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Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:25 PM - by Darrell Kent

It is hard to express the frustration of the Falcons two point loss against Claremont on Saturday. It was a game that was tight all day. West Perth had eight more scoring shots and six more inside fifties but was unable to get the job done. There was no doubting the endeavour of the team but unfortunately the entries into the forward line in a tight last quarter weren’t as efficient as they could have been and as a result West Perth fell short. They kicked two goals seven to only two behinds but this wasn’t enough to overcome the nineteen point three quarter time deficit. The loss saw West Perth slip from third to fifth and will have repercussions for the rest of the year.

Mark Hamilton started in the ruck for West Perth and he kicked the first major. He took possession at a throw in and snapped a clever goal. This took place at the two minute mark but the Tigers replies came shortly after. They went to Alexander Manuel and Matt Guelfi; both players were dangerous forwards all day. Kris Shannon evened things up again at the fifteen minute mark when he intercepted a kick out of defence on fifty. His long kick into the breeze was a beauty. Beau Maister then kicked the first of his three for Claremont to give them back the lead before Aaron Black scored for West Perth. He was on the end of a very good Blake Wilhelm pass and showed his class with a good finish from thirty. The last eight minutes of the quarter belonged to Claremont, however, and they kicked the last two majors. As a result the home team took an eleven point lead into the first break. They led 5.0 (30) to 3.1 (19). It was a high quality term of football.

The high scoring encounter continued in the second quarter. West Perth kicked one goal from four shots and narrowed the margin to two. Corey Chalmers was the goal kicker and he finished from deep in the pocket. Guelfi kicked his second before Tyler Keitel hit the score board for the first of his four. He is in very good form. “Strijky” scored from thirty and the Falcon lead was out to four. The fast paced game continued with a Tiger reply before Luke Meadows took advantage of an opponent’s fumble to score from fifty and a clever Rudy Riddoch tap enabled Tyler Keitel to kick his second. The lead was out to nine, but in what was to become a pattern, Claremont scored the next two. They took a 9.3 (57) to 8.5 (53) lead into the main break. It was a very good game of football that was doing the Tigers’ new facility justice.

Kody Manning, who continues to play very good football across half back, scored the first goal of the third quarter. He scored from fifty after barging through the pack. Tyson Moulton then used the ball very well to hit Tyler Keitel on the chest forty out. He showed his increasing goal kicking confidence by going back and slotting his third to take the lead out to nine. This was at the eleven minute mark but the rest of the quarter belonged to Claremont and this is when they set up their victory. They kicked the last five goals to take a nineteen point lead into the final change. West Perth was unable to stop their run through the middle and they led 14.4 (88) to 10.9 (69).

The challenge was well and truly in front of the Falcons and it was one that they rose to. The goals really dried up and West Perth kicked the only two for the term. The first didn’t come until the twenty minute mark and it was a scrambled fourth major to Tyler Keitel. West Perth had been attacking consistently with little reward for effort. Three minutes later Tyson Moulton showed how dangerous a forward he is when he crumbed the ball to score on his left from thirty. The margin was now only six and the Falcons were full of running. A minute later Kody Manning got the ball out of the middle and it was marked by Andrew Strijk forty five out. His shot at goal hit the post and the Falcons then trailed by five. Two more behinds to Tyler Keitel and Scott Simpson followed to reduce the margin to three. It is hard to explain the tension at the ground at what was a wonderful finish to a top game. At the twenty eight minute mark Corey Chalmers marked fifty out on the boundary. As he went back the siren sounded. His kick went behind and West Perth, after dominating the quarter, had fallen two points short. The 14.6 (90) to 12.16 (88) score line indicated West Perth’s last quarter dominance but the lack of precision going into the forward line was costly.

A place in the five is really on the line now; particularly with games against top side Subiaco and fellow top five side Peel in the next two weeks. Joe Morrow has injured his hand and the unlucky but very talented player is likely to miss a few weeks just as he was running into good form. Kody Manning was once again very good for West Perth. Other good players included Aaron Black, Luke Meadows, Corey Chalmers, Shane Nelson and Dean Munns. The Colts and Reserves both recorded very good victories against teams above them on the premiership table and have increased their chances of playing finals football. A tough one against the ladder leaders, Subiaco, next week. The International Round is a highlight of the year so be at HBF Arena next week in what will be a game full of interest.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 6:55 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's last visit to Claremont Oval was the winning 2013 second semi-final and the Falcons look to repeat that against Claremont this Saturday to retail third position in the WAFL.

With Claremont to potentially enter the top five with a victory and West Perth to remain in third spot with the win it sets the scene for a potentially season-defining contest for both clubs on Saturday at Claremont Oval.

Claremont's season had appeared off the rails prior to the opening of its redeveloped home ground. After starting the season with three straight wins, the Tigers had lost six straight before hosting East Fremantle two weeks ago.

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Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:22 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth coach Bill Monaghan discussed last Saturday's loss to South Fremantle, where the Falcons need to improve and looking ahead to another crucial match with Claremont this Saturday at Claremont Oval.

QUESTION: They again got off to a strong start against you and just left you with too much to do by half-time?
ANSWER: I thought the first quarter for the most part we were competitive, it was the second quarter we were horrific. Everything that we had planned and things that we were doing relatively ok in the first quarter went out the window. We realigned that at half-time, reminded the players of what we had planned and what we had thought would work against South. I think we improved in the second half albeit maybe we were flattered a little bit by South’s kicking on goal. There’s a lot to learn from it. I guess a positive is that last time it was 103 points and this time it’s 40 something so we’re on the right track. There’s an improvement there but we’re obviously disappointed because we genuinely think we can beat anyone if we play our stuff well. We just didn’t do that for long enough periods.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 3:14 PM

THE Falcons Football District has a rapidly growing population with the fastest growing migrant and multicultural demographic in the state. Australian Rules Football is continually being embraced by these new populations.

In celebration, the West Perth Football Club and the Falcons District will host the International Football Festival on Saturday 1 July at HBF Arena, as the Falcons take on the Lions.

West Perth Football Club's league team will play in a special one-off themed Guernsey in Round 15 to embrace the local international community.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 2:41 PM


at HBF Arena (Joondalup), home of the West Perth Football Club

For boys and girls with full coaching and instruction provided

Morning tea and drinks provided

Football inflatables, give-a-ways and more


In addition, all participants will receive a West Perth Football Club replica Guernsey.


Pre-Primary to Year 6's 

1 Day Clinic  

Wednesday 12 July 2017

8:30am - 12:30pm 

only $75.00 

Applications close 12noon Wednesday 5 July 2017 (or when the program is full) - places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment!


Individual applications: if you are registering for our Holiday Clinic as an individual applicant please: 






Team Registrations: as a special offer for Junior Football Teams we are offering a special for Team registrations. Not only will team entries receive $10.00 off per participant you will also be guaranteed to be grouped with your team mates.


1) You must register 5 or more players from the same team

2) Registrations must be supplied on the downloadable team nomination form - not the online registration gateway. 

3) Applications must be received before 12noon Wednesday 5 July (note - registrations will close early if program is full).


Have any questions?


Post: PO Box 448, Joondalup WA 6919 or Fax: (08) 9300-3612

For more information, please call Kathy on (08) 9300 3611 or email


Team Nominations Frequently asked questions:

1) What if have more than 5 or 10 kids?

A: Complete two-three team sheets applications and staple together.


2) How does payment work?

A: A parent in the team or the team manager will need to collect payment on behalf of the team and submit the application and payment as one.


3) Some of our team are already entered- can we still participate in the team discount offer?

A: Yes- call Kathy Monck on 9300-3611 for more information

As a guide please follow the following: We cannot offer fee reduction or discount to those already entered. We can however allow those already entered to be used as a 'counter' to make up numbers for the 5 participant requirement to allow discount for additional members of the same team to register for the clinic. Please list the new entrants at the top of the application form and the existing registrations below with a note they have already registered. Please factor this into Money Collection and payment. We can also provide the guarantee that undergoing this process will ensure they are grouped together on the day.


4) Do they have to be in the same team?

A: Yes


Monday, June 19, 2017 - 3:02 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth again struggled against South Fremantle losing to the Bulldogs for a fifth straight time but the Falcons remain clear in third position and can further consolidate that by bouncing back on Saturday.

The Bulldogs came into the clash with the Falcons having lost three of their last four matches to only be clinging to second position still. 

That spot went on the line at HBF Arena on Saturday with West Perth looking to leapfrog South Fremantle, but once again the Bulldogs showed their recent dominance over the Falcons and their enjoyment of playing at the Joondalup venue.

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Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:55 AM - by Darrell Kent

IF there is one team that West Perth has struggled against in recent years it is South Fremantle. Earlier in the year they inflicted a heavy defeat on the Falcons and leading into Saturday’s game they had won seven of their last 10 encounters at HBF Arena.

On Saturday they continued this dominance when they produced a consistent effort to down the home side by 47 points.

West Perth matched the intensity of the visitors early in the match. South Fremantle kicked the first of the game courtesy of key forward, Ben Saunders. The Falcons' reply came at the 10-minute mark when Tyler Keitel was on the end of some good work by Jay van Berlo. He kicked the first of his four for the day from the square. This tied up the scores but it was as close as West Perth was going to get for the rest of the day. Haiden Schloithe kicked the first of his four soon after and from here the Bulldogs extended the lead. It was a tight quarter of football but South Fremantle had the best of it and as a result they led by 15 at the first break; 3.4 (22) to 1.1 (7).

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Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 2:43 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth has been in terrific form since its last meeting with South Fremantle winning six of seven games and now the Falcons can take second spot from the Bulldogs when they do battle at HBF Arena on Saturday.

The Falcons and Bulldogs come into the contest both having recorded seven victories so far this season with West Perth having a game in hand while South Fremantle currently sits ahead with a far superior percentage.

West Perth also comes into the game on the back of having won six of its last seven games while South Fremantle has lost three of its past four.

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Friday, June 16, 2017 - 6:03 PM - by Blake Wilhelm

THE player columns have been rather quiet of late, so Pikey thought it would be fitting to enlist my help to bring them back to life in 2017.

I will start with a recap of last week, which was a massive week for West Perth Football Club with one of the all-time greats Andrew 'ya can't say that' Strijk playing his 200th game for the club. This is an absolutely outstanding achievement to be able to play such a large number of games for the one club, and I feel honoured that I got to play in the milestone game with him and also help celebrate with a win. Hopefully the bluetack can continue to hold his body together and he can continue to help us win games. 

Whilst the disappointing loss to East Perth the week before was hard to swallow, as a playing group we knew that we play best when we are challenged and had all the confidence in ourselves that we could travel to Steel Blue and get the job done. Which is exactly what we did, and if the majority of our forward line (namely myself) didn't have the "yips" then the scoreboard would have reflected a better picture of how I feel we played on the weekend. 

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Friday, June 16, 2017 - 5:38 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth coach Bill Monaghan gave his thoughts on the crucial win over Swan Districts, Tyler Keitel's exploits up forward, Andrew Strijk's 200th game and looked ahead to this Saturday against South Fremantle at HBF Arena.

QUESTION: It wasn’t always pretty, but it was such a big game that you would be delighted with the final result?
ANSWER: We probably squandered a few opportunities early, think we had 16 scoring shots in the first half to seven. We missed a couple of real easy ones which has been a bit of a pattern for us which is disappointing. We felt 19 points probably wasn’t enough because we knew Swans have been in ripper form so they came hard at us. A couple of times in that last quarter too they hit the lead and we challenged them. We just felt that if we could get a couple in a row and get a bit of space then sometimes when you chase hard all day and you can’t overtake it only takes one or two goals back to back that can take the wind out of their sails. I thought the last five or six minutes we controlled the game and we got two and a half goals up. They got a late one but from the 25-minute mark of the last quarter it looked like we were going to hold on. We’ve shown over the past couple of years and you watch games of footy that if there’s still enough time you got to be wary. I thought the players dug deep for Andrew’s 200th and VB led from the front, especially in the last quarter through his efforts. I thought Lourey looked sharp forward. Blake Wilhelm did a good job on Bennell, Munnsy was again outstanding keeping Ellard to two possessions in the first half. Then he alternated between him and Faulkner in the second half. Kody was fantastic down back. We had good contributors I guess without anyone being outstanding. Lourey kicks three, Tyler four, even Rudy who was in and out of the game finished with a couple. It was a really good team effort. Any success we have as a club is based around us working together as a team and I thought we did that well.

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