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ROUND 20 PREVIEW V EAST PERTH

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 4:26 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth might not have the personnel available it would like but the Falcons will throw everything at East Perth at HBF Arena on Saturday with the goal being moving clear once more in fifth position on the WAFL ladder.

The winner of Saturday's Round 20 clash at HBF Arena will take a significant leap towards playing finals in 2017 setting the stage for a terrific contest for those in attendance and then those watching also live on 7mate from 2.30pm.

West Perth comes into the game currently occupying fifth position on the WAFL ladder with an 8-8 record but following last week's 47-point loss to South Fremantle, the Falcons are now vulnerable inside the top five.

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SORE FALCONS PRESENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEXT GENERATION

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 10:14 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's horror injury run is unfortunately showing no sign of improving just yet but there were exciting signs last week in the reserves with Matt Guadagnin getting through a full game and the Falcons could have two debutants Saturday against East Perth.

West Perth came into last Saturday's clash with South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval already missing Michael Lourey, Dean Munns, Scott Nelson, Steve Potente, Joe Morrow, Ben King, Mark Hamilton and Tyson Moulton.

Then in the opening minutes Andrew Strijk injured a hamstring and along the way Nick Rodda, Rudy Riddoch and Kody Manning suffered blows in the 47-point loss that leave them battling to be available this Saturday against East Perth at HBF Arena.

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 19 Q & A

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:06 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth premiership coach Bill Monaghan offered his thoughts on Saturday's 47-point loss to South Fremantle that leaves the Falcons needing to beat East Perth this Saturday at HBF Arena to remain in the WAFL top five.

QUESTION: You appeared to match South Fremantle virtually in every area except the scoreboard, what's your reaction to that game?
ANSWER:
My first reaction is that I'd like to think it's an improvement but the scoreboard says it's identical to the last game. It's hard to argue it's an improvement but if you look at a lot of the statistics around why I think it was an improvement, last time it was 31 scoring shots to 14 and this week it's 26 to 24. Last time we had a negative 30-odd inside-50 count and this week it was negative eight. We were able to compete a lot better but unfortunately the result was the same. Every side has its degree of injuries but given where we were and then losing Andrew in the first quarter clearly didn’t help. We had another couple of issues during the game and whilst blokes were able to play the game out, we had two or three other guys who were battling through and who we might lose as a result next week. Our stocks are starting to get pretty thin. We brought six guys up from the colts into the reserves over the last two weeks and hopefully we'll get some reinforcements back like Ben King, Steve Potente, Mark Hamilton, Dean Munns and Michael Lourey is due to play at some stage in the next week or two. It would be nice to get a few back but with East Perth winning, we are only a game inside the five. But the beauty is we play them now and if we happen to beat them we'll be a good chance of still staying there.

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FALCONS COMPETE HARD BUT CAN'T REDUCE MARGIN ON BULLDOGS

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:06 PM - by Chris Pike
WEST Perth in a largely competitive performance against South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval everywhere but the scoreboard ending up losing to the Bulldogs by 47 points.
 
South Fremantle was able to win by 47 points for the second straight time against West Perth, but it was a vastly more competitive showing all-round from the Falcons except in front of goals.
 
In the end, the Bulldogs kicked 20 goals from 26 scoring shots and the Falcons 11 from 24 and that was the major difference in the contest as South Fremantle went on to win 20.6 (126) to 11.13 (79).
 
Little separated the two teams across the field with both finishing with 307 possessions apiece while South Fremantle managed to take 17 more marks, have 43 more hit outs and eight extra inside-50 entries.
 
It was a sixth straight win overall by South Fremantle this season to improve the Bulldogs to a 13-4 record and remain well clear in second position with just four rounds of the season remaining.
 
It was also a sixth consecutive victory against West Perth with those coming by an average of 53.3 points.
 
Despite the loss, West Perth remains in fifth position but with an 8-8 record to only be one-game ahead of the sixth placed East Perth.
 
West Perth had some strong ball winners and none were better on the field than Shane Nelson. Coming off his 51-possession haul last week against Perth, he had it another 45 times on Saturday against South Fremantle with seven inside-50 entries, five tackles and a goal.
 
Aidan Lynch thrived in the wet conditions too with 32 disposals and six tackles while Aaron Black collected 25 touches, Luke Meadows 21 and ruckman Chris Keunen 16 to go with 33 hit outs.
 
Corey Chalmers had a good impact at half-forward kicking four goals along with 19 possessions and nine tackles. Nick Rodda also kicked three goals despite copping a heavy knock to his jaw.
 
Kody Manning had a good battle with Ben Saunders down back while Blake Wilhelm worked hard to limit Blaine Johnson to just five kicks while having 16 possessions himself.
 
West Perth's day wasn’t helped by losing Andrew Strijk to a hamstring injury in the opening minutes with Ben King, Michael Lourey, Dean Munns, Scott Nelson, Steve Potente, Mark Hamilton and Joe Morrow already sidelined.
 
The signs were ominous early for West Perth with South Fremantle kicking the opening two goals in the first nine minutes thanks to Haiden Schloithe and debutant Matthew Parker as the rain began to fall. West Perth got one back before quarter-time thanks to Brayden Antonio to trail by just the six points at the first change.
 
The Falcons then drew level to start the second quarter with a goal to Rodda. But South Fremantle answered almost immediately with two goals of their own with Cory Dell'Olio and Mason Shaw kicking truly. 
 
Parker soon added his second and when Ben Saunders booted his first of the day in his fascinating battle with Manning, the Bulldogs were threatening to kick away leading by 24 points.
 
West Perth showed some fight to respond with goals to Nelson and Chalmers to get back within 10 points, but Saunders kicked his second and then Jake Florenca his first to put the Bulldogs on top by 24 points at the main break.
 
It took eight minutes for either team to kick a goal in the second half and after three behinds to West Perth, South Fremantle continued the trend of the day by taking its chances while the Falcons weren’t able to. Shaw kicked his second goal to make the margin a game-high 27 points.
 
The Falcons weren’t going away, though, and goals to Chalmers and Rodda had them right back in the game just 16 points behind. But again South Fremantle had the answers with Dell'Olio booting his second and then third in the space of three minutes.
 
West Perth did get one back courtesy of Rodda but the Bulldogs put the game away with four more goals leading into three quarter-time. Kelly kicked truly before Johnson added a couple and Saunders his third as the home team was 39 points up at the last change.
 
West Perth started brightly in the last quarter with three goals in seven minutes to Chalmers, Tyler Keitel and Chalmers. That had the Falcons back within 21 points and a big fightback wasn’t out of the question.
 
It wasn’t to be, though, and South Fremantle kicked the last five goals of the contest through Johnson, Dell'Olio, Parker, Florenca and then Parker again with his fourth in a memorable debut as the Bulldogs cruised to the 47-point victory.
 
The day began at Fremantle Oval with West Perth losing the colts contest with South Fremantle winning 16.11 (107) to 11.6 (72).
 
Dylan Yem kicked three goals to go with 18 possessions and 10 tackles for West Perth with Alec Johnson also booting two majors.
 
Thomas Boyes gathered 20 disposals for the Falcons, Nathan Murray 20, Bailey Chalmers 18 and Thomas Medhat 16.
 
Then in the reserves down at the port, South Fremantle also defeated West Perth 11.7 (73) to 5.11 (41).
 
Patrick Graham kicked two goals for West Perth while Connor West racked up 25 possessions (11 tackles), Broderick Walton 24, Mitch Antonio 19, Conal Lynch 18, Angus Allen 17 (11 tackles), Dylan Campbell 16 and Baylee James 16.
 
Matt Guadagnin was also impressive in his first full game of the season racking up 23 possessions and kicking a goal.
 
West Perth returns to HBF Arena on Saturday needing to beat East Perth to remain in fifth position on the WAFL ladder.
 
WEST PERTH 1.1 4.3 8.8 11.13 (79)
SOUTH FREMANTLE 2.1 8.3 15.5 20.6 (126)
 
WEST PERTH – Goals: Chalmers 4; Rodda 3; Keitel, Nelson, Meadows, Antonio.
Best: Nelson, Lynch, Chalmers, Rodda, Black, Meadows, Wilhelm.
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Dell'Olio, Parker 4; Saunders, Johnson 3; Florenca, Shaw 2; Schloithe, Kelly.
Best: Schloithe, Dell'Olio, Kelly, Higgins, Edwards, Hockey, Parker, Maskos, Pullman.

BULLDOGS CONTINUE TO BE FALCONS NEMESIS

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 11:11 AM - by Darrell Kent

SOUTH Fremantle continued Its recent dominance against West Perth at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday. The Bulldogs defeated the Falcons by 47 points, the same amount as the Round 13 encounter.

In each quarter West Perth made a charge at the home team but on all occasions they steadied to extend their lead at each change. The loss has left the Falcons in a precarious position with a loss to East Perth next week seeing them drop out of the top five for the first time since Round 5. 

Injuries to key playmakers Kody Manning and Andrew Strijk compounded what was a difficult day for the West Perth Football Club.

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ROUND 19 PREVIEW V SOUTH FREMANTLE

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 1:50 AM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth got back to winning last week and consolidated a place in the WAFL top five and now the Falcons can start building some momentum for the finals with a first win in six attempts against South Fremantle on Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

The two teams have already met twice this season with the Bulldogs winning on both occasions ahead of Saturday's contest at the port that pits the second placed South Fremantle against the fifth placed West Perth.

There's plenty on the line for both teams with South Fremantle looking to win and further cement itself in second position whereas a loss will leave the door open for the chasing pack to still try and finish second over the last month of the season.

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FALCONS NEW-LOOK IN ATTACK COULD CONTINUE

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 5:07 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth's forward-line looked the best it has all season with Nick Rodda alongside Tyler Keitel in Saturday's win over Perth and that could just be the different look the Falcons are after trying to stop their recent struggles against South Fremantle.

Kicking goals has been a bit of a concern for West Perth so far in 2017. Not so much getting shots, but the Falcons are the most inaccurate team in the competition and that has potentially cost a handful of victories already.

West Perth has kicked 178.176 for the season and when you throw in the 33 rushed behinds that takes the total score to 178.209 leaving he Falcons as the only team in the WAFL this season going at less than 50 per cent in front of goal.

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BILL GETS GRILLED – BILL MONAGHAN ROUND 18 Q & A

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 9:38 PM - by Chris Pike

WEST Perth premiership coach Bill Monaghan spoke after the Falcons' 53-point win against Perth at Lathlain Park and looks ahead to this Saturday's clash with South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

QUESTION: After about six weeks and four games without a win, it must just be nice to get a win on the board again and sitting two games clear in fifth?
ANSWER:
That's the benefit of winning some games early on. Everyone's been making judgements on our form and that's fair enough because we had lost four in-a-row, but we lost to the three top sides who most people think are going better than most, and we lost in a very ordinary kicking display against Claremont by two points. We haven’t felt as though our form has been terrible but clearly it hasn’t been good enough to win and we are in the business of winning. It was good to get back out there after the players had been challenged to fix a few minor things that have crept into our game and we made some inroads into those. Again we had 36 scoring shots and it would have been nice to sneak a couple more goals in because it's another week where we didn’t kick more goals than points. There has only been four of those all year so it would have been good to have managed that, but we got a couple late which gives us some confidence going forward.

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NELSON, RODDA, KEITEL LIFT FALCONS TO WIN OVER DEMONS

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 1:19 PM - by Chris Pike
CAREER-best hauls of seven and six goals respectively from Tyler Keitel and Nick Rodda, and 51 possessions from Shane Nelson set up West Perth's 53-point victory over Perth on Saturday at Lathlain Park.
 
West Perth came into the game on a four-game losing streak before last week's bye and it took a while to get on top of Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday, but the Falcons did by midway through the second term.
 
That was sparked by Nelson's dominance through the midfield and then with the duo of Rodda and Keitel in attack, and West Perth regained some form and confidence to claim the 18.18 (126) to 11.7 (73) victory.
 
It continued West Perth's dominance over Perth too with the Falcons having now won 13 straight against the Demons and having still not lost on their last 13 visits to Lathlain Park with the last loss way back in 2004.
 
The win also improves West Perth to an 8-7 record on the season to now sit two games clear in fifth position of the chasing Claremont and East Perth.
 
Unfortunately for Perth, it slipped to the bottom of the ladder with the loss as the Demons' percentage fellow below that of East Fremantle's.
 
It was a dominant all-round showing by West Perth finishing with 83 more possessions, 27 more marks, 23 more inside-50 entries and then 36 scoring shots to just 18 in the eventual 53-point triumph.
 
Nelson had a field day in the midfield for West Perth allowed to do as he pleased and taking full advantage racking up 51 possessions, 11 clearances, nine inside 50s, eight marks, five tackles and a goal.
 
West Perth's forward-line functioned well with the two tall targets. Keitel ended up kicking a career-best seven goals from 21 possessions and eight marks. Rodda moved forward after quarter-time and also booted a career-high six goals from 12 disposals and 10 marks.
 
Aaron Black ran hard all day for 36 possessions and six marks on the wing for West Perth while captain Jay van Berlo had a significant impact too with 28 disposals, six marks and six tackles.
 
Aidan Lynch had 25 possessions, Trent Manzone 21, Mitch Peirce 19, Brayden Antonio 19, Luke Meadows 19 and Blake Wilhelm 18.
 
Chris Keunen had his best game of the season in the ruck too with 13 disposals and 30 hit outs.
 
Ben King was rock solid in defence holding Brennan Stack to one goal and four kicks after he kicked seven goals against West Perth back in Round 7.
 
Perth happens to be the highest-scoring first quarter team in the WAFL this season so starts have certainly not been a problem with the Demons and that was again the case against West Perth on Saturday.
 
The Demons kicked the opening goal when captain Clint Jones ran into the open goal square. The Falcons replied through Keitel but then Perth got the immediate response thanks to Kurtis Chester.
 
The teams continued to trade goals the rest of the opening quarter with majors for West Perth to Nelson and Strijk with Perth maintain its lead with goals to Liam McKenna and Kristian Cary with the home team up by four points at quarter-time.
 
West Perth, however, managed to kick consecutive goals to start the second quarter with the first from Rodda and the next two both coming from Keitel for a 16-point advantage that was the biggest game at that stage.
 
The Demons answered with Sam Perkusich kicking the first goal of his seven-game career.
 
But from there it was all West Perth with goals to Antonio and Rodda before half-time with the Falcons leading by 25 points but it could have been more had it not been for seven behinds for the term.
 
West Perth continued its control of the contest to begin the second half with the first two goals to Meadows and Rodda.
 
Perth got a couple of steadiers through Stack and Mitch Henderson to keep things interesting, but the Falcons had the answers in attack and Rodda's fourth goal saw them still in charge by 28 points at the last change. 
 
The Demons did open the last term with a goal from Taran Etto. But the Falcons kicked the next three in a five-minute burst with Keitel kicking the first two of those and then Rodda adding his fifth.
 
Corey Byrne provided some reprieve for Perth at the 16-minute mark with a goal but it couldn’t stop West Perth's momentum with Keitel adding his sixth and seventh late in the piece, Rodda his sixth and then Corey Chalmers another for the 53-point victory. 
 
West Perth's colts began the day in impressive fashion at Lathlain Park beating Perth 12.13 (85) to 8.2 (50).
 
Kurt Monaghan and Lane Sedgwick kicked three goals apiece for West Perth.
 
Dylan Yem racked up 27 possessions for the Falcons, Jamie Dowen 21, Bailey Chalmers 17, Lachlan Sherriffs 17, Thomas Medhat 17, Alec Johnson 16 and ruckman Slade Hawkins 13 to go with 21 hit outs.
 
Perth might have lost the colts and league contests to West Perth at Lathlain Park, but managed a 14.12 (96) to 12.6 (78) win.
 
Mitch Antonio kicked three goals for West Perth with Zac Guadagnin collecting 22 possessions, Angus Allen 20, Broderick Walton 19, Connor West 17 and Rudy Riddoch 17 to go with seven tackles and a goal.
 
Oscar Allen played his first game in the reserves with 13 possessions, five marks and a goal while Matt Guadagnin had nine disposals in the opening half.
 
West Perth looks to snap a five-game losing run against South Fremantle this Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
 
WEST PERTH 3.3 8.10 11.15 18.18 (126)
PERTH 4.1 5.3 8.5 11.7 (73)
 
WEST PERTH – Goals: Keitel 7; Rodda 6; Antonio, Strijk, Meadows, Chalmers, Nelson.
Best: Nelson, Keitel, Rodda, Black, J van Berlo, King, A Lynch.
PERTH – Goals: Etto 2; McKenna, Tropiano, Jones, Stack, Byrne, Cary, Chester, Henderson, Perkusich.
Best: Colledge, Etto, Jones, McKenna, Tropiano, Sinclair.
 

FALCONS GET BACK ON WINNER'S LIST

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:53 AM - by Darrell Kent

West Perth recorded a much needed victory against Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday. They led from early in the second quarter and increased their margin at each change from then on to run out fifty three point winners. Tyler Keitel and Nic Rodda both had a big day in front of goals kicking seven and six goals respectively. It was also pleasing to see the players brought into the game make a real contribution. These included Mitch van Berlo, Brayden Antonio, Max Alexander, Conal Lynch, Mitch Peirce and Riley Hutchinson. Conal Lynch came into the side when Steve Potente was a late withdrawal.

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