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ROUND 18 PREVIEW V PERTH

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 2:27 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth will look to return to the winner's list after the bye this Saturday against Perth at Lathlain Park against a team the Falcons have lost to since 2011 and at a ground they haven’t lost at since 2004.

Perth is back to Lathlain Park to host West Perth but it hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Demons against the Falcons for a long time. 

In fact West Perth has not lost at Lathlain Park since Round 9, 2004 winning 11 of their past 12 trips to the ground with the only hiccup being a draw in Round 9, 2008.

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FALCONS PAY FOR INNACURACY BUT STILL IN FINALS SPOT

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 10:03 AM - by Chris Pike
KICKING eight behinds only in the first half made for a tough afternoon against Peel Thunder in NAIDOC Round on Saturday at HBF Arena but the positive is West Perth remains in the top five and can gear up for a big finish to 2017 after this week's bye.
 
When one teams kicks eight straight goals with their opening eight shots and the other kicks eight behinds, the result is a 40-point lead to the accurate and that was the case at HBF Arena on Saturday.
 
Peel led West Perth 8.0 to 0.8 at half-time as the reigning premiers made their Falcons pay for their inaccuracy in front of goal while taking full rewards for taking their chances.
 
The Thunder went on to kick 16 goals without a miss when they kicked three behinds in the final quarter. The Falcons didn’t kick a goal until the opening minute of the third quarter.
 
While West Perth held its own from that point on including a seven-goal final quarter, the job was too big and Peel cruised to the 16.3 (99) to 9.15 (69) victory.
 
The win is a fourth straight for Peel as the Thunder improve to a 9-5 record on the season to be just a game from second spot and percentage ahead of fourth, but two games clear now of the fifth placed West Perth.
 
The Falcons do remain fifth despite four consecutive losses and with the bye to come this weekend.
 
West Perth ended up kicking nine second half goals and seven in the last quarter with Luke Meadows, Corey Chalmers and Tyler Keitel all booting two apiece. Meadows also racked up 27 possessions to go with eight marks, five inside-50 entries and four tackles.
 
Shane Nelson compiled another 30 possessions for the Falcons after a quieter than usual performance last week in the wet against Subiaco.
 
Trent Manzone gathered 28 disposals for West Perth, Aaron Black 23, Jay van Berlo 21, Blake Wilhelm 16, Steve Potente 16 and Aidan Lynch 16.
 
It took a while for either time to score in perfect conditions at HBF Arena but when they did, it was Peel getting the game's first goal thanks to the returning Harley Balic.
 
Following a couple of West Perth behinds, the Thunder finished the first term strongly with four goals in 10 minutes courtesy of debutant Damon Cramer, Ed Langdon, Cameron Sutcliffe and Jonathon Griffin.
 
That put the Thunder up by 27 points at quarter-time before that became 33 early in the second term with Matt Taberner's first major of the afternoon.
 
West Perth had plenty of chances and were on top in a lot of areas throughout the second quarter, but could only kick five behinds while Peel managed two more goals to Taberner and Zac Dawson to be on top by 40 points at the main break.
 
West Perth finally kicked its first goal of the game less than a minute into the third term when Chalmers ended the drought following eight first half behinds. The Falcons then made it two in succession with Keitel adding another to bring them within 27 points.
 
But they could only manage another three behinds for the quarter with Peel kicking three goals all courtesy of Sutcliffe to remain in control to the tune of 42 points at the last change.
 
The game really opened up in the final quarter and West Perth finally was rewarded for its good efforts up the field on the scoreboard.
 
West Perth kicked seven goals for the last term including a second each for Keitel and Chalmers, two for Meadows and one each to Andrew Strijk, Black and Kody Manning.
 
But Peel did enough to still win by five goals on the back of five goals themselves for the final quarter including four to Taberner and a second to Langdon.
 
The day began at HBF Arena with Peel Thunder's colts beating West Perth 11.11 (77) to 7.7 (49).
 
Rhys Bostock and Kurt Monaghan kicked two goals each for West Perth.
 
Nathan Murray gathered 23 possessions for the Falcons, Connor West 20 (13 tackles), Alec Johnson 19, Thomas Boyes 18 (10 tackles), Oliver Kidd 16 and Graham Richards 16.
 
The reserves contest at HBF Arena saw Peel Thunder also record a 13.10 (88) to 11.14 (80) victory over West Perth.
 
Brayden Antonio kicked four goals for West Perth to go with 17 possessions and five marks. Josh Hatch also kicked two majors.
 
Angus Allen racked up 26 possessions for the Falcons, Mitch Peirce 25, Broderick Walton 18, Max Alexander 17, Nathan Alexandre 17, Riley Hutchinson 15 and Baylee James 15.
 
West Perth now has the Round 17 bye before a clash with Perth at Lathlain Park.
 
WEST PERTH 0.3 0.8 2.12 9.15 (69)
PEEL THUNDER 5.0 8.0 11.0 16.3 (99)
 
WEST PERTH – Goals: Meadows, Chalmers, Keitel 2; Black, Strijk, Manning.
Best: Meadows, Manzone, Nelson, Chalmers, Black, van Berlo.
PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Taberner 6; Sutcliffe 4; Langdon 2; Balic, Griffin, Cramer, Dawson.
Best: Taberner, Sutcliffe, Collins, Balic, Bennell, Matthews, Griffin.

GOALLESS FIRST HALF TELLS THE STORY

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 9:29 AM

FIVE more scoring shots, 25 more inside 50s, a goalless first half and a 30-point loss. They were just some of the facts that Falcons supporters had to come to terms with after the game against Peel at HBF Arena on Saturday.

It was a contest that the Falcons were not in all day after Peel kicked eight goals straight in the first half to eight behinds by the home team. Peel didn’t score their first behind for the day until the 20-minute mark of the fourth quarter and even that was a rushed behind.

This may sound like the ramblings of someone who doesn’t know what to say about what was a hard to understand game of football and, if so, you are right.

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NAIDOC ROUND PREVIEW V PEEL THUNDER

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:50 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth is back at HBF Arena to take on Peel Thunder in the WAFL NAIDOC Round on Saturday with the Falcons looking to replicate its earlier season standout performance against the reigning premiers in Mandurah.

WEST Perth and Peel Thunder both currently sit inside the WAFL top five with just one game between them but the difference between a win and loss will be stark for both on Saturday when they meet at HBF Arena.

West Perth and Peel have a recent of habit of playing some exciting, free-flowing and close encounters and this Saturday could very well be another of those with plenty on the line for both clubs.

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AARON BLACK COLUMN - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 9:52 AM - by Aaron Black

Last week was a tough slog against Subiaco in some pretty interesting conditions. It had rained heavily for a few days and the ground had begun to look more like a swimming pool than a football oval. 

Subiaco are the best contested football side in the competition, and knowing this we knew winning the contested ball stats would be a huge indication of whether we would be able to win the game or not. The conditions had a major impact on this as well, with heavy rain making it contested every single possession contested. 

We started the game off extremely well with the ball pinned inside our forward 50 but unfortunately we couldn't kick a goal, which is becoming far too common in recent weeks. We managed to kick four behinds in the first 15-20 minutes. Showing our dominance early but our inability to score. 

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 15 Q & A

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 8:23 PM - by Matt Barnsley

WEST Perth's longest-serving coach Bill Monaghan discusses a narrow loss to Subiaco in horrible conditions for the International Football Festival at HBF Arena and looks ahead to the NAIDOC Round clash with Peel Thunder back at the Joondalup venue.

QUESTION: For the second straight week you finished full of running and were coming hard at the end, but just couldn’t get that goal to get in front?
ANSWER:
Look last week it was a case of being really inaccurate in front of goals. This week it was a result of the conditions and clearly there was less of a puddle at the end towards the left than the right end of the ground. We unfortunately were kicking into the puddles which didn’t help us in the last quarter. I thought apart from the second quarter our effort was there and we were able to match them in a lot of areas. It's disappointing to come up short, I thought we were a chance to pinch it there for a bit and we got within five points and then a quick turnaround and up the other end it blew out to 11 or whatever it was. Which was disappointing and the players, they didn’t get the reward for the effort. I thought Subiaco were fantastic as well so given the conditions it was a pretty hard fought game.

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LIONS HOLD OFF FALCONS IN WET INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL FESTIVAL

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 6:58 PM - by Chris Pike
THE weather might have put a halt on a lot of the International Football Festival celebrations but it created a tough and brutal affair between West Perth and Subiaco at HBF Arena with the Lions prevailing by 11 points.
 
The conditions that greeted both clubs at HBF Arena might have dampened the attendance and the celebrations for the annual International Football Festival, but it did set the scene for what was always going to be a tight, physical and tense affair between two strong rivals.
 
With rain constantly falling throughout the game and large puddles taking up chunks of the HBF Arena surface, playing any sort of attacking and free-flowing football became impossible. Winning the contested ball and gaining territory any way possible became the name of the game.
 
Subiaco did open an 18-point lead by early in the third quarter and was on top for virtually all the last three quarters, but West Perth never gave up and was within five points late in the contest.
 
But the Lions held strong to come away with the 6.11 (47) to 4.12 (36) victory.
 
Subiaco has now won 12 straight matches since losing to South Fremantle in Round 1 with the Lions moving further clear in top spot.
 
It's a third consecutive loss for West Perth but the Falcons remain in fifth position with a 7-6 record.
 
Luke Meadows worked tirelessly in the midfield for West Perth collecting an equal game-high 28 possessions to go with six tackles.
 
Aidan Lynch made the most of his recall to the league side with an impressive 20 disposals, 12 tackles and an important goal.
 
Kody Manning had a fascinating duel at full-back on Liam Ryan. Manning finished with 19 possessions and six tackles with Ryan kicking two goals from his 10 disposals.
 
Trent Manzone also picked up 21 possessions for the Falcons, Blake Wilhelm 20 and Scott Simpson 17 to go with 31 hit outs and six entries inside the forward 50.
 
Andrew Strijk kicked two of West Perth's four goals for the game to go with 14 possessions and five tackles.
 
Scott Nelson had a strong game down back holding his former colts teammate Liam Baker scoreless and to four kicks while having eight kicks himself including the first goal of his league career.
 
West Perth started strongly in the torrential conditions with the opening five scoring shots of the game. Four of those were behinds before Strijk kicked truly with a clever snap out of congestion to the put the Falcons 10 points up after 12 minutes.
 
Subiaco responded just three minutes later with a goal to Ryan and that would be the last of the goals for the opening term with West Perth up by three points at quarter-time.
 
The conditions certainly were making it difficult for any team to get momentum and with the puddles throughout the ground, even gaining territory was increasingly challenging with the ball going nowhere.
 
But Subiaco managed the only two goals of the second quarter, both courtesy of Corey Adamson who got forward from half-back. The state representative from earlier this year ensured the Lions went into half-time with a 12-point advantage having held West Perth to one goal.
 
Subiaco's lead then appeared a match-winning one in the conditions with a goal to Ben Sokol to open the third term with the Lions leading by 18 points. 
 
But when Strijk added his second, West Perth was back in the contest within two goals and when Scott Nelson earned a holding the ball free-kick against Baker, and he went back to kick his first career goal, the Falcons were within four points.
 
Subiaco's lead was back to seven points by three quarter-time and then 14 when big man Adam Creeper kicked truly eight minutes into the last quarter. 
 
West Perth wouldn’t go away, though, and despite kicking towards the end that was carrying the most water, the Falcons did get back within five points at one stage shortly after a terrific goal from Aidan Lynch that somehow carried almost 50m despite being a rushed effort out of congestion.
 
The quarter went well past 30 minutes and West Perth kept attacking, but it just wasn’t to be and then Subiaco locked away the victory with the game's last goal with Ryan booting his second.
 
It was an early start for the colts for the International Football Festival at HBF Arena on Saturday with Subiaco claiming a 9.6 (60) to 4.8 (32) victory against West Perth.
 
Lane Sedgwick kicked two goals for West Perth with Lachlan Johns and Alec Johnson booting one apiece.
 
Baylee James gathered 25 possessions for the Falcons, Johns 21, Dylan Yem 20, Thomas Boyes 19, Tyrese Miller 17 and Thomas Medhat 17.
 
The reserves clash at HBF Arena on Saturday saw Subiaco kick the only two goals of the last quarter in the atrocious conditions to beat West Perth 6.14 (50) to 6.6 (42).
 
Brayden Antonio kicked two of the six goals for the game for West Perth.
 
Mitch Peirce gathered 24 possessions for the Falcons, Riley Hutchinson 20, Nathan Alexandre 18 and Dylan Campbell 14 to go with 12 tackles. Michael Ashfield had 21 hit outs as well.
 
West Perth is back at HBF Arena next Saturday needing to beat the reigning premiers Peel Thunder to remain in the top five. But Peel will come into the contest on a three-match winning streak.
 
WEST PERTH 1.5 1.6 3.8 4.12 (36)
SUBIACO 1.2 3.6 4.9 6.11 (47)
 
WEST PERTH – Goals: Strijk 2; Scott Nelson, A Lynch.
Best: Meadows, A Lynch, Manning, Strijk, Simpson, Scott Nelson, Manzone.
SUBIACO – Goals: Ryan, Adamson 2; Creeper, Sokol.
Best: Horsley, Creeper, Kitchin, Adamson, Hancock, Cockie, Hoskins.

FALCONS FALL SHORT IN HARD SLOG

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 9:10 AM - by Darrell Kent

SUBIACO beat West Perth by 11 points in Round 3 and they repeated that performance at HBF Arena on Saturday. It would be fair to say that the conditions were vastly different, though. Earlier in the year the sun was shining but this certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday.

Heavy and persistent rain had left the ground with large puddles, particularly at the Perth end, and as a result the game was a real war of attrition. West Perth’s form against the ladder leaders, who have only lost one game for the year, has been very good with them having the opportunity to win both encounters but falling just short on both occasions. At least the ducks who settled into the puddle at the Perth end after the game enjoyed what was a miserable day for football.

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ROUND 15 PREVIEW v SUBIACO

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:45 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth celebrates its annual International Football Festival against Subiaco on Saturday at HBF Arena, but it's the four points that are crucial for the Falcons to remain in the WAFL's top five.

The International Football Festival has become one of the biggest days on the WAFL calendar and another big crowd is expected at the game on Saturday, but that can't detract from the importance of the contest for the Falcons in particular.

West Perth come into the game just clinging to fifth position just the one game clear of Claremont and two ahead of East Perth. A loss on Saturday and a win for the Tigers over Peel and the Falcons will be out of the top five.

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AARON BLACK COLUMN - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:39 PM - by Aaron Black

It’s fair to say it's been a bumpy few weeks for the side as we have won just one game out of our last three defeating Swan Districts three weeks ago and losing more recently to South Fremantle and Claremont. 

We have made strides in a few areas but are disappointingly a long way away from where we would like to be. 

Due to some disappointing and close losses we have given up a great position on the WAFL ladder to now sit fifth in the middle of the pack, making things all the more important in the coming weeks. 

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