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FALCONS LOSE TO LIONS BUT STILL A FINALS CHANCE

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 1:35 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth competed hard with Subiaco for three and-a-half quarters on Saturday before suffering an 82-point loss but the Falcons remain a chance to still play finals with a win this week against Claremont at Claremont Oval.
 
Subiaco continues to assert its authority of the rest of the competition now remaining undefeated since the Round 1 loss to South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
 
The Lions have now won their 18 matches since and Saturday's performance was one that was solid against the Falcons for three quarters before they kicked the last eight goals of the contest to blow them away and win 19.14 (128) to 6.10 (46).
 
Subiaco has guaranteed of the minor premiership for 2017 with the 18-1 record with one round to go and the Lions have secured a break in the first week of the finals ahead of hosting the winner of South Fremantle and Peel Thunder in the second semi-final at Leederville Oval.
 
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of reasons for Subiaco's players to continue to perform and most importantly because there is such pressure on for selection among the 22 at the Lions that they all must keep delivering.
 
That is a big factor why there is no sign of a drop off with Subiaco despite that third straight minor premiership being secured as the Lions chase a fourth successive grand final and third premiership in the past four years.
 
As much as the loss was a disappointing one for West Perth with the Falcons having now won just two of their last nine games, they remain in the finals race after Saturday with the other results working in their favour.
 
With Swan Districts losing to Claremont and East Perth going down to Perth, West Perth still has the chance to qualify for the finals with a win against Claremont this Saturday at Claremont Oval.
 
In fact if both Swans and the Royals lose their games in the final round, West Perth could still even finish in fourth position depending on percentage. If Swans win and the Royals lose, West Perth is guaranteed of finishing fifth.
 
But if Swan Districts and East Perth both win on Saturday, West Perth can't make finals no matter what happens against Claremont at Claremont Oval.
 
It was a tough day for West Perth but Shane Nelson worked tirelessly again in the midfield finishing with 29 possessions, nine tackles and eight marks.
 
Trent Manzone continued his strong form as well ending up with 28 disposals, seven inside-50 entries and four marks.
 
Luke Meadows also had it 23 times for the Falcons while laying eight tackles. Corey Chalmers ended up with 21 possessions, Jay van Berlo 19, Aidan Lynch 18 and Kody Manning 18 in his 100th game with West Perth.
 
Scott Simpson worked hard in the ruck for the Falcons with 15 touches, six marks and 40 hit outs while Blake Wilhelm moved into the job on Liam Ryan for most of the afternoon. He did that well and also had 20 possessions and seven marks.
 
Tyler Keitel kicked two goals for the Falcons and Mitch Antonio made his debut finishing with 11 possessions and four marks.
 
Subiaco started well with the first goal after a couple of minutes through Lachlan Delahunty but West Perth soon steadied. Tyson Moulton kicked the Falcons' first goal but they had a host of other good chances they failed to convert.
 
Up the other end, Subiaco did kick straight with goals to Ben Sokol, Liam Ryan, Brad Stevenson and Sokol again to lead by 22 points before a goal to West Perth just before quarter-time to Tyler Keitel.
 
The Falcons had matched the Lions in virtually all areas in the first term but it was the same old story with Subiaco leading having kicked 5.2 to West Perth's 2.5.
 
The Lions then had the advantage of the breeze in the third quarter and held the Falcons scoreless while kicking three goals themselves. Two of them went to Sokol and the other Delahunty with Subiaco in control leading by 37 points at the long break.
 
Aidan Lynch kicked an early third quarter goal and the Falcons also kicked the next goal of the term thanks to captain Jay van Berlo after a 50m penalty to make the margin 24 points.
 
But the Lions steadied with the last three goals of the term courtesy of Kyle Halligan, Ryan and Adam Creeper to be 42 points up at the last change.
 
It took just 45 seconds of the last term for West Perth to kick its fifth of the day through Keitel. Andrew Strijk added the next at the nine-minute mark but the Falcons would only manage one behind the rest of the way.
 
In the meantime, Subiaco piled on eight goals in the space of 14 minutes with Halligan booting three of them, Sokol two more, Delahunty his third with Leigh Kitchin and even defender Declan Jackson also finding the major opening.
 
West Perth's colts opened the day at Leederville Oval beating Subiaco 12.9 (81) to 8.10 (58).
 
Dylan Yem kicked four goals for West Perth as did Tyrese Miller to go with 16 possessions and five marks. Alec Johnson also kicked two goals.
 
Lachlan Johns racked up 27 possessions for the Falcons, Nathan Murray 27, Thomas Medhat 19, Bailey Chalmers 19 and Thomas Boyes 15 to go with 11 tackles.
 
Then in the reserves contest at Leederville Oval, Subiaco took out a big 20.9 (129) to 5.10 (40) victory against West Perth.
 
Jacob Turner kicked two of West Perth's five goals for the contest.
 
Broderick Walton continued to press his claims for a league call up with 26 possessions, eight marks and a goal while Mitch Peirce also had 25 disposals for the Falcons, Martin Geraghty 19, Conal Lynch 18, Zac Guadagnin 18, Steve Potente 16 and ruckman Chris Keunen 16 along with four marks, 37 hit outs and a goal.
 
West Perth has to beat Claremont at Claremont Oval to be any hope of still playing finals in 2017.
 
WEST PERTH 2.5 2.5 4.9 6.10 (46)
SUBIACO 5.2 8.6 11.9 19.14 (128)
 
WEST PERTH – Goals: Keitel 2; Strijk, van Berlo, Lynch, Moulton.
Best: Manzone, Wilhelm, Simpson, Nelson, Meadows.
SUBIACO – Goals: Sokol 6; Halligan 4; Delahunty 3; Ryan 2; Creeper, Parry, Stevenson, Kitchin.
Best: Kitchin, Delahunty, Sokol, Hoskins, Powell, Adamson, Jackson, Twomey. 

VALE BRIAN HUMPHRIES

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 4:07 PM

THE West Perth Football Club was saddened to learn that 1951 premiership member 100-game game player Brian Humphries passed away last week aged 83.

As a 17-year-old, Humphries made his league debut at West Perth in 1951 and would go on to line-up on the wing in the premiership triumph with the Cardinals of that same year.

He would go on to play with West Perth until the end of 1955 racking up 102 games in the process.

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OUTCLASSED BUT STILL IN THE HUNT

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 2:18 PM - by Darrell Kent

WEST Perth was competitive against Subiaco until the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter. At different times during the game the Falcons challenged the home team to close the gap and appear a winning chance but they had no answer for the Lions late in the game as they piled on the last eight goals. 

The loss should have been the end of the Falcons finals chances but Perth’s defeat of East Perth has left the door ajar for West Perth to claim a finals spot. There are a few ifs involved though. If West Perth beat Claremont and Subiaco defeat East Perth then the Falcons will play finals football. A Swan Districts loss to East Fremantle also could see West Perth advance depending on percentage. If Claremont beat West Perth the Tigers are a chance to prolong their season. So it is fair to say that the last week of fixtures is going to be a beauty.

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ROUND 22 PREVIEW V SUBIACO

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 4:16 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth heads to Leederville Oval on Saturday with the task of ending Subiaco's winning streak at 17 and keeping its own finals hopes alive in the process for the 2017 WAFL season.

The two teams have built up quite the rivalry that has continued in recent years including in the 2015 grand final and so far this season even though Subiaco has beaten West Perth twice, the Falcons have done the best out of any side against the Lions.

Subiaco comes into Saturday's game at Leederville Oval on a 17-game winning streak and that includes wins over West Perth in Round 3 at HBF Arena and also back at the Joondalup venue in Round 15.

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FALCONS FAVOURITE HARD MAN REACHES 100 GAMES

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:22 AM - by Chris Pike

KODY Manning lives and breathes for the West Perth Football Club and no player is more inspirational or puts his body on the line more than the premiership player as he prepares for his 100th game at the Falcons on Saturday.

Manning remains the standout player in the WAFL who can inspire his team through his physicality and that's not to say he isn’t fair and doesn’t have a lot of other strings to his bow.

The 2013 premiership player simply plays in a style where he thrives on the physical contact and whether that means he lays a big bump, puts on a crunching tackle or bursts through a contest or a pack, he just goes about his football in a way that you rarely see in the modern day.

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NOT QUITE THE DREAM RETURN FOR FALCONS FAVOURITE SON

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 1:01 PM - by Chris Pike

ONE of West Perth's favourite sons returned for his first game in over two years on Saturday and while Matt Guadagnin's comeback didn’t turn out how everyone hoped, coach Bill Monaghan is glad he made it back out there no matter what happens from here.

Guadagnin initially injured his knee back in Round 16, 2015 when he was in the middle of another outstanding season in the West Perth midfield and was a key contributor in the Falcons being near the top of the ladder and ending up playing off in the grand final of that year.

He underwent the second knee reconstruction of his career but he wasn’t about to let it be the end for him. The 2013 premiership star returned late last season for a couple of reserves appearances desperate to push for a league spot come finals time.

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 21 Q & A

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:44 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's longest serving coach Bill Monaghan spoke following Saturday's win against East Fremantle that kept the Falcons in the 2017 WAFL finals hunt and looked to this Saturday's clash with the league-leading Subiaco at Leederville Oval.

QUESTION: It was scrappy but in the end you just needed to find a way to win to keep your season alive and you did that?
ANSWER:
Our third quarter was great but it was an ugly, ugly against a side that is sitting towards the bottom of the ladder and who have struggled to win in the second half of the year. The good thing for us is that confidence and belief has been really down, and we know that if we play like that against better teams that we will struggle, but the fact is the players are feeling better after a win. It keeps our finals hopes alive even though they are slim given East Perth had another good win and the fact that we have the top side next week. With Swans losing though, they finish against Claremont and East Fremantle and we are only a game behind them. Our percentage is about the same as theirs so that gives us a couple of options to go in but we have the big road block of having to play Subiaco. All we can do is go out, try our best and try to play the style of footy we want and if we're good enough to win then we'll win. It's not as if we haven’t been trying and striving to find ways to win, but things had been conspiring against us and we hadn’t been doing things extremely well. This was a step in the right direction but we're still a way off where we need to be.

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FALCONS BEAT SHARKS TO KEEP SEASON ALIVE

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 11:07 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth did enough to beat East Fremantle by 13 points at HBF Arena on Saturday on the back of a strong third quarter to see the Falcons remain in the WAFL finals race with two rounds remaining.
 
West Perth had to overcome a goalless first quarter and a one-goal first half with East Fremantle leading by as much as 24 points at HBF Arena on Saturday, but with the Falcons' season on the line they found a way to win.
 
On the back of some impressive football in the third quarter where West Perth kicked five goals to no score, it was enough to set up the crucial 8.15 (63) to 7.8 (50) victory. 
 
The win might not have been overly impressive by the Falcons but it was the four points that mattered to keep them in the finals race.
 
The victory improves West Perth to a 9-9 record on the season to remain just percentage behind the fifth placed East Perth. 
 
They are also just a game behind the fourth placed Swan Districts with a similar percentage with two rounds of the season remaining so there might still be two teams the Falcons are capable of replacing if they hope to play finals again in 2017.
 
It was a competitive performance again from East Fremantle who has had a significantly improved second half of the season compared to the first. The Sharks only losing to the Falcons by 13 points keeps them off the bottom of the ladder with their percentage remaining above that of Perth's.
 
West Perth welcomed back some important players who helped in the return to the winner's list with Andrew Strijk a strong contributor off half-back with 24 possessions and a trademark long-range goal.
 
Kody Manning was his usual hard-at-it self down back in his 99th game with 22 disposals and five tackles while Michael Lourey spent time in defence to free up Nick Rodda to play forward. Mark Hamilton also did a strong defensive job on East Fremantle big man Cameron Symonds.
 
The other return for the Falcons was the comeback of 192-game premiership winning on-baller Matt Guadagnin. It was his first league appearance since injuring his knee in Round 16, 2015. But he injured a hamstring before half-time to make his return bittersweet.
 
Tyler Keitel did end up kicking three goals for West Perth from 16 possessions and 12 marks. 
 
Shane Nelson racked up another 34 disposals in the midfield while Aaron Black amassed 29 touches, Corey Chalmers 28, Trent Manzone 28, Luke Meadows 23 and Aidan Lynch 19 to go with eight tackles.
 
Scott Simpson battled hard in the ruck for 13 touches and 26 hit outs.
 
The first quarter sure wasn’t anything to write home about from either side. There wasn’t a lot of reason for it either with only a slight breeze at HBF Arena and there was no rain falling despite some wet patches still on the ground.
 
East Fremantle kicked the only goal of a forgettable opening quarter thanks to Jack Perham while West Perth continued its trend of the season of struggling in front of goal. The Falcons kicked five behinds in the first quarter including several relatively easy shots.
 
East Fremantle then threatened to kick away during the second quarter with the opening two goals from Matthew Watson and Tom Marshall to open a 13-point advantage.
 
West Perth eventually kicked its first goal of the game at the 16-minute mark of the second term with Nathan Alexandre kicking the first major of his league career.
 
That would remain the Falcons' only major of the opening half, though, with the Sharks kicking two more goals before half-time thanks to Jayden Schofield and Cameron Symonds to be in control by 18 points at the main break.
 
West Perth's season was teetering on the edge at half-time and a loss to East Fremantle would be fatal to its finals hopes. As a result the Falcons responded well in the third quarter kicking the only five goals.
 
They kicked five behinds as well so the damage could have been greater still. But the goals from Tyler Keitel, Blake Wilhelm, Keitel again, Andrew Strijk and Nick Rodda all helped West Perth open a 17-point lead by three quarter-time.
 
Keitel did well to take two of his chances after three behinds in the first half while Wilhelm's goal was a perfect crumbing effort as he got to the fall of the ball and snapped truly. Strijk nailed a trademark long bomb on the breeze and Rodda also marked strongly and kicked truly.
 
It was two goals apiece in the last quarter with West Perth going on to record the important yet unspectacular win. But the 13-point defeat was enough to keep East Fremantle off the bottom of the ladder.
 
The day's action began at HBF Arena with the colts contest that saw the league-leading East Fremantle beat West Perth 11.13 (79) to 4.6 (30).
 
Dylan Yem kicked two goals for West Perth to go with 17 possessions, five marks and four tackles.
 
Daniel Rowe gathered 22 disposals for the Falcons, Thomas Boyes 18, Tyrese Miller 18, Thomas Medhat 16 and Nathan Murray 16.
 
West Perth's reserves then held on for a thrilling 10.6 (66) to 9.10 (64) victory against East Fremantle at HBF Arena.
 
Mitch Antonio was a dominant presence for the Falcons with 33 possessions, 11 marks and four goals. Tom O'Brien also booted two goals.
 
Conal Lynch picked up 24 disposals for West Perth, Dean Munns 20, Joel Horgan 18, Broderick Walton 18, Dylan Campbell 17, Angus Allen 16, Josh Hatch 15, Baylee James 15, Rudy Riddoch 15 and ruckman Chris Keunen 15 to go with 42 hit outs.
 
West Perth is a chance to return to the top five if able to defeat Subiaco this Saturday at Leederville Oval before the Falcons finish the home and away season against Claremont at Claremont Oval.
 
WEST PERTH 0.5 1.8 6.13 8.15 (63)
EAST FREMANTLE 1.0 5.2 5.2 7.8 (50)
 
WEST PERTH – Goals: Keitel 3; Alexandre, Rodda, Wilhelm, Strijk, Antonio.
Best: Manzone, Nelson, Keitel, Chalmers, Manning, Black, Hamilton, Strijk.
EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: McNamara, Perham, Marsh, Schofield, Watson, Symonds, Marshall.
Best: Marsh, Anthony, Watson, McNamara, Crichton, Schofield, Harrold.

FALCONS GET THE JOB DONE

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 4:11 PM - by Darrell Kent

IT wasn’t a pretty game to watch and West Perth struggled to hit the scoreboard for three of the four quarters but they still did enough to record a victory over East Fremantle. The most important aspect of the 13-point victory is that it keeps the Falcons in the hunt for a finals berth.

West Perth kicked to the Perth end of the ground in the first quarter. This was to be the scoring end even with a fairly large puddle at the top of the goal square. Despite this, it was East Fremantle who kicked the first goal, and their only score for the quarter, at the two-minute mark. 

The rest of the quarter was dominated by the Falcons as was shown by the 17 to four inside-50 count. But the ability to finish accurately was once again a problem. West Perth managed only five behinds and as a result trailed by a point at the first change; 1.0 (6) to 0.5 (5).

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RADIO EDGE TEAMS WITH WEST PERTH FOR FALCONS RADIO

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 4:01 PM

RADIO Edge has entered the WAFL set up this season broadcasting matches each round and now has expanded that to form an exciting new partnership with the West Perth Football Club.

Sporting clubs have something very powerful that businesses dream of.

They have 'fans'. Every business works towards going beyond having clients and customers and turning them into raving advocates for their brand. It rarely happens.

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