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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 2:11 PM

WEST Perth coach Bill Monaghan is confident the Falcons have exciting young talent coming through that will be helped along by some recruits coming back from AFL, the VFL, Queensland and rival WAFL clubs.

While the Falcons have lost plenty of experience coming into the 2013 campaign with the retirements of Brent LeCras, Dion Fleay, Joel Rice and Dustin Burns, Monaghan is confident that within the squad there young players that can step up and develop enough to fill that void.

However, there are also new arrivals at West Perth for the season that are exciting as well.

Rohan Kerr arrives from Carlton, Trent Manzone from Queensland, Shaun Marusic from Frankston in the VFL, Steve Potente and James Embley both from Swan Districts and then Andrew Strijk and Jay Van Berlo return full-time after losing their spots on AFL lists with West Coast and Fremantle.

Kerr wasn’t able to crack it for an AFL game in his three years at Carlton, but in the VFL he played well largely as a running half-back who could also play in the middle.

That is the sort of role Monaghan sees him playing with the Falcons as well and already he has added some colour and vibrancy at the club.

"Rohan is a real character and it's good to have someone with a little bit of a left-field attitude at times. He has fitted in well, he's got plenty to say and he looks suited to the big grounds here," Monaghan said.

"He has good skills and gets over the ground well, and we expect him to have an impact but we also need to be aware that he has played predominantly VFL footy where the game is significantly different to here.

"We don’t expect him to be our best player early in the year, but over time we expect he will keep improving and add something to our squad. I think Rohan would like to think he will spend a lot of time in the midfield, but we think he can float between midfield, forward and back.

"I'm not settled into where his best position is, we will see that as the games progress but his smartness around the footy field and ability to kick the ball is high quality."

Manzone comes to West Perth from Apsley in Queensland who have been playing in the NEAFL. Two years ago he played well for Queensland in the nail-biting state game loss to WA at Bendigo Bank Stadium and Monaghan is confident he can come in and have an impact.

"It's good to have a Manzone to go along with our Sanzone. Trent is an exceptional kick of the football and he seems to read the play well and he's in good condition," he said.

"He runs well and has all the attributes to play good senior WAFL footy, but the unknown is that he has come from what is classified as a second tier competition even though it has picked up in that area.

"He might take a little bit of time to adjust to the tempo, but we think that his overall ability will hold him in good stead and we expect that because he is so keen, he will continue to improve and be a decent player."

Two players familiar with WAFL football, though, after Swan Districts pair Embley and Potente.

Potente always looked to be a supremely talented player dating back to his days in the colts at Swans and he broke through in 2009 to play 19 league games and cement his spot in the team that made a preliminary final.

However, persistent groin injuries have limited him to just five league games since then and he played only 11 matches in the reserves in 2012. But with his left-foot skills, goal sense and elusive talents, Monaghan is glad to have him on board at West Perth.

Embley is the younger brother of West Coast veteran Andrew, but has played 17 league games since making his debut in 2008. He has shown enough as a hard-running midfielder to suggest he has plenty to offer at just 23 as well.

"What excited us about both of them for us was the fact that they are that little bit older. What we have had with a lot of our recruits over the last couple of years is that they have been 19 and 20 year-old's, and been unproven," he said.

"But we know that both James and Steven can play senior footy, and have played some decent senior footy but for various reasons didn’t play a lot last year. Both of them are in pretty good nick and we think that they will add something to our squad.

"We probably don’t have an out and out run-with type player and that's not to pigeon-hole James into that role, but it could allow us to use Ray Bartholomew more in an attacking role. James will bring a bit of grunt, a bit of discipline and strength to our stoppages and we would think that we will at some run-with roles for him.

"Over the last couple of weeks, Steve's training has really lifted and he's got good speed and lateral movement. He is a left-footer and yes there's not much of him, but it's really only because of injury that he hasn’t played a lot of league footy. Both of them are pushing hard for a game in Round 1."

Both Strijk and Van Berlo have still played plenty of football with West Perth while on West Coast and Fremantle's AFL lists respectively, but now that they are back with the Falcons full-time Monaghan is already seeing the enormous benefits and quality of them.

"They have both been fantastic with their leadership and examples they are setting on the field," Monaghan said.

"We can flower things up as much as we want, but whilst they are on AFL lists and always try their hardest when coming back to West Perth, we know that they are trying to impress their AFL clubs in the roles and positions that they want to be played at by their clubs.

"I would never question their commitment to West Perth, but now being here all the time and working well with the players during the week and being able to set the example and show leadership, both are quality West Perth people and we are rapt to have them back in the squad full-time."



Friday, February 15, 2013 - 10:14 AM

West Perth has welcomed the announcement by Joondalup MLA Tony O’Gorman that Labor will support its plans to build a $7.95 million state-of-the-art facility at Arena Joondalup.

The club has been lobbying the State Government and City of Joondalup to support its plans for a Falcons Centre of Excellence for several months and now calls upon the Coalition to match Labor’s commitment.

The facility, to be built where the main gate now stands, has been designed in consultation with the AFL, the WA Football Commission and the City of Joondalup and meets AFL Centre of Excellence standards. It will make Arena Joondalup a viable alternative venue for AFL NAB Cup matches and AFL practice matches.

West Perth President Brett Raponi said the new centre would allow the club to better support community football clubs in the area, most of whom did not have suitable facilities for their own functions.

“The Labor party has recognised the role that football and the Falcons play in the northern suburbs,” Raponi said. The club recently won the City of Joondalup Australia Day award for community promotion and involvement.”

“This facility will provide an AFL-standard Centre of Excellence that will help our club to improve its on-field performance and will also benefit our district partners.

“I applaud Mark McGowan and local member Tony O’Gorman for their pledge and ongoing support. But I am also delighted for our members who have had to endure some tough times since we left Leederville for Joondalup back in 1994. This facility will give the club a soul and a thumping heartbeat.”

West Perth Chief Executive Officer Gerry O’Dea said the new facility would house the club’s administrative offices, new coach’s rooms and new change rooms.

But it would also include a member's bar and function room to cater for 220 people, which could be hired by other organisations. This would provide West Perth with another revenue stream, while office space in the building would likely be let on a permanent basis.

“I am delighted that the Labor Party has responded to our proposal with this commitment,” Mr O’Dea said.

“A new, modern and expanded facility will prepare our club and the district for the next 40 years and will significantly help to improve the club’s performance and operations to new levels.”

Mr O’Dea said the new centre would allow West Perth to increase its efforts in the local community and was one of the most important developments in the club’s 128 year history.

Click here to view Tony O'Gorman Media Statement


Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 7:30 PM

WEST Perth will play two pre-season games, at night against South Fremantle and Peel respectively, in the lead up to the 2013 WAFL season opening derby against East Perth at Arena Joondalup.

The Falcons won't have an official game in the opening round of pre-season action starting next weekend against another WAFL club, but will gear up for the 2013 campaign starting Saturday March 2.
West Perth will make the trek to Fremantle Oval to play South Fremantle with the league game against the Bulldogs bouncing down at 6.30pm.
The colts will play in the morning starting at 9am and then the reserves match begins at 4pm to lead into the league contest that evening under lights at the port.
Then the following week on Saturday March 9, West Perth will make the WAFL's longest journey down to Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium to face Peel Thunder.
The league game will bounce down at 6pm with the colts and reserves both playing at Richard Guelfi Reserve in Balcatta. The colts start at 9am and the reserves at 11am.
That will give West Perth two good hit outs in the lead up to the WAFL season-opener on Saturday March 16 at Arena Joondalup against the arch-enemy East Perth.
However, don't forget that on Friday March 8 the official season-opener will take place at the Stirling Adriatic Centre.
The evening will begin at 6pm with the Corporate Classic Sundowner and be followed by the player auction and jumper presentation starting at 7pm.
Make sure you get in quick and RSVP by contacting the West Perth Football Club on 08 9300 3611 or by emailing your RSVP to by Thursday the March 7.
Saturday March 2
Colts – West Perth v South Fremantle (Fremantle Oval, 9am)
Reserves – West Perth v South Fremantle (Fremantle Oval, 4pm)
League – West Perth v South Fremantle (Fremantle Oval, 6.30pm)
Saturday March 9
Colts – West Perth v Peel (Richard Guelfi Reserve, 9am)
Reserves – West Perth v Peel (Richard Guelfi Reserve, 11am)
League – West Perth v Peel (Bendigo Bank Stadium, 6pm)

The Falcons won't have an official game in the opening round of pre-season action starting next weekend against another WAFL club, but will gear up for the 2013 campaign starting Saturday the 2nd of March.

West Perth will make the trek to Fremantle Oval to play South Fremantle with the league game against the Bulldogs bouncing down at 6:30pm.

The Colts will play in the morning starting at 9:00am and then the Reserves match begins at 4:00pm to lead into the league contest that evening under lights at the port.

Then the following week on Saturday the 9th of March, West Perth will make the WAFL's longest journey down to Mandurah's Bendigo Bank Stadium to face Peel Thunder.

The League game will bounce down at 6:00pm with the Colts and Reserves both playing at Richard Guelfi Reserve in Balcatta. The Colts start at 9:00am and the Reserves at 11:00am.

That will give West Perth two good hit outs in the lead up to the WAFL season opener on Saturday the 16th of March at Arena Joondalup against the arch-enemy East Perth.

However, don't forget that on Friday the 8th of March the official Season Opener will take place in the Premiers Suite at Arena Joondalup.

The evening will begin at 6:00pm with the Corporate Classic Sundowner and be followed by the Player Auction and Jumper Presentation starting at 7:00pm.

Make sure you get in quick and RSVP by contacting Jessy at the West Perth Football Club on 08 9300 3611 or by emailing your RSVP to by Thursday the 7th of March.



Colts – South Fremantle vs West Perth - Fremantle Oval - 9:00am

Reserves – South Fremantle vs West Perth - Fremantle Oval - 4:00pm

League – South Fremantle vs West Perth - Fremantle Oval - 6.30pm


Colts – Peel Thunder vs West Perth - Richard Guelfi Reserve - 9:00am

Reserves – Peel Thunder vs West Perth - Richard Guelfi Reserve - 11:00am

League – Peel Thunder vs West Perth - Bendigo Bank Stadium - 6:00pm


Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 9:35 AM

Kevin Bradley, former player and administrator of the West Perth Football Club has sadly passed away.

Kevin played for three seasons in 1956 – 1958 before travelling overseas. He returned to Perth in the early 1960's and was appointed Club Secretary in 1965 and then General Manager in 1970, a position he held until 1982.

He was made a Life Member of the Club in 1989.

The West Perth Football Club passes on its condolences to his family.


Monday, February 11, 2013 - 1:52 PM

The Season Opener is our first event for the year and we need your help to make it a resounding success!

It's a great opportunity to get up close and personal with your favourite players, have a chat with the new recruits, grab a photo and get a signature to add to your autograph book!!!

Why not place a few bids on the players, reminisce with players from the 2003 Premiership team or just catch up with your footy mates??


All sponsors, members, supporters, family and friends are invited to attend this exclusive event! The more the merrier so bring everyone you know for a great night out!



Level 1 / Arena Joondalup, Kennedya Drive, JOONDALUP WA 6027


All Corporate Classic entrants are invited to attend the sundowner for some fellowship and the announcement of the 2013 Major Sponsor & Associate Sponsors. Drinks & cocktail food will be provided.




2003 West Perth Football Club premiership players will be in attendance to present the 2013 senior squad with their playing Guernsey's for the season. Join us as we celebrate their contribution to the Club & reminisce over the 2003 premiership victory! Our Auctioneer will commence the Player Auction after each lot of players are presented with their Guernsey's. There will also be a raffle on the night with the opportunity to win a Steve Trewhella Legend Football signed by the 2013 senior squad!

Beverages & snacks will be available for purchase at the bar.

Make sure you get in quick and RSVP by contacting the Club on 08 9300 3611 or by emailing your RSVP to by Thursday the 7th of March 2013.

All those who RSVP for the Season Opener by Thursday the 7th of March 2013 will go into the draw to win a LIMITED EDITION TRAINING GUERNSEY SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE 2013 SQUAD. The winner will be announced at the Season Opener with the prize available for collection on the night.

We urgently need your support as we start our campaign for the 2013 premiership so make sure you come down and be a part of the red and the blue.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Jessy Edmunds



Monday, February 11, 2013 - 11:27 AM

West Perth players donned full riot gear recently in preparation for an assault on the 2013 WAFL season.

The unique training program, led by the Emergency Support Group at Hakea Prison last month, added another twist to a lively, but sometimes unsettled pre-season for the Joondalup-based club.

At the end of last year, recruitment staff faced a challenge with the loss of 564 games of experience following the retirement of Brent LeCras, Dion Fleay, Dustin Burns and Joel Rice.

Added to this was the disappointment of losing AFL premiership ruckman Mark Seaby to Claremont.

Breckler Medallist Mark Hutchings was then snared by West Coast in the AFL draft, meaning the Falcons would lose the star midfielder to arch rivals East Perth in 2014.

But the Falcons have moved on, signing five seasoned players, including ex-Carlton half forward Rohan Kerr, as well as retaining de-listed AFL players Andrew Strijk and Jay van Berlo.

Former Swan Districts players James Embley, brother of West Coast veteran Andrew Embley, and Steven Potente also join the side.

Key position player Shaun Marusic, from the VFL’s Frankston, and utility Trent Manzone, from NEAFL side Redland, complete the recruited line-up.

Coach Bill Monaghan had confidence in the new-look side, but admitted it was “still at the young end”.

“Hopefully (we’re) a little bit more mature than we were last year at the bottom end and that’ll mean we won’t be as inconsistent with our performances,” he said.

“Whilst we’ve lost a couple of really handy senior players… a lot of players are seeing it as an opportunity to stamp themselves as regular league players.”

The Falcons had been working on a new game style centred on defensive pressure, which Monaghan said was lacking in 2012.

It had created a good vibe around the club, with the players enjoying the fresh approach.

“That was one of the things that was very disappointing last year; at times we moved the ball really well and looked good but failed to stop the opposition from scoring,” he said.

West Perth took an interesting approach to pre-season training on December 8, becoming the first-ever sports club to train with the Emergency Support Group (ESG) at Hakea Prison.

The training featured 14 senior players, including captain Jason Salecic, in a test of their abilities as a team under stressful conditions.

ESG Assistant Superintendent of Operations Trevor Screaigh said the day was “extremely positive”.

“Although the ESG and West Perth Football Club are totally different entities, the principles of teamwork and leadership are universal, whether you are an emergency response unit or an elite football team," he said.

The Falcons’ season opens on March 16th with a Saturday derby clash against East Perth.




Monday, February 4, 2013 - 11:38 AM


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.


Monday, February 4, 2013 - 11:24 AM




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.


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:




South Fremantle vs West Perth

Fremantle Oval

Colts - 9:00am

Reserves - 4:00pm

League - 6:30pm


Peel Thunder vs West Perth


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! 


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

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

1. Sign up online via 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

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