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PLENTY OF FALCONS TO ATTRACT AFL ATTENTION

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 4:02 AM

NOT only is the West Perth team of 2013 performing well as a collective sitting in second position on the ladder but a host of players could also be putting themselves in the frame to end up on AFL lists.

West Perth now sits two games clear in second position on the WAFL ladder following last Saturday's 30-point derby win over East Perth at Arena Joondalup and a host of players who have been key players in the Falcons' rise up the ladder could see themselves being looked at closely by AFL clubs.
There are colts players like Nick Robertson and Blake Acres who are near-certain draftees, but those with senior experience who continue to impress and could attract attention include Rohan Kerr, Shane Nelson, Aaron Black, Kody Manning, Nick Rodda, Matt Johnson and possibly even Andrew Strijk.
West Perth coach Bill Monaghan hopes for their individual sakes that all those players get the chance in the AFL, but if not he is just as confident that the Falcons will provide the ideal place for them to continue to improve and be part of a successful football culture.
"The beauty of all of them is that if they happen to not get drafted we think this is a really good environment for them to learn and improve in, and that group is going to be an exceptionally hard group to hold out for opposition sides for three or four years if they are at West Perth," Monaghan said.
"In our senior group we have five or six in the 19 through to 21 or 22 age bracket who have had really good years and it wouldn’t be a surprise to any of us for them to make their way onto an AFL list.
"We have two boys in our colts Robertson and Acres who are outstanding talents. They have both had shoulder injuries, but that shouldn’t stop them from being drafted. They have both been added to the national combine and we are confident that both of them will end up on an AFL-list."
Nick Rodda and Matt Johnson have come through the ranks at West Perth together to see the good friends play strong league football each during 2013 and without question they both will be looked at closely by a host of AFL clubs.
Johnson started the season in brilliant fashion kicking six goals in Round 1 against East Perth and he has kicked 19 majors for the season up until injuring a hamstring in Round 13. However, with his lethal left-boot he could quite comfortably make an impact at AFL level.
Then there is key position big man Rodda. He has played as a key forward most of this season as the main target and played that role well, but he is perhaps best suited to defence and will now move to full-back to replace the injured Michael Pettigrew.
"Nick Rodda and Matt Johnson both have the ability to be on an AFL list and it's just a matter of whether clubs have room on their development lists for guys like that. Nick is a big boy at 196cm, he is a 2.90 20-metre runner and has strong attack on the footy, and can play forward or back," he said.
"They are some good assets to have as a young player at 19 years of age and he's now played 20 league games and will play with us for the rest of the season. Johnson is an exceptional talent. He has all the attributes in terms of speed, marking and kicking.
"He had a really up and down year as a colt last year and played some State 18s but consistency and competitiveness were some issues people had with him.
"I'm not sure that anyone has any problems with his ability and we've worked hard with Matt to improve his competiveness and consistency, and he's played some outstanding senior football as an 18-year-old young man who could still be playing colts footy.
"I'm really excited by both Nick and Matt's future and I think there will be a lot of AFL clubs looking closely at them. Whether they get drafted or not is not our choice, but they are both very much in the draftable bracket."
Rohan Kerr was one of West Perth's top recruits for the 2013 coming off being listed with Carlton for three years and he has made a tremendous impact.
He narrowly missed selection for Western Australia in the State game against Victoria, but is having an outstanding season both on the wing and half-forward. He is averaging almost 21 possessions a game including a high of 31 in Round 18 while also kicking 15 goals including six against Peel in Round 5.
The 21-year-old has fitted in immediately at West Perth with his kicking skills a particular highlight of his game.
"Rohan Kerr was on Carlton's list for three years and he's come over here, and has really enjoyed the WA lifestyle," Monaghan said.
"He has fitted in well, he is a good character to have around the club and has played some really good footy. At 21, people know he's been in the system and I think he is capable of playing at that level. His best football is really good."
Monaghan also expects Nelson, Black and Manning to all come under close attention from AFL recruiters with Nelson becoming an elite in-and-under midfielder, Black a tremendous wingman and Manning one of the best tacklers and pressure players in the competition.
"Then we've got Shane Nelson, Aaron Black and to a degree Kody Manning who have enough strengths and strings to their bow where if a side is looking for that type of player that they are outside chances of being drafted," he said.
"Kody's attack on the footy and his defensive mindset in our forward-line this year has been outstanding.
"Shane just has an uncanny ability to rack up possessions. There may be some issues about how well he kicks the football, but in terms of him finding the football, winning clearances and tackling, there has to be a premium placed on people who can find it 30 or 35 times as a 19-year-old playing league football.
"Blacky is a case where I think as a 55-game player at 20 years of age he is going to be one of those genuine mature-age draft picks. He could be a 100-game player here by the time he's only 22 or 23 and physically and mentally he is mature enough to be playing AFL footy. He is ticking all the boxes."
Andrew Strijk has also had an outstanding season for West Perth running off half-back and Monaghan wouldn’t be surprised if he attracts some attention as well.
"Andrew Strijk is another one who would be a bit of a left-field selection at 26 years of age. We've moved him to half-back, which we've always thought was his best position, and that wasn’t necessarily the views of West Coast who played him as a forward," Monaghan said.
"If there's a side out there who wants a strong marking, rebounding, beautiful kick off half-back then Andrew Strijk has plenty of years of AFL footy left in him. It would need to be a real area that a club needs to fill for him, but I wouldn’t completely rule out him being redrafted."
BY CHRIS PIKENOT only is the West Perth team of 2013 performing well as a collective sitting in second position on the ladder but a host of players could also be putting themselves in the frame to end up on AFL lists.

West Perth now sits two games clear in second position on the WAFL ladder following last Saturday's 30-point derby win over East Perth at Arena Joondalup and a host of players who have been key players in the Falcons' rise up the ladder could see themselves being looked at closely by AFL clubs.

There are colts players like Nick Robertson and Blake Acres who are near-certain draftees, but those with senior experience who continue to impress and could attract attention include Rohan Kerr, Shane Nelson, Aaron Black, Kody Manning, Nick Rodda, Matt Johnson and possibly even Andrew Strijk.

West Perth coach Bill Monaghan hopes for their individual sakes that all those players get the chance in the AFL, but if not he is just as confident that the Falcons will provide the ideal place for them to continue to improve and be part of a successful football culture.

"The beauty of all of them is that if they happen to not get drafted we think this is a really good environment for them to learn and improve in, and that group is going to be an exceptionally hard group to hold out for opposition sides for three or four years if they are at West Perth," Monaghan said.

"In our senior group we have five or six in the 19 through to 21 or 22 age bracket who have had really good years and it wouldn’t be a surprise to any of us for them to make their way onto an AFL list.

"We have two boys in our colts Robertson and Acres who are outstanding talents. They have both had shoulder injuries, but that shouldn’t stop them from being drafted. They have both been added to the national combine and we are confident that both of them will end up on an AFL-list."

Nick Rodda and Matt Johnson have come through the ranks at West Perth together to see the good friends play strong league football each during 2013 and without question they both will be looked at closely by a host of AFL clubs.

Johnson started the season in brilliant fashion kicking six goals in Round 1 against East Perth and he has kicked 19 majors for the season up until injuring a hamstring in Round 13. However, with his lethal left-boot he could quite comfortably make an impact at AFL level.

Then there is key position big man Rodda. He has played as a key forward most of this season as the main target and played that role well, but he is perhaps best suited to defence and will now move to full-back to replace the injured Michael Pettigrew.

"Nick Rodda and Matt Johnson both have the ability to be on an AFL list and it's just a matter of whether clubs have room on their development lists for guys like that. Nick is a big boy at 196cm, he is a 2.90 20-metre runner and has strong attack on the footy, and can play forward or back," he said.

"They are some good assets to have as a young player at 19 years of age and he's now played 20 league games and will play with us for the rest of the season. Johnson is an exceptional talent. He has all the attributes in terms of speed, marking and kicking.

"He had a really up and down year as a colt last year and played some State 18s but consistency and competitiveness were some issues people had with him.

"I'm not sure that anyone has any problems with his ability and we've worked hard with Matt to improve his competiveness and consistency, and he's played some outstanding senior football as an 18-year-old young man who could still be playing colts footy.

"I'm really excited by both Nick and Matt's future and I think there will be a lot of AFL clubs looking closely at them. Whether they get drafted or not is not our choice, but they are both very much in the draftable bracket."

Rohan Kerr was one of West Perth's top recruits for the 2013 coming off being listed with Carlton for three years and he has made a tremendous impact.

He narrowly missed selection for Western Australia in the State game against Victoria, but is having an outstanding season both on the wing and half-forward. He is averaging almost 21 possessions a game including a high of 31 in Round 18 while also kicking 15 goals including six against Peel in Round 5.

The 21-year-old has fitted in immediately at West Perth with his kicking skills a particular highlight of his game.

"Rohan Kerr was on Carlton's list for three years and he's come over here, and has really enjoyed the WA lifestyle," Monaghan said.

"He has fitted in well, he is a good character to have around the club and has played some really good footy. At 21, people know he's been in the system and I think he is capable of playing at that level. His best football is really good."

Monaghan also expects Nelson, Black and Manning to all come under close attention from AFL recruiters with Nelson becoming an elite in-and-under midfielder, Black a tremendous wingman and Manning one of the best tacklers and pressure players in the competition.

"Then we've got Shane Nelson, Aaron Black and to a degree Kody Manning who have enough strengths and strings to their bow where if a side is looking for that type of player that they are outside chances of being drafted," he said.

"Kody's attack on the footy and his defensive mindset in our forward-line this year has been outstanding.

"Shane just has an uncanny ability to rack up possessions. There may be some issues about how well he kicks the football, but in terms of him finding the football, winning clearances and tackling, there has to be a premium placed on people who can find it 30 or 35 times as a 19-year-old playing league football.

"Blacky is a case where I think as a 55-game player at 20 years of age he is going to be one of those genuine mature-age draft picks. He could be a 100-game player here by the time he's only 22 or 23 and physically and mentally he is mature enough to be playing AFL footy. He is ticking all the boxes."

Andrew Strijk has also had an outstanding season for West Perth running off half-back and Monaghan wouldn’t be surprised if he attracts some attention as well.

"Andrew Strijk is another one who would be a bit of a left-field selection at 26 years of age. We've moved him to half-back, which we've always thought was his best position, and that wasn’t necessarily the views of West Coast who played him as a forward," Monaghan said.

"If there's a side out there who wants a strong marking, rebounding, beautiful kick off half-back then Andrew Strijk has plenty of years of AFL footy left in him. It would need to be a real area that a club needs to fill for him, but I wouldn’t completely rule out him being redrafted."

BY CHRIS PIKE

International Football Festival - Sunday 18th August - West Perth vs East Fremantle

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 6:38 PM

Sunday the 18th of August will be a day of celebration, a day that will unite those of many cultures through a sport we all love, AFL. The Falcons Football District, The West Perth Football Club and The WA Football Commission unite to host an International Football Festival to be held at the Falcon’s home ground, Arena Joondalup.

With over 50% of residents in the northern suburbs being of multicultural background the Falcons welcome new Australians to the great game of AFL, offer an opportunity to learn some of the skills and have a bit of fun while you’re at it.

On Sunday 18th August the West Perth Football Club will open it’s doors to free ticket holders to their annual International Round as West Perth take on East Fremantle in the lead up to WAFL Finals. More than 30,000 free tickets are being distributed through local schools and the community newspaper.

The Falcons will create a Football festival with a KIDS ZONE opening up at 1 pm, with footy skills clinics, a bouncy castle, mega slide show bags, prizes and much more!! For Adults we’ve got the ‘Falcon Arms’, a British style pub opening up also at 1pm. With the main game being West Perth vs East Fremantle commencing at 2pm.

Half time will see more action offering the exciting opportunity for a free kids footy coaching clinic for new Australians from all nationalities. Registrations for this opportunity are essential and can be completed through the West Perth Website. Free Tickets will be given out to local school kids over the coming weeks at assemblies.

With thousands flocking to Arena Joondalup for the International Football Festival it is wise to arrive early so you don't miss a minute of the action! Overflow parking will be available on the Lake Joondalup Baptist College oval. Parking is $5 per car with entry from Kennedya Drive.

Our History: The West Perth Football Club has a strong history of migrant members and players with many players the sons of Italian Migrants. In the late 40's early 50's when a lot of Italians and migrants from neighboring European Countries came over to Australia they basically turned much of the West Perth zone into one big market garden. They would all work the gardens till noon on Saturdays before heading to Leederville to watch the footy.

West Perth named its Garlic Muncher Team of - t h e – Century in 2008, which paid tribute to its Mainland European tradition that stemmed from its time at Leederville Oval. The footy club named it's Garlic Muncher team of the century to honor the great ethnic players who have represented the club.

BILL'S GRILL – ROUND 19

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 4:55 PM

WE DID a bit of competitive work during the week which we don’t usually do a lot of, so that sharpened the boys up and I was really happy with the way we performed. To be able to shut them down in the second half to three scoring shots and three behinds was a really good reward for effort.

We were really critical of a lot of things against South Fremantle and mainly our preparation, and mental application for the game but South were up and about and played some really good footy so we can't put it all down to us. But we think that if we play at our best we can beat any side in the competition so we were slightly off that day and South were very good.
To the player's credit this week we were able to turn that around and we didn’t pull any punches during the week. Everyone was open and honest, and we thought as a coaching staff there were things we could have done better and the players clearly thought there were things they could have done better. We got together, came up with a solution and I thought our attitude was really good on the weekend.
The conditions were tough and trying, but we were able to keep coming at the opposition and put good pressure on, and i thought our attack on the footy and ability to keep our head over the footy was very good.
In the second half the inside 50s were 39 to 11 so we played a really good, tough, honest brand of footy and we were really pleased with that. In a way, given how poor we were with our mental and physical state the week before, to get a day like that on Saturday meant that we had to do all the hard things and that was a big focus.
Second position on the ladder is something we are certainly aiming for, but it's a process we need to go through to get that and it doesn't just happen. We can't take any liberties and we can't expect things to go the way we want them to. It's only going to happen for us through hard work, planning and preparation. We think that we are a win or two short of where we need to be at the end of the year, but importantly we need to look at this week and focus on a Peel side who was really competitive last week against Swans and could potentially get three or four AFL-listed players back in plus Cruize Garlett who played in the reserves on the weekend. They are going to be a formidable side and we will need to be at our best, and we expect it to be a great test and it's something we are looking forward to.
Steve Potente is one of those guys where there's not much of him, but he gives 100 per cent all the time. He has been dogged by injuries over the last two or three years and did play some really good football at Swan Districts in 2010 when they were the premiers, and we just thought that a change environment and in his training routine would bring the best out of him.
We're not surprised he is playing how he is, that's why we got him here, but it's great that he has been able to grab his opportunity with both hands. I thought the conditions on the weekend suited him and he played accordingly. We think that he has the ability to win his own football, but if we need to we can get him to run with someone from the opposition. He has been a handy acquisition for us and we were all happy with his game on the weekend.
Jason Salecic was miles ahead on the weekend of where he was the week before and in his couple of reserves games. We all know that he is a quality player so that is a real bonus for us with him getting back in the latter part of the season and if he can get back to his best he will cause trouble for a lot of teams. Ray Bartholomew also came back and was a bit scratchy especially coming back in those conditions. Without being critical of Ray, he is an outside, running player who is used to use the ball well and those conditions didn’t suit him. He struggled a bit early but he improved in the second half and he will be better for the run.
Unfortunately on the weekend Michael Pettigrew and Jay van Berlo both suffered what appear to be relatively serious injuries. Our early diagnosis on Michael's hamstring is not great and it looks like a hamstring tendon injury and history over the last couple of years with Riewoldt and a couple of others suggests that will end his year. That will be sad if that's the case.
Jay van Berlo looks like he has a PCL injury in his knee which we are hoping will be closer to three or four weeks, but it could well end up being five or six weeks. With four games and a bye left in the season we are hopeful that we might get some luck there, but other than we think that players in the reserves and guys who have come in throughout the year have been able to play roles.
It hasn’t been plain sailing with our injuries this year but we have been able to step up to the plate and deliver so those guys who get an opportunity this week will have to do that and it's about everyone playing their part. As sad as it is for the players who miss out, it's a real chance for the players who get an opportunity.
BY BILL MONAGHANWE DID a bit of competitive work during the week which we don’t usually do a lot of, so that sharpened the boys up and I was really happy with the way we performed. To be able to shut them down in the second half to three scoring shots and three behinds was a really good reward for effort.

We were really critical of a lot of things against South Fremantle and mainly our preparation, and mental application for the game but South were up and about and played some really good footy so we can't put it all down to us. But we think that if we play at our best we can beat any side in the competition so we were slightly off that day and South were very good.

To the player's credit this week we were able to turn that around and we didn’t pull any punches during the week. Everyone was open and honest, and we thought as a coaching staff there were things we could have done better and the players clearly thought there were things they could have done better. We got together, came up with a solution and I thought our attitude was really good on the weekend.

The conditions were tough and trying, but we were able to keep coming at the opposition and put good pressure on, and i thought our attack on the footy and ability to keep our head over the footy was very good.

In the second half the inside 50s were 39 to 11 so we played a really good, tough, honest brand of footy and we were really pleased with that. In a way, given how poor we were with our mental and physical state the week before, to get a day like that on Saturday meant that we had to do all the hard things and that was a big focus.

Second position on the ladder is something we are certainly aiming for, but it's a process we need to go through to get that and it doesn't just happen. We can't take any liberties and we can't expect things to go the way we want them to. It's only going to happen for us through hard work, planning and preparation. We think that we are a win or two short of where we need to be at the end of the year, but importantly we need to look at this week and focus on a Peel side who was really competitive last week against Swans and could potentially get three or four AFL-listed players back in plus Cruize Garlett who played in the reserves on the weekend. They are going to be a formidable side and we will need to be at our best, and we expect it to be a great test and it's something we are looking forward to.

Steve Potente is one of those guys where there's not much of him, but he gives 100 per cent all the time. He has been dogged by injuries over the last two or three years and did play some really good football at Swan Districts in 2010 when they were the premiers, and we just thought that a change environment and in his training routine would bring the best out of him.

We're not surprised he is playing how he is, that's why we got him here, but it's great that he has been able to grab his opportunity with both hands. I thought the conditions on the weekend suited him and he played accordingly. We think that he has the ability to win his own football, but if we need to we can get him to run with someone from the opposition. He has been a handy acquisition for us and we were all happy with his game on the weekend.

Jason Salecic was miles ahead on the weekend of where he was the week before and in his couple of reserves games. We all know that he is a quality player so that is a real bonus for us with him getting back in the latter part of the season and if he can get back to his best he will cause trouble for a lot of teams. Ray Bartholomew also came back and was a bit scratchy especially coming back in those conditions. Without being critical of Ray, he is an outside, running player who is used to use the ball well and those conditions didn’t suit him. He struggled a bit early but he improved in the second half and he will be better for the run.

Unfortunately on the weekend Michael Pettigrew and Jay van Berlo both suffered what appear to be relatively serious injuries. Our early diagnosis on Michael's hamstring is not great and it looks like a hamstring tendon injury and history over the last couple of years with Riewoldt and a couple of others suggests that will end his year. That will be sad if that's the case.

Jay van Berlo looks like he has a PCL injury in his knee which we are hoping will be closer to three or four weeks, but it could well end up being five or six weeks. With four games and a bye left in the season we are hopeful that we might get some luck there, but other than we think that players in the reserves and guys who have come in throughout the year have been able to play roles.

It hasn’t been plain sailing with our injuries this year but we have been able to step up to the plate and deliver so those guys who get an opportunity this week will have to do that and it's about everyone playing their part. As sad as it is for the players who miss out, it's a real chance for the players who get an opportunity.

BY BILL MONAGHAN

FALCONS DOMINATE SECOND HALF TO BEAT ROYALS

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 2:46 PM

WEST Perth dominated the second half of the derby on Saturday at Arena Joondalup to end up beating East Perth by 30 points and further consolidate second position on the WAFL ladder.

The Falcons surprise loss at home last week to South Fremantle left them a little vulnerable in second position on the ladder coming into the derby with the in-form Royals, but the 10.14 (74) to 6.8 (44) has seen them put a handy gap now between the chasing pack.
West Perth's 30-point victory over the Royals sees it improve to a 11-5 record on the season with just four matches of the 2013 home and away season remaining and a two-game lead over the third-placed Swan Districts, fourth-placed Perth and fifth-placed East Perth.
In the tough conditions of Saturday afternoon, East Perth got the better of things in the first half leading by five points at quarter-time and by 12 at the main break, but the game was still very much up for grabs at half-time.
After the break, it was all West Perth with the Falcons kicking four goals to one in a dominant third quarter where they had nine scoring shots to just one from the Royals.
That saw West Perth lead by 16 points at three quarter-time and the Falcons then booted the only two goals of the last term as well to run out 30-point winners.
Steve Potente continued to show why he has been a terrific recruit this season from Swan Districts by putting in a strong performance against East Perth on Saturday.
Potente finished with 23 possessions, two goals, four inside-50 entries and three tackles in a best on ground performance.
Matt Fowler and Kody Manning also kicked two goals apiece for the Falcons with another new player for 2013 Rohan Kerr also terrific with 23 possessions and seven entries inside the forward 50.
Veteran midfielder Matt Guadagnin picked up 20 possessions to go with laying eight tackles and driving the ball inside-50 on four occasions.
Shane Nelson also racked up 18 disposals for the Falcons, Aaron Black 17, Steven Browne 17, Andrew Strijk 16, Marc Crisp 16, Luke Tedesco 16 and Josh Mellington 16.
The Falcons colts put in a terrific display as well beating East Perth 9.16 (70) to 4.2 (26) after holding the Royals to just the one goal for the entire first half.
Frank Stockley put in a massive effort for West Perth finishing with 27 possessions, six marks, 52 hit outs, four inside-50 entries and three tackles in the difficult conditions.
Mitch McPhee also kicked three goals for the Falcons and Kris Shannon two with Corey Chalmers picking up 24 disposals, James Embley 20, Joel Latham 19, Jack Thrum 19 and Ben McNamara 18. 
The West Perth colts came up short to start off the day at Arena Joondalup with East Perth ending up winning 8.5 (53) to 4.7 (31).
Tim Sutherland, Troy Manners, Peter Harvey and William Michell kicked the Falcons' four goals for the game with Nick Bowe finishing with 19 possessions.
WEST PERTH 2.3 4.5 8.10 10.14 (74)
EAST PERTH 3.2 6.5 6.6 6.8 (44)
WEST PERTH – Goals: Manning, Potente, Fowler 2; Crisp, Tsalikis, Bartholomew, Mellington.
Best: Potente, Kerr, Guadagnin, Tedesco, Crisp, Nelson.
EAST PERTH – Goals: Smith 2; Brookes, Wulff, Oakley-Nicholls, Swan.
Best: Wulff, Lee, Selwood, Payne, Johnson, Seal.
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth dominated the second half of the derby on Saturday at Arena Joondalup to end up beating East Perth by 30 points and further consolidate second position on the WAFL ladder.

The Falcons surprise loss at home last week to South Fremantle left them a little vulnerable in second position on the ladder coming into the derby with the in-form Royals, but the 10.14 (74) to 6.8 (44) has seen them put a handy gap now between the chasing pack.

West Perth's 30-point victory over the Royals sees it improve to a 11-5 record on the season with just four matches of the 2013 home and away season remaining and a two-game lead over the third-placed Swan Districts, fourth-placed Perth and fifth-placed East Perth.

In the tough conditions of Saturday afternoon, East Perth got the better of things in the first half leading by five points at quarter-time and by 12 at the main break, but the game was still very much up for grabs at half-time.

After the break, it was all West Perth with the Falcons kicking four goals to one in a dominant third quarter where they had nine scoring shots to just one from the Royals.

That saw West Perth lead by 16 points at three quarter-time and the Falcons then booted the only two goals of the last term as well to run out 30-point winners.

Steve Potente continued to show why he has been a terrific recruit this season from Swan Districts by putting in a strong performance against East Perth on Saturday.

Potente finished with 23 possessions, two goals, four inside-50 entries and three tackles in a best on ground performance.

Matt Fowler and Kody Manning also kicked two goals apiece for the Falcons with another new player for 2013 Rohan Kerr also terrific with 23 possessions and seven entries inside the forward 50.

Veteran midfielder Matt Guadagnin picked up 20 possessions to go with laying eight tackles and driving the ball inside-50 on four occasions.

Shane Nelson also racked up 18 disposals for the Falcons, Aaron Black 17, Steven Browne 17, Andrew Strijk 16, Marc Crisp 16, Luke Tedesco 16 and Josh Mellington 16.

The Falcons reserves put in a terrific display as well beating East Perth 9.16 (70) to 4.2 (26) after holding the Royals to just the one goal for the entire first half.

Frank Stockley put in a massive effort for West Perth finishing with 27 possessions, six marks, 52 hit outs, four inside-50 entries and three tackles in the difficult conditions.

Mitch McPhee also kicked three goals for the Falcons and Kris Shannon two with Corey Chalmers picking up 24 disposals, James Embley 20, Joel Latham 19, Jack Thrum 19 and Ben McNamara 18. 

The West Perth colts came up short to start off the day at Arena Joondalup with East Perth ending up winning 8.5 (53) to 4.7 (31).

Tim Sutherland, Troy Manners, Peter Harvey and William Michell kicked the Falcons' four goals for the game with Nick Bowe finishing with 19 possessions.

WEST PERTH 2.3 4.5 8.10 10.14 (74)

EAST PERTH 3.2 6.5 6.6 6.8 (44)

WEST PERTH – Goals: Manning, Potente, Fowler 2; Crisp, Tsalikis, Bartholomew, Mellington.

Best: Potente, Kerr, Guadagnin, Tedesco, Crisp, Nelson.

EAST PERTH – Goals: Smith 2; Brookes, Wulff, Oakley-Nicholls, Swan.

Best: Wulff, Lee, Selwood, Payne, Johnson, Seal.

BY CHRIS PIKE

A ROYAL FLUSH

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 7:16 PM

West Perth was most impressive in their thirty point victory against arch rivals East Perth at the Arena on Saturday.

The Falcons trailed by twelve at the main change but not even the most ardent fan would have expected the Royals to be limited to just three behinds for the rest of the game. The West Perth pressure on the contest was a credit to the whole team and it completely restricted the run and ball movement of East Perth.

 

It would be fair to say that it wasn’t a great day for football as showers swept across the ground all day. West Perth won the toss and kicked to the northern end with the use of the breeze. The ball was in the West Perth forward line for the first ten minutes with two behinds being scored before a Josh Mellington kick forward was marked by Matt Fowler who converted from thirty. Former Falcon, Josh Smith, snapped a left foot goal to get East Perth on the score board. The ball rebounded between the back lines in the wintry conditions before the passage of the day took place. West Perth ran the ball from deep in defence and Matt Fowler kicked his second on the run from fifty. It was great to watch. But from here the Royals steadied and did best kicking the final two goals for the quarter. At the first change they led by five; 3.2 (20) to 2.3 (15).

 

The Royals kicked the first two behinds of the second term before Chris Keunen scored a behind to make the deficit one straight kick. Before the ball was kicked in an incident occurred that saw Kody Manning receive a free from the end of the square. His kick evened up the scores. East Perth kicked the next courtesy of Craig Wulff. This took the lead out to seven after fourteen minutes. Six minutes later Steve Potente snapped the first of his two goals to tie things up. It was his best game for the Falcons since coming over from Swan Districts. Josh Smith then kicked his second and Jarred Oakley-Nicholls his first from the square. No-one would have expected that the Oakley-Nicholls goal at the twenty seven minute mark would be the last one for the game for the Royals. At half time, though, they held a handy twelve point lead; 6.5 (41) to 4.5 (29).

 

It was imperative that West Perth get back into the game in the third quarter while they had the use of the breeze. The players knew this and they dominated play restricting East Perth to just one behind for the quarter. Anthony Tsalikis got the ball rolling with a fine snap but it wasn’t until the nineteen minute mark that they hit the lead. The Falcons ran in a wave from deep in defence and Josh Mellington finished the good work on the run from forty. A second to Steve Potente and Kody Manning followed and at the final change West Perth had established a handy sixteen point lead. They led 8.10 (58) to 6.6 (42).

 

The breeze was still a factor and East Perth were still right in the game but West Perth made a lie of the wind advantage and completely dominated the quarter. The ball rarely left their forward fifty as the Falcons piled on the pressure. The first goal came at the eleven minute mark when Ray Bartholomew ran hard to soccer the ball through from fifteen metres. The only other goal for the term came right at the end when Marc Crisp scrambled one through. This gave West Perth their thirty point winning margin.  The Falcons completely dominated the quarter and this was shown by the fifty nine to thirty one inside fifties for the game. Final scores were 10.14 (74) to 6.8 (44).

 

It was an important victory in the battle to retain second spot and once again West Perth showed, that on their day, they are as good a team as anybody. The main worry to come out of the game is injuries to Michael Pettigrew, Jay Van Berlo and Rohan Kerr. They are vital players in the Falcons side. Players to receive awards included Marc Crisp, Steve Potente, Matt Guadagnin, Chris Keunen, Kody Manning and best was Luke Tedesco who was terrific across half back. The Reserves have closed to within a game of the four after another impressive victory. Well done to best players Joel Latham, Cameron Branch, James Embley and Frank Stockley. Another must win game against Peel this week. See you at the Arena to help get the boys over the line.

 

BY DARRELL KENT

 

PHOTOS BY BELINDA TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

ROUND 19 PREVIEW V EAST PERTH

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 6:18 PM

PERTH derbies do not need any reason to have any added spite to them but this Saturday's clash at Arena Joondalup certainly does with the result to have big repercussions on final positions in the top-four come the end of the season.

Perth derbies between the Falcons and Royals have become the fiercest, most physical and most intense clashes in any WAFL season and now this week's battle will see both teams throwing everything into getting the victory.

West Perth has been looking safe in second position on the ladder for some time now, but a surprise loss to South Fremantle last Saturday at Arena Joondalup has left the Falcons a little vulnerable.

That defeat snapped a four-game winning run for West Perth and sees the Falcons fall to a 10-5 record to be just one win and percentage ahead of the third-placed Perth and fourth-placed East Perth.

The Royals had a shaky start to the season in the first year under new coach Brian Dawson but things have now come together tremendously with six straight victories to improve to a 9-5 record on the season and while their percentage isn’t great, they have a game in hand on the rest of the competition.

The winner of Saturday's derby could very well end up finishing the season in second position as a result setting up a double chance come finals time.

There have already been two Perth derbies this season with West Perth thumping East Perth in Round 1 at Arena Joondalup by 75 points but the Royals hit back in the Foundation (WA) Day clash at Leederville's Medibank Stadium running over the top of the Falcons to win by 19 points.

For the first occasion in some time, West Perth pulled up with a clean bill of health injury-wise from last week's loss to South Fremantle with captain Jason Salecic getting through his first full league game of the season.

Ray Bartholomew returned in the reserves from a calf injury and had 13 possessions to be in contention to come into the league side this Saturday against the Royals.

Back-up ruckman Frank Stockley has been doing all he can in the reserves to keep himself in the mix for a league spot this season and is again in contention this week to take on Paul Johnson and East Perth's big men department.

Small running defender Kris Shannon is also in the mix to come in for the Falcons for what would be his first league appearance of the season, and first since playing in West Perth's two Foxtel Cup matches last year.

East Perth's big men is perhaps its greatest strength with Johnson, Josh Smith and Scott Lycett but one third of that will be missing on Saturday with Lycett called up by the Eagles to replace the sore Nic Naitanui.

However, Brock Higgins has been developing nicely as a key forward option and back-up ruckman and is the likely replacement for Lycett while Adam Selwood should also be back with the Royals after again being dropped by the Eagles.

Another Eagle Blayne Wilson is out of the East Perth line-up as is small forward Arthur Bennell but there are some more than handy players still trying to break into the side at the right time of the year including Danny Chartres, Rowan Brookes, Jordan Wityk and Shaquille McKenzie.

BY CHRIS PIKE

2013 BANQUET AUCTION

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 3:28 PM

It's Banquet Auction time again! Help support the West Perth Football Club with donations & by attending our biggest fundraiser for the year!

2013 BANQUET AUCTION DONATIONS

The West Perth Football Club will be holding its annual Banquet Auction on Saturday 24 August 2013 at the Stirling Adriatic Centre. This occasion represents the largest single component of our club’s annual fundraising ventures and as such, is extremely important to the club in terms of our success both on and off the field. It is a great chance for Falcon supporters to take advantage of this unique promotional opportunity, whilst helping the Club at the same time!

Preparations for the night are already underway and we are currently seeking donations for the main auction, silent auction, lucky dip bags and raffle prizes. Any donation great or small would be greatly appreciated. Popular items are always memorabilia pieces, gift vouchers, overnight stays and unique experiences.

There are many benefits associated with donating to this event including:

  • Promotional and advertising exposure of your company to all guests at the Banquet Auction
  • Your company name listed in the official Banquet Auction Catalogue
  • Your company details listed on the official West Perth Football Club website www.westperthfc.com.au, including a link to your company’s website
  • Your company details listed in the 2013 Year Book & Annual Report

If you are able to donate to our Banquet Auction, please fill in the attached donation form to notify us of your donation pledge. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at promotions@falconsfc.com.au or by phone on 08 9300 3611.

2013 Banquet Auction Donation Form

On behalf of the West Perth Football Club, I would like to thank you in anticipation of your support and hope that you will be able to assist us in making the 2013 Banquet Auction our biggest and best yet!


2013 BANQUET AUCTION TICKETS

Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Banquet Auction!

Tickets are $110 per person including GST and includes a delicious 3 course meal, wine, beer and soft drinks. It is always a great night out so get some mates together and book a table today!

Please peruse the Main Auction Catalogue prior to the night and come ready to bid on your favourite items!

For any further information, please contact me via email at promotions@falconsfc.com.au or by phone on 08 9300 3611.

ERIN CAPSIS

PROMOTIONS OFFICER

A FALCON SHOCKER

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 12:08 PM

Every football club has one of those games and for West Perth it was against South Fremantle at the Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

No matter how hard they tried nothing went right and they suffered a thirty nine point defeat at the hands of the bottom placed team. To South Fremantle’s credit they persevered for four quarters and increased their lead at each change. It was the Falcons heaviest defeat of the season.

West Perth started the game brightly enough with Anthony Tsalikis taking the ball off hands to score at the four minute mark. Alistair Gillespie replied for the Bulldogs shortly after before Josh Mellington slotted a terrific major from deep in the pocket forty out.

This was to be West Perth’s last major for the term as the Bulldogs settled to whittle away the seven point lead. A goal to the evergreen Kris Miller tied the scores at the nineteen minute mark and another right on the siren gave South Fremantle a six point lead going into the first change. Both teams were inaccurate and this was reflected in the 3.5 (23) to 2.5 (17) score line.

Rohan Kerr, who worked hard all day, evened the scores up after he marked twenty out and finished accurately. The Bulldogs kicked the next three scores to lead by eight after ten minutes. A precise pass by Anthony Tsalikis enabled Jay Van Berlo to score from thirty and when a terrific left foot snap by Shaun Marusic sailed through the Falcons had snatched back a four point lead midway through the term.

Key forward Ben Saunders then kicked the first of his three for the game to give South Fremantle back the lead, one that they didn’t relinquish for the rest of the match. By the main break they had established an eight point lead; 6.8 (44) to 5.6 (36).

South Fremantle kicked the first goal of the second half to take the lead out to fourteen before Marc Crisp received a free thirty out. His straight kick reduced the margin to eight once more but from here the third term belonged to the Bulldogs. They kicked four unanswered goals, including three to the best on ground Mitch Banner, to have the game sewn up at the final change. They led by thirty five; 11.13 (79) to 6.8 (44).

Both sides kicked five behinds between them to start the final term. The first goal came at the eight minute mark courtesy of a Matt Fowler snap. The South Fremantle lead was now twenty eight. But Mitch Banner popped up to kick his fourth to snuff out the prospect of a last quarter challenge. The Falcons kicked two more for the game including a second to Marc Crisp and Josh Mellington. The deficit was twenty seven going into time on but the Bulldogs kicked the last two to win by thirty nine. Final scores were 15.16 (106) to 9.13 (67).

It is an understatement to say that it was a disappointing day for the Falcons but the players now need to regroup for the next game against arch rivals, East Perth. With five matches remaining a place in the four is still no certainty so next week looms as a crucial encounter. Best players were hard to find but those to receive awards included Josh Mellington, Rohan Kerr and Michael Pettigrew. Congratulations to the Reserves who kept their finals hopes alive with an easy victory. Best players were Joe Morrow, Jordan Mills, Frank Stockley and Kris Shannon.

BY DARRELL KENT

PHOTOS BY BELINDA TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

FALCONS FALL SHORT IN GARLIC MUNCHERS CUP

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 1:03 AM

WEST Perth's run of four straight WAFL victories came to an end on Saturday with South Fremantle coming to Arena Joondalup and winning by 39 points to claim the inaugural Garlic Munchers Cup.

The Falcons had won four straight matches against East Fremantle, Subiaco, Swan Districts and Peel Thunder prior to the Round 17 bye to improve to a 10-4 record on the season in second position, but couldn’t quite keep that going on Saturday.
In the end, South Fremantle took out the first of what will be the annual Garlic Munchers Cup with a 15.16 (106) to 9.13 (67) victory at Arena Joondalup.
The result means that West Perth remains in second position on the ladder with a 10-5 record, but is now just one game and percentage ahead of the third-placed Perth and fourth-placed East Perth ahead of next Saturday's derby against the Royals also at Arena Joondalup.
The Falcons' defence worked hard with Michael Pettigrew doing well on South Fremantle's returning Bernie Naylor Medallist Ben Saunders. Even though Saunders kicked three goals, two of those were from handballs over to him in the goal square and he had just four kicks for the afternoon.
Dan Hunt also did well restricting Alistair Gillespie to the one goal while Jordan Jones did well also keeping Paul Mugambwa to just 10 touches and a goal. Jones also racked up 27 possessions, seven marks and eight rebounds from the defensive 50.
Also out of the back-line, Trent Manzone racked up 29 possessions, Steven Browne 26 and Andrew Strijk 24.
Through the middle, Rohan Kerr was prominent largely on the wing picking up 31 possessions to go with eight marks and a goal. Shane Nelson also picked up 30 possessions to go with five clearances and five inside-50 entries.
Josh Mellington picked up 25 possessions and kicked 2.4 for the afternoon with Aaron Black collecting 22 disposals, Steve Potente 21 and Jay van Berlo 21.
Chris Keunen also had 14 possessions and 22 hit outs in the ruck before being struck down with the early effects of one of his serious migraines that lead to vomiting attacks.
Even though West Perth got the game's opening goal through Anthony Tsalikis, South Fremantle was in front by quarter-time thanks to a goal on the siren to Haiden Schloithe and maintained an eight-point lead by half-time even though some inaccurate kicking robbed them of a bigger advantage.
The Bulldogs turned on an inspired third term, though, with Mitch Banner booting three goals in the space of five minutes. Kris Miller added another before three quarter-time to stretch the lead to 35 points by the last change.
West Perth tried hard to get back into the contest in the last term but couldn’t get closer than 27 points before Banner's fifth goal and Miller's third sealed South Fremantle's 39-point win.
Meanwhile, the Falcons' reserves played well to beat South Fremantle 15.8 (98) to 9.10 (64).
Usual defender Joe Morrow went forward for West Perth and kicked four goals with Drew Rohde, Ben McNamara, Mitch McPhee and Frank Stockley all kicking two goals. Stockley also had 21 possessions, five marks and 36 hit outs to go with his two goals.
Kris Shannon racked up 24 disposals for the Falcons, James Embley 19, Corey Chalmers 18, Brayden Antonio 18 and Ray Bartholomew 13 on return from his calf injury.
The Falcons' colts went down by 85 points against the Bulldogs as part of the Colts Super Round in their match at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium.
Joel Brown collected 24 possessions for West Perth with William Michell picking up 20 touches and Daniel Acres 20.
WEST PERTH 2.5 5.6 6.8 9.13 (67)
SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.5 6.8 11.13 15.16 (106)
WEST PERTH – Goals: Crisp, Mellington 2; Kerr, van Berlo, Tsalikis, Marusic, Fowler.
Best: Kerr, Hunt, Jones, Pettigrew, Nelson, Manzone.
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Banner 5; Miller, Saunders 3; Mugambwa, Gillespie, Schloithe, Cook.
Best: Banner, Cook, Hams, Borovac, Kelly, Miller, Guglielmana, Schloithe.
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth's run of four straight WAFL victories came to an end on Saturday with South Fremantle coming to Arena Joondalup and winning by 39 points to claim the inaugural Garlic Munchers Cup.

The Falcons had won four straight matches against East Fremantle, Subiaco, Swan Districts and Peel Thunder prior to the Round 17 bye to improve to a 10-4 record on the season in second position, but couldn’t quite keep that going on Saturday.

In the end, South Fremantle took out the first of what will be the annual Garlic Munchers Cup with a 15.16 (106) to 9.13 (67) victory at Arena Joondalup.

The result means that West Perth remains in second position on the ladder with a 10-5 record, but is now just one game and percentage ahead of the third-placed Perth and fourth-placed East Perth ahead of next Saturday's derby against the Royals also at Arena Joondalup.

The Falcons' defence worked hard with Michael Pettigrew doing well on South Fremantle's returning Bernie Naylor Medallist Ben Saunders. Even though Saunders kicked three goals, two of those were from handballs over to him in the goal square and he had just four kicks for the afternoon.

Dan Hunt also did well restricting Alistair Gillespie to the one goal while Jordan Jones did well also keeping Paul Mugambwa to just 10 touches and a goal. Jones also racked up 27 possessions, seven marks and eight rebounds from the defensive 50.

Also out of the back-line, Trent Manzone racked up 29 possessions, Steven Browne 26 and Andrew Strijk 24.

Through the middle, Rohan Kerr was prominent largely on the wing picking up 31 possessions to go with eight marks and a goal. Shane Nelson also picked up 30 possessions to go with five clearances and five inside-50 entries.

Josh Mellington picked up 25 possessions and kicked 2.4 for the afternoon with Aaron Black collecting 22 disposals, Steve Potente 21 and Jay van Berlo 21.

Chris Keunen also had 14 possessions and 22 hit outs in the ruck before being struck down with the early effects of one of his serious migraines that lead to vomiting attacks.

Even though West Perth got the game's opening goal through Anthony Tsalikis, South Fremantle was in front by quarter-time thanks to a goal on the siren to Haiden Schloithe and maintained an eight-point lead by half-time even though some inaccurate kicking robbed them of a bigger advantage.

The Bulldogs turned on an inspired third term, though, with Mitch Banner booting three goals in the space of five minutes. Kris Miller added another before three quarter-time to stretch the lead to 35 points by the last change.

West Perth tried hard to get back into the contest in the last term but couldn’t get closer than 27 points before Banner's fifth goal and Miller's third sealed South Fremantle's 39-point win.

Meanwhile, the Falcons' reserves played well to beat South Fremantle 15.8 (98) to 9.10 (64).

Usual defender Joe Morrow went forward for West Perth and kicked four goals with Drew Rohde, Ben McNamara, Mitch McPhee and Frank Stockley all kicking two goals. Stockley also had 21 possessions, five marks and 36 hit outs to go with his two goals.

Kris Shannon racked up 24 disposals for the Falcons, James Embley 19, Corey Chalmers 18, Brayden Antonio 18 and Ray Bartholomew 13 on return from his calf injury.

The Falcons' colts went down by 85 points against the Bulldogs as part of the Colts Super Round in their match at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium.

Joel Brown collected 24 possessions for West Perth with William Michell picking up 20 touches and Daniel Acres 20.

WEST PERTH 2.5 5.6 6.8 9.13 (67)

SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.5 6.8 11.13 15.16 (106)

WEST PERTH – Goals: Crisp, Mellington 2; Kerr, van Berlo, Tsalikis, Marusic, Fowler.

Best: Kerr, Hunt, Jones, Pettigrew, Nelson, Manzone.

SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Banner 5; Miller, Saunders 3; Mugambwa, Gillespie, Schloithe, Cook.

Best: Banner, Cook, Hams, Borovac, Kelly, Miller, Guglielmana, Schloithe.

BY CHRIS PIKE

ROUND 18 PREVIEW V SOUTH FREMANTLE

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 4:34 PM

WEST Perth and South Fremantle will meet for the first of what will become an annual Garlic Munchers Cup at Arena Joondalup this Saturday while the Falcons try to maintain second spot on the ladder and the Bulldogs look to fight their way off the bottom.

The Falcons and Bulldogs will honour their players of southern European heritage with the introduction of the Garlic Munchers Cup and in recognition of that, both teams have named their Garlic Munchers' all-time best teams.
West Perth's line-up includes Don Marinko junior and senior, Ray Marinko, George Michalczyk, Geoff Hendricks, Paul Mifka, Bill Valli, Ray Boyanich, John Gastev, Dennis Cometti, Joe Fanchi and current captain Jason Salecic. Peter Menaglio is the captain.
South Fremantle's Garlic Munchers team includes Stan Magro, Tom Grljusich, Jon Dorotich, Glen Jakovich, Darren Gaspar, Peter Matera, John Gerovich, Scott Watters, Wally Matera, Peter Sumich, Phil Matera, Paul Vasoli, Allen Jakovich and Brian Ciccotosto is the captain with Tony Micale the coach.
Both West Perth and South Fremantle had the bye last weekend so have had similar preparations for Saturday's clash at Arena Joondalup.
West Perth remains in second position on the WAFL ladder with a 10-4 record to be two games clear of the chasing Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth.
Prior to the bye last weekend, the Falcons had won four straight matches and will need to keep winning to make sure second spot on the ladder remains theirs and that crucial double chance come finals time.
Even though South Fremantle has won just the two games this season, the Bulldogs have been in winning positions in most of their losses including the last two before the bye and the first meeting with West Perth this season.
The Bulldogs only lost to the Falcons by three points under lights at Fremantle Oval back in Round 4 and then prior to the bye were in winning positions during the last quarter against top-four teams Perth and Claremont, but narrowly went down on both occasions by 10 and four points respectively.
South Fremantle also has an outstanding record at Arena Joondalup both in history and recently.
The Bulldogs have won their last two trips to Joondalup winning last year by nine points and by 25 back in 2011. While West Perth did win three straight games at home before that, even prior to that South Fremantle won on five straight trips to Joondalup between 2005 and 2008.
Overall since West Perth made the move north, South Fremantle has won 13 of 21 matches played against the Falcons at Arena Joondalup.
West Perth welcomes back Jordan Jones, Nick Rodda and Jason Salecic from the team that beat Peel Thunder a fortnight ago in Mandurah with Frank Stockley also a chance to come in to provide a back-up ruck option to Chris Keunen and also offer another tall forward target.
Joe Morrow slips out of the Falcons' line-up largely due to Jones returning and the similar role and position that they play.
While Ray Bartholomew, Laine Rasmussen and Matt Johnson won't immediately come back into the Falcons' league side this week, the trio should line up in the reserves on the comeback trail from injuries.
Adam Carter goes out of the South Fremantle team that narrowly went down to Claremont a fortnight ago after making his AFL debut last week for West Coast in the western derby against Fremantle. Alex Grima is also out of the South Fremantle line-up.
However, the Bulldogs have some key players returning led by last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the WAFL's leading goalkicker Ben Saunders.
He has played just two games this season due to two fractures to his collarbone, but kicked five goals in those and will be a big addition this week for South Fremantle to provide that spearhead target in the forward-line.
Star ruckman Sean Tighe also returns after being a late withdrawal a fortnight ago against Claremont with Jarrad Winter, Reece Adams and Warrick Andreoli also coming  back into the South Fremantle squad after good form in the reserves two weeks ago prior to last week's bye.
West Perth coach Bill Monaghan knows that South Fremantle can't be taken lightly despite its position on the ladder.
"South are unlucky I think from where I sit to be at the bottom of the ladder. They have played some really good footy but have been on the wrong end of a lot of close games. They have started games well, they have been in winning positions and haven’t quite been able to nail them," Monaghan said.
"We see them as a really dangerous side. When they are up and running, moving the ball and getting ahead of the play they are probably as dangerous as any other side in the competition. We need to respect that and know that we need to be very good defensively against them.
"The same thing happened early in the year and once or twice against them last year where we were able to get a bit of a break on them, but then with the more risks they take the harder they become to stop.
"They do run hard so we are really looking forward to the game and we know that like every game if we are a little bit off you are susceptible to a loss. We know that anything less than our best performance will probably come back to bite us on the backside."
BY CHRIS PIKWEST Perth and South Fremantle will meet for the first of what will become an annual Garlic Munchers Cup at Arena Joondalup this Saturday while the Falcons try to maintain second spot on the ladder and the Bulldogs look to fight their way off the bottom.

The Falcons and Bulldogs will honour their players of southern European heritage with the introduction of the Garlic Munchers Cup and in recognition of that, both teams have named their Garlic Munchers' all-time best teams.

West Perth's line-up includes Don Marinko junior and senior, Ray Marinko, George Michalczyk, Geoff Hendricks, Paul Mifka, Bill Valli, Ray Boyanich, John Gastev, Dennis Cometti, Joe Fanchi and current captain Jason Salecic. Peter Menaglio is the captain.

South Fremantle's Garlic Munchers team includes Stan Magro, Tom Grljusich, Jon Dorotich, Glen Jakovich, Darren Gaspar, Peter Matera, John Gerovich, Scott Watters, Wally Matera, Peter Sumich, Phil Matera, Paul Vasoli, Allen Jakovich and Brian Ciccotosto is the captain with Tony Micale the coach.

Both West Perth and South Fremantle had the bye last weekend so have had similar preparations for Saturday's clash at Arena Joondalup.

West Perth remains in second position on the WAFL ladder with a 10-4 record to be two games clear of the chasing Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth.

Prior to the bye last weekend, the Falcons had won four straight matches and will need to keep winning to make sure second spot on the ladder remains theirs and that crucial double chance come finals time.

Even though South Fremantle has won just the two games this season, the Bulldogs have been in winning positions in most of their losses including the last two before the bye and the first meeting with West Perth this season.

The Bulldogs only lost to the Falcons by three points under lights at Fremantle Oval back in Round 4 and then prior to the bye were in winning positions during the last quarter against top-four teams Perth and Claremont, but narrowly went down on both occasions by 10 and four points respectively.

South Fremantle also has an outstanding record at Arena Joondalup both in history and recently.

The Bulldogs have won their last two trips to Joondalup winning last year by nine points and by 25 back in 2011. While West Perth did win three straight games at home before that, even prior to that South Fremantle won on five straight trips to Joondalup between 2005 and 2008.

Overall since West Perth made the move north, South Fremantle has won 13 of 21 matches played against the Falcons at Arena Joondalup.

West Perth welcomes back Jordan Jones, Nick Rodda and Jason Salecic from the team that beat Peel Thunder a fortnight ago in Mandurah with Frank Stockley also a chance to come in to provide a back-up ruck option to Chris Keunen and also offer another tall forward target.

Joe Morrow slips out of the Falcons' line-up largely due to Jones returning and the similar role and position that they play.

While Ray Bartholomew, Laine Rasmussen and Matt Johnson won't immediately come back into the Falcons' league side this week, the trio should line up in the reserves on the comeback trail from injuries.

Adam Carter goes out of the South Fremantle team that narrowly went down to Claremont a fortnight ago after making his AFL debut last week for West Coast in the western derby against Fremantle. Alex Grima is also out of the South Fremantle line-up.

However, the Bulldogs have some key players returning led by last year's Bernie Naylor Medal winner as the WAFL's leading goalkicker Ben Saunders.

He has played just two games this season due to two fractures to his collarbone, but kicked five goals in those and will be a big addition this week for South Fremantle to provide that spearhead target in the forward-line.

Star ruckman Sean Tighe also returns after being a late withdrawal a fortnight ago against Claremont with Jarrad Winter, Reece Adams and Warrick Andreoli also coming  back into the South Fremantle squad after good form in the reserves two weeks ago prior to last week's bye.

West Perth coach Bill Monaghan knows that South Fremantle can't be taken lightly despite its position on the ladder.

"South are unlucky I think from where I sit to be at the bottom of the ladder. They have played some really good footy but have been on the wrong end of a lot of close games. They have started games well, they have been in winning positions and haven’t quite been able to nail them," Monaghan said.

"We see them as a really dangerous side. When they are up and running, moving the ball and getting ahead of the play they are probably as dangerous as any other side in the competition. We need to respect that and know that we need to be very good defensively against them.

"The same thing happened early in the year and once or twice against them last year where we were able to get a bit of a break on them, but then with the more risks they take the harder they become to stop.

"They do run hard so we are really looking forward to the game and we know that like every game if we are a little bit off you are susceptible to a loss. We know that anything less than our best performance will probably come back to bite us on the backside."

BY CHRIS PIKE