent in their forward half as the Tigers struggled to get a clear possession. Jay Van Berlo tied up the scores with a behind early before a Josh Mellington pass saw Marc Crisp mark thirty out. His accurate kick gave him his fourth and the Falcons a six point lead. Claremont replied with a behind and an Anton Hamp miracle snap from deep in the pocket. This saw Claremont lead by one after fourteen minutes. Shortly after a Matt Fowler snap tied up scores once again. Early into time on West Perth attacked ferociously but only scored four behinds in a two minute period. As a result they led by this margin at the twenty four minute mark. Then a minute later cometh the moment cometh the man. Jordan Jones ran hard from defence to be on the end of a pass forty metres out on the boundary. He calmly went back and slotted it to give West Perth a ten point lead. Once again the Falcons went forward from the bounce down to hold the ball in their forward line but at the thirty minute mark Claremont found some space for one of the rare occasions in the last quarter. The quick movement forward saw Andrew Foster mark in the square and reduce the margin to four once again. Shortly after the centre bounce the siren went to give West Perth as four point victory and a Grand Final appearance. Final scores were 11.21 (87) to 12.11 (83).

 

It was a stirring victory but the players are well aware that this is just one step along the way and that the big one still looms large. It was a terrific effort by the players and coaching staff and the players will certainly benefit from the week off as there were a number of sore bodies. Paul Sanzone and his Reserves team are still in the hunt and take on Perth next Sunday at Claremont Oval in an endeavour to earn a Grand Final berth. The fact that the Club is in this position is a credit to the players, coaching staff and administration. Be there to support the Reserves next week and organise those Grand Final seats to witness the climax of the 2013 season and a possible nineteenth West Perth flag.

 

BY DARRELL KENT

PHOTOS BY BELINDA TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

RESERVES FIRST SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW V EAST PERTH

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 6:06 PM

WEST Perth's reserves did a tremendous job to get back from a slow start to the 2013 season to qualify for the finals now take on East Perth in a derby first semi-final on Sunday morning.

The Falcons take on the Royals in the reserves first semi-final at Claremont Oval with the earlier start time of 9.05am.
The winner of the derby final will stay alive for at least one more week to book in a preliminary final clash with the loser of the second semi-final that will be played between Perth and South Fremantle at the same time at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.
The West Perth's reserves team, coached by Paul Sanzone, lost the first three games of the 2013 season and six of the first seven games to be 1-7 after eight rounds with finals appearing a long way off.
However, the Falcons then bounced back with good wins over Perth, East Perth and Claremont between Rounds 10 and 12 before a hiccup against East Fremantle in Round 13.
West Perth's reserves then also suffered a Round 15 loss to Swan Districts, but that was to be the last loss of the home and away season with the Falcons finishing with wins over Peel, South Fremantle, East Perth, Peel, Perth, East Fremantle and Swan Districts to secure a finals place.
West Perth and East Perth's reserves have met three times during the season with the Royals winning by two points at Arena Joondalup in Round 1, the Falcons winning by nine points at Leederville's Medibank Stadium on Foundation Day and then West Perth scoring a thumping 44-poitn win in Round 19 at Arena Joondalup.
The West Perth reserves team looks likely to also be boosted by key senior veteran defenders Michael Pettigrew and Luke Tedesco.
Pettigrew badly tore his hamstring in Round 19 but has recovered well and is likely to try playing in the reserves on Sunday morning. Tedesco injured his calf in Round 21 and is also likely to give playing ago again in the reserves semi-final as well.
The team is also likely to still have Matt Johnson and Laine Rasmussen, who both have played strong league football in 2013 after the pair both returned from injury layoffs last week against Swan Districts.
The Falcons' reserves side also includes Max Alexander, James Batterham, Johnson, Ben McNamara, Luke Meadows, Pettigrew and Tedesco who have played league football in 2013 while Cameron Branch, James Embley, Michael Mascoulis and Drew Rohde have previously.
Jack Thrum, Aidan Lynch, Embley, Joel Latham and McNamara have all been outstanding ball winners in the reserves this season while Frank Stockley has dominated the ruck averaging 16 possessions and 34 hit outs to go with his 15 goals in 15 matches.
Mitchell McPhee is the leading reserves goalkicker with 30 from 19 games with Rohde adding 28 from 20.
WEST PERTH TEAM:
Max Alexander, James Batterham, Cameron Branch, Corey Chalmers, James Embley, Martin Geraghty, Stephen Healy, Matt Johnson, Joel Latham, Aidan Lynch, Michael Mascoulis, Ben McNamara, Mitchell McPhee, Luke Meadows, Jordan Mills, Samuel Money, Ben O'Regan, Michael Pettigrew, Drew Rohde, Thomas Shadbolt, Tim Sutherland, Luke Tedesco, Jack Thrum, Mitchell Van Berlo, Broderick Walton, Blake Wilhelm.
EAST PERTH TEAM: 
Daniel Allsop, Julian Ameduri, Blake Borrett, Ashley Boyes, Trent Bradshaw, Rowan Brookes, Danny Chartres, Beau Chatley, Agid Gardoud, Matt Gordon, Jack Hogan, Brandon Hughes, Jake Keeffe, Matthew Kelly, Mitchell Lague, Julian Locantro, Shaquille McKenzie, Michael Morgan, Thomas Omodei, Matthew Pearce, Jackson Peos, Daniel Perkins, Michael Rimbas, Tyson Rudd, Marcus Ruggiero, Thomas Shanahan, Jackson Slater, Chris Warrell, Lewis Wilson, Steven Wityk.
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth's reserves did a tremendous job to get back from a slow start to the 2013 season to qualify for the finals now take on East Perth in a derby first semi-final on Sunday morning.

The Falcons take on the Royals in the reserves first semi-final at Claremont Oval with the earlier start time of 9.05am.

The winner of the derby final will stay alive for at least one more week to book in a preliminary final clash with the loser of the second semi-final that will be played between Perth and South Fremantle at the same time at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

The West Perth's reserves team, coached by Paul Sanzone, lost the first three games of the 2013 season and six of the first seven games to be 1-7 after eight rounds with finals appearing a long way off.

However, the Falcons then bounced back with good wins over Perth, East Perth and Claremont between Rounds 10 and 12 before a hiccup against East Fremantle in Round 13.

West Perth's reserves then also suffered a Round 15 loss to Swan Districts, but that was to be the last loss of the home and away season with the Falcons finishing with wins over Peel, South Fremantle, East Perth, Peel, Perth, East Fremantle and Swan Districts to secure a finals place.

West Perth and East Perth's reserves have met three times during the season with the Royals winning by two points at Arena Joondalup in Round 1, the Falcons winning by nine points at Leederville's Medibank Stadium on Foundation Day and then West Perth scoring a thumping 44-poitn win in Round 19 at Arena Joondalup.

The West Perth reserves team looks likely to also be boosted by key senior veteran defenders Michael Pettigrew and Luke Tedesco.

Pettigrew badly tore his hamstring in Round 19 but has recovered well and is likely to try playing in the reserves on Sunday morning. Tedesco injured his calf in Round 21 and is also likely to give playing ago again in the reserves semi-final as well.

The team is also likely to still have Matt Johnson and Laine Rasmussen, who both have played strong league football in 2013 after the pair both returned from injury layoffs last week against Swan Districts.

The Falcons' reserves side also includes Max Alexander, James Batterham, Johnson, Ben McNamara, Luke Meadows, Pettigrew and Tedesco who have played league football in 2013 while Cameron Branch, James Embley, Michael Mascoulis and Drew Rohde have previously.

Jack Thrum, Aidan Lynch, Embley, Joel Latham and McNamara have all been outstanding ball winners in the reserves this season while Frank Stockley has dominated the ruck averaging 16 possessions and 34 hit outs to go with his 15 goals in 15 matches.

Mitchell McPhee is the leading reserves goalkicker with 30 from 19 games with Rohde adding 28 from 20.

WEST PERTH TEAM:

Max Alexander, James Batterham, Cameron Branch, Corey Chalmers, James Embley, Martin Geraghty, Stephen Healy, Matt Johnson, Joel Latham, Aidan Lynch, Michael Mascoulis, Ben McNamara, Mitchell McPhee, Luke Meadows, Jordan Mills, Samuel Money, Ben O'Regan, Michael Pettigrew, Drew Rohde, Thomas Shadbolt, Tim Sutherland, Luke Tedesco, Jack Thrum, Mitchell Van Berlo, Broderick Walton, Blake Wilhelm.

EAST PERTH TEAM: 

Daniel Allsop, Julian Ameduri, Blake Borrett, Ashley Boyes, Trent Bradshaw, Rowan Brookes, Danny Chartres, Beau Chatley, Agid Gardoud, Matt Gordon, Jack Hogan, Brandon Hughes, Jake Keeffe, Matthew Kelly, Mitchell Lague, Julian Locantro, Shaquille McKenzie, Michael Morgan, Thomas Omodei, Matthew Pearce, Jackson Peos, Daniel Perkins, Michael Rimbas, Tyson Rudd, Marcus Ruggiero, Thomas Shanahan, Jackson Slater, Chris Warrell, Lewis Wilson, Steven Wityk.

BY CHRIS PIKE

SECOND SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW V CLAREMONT

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 5:10 PM

WEST Perth has the chance to qualify for its first WAFL grand final since 2003 when the Falcons head to Claremont Oval to face Claremont in Sunday's second semi-final.

The Falcons had a tremendous home and away season in 2013 to finish in second position on the ladder with a 13-7 record to qualify for the second semi-final against Claremont.
The Tigers have now won four straight WAFL minor premierships and are looking to make a fourth straight grand final, and to win a third successive flag but the Falcons will be looking to have something to say about that on Sunday.
West Perth now heads to Claremont Oval with the chance to win its way through to the 2013 WAFL grand final, the Falcons' first since 2003, or a loss will see the Falcons host the preliminary final next week at Arena Joondalup against the winner of the Swan Districts-East Perth first semi-final.
Claremont and West Perth have been the two standout teams in the WAFL all season long occupying the top-two positions for most of the year, and it's deserving that it is the Tigers and Falcons fighting over being the first team into the grand final for 2013.
Claremont has played in six WAFL grand finals since West Perth won the 2003 premiership with the Tigers looking to qualify for a fourth straight premiership decider hosting the Falcons on Sunday.
The second semi-final takes place on Sunday afternoon at Claremont Oval, the fifth time the second semi has been at Tigerland in the last seven years, as the Tigers and Falcons do battle over a grand final berth in 2013.
Claremont has won its last five games over West Perth dating back to the Falcons' last win which came by a goal in Round 16, 2011.
Claremont bounced back to win the 2011 second semi-final by a massive 85 points and then the Tigers won the two meetings in 2012 by 45 and 119 points respectively, and by 19 and 21 in the two clashes of 2013.
However, the Falcons have answered most challenges during 2013, have a good blend of youth and experience, and will be confident of throwing everything at winning the club's first final since that 2003 premiership winning side.
Beating Claremont in a second semi-final at Claremont Oval, though, is something that West Perth will have to make history to do.
Claremont beat Subiaco in the 2007 second semi by 15 points and then in 2010, beat Swan Districts by 50 points, beat West Perth by 85 in 2011 and then also beat Swans by 32 last year.
So the Tigers have won all four of their previous second semis at home by an average of over 45 points. The other final played at Claremont Oval was the 2006 first semi-final and that was also against West Perth with Claremont winning by a thumping 86 points.
West Perth might have lost all six of its finals since 2003, but the Falcons team is a vastly different one and has also been playing to a different game plan this year which has proved successful through the home and away season.
While the Falcons still have experienced 100-plus game players Andrew Strijk, Dan Hunt, Ray Bartholomew, Matt Guadagnin, Chris Keunen and Jason Salecic in their side, the improvement this year has come with the youngsters.
Shane Nelson and Aaron Black have emerged as two of the best midfielders in the WAFL while Kody Manning and Marc Crisp have stepped up in the forward-line, Nick Rodda at both ends of the ground and recruits from the last two years Trent Manzone, Jordan Jones, Shaun Marusic, Matt Fowler and Rohan Kerr are now crucial players in the Falcons team as well.
West Perth's reserves did qualify for finals, though, and that could prove crucial with key defensive pair Michael Pettigrew and Luke Tedesco likely to try to play at least some minutes in the reserves first semi-final against East Perth on Sunday morning.
Important pair Laine Rasmussen (if not picked in the league side) and Matt Johnson might also get another crucial run under their belts in the reserves after injury layoffs.
The Falcons also have not named anyone out from the side that lost to Swan Districts last Saturday but Fremantle's Josh Mellington will be a natural inclusion with Joe Morrow, Rasmussen and Frank Stockley pushing for inclusion.
Claremont doesn’t have a team in the reserves this year after they've won the last three premierships meaning that there is nowhere for players to drop back if not selected in the league side, or for them to find form or fitness either.
The Tigers haven’t named anyone out at this stage from the team that lost to East Fremantle last Saturday, and will be without any AFL-listed players on Sunday but captain Andrew Browne looks set to be fit to play.
Hugo Breakey, Matthew Goyder and Keifer Yu are three young players at Claremont trying desperately to push their way into the final 22 as well.
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth has the chance to qualify for its first WAFL grand final since 2003 when the Falcons head to Claremont Oval to face Claremont in Sunday's second semi-final.

The Falcons had a tremendous home and away season in 2013 to finish in second position on the ladder with a 13-7 record to qualify for the second semi-final against Claremont.

The Tigers have now won four straight WAFL minor premierships and are looking to make a fourth straight grand final, and to win a third successive flag but the Falcons will be looking to have something to say about that on Sunday.

West Perth now heads to Claremont Oval with the chance to win its way through to the 2013 WAFL grand final, the Falcons' first since 2003, or a loss will see the Falcons host the preliminary final next week at Arena Joondalup against the winner of the Swan Districts-East Perth first semi-final.

Claremont and West Perth have been the two standout teams in the WAFL all season long occupying the top-two positions for most of the year, and it's deserving that it is the Tigers and Falcons fighting over being the first team into the grand final for 2013.

Claremont has played in six WAFL grand finals since West Perth won the 2003 premiership with the Tigers looking to qualify for a fourth straight premiership decider hosting the Falcons on Sunday.

The second semi-final takes place on Sunday afternoon at Claremont Oval, the fifth time the second semi has been at Tigerland in the last seven years, as the Tigers and Falcons do battle over a grand final berth in 2013.

Claremont has won its last five games over West Perth dating back to the Falcons' last win which came by a goal in Round 16, 2011.

Claremont bounced back to win the 2011 second semi-final by a massive 85 points and then the Tigers won the two meetings in 2012 by 45 and 119 points respectively, and by 19 and 21 in the two clashes of 2013.

However, the Falcons have answered most challenges during 2013, have a good blend of youth and experience, and will be confident of throwing everything at winning the club's first final since that 2003 premiership winning side.

Beating Claremont in a second semi-final at Claremont Oval, though, is something that West Perth will have to make history to do.

Claremont beat Subiaco in the 2007 second semi by 15 points and then in 2010, beat Swan Districts by 50 points, beat West Perth by 85 in 2011 and then also beat Swans by 32 last year.

So the Tigers have won all four of their previous second semis at home by an average of over 45 points. The other final played at Claremont Oval was the 2006 first semi-final and that was also against West Perth with Claremont winning by a thumping 86 points.

West Perth might have lost all six of its finals since 2003, but the Falcons team is a vastly different one and has also been playing to a different game plan this year which has proved successful through the home and away season.

While the Falcons still have experienced 100-plus game players Andrew Strijk, Dan Hunt, Ray Bartholomew, Matt Guadagnin, Chris Keunen and Jason Salecic in their side, the improvement this year has come with the youngsters.

Shane Nelson and Aaron Black have emerged as two of the best midfielders in the WAFL while Kody Manning and Marc Crisp have stepped up in the forward-line, Nick Rodda at both ends of the ground and recruits from the last two years Trent Manzone, Jordan Jones, Shaun Marusic, Matt Fowler and Rohan Kerr are now crucial players in the Falcons team as well.

West Perth's reserves did qualify for finals, though, and that could prove crucial with key defensive pair Michael Pettigrew and Luke Tedesco likely to try to play at least some minutes in the reserves first semi-final against East Perth on Sunday morning.

Important pair Laine Rasmussen (if not picked in the league side) and Matt Johnson might also get another crucial run under their belts in the reserves after injury layoffs.

The Falcons also have not named anyone out from the side that lost to Swan Districts last Saturday but Fremantle's Josh Mellington will be a natural inclusion with Joe Morrow, Rasmussen and Frank Stockley pushing for inclusion.

Claremont doesn’t have a team in the reserves this year after they've won the last three premierships meaning that there is nowhere for players to drop back if not selected in the league side, or for them to find form or fitness either.

The Tigers haven’t named anyone out at this stage from the team that lost to East Fremantle last Saturday, and will be without any AFL-listed players on Sunday but captain Andrew Browne looks set to be fit to play.

Hugo Breakey, Matthew Goyder and Keifer Yu are three young players at Claremont trying desperately to push their way into the final 22 as well.

BY CHRIS PIKE