FALCONS PULL OFF SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL ROUND

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 3:00 PM

THE West Perth Football Club has drawn high praise for its initiative and proactivity in pulling off a second straight home International Round clash at Arena Joondalup with the highest crowd in the WAFL this season turning out.

The crowd of 6195 people at Arena Joondalup was the biggest ever outside of a derby against East Perth since the Falcons began calling it home in 1994, and it was the fourth biggest WAFL crowd ever at the venue.
The attendance of 6195 was the largest at any WAFL match so far this season making it the second consecutive year that International Round has attracted more than 6000 people after 6044 attended in 2012.
This year the initiative saw the West Perth league team play in a special one-off World Jumper, designed to embrace the West Perth District’s international community and build on the success of last year’s British Flag Jumper promotion.
WAFC General Manager Pathways & Competitions Steve Hargrave said the jumper, crowd and atmosphere at the game was fantastic and congratulated everyone involved.   
"Events like this are crucial to introduce the game to new markets and potential participants and West Perth has really set a great example of what can be done," Hargrave said.
"It was also great to see so many families at the game and the support of special guests and dignitaries including Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard, local Member for Joondalup Jan Norberger, Federal Member for Moore Ian Goodenough and MLC Ken Travers.
"Continuing to explore new markets and driving growth in participation is so important to ensure football’s base grows to support a new stadium. In turn, grassroots competitions including the WAFL, will then receive better financial outcomes from the new stadium.
"We recently exceeded 150,000 participants for WA football, which sees participation now almost double cricket and more than triple soccer. It is very important we continue building on this."
The International Round promotion was driven by the West Perth Football District with the support of the West Perth Football Club Board and the West Australian Football Commission. 
West Perth District Manager Andrew Ridley said the aim was to engage new Australians and promote Australia’s indigenous game while welcoming new communities to football. 
The West Perth District (Hillarys north to Two Rocks) has the fastest growing migrant and multicultural demographic in the state and includes:
67% of people with one or more parent born overseas 
46% of people born overseas (Australian average 20%)
9 of 28 suburbs with a UK birth population greater than 28%
9% of the population has migrated in the last 3 years
There was a whole lot more to the occasion than just what was seen to be the success that was the day on Sunday though with the West Perth Football District visited 35 local primary schools leading up to the game to promote the game.
The day itself also included a large kids zone with bouncy castles, face painting, a super slide, show bags, sports activities, a free skills clinic at half-time, international food stalls and a British beer tent.
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 1940s and early 50s when a lot of Italians and migrants 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 Munchers Team of the Century in 2008, which paid tribute to its mainland European tradition that stemmed from its time at Leederville Oval.
"The team that was chosen is the best Garlic Munchers side of all time," said former West Perth President Mr Rockman.
"There will never ever be another Garlic Munchers side of all time because the movement of West Perth Football Club from the Leederville days to Joondalup has changed the dynamics of what now makes up our side."
Migrants are not new to football in WA, but with the rates of those coming to Australia increasing, the likes of West Perth are putting programs in place to cater specifically for them. Some of the playing and coaching legends from football’s rich past were sons of migrant parents.
The move of the Falcons to its new frontier in 1994 was never going to be easy, however no body predicted at the time the culture change it would bring to the West Perth Football Club nor the extensive work or investment the West Perth District (the community arm) would need to commit to grow and develop local football.
The desire to capture the heart and get the passion for football running through the veins of its migrant population lead the West Perth Football District to employ a full time Emerging Markets Development Officer tasked with growing the game within our new populations. 
In 2013 the District has partnered with Eddystone Primary School. The partnership covers both the main stream school and the Intensive Language Centre where the school will attend the match, march on the oval before the game and participate in the footy skills clinic at Half Time. 
While the heritage of its migrants may have changed from Italian to mostly British since shifting its home base at Leederville to Joondalup, the Falcons are still dedicated to making football a key element of every culture within its zone.
Ridley said 67 per cent of the Falcons District population was defined as multicultural, but over 45 per cent of those people personally migrated i.e. were not born in Australia. Many of those are English brought up on soccer.
"We use schools as a major driver to expose children to football, including migrant children," Ridley said.
"Kids come across from the UK and they are entrenched in soccer so we want to introduce them to our game, give them a taste for it and then link them up to their local football club.
"The results have been good over the past year or so and our school participation rates have gone up more than 60 per cent. We have encouraging situations at clubs like the Brighton Seahawks, which is English heartland, where now the parents are becoming actively involved as coaches and volunteers and that’s what we want to see.
"We won’t know for another five to 10 years how many colts, reserves or league players our programs produce from the migrant population, but we know this is a long-term commitment."
BY CHRIS PIKETHE West Perth Football Club has drawn high praise for its initiative and proactivity in pulling off a second straight home International Round clash at Arena Joondalup with the highest crowd in the WAFL this season turning out.

The crowd of 6195 people at Arena Joondalup was the biggest ever outside of a derby against East Perth since the Falcons began calling it home in 1994, and it was the fourth biggest WAFL crowd ever at the venue.

The attendance of 6195 was the largest at any WAFL match so far this season making it the second consecutive year that International Round has attracted more than 6000 people after 6044 attended in 2012.

This year the initiative saw the West Perth league team play in a special one-off World Jumper, designed to embrace the West Perth District’s international community and build on the success of last year’s British Flag Jumper promotion.

WAFC General Manager Pathways & Competitions Steve Hargrave said the jumper, crowd and atmosphere at the game was fantastic and congratulated everyone involved.   

"Events like this are crucial to introduce the game to new markets and potential participants and West Perth has really set a great example of what can be done," Hargrave said.

"It was also great to see so many families at the game and the support of special guests and dignitaries including Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard, local Member for Joondalup Jan Norberger, Federal Member for Moore Ian Goodenough and MLC Ken Travers.

"Continuing to explore new markets and driving growth in participation is so important to ensure football’s base grows to support a new stadium. In turn, grassroots competitions including the WAFL, will then receive better financial outcomes from the new stadium.

"We recently exceeded 150,000 participants for WA football, which sees participation now almost double cricket and more than triple soccer. It is very important we continue building on this."

The International Round promotion was driven by the West Perth Football District with the support of the West Perth Football Club Board and the West Australian Football Commission. 

West Perth District Manager Andrew Ridley said the aim was to engage new Australians and promote Australia’s indigenous game while welcoming new communities to football. 

The West Perth District (Hillarys north to Two Rocks) has the fastest growing migrant and multicultural demographic in the state and includes:

67% of people with one or more parent born overseas 

46% of people born overseas (Australian average 20%)

9 of 28 suburbs with a UK birth population greater than 28%

9% of the population has migrated in the last 3 years

There was a whole lot more to the occasion than just what was seen to be the success that was the day on Sunday though with the West Perth Football District visited 35 local primary schools leading up to the game to promote the game.

The day itself also included a large kids zone with bouncy castles, face painting, a super slide, show bags, sports activities, a free skills clinic at half-time, international food stalls and a British beer tent.

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 1940s and early 50s when a lot of Italians and migrants 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 Munchers Team of the Century in 2008, which paid tribute to its mainland European tradition that stemmed from its time at Leederville Oval.

"The team that was chosen is the best Garlic Munchers side of all time," said former West Perth President Mr Rockman.

"There will never ever be another Garlic Munchers side of all time because the movement of West Perth Football Club from the Leederville days to Joondalup has changed the dynamics of what now makes up our side."

Migrants are not new to football in WA, but with the rates of those coming to Australia increasing, the likes of West Perth are putting programs in place to cater specifically for them. Some of the playing and coaching legends from football’s rich past were sons of migrant parents.

The move of the Falcons to its new frontier in 1994 was never going to be easy, however no body predicted at the time the culture change it would bring to the West Perth Football Club nor the extensive work or investment the West Perth District (the community arm) would need to commit to grow and develop local football.

The desire to capture the heart and get the passion for football running through the veins of its migrant population lead the West Perth Football District to employ a full time Emerging Markets Development Officer tasked with growing the game within our new populations. 

In 2013 the District has partnered with Eddystone Primary School. The partnership covers both the main stream school and the Intensive Language Centre where the school will attend the match, march on the oval before the game and participate in the footy skills clinic at Half Time. 

While the heritage of its migrants may have changed from Italian to mostly British since shifting its home base at Leederville to Joondalup, the Falcons are still dedicated to making football a key element of every culture within its zone.

Ridley said 67 per cent of the Falcons District population was defined as multicultural, but over 45 per cent of those people personally migrated i.e. were not born in Australia. Many of those are English brought up on soccer.

"We use schools as a major driver to expose children to football, including migrant children," Ridley said.

"Kids come across from the UK and they are entrenched in soccer so we want to introduce them to our game, give them a taste for it and then link them up to their local football club.

"The results have been good over the past year or so and our school participation rates have gone up more than 60 per cent. We have encouraging situations at clubs like the Brighton Seahawks, which is English heartland, where now the parents are becoming actively involved as coaches and volunteers and that’s what we want to see.

"We won’t know for another five to 10 years how many colts, reserves or league players our programs produce from the migrant population, but we know this is a long-term commitment."

BY CHRIS PIKE

PHOTOS BY DAN WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

FALCONS LOSE TO SHARKS ON MASSIVE DAY

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 6:16 PM

THE result might not have gone West Perth's way on Sunday at Arena Joondalup with East Fremantle coming away victorious but the Falcons remain safe in second spot and it was a tremendously successful day celebrating International Round.

Following up with the tremendous success of International Round at Arena Joondalup last year, West Perth once again did an outstanding job celebrating multiculturalism both of the club and the club's zone in particular the City of Joondalup and surrounds.

Once again the Falcons wore a specially-designed jumper with flags of various nations prominent on the front of the strip while a host of activities were put on around the ground for those new to the game as migrants to Australia.

That saw a massive crowd of 6195 turn out to Arena Joondalup to support the Falcons against East Fremantle.

While the Sharks ran out 20.14 (134) to 9.7 (61) winners, the day was a massive success for the West Perth Football Club and didn’t do any damage to the Falcons' position in second spot on the WAFL ladder.

The Falcons sit on a 13-6 record to remain two games clear of the third-placed East Perth and even though the Royals have a game in hand, West Perth still has a large percentage advantage ahead the final round clash with Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval following the bye this weekend.

East Fremantle, meanwhile, had it all to play for on Sunday and put on a dominant showing after quarter-time kicking 17 goals to just five to end up winning by 73 points and improving to fourth position on the ladder.

West Perth was coming off winning its last three games and seven of its last eight overall, and started well against the Sharks in front of the big crowd on Sunday.

The Falcons led by four points at quarter-time, but by half-time East Fremantle was up by a solitary point with the result up for grabs. However, the Sharks then kicked nine goals to one in the third quarter, and four to one in the last.

West Perth was without a host of key players including Andrew Strijk, Matt Guadagnin, Matt Johnson, Jay van Berlo, Laine Rasmussen, Kris Shannon, Luke Tedesco, Michael Pettigrew and Chris Keunen.

Experienced forward Anthony Tsalikis was also out of the game early after going down firstly with a cut to his head and then with a shoulder injury before he managed to touch the ball.

Mark Hutchings did return for West Perth after surprisingly being dropped after some impressive AFL form with West Coast, and finished the day with 26 possessions, six marks, three inside-50 entries and two goals.

Fremantle's Josh Mellington also had a strong day ending up with 25 disposals, six inside-50 entries and two goals.

Steve Potente continued his tremendous form for the Falcons with 25 possessions, six tackles, four inside 50s and a goal with Aaron Black gathering 24 touches, Brayden Antonio 22, Shane Nelson 21 and Frank Stockley worked hard in the ruck finishing with 16 touches and 33 hit outs.

Unfortunately, the loss also continued West Perth's recent trend of losing significant milestone matches with Ray Bartholomew reaching 150 games to earn life membership with the Falcons on Sunday.

It was a good day for the West Perth's reserves, though, with them recording a crucial seven-point victory over East Fremantle, 10.8 (68) to 9.7 (61).

Tom Shadbolt, Aidan Lynch and Drew Rohde all kicked two goals apiece for the Falcons with James Embley gathering 23 possessions, Jack Thrum 23, Joe Morrow 20, Lynch 19, Jordan Mills 19 and Ben O'Regan 18.

It was a tough morning for the colts, though, with the Sharks running out 116-point to start off the day at Arena Joondalup.

Jesse Kirwen kicked West Perth's only goal of the match from his 17 possessions with Dean Munns gathering 21 disposals and laying eight tackles. Nick Bowe also had it 20 times, William Michell 19 and Mitchell Peirce 16.

WEST PERTH                                      4.2          7.5          8.7          9.7          (61)

EAST FREMANTLE                            3.4          7.6          16.9        20.14     (134)

WEST PERTH – Goals: Mellington, Hutchings 2; Salecic, Nelson, Potente, McNamara, Manning.

Best: Hutchings, Mellington, Antonio, Potente, Stockley, Nelson.

EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: Young, Dick 4; Cronan, Hancock, Perham, Howson 2; Edwards, MacDougall, Peake, Tropiano.

Best: O'Brien, Stephen, McGough, Peake, King, Henson, Hancock.

BY CHRIS PIKE

PHOTOS BY DAN WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

FALCONS IN SECOND HALF FADE OUT

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 11:30 AM

An undermanned West Perth was competitive in the first half against East Fremantle at The Arena on Sunday but was overrun in the second to be defeated by seventy three points. Matt Guadagnin Chris Keunen, Andrew Strijk, Luke Tedesco and Kris Shannon were all missing from the victorious team of last week and this took its toll after half time. On the positive side this presented Luke Meadows and Ben McNamara with the opportunity to make their league debut and both players contributed and will benefit from the experience. Unfortunately the result didn’t give Ray Bartholomew the win that he would have liked to celebrate his 150th game milestone but it doesn’t take away from the magnificent achievement.

Congratulations must go to the West Perth Football Club and District for the International fixture that was celebrated on this day. Once again the game attracted a crowd of over 6000 people and it is a credit to all concerned. The game has become a highlight of the football season as it showcases WAFL footy and introduces it to a number of new football followers.

East Fremantle hit the scoreboard first courtesy of big man Rob Young. He went on to kick four for the game and was a danger all day. The Falcons response didn’t take long and it came as the result of a long kick from on the boundary by Shane Nelson. It was a really good finish. Ben McNamara then bobbed up to have the distinction of kicking a goal with his first kick in League football. It was a classy snap out of a pack. Kody Manning took the lead to thirteen after taking a strong pack mark twenty out and it was out to nineteen at the seventeen minute mark when a Steve Potente kick sailed through from an acute angle. The Sharks then steadied to kick two and reduce the margin to just four points at the first change. The Falcons led 4.2 (26) to 3.4 (22).

Brad Dick, who seems to go well against the Falcons, gave the Sharks the lead with his second within a minute of the commencement of the second quarter. Brayden Antonio then stepped up; although he didn’t kick a goal his accurate foot passing was the catalyst in enabling Mark Hutchings to kick consecutive majors. The lead was out to ten after six minutes but the East Fremantle reply came shortly after as the result of a free and fifty to the Sharks. Five behinds were kicked before the Sharks grabbed a one point lead after a Jack Perham major. Josh Mellington ran hard to be on the end of a Jason Salecic kick to give the lead back to West Perth but a goal just before the siren saw East Fremantle go into the main break with a one point advantage; 7.6 (48) to 7.5 (47).

The Sharks blew West Perth off the park in the third quarter. They kicked nine unanswered goals in a sustained burst of football to lead by fifty six at the twenty five minute mark. There was little that the Falcons could do to stem the tide. The only Falcon goal for the quarter came when the skipper, Jason Salecic, laid a great tackle and split the middle from forty out on the boundary. The game was lost at three quarter time as West Perth trailed by fifty; 16.9 (105) to 8.7 (55).

The best that West Perth could hope for was to preserve percentage but this was not to be the case as they were outscored four goals to one in the final term. At the ten minute mark Josh Mellington kicked his second but at the final siren West Perth had suffered a seventy three point defeat; 20.14 (134) to 9.7 (61).

While the Senior sides defeat wasn’t what was hoped for great kudos must be given to the Reserves for their sterling seven point victory. They fought back after being headed on a number of occasions to record a seven point victory. A number of Colts players came into the side and the win was a credit to all concerned. Coach Paul Sanzone has done a terrific job to get the side into the four after a slow start to the season.

Best players for the League team were hard to find as few were four quarter contributors. Players to receive awards included Brayden Antonio, Josh Mellington, Dan Hunt and best was Mark Hutchings who always gives his best when he returns to West Perth. As disappointing as the loss was there is no doubt that Senior coach, Bill Monaghan, is working this side towards a finals campaign. Having said that the injury curse seems to have continued with Anthony Tsalikis suffering what appears to be a season ending shoulder injury. Reserves players to be recognised included Aidan Lynch, Joe Morrow, Jordan Mills and best was James Embley. A week off before the final game of the home and way season against Swans at Steel Blue Oval. Be there to help get both sides over the line in what will be a crucial encounter.

ROUND 22 PREVIEW V EAST FREMANTLE

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 3:40 PM

WEST Perth and East Fremantle meet in another massive Round 22 clash at Arena Joondalup on Sunday with a big crowd expected with the Sharks needing to knock off the in-form second-placed Falcons.

West Perth is in outstanding form having now won three straight games and seven of its last eight games this season to sit on a 13-5 record to be looking strong in second position on the ladder to be on track for a double chance come finals time.
East Fremantle is just hoping to make the finals, though, coming off playing in last year's grand final but a mid-season then slump that saw the Sharks go on a run of losing six from seven matches to give themselves an uphill task.
However, East Fremantle has won its last four games against Subiaco, the Lions again, South Fremantle and Perth to put itself back within a chance but the Sharks do need to keep winning.
East Fremantle is still precariously placed with a 9-8 record and games to finish the season against West Perth, Swan Districts and Claremont so a win over the Falcons this Sunday is crucial.
The two teams have met twice already this season with West Perth winning a high-scoring affair 24.8 (152) to 21.3 (129) in Round 8 at East Fremantle Oval and then also at the same ground in Round 13 holding on to win by 14 points.
West Perth coach Bill Monaghan knows that the Falcons will have to be at their best to knock off the Sharks for a third time this season on Sunday.
"We have had two cracking games against East Fremantle so far. There was a high-scoring one with 44 goals kicked and you could argue it was the most exciting game of the year," Monaghan said.
"Then in the second game I thought we played really well and to East Fremantle's credit they came hard at us late to close the game within a kick before we kicked away again at the end.
"We know at their very best they are a talented side and we will have to wait and see for the make up of their side."
Not only does West Perth have the added motivation of trying to win for Ray Bartholomew's 150th WAFL game to earn him life membership at the club, it's also a big day set for Arena Joondalup to celebrate International Round.
Last year's day was a huge success with West Perth wearing a popular and striking jumper featuring the Union Jack with over 6000 people attending the game.
This year the Falcons will again wear a specially designed jumper with plenty in place to celebrate the day on Sunday including thousands of tickets already having been given to local school kids, a kids zone featuring bounce castles, face painting, a super slide, show bags and a free skills clinic.
There will also be international food stalls and a British beer tent featured around Arena Joondalup.
West Perth is likely the form team of the competition outside of its disappointing loss at home to South Fremantle back in Round 18 but does lose some more key players to injury this week against East Fremantle.
With Jay van Berlo, Michael Pettigrew, Michael Johnson and Matt Johnson already on the sidelines, Luke Tedesco and Chris Keunen are now out of the line-up to take on the Sharks with Jordan Jones also an unlikely starter.
However, the Falcons welcome back reigning Breckler Medal winner Mark Hutchings who was surprisingly dropped by West Coast last week despite some impressive AFL form.
Hutchings has averaged 27 possessions in his eight games for West Perth this season and adds some more bite to a midfield already including Matt Guadagnin, Shane Nelson, Steve Potente and Aaron Black.
Brayden Antonio, James Batterham, Ben McNamara and Luke Meadows are all in the mix to play for West Perth as well against East Fremantle, and if McNamara and Meadows are selected it will be their league debuts.
East Fremantle loses West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr from the team that beat Perth two weeks ago before the Foxtel Cup grand final but his Eagles teammate Jacob Brennan does return.
Former Perth player Michael Edwards continues to push for his East Fremantle debut after crossing from the Demons to Sharks mid-season while young Fremantle half-forward Alex Howson a chance to make his official WAFL debut after previously playing for the Sharks in the Foxtel Cup.
Former Brisbane Lions-listed player Kieran King is also pressing his claims for selection with the Sharks for what would be his first league appearance for 2013.
Even if Kerr and leading goalkicker Ryan Lester-Smith aren’t there for the Sharks, Monaghan is fully aware they have plenty of talent in their line-up.
"They could bring in three AFL-listed players to top up a lot of their good local players and they are good down back with Dodd and Howlett," Monaghan said.
"They get a bit of run off half-back with Bayliss and Schofield, O'Brien and McGough win a lot of footy through the middle and then they have a really different forward-line with talent with guys like Dick, Duffy and Simpson, and some good bigs with Young and Perham so even with Lester-Smith out they have a bit of X-factor.
"They are a hard side to match up on and coming off their Foxtel Cup defeat, and a week's rest you will think they will throw everything at us and they need to win. That's probably good for us to play a side that is desperate to keep us honest and focused, and we will need to be at our best to beat them."
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth and East Fremantle meet in another massive Round 22 clash at Arena Joondalup on Sunday with a big crowd expected with the Sharks needing to knock off the in-form second-placed Falcons.

West Perth is in outstanding form having now won three straight games and seven of its last eight games this season to sit on a 13-5 record to be looking strong in second position on the ladder to be on track for a double chance come finals time.

East Fremantle is just hoping to make the finals, though, coming off playing in last year's grand final but a mid-season then slump that saw the Sharks go on a run of losing six from seven matches to give themselves an uphill task.

However, East Fremantle has won its last four games against Subiaco, the Lions again, South Fremantle and Perth to put itself back within a chance but the Sharks do need to keep winning.

East Fremantle is still precariously placed with a 9-8 record and games to finish the season against West Perth, Swan Districts and Claremont so a win over the Falcons this Sunday is crucial.

The two teams have met twice already this season with West Perth winning a high-scoring affair 24.8 (152) to 21.3 (129) in Round 8 at East Fremantle Oval and then also at the same ground in Round 13 holding on to win by 14 points.

West Perth coach Bill Monaghan knows that the Falcons will have to be at their best to knock off the Sharks for a third time this season on Sunday.

"We have had two cracking games against East Fremantle so far. There was a high-scoring one with 44 goals kicked and you could argue it was the most exciting game of the year," Monaghan said.

"Then in the second game I thought we played really well and to East Fremantle's credit they came hard at us late to close the game within a kick before we kicked away again at the end.

"We know at their very best they are a talented side and we will have to wait and see for the make up of their side."

Not only does West Perth have the added motivation of trying to win for Ray Bartholomew's 150th WAFL game to earn him life membership at the club, it's also a big day set for Arena Joondalup to celebrate International Round.

Last year's day was a huge success with West Perth wearing a popular and striking jumper featuring the Union Jack with over 6000 people attending the game.

This year the Falcons will again wear a specially designed jumper with plenty in place to celebrate the day on Sunday including thousands of tickets already having been given to local school kids, a kids zone featuring bounce castles, face painting, a super slide, show bags and a free skills clinic.

There will also be international food stalls and a British beer tent featured around Arena Joondalup.

West Perth is likely the form team of the competition outside of its disappointing loss at home to South Fremantle back in Round 18 but does lose some more key players to injury this week against East Fremantle.

With Jay van Berlo, Michael Pettigrew, Michael Johnson and Matt Johnson already on the sidelines, Luke Tedesco and Chris Keunen are now out of the line-up to take on the Sharks with Jordan Jones also an unlikely starter.

However, the Falcons welcome back reigning Breckler Medal winner Mark Hutchings who was surprisingly dropped by West Coast last week despite some impressive AFL form.

Hutchings has averaged 27 possessions in his eight games for West Perth this season and adds some more bite to a midfield already including Matt Guadagnin, Shane Nelson, Steve Potente and Aaron Black.

Brayden Antonio, James Batterham, Ben McNamara and Luke Meadows are all in the mix to play for West Perth as well against East Fremantle, and if McNamara and Meadows are selected it will be their league debuts.

East Fremantle loses West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr from the team that beat Perth two weeks ago before the Foxtel Cup grand final but his Eagles teammate Jacob Brennan does return.

Former Perth player Michael Edwards continues to push for his East Fremantle debut after crossing from the Demons to Sharks mid-season while young Fremantle half-forward Alex Howson a chance to make his official WAFL debut after previously playing for the Sharks in the Foxtel Cup.

Former Brisbane Lions-listed player Kieran King is also pressing his claims for selection with the Sharks for what would be his first league appearance for 2013.

Even if Kerr and leading goalkicker Ryan Lester-Smith aren’t there for the Sharks, Monaghan is fully aware they have plenty of talent in their line-up.

"They could bring in three AFL-listed players to top up a lot of their good local players and they are good down back with Dodd and Howlett," Monaghan said.

"They get a bit of run off half-back with Bayliss and Schofield, O'Brien and McGough win a lot of footy through the middle and then they have a really different forward-line with talent with guys like Dick, Duffy and Simpson, and some good bigs with Young and Perham so even with Lester-Smith out they have a bit of X-factor.

"They are a hard side to match up on and coming off their Foxtel Cup defeat, and a week's rest you will think they will throw everything at us and they need to win. That's probably good for us to play a side that is desperate to keep us honest and focused, and we will need to be at our best to beat them."

BY CHRIS PIKE

RAZOR'S 150TH GAME A CAREER HIGHLIGHT

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 4:28 PM

RAY Bartholomew reaches 150 WAFL games with West Perth this Sunday against East Fremantle in what he rates as his best personal achievement but all his focus remains on trying to experience premiership glory with the Falcons.

Bartholomew made his league debut at West Perth in 2004 before cementing his place in the side the following year and by 2006 he had become the most effective tagger in the game before having the shackles released for him to become one of the most damaging wingmen in the competition.
Over his 149 matches, Bartholomew has been a two-time runner-up in the Breckler Medal and represented Western Australia in 2011 while also booking his name onto the No. 25 locker, but now by reaching 150 games he rates it as the personal highlight of his career to date.
"Obviously our ultimate goal is to try and win a premiership but at this stage of my career getting to 150 games is something that is very huge for me, and something that I will look upon when I finally retire whenever that day may be," Bartholomew said.
"That sits up there definitely as my career highlight and aside from that I would chuck in a couple of runner-up best and fairests and being part of history by playing at the MCG in the Foxtel Cup which is something we may never achieve again.
"I have been trying not to think about it too much, but it is very exciting to become a life member of this footy club and to be part of the history of this great football club.
"I think there has only been 20 or 30 guys who have played over 150 games so to get my name amongst all of their names is something that I'm very proud of. A lot of them are greats of the footy club and even to just be amongst is very humbling and a huge honour."
A calf injury mid-season has meant that Bartholomew gets to the 150-game mark a few weeks later than he expected, but that's turned out quite well in the end with his milestone turning out to be a home clash at Arena Joondalup against East Fremantle.
He is hoping that West Perth's run of outs in milestone matches comes to an end on Sunday though.
"I remember looking at the fixtures at the start of the year and my 150th looked like being down in Mandurah against Peel but then I got injured and it was shaping up as the East Fremantle game being the day, and I thought that would be all right," he said.
"It's nice to be at home and play in front of the home crowd, but most importantly for us and me is for the boys to continue our winning form and get the win first, and then I will think about my 150th after the game.
"We haven’t really done too well with milestone games, we always tend to lose. I was fortunate when myself and Dan Hunt got a win in our 100th games, but we lost Guady's 150th, Slick's 150th, Jase's 200th and for some reason we don’t seem to do well with milestones. I'm hoping we have a bit of luck now on Sunday to change that trend to have a win.
"The milestones that mean a lot to me, though, were for guys like Brendon Fewster, Glenn Britten and the Curley brothers because I was just starting out then and they were champions of the club.
"To be part of your mates' milestones is special, but to there for guys who I only got to play with for a couple of years really means a lot to be part of something that you can never be part of again. They have all since moved on and it's been seven or eight years since they last play so to be part of something special to them means a lot."
Bartholomew first really came to prominence as a WAFL player of note with his tagging jobs on some of the best midfielders in the competition and he has no doubt that the players he learned from helped him developing the attacking side of his game that is now shining out.
"Over the years, I played on some Sandover Medallists and ex-AFL players and a Brownlow Medallist," Bartholomew said.
"Shane Woewodin was one I had the honour of playing on numerous occasions and the same with Ross Young, Jaxon Crabb, Rory O'Brien and then more recently there's been Kane Mitchell who has been promoted up to the AFL.
"They are all different types of players so you get to know how to play on the in-and-under players and the outside running ones, and for myself it keeps me in good stead to become a better player."
It was Todd Curley who first put Bartholomew into the tagging roles when he was coach before Bill Monaghan continued it with him until releasing him out onto the wing in recent seasons.
"Todd Curley had a huge part in that because as a young bloke I was in and out of the league team, but he suggested trying me in a tagging role and I thought I could do it because I believed I could sacrifice my own game for the team, and run with the opposition's best player," he said.
"Then Bill came and I continued playing on the best players and you learn a lot from them because they know where to go to find the footy and how to get the footy. Not to say that tagging is easy, but you are just running with them and trying to stop their influence, and at the same time learn how to read the play more and what spots to get to.
"Then all of a sudden, you are finding the ball yourself and those guys who I've played against have been the best players in the competition and they taught me a lot. I'm obviously not the tagger anymore and young Steve Potente has that job now, but I've always told Bill that I will always put my hand up to do the role again if I have to."
Bartholomew's strongest assets are his pace, running ability, fitness to run all day and terrific kicking skills so that makes the wing the ideal position for him.
"These days I like to sit on my wing and play my role out there though," he said.
"With our big wings here at Joondalup, I enjoy playing out here because it's a big wing and I can just get the ball and run. It's all about your work rate more than anything to be able to get out on the wing and hopefully I can use my skills to hit my teammates up."
Bartholomew made his league debut in 2004 with West Perth the reigning premiers but the Falcons have not won a final since then despite playing in six finals of which he has played in five of them.
However, with experienced players such as himself, Jason Salecic, Dan Hunt, Anthony Tsalikis, Matt Guadagnin, Luke Tedesco, Chris Keunen and Andrew Strijk combined with a strong band of youngsters that has the Falcons in second position with two games to go, Bartholomew rightfully likes West Perth's chances in 2013.
"The group that we have this year, because we have been together for such a young period of time now, we know the ins and outs of each other and how we play," Bartholomew said.
"To have the experience of those guys of having played over 100 games adds value to our group and then you have the young bridge Nelson,  Black, Manning and Rodda who are coming through the ranks who bring that excitement and enthusiasm which gets us older players to bring more enthusiasm.
"It makes it easier when you have these young guys striving to be the best they can so amongst the group there is such a good morale at the moment. We do have a great opportunity to feature in September obviously and hopefully on the last day for us being grand final day."
Bartholomew was still finding his feet in 2003 when he watched on as West Perth won the premiership but he did see his mate Salecic be part of the success and that made him hungry to experience it himself, as has seeing Claremont, South Fremantle and Subiaco all win multiple flags during his career while he is yet to take part in even one finals victory himself.
"When they won in 2003 and you see one of your good mates Jason Salecic be part of it you think that one day you want to be part of that yourself, and experience what he went through," Bartholomew said.
"As he always says to us, it has been 10 years since he won a final let alone a premiership and it is quite hard to win a premiership obviously, but you see Claremont, South Fremantle and Subiaco have success over the last seven or eight years, and you try to work out what we can do to be part of that one day.
"With us having eight or nine guys who have played over 100 games of senior footy that drives us immensely because we know that every year the guys you play with you might not play with ever again.
"We'll again have a few guys who will move on at the end of this year so you want to end their careers with a premiership and be part of it yourself to have a premiership and say that you are a premiership player."
BY CHRIS PIKERAY Bartholomew reaches 150 WAFL games with West Perth this Sunday against East Fremantle in what he rates as his best personal achievement but all his focus remains on trying to experience premiership glory with the Falcons.

Bartholomew made his league debut at West Perth in 2004 before cementing his place in the side the following year and by 2006 he had become the most effective tagger in the game before having the shackles released for him to become one of the most damaging wingmen in the competition.

Over his 149 matches, Bartholomew has been a two-time runner-up in the Breckler Medal and represented Western Australia in 2011 while also booking his name onto the No. 25 locker, but now by reaching 150 games he rates it as the personal highlight of his career to date.

"Obviously our ultimate goal is to try and win a premiership but at this stage of my career getting to 150 games is something that is very huge for me, and something that I will look upon when I finally retire whenever that day may be," Bartholomew said.

"That sits up there definitely as my career highlight and aside from that I would chuck in a couple of runner-up best and fairests and being part of history by playing at the MCG in the Foxtel Cup which is something we may never achieve again.

"I have been trying not to think about it too much, but it is very exciting to become a life member of this footy club and to be part of the history of this great football club.

"I think there has only been 20 or 30 guys who have played over 150 games so to get my name amongst all of their names is something that I'm very proud of. A lot of them are greats of the footy club and even to just be amongst is very humbling and a huge honour."

A calf injury mid-season has meant that Bartholomew gets to the 150-game mark a few weeks later than he expected, but that's turned out quite well in the end with his milestone turning out to be a home clash at Arena Joondalup against East Fremantle.

He is hoping that West Perth's run of outs in milestone matches comes to an end on Sunday though.

"I remember looking at the fixtures at the start of the year and my 150th looked like being down in Mandurah against Peel but then I got injured and it was shaping up as the East Fremantle game being the day, and I thought that would be all right," he said.

"It's nice to be at home and play in front of the home crowd, but most importantly for us and me is for the boys to continue our winning form and get the win first, and then I will think about my 150th after the game.

"We haven’t really done too well with milestone games, we always tend to lose. I was fortunate when myself and Dan Hunt got a win in our 100th games, but we lost Guady's 150th, Slick's 150th, Jase's 200th and for some reason we don’t seem to do well with milestones. I'm hoping we have a bit of luck now on Sunday to change that trend to have a win.

"The milestones that mean a lot to me, though, were for guys like Brendon Fewster, Glenn Britten and the Curley brothers because I was just starting out then and they were champions of the club.

"To be part of your mates' milestones is special, but to there for guys who I only got to play with for a couple of years really means a lot to be part of something that you can never be part of again. They have all since moved on and it's been seven or eight years since they last play so to be part of something special to them means a lot."

Bartholomew first really came to prominence as a WAFL player of note with his tagging jobs on some of the best midfielders in the competition and he has no doubt that the players he learned from helped him developing the attacking side of his game that is now shining out.

"Over the years, I played on some Sandover Medallists and ex-AFL players and a Brownlow Medallist," Bartholomew said.

"Shane Woewodin was one I had the honour of playing on numerous occasions and the same with Ross Young, Jaxon Crabb, Rory O'Brien and then more recently there's been Kane Mitchell who has been promoted up to the AFL.

"They are all different types of players so you get to know how to play on the in-and-under players and the outside running ones, and for myself it keeps me in good stead to become a better player."

It was Todd Curley who first put Bartholomew into the tagging roles when he was coach before Bill Monaghan continued it with him until releasing him out onto the wing in recent seasons.

"Todd Curley had a huge part in that because as a young bloke I was in and out of the league team, but he suggested trying me in a tagging role and I thought I could do it because I believed I could sacrifice my own game for the team, and run with the opposition's best player," he said.

"Then Bill came and I continued playing on the best players and you learn a lot from them because they know where to go to find the footy and how to get the footy. Not to say that tagging is easy, but you are just running with them and trying to stop their influence, and at the same time learn how to read the play more and what spots to get to.

"Then all of a sudden, you are finding the ball yourself and those guys who I've played against have been the best players in the competition and they taught me a lot. I'm obviously not the tagger anymore and young Steve Potente has that job now, but I've always told Bill that I will always put my hand up to do the role again if I have to."

Bartholomew's strongest assets are his pace, running ability, fitness to run all day and terrific kicking skills so that makes the wing the ideal position for him.

"These days I like to sit on my wing and play my role out there though," he said.

"With our big wings here at Joondalup, I enjoy playing out here because it's a big wing and I can just get the ball and run. It's all about your work rate more than anything to be able to get out on the wing and hopefully I can use my skills to hit my teammates up."

Bartholomew made his league debut in 2004 with West Perth the reigning premiers but the Falcons have not won a final since then despite playing in six finals of which he has played in five of them.

However, with experienced players such as himself, Jason Salecic, Dan Hunt, Anthony Tsalikis, Matt Guadagnin, Luke Tedesco, Chris Keunen and Andrew Strijk combined with a strong band of youngsters that has the Falcons in second position with two games to go, Bartholomew rightfully likes West Perth's chances in 2013.

"The group that we have this year, because we have been together for such a young period of time now, we know the ins and outs of each other and how we play," Bartholomew said.

"To have the experience of those guys of having played over 100 games adds value to our group and then you have the young bridge Nelson,  Black, Manning and Rodda who are coming through the ranks who bring that excitement and enthusiasm which gets us older players to bring more enthusiasm.

"It makes it easier when you have these young guys striving to be the best they can so amongst the group there is such a good morale at the moment. We do have a great opportunity to feature in September obviously and hopefully on the last day for us being grand final day."

Bartholomew was still finding his feet in 2003 when he watched on as West Perth won the premiership but he did see his mate Salecic be part of the success and that made him hungry to experience it himself, as has seeing Claremont, South Fremantle and Subiaco all win multiple flags during his career while he is yet to take part in even one finals victory himself.

"When they won in 2003 and you see one of your good mates Jason Salecic be part of it you think that one day you want to be part of that yourself, and experience what he went through," Bartholomew said.

"As he always says to us, it has been 10 years since he won a final let alone a premiership and it is quite hard to win a premiership obviously, but you see Claremont, South Fremantle and Subiaco have success over the last seven or eight years, and you try to work out what we can do to be part of that one day.

"With us having eight or nine guys who have played over 100 games of senior footy that drives us immensely because we know that every year the guys you play with you might not play with ever again.

"We'll again have a few guys who will move on at the end of this year so you want to end their careers with a premiership and be part of it yourself to have a premiership and say that you are a premiership player."

BY CHRIS PIKE

BILL'S GRILL – ROUND 21

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 2:19 PM

THIS week we have a Sunday game against East Fremantle and in the end it could be good preparation for the finals for us which will all be on a Sunday.

We had a couple of Sunday games earlier in the year and we normally train Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and then when playing Sunday or Monday we train Saturday morning as well. We have pushed all our sessions back a day this week. We didn't train on Monday after the Moora game and Tuesday was our normal Monday night with some rehab-type stuff, running, light weights and a video session. Then Thursday will be our main training sessions which usually occurs on Tuesday, and we will butter up and have a light session on Saturday followed by our regular team meeting leading into the game.

What we had been doing for Sunday and Monday games, we had been giving them one extra training session but it seemed to work and we are keen to see how this plan works this week, and come finals time it will be something we look at whether the players are comfortable with it or not.

As for last Saturday, the first 10 or 15 minutes I thought we were really good against Perth in Moora and the inside-50 count was nine to three, but we just couldn’t capitalise on our entries. We then got a bit lazy and I thought the players thought it would all just continue to happen, and Perth got up and running and out the back of us a few times to kick some goals.

After quarter-time, though, the players lifted their intensity and their attack on the footy and their tackling was outstanding. The conditions required that and I thought they were very good. That was all over the ground, but I was particularly pleased with our half-backs after Luke Tedesco got injured early. We had to throw Kris Shannon back and I thought that Andrew Strijk and Steven Browne were really good. They used the ball really well and we were lucky enough to go forward and kick the ball really well on goals.

Even though we kept Perth goalless after half-time, they did kick 10 points and a few of them probably should have been kicked so they could have kicked five or six goals in the second half. We still would have had a comfortable win, though, and it was a good day. We then got back on the bus to get home from Moora and set up for this week.

It was pleasing to have another strong second half but we are just trying to play consistently over four quarters. We have pretty much done that all year. Just before the good performances in the last few weeks, we were terrible in the second half against South Fremantle so it just goes to show that it comes down to attitude more than anything else. We have been able to turn that around, though, and I don’t think we have lost a quarter after half-time since.

Back in 2011, we had a really good run through the first two-thirds of the season and then we got hit with a run of injuries and clearly fell away, and we weren’t able to rectify that. We probably played more exciting footy back then in that period of time when we used the ball really well by foot, and would run and carry the ball a lot with a couple more targets up forward. It was a bit more exciting, but now we are playing a more consistent brand and that has been our aim to try and level off our performances.

Whilst we still have a host of experienced players, over the past two years now we have added a large number of young kids and we are really trying to set some standards to them of the way you need to go about it. We are basing a lot of that on our defensive efforts and work rate.

The flipside has been that we have been still able to kick goals which we have been pleasantly surprised by because we thought that could be a real struggle, and still might be yet but it hasn’t hampered us as much as we thought it could. Our forwards have been really good at sharing the load and it's a matter of getting them working hard defensively and offensively. It's a band of misfits up there at the moment and there's probably no one in our forward six who would be in a State team at this time of the year, but we've got five blokes who have kicked 20 or more goals and that's a really even spread.

While our forward-line has been a work in progress, what has been really good for us has been our back six. That has been really consistent but now Pettigrew is out, Hunt missed last week and we are going to miss Tedesco and Jones this week so we really need a step up in our back-line. Shannon played down there against Perth, Manzone is coming along nicely and we have another couple of kids in the colts who will probably get exposed to senior footy in the next game or two, and hopefully they can fit in and play their role too.

Now we look ahead to this Sunday. We have had two cracking games against East Fremantle so far. There was a high-scoring one with 44 goals kicked and you could argue it was the most exciting game of the year. Then in the second game I thought we played really well and to East Fremantle's credit they came hard at us late to close the game within a kick before we kicked away again at the end. We know at their very best they are a talented side and we will have to wait and see for the make up of their side.

BY BILL MONAGHAN

FALCONS TO JUGGLE INJURIES HEADING INTO FINALS

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 7:13 PM

WEST Perth might be in outstanding form and sitting comfortably in second position but the Falcons are going to face quite the juggling act as injured players fight to return to take part in finals action.

West Perth is in outstanding form having won three straight games and eight out of the last nine but it hasn’t been without injuries mounting up.
Defenders Luke Tedesco (calf) and Jordan Jones (cork) joined the injury list during Saturday's win over Perth in Moora with Michael Pettigrew (hamstring), Jay van Berlo (knee), Matt Johnson (hamstring) and Laine Rasmussen (cork) already there.
The Falcons now sit on a 13-5 record for the season with just two matches of the home and away season remaining starting this Sunday at Arena Joondalup against East Fremantle before a bye and then a final round clash with Swan Districts at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.
That means that some injured players might not return until the finals commence and that is even more reason why coach Bill Monaghan and everyone at West Perth is desperately hoping the reserves make the finals to give those returning players two options to come in and play.
"The bottom line of all of that is that players will get some opportunities and we've seen guys like Kris Shannon and James Batterham do well when they get an opportunity," Monaghan said.
"There's two or three guys in our reserves who are pushing hard to play league footy and we just hope they get the chance, and when they get their chance they perform their role.
"We have played one more game than a couple of other sides in the four, but getting our reserves into the finals is as important as anything right now not only for the kids' development but it means we have the option that Pettigrew, Rasmussen, Johnson and even van Berlo could play twos.
"We have got one eye on results in the twos as much as anything else and that will benefit the league side as well, but we also want our kids to taste a bit of finals footy as well."
Monaghan realises that there is a chance that those injured players that will return this year might not be available until the first week of the finals but having both the league and reserves side there will make that juggling act a lot easier.
"It's a very real possibility that a lot of those guys won't be healthy until the first week of finals and it will be a significant issue if we can play them or not," he said.
"It's not something we have thought a lot about because what we are working hard on is getting our reserves to qualify for finals.
"They have had a sustained run of good form to sneak into the four for the first time of the year after being 1-6 at one stage so it's a fantastic effort for those guys to get up and they are playing exciting footy."
As for the two injuries from the game in Moora, Jones is likely to only miss this week's clash with East Fremantle with his cork while Tedesco is going to face a race against time to return from his injured calf. However, the vice-captain will give himself every chance of getting back this year.
"Jordan Jones got a cork at the start of the last quarter on Saturday and he's hopeful that he will get up, but with the bye the next week we will be really conservative with him," Monaghan said.
"Luke Tedesco has a calf strain and traditionally that is four to six weeks, but Luke has put some things in place this week to try to get back sooner. He was up every couple of hours icing it on Saturday night and he shares a house with our physio who brought some equipment home so he is doing as many physio and treatment sessions as he can.
"He is the type of guy who will leave no stone unturned to get right. It will be really touch and go with him, but he thinks there has been significant improvement in the three games since the game. At best, you would think the last round or possibly the first round of finals for him though."
Van Berlo and Pettigrew both went down injured in West Perth's win over Peel the previous week but Monaghan is hopeful that van Berlo will return from his medial ligament injury to his knee in the final round while Pettigrew is still facing an uphill battle to be back at all from his torn hamstring.
"VB has been restricted to doing weights on his legs and doing some bike riding and swimming since hurting his knee, but he will run this week for the first time and our plan for him is to play the Swans game," he said.
"Michael Pettigrew is still fairly sore with his hamstring and he is a real long shot, he knows that but while there's life there is hope.
"We are hoping that he does some running this week and if he can run this week then you would think there is an outside chance. But if he starts to run and it's still too sore then it's going to be a real battle for him."
Exciting forward Johnson burst onto the scene this year with five goals in Round 1 against East Perth, but has been sidelined since hurting his hamstring against East Fremantle in Round 13. However, he is set to return in the reserves this Sunday against Peel.
"Johnson should play reserves this week. He has had some hamstring problems but nothing major so it's a bit like the Salecic one where it is back and nerve-related thing where he keeps pulling up tight," he said.
"We think we are on top of it now and hopefully he will play in the reserves this week and then it's a matter of how much fitness we can get into him."
Small defender Laine Rasmussen was in outstanding form early in the season but has now played just three games since Round 8 and none since Round 15. He won't play this week and is only some chance of playing in the reserves after the bye.
"Rasmussen has been a lot longer than we first thought and he is an outside chance to play footy in the last round," Monaghan said.
"He is no chance to play again this week and then after the bye, I would like to think he will be ready to play some reserves footy in the last round of the year. He is in pretty good nick still and he is one of our fittest players so he won't take long to get himself ready once he is back playing."
BY CHRIS PIKEWEST Perth might be in outstanding form and sitting comfortably in second position but the Falcons are going to face quite the juggling act as injured players fight to return to take part in finals action.

West Perth is in outstanding form having won three straight games and eight out of the last nine but it hasn’t been without injuries mounting up.

Defenders Luke Tedesco (calf) and Jordan Jones (cork) joined the injury list during Saturday's win over Perth in Moora with Michael Pettigrew (hamstring), Jay van Berlo (knee), Matt Johnson (hamstring) and Laine Rasmussen (cork) already there.

The Falcons now sit on a 13-5 record for the season with just two matches of the home and away season remaining starting this Sunday at Arena Joondalup against East Fremantle before a bye and then a final round clash with Swan Districts at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

That means that some injured players might not return until the finals commence and that is even more reason why coach Bill Monaghan and everyone at West Perth is desperately hoping the reserves make the finals to give those returning players two options to come in and play.

"The bottom line of all of that is that players will get some opportunities and we've seen guys like Kris Shannon and James Batterham do well when they get an opportunity," Monaghan said.

"There's two or three guys in our reserves who are pushing hard to play league footy and we just hope they get the chance, and when they get their chance they perform their role.

"We have played one more game than a couple of other sides in the four, but getting our reserves into the finals is as important as anything right now not only for the kids' development but it means we have the option that Pettigrew, Rasmussen, Johnson and even van Berlo could play twos.

"We have got one eye on results in the twos as much as anything else and that will benefit the league side as well, but we also want our kids to taste a bit of finals footy as well."

Monaghan realises that there is a chance that those injured players that will return this year might not be available until the first week of the finals but having both the league and reserves side there will make that juggling act a lot easier.

"It's a very real possibility that a lot of those guys won't be healthy until the first week of finals and it will be a significant issue if we can play them or not," he said.

"It's not something we have thought a lot about because what we are working hard on is getting our reserves to qualify for finals.

"They have had a sustained run of good form to sneak into the four for the first time of the year after being 1-6 at one stage so it's a fantastic effort for those guys to get up and they are playing exciting footy."

As for the two injuries from the game in Moora, Jones is likely to only miss this week's clash with East Fremantle with his cork while Tedesco is going to face a race against time to return from his injured calf. However, the vice-captain will give himself every chance of getting back this year.

"Jordan Jones got a cork at the start of the last quarter on Saturday and he's hopeful that he will get up, but with the bye the next week we will be really conservative with him," Monaghan said.

"Luke Tedesco has a calf strain and traditionally that is four to six weeks, but Luke has put some things in place this week to try to get back sooner. He was up every couple of hours icing it on Saturday night and he shares a house with our physio who brought some equipment home so he is doing as many physio and treatment sessions as he can.

"He is the type of guy who will leave no stone unturned to get right. It will be really touch and go with him, but he thinks there has been significant improvement in the three games since the game. At best, you would think the last round or possibly the first round of finals for him though."

Van Berlo and Pettigrew both went down injured in West Perth's win over Peel the previous week but Monaghan is hopeful that van Berlo will return from his medial ligament injury to his knee in the final round while Pettigrew is still facing an uphill battle to be back at all from his torn hamstring.

"VB has been restricted to doing weights on his legs and doing some bike riding and swimming since hurting his knee, but he will run this week for the first time and our plan for him is to play the Swans game," he said.

"Michael Pettigrew is still fairly sore with his hamstring and he is a real long shot, he knows that but while there's life there is hope.

"We are hoping that he does some running this week and if he can run this week then you would think there is an outside chance. But if he starts to run and it's still too sore then it's going to be a real battle for him."

Exciting forward Johnson burst onto the scene this year with five goals in Round 1 against East Perth, but has been sidelined since hurting his hamstring against East Fremantle in Round 13. However, he is set to return in the reserves this Sunday against Peel.

"Johnson should play reserves this week. He has had some hamstring problems but nothing major so it's a bit like the Salecic one where it is back and nerve-related thing where he keeps pulling up tight," he said.

"We think we are on top of it now and hopefully he will play in the reserves this week and then it's a matter of how much fitness we can get into him."

Small defender Laine Rasmussen was in outstanding form early in the season but has now played just three games since Round 8 and none since Round 15. He won't play this week and is only some chance of playing in the reserves after the bye.

"Rasmussen has been a lot longer than we first thought and he is an outside chance to play footy in the last round," Monaghan said.

"He is no chance to play again this week and then after the bye, I would like to think he will be ready to play some reserves footy in the last round of the year. He is in pretty good nick still and he is one of our fittest players so he won't take long to get himself ready once he is back playing."

BY CHRIS PIKE

Falcons Nail Road Trip

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 5:14 PM

FALCONS NAIL ROAD TRIP

West Perth continued their impressive build up to the finals with a comprehensive sixty point victory against Perth in Moora on Saturday. The game was played under an overcast sky with intermittent showers but the Falcons adjusted to the conditions to dominate from quarter time onwards. For the second time in three games West Perth kept a side goalless in the second half and this is a credit to the mindset of the team. Credit must also be given to the condition of the oval that the game took place on. It was very good and better than a number of WAFL grounds. This helped to make the day a success.

Goals to Matt Fowler and Josh Mellington got the ball rolling for the Falcons. They came within the first four minutes of the game. Play settled down before Simon Tunbridge put Perth on the scoreboard but a strong mark by Chris Keunen resulted in Marc Crisp getting on the board with a clever left foot snap. The lead was out to eleven at the sixteen minute mark but from here it was all Perth. They pressed hard and piled on the last three goals of the quarter to take a seven point lead into the first change. The Demons led 4.2 (26) to 3.1 (19).

A nine goal second quarter was the springboard for the Falcons victory. The quarter started in ideal fashion for West Perth when Chris Keunen received a free and fifty at the centre bounce. His straight kick narrowed the margin to one. A goal to the hard working Rowan Kerr restored the lead for the Falcons and a behind to Anthony Tsalikis made the difference one straight kick. The classy Perth skipper, Paul Bevan, broke free to score his first and even the scores. Jordan Jones had been having an impact and this resulted in a pass to Matt Fowler forty out on an angle. His straight kick was the second of his five for the day. Kody Manning then displayed the attack on the football that Falcons supporters love. He chased,  tackled an opponent and received a free twenty out. He converted and gave West Perth a twelve point lead. Paul Bevan narrowed the margin but the next three majors went to the Falcons to take them out to a twenty four point lead at the twenty five minute mark. A left foot pass by Matt Fowler set up “Slick” for his first, a long kick forward by Jason Salecic resulted in a major by Shaun Marusic from the square and Marc Crisp chimed in with his second. Kyle Reimers then kicked his second but a goal to Matt Guadagnin and a third to Matt Fowler saw West Perth finish the half with a thirty point lead. It was a tremendous quarter of team football that was highlighted by pressuring their opponents every time they had the ball. Scores were 12.3 (75) to 7.3 (45).

The third quarter started with some showers and as a result the standard of football suffered. It wasn’t until the twelve minute mark before the first score resulted. Perth scored two behinds before a run and carry passage of play started by Andrew Strijk in the back pocket resulted in Marc Crisp finishing from twenty. It was a terrific passage in testing conditions. Once again Perth was unable to find the big opening and scored two behinds before West Perth kicked the only other major for the quarter. It went to Steven Browne after he received a free and fifty metres. At the final change West Perth had increased their lead to thirty eight; 14.4 (88) to 7.8 (50).

Perth had a number of opportunities to kick goals in the last quarter but their inaccuracy continued to plague them. West Perth, however, continued their straight kicking with four. Matt Gaudagnin scored his second at the eight minute mark but from here points were the order of the day until the twenty minute mark. At this point Anthony Tsalikis kicked his third and Matt Fowler the last two of the game to take his tally to five. At the final siren West Perth had registered a comfortable ten goal victory; 18.7 (115) to 7.13 (55).

Injuries to Luke Tedesco and Jordan Jones are the major concern to come out of the game. Both have been in fine form and hopefully will overcome them to be ready for finals. Players to receive awards were Matt Fowler, Aaron Black, Chris Keunen, Shane Nelson, Matt Guadagnin and best was Andrew Strijk who was rarely beaten in a contest. The Reserves continued their great form with a comfortable victory over the top side. There is a lot to look forward to so be there next Sunday to support the teams against the Sharks at the Arena. It is the International Round so there should be a big crowd.

Meet our new club Mascot

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 12:57 PM

The West Perth Football Club will launch a new and exciting club Mascot on Sunday August 18th at International Round.

The Mascot - yet to be named, will be a welcome addition to Home Game Matches, Falcons School Visits, Junior events and other community events.

Come down to International Round at Arena Joondalup on August 18th and meet our new Mascot!

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