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CONSISTENCY & PRESSURE THE KEY FOR 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 11:38 AM

BY SEAN COWAN

West Perth Coach Bill Monaghan believes the key to West Perth’s 2013 season – its 20th at Arena Joondalup – will be whether the club can rediscover the defensive pressure and consistency it showed in 2011.

The Falcons finished that season in second position before being bundled out of the finals race in straight sets and then embarked on a disappointing 2012 campaign which came to an end when they finished two games and percentage outside the top four.

Monaghan said the coaching staff had tried to tweak the game plan over summer in an effort to return the club to the finals this season.

“Some of the areas that were poor were to do with personnel and some were to do with structure,” he said.

“We probably went away in 2012 from our defensive pressure. We defended really poorly at times and couldn’t stop sides scoring. Some of our good football was really good, but our bad football was terrible. We didn’t have a lot of consistency in what we did.

“We’ve lost some personnel with the retirement of LeCras, Rice and Burns, and Fleay taking up a job in Kalgoorlie, and we are going to find it difficult to replace those guys in terms of their experience and ability.

“But, we have also tried to add some players who can kick the ball well and who have some flair and some run-and-carry around the middle. “

Monaghan said three of the key additions to the squad were midfielders Rohan Kerr (ex-Carlton), Trent Manzone (Queensland) and James Embley (Swan Districts).

It was hoped the addition of Embley would allow Ray Bartholomew to be used as a more attacking player.

Other newcomers included former Swans midfielder Steven Potente and key position player Shaun Marusic, from Frankston.

“Obviously, we have got a really good bunch of kids coming through, too, like (Matthew) Johnson and (Brayden) Antonio and we’re looking forward to the further development of those guys,” Monaghan said.

“And then there are some of the senior players who struggled through the pre-season last year are up and going. This time last year (Steven) Browne, (Luke) Tedesco, (Ray) Bartholomew and (Jason) Salecic were struggling to train at all and they are all miles ahead of that.

“I think Aaron Black and Shane Nelson will be better this year and so we think there is a bit of excitement around the group.”

But Monaghan also conceded West Perth had lacked a marking forward. It had been hoped that Victorian Darcy Barden would fill the role, but he had returned home over summer.

“It’s a really hard market to find players in – experienced, strong, game-changing forwards,” he said.

“We have identified some within our own ranks in terms of (Shayne) Zanetti and (Frank) Stockley, Matt Fowler and Drew Rhodes, who’s a mid-sized forward, so it’s an area we are always trying to fill.

“But, it’s not easy. Every club in the country at every level is trying to find a strong-marking full-forward or a 50-60 goal centre-half forward.

“Some of our guys are still young and we need to be patient with them unless we can find someone who just falls out of the sky.

“We missed out on Josh Smith (who went to East Perth), but we’ve seen over the last couple of years that when Kepler (Bradley) and (Quinten) Lynch have played with us it does straighten us up. So we need to make sure the structures are right for those young kids when they come in.”

Monaghan said he was happy with the club’s defensive key-position stocks and he hoped Laine Rasmussen or Kris Shannon would fill the hole left by former Fairest and Best Burns.

Salecic had enjoyed an injury-free pre-season for the first time since 2010 and would likely continue to spend time in the forward line in 2013.

But the big surprise of the pre-season had been the 2km time trial victory by AIS Academy member Nick Robertson.

“We’re not sold on whether he will play senior footy this year,” Monaghan said.

“He played State 18's last year and is Colts-eligible again this year, but he really set the track alight the other week with a time of six minutes and ten seconds, I think it was. “So, we would like to think he could potentially play Round 1, but there is a bit of water to go under the bridge yet.”

Monaghan said other stars of the pre-season included Jay Van Berlo, Jordan Jones, Andrew Strijk, Laine Rasmussen, Dan Hunt and Luke Tedesco.

“So, we are probably three or four weeks further advanced collectively than we were this time last year,” Monaghan said.

“And last year was the first time in my time here that we struggled early. We didn’t get up and running until four or five weeks into the season and so hopefully come Round 1 our fitness and ball movement and game style will be a lot further advanced.”

Monaghan said he expected Claremont to be a strong side again in 2013, but there was little between the nine WAFL clubs.

West Perth’s major pre-season camp will be held at Bruce Rock on the weekend of February 9 and its first pre-season game is scheduled to be played against South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on March 2.

CENTRE AN EXCELLENT PLAN FOR CLUB

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 11:24 AM

BY GERRY O'DEA

WEST PERTH FOOTBALL CLUB CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

JOONDALUP WEEKENDER - THURSDAY 31ST JANUARY 2013

THE Falcons are 128 years old this year. Formed in 1885, the oldest club in the WA Football League has come a long way from Leederville Oval to now be firmly based at Arena Joondalup in the ever-expanding northern suburbs.

With a healthy membership and sponsor base, we are widely acknowledged as having the best club/district relationship in the WAFL.

Our junior clubs do an amazing job with thousands of youngsters each weekend, not to mention the school children who benefit from our district programs and promotions.

Recently we have been lobbying the State and local governments hard to improve our facility at Arena Joondalup and so be able to offer better services and programs to the community.

It’s a proven fact that technology is playing a bigger part in our children’s lives, and as a society, we also have issues with obesity and poor health.

A new Centre of Excellence for the Falcons would allow us to do so much more for our school children and youth footballers who need greater resources and opportunities.

It’s time to get youngsters off the couch and on to the playing fields. We have the best weather in Australia, so there is no excuse.

Exercise and good habits need to be taught early on in life so that healthy lifestyles can be learnt and maintained.

The Falcons are committed to providing the local community with an all-encompassing facility.

There is a thought that football or sport can be a bit one dimensional, but today’s football club needs to diversify to survive, and must ensure it has strong links to the local community and needs to be making a difference to the youngsters and families.

Words and traits such as teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play, fitness, friendship and loyalty are still as important today as they have ever been.

A new Falcons Centre of Excellence at Arena Joondalup will serve the local community’s needs for the next 30 years, and ensure our youngsters are being the best they can be.

http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/comment-and-opinion/Centre-an-excellent-plan-for-club/7640310/

2013 FIXTURES

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 10:08 AM

Footy is back for 2013 and the countdown in on until the Round 1 Derby showdown on March 16th against traditional rivals East Perth!

After just missing out on the 2012 Finals Series, Coach Bill Mongahan and his charges are all fired up to go in 2013 determined to play finals football in 2013. Make sure you join up as a member and get to all the games to show you support for the mighty Falcons during the 2013 season.

Features of the 2013 draw for the Falcons include the following matches:

* Blockbuster West Perth vs East Perth Derby for Round 1 to kick off the season

* Night games for Rounds 2 & 4 against Subiaco and South Fremantle respectively

* Anzac Day home game clash with Swan Districts in Round 7 on Thursday the 25th of April

* WA Day Derby at Medibank Stadium in Round 11

* Sunday games against East Fremantle in Rounds 13 & 22

* 2003 Premiership Team Reunion when the Falcons take on Subiaco at Arena Joondalup in Round 14 

* NAIDOC Week against Peel Thunder in Round 16 at Bendigo Bank Stadium

* International Round against South Fremantle in Round 20 for the Garlic Muncher's Challenge

 

The West Perth Football Club will kick off it's WAFL pre season games against South Fremantle on Saturday the 2nd of March 2013 followed by a match against Peel Thunder in Round 3. The fixtures are as follows:

ROUND 1 - SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2013

BYE

ROUND 2 - SATURDAY 2ND MARCH 2013

South Fremantle vs West Perth

Fremantle Oval

Colts - 9:00am

Reserves - 4:00pm

League - 6:30pm

ROUND 3 - SATURDAY 9TH MARCH 2013

Peel Thunder vs West Perth

VENUE & TIMES TBA

Make sure you get along to the games and support the boys in our preparation for the 2013 WAFL season! Entry to all pre season games is FREE! 

DOES YOUR HEART BEAT TRUE? BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 4:58 PM

2013 Falcons memberships are now available to purchase! We have various options to suit everyone so sign up today and show your support for the mighty Falcons in 2013.

Our Number 1 Ticket Holder Dennis Cometti & Dean Clairs from Mix 94.5 FM’s The Big Couch have just bought their memberships for the season and are really excited about what the Falcons will showcase in 2013!

We are proud to announce that we have secured former AFL players Andrew Strijk and Jay Van Berlo and are excited about the potential that our new recruits Rohan Kerr, Trent Manzone, Shaun Marusic, Michael Mascoulis, Steve Potente and James Embley will bring to our team. Season 2013 promises to be another exciting year for the mighty Falcons as we strive for success and our 19th Premiership!

Our Captain, Jason Salecic, wants you to join the red and blue army and has an important message for all West Perth supporters:

Dear Falcons Members and Supporters,

2013 looks to be the changing of the guard with a number of long time loyal servants calling it a day on their playing careers. We thank them for their contribution over the years and wish them all the best for the future.

As one moves on another steps up, which is very exciting for the Club as we have some exceptional talent ready to fill the void and they are very eager to impress. Over the past couple of years we have recruited certain types of players and characters that fit into the West Perth culture to add to the players that have already learnt the West Perth way and they have seamlessly made the transition. Our playing group as a collective is ready for a challenge and that challenge is to create some history.

The mid to late 90’s and early 00’s we were a force in the WAFL, playing in 5 Grand Finals in 9 years and claiming 3 Premierships. Since 2003 we have been in 5 more finals series which included 2 Preliminary Finals. Our aim now is to get back to being that dominant force in the WAFL. With our commitment to improve and strive to be the best, we need the support of you, your family & friends to join us on our journey as we embark on an exciting new era for the West Perth Football Club.

Kind Regards,

Jason Salecic
CAPTAIN
WEST PERTH FOOTBALL CLUB

There are 2 simple ways to become a 2013 member of the West Perth Falcons.

1. Sign up online via https://memberdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10839 and follow the prompts.

2. Download the 2013 Membership Form and return to the West Perth Football Club via one of the following methods:

* In Person – Drop the application form off to the West Perth Football Club office at Level 1 / Arena Joondalup / Kennedya Drive, JOONDALUP WA 6027.

* Mail – Post the application form to West Perth Football Club Membership, PO Box 11, JOONDALUP WA 6919.

* Fax – Fax the application form to 08 9300 3612.

* Email – Email the application form to reception@falconsfc.com.au

OFFICE HOURS: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

For all membership enquiries, please contact Brittany at the Club on 08 9300 3611 or by email to reception@falconsfc.com.au.

OUR HEARTS BEAT TRUE! DOES YOURS???

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 5:22 PM

After three months of strong debate and negotiation the nonaligned WAFL clubs (of which WPFC are one) finally agreed to terms and conditions for the WAFL competition in 2013 and 2014.

I wish to remind you all that this was not West Perth’s preferred outcome. We believed and had made the point strongly on a numerous occasions that the WAFL competition would be better served with out the influence of the host clubs or stand-alone teams from the two WA based AFL clubs.

A host of logistical and statistical information was used to support our case. This information was provided by extremely knowledgeable club delegates including Chief Executive Officer’s, Club Treasurers, Football Managers and Coaches.

At the end of the day the decision to introduce host clubs was taken out of the WAFL club’s hands. The WAFC approved the constant requests from the WCE and FFC to have all their players play at one club.

I am pleased to announce however that the deal negotiated will see West Perth (and all nonaligned clubs) receive an additional $140,000 cash per annual plus CPI for the next five years beginning 2014.

The WAFC will also pay an additional $10,000 per annum to a newly established “WAFL Competition Fund.”

Other notable changes include:

  • Should any player from WPFC be Rookie listed in the 2013 draft and beyond to WCE or FFC then a draft payment of $15,000 will be made to WPFC
  • $7,000 payment for 2013 from the WAFC for the now defunct reverse order preseason draft.
  • East Perth and Peel will not be able to recruit players from outside their District for the 2014 season.
  • EP and Peel will have their salary cap reduced by $75,000
  • WCE and FFC to sign Statuary Declarations for the WAFC with reference to rules, regulations and guidelines as stipulated by the WAFC and WAFL clubs themselves.

This outcome is substantially better than the initial deal put to us back in October and then again in November and December.

Importantly and I highlight this to you all: The WAFL CEO’s will play a leading role in all decision making pertaining to our WAFL competition as we now move forward. Any reviews or changes to our competition will be driven and largely decided upon by club CEO’s.

Our disappointment at the handling of this whole affair has been stated quite clearly and acknowledged by the WAFC Chairman Frank Cooper and his fellow Commissioners.

The funding will provide a much needed cash injection to WPFC and will ensure that our club stays true to its members and supporters. It will also ensure that the WPFC will continue to deliver on our District Model meaning: WPFC give as many young men as possible the chance to play league football and the opportunity to possibly graduate to the AFL.

We must keep the mighty West Perth Football Club alive, strong and vibrant.

I urge you all to re-sign your memberships now and show your true passion and support for our great club at our first home game of the season against East Perth on Saturday March the 16th.

Brett Raponi

PRESIDENT

FALCONS WIN AUSTRALIA DAY AWARD

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 2:49 PM

The West Perth District and the West Perth Football Club have jointly been recognised by the City of Joondalup as winners of the 2013 Premier’s Australia Day Citizenship Awards for a Community Group.

To win this award, winners need to have demonstrated leadership, have enhanced the lives of people in their communities and have acted as inspiring role models for others.

This award, presented by Mayor Troy Pickard, was proudly won by the West Perth District Football Development Council and the West Perth Football Club for their joint efforts and ongoing commitment and dedication to expanding and developing football opportunities for young people in the North West corridor of Perth.

In his speech, Mayor Pickard said “With such a diverse and multicultural demographic in Joondalup and the surrounding region, both organisations have embraced and engaged young people of all nationalities through a number of very successful programs involving local primary and high schools.

Both the West Perth Development Council and the West Perth Football Club organise and host regular school carnivals, holiday clinics, talent identification programs and regularly send out their players to meet and coach young people in our community. It is very pleasing to see one of the City’s major sporting clubs playing such a positive role in developing and providing opportunities for young people of all nationalities to play Australian Rules Football in the North West Corridor.

To recognize its growing multicultural community, West Perth replaced its traditional jumper for one game last season and wore a one-off alternative jumper sporting the British flag to acknowledge the large percentage of local Joondalup residents born in Britain. This symbolic multicultural initiative received much attention in the media, attracted a record attendance for the game and highlighted that West Perth acknowledges the enormous opportunities that exist to grow Australia Rules Football in the northern corridor of Perth – one of the fastest growing regions of migrant populations in Australia.”

West Perth Football Club President Brett Raponi was delighted with the win and paid tribute to the District staff that had done such an outstanding job in promoting Australian Rules Football. “Andrew Ridley and his team are to be congratulated for their initiative, hard work and desire to make a difference. As a football club, we were very proud to support this concept and look forward to many more great days like International Round.”

Falcons District Manager Andrew Ridley thanked the West Perth Football Club for their support and said the award was great recognition for the teamwork demonstrated by all the Falcons District and Club staff.

HOPING FOR BIG THINGS IN 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 4:28 PM

BY SEAN COWAN

He mightn’t have the biggest frame in the WAFL, but West Perth is hoping midfielder Steven Potente can add some real fight to the Falcons’ midfield after joining the club from Swan Districts over the summer.

Despite having a solid reputation at Bassendean, where he played 24 League games after making his debut in 2009, the 70kg Potente decided to make the switch to Arena Joondalup after missing most of the past two seasons.

He spent 2012 on the sidelines after tearing his posterior cruciate ligament and also battled a stress fracture to his pelvis in 2011.

Potente said he hadn’t necessarily been looking to leave the black-and-whites, but the Falcons’ approach had come at the right time.

“Ross Parker rang me up and said Bill and the other coaches were interested in me coming over,” he said.

“I just thought it was a good idea to get a fresh start at a new club and so far it’s been everything that I could have asked for.

“I was a bit tired of it all over there (at Swans). And even though it’s a bit of a drive from Lesmurdie (to Joondalup) and it can take about 50 minutes to get to training, it’s all worked out well.”

Potente, 22, is expected to push for a midfield berth this season, but knows he faces stiff competition from a raft of West Perth youngsters.

Though the club will be stretched to cope with the loss of Brent LeCras (retired), Dustin Burns (retired), and Dion Fleay (Goldfields) from the backline, its only loss in midfield was Joel Rice (retired).

It also signed James Embley from Swan Districts and will be hoping for big things from the likes of Aaron Black, Steven Browne, Jordan Jones, Mark Hutchings, Shane Nelson and Laine Rasmussen.

“I’ve probably looked a lot at Jason Salecic since I got here because he is very professional with what he does and there are a few other senior players I look up to as well,” Potente said.

“And there’s a lot of players who have impressed the coaches over the pre-season. It’s going to be tough to get a spot and once I get one I want to play consistent league football from then on. That’s really my goal.

“But I’ve been happy with my fitness since I got here. It’s probably the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been and I’m just looking forward to the season now.”

2013 CORPORATE CLASSIC

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 6:45 PM

The 2013 Corporate Classic is on once again and we need your support!!! This unique opportunity only comes around once a year and gives you the chance to win $10,000 worth of prizes as our Major Sponsor for 2013!!!

The 2013 Corporate Classic draw will be held on Friday the 8th of March 2013 in the Premiers Suite at the Arena Joondalup. The Falcons Corporate Classic is the perfect opportunity for businesses to obtain maximum exposure!

The Corporate Classic draw gives one lucky company the chance to become the FALCONS MAJOR SPONSOR in 2013 and receive:

* YOUR COMPANY'S LOGO PRINTED ON THE BACK OF OUR SENIOR PLAYER GUERNSEY'S

* YOUR COMPANY LOGO ON OUR OFFICIAL LETTERHEAD

* PROMINENT AROUND THE GROUND SIGNAGE TO MAXIMISE YOUR BUSINESS EXPOSURE

* VIP SEATING AT EACH HOME GAME FOR 6 PEOPLE IN A SPONSORS BOX

(INCLUDING $400 WORTH OF CATERING)

There are also second and third prizes to be won and all entrants receive 2 complimentary West Perth Football Club Red Home Game Entry memberships for the 2013 season.

You can purchase a STANDARD entry for $550 or a PREMIUM entry for $660. Remember the more entries you buy, the more chances you have to win this fantastic prize!

Take this opportunity to support the West Perth Football Club as we strive to go that one step further in 2013 in our quest for our 19th Premiership. Without our valued sponsors the Falcons would not continue to succeed.

2013 CORPORATE CLASSIC ENTRY FORM

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

SIMPLY FILL OUT ALL YOUR DETAILS ON THE 2013 CORPORATE CLASSIC FORM AND RETURN IT TO THE CLUB WITH PAYMENT BY NO LATER THAN 5PM ON FRIDAY THE 22ND OF FEBRUARY 2013 TO BE IN THE RUNNING TO WIN 1X STANDARD ENTRY FREE!!! 

This increases your chances to win the Corporate Classic and become our Major Sponsor for the 2013 season!

**Don't forget to email your company logo in .jpg or .eps format to promotions@falconsfc.com.au**

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Jessy at the Club on 08 9300 3611 or by email to promotions@falconsfc.com.au

We look forward to having you on board with the Falcons in 2013!

Jessy Edmunds

PROMOTIONS OFFICER

BE A PART OF THE RED & THE BLUE

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 8:15 PM

We are looking for switched on and motivated individuals, who love the game and the West Perth Football Club, to fill a variety of game day volunteer roles.

Positions are available in the areas of Sports Trainers, Interchange Stewards, Team Managers, Timekeepers and Water Carriers.

No experience is necessary as full training and support is provided. 

What you will need is:

  • An open mind and a sense of humour
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn
  • An ability to work as part of a team
  • A positive and proactive attitude

In return, we will provide you with an opportunity to be a part of the Falcon Team, working close to the action and helping us achieve on-field success.

Your commitment can be as little or as much as you like. To register your interest or to discuss further, please contact Jamie Ball, Football Operations Manager on 08 9300 3611 or footballmanager@falconsfc.com.au

RESERVED SEATING 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 6:11 PM

Due to the overwhelming success of our Reserved Seating option in 2012 and postitive feedback from members, we are pleased to offer the same option for Season 2013.

Once again members will have the option of reserving a seat in the Whinnen Dempsey Stand at a cost of $50 per seat. Your chosen seat will be marked with your name for the duration of the 2013 Season.

We are now accepting payments for Reserved Seating and members who wish to pursue this offer are invited to visit the Club from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm from Monday 11th March onwards to personally select your seat. If you are not able to come in during the week you can collect your sticker at the first home game from the Merchandise Tent and select it then. This option is conducted on a first in best dressed basis. Please discuss Reserved Seating with your friends and family and make sure you get in early!

Please fill in the attached form and return to the Club by:

Reserved Seating Registration Form

POST TO: West Perth Football Club, PO Box 11, JOONDALUP WA 6919

FAX TO: 08 9300 3612

EMAIL TO: reception@falconsfc.com.au

IN PERSON: 1st Floor, Arena Joondalup, Kennedya Drive, JOONDALUP WA 6027

OFFICE HOURS: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

For all enquiries, please contact Brittany at the Club on 08 9300 3611 or by email to reception@falconsfc.com.au