Patersons Wealth Management West Perth AFL Players Panel Lunch & Auction

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 2:11 PM

Join us and some of our AFL Players in a panel discussion while enjoying a superb lunch and auction supporting the Falcons Fighting Fund. 

Ticket includes: 

  • Multi-course seated lunch
  • Beer, wine, sparkling, cider & soft drink beverage package
  • Opportunity to bid on unique sporting memorabilia & auction items
  • MC entertainment
  • West Perth AFL players panel discussion
  • Only $195 - on sale now! 

For more information call: 9300 3611

Purchase tickets: https://shop.westperthfc.com.au/productDetails/715 

Falcons never in the hunt

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:23 AM

By Darrell Kent

You only have to be off your game a little against the ladder leading Subiaco to not have a good day. This was the case at Arena Joondalup on Saturday when the Lions dominated from the outset and eventually ran out forty seven point winners. West Perth tried hard but lacked the polish of the visitors and as a result struggled to hit the scoreboard, only scoring three majors in the first three quarters.

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Falcons fall just short - Darrell Kent

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 10:23 AM

By Darrell Kent

It would be fair to say that it was a cold and miserable day at Fremantle Oval on Saturday and this was reinforced by the narrow five point loss suffered by the Falcons. It was West Perth’s first defeat after having won their last three games. The highlight of the day for Falcons supporters was the 200th West Perth WAFL appearance by big man, Chris Keunen. This is a tremendous achievement and one that he and his family can be proud of. He battled hard all day and contributed strongly to the West Perth effort.

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How you can help!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Fight for the Falcons! Watch this video and find out from Dennis Cometti how to give now toward the Falcons' survival! #FightfortheFalcons #HeartBeatsTrue

How can you support the Club at this time?

There will be several ways our supporters and members can assist the Club at this time, including:

  • Buy a membership to the Club;
  • Support home game match days and upcoming Club events;
  • Make donations to the Club either by post, direct debit OR online. All donations should be made payable to either:

WPFC Past Players and Officials Association (Bank West, BSB 306 035, A/C 4197315)

WPFC Life Members Association (Bankwest, BSB 306 058, A/C 4197363)

Online donations: https://shop.westperthfc.com.au/categoryProducts/92

 

 

FINANCIAL POSITION - Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 3:38 PM

 

West Perth Football Club Inc (Administrators Appointed)
ABN 92 978 459 481

 

Frequently Asked Questions

This document provides an overview of proposed responses to general queries that may be raised relating to the Voluntary Administration process.

Q. What has happened?

On 24 July 2018, the board of WPFC resolved to appoint Voluntary Administrators. The Administrators are Richard Tucker and John Bumbak from KordaMentha.

Q. Why has this happened?

Over the last several months, the Board and Management of the Club have been working tirelessly to address the Club’s financial position. This has involved a comprehensive review of the financial options available to the Club and has involved numerous key stakeholders, including the West Australian Football Commission.

Having considered all its options, the Board formed the view that the Voluntary Administration process was its most effective solution to restructure the Club’s balance sheet and to put the Club back on a strong financial footing to underpin its long-term future.

Q. What does Voluntary Administration mean?

The objective of the Voluntary Administration process is to restructure the financial affairs of the Club in a way that will see the Club emerge as a long term, viable business. It is a well regarded and widely used process in Australia. KordaMentha are highly experienced in these circumstances.

Q. What is the process?

The process is swift and efficient. It will go for about a month. During that time, there are required to be 2 meetings of creditors:

  1. a first meeting on Friday 3 August which is more of an information meeting
  2. a second meeting on Tuesday 28 August. This is an important meeting where creditors of the Club will vote on the future of the Club. The Club’s future will be decided by creditors.

About a week prior to that second meeting, the Administrators will provide a report to creditors that will outline their recommendation for the future of the Club. The Club’s plan is to present a proposal to the Administrators aimed at fixing the Club’s financial position. That proposal is currently being worked on. Full details of that final proposal will be included in the Administrators’ report.

Q. What will happen during this process?

During the process, no changes are expected to be made to the way the Club is run. Wages and salaries will continue to be paid. Over the next month, it will also be business as usual on the field. We have an important month ahead of us as we head into the Finals, and we encourage everyone to continue supporting the Club and joining us in our remaining rounds of season 2018.

Q. What can members/supporters do?

The Falcons are the oldest and proudest Australian Rules football club in Western Australia. To our members, our sponsors, our players, our coaching staff, our support staff, and our administration staff, we thank you for all of your loyalty and support so far. We are confident that this process will best place the Club to continue for another 130 years. Please continue to support us as we embark on this process.

Q. Can members attend the 2 creditors’ meetings and also vote?

No. The Administration process is for creditors only.

Q. How in-debt is the Club?

Current financial commitments are approximately $790,000. The Administrators are presently reviewing the Club’s financial position as part of the Administration process.

Q. What will happen to the Club if the Administration is not successful?

We are confident that WPFC will be successfully restructured during this process.

Q. What is the WA Football Commission doing?

The Commission has been very supportive and continues to be. The Board have maintained open dialogue with the Commission. The Commission values every football club in WA and are working with us to secure a future for the Club.

Q. Will the Club lose their place on the ladder or be penalised points?

No. During this process, it is business as usual.

Q. What will happen to the Club’s scouting and recruiting for the next season and generation of players?

It is continuing as usual during this process.

Q. What will happen to the Club’s sponsors?

We are talking with all our key sponsors to explain the process we’re going through. Ongoing sponsorship support is key to the Club. The Club intends to maintain all sponsorship agreements going forward, and importantly secure new ones to underpin the Club’s future.

Q. How much is the Voluntary Administration process going to cost the Club?

This information will be provided to creditors in the coming days, when the Administrators will post documentation to all creditors.

Q. Who do I contact with queries?

All queries can be directed to the Club, and we will involve the Administrators as required

Q. How can I support the Club at this time?

There will be several ways our supporters and members can assist the Club at this time, including:

  1. Buy a membership to the Club;
  2. Support home game match days and upcoming Club events;
  3. Make donations to the Club either by post or direct debit. All donations should be made payable to either:

WPFC Past Players and Officials Association (Bank West, BSB 306 035, A/C 4197315)

WPFC Life Members Association (Bankwest, BSB 306 058, A/C 4197363)

FINANCIAL POSITION MEETING - MEMBER ATTENDANCE REQUIRED

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Dear Members,

RE: FINANCIAL POSITION MEETING – MEMBER ATTENDANCE REQUIRED

As you may be aware from recent media reports the Club is currently facing a serious financial situation and is currently working through various options to solidify its position with its creditors and the WAFC. Based on discussions with the board of the WAFC and independent finance professionals, the Club is now at a point where it has decided a course of action to address its financial position and allow it to emerge as a long term, viable business.

Over the last few months your board and management team have been working diligently to assess the extent of the situation and to explore the various options the Club may take to move forward. Given the serious implications of the decision taken by the board, a member forum to outline the situation will be convened at the club.

To this end your attendance would be welcomed where the board will give a presentation outlining the current situation, the decision made and the strategies to be adopted to ensure the financial strength of the West Perth Football Club going forward.
 

Event Details

Date:      Thursday 26th July, 6pm sharp

Venue:   Clubrooms, Joondalup

RSVP:    Please let us know if you’re attending by emailing reception@falconsfc.com.au
 

Admittance will be for current financial members only.
 

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Scott Ballem,

President, West Perth Football Club

FALCONS DOMINATE SWANS TO RISE TO SECOND SPOT

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth continued its impressive form dominating Swan Districts to win by 90 points at Joondalup Arena on Saturday to improve to second position on the WAFL ladder after 16 rounds.
 
West Perth and Swan Districts have become fascinating WAFL rivals over the past 15 years, but Saturday at Joondalup Arena wasn’t another chapter in that with the Falcons continuing their impressive form and Swans continuing to struggle.
 
The Falcons delivered a dominant performance at home to Swans on Saturday to record their second win against the black-and-whites in 2018 on the back of losing last year's elimination final at Steel Blue Oval. Read More ...

ROUND 16 PREVIEW V SWAN DISTRICTS

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 3:14 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth is back after the bye to tackle the struggling Swan Districts at Joondalup Arena on Saturday with the Falcons out to further secure third position and keep their top two dreams alive in 2018.

West Perth and Swan Districts lock horns at Joondalup Arena on Saturday in a contest crucial to both with the Falcons trying to further consolidate third position and stay in touch of second while Swans just need to find a way to snap a losing run and keep their finals hopes alive.

West Perth had the bye last weekend and comes into the Round 16 contest in third position on the WAFL ladder with an 8-5 record to be just a game behind the second placed South Fremantle and two ahead of the fourth placed Perth.

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A Luncheon in Memory of Carol Bick - 28 July

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Carol Bick was the Mum of the West Perth Football Club for the best part of 40 years. If you played for West Perth you were, and would always be, one of ‘her boys.’

From the time the club moved to Joondalup, she sat in the same seat in our grandstand right above the player’s race. At every home game she would be cheering for “her boys” from the time the colts started at 9am until the league team left the field at 5pm. She made it her business to know every player who took the field in every grade, because it meant a lot to her to make each of them feel important. However, where she sat in the grandstand was exposed to the elements. When asked why she sat there, she said that she wanted the sight of her applauding them to be the last thing the players saw, win or lose, as they left the ground. She wanted them to know they had her unconditional support.

A cup of tea or a piece of cake were always on offer if you were in the vicinity of Carol. Over the years there was a regular group that sat with her. Some were parents or partners of players, some were passionate members and supporters. Many of these people have their own children now and a trip to the footy meant there would always be a special treat from Carol. She looked forward to seeing the little ones and made sure she contributed to making it a great day for them.

Carol would always tell it like it was, whether you wanted to hear it or not. She would push you to be your best and tell you if you weren’t. But at the end of it all, she would always wrap an arm around you and tell you she loved you.

Carol never played a game for West Perth. She never coached a team or held an official title. But the contribution she made to our club was enormous, her passion for the club was infectious and her impact on our culture was immeasurable.

Carol will forever be remembered by our club and now the onus is on each of us to carry forward Carol’s legacy of caring for everyone within the family.

To recognise just how important, she was to us, our home game on Saturday 28 July will be a tribute day promoted as Carol’s Day. Our luncheon will be dedicated to Carol and her family and before the game we are inviting anyone who loved Carol to join us on the oval to welcome the players onto the field.

And for one last time, the team will enter the arena through the old player’s race. Right in front of where Carol would have been sitting.

If you were one of “Carol’s boys” or just someone who has been touched by her kindness, we ask that you come along and celebrate the wonderful life of Carol Bick with her friends and family.

 

WEST PERTH FINANCIAL STATEMENT

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The West Perth Football Club is today providing a media statement in response to an article in The West Australian. We want to reassure our members, our supporters and all those who contribute to the Club that we are continuing to operate as usual and our focus is on ensuring our long-term financial sustainability.

West Perth has been a crucial part of the WAFL competition for more than 130 years, and we will continue to be so. Our supporters are one of our greatest assets and we encourage you to show that support by coming along to our last five round matches and cheer on our playing group as we head towards the finals series.

Media Statement

At the instigation of the President and CEO a complete, thorough and independent review of the Club’s finances from 2012 through to the end of the 2017 year (31/10/2017) has been undertaken. The result has been the discovery of significant creditors.

As a result, the Club has advised the WAFC and has implemented a suite of corporate governance policies and control procedures designed to prevent a reoccurrence of what has transpired. The WAFC has been fully supportive of the Board in this process.

“The West Perth Football Club is a proud, historic club and we are planning for a long and successful future; but we are currently experiencing financial difficulties.”

“Through the independent review, we now understand that our current financial position has come about over a number of years. To correct the position and stabilise the Club there has been a reduction of the long outstanding debt; however, this is placing a strain on the Club’s finances.”

“The transition to our new facility will provide a positive commercial opportunity for the Club, and we are now seeing growth in the business being generated through the function centre, which we expect will continue to grow, and will be cash positive for the Club’s finances.

“We understand the West Australian Football Commission regards West Perth as an important Club in the WAFL competition and as such, we have been working with the Commission to reach a position whereby they can support the Club to meet its financial obligations. What that support could be is still being explored. We certainly appreciate the advice and support the Commission has shown the Club during this period.

“I am confident that, through the support of the WAFC, the people who are delivering our new revenue growth strategy, and our members and supporters, the Club will be in a sound financial position.”

Scott Ballem

President, West Perth Football Club

 

Media enquiries to:

Linda Hamersley

Chief Executive Officer, West Perth Football Club

linda@falconsfc.com.au

0413 412 737