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



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.


Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 4:28 PM


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.”


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:






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.




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



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


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


Monday, January 21, 2013 - 5:19 PM

The West Perth Football Club was saddened to hear the news over the Christmas break of the loss of 1969 Premiership player Brian Sampson and former Captain Coach Peter O’Donohue.

Brian passed away on the 16th of December 2012 in his native Melbourne. He will be best remembered for his able ruck work and his skillful forward play. Brian had played 100 games and won two Premierships with Essendon in 1962 and 1965 before arriving at West Perth in 1967.

He made his League debut in the first game of the season on the 8th of April 1967. It was a winning debut against Claremont. He went on to play 50 games booting 29 goals between 1967 and 1969 before returning to Victoria. Brian played one state game for WA in 1968.

Peter was appointed Captain Coach for the 1953 and 1954 seasons. He was a former Captain of Hawthorn Football Club and came to West Perth as a replacement for Stan ‘Pops’ Heal who had just been elected to parliament.

Peter coached some great footballers at West Perth including Buttsworth, Don Marinko Jnr, Wally Price, Ray Schofield, Ray Scott and Eddie Wylde. Peter’s side won a record 18 games in 1953 (eventually losing the Grand Final to South Fremantle) and 15 in 1954 (eventually losing the Preliminary Final to South Fremantle).

Peter played 31 games kicking 21 goals before retiring from football and returning to Victoria.

West Perth remembers the great memories of a bygone era and extends our condolences to both the Sampson and O’Donohue families.


Friday, January 18, 2013 - 4:22 PM

The Falcons are proud to announce the re-signing of Clipsal by Schneider Electric as our key corporate sponsor for 2013.

Clipsal have been an integral supporter of the West Perth Football Club for the past eight years. In 2012 Clipsal significantly increased their commitment to include logos on the League and Reserves jumpers, player’s polo shirts and perimeter signage.

West Perth President Brett Raponi paid tribute to Clipsal and in particular, their State Manager Steve Reinholdtsen for their ongoing support of the Club. “Clipsal are a dominant force within the electrical industry in this state. They are an innovative organisation who understand the value in supporting community sports in which the West Perth Football Club plays a major part. We have many electricians and industry related businesses here associated with West Perth and this is just a good fit for them. They have been with us for many years now and I thank Steve and his team for their continuing support in 2013.”

State Manager, Steve Reinholdtsen replied “We receive great value from our sponsorship with West Perth. Many of our customers are directly and indirectly involved with West Perth and the WAFL for that matter. The professionalism of the Club and the hospitality offered on match day provides Clipsal with an opportunity to entertain our customer base whilst also promoting our brand and supporting the Club.”

It must be noted that whilst Steve has his heart with another WAFL Club, perhaps the fact that the 2012 season attracted more patrons to Arena Joondalup than any other WAFL ground encouraged Clipsal by Schneider Electric to jump on board once again!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 7:47 PM

The West Perth 16's Les Fong Development Squad is currently seeking an organised, reliable and motivated individual to join the team. The 16's Les Fong Development Squad Manager is required to complete the following tasks:

     - Attend all training sessions and match days.

     - Mark attendance and absentees at both training and match days.

     - Collect and record all player levy payments.

     - Distribute all playing gear.

     - Be a contact point on game days for players, staff and parents.

     - Liaisa with coaching staff to ensure players who are not playing are utilised (water carriers)

     - Ensure team sheets are filled out correctly on match days.

     - Ensure all match day paperwork is completed to standard and results are sent through to the PDM.

     - Ensure the changeroom is left in a clean and tidy manner.


The team is also seeking a qualified and experienced trainer to oversee training and gameday requirements. Duties for this role will include the following tasks:

     - Imeddiate injury management.

     - Strapping.

     - Injury rehabilitation.

     - Sports Massage

Applicants must posses a Level 1 Sports Trainer Accreditation and experience as a sports trainer is essential.

This position does come with some renumeration.

If you believe you can fulfil either of the positions above or for further information, and are available for training on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00pm-6:00pm as well as game days throughout March and April, please contact Megan O'Mara at the Club on 08 9300 3611 during office hours or alternatively via email on pdm@falconsfc.com.au


Friday, January 4, 2013 - 6:10 PM

Saturday 22nd December saw the West Perth FC Les Fong 16's Development Squad converge on Claytons Beach, Mindarie to be put through their paces before having some time off over the Christmas and New Year period.

The squad were handed over to well equipped martial arts experts Graham McDonnell and Phil Britten from WA Institute of Martial Arts for the next two hours of physical conditioning and team building. Graham and Phil are co-owners of the company and both 4th Degree Black Belts, Graham is accomplished in Zen Do Kai, Muay Thai and Kombatan Arnis aswell as a former WA Middleweight Title holder (Muay Thai). Phil also boasts experience in Zen Do Kai, Muay Thai and Kombatan Arnis and comes with a motivational story associated with football attached to his martial arts expert. In 2002, Phil, a young captain of Kinglsey Football Club was involved in terrorist attacks at Bali's Sari Club. Phil came through the ranks as a West Perth development Squad and Colts player prior to this happening, later in the program, Phil will share some of his experiences with the 16's Squad and staff.

The boys were put through their paces both physically and mentally with coaches and facilitators asking players to continually repeat efforts physically and solve mental problems. Coaching staff were pleased with the way the boys set about working out challenges, the way they put their bodies on the line to ensure their team was able to achieve what they set out to and also the teamwork and leadership on display. Activities included dune sprints, an obstacle course- featuring an army cargo net, stick spins, burpees, tuck jumps, lunges, sand bag dragging/ carrying, kicking under pressure and with opposition, team building activities and a refreshing dip in the water.

The squad will now enjoy a 3 week break before hitting the track again on Thursday 17th January.

Thank you to Graham and Phil from WAIMA for organising and delivering such a quality program for the boys, we look forward to working with you further down the track with this squad.