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TRIPLE TREAT AS SHANE NELSON WINS BRECKLER MEDAL

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 8:48 PM - by Chris Pike

PROLIFIC midfielder Shane Nelson has cemented himself as an all-time great of the West Perth Football Club winning the Breckler Medal as the fairest and best for a third time at a glittering awards night at Joondalup Resort.

It was a historic night for the West Perth Football Club with not only the celebration of the 2017 WAFL season with the Falcons' league, reserves and colts award winners, but also the introduction of the women's team awards with winners announced from the league, reserves and Youth Girls teams in the Mundella WA Women's Football League.

In the end, the major awards on the night were taken out by Nelson (league fairest and best), Conal Lynch (reserves), Dylan Yem (colts), Laura Pugh (women's league), Ruby Cunningham (women's reserves) and Dana Mullumby (Rogers Cup).

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NELSON AGAIN LEADS WAY FOR FALCONS IN SANDOVER MEDAL

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:12 PM - by Chris Pike

SHANE Nelson has once again led the way for West Perth in the Sandover Medal vote count on Monday night but he couldn’t quite take it out with South Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe winning ahead of teammate Tim Kelly.

Nelson had yet another outstanding season for the Falcons. He played his 100th game along the way and led the league for possessions with 33.2 a game.

That was recognised in the Sandover Medal count on Monday as he led the way for the Falcons with 26 votes.

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FALCONS WELL REPRESENTED IN WAFL.COM.AU TEAM OF THE YEAR

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 2:07 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth again made finals in 2017 and the season of the Falcons has been recognised with four players named in the wafl.com.au Team of the Year as a result.

All four of the West Perth players were selected as part of the starting 18 in the wafl.com.au Team of the Year as well.

Kody Manning was named on a half-back flank, Aaron Black on a wing, Tyler Keitel at full-forward and then the league's leading ball winner Shane Nelson on the ball. 

Each round during the season, a Team of the Round was named on wafl.com.au, with 192 different players named at least once across the 23 weeks, making them eligible for selection in the overall Team of the Year.

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HBF ARENA REDEVELOPMENT SEPTEMBER 2017 UPDATE

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:11 PM

THE project is tracking on schedule, with more milestones achieved in recent weeks.
 
The forecourt area is very close to completion. Grey paving has been laid, magnolia trees planted and benches installed for customers to relax and enjoy the new space.
 
Reticulation of grassed areas is underway and planting is well advanced.
The refurbishment of the Running Bare retail outlet is finished and they are back in trading as normal.
 
The Minister for Sport and Recreation will officially open both facilities in early November. Details on this event will be available soon.
 
FOOTBALL
The football facility is progressing well however the recent weather has affected the timing of some of the external earth works.
 
Roof sheeting is complete and external cladding is progressing well.
 
There's plenty happening 'behind the scenes' with mechanical installation underway and hydraulic and electrical works progressing.
 
The lifts are being installed and tiling and cabinetry manufacture is also happening at the moment.

At this stage the contractor is targeting a practical completion date of 17 October 2017.

BASKETBALL
The basketball facility is complete!
 
The Construction Compliance Certificate was received by the builder on 1 September and Practical Completion is due 15 September - that's this Friday!
 
VenuesWest and Wanneroo Basketball staff will be touring the completed facility in the coming weeks. This will allow everyone to best answer the many queries from customers that are sure to come.

VenuesWest is proud to partner with the City of Joondalup, Department of Finance, West Perth Football Club, Wanneroo Basketball Association and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to deliver these new facilities and infrastructure.
 
VenuesWest also acknowledges the financial support from the State Government, City of Joondalup and LandCorp to deliver this major development.
 
If you have any queries about the redevelopment project please contact Erin Gallagher, Communications Manager at erin.gallagher@venueswest.wa.gov.au

WEST PERTH FOOTBALL CLUB MEMBER’S SURVEY

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:37 PM
DEAR all West Perth Football Club Members, you are invited to participate in this project, which is being conducted as part of the requirements of a unit at Edith Cowan University.
 
The purpose of the project is:
To gain an understanding from members of their current attitudes and customer satisfaction levels towards their membership, club merchandise and match day experience. This data will be used to improve the elements of the club covered in the survey. Suggestions for improvements, made by members, will be considered for future seasons.
 
Please click here to find the questionnaire with the completion date being Friday September 22: https://ecuau.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8nRYaK6gKWOcplr
 
Details about the unit are given below:
SPM3221 Sport Business Planning
Unit Coordinator/Lecturer: Dr Ruth Sibson/Mr Rick Smith
School of Business and Law
Phone: 6304 5600
 
You were selected as a potential participant:
Because you are currently a member of the West Perth FC. Potential participants will be selected from the WPFC membership database. 
 
If you choose to participate in this project you will be asked to:
Complete an anonymous questionnaire which will take approximately two minutes to complete
 
As noted above, this is an anonymous questionnaire. Please ensure that you do not write your name, or any other comments that will make you identifiable, on the attached questionnaire. 
 
The information will be used to complete the requirements for the unit noted above, and only the student(s) and the unit coordinator will have access to the information. At the completion of this unit, all data will be destroyed.   
 
Participation in this project is voluntary. If you choose to participate, you are free to withdraw from further participation at any time without giving a reason and with no negative consequences. There are no risks associated with this research to participants. By completing the questionnaire you are consenting to take part in this research. As such you should read this information letter carefully as it explains fully the intention of this project.
 
If you have any questions or require any further information about the research project, please contact: 
 
Unit Coordinator: 
Dr Ruth Sibson
School of Business
Faculty of Business and Law
Phone: 6304 5600
 
Student researcher:
Rachel Rainford
Phone: 0451100098
 
The Unit Coordinator is responsible for the ethical conduct of this project.  However, if you have any concerns or complaints about the project and wish to talk to an independent person, you may contact:
 
Research Ethics Officer
Phone: (08) 6304 2170
 

ENJOY THE WAFL GRAND FINAL IN STYLE!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:19 PM

DELAWARE North is giving you a once in a lifetime chance to enjoy the last ever WAFL Grand Final at Subiaco Oval in style by watching the action from a fully catered corporate box on Sunday September 24.

Please find attached to this email our WAFL Starter pack and enhancement menu form. The Enhancement items listed will be available to purchase on the day as well as a list of the beverages available.

Please ensure that you note the number of guests attending next to the WAFL Starter Pack.

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FALCONS LOSE TO SWANS TO BRING END TO 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 2:34 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth couldn’t quite finish the job after hitting the front in the last quarter losing the WAFL elimination final to Swan Districts on Sunday at Steel Blue Oval with the Falcons season coming to an end in the process.
 
Swan Districts qualified for the AHG WAFL Finals Series in fourth position but had lost four straight games including a 61-point loss to the lowly East Fremantle last Saturday so it was always going to take something special to turn that around on Sunday.
 
West Perth might not have been in much better form losing seven of 10 games entering the finals too, but the Falcons were a team used to being there come finals time and who appeared better equipped coming into the contest.
 
But there were plenty of reasons to be inspired for those at Swan Districts with Tony Notte celebrating his 200th game, Tallan Ames having announced his retirement and with coach Greg Harding also stepping down after the season having been at the helm since 2011.
 
Then with the added boost provided by stepping out in front of 5637 fans and while there were certainly plenty of West Perth supporters in attendance too, the atmosphere provided by Swans fans is always a unique one.
 
Swan Districts then came out inspired and with the breeze behind them, kicked the only five goals of the first quarter. West Perth responded with the only three of the second term and then the game was up for grabs with Swans eight points up by three quarter-time.
 
West Perth then kicked the first two goals of the last quarter, but Swan Districts responded in style with the next three and that secured the 11.9 (75) to 8.12 (60).
 
The season is over for West Perth with the Falcons having now still not won a final since the 2015 preliminary final against East Perth at HBF Arena. They went on to lose the grand final that year and then both finals of 2016 against South Fremantle and Peel Thunder.
 
Despite being in the contest most of the day and even hitting the front again with the first two goals of the last quarter, West Perth just never seemed to get going or to have the game played on their terms throughout the afternoon.
 
There were still some strong performers, though, and as usual that was led by Shane Nelson who had 36 possessions, eight inside-50 entries and a goal. Aaron Black also amassed 30 touches while captain Jay van Berlo finished with 23 disposals and six tackles.
 
Scott Simpson worked tirelessly in the ruck for the Falcons with 24 possessions, 29 hit outs and six marks virtually taking on Corey Gault and energetic retiring veteran Tallan Ames on his own.
 
Dean Munns did well restricting the influence of David Ellard keeping the Swans skipper to 15 touches for the day. Munns had 12 disposals, four marks and four tackles.
 
Andrew Strijk was lively in attack for West Perth kicking two goals but he unfortunately also kicked five behinds. Michael Lourey also kicked two majors.
 
Steve Potente contributed well with 19 possessions while Blake Wilhelm had 18 disposals and Aidan Lynch 18 touches to go with six tackles and a goal.
 
Despite coming into the game on the back of four straight losses and then a 10-goal defeat to the lowly East Fremantle, Swans came out an inspired outfit with their season on the line. Things got underway with a powerful kick truly by Ricky Cary from outside 50.
 
West Perth then had plenty of opportunities but couldn’t convert and Swans made them pay when Kirk Ugle ran off Andrew Strijk to kick a terrific goal.
 
Jamie Bennell then delivered one of the goals of the season when he ran from the middle of the ground and with no player inside his forward 50, he outrun his West Perth opponents and drilled the goal from 40.
 
Jesse Turner then kicked another and so did the returning Levi Ridley as Swans opened up a commanding 26-point quarter-time advantage.
 
West Perth needed to respond and did starting the second quarter with some crisp ball movement before Luke Meadows swopped and snapped truly for the Falcons' first of the day 45 seconds into the term.
 
Strijk then enjoyed going to the attacking end drilled one on the run from 55 and when he kicked another with a set shot from 50 as well, the margin was just six points and Swans' lead was only seven by half-time.
 
Swans were again kicking with the breeze to start the third term and it paid immediate dividends when Bennell bombed one from just on the edge of the centre square that bounced through to put his team 13 points in front.
 
But West Perth responded with the first goal into the breeze for the day and it was a beauty from Aidan Lynch deep in the pocket. Shane Nelson then soon added another after a strong tackle earned him a holding the ball free-kick on Matt Riggio.
 
A terrific goal on the run in front of the packed outer bank regained the lead for Swan Districts but only briefly with Michael Lourey's first of the day for West Perth drawing scores level once more.
 
But the black-and-whites went into three quarter-time with the eight-point advantage after a late goal from Cary.
 
That had the contest evenly poised with Swans eight points up but the Falcons going towards the scoring end. That looked like giving West Perth the edge when Tyson Moulton and Lourey kicked goals to start the last term and the Falcons were two points in front at the seven-minute mark.
 
Passion and heart counts for a lot, though, and that's what Swans showed in spades with not only their seasons on the line, but the careers of a favourite son and their coach, and with it being the 200th game of another outstanding servant.
 
Small forward Taryce Stewart was well held all day by West Perth's Scott Nelson but he bobbed up for two goals in three minutes to put Swans back on top and then when Clutterbuck delivered his second running goal of the day to cap his best performance with the club, the game was over.
 
Swans went on to claim the 15-point victory and to do it in style in front of their raucous home fans who revelled in the celebrations afterwards with Tony Notte chaired off and then Tallan Ames celebrating as only he can in his final ever game at Bassendean.
 
WEST PERTH 0.5 3.7 6.9 8.12 (60)
SWAN DISTRICTS 5.1 5.2 8.5 11.9 (75)
 
WEST PERTH – Goals: Strijk, Lourey 2; Meadows, Lynch, Shane Nelson, Moulton.
Best: Simpson, Shane Nelson, Black, Munns, van Berlo, Potente, Wilhelm.
SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Bennell, Stewart, Cary, Clutterbuck 2; Ugle, Turner, Ridley.
Best: Crowley, Riggio, Clutterbuck, Taylor, Blight, Watson, Notte.

FALCONS’ SEASON IS OVER

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 2:29 PM - by Darrell Kent

AN inaccurate first quarter was the precursor to a season-ending loss to Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday. West Perth rallied on a number of occasions to hit the front but on the final siren West Perth was 15 points short of Swans. 

As a consequence the Falcons season is over but in the context of the year the fifth placing was a good result and will provide a launching pad for next year.

The first quarter was one in which West Perth received very little reward for effort. They kicked the first score of the match, a behind, before Swans kicked the first goal after receiving a 50m penalty. It went to dangerous forward, Ricky Cary. The Falcons followed with three behinds. Of the first four West Perth scoring shots, three were very kickable and this was to come back and haunt the visitors.

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FALCONS NOW LOOK TO MAKE FINALS IMPACT

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 9:35 AM - by Chris Pike

QUALIFYING for the finals is always the goal any season and it's a good achievement any time it's ticked off and now West Perth coach Bill Monaghan is looking forward to seeing how far the Falcons can go in 2017.

West Perth's form might not have been as strong as hoped to close the season, but the fact remains that the Falcons put in such a strong first half of the year to be in a good position and that by winning 10 games they were deserving of a finals spot ahead of East Perth and Claremont.

In the end as well it was only just over one per cent that West Perth missed out on hosting this Sunday's elimination final against Swan Districts. 

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ELIMINATION FINAL PREVIEW V SWAN DISTRICTS

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 4:50 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth is back in WAFL finals action in 2017 and after having fight hard to be there will be looking to make the most of it starting Sunday in the elimination final against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

Neither team might be entering the AHG WAFL Finals Series in peak form but that will count for little when their seasons go on the line Sunday at the Bassendean venue.

With precious little separating the two teams over the course of the season with both winning 10 games and then Swan Districts only finishing in fourth position with a percentage 1.44 greater than that of West Perth, that says it all about the tightness of the contest that awaits.

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