WAFL 2013 Grand Final Tickets

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 12:40 PM

WAFL 2013 GRAND FINAL TICKETS

Tickets go on sale tomorrow Thursday, August 15, for the 2013 WAFL Grand Final at Patersons Stadium.

The game will be played at 2.15pm on Sunday September 22.

In 2013, the best WAFL Grand Final seats in the house will be available for pre-purchase online. Fans seeking a great seat are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets to take advantage of the reduced pre-sale prices and avoid the queues on match day.

Tickets

Tickets for this match will be on sale as of 9am Thursday, August 15. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com.au) or by phoning 1300 135 915.

2013 WAFL Grand Final ticket prices are:

Category

Premium Reserved Seating
(Pre-purchase only)

General Admission Seating (Purchase on the day at the gate)

Adult

$30.00

$35.00

Concession

$25.00

$30.00

Child (15 & under, 5 & under free)

$7.00

$10.00

Family (2 x adult & 3 x child)

$58.00

$60.00

Member*

$22.00

$25.00

*Member may be any WAFL club member

In addition to the WAFL Grand Final, tickets entitle fans access to the Colts Grand Final and the Reserves Grand Final ahead of the main event which bounces down at 2.15pm.

Corporate boxes and suites are also available for purchase. For more information or to download a booking form visit www.waflfinals.com.au

2013 WAFL FINALS FIXTURES

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 11:42 AM

2013 WAFL Finals Fixtures

 

West Australian Football League finals fixtures have been confirmed for the first three Sundays in September.

 

WAFL Operations Manager Cameron Knapton said the finals had been scheduled to maintain a consistent break between games and avoid clashing with the Federal Election and AFL Finals where possible.

 

ABC TV will televise the First Semi Final with live crosses to the Second Semi Final, and then cover the Preliminary Final and Grand Final.

 

WAFL broadcast partners ABC Radio, 990AM, Sport FM, Radio Fremantle and Hot Country Digital will also cover WAFL Finals matches on radio.

 

For more information visit www.wafl.com.au/finals

 

Sunday, September 8

1st Semi Final

3rd v 4th

2.05pm at home ground of 3rd

2nd Semi Final

1st v 2nd  

2.05pm at home ground of 1st  

 

Sunday, September 15

Preliminary Final

Winner of 1st Semi v Loser of 2nd Semi

2.05pm at home ground of Loser of 2nd Semi

 

Sunday September 22

Grand Final

Winner 2nd Semi v Winner Preliminary Final

2.05pm at Patersons Stadium

FALCONS DOMINATE DEMONS IN MOORA

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 2:30 AM

WEST Perth all but secured a double chance come finals time with an emphatic performance after quarter-time in Moora on Saturday to beat Perth by 60 points.

The Falcons completely controlled the contest in Moora after quarter-time kicking 15 goals to three in the last three quarters of the game, and the only six majors of the second half to secure the eventual 18.7 (115) to 7.13 (55) victory.

The win improves West Perth to a 13-5 record on the season to now be three games clear of the third and fourth-placed Swan Districts and East Perth with a superior percentage to all chasing teams.

The Falcons now have two games of the season remaining starting next Sunday at home to the sixth-placed East Fremantle before a bye and then the final match of the home and away campaign against Swan Districts at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

Matt Fowler continued to show that he could be West Perth's answer out of the goal square with Nick Rodda now required to play down back with the injury to Michael Pettigrew.

Fowler booted another five goals on Saturday against Perth in Moora from just the eight kicks and five marks.

Small forward Marc Crisp copped a knock to his head during the day, but still managed to continue his outstanding season with another three goals while veteran Anthony Tsalikis added another two to stretch his lead on top of the team's leading goalkicking race.

Veteran midfielder Matt Guadagnin was judged best afield, though, after finishing the afternoon with 24 possessions and two goals.

Falcons wingman Aaron Black also racked up 33 possessions and young midfielder Shane Nelson another 28 to go with six tackles.

Queensland recruit Trent Manzone gathered 25 possessions, Steven Browne 22, Ray Bartholomew 22, Steve Potente 20, Rohan Kerr 20 to go with six inside 50s, Shaun Marusic 18 and Andrew Strijk 18.

Ruckman Chris Keunen dominated for West Perth as well finishing with a career-high 66 hit outs to go with 11 possessions and a goal.

West Perth started the game in Moora well with the first two goals of the afternoon but Perth was playing to return to the top-four and came back hard to lead by seven points at quarter-time.

However, the Falcons took control of the contest from that point on and turned on some inspired, and exciting, football in the second quarter piling on nine goals in a blistering second quarter to suddenly lead by 30 points at half-time.

West Perth then rammed home its advantage in the second half booting the only two goals of the third quarter with the Demons managing just the five behinds while Perth again kicked five points in the final term with the Falcons banging home four majors to eventually win by a commanding 60 points.

While the league side made the trek to Moora on Saturday, the two other sides did battle with Perth at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium.

The West Perth colts started the day with a 25-point loss to Perth with Ryan Simcock booting three goals for the Falcons with Kyle Egan collecting 20 possessions, Ashley Smith 19, Kirk Bartel 18, Nick Bowe 18 and Troy Manners 18.

Tim Sutherland did well in the ruck finishing with 16 possessions, seven marks and 34 hit outs.

And then the Falcons reserves side pulled off a convincing 52-point victory over the Demons with a dominant performance from the outset.

Drew Rohde kicked four goals from just six kicks for West Perth with Max Alexander banging home another three majors and Corey Chalmers two.

Ben O'Regan collected a team-high 20 possessions to go with six inside-50 entries and a goal for West Perth with Joel Latham finishing with 19 disposals, Frank Stockley 18 (and 56 hit outs), Tom Shadbolt 18 and Brayden Antonio 17.

WEST PERTH                                      3.1          12.3        14.4        18.7        (115)

PERTH                                                   4.2          7.3          7.8          7.13        (55)

WEST PERTH – Goals: Fowler 5; Crisp 3; Guadagnin, Tsalikis 2; Kerr, Browne, Keunen, Marusic, Mellington, Manning.

Best: Guadagnin, Black, Manzone, Keunen, Nelson, Fowler, Kerr.

PERTH – Goals: Bevan, Reimers 2; McInnes, Moody, Tunbridge.

Best: Smith, Hodge, White, Manuel, Leeson, Florio.

BY CHRIS PIKE

PHOTOS BY DAN WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

ROUND 21 PREVIEW V PERTH

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 4:06 PM

MOORA will host the match of the round on Saturday afternoon when Perth heads to its country zone to host West Perth with both sides desperate to come home with the four points.

Perth has been inside the top-four for all but two weeks of the 2013 season to date, but the 28-point loss to East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval last Saturday saw the Demons fall out of the top-four again.
That means the Demons desperately need to bounce back and beat West Perth this Saturday with tough games to come against East Perth, Claremont and South Fremantle to finish the season.
In order for the Demons to play finals for the first time since 1997, they will likely need to win three of those last four games so starting with a win this Saturday over West Perth is crucial to their September ambitions.
However, beating West Perth is going to be far from an easy task.
The Falcons currently sit three games clear of East Fremantle, Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth in second position on the ladder and can go a long way to securing that position, and the finals double chance, with a win over Perth in Moora on Saturday.
Despite a hiccup in Round 18 at home to South Fremantle, West Perth has been in terrific form since losing back-to-back games in Rounds 11 and 12.
The Falcons won four straight games after that before the loss to the Bulldogs and now have beaten East Perth and Peel the last fortnight to improve to 12-5 record on the season to be looking strong in second spot on the ladder.
Perth and West Perth have met just the once so far this season with the Falcons getting the better of the Demons by 36 points back in Round 10 at Arena Joondalup.
Perth last hosted a WAFL game in Moora back in 1999 when 1746 fans turned out to see the Demons record a 27-point victory over Swan Districts.
West Perth coach Bill Monaghan has been impressed with how Perth has turned itself around this season so far under coach Damien McMahon, and he is under no illusions of how big of a challenge the Demons will present to the Falcons.
"Perth has had an outstanding season and Damien and their whole club have really taken them forward. There has been a lot said about where Perth has been over a period of time, but they have seemed to turn that around this year and they have played really positive footy. They look as though they have turned the corner in terms of culture and leadership as well," Monaghan said.
"At their very best, they are dangerous. They move the ball as well as anybody else, their foot skills to hit up short targets is very good and their forward-line is a little bit different with Bevan, Stack, Reimers and Leeson. They have a lot of smallish type forwards but they have McInnes and Tunbridge down there, and Lleyendekkers and Eyres give them another tall option."
Perth's hopes of pulling off the victory won't be helped with the loss of two of its most important players coming into the contest.
Hawthorn premiership midfielder from 2008 Chance Bateman is out of the side after hurting his hamstring in last week's loss to East Fremantle while Matt Tedesco is also a massive loss from the half-back line against his former side.
Tedesco has emerged as one of the very best running defenders in the competition this season for the Demons averaging 21.8 possessions a game and he even sneaked forward for two long goals last Saturday against East Fremantle, but he's a big loss from the side to face West Perth.
On the positive side, though, for the Demons they have some handy inclusions with Brennan Stack to return after a week in the reserves. He has kicked 40 goals this season and will resume his dynamic duo act up forward with captain Paul Bevan who has booted 47 majors so far in 2013.
Cameron Manuel, Kane Ransted and Matthew Hunt are the other Perth players vying for selection and whoever gets picked will have a big job to try and replace the job that Tedesco has been doing so well all season so far.
West Perth hasn’t named anyone out at this stage from its team that beat Peel comfortably last week but veteran defender Dan Hunt will return so there will be at least one change to the line-up.
Peel wasn’t able to take advantage of a West Perth defence last week that was without Hunt and Michael Pettigrew, but Nick Rodda stepped up in the full-back role strongly and now Hunt is back to add some further height and experience to that defensive set up.
Ben McNamara and Jack Thrum have both been in good form in the reserves for the Falcons as well and continue to press for selection, and the coaching staff will be seriously considering playing them this Saturday in Moora against Perth.
BY CHRIS PIKEMOORA will host the match of the round on Saturday afternoon when Perth heads to its country zone to host West Perth with both sides desperate to come home with the four points.

Perth has been inside the top-four for all but two weeks of the 2013 season to date, but the 28-point loss to East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval last Saturday saw the Demons fall out of the top-four again.

That means the Demons desperately need to bounce back and beat West Perth this Saturday with tough games to come against East Perth, Claremont and South Fremantle to finish the season.

In order for the Demons to play finals for the first time since 1997, they will likely need to win three of those last four games so starting with a win this Saturday over West Perth is crucial to their September ambitions.

However, beating West Perth is going to be far from an easy task.

The Falcons currently sit three games clear of East Fremantle, Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth in second position on the ladder and can go a long way to securing that position, and the finals double chance, with a win over Perth in Moora on Saturday.

Despite a hiccup in Round 18 at home to South Fremantle, West Perth has been in terrific form since losing back-to-back games in Rounds 11 and 12.

The Falcons won four straight games after that before the loss to the Bulldogs and now have beaten East Perth and Peel the last fortnight to improve to 12-5 record on the season to be looking strong in second spot on the ladder.

Perth and West Perth have met just the once so far this season with the Falcons getting the better of the Demons by 36 points back in Round 10 at Arena Joondalup.

Perth last hosted a WAFL game in Moora back in 1999 when 1746 fans turned out to see the Demons record a 27-point victory over Swan Districts.

West Perth coach Bill Monaghan has been impressed with how Perth has turned itself around this season so far under coach Damien McMahon, and he is under no illusions of how big of a challenge the Demons will present to the Falcons.

"Perth has had an outstanding season and Damien and their whole club have really taken them forward. There has been a lot said about where Perth has been over a period of time, but they have seemed to turn that around this year and they have played really positive footy. They look as though they have turned the corner in terms of culture and leadership as well," Monaghan said.

"At their very best, they are dangerous. They move the ball as well as anybody else, their foot skills to hit up short targets is very good and their forward-line is a little bit different with Bevan, Stack, Reimers and Leeson. They have a lot of smallish type forwards but they have McInnes and Tunbridge down there, and Lleyendekkers and Eyres give them another tall option."

Perth's hopes of pulling off the victory won't be helped with the loss of two of its most important players coming into the contest.

Hawthorn premiership midfielder from 2008 Chance Bateman is out of the side after hurting his hamstring in last week's loss to East Fremantle while Matt Tedesco is also a massive loss from the half-back line against his former side.

Tedesco has emerged as one of the very best running defenders in the competition this season for the Demons averaging 21.8 possessions a game and he even sneaked forward for two long goals last Saturday against East Fremantle, but he's a big loss from the side to face West Perth.

On the positive side, though, for the Demons they have some handy inclusions with Brennan Stack to return after a week in the reserves. He has kicked 40 goals this season and will resume his dynamic duo act up forward with captain Paul Bevan who has booted 47 majors so far in 2013.

Cameron Manuel, Kane Ransted and Matthew Hunt are the other Perth players vying for selection and whoever gets picked will have a big job to try and replace the job that Tedesco has been doing so well all season so far.

West Perth hasn’t named anyone out at this stage from its team that beat Peel comfortably last week but veteran defender Dan Hunt will return so there will be at least one change to the line-up.

Peel wasn’t able to take advantage of a West Perth defence last week that was without Hunt and Michael Pettigrew, but Nick Rodda stepped up in the full-back role strongly and now Hunt is back to add some further height and experience to that defensive set up.

Ben McNamara and Jack Thrum have both been in good form in the reserves for the Falcons as well and continue to press for selection, and the coaching staff will be seriously considering playing them this Saturday in Moora against Perth.

BY CHRIS PIKE

BILL'S GRILL – ROUND 20

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 4:00 PM

IT IS a great concept to play country games. What the best part of it is, though, is that country people are the lifeblood of our country and state in many ways so to get the game out to them is fantastic, especially if they aren’t able to get to the city to watch games.

They are always really supportive and you always get a good feed out there at country games with a little bit of humour.

Sometimes the logistics of moving 40 people from each club around, especially the ones that involve air travel, can get difficult and there's been a couple of iffy situations with late flights. Then in this case, we will be going by bus and you have to weigh up what is a suitable amount of time to be sitting on a bus on the day of the game. So there are a few things that can be issues, but they are issues for both sides so no one is advantaged or disadvantaged by that.
Our plan for Saturday is to leave Arena Joondalup by bus at 9.30am and it's expected to take about two and-a-half hours to get there. We will basically get off the bus and start our pre-game routine. We normally have our pre-match meeting before half-time in the reserves so it's a bit before 12.30 usually. We will probably stop the bus about halfway up and we will make sure the players have enough food and water on the bus because we want to make sure that they are in a good state when they get off the bus. It does pose a different challenge but we will try to keep it as normal as possible other than that.
It can depend where you go but we went to the thriving metropolis of Kalannie a couple of years ago which has a population of about 100 people. That can be an issue in terms of crowd sizes but the small communities deserve that opportunity as much as the bigger ones like Geraldton and Bunbury.
I think it's our job to take the game to the people and country football is huge, and is a fabric of their communities just like it is with netball, lawn bowls, tennis and sports like that. Without the sport in those regional communities, there's not always a lot to do so if we can play any part to help that then that is our responsibility.
The way you get received can often depend on whether or not the town is in your zone as well. If it isn’t, you generally just go up on a bus, play the game, have a quick feed and go home but when it is your zone we would normally send an entourage of coaches and/or players up early to run some school clinics, coaching courses, training sessions with the local teams and all of that.
When you do that, you get to experience the real country hospitality and they like to give you plenty to eat, and you have to keep knocking back offers to drink beer and all of that. You see that they are really proud of their communities and so they should be.
This pre-season we went up to Bruce Rock for a camp and that was really successful. They were proud to show off their facilities and town to us. When it is your country area it is a real privilege to be there, and they do really welcome you and they are excited to have you there. You always run into groups of kids who look up to the players. When I was a kid I idolised footballers and sports people, and this is their opportunity to see some top-level footballers.
The AFL has become such a big business now that it really has become just about out of reach of the normal families so the WAFL has a unique place in the sporting culture in our state. The fans can still go out on the oval at the quarter-time breaks, you can have a kick with them before and after the game, and it really is like a festival feeling when you play country games.
The players really enjoy the country games as well. Especially after the game when they get the chance to see how important part of a role WAFL football plays in bringing the game to the people who don’t usually get to experience it.
It's very exciting to take such an important game to the country as well. I'm not sure that country games are usually played this late in the season either and there is a lot of stake this week for both us and Perth.
We are trying to tick off a couple more boxes to finish where we want to and Perth had a bit of a setback last week so the people of Moora and the surrounding area are going to be treated to a fantastic game. It should be good from that perspective and hopefully a good crowd will turn out to watch it with both sides putting on a good spectacle.
They are well-rounded up forward and have been a high-scoring team all year. Their midfield is also good and their backs are solid so we know that we are going to have to be at our very best and it will take a strong defensive performance to cut them down.
Dan Hunt is the only player that will come back from the guys who missed last week. VB and Petters are two, three or four weeks away and that will cut it pretty fine for those two but Dan will be back this week.
Physically the East Perth game took a lot out of us and it was a real slog against a big-bodied side, and there was a lot at stake. I thought we handled and played the conditions very well, but it did take a little bit to get our bodies over that and I think that contributed to our inconsistency last week against Peel.
We are in a reasonably good spot with our list at the moment with just the three or four injuries with VB, Petters, Rasmussen and Johnson who we would prefer to have out on the park but we are working hard to spread the load so that whoever plays does their job. 
BY BILL MONAGHANIT IS a great concept to play country games. What the best part of it is, though, is that country people are the lifeblood of our country and state in many ways so to get the game out to them is fantastic, especially if they aren’t able to get to the city to watch games. They are always really supportive and you always get a good feed out there at country games with a little bit of humour.

Sometimes the logistics of moving 40 people from each club around, especially the ones that involve air travel, can get difficult and there's been a couple of iffy situations with late flights. Then in this case, we will be going by bus and you have to weigh up what is a suitable amount of time to be sitting on a bus on the day of the game. So there are a few things that can be issues, but they are issues for both sides so no one is advantaged or disadvantaged by that.

Our plan for Saturday is to leave Arena Joondalup by bus at 9.30am and it's expected to take about two and-a-half hours to get there. We will basically get off the bus and start our pre-game routine. We normally have our pre-match meeting before half-time in the reserves so it's a bit before 12.30 usually. We will probably stop the bus about halfway up and we will make sure the players have enough food and water on the bus because we want to make sure that they are in a good state when they get off the bus. It does pose a different challenge but we will try to keep it as normal as possible other than that.

It can depend where you go but we went to the thriving metropolis of Kalannie a couple of years ago which has a population of about 100 people. That can be an issue in terms of crowd sizes but the small communities deserve that opportunity as much as the bigger ones like Geraldton and Bunbury.

I think it's our job to take the game to the people and country football is huge, and is a fabric of their communities just like it is with netball, lawn bowls, tennis and sports like that. Without the sport in those regional communities, there's not always a lot to do so if we can play any part to help that then that is our responsibility.

The way you get received can often depend on whether or not the town is in your zone as well. If it isn’t, you generally just go up on a bus, play the game, have a quick feed and go home but when it is your zone we would normally send an entourage of coaches and/or players up early to run some school clinics, coaching courses, training sessions with the local teams and all of that.

When you do that, you get to experience the real country hospitality and they like to give you plenty to eat, and you have to keep knocking back offers to drink beer and all of that. You see that they are really proud of their communities and so they should be.

This pre-season we went up to Bruce Rock for a camp and that was really successful. They were proud to show off their facilities and town to us. When it is your country area it is a real privilege to be there, and they do really welcome you and they are excited to have you there. You always run into groups of kids who look up to the players. When I was a kid I idolised footballers and sports people, and this is their opportunity to see some top-level footballers.

The AFL has become such a big business now that it really has become just about out of reach of the normal families so the WAFL has a unique place in the sporting culture in our state. The fans can still go out on the oval at the quarter-time breaks, you can have a kick with them before and after the game, and it really is like a festival feeling when you play country games.

The players really enjoy the country games as well. Especially after the game when they get the chance to see how important part of a role WAFL football plays in bringing the game to the people who don’t usually get to experience it.

It's very exciting to take such an important game to the country as well. I'm not sure that country games are usually played this late in the season either and there is a lot of stake this week for both us and Perth.

We are trying to tick off a couple more boxes to finish where we want to and Perth had a bit of a setback last week so the people of Moora and the surrounding area are going to be treated to a fantastic game. It should be good from that perspective and hopefully a good crowd will turn out to watch it with both sides putting on a good spectacle.

They are well-rounded up forward and have been a high-scoring team all year. Their midfield is also good and their backs are solid so we know that we are going to have to be at our very best and it will take a strong defensive performance to cut them down.

Dan Hunt is the only player that will come back from the guys who missed last week. VB and Petters are two, three or four weeks away and that will cut it pretty fine for those two but Dan will be back this week.

Physically the East Perth game took a lot out of us and it was a real slog against a big-bodied side, and there was a lot at stake. I thought we handled and played the conditions very well, but it did take a little bit to get our bodies over that and I think that contributed to our inconsistency last week against Peel.

We are in a reasonably good spot with our list at the moment with just the three or four injuries with VB, Petters, Rasmussen and Johnson who we would prefer to have out on the park but we are working hard to spread the load so that whoever plays does their job. 

BY BILL MONAGHAN

EDDYSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL FREE FOOTY CLINIC

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 4:53 PM

Eddystone Primary School Students are encouraged to sign up for a free half time AFL footy clinic at the 2013 International Footy Festival at the Joondalup Arena on Sunday the 18th of August.


Click here to register

FALCONS CONTINUE RUN TO FINALS

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:53 AM

West Perth recorded a most impressive victory against Peel at the Arena on Saturday. Supporters would have expected a close contest with Peel bolstered by the return of AFL listed players and the Falcons losing three key players; Michael Pettigrew, Dan Hunt and Jay Van Berlo. But this was not to be as West Perth led all day to record a comprehensive forty nine point victory.

The first score of the game didn’t come until the eighth minute of the opening term. Shane Nelson kicked a clever goal out of a congested pack. A minute later dangerous Peel forward Bradley Holmes took advantage of a West Perth defensive error to even up the scores but from here the term belonged to the Falcons as they kicked five unanswered goals. The first went to Josh Mellington who marked in the square after a kick forward by Anthony Tsalikis. Andrew Strijk’s terrific defensive pressure resulted in the skipper, Jason Salecic, snapping from thirty. Matt Guadagnin then showed his class with a give and go out of the middle and a goal on the run from fifty. Once again the Falcons took the ball straight out of the centre courtesy of some hard work by Marc Crisp. Matt Fowler kicked the first of his four after marking forty out. In the blink of an eye the lead was out to twenty four. At the twenty five minute mark Matt Fowler instigated a passage of play that saw Kris Shannon and Steven Potente involved before he ran forward to receive the ball and kick his second. Peel finished the quarter with a major to Docker Viv Michie but at the first change West Perth led by twenty three; 6.1 (37) to 2.2 (14).

Once again it took both sides time to settle into the quarter but the first goal went to West Perth. Kris Shannon finished on the run from forty. In only his third game he certainly didn’t look out of place. Peel steadied to kick the next two and by the eighteen minute mark the lead had been reduced to seventeen. Shortly after Matt Fowler marked and kicked his third and he was once again involved shortly after when he cleverly tapped the ball out to Josh Mellington who received a free and fifty to kick his second from the square. The Falcons had extended their lead at the main break to twenty eight; 9.4 (58) to 4.6 (30).

It was an even third term with both teams kicking three goals. At the two minute mark a rocket like pass from Matt Guadagnin was marked by “Slick” who scored from a sharp angle. Anthony Tsalikis soccered his second shortly after and when Josh Mellington scored his third at the thirteen minute mark the lead was out to forty nine. The game appeared to be done at this stage but to Peel’s credit they kicked the last three of the quarter to reduce the margin to twenty nine at the final change. Scores were 12.8 (80) to 7.9 (51).

When Viv Michie kicked his second for Peel at the two minute mark the lead had been reduced to four straight kicks and a comeback similar to what had occurred in Mandurah seemed likely but the Falcons responded in the best possible way by kicking the next four goals. Anthony Tsalikis kicked his third after some terrific work at ground level, a clever kick by Ray Bartholomew set up Matt Fowler for his fourth, Frank Stockley took a strong mark thirty out and converted and the final major in the run came from Jason Salecic who was on the receiving end of a Josh Mellington handpass. At the eighteen minute mark the lead was out to fifty. Four minutes later Marlon Motlop got onto the scoreboard for Peel before a long goal from Marc Crisp completed the game. The final margin of forty nine was a credit to the disciplined team brand of football played by the Falcons. Final scores were 17.12 (114) to 9.11 (65).

It was a day out for West Perth as they won all three grades for the first time this year. Well done to all concerned. Players to receive awards included Andrew Strijk, Shane Nelson, Steven Potente, Kody Manning, Marc Crisp and best was Matt Guadagnin. The Reserves remain on the fringe of the four after recording a strong victory. Best players were Cameron Branch, Ben McNamara, Mitch Van Berlo and Jack Thrum. The Falcons travel to Moora to play Perth next weekend. A victory should shore up second place on the ladder.

BY DARRELL KENT

PHOTOS BY BELINDA TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

FALCONS SCORE COMFORTABLE WIN OVER THUNDER

Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 11:44 PM

WEST Perth further consolidated second position on the WAFL ladder with a comfortable and convincing 49-point win over Peel Thunder at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

The Falcons improved to a 12-5 record on the season with Saturday's 17.12 (114) to 9.11 (65) victory to now remain three games clear of the chasing East Fremantle, Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth.
West Perth has just three games remaining this season against Perth, East Fremantle and Swan Districts as well so those matches will be tough with all those teams still in finals contention, but to miss finishing second now basically the Falcons will need to lose all three of those games.
That looks decidedly unlikely with West Perth in some good form. Despite a hiccup at home to South Fremantle, the Falcons have won two games since and six of their last seven matches overall.
The Falcons got off to a fast start against the struggling Thunder who had lost seven straight games coming into the contest.
West Perth booted six goals to two in the first quarter to be in control holding a lead of 23 points at quarter-time and that was out to 28 points by half-time with the Falcons kicking three goals to the Thunder's two in the second term.
It was an even third quarter coming out of the main break with both teams kicking three goals apiece before West Perth again asserted its dominance kicking five goals to just two from Peel in the final quarter to end up winning by 49 points.
Matt Fowler equalled his career-best haul of four goals in the league side when he booted four majors on Saturday for the Falcons from 15 possessions and eight marks.
Anthony Tsalikis also proved to be a strong forward target finishing with 20 possessions, eight marks and three goals while Josh Mellington also kicked three goals and captain Jason Salecic two from 17 disposals.
The West Perth midfield got on top of Peel's as well led by Shane Nelson who racked up 24 first half possessions before finishing the game with 32 to go with six tackles and a goal.
Aaron Black also racked up 28 possessions for the Falcons to go with five tackles and three inside-50 entries.
Andrew Strijk collected 26 disposals, Rohan Kerr 24, Steve Potente 23, Jordan Jones 20, Marc Crisp 20, Ray Bartholomew 18 and Matt Guadagnin 17.
The West Perth reserves scored another comfortable 58-point victory over Peel as well with Drew Rohde, Broderick Walton, Max Alexander and Cameron Branch all kicking two goals apiece.
Branch picked up 26 possessions to go with his two majors with Rohde also picking up 22 disposals and Walton 21.
Ben McNamara picked up 27 disposals for the Falcons with Sam Money finishing with 25 and Jack Thrum 21.
The Falcons colts also ensured that West Perth went three from three for the day against Peel with a 7.6 (48) to 5.8 (38) win despite kicking just the one goal in the first half.
Tom Shadbolt kicked four goals for West Perth from just seven kicks with Mitchell Antonio racking up 27 possessions, William Michell 22, Kyle Egan 22, Peter Harvey 21, Nelson Laurance 20, Jesse Kirwen 19 and Jordan Gray 18.
WEST PERTH 6.1 9.4 12.8 17.12 (114)
PEEL THUNDER 2.2 4.6 7.9 9.11 (65)
WEST PERTH – Goals: Fowler 4; Tsalikis, Mellington 3; Salecic 2; Crisp, Guadagnin, Nelson, Shannon, Stockley.
Best: Nelson, Strijk, Guadagnin, Black, Potente, Kerr, Jones, Tsalikis. 
PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Holmes, Michie 2; Motlop, Crichton, Green, McKenna, Wilkins.
Best: Motlop, Michie, Orzel, Jones, Crozier, McKenna.
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth further consolidated second position on the WAFL ladder with a comfortable and convincing 49-point win over Peel Thunder at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

The Falcons improved to a 12-5 record on the season with Saturday's 17.12 (114) to 9.11 (65) victory to now remain three games clear of the chasing East Fremantle, Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth.

West Perth has just three games remaining this season against Perth, East Fremantle and Swan Districts as well so those matches will be tough with all those teams still in finals contention, but to miss finishing second now basically the Falcons will need to lose all three of those games.

That looks decidedly unlikely with West Perth in some good form. Despite a hiccup at home to South Fremantle, the Falcons have won two games since and six of their last seven matches overall.

The Falcons got off to a fast start against the struggling Thunder who had lost seven straight games coming into the contest.

West Perth booted six goals to two in the first quarter to be in control holding a lead of 23 points at quarter-time and that was out to 28 points by half-time with the Falcons kicking three goals to the Thunder's two in the second term.

It was an even third quarter coming out of the main break with both teams kicking three goals apiece before West Perth again asserted its dominance kicking five goals to just two from Peel in the final quarter to end up winning by 49 points.

Matt Fowler equalled his career-best haul of four goals in the league side when he booted four majors on Saturday for the Falcons from 15 possessions and eight marks.

Anthony Tsalikis also proved to be a strong forward target finishing with 20 possessions, eight marks and three goals while Josh Mellington also kicked three goals and captain Jason Salecic two from 17 disposals.

The West Perth midfield got on top of Peel's as well led by Shane Nelson who racked up 24 first half possessions before finishing the game with 32 to go with six tackles and a goal.

Aaron Black also racked up 28 possessions for the Falcons to go with five tackles and three inside-50 entries.

Andrew Strijk collected 26 disposals, Rohan Kerr 24, Steve Potente 23, Jordan Jones 20, Marc Crisp 20, Ray Bartholomew 18 and Matt Guadagnin 17.

The West Perth reserves scored another comfortable 58-point victory over Peel as well with Drew Rohde, Broderick Walton, Max Alexander and Cameron Branch all kicking two goals apiece.

Branch picked up 26 possessions to go with his two majors with Rohde also picking up 22 disposals and Walton 21.

Ben McNamara picked up 27 disposals for the Falcons with Sam Money finishing with 25 and Jack Thrum 21.

The Falcons colts also ensured that West Perth went three from three for the day against Peel with a 7.6 (48) to 5.8 (38) win despite kicking just the one goal in the first half.

Tom Shadbolt kicked four goals for West Perth from just seven kicks with Mitchell Antonio racking up 27 possessions, William Michell 22, Kyle Egan 22, Peter Harvey 21, Nelson Laurance 20, Jesse Kirwen 19 and Jordan Gray 18.

WEST PERTH 6.1 9.4 12.8 17.12 (114)

PEEL THUNDER 2.2 4.6 7.9 9.11 (65)

WEST PERTH – Goals: Fowler 4; Tsalikis, Mellington 3; Salecic 2; Crisp, Guadagnin, Nelson, Shannon, Stockley.

Best: Nelson, Strijk, Guadagnin, Black, Potente, Kerr, Jones, Tsalikis. 

PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Holmes, Michie 2; Motlop, Crichton, Green, McKenna, Wilkins.

Best: Motlop, Michie, Orzel, Jones, Crozier, McKenna.

BY CHRIS PIKE

ROUND 20 PREVIEW V PEEL THUNDER

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 3:49 PM

WEST Perth and Peel might seem a mismatch on paper with it being second against last on the ladder but with some big outs for the Falcons and big inclusions for the Thunder, the clash significantly tightens up.

West Perth might be looking good in second position on the ladder at present with an 11-5 record to be two games clear of the chasing Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth but the Falcons do need to keep winning to secure that double-chance come finals time.
The Falcons suffered a disappointing loss a fortnight ago to South Fremantle at home but also at Arena Joondalup bounced back to beat East Perth in the derby last Saturday by 30 points while doing particularly well to hold the Royals goalless after half-time.
Peel might be on the bottom of the ladder with just three wins for the season with all three of them coming in Mandurah against Swan Districts, East Perth and Subiaco, but the Thunder will be confident of causing an upset at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.
Peel came flying home three games ago against West Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium to only lose by 16 points and showed some good form last week only losing to the in-form Swan Districts by 11 points at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.
West Perth has three big outs for the clash with Peel with full-back Michael Pettigrew out for the rest of the season with a serious hamstring injury while Jay van Berlo is out with a knee injury and experienced centre half-back Dan Hunt also goes out of the side.
Young big man Nick Rodda returns to the side after a week in the reserves and he will slot right back into one of the key defensive slots for the Falcons.
James Batterham, Drew Rohde, Kris Shannon, Frank Stockley and Jack Thrum are all pressing for selection for West Perth as well with all looking to fill roles left vacant at both ends of the ground.
Peel already had a stronger team after last week with Fremantle's Hayden Crozier and former AFL pair James Hawksley and Kristin Thornton, back in its line-up and now the Thunder is further strengthened this week.
Two Fremantle ruckmen Jack Hannath and Craig Moller are both into the Peel side giving the Thunder plenty of height to play one in the ruck and one up forward at all times to strength a West Perth back-line without Pettigrew and Hunt.
Laine Wilkins and Aiden Field are also a chance to come in and play for Peel while Jesse Hockings is the only out at this stage.
Surprisingly, former North Melbourne midfielder Cruize Garlett has not been recalled to the league side despite having a game back in the reserves last week against Swan Districts.
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth and Peel might seem a mismatch on paper with it being second against last on the ladder but with some big outs for the Falcons and big inclusions for the Thunder, the clash significantly tightens up.

West Perth might be looking good in second position on the ladder at present with an 11-5 record to be two games clear of the chasing Swan Districts, Perth and East Perth but the Falcons do need to keep winning to secure that double-chance come finals time.

The Falcons suffered a disappointing loss a fortnight ago to South Fremantle at home but also at Arena Joondalup bounced back to beat East Perth in the derby last Saturday by 30 points while doing particularly well to hold the Royals goalless after half-time.

Peel might be on the bottom of the ladder with just three wins for the season with all three of them coming in Mandurah against Swan Districts, East Perth and Subiaco, but the Thunder will be confident of causing an upset at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.

Peel came flying home three games ago against West Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium to only lose by 16 points and showed some good form last week only losing to the in-form Swan Districts by 11 points at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

West Perth has three big outs for the clash with Peel with full-back Michael Pettigrew out for the rest of the season with a serious hamstring injury while Jay van Berlo is out with a knee injury and experienced centre half-back Dan Hunt also goes out of the side.

Young big man Nick Rodda returns to the side after a week in the reserves and he will slot right back into one of the key defensive slots for the Falcons.

James Batterham, Drew Rohde, Kris Shannon, Frank Stockley and Jack Thrum are all pressing for selection for West Perth as well with all looking to fill roles left vacant at both ends of the ground.

Peel already had a stronger team after last week with Fremantle's Hayden Crozier and former AFL pair James Hawksley and Kristin Thornton, back in its line-up and now the Thunder is further strengthened this week.

Two Fremantle ruckmen Jack Hannath and Craig Moller are both into the Peel side giving the Thunder plenty of height to play one in the ruck and one up forward at all times to strength a West Perth back-line without Pettigrew and Hunt.

Laine Wilkins and Aiden Field are also a chance to come in and play for Peel while Jesse Hockings is the only out at this stage.

Surprisingly, former North Melbourne midfielder Cruize Garlett has not been recalled to the league side despite having a game back in the reserves last week against Swan Districts.

BY CHRIS PIKE

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