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ROUND 14 PREVIEW V CLAREMONT

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 6:55 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's last visit to Claremont Oval was the winning 2013 second semi-final and the Falcons look to repeat that against Claremont this Saturday to retail third position in the WAFL.

With Claremont to potentially enter the top five with a victory and West Perth to remain in third spot with the win it sets the scene for a potentially season-defining contest for both clubs on Saturday at Claremont Oval.

Claremont's season had appeared off the rails prior to the opening of its redeveloped home ground. After starting the season with three straight wins, the Tigers had lost six straight before hosting East Fremantle two weeks ago.

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 13 Q & A

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:22 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth coach Bill Monaghan discussed last Saturday's loss to South Fremantle, where the Falcons need to improve and looking ahead to another crucial match with Claremont this Saturday at Claremont Oval.

QUESTION: They again got off to a strong start against you and just left you with too much to do by half-time?
ANSWER: I thought the first quarter for the most part we were competitive, it was the second quarter we were horrific. Everything that we had planned and things that we were doing relatively ok in the first quarter went out the window. We realigned that at half-time, reminded the players of what we had planned and what we had thought would work against South. I think we improved in the second half albeit maybe we were flattered a little bit by South’s kicking on goal. There’s a lot to learn from it. I guess a positive is that last time it was 103 points and this time it’s 40 something so we’re on the right track. There’s an improvement there but we’re obviously disappointed because we genuinely think we can beat anyone if we play our stuff well. We just didn’t do that for long enough periods.

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INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL FESTIVAL TO HELP FALCONS ENGAGE COMMUNITY

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 3:14 PM

THE Falcons Football District has a rapidly growing population with the fastest growing migrant and multicultural demographic in the state. Australian Rules Football is continually being embraced by these new populations.

In celebration, the West Perth Football Club and the Falcons District will host the International Football Festival on Saturday 1 July at HBF Arena, as the Falcons take on the Lions.

West Perth Football Club's league team will play in a special one-off themed Guernsey in Round 15 to embrace the local international community.

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FALCONS JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAY COACHING CLINIC

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 2:41 PM

SPECIALIST COACHING CLINICS & SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN

at HBF Arena (Joondalup), home of the West Perth Football Club

For boys and girls with full coaching and instruction provided

Morning tea and drinks provided

Football inflatables, give-a-ways and more

COME AND MEET YOUR FOOTY HEROES!

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FALCONS FALL TO BULLDOGS BUT REMAIN SOLID IN THIRD

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 3:02 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth again struggled against South Fremantle losing to the Bulldogs for a fifth straight time but the Falcons remain clear in third position and can further consolidate that by bouncing back on Saturday.

The Bulldogs came into the clash with the Falcons having lost three of their last four matches to only be clinging to second position still. 

That spot went on the line at HBF Arena on Saturday with West Perth looking to leapfrog South Fremantle, but once again the Bulldogs showed their recent dominance over the Falcons and their enjoyment of playing at the Joondalup venue.

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BULLDOGS CONTINUE TO HAVE BETTER OF FALCONS

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:55 AM - by Darrell Kent

IF there is one team that West Perth has struggled against in recent years it is South Fremantle. Earlier in the year they inflicted a heavy defeat on the Falcons and leading into Saturday’s game they had won seven of their last 10 encounters at HBF Arena.

On Saturday they continued this dominance when they produced a consistent effort to down the home side by 47 points.

West Perth matched the intensity of the visitors early in the match. South Fremantle kicked the first of the game courtesy of key forward, Ben Saunders. The Falcons' reply came at the 10-minute mark when Tyler Keitel was on the end of some good work by Jay van Berlo. He kicked the first of his four for the day from the square. This tied up the scores but it was as close as West Perth was going to get for the rest of the day. Haiden Schloithe kicked the first of his four soon after and from here the Bulldogs extended the lead. It was a tight quarter of football but South Fremantle had the best of it and as a result they led by 15 at the first break; 3.4 (22) to 1.1 (7).

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ROUND 13 PREVIEW V SOUTH FREMANTLE

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 2:43 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth has been in terrific form since its last meeting with South Fremantle winning six of seven games and now the Falcons can take second spot from the Bulldogs when they do battle at HBF Arena on Saturday.

The Falcons and Bulldogs come into the contest both having recorded seven victories so far this season with West Perth having a game in hand while South Fremantle currently sits ahead with a far superior percentage.

West Perth also comes into the game on the back of having won six of its last seven games while South Fremantle has lost three of its past four.

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IN THEIR WORDS – BLAKE WILHELM ROUND 13

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 6:03 PM - by Blake Wilhelm

THE player columns have been rather quiet of late, so Pikey thought it would be fitting to enlist my help to bring them back to life in 2017.

I will start with a recap of last week, which was a massive week for West Perth Football Club with one of the all-time greats Andrew 'ya can't say that' Strijk playing his 200th game for the club. This is an absolutely outstanding achievement to be able to play such a large number of games for the one club, and I feel honoured that I got to play in the milestone game with him and also help celebrate with a win. Hopefully the bluetack can continue to hold his body together and he can continue to help us win games. 

Whilst the disappointing loss to East Perth the week before was hard to swallow, as a playing group we knew that we play best when we are challenged and had all the confidence in ourselves that we could travel to Steel Blue and get the job done. Which is exactly what we did, and if the majority of our forward line (namely myself) didn't have the "yips" then the scoreboard would have reflected a better picture of how I feel we played on the weekend. 

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 12 Q & A

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 5:38 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth coach Bill Monaghan gave his thoughts on the crucial win over Swan Districts, Tyler Keitel's exploits up forward, Andrew Strijk's 200th game and looked ahead to this Saturday against South Fremantle at HBF Arena.

QUESTION: It wasn’t always pretty, but it was such a big game that you would be delighted with the final result?
ANSWER: We probably squandered a few opportunities early, think we had 16 scoring shots in the first half to seven. We missed a couple of real easy ones which has been a bit of a pattern for us which is disappointing. We felt 19 points probably wasn’t enough because we knew Swans have been in ripper form so they came hard at us. A couple of times in that last quarter too they hit the lead and we challenged them. We just felt that if we could get a couple in a row and get a bit of space then sometimes when you chase hard all day and you can’t overtake it only takes one or two goals back to back that can take the wind out of their sails. I thought the last five or six minutes we controlled the game and we got two and a half goals up. They got a late one but from the 25-minute mark of the last quarter it looked like we were going to hold on. We’ve shown over the past couple of years and you watch games of footy that if there’s still enough time you got to be wary. I thought the players dug deep for Andrew’s 200th and VB led from the front, especially in the last quarter through his efforts. I thought Lourey looked sharp forward. Blake Wilhelm did a good job on Bennell, Munnsy was again outstanding keeping Ellard to two possessions in the first half. Then he alternated between him and Faulkner in the second half. Kody was fantastic down back. We had good contributors I guess without anyone being outstanding. Lourey kicks three, Tyler four, even Rudy who was in and out of the game finished with a couple. It was a really good team effort. Any success we have as a club is based around us working together as a team and I thought we did that well.

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A REMINDER TO OUR PASSIONATE SUPPORTERS

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 10:54 AM

Everyone knows we have some of the most passionate and enthusiastic members and supporters in the WAFL but passion and enthusiasm can also make us behave in a manner we normally wouldn't.

I received a letter from a member this week which serves as a reminder to us all to be aware of our conduct - both at home and at away games. While we never want to dampen the cheers of encouragement towards our players, we do ask all members and supporters to consider those around you at all times. Wear the red and blue with pride and remember your behaviour directly reflects the reputation of our great club.

An excerpt from the letter reads as follows:

I took my son to the game on Monday against East Perth at Leederville Oval. We sat in the Subiaco Members stand with other families, some elderly couples, and some groups of men.

We are West Perth supporters through the good games, and not so good games.

May I ask that you send out an email to all members, requesting that they refrain from the use of foul language towards the opposition team and the field umpires. I was extremely embarrassed and ashamed that supporters from both sides were looking at the Subiaco Members stand with disgust, shaking their heads. I feel that my son and I have been tarnished with the same brush from their behaviour, not to mention the damage to the reputation of the West Perth brand.

This is the main reason why I have not taken my son to an AFL match at Domain Stadium. I said to my son that we have another game away this weekend against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval. He was hesitant and not as keen as usual ... when I finally found out why, he said it was “because of those men”.

Please take the time to consider the above as everyone has the right to a safe and enjoyable experience at the footy. It is a timely reminder of our obligations within the West Perth FC Code of Conduct.

Thank you.

David Crute
Chief Executive Officer