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English wins Jack Clarke Medal, daylight second

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 9:31 AM

Young midfielder Luke English on Wednesday night took home the 2017 Jack Clarke Medal as the WAFL's best-and-fairest colt.

English (53 votes) took home the medal in convincing fashion, finishing 22 votes clear of Claremont's Jack Lewsey (31 votes) in second.

What's more frightening than English's 22 vote win is the fact that he played the entire 2017 season as a 16-year-old and is eligible to play colts for another two years.

English averaged 25 possessions and five tackles a game in 2017, and collected 30 disposals or over on eight occassions. He polled votes in 15 of his 19 games.

To cap off a memorable night for the 179cm midfielder, he also took home the Colts Coaches Award as the competition's most valuable player voted by the coaches and was named in the 2017 colts team of the year.

Perth Football Operations Manager Dale Ballantyne said English's hard work was rewarded last night.

"He had a taste of colts footy towards the end of 2016 as a back pocket," Ballantyne said.

"He took it upon himself to have a big preseason so he could work his way in to the midfield, which he was able to do and do well."

Ballantyne said English would be invited to do a senior preseason over the summer.

"Luke will be invited down but we won't rush him," Ballantyne said.

"If he's ready, he'll be managed through a senior preseaon but that's something we need to sit down with him and discuss."

English also took home the Jack Ensor Medal as Perth's best and fairest colt on Friday night with 132 votes.

Caelen Bennell (96 votes) and Maverick Hamilton (84 votes) rounded out the top three.

 

Milton Milloy joins Perth board

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Junior Vice President of the WA Country Football League Milton Milloy is the newest member of the Club's board after being appointed as Director of Country Football.

Milloy brings with him an extensive history in country football dating back to the 1970s.

Leadership:

  • President Morawa Football Club two years
  • President NMFL junior council three years
  • Chairman Midwest (Geraldton) RFDC for three years
  • Vice Chairman Midlands RFDC 4 years 2010-2013
  • Chairman Midlands RFDC 2014/17
  • Chairman Midlands regional future directions document 2009
  • Level 2 coach coaching all levels U12s – country week NMFL senior coach
  • Perth country (Robert Wiley) development squad past eleven (11) years.
  • Co Author WACFL Governance Charter
  • Coached Morawa league 1995/96/97 and 2013
  • Junior Vice President WACFL 2014/17

Football Experience:

  • Played all his football for Morawa 1972 to 1983
  • Involved in administration and coaching since 1982
  • 19 years’ involvement with Midwest/Midlands RFDCs
  • Delegate on Midlands RFDC past 13 years
  • Morawa club delegate NMFL for 13 years, both junior and senior councils
  • Past UDC (4 years) for NMFL and current coaching coordinator for NMFL for past seven (7) years
  • Coached at club level for Morawa since 1989, both juniors and seniors
  • Coached Robert Wiley country academy (14/15) Midlands RFDC for 8 years 2007 - 2017
  • North Midlands Football League colts coach 2014/15/16 at NRCC
  • WACFL executive 2008-2017
  • Life member Morawa FC 2009
  • Operations Manager for WACFL June–December 2012

Development to face Swans in do or die final

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Perth's Development side will play Swan Districts in an elimination final on Sunday at Steel Blue Oval, bounce down 11.50am.

Coach Andrew Panetta will have the tough task of picking 23 from the 39 players eligible to run out and represent the Club on Sunday.

Perth are expected to field a strong side, with 26 of the 39 players up for selection having league football experience.

All Demons members and supporters are encouraged to get along to Steel Blue Oval this Sunday and get behind the Development in what is a do or die clash with traditional rival Swan Districts.

39-man squad eligible for selection
Jarrad Irons
Zareth Roe
Callum Walley
Joseph Ugle
Kristian Cary*
Kurtis Chester
Taran Etto
Anton Scotney
Matt Thompson
Brad McPhail
Kasey Nicholas
Kristian Morisey
Marshall Jones
Blake Johnson
Joshua Burke
Mitch Henderson
Jayden Johnstone
Cody Leggett
Sam Perkusich
Clint Chivers
Cody Kickett*
Lennon Marlin
Chris Leonard
Bradley Pattison
Shaun Smith
Arnold Punch
Zachary Hill
Daniel Horan
Josh Siegert
Callum Papertalk
Nicholas Taylor
Callum Marshall
Thomas Gooch
Andries Mercer
Garrick Mclaughlin
Nelson Ansey
Jake Schleicher
Dakota Baldwin-Wright
Brayden Sprigg Dos Santos

*Injured

Drew Morphett's Lathlain Links

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 10:38 AM - by Peter Kennedy

The prominent sporting broadcaster Drew Morphett, who died suddenly at his Victorian home in Pakenham last Friday (August 25) aged 69, had fond memories of Lathlain Park and Perth’s late captain and premiership coach, Ern Henfry.

Drew was born in Sydney and had no knowledge of “Aussie Rules” when he won a much sought after ABC sporting cadetship and was appointed to Perth in the late 1960s.

On arrival he was told by the head of sport, Jim Fitzmaurice, that he would be covering football every Saturday during the winter.

“I don’t know the first thing about ‘Aussie Rules’,” Drew replied. “Jim said I was to go to Lathlain Park the next Saturday and sit next to Ern Henfry who was doing the ‘around the grounds’ report of the league match there for 6WF.

“Jim said Ern knew more about footy than anyone else, and in between Ern’s updates on the state of the game, I should ask him to explain how the game worked.

“Ern was very patient. The game had only been going about 10 minutes and two big tall blokes started running in opposite directions. One was running down towards what was called the ‘goal square’, and the other was running up towards the middle.

“I said to Ern ‘what’s that bloke doing running towards the goals?’ Ern said ‘he’s taking a spell’. I said: ‘But the game’s only been going a few minutes. And what’s that other big bloke doing running towards the centre? Ern said: ‘He’s having a run on the ball’.

“A run on the ball? How can he do that? It’s not the right shape.”

He said Ern was very patient and took time to explain the finer points of the game. And Drew agreed he could not have had a better teacher.

Drew never stopped learning. Later, when broadcasting games with Jim Conway, the former East Fremantle star and Claremont premiership coach, who was nicknamed the “professor” because of his analytical approach, Drew picked up an expression he would use regularly over the years.

“I noticed Jim often described a short kick as a ‘half distance pass’,” Drew said. “I thought I’d use it too. I still do, but I think I’m the only one who does.”

When the club was preparing the successful case for Ern Henfry to be added to the AFL Hall of Fame, Drew readily agreed to write a testimonial on how important Ern’s assistance had been in developing his knowledge of the game, which was second to none. By then he was one of the nation’s top sports commentators.

Drew’s infectious enthusiasm for everything he broadcast meant he was a delight to listen to.

There was a standing invitation for Drew to attend one of the President’s Lunches before a home game at Lathlain, which he said he’d love to take up when next in Perth. Sadly that won’t now be possible.

Round 22 Match Report v East Perth

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:07 PM - by Chris Pike
Perth showed some brilliant fight and character to kick the last 3.5 of the game on Saturday at Lathlain Park to stun East Perth with a five-point victory to end its season on the highest of highs and seriously dent the Royals' finals aspirations.
 
It was a remarkable finish to the game at Lathlain Park with Perth playing its last match of what has been a forgettable 2017 season.
 
They looked set to bow out of 2017 with the wooden spoon and a 12-game losing streak as well when trailing by 18 points at the 11-minute mark of the final quarter.
 
With East Perth needing to win to guarantee its finals position as well everything was set up for the Royals to come away with the comfortable win, particularly with Perth's habit throughout the whole season of starting game's well and fading.
 
But nobody told this Perth line-up that on Saturday. The fightback began with three consecutive behinds before Brent Latch, Corey Byrne and Cody Ninyette all kicked goals. That was Ninyette's seventh of the day in a stunning career-best outing.
 
That was enough to put the Demons in front and they held on to shock the Royals with the 14.14 (98) to 13.15 (93) victory.
 
The win was Perth's third of the season and first since beating Claremont in Round 9, ending an 11-game losing slide. It also gets the Demons off the bottom of the ladder at 3-17 and they will stay off it unless East Fremantle beats Swan Districts on Saturday at Steel Blue Oval.
 
It could prove to a fatal loss to East Perth's hopes this season too. The Royals came into the game on an impressive three-game winning streak and just needed to win to lock in a finals spot. But now they must beat Subiaco on Saturday or else their season is done.
 
Cody Ninyette was the undoubted star of the day for Perth with the exciting young small forward having a game to remember and savour kicking seven goals from 22 possessions, nine marks and four tackles, including the one that put the Demons in front.
 
Captain Clint Jones finished off his outstanding season against the odds with another 38 possessions and five tackles.
 
Liam McKenna regained some of his form of last year prior to injury curtailing him early in 2017 ending up with 25 disposals and seven tackles with Aidan Tropiano also finishing with 24 touches and 12 tackles.
 
Corey Byrne capped off his breakout season with another strong game too with 18 touches, 12 tackles and two goals for the Demons. Blake Johnson returned to the team to kick two majors.
 
Kurtis Chester also had 20 possessions for Perth, Callum Marshall 15, Brad McPhail 15 and Devin McFarlane 15 as he provided strong run out of defence.
 
East Perth co-captain Patrick McGinnity continued his outstanding form both in the midfield and when going forward kicking three goals to go with 27 possessions and 10 marks. Fellow co-captain Kyle Anderson was strong in defence for the Royals in his 100th game for the club.
 
Fraser McInnes was also celebrating his 100th WAFL game up against his former team and he ended up with 21 touches, six marks and 18 hit outs.
 
Speaking of hit outs, Jonathan Giles racked up 55 of them in the ruck for the Royals to go with 13 possessions.
 
Sharrod Wellingham showed that he's not giving up on a return for West Coast in the AFL compiling 34 disposals and eight marks for the Royals while Jordan Snadden ended the game with 27 touches, Nathan Blee 23, Willie Rioli 20, Chris Masten 19 and Will Maginness 18.
 
Jake Waterman also kicked three goals for East Perth with debutant Tarir Bayok and Will Schofield booting two apiece.
 
Simon Tunbridge's first league game back from a knee reconstruction didn’t go to plan with him suffering a hamstring injury after kicking a goal and having 10 possessions.
 
The day began how it would end for Perth with Cody Ninyette kicking the first of his seven majors at the four-minute mark of the opening term.
 
He added a second soon after with Corey Byrne then ensuring the Demons made a flying start with the game's first three goals.
 
But East Perth hit back before quarter-time with goals to debutant Tarir Bayok, Jake Waterman and Patrick McGinnity to take a one-point lead into quarter-time.
 
East Perth then went seven points in front when Jordan Snadden kicked truly seven minutes into the second term but Perth ended that four-goal run with Ninyette booting his third soon after.
 
But the Royals had worked their way on top and with Bayok adding his second in the first opening half of league football in his career, they led comfortably enough by 15 points at the main break.
 
Perth gained the advantage of the breeze in the third quarter and made the most of it with six goals to three to enter the last term four points in front.
 
But East Perth's season was potentially on the line and as a result the Royals kicked the first three goals of the last term thanks to Waterman, Waterman again and then McGinnity to lead by 18 points at the 11-minute mark.
 
It would have been easy for Perth to put the game in the too hard basket. But that wasn’t the case and they ended up with the last eight scoring shots of the game including the goals to Brent Latch, Byrne and Ninyette to claim the remarkable five-point victory.
 
Perth's season is now over but finishes on a great high while East Perth must beat Subiaco on Saturday at Leederville Oval to play finals in 2017.
 
 
PERTH             3.3 5.6    11.9    14.14 (98)
EAST PERTH  3.4    7.9    10.11   13.15 (93)
 
PERTH – Goals: Ninyette 7; Byrne, Johnson 2; Latch, Scotney, Henderson.
Best: Ninyette, Jones, Byrne, McKenna, Tropiano, Chester, McFarlane.
EAST PERTH – Goals: Waterman, McGinnity 3; Schofield, Bayok 2; Hille, Tunbridge, Snadden.
Best: McGinnity, Wellingham, Anderson, Waterman, Blee, Giles, Snadden.

PREVIEW: Round 22 v East Perth

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 3:10 PM

In the club's last home and away fixture for season 2017, the Demons host East Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday afternoon.

League and Colts will be looking to end the year on a positive note, while the Development side must beat East Perth on Saturday to secure a finals berth.

The Demons are coming off a 21-point loss at the hands of Peel Thunder, while East Perth are in good form after a string of consecutive victories over Swan Districts, West Perth and Claremont.

Coach Earl Spalding will be forced to make at least one change this week after luckless forward Kristian Cary injured his left ankle in Saturday's loss to Peel.

In-form Brant Colledge is another who was unable to run out the game on Saturday and will have to pass a fitness test at training on Thursday evening to be eligible to play against his old club.

Blake Johnson, who was sidelined with a groin injury last week, looks a likely replacement for Cary.

Lennon Marlin is another who has put his hand up for a recall, coming off a bag of six goals in the Development game.

League bounce down is at 2.15pm, Development 11.30am and Colts 9.00am.
 

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MATCH DAY INFORMATION

Broadcast: Footy Radio (WAFL App)
3 Licensed Bars: Bar on the Hill, Demon Den and Redlegs Bar. All open from 12 midday 
Kids Zone: Jumpy castle, free face painting, ice-cream van
Half Time Kids Running Races Finals
Half Time Bin Kicking Competition: Five randomly selected spectators will get the chance to kick a footy into a bin at half time and WIN cash!
Bike Raffle: All kids under 16 go into the draw to win a free bike upon entry. Winner announced at half time
Kick-to-Kick: Bring your footy and have a kick on the new oval at the breaks
Merchandise: Get your red and black merchandise from the team store (located next to canteen, near Goddard St entry) or reception. We're having an End of Season SALE so be sure to treat yourself to a bargain. In the mean time, visit our online team store HERE.
Food: Canteen open from 9am thanks to Modern Catering. 
Post Match Presentations: All are welcome upstairs in the Main Hall straight after the league game for a drink and presentation of best players.
Tickets: Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Under 16s free. Alternatively, become a Perth Football Club member 
Parking: Available at the old bowling club site (corner of Bishopsgate St & Roberts Rd), surrounds of Rayment Park and on streets surrounding Lathlain Park. See map below for parking and entrance gates.
Public Transport: Victoria Park Station is located 400m from Lathlain Park and there are numerous nearby bus stops.

PREVIEW: Round 21 v Peel Thunder

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:09 AM

In the final away game of season 2017, the Demons head down the Kwinana Freeway to take on reigning premiers Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Perth will be eager to bounce back from last weekend's disappointing defeat at the hands of Claremont.

Their opponents, the Thunder, are coming off a round 20 bye after consecutive losses to Subiaco and Swan Districts.

After being restricted to just one goal after quater time against the Tigers, coach Earl Spalding will be looking for a four quarter effort this week in Mandurah.

Saturday's game against Peel will be Brent Edmonds' 50th league game for the club.

The 23-year-old debuted back in round one, 2014 after vice captaining the club's colts side to finals in 2013.

Brad McPhail, Joseph Ugle, Tom Gooch, Callum Marshall and Jake Schleicher are potential round 21 inclusions, with all five in strong form at Development level.

Perseverant young gun Cody Leggett is set to make his long awaited return from a knee injury sustained during a preseason training session back in January.

The 21-year-old has played 32 league games for the club after debuting in round 23, 2014.

Leggett is set to give the Development side a much needed boost in their quest to consolidate third spot.

A win over eight placed Peel on Saturday will go a long way in helping the Demons secure third spot and the double chance.

The colts will be looking to rectify last Saturday's one point loss to Claremont when they take on Peel Thunder at 9am on Saturday morning.

League bounce down is 2.15pm, with Development getting underway at 11.30am.

Follow all games live from 9am on Saturday morning here or follow the Demons on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live updates.

Listen to Wednesday evening's episode of DeeRadio

PREVIEW: Round 20 v Claremont

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 10:23 AM

The Demons return refreshed and ready to go after the bye to take on Claremont at Lathlain Park this Saturday.

The two teams will be playing for the Pyke Cup, named after father/son duo Frank and Don Pyke.

Frank Pyke played 130 games for the Perth Football Club and was a premiership player in 1966. Don Pyke was a two time premiership player at Claremont (1987 & 1996) to go with two premierships at the West Coast Eagles.

Perth hold current claim to the Pyke Cup after winning it in season 2016.

The round 20 fixture will break the current deadlock between the two teams in 2017. Claremont took first blood in round 3 but it was the Demons who took the honours in their second meeting in Round 9.

Coach Earl Spalding will be looking for a big effort from his senior group to finish the season.

The Demons will welcome back Devin McFarlane back from injury. His ball use will be a welcome addition to the senior side.

Laine Wilkins should also be considered for a recall after coming off a strong performance for the reserves in round 18 after recovering from a finger injury.

Andrew Panetta's Development side have a lot to play for as a win against Claremont will put them a game clear in second spot. 

While the colts can not play finals in season 2017, Andrew Ruck will look to give opportunities to boys in order to develop for next year.

Bouncedown for the League game is 2:15pm, Development 11:30am and Colts 9am

 

MATCH DAY INFORMATION

Weather: 18°C | Partly cloudy with medium chance of showers
Broadcast: ABC radio

3 Licensed Bars: Bar on the Hill, Demon Den and Redlegs Bar. All open from 12 midday 
Kids Zone: Jumpy castle, free face painting, ice-cream van
Half Time Kids Running Races: 3 races for 3 age groups - all kids are welcome to participate. Win a $20 Belmont Forum voucher and a spot in the Grand Final Sprint!
Half Time Bin Kicking Competition: Five randomly selected spectators will get the chance to kick a footy into a bin at half time and WIN!
Bike Raffle: All kids under 16 go into the draw to win a free bike upon entry. Winner announced at half time
Kick-to-Kick: Bring your footy and have a kick on the new oval at the breaks
Merchandise: Get your red and black merchandise from the team store (located next to canteen, near Goddard St entry) or reception. online team store 
Food: Canteen open from 9am thanks to Modern Catering. 
Post Match Presentations: All are welcome upstairs in the Main Hall straight after the league game for a drink and presentation of best players.
Tickets: Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Under 16s free. Alternatively, become a Perth Football Club member 
Parking: Available at the old bowling club site (corner of Bishopsgate St & Roberts Rd), surrounds of Rayment Park and on streets surrounding Lathlain Park. See map below for parking and entrance gates
Public Transport: Victoria Park Station is located 400m from Lathlain Park and there are numerous nearby bus stops.

 

A Ton of Guts and Persistence

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 11:16 AM - by Callum Walley

When Perth take the field against West Perth on Saturday, they will be looking to channel the effort and workrate of gutsy midfielder Aidan Tropiano.

Saturday's match at Lathlain Park with be the Sandover Medalist's 100th WAFL game.

After coming across from East Fremantle, Tropiano has been a remarkably consistent performer for the Demons highlighted especially during the 2015 season.

While Tropiano agrees it was a remarkable year personally, winning WA football's highest honour and collecting a best and fairest for Perth also, he says it's more the hard work and effort he's put in over a number of years that he's most proud of.

"Every year for myself is a pretty big deal. I put a lot of work in to make it a 7 day a week job which is a lot of fun for me and has allowed me to get the best out of my career." 

While Tropiano has been starved of team success, he says some of his treasured career highlights are being able to play with certain players who have driven him to improve and thrive on the contest.

"I really liked playing with Dene White. He really stood out and was one of the most inspiring players I played with. Rory O'Brien was another player who was similar and had the same mindset, and I enjoyed looking up to those guys as I was coming through."

While Tropiano has had to do it tough again for the Demons in 2017, he is happy that the club has been able to back its youth and provide opportunities for home grown players.

However, he has highlighted a need for more experience at the club, to assist in the devlopment of such a young squad.

"At 24 years of age I'm considered a senior player which is really quite unbelievable."

"A lot of guys have had to grow up before their time. The club may need to go and look to recruit for personnel with a bit more experience."

"It's been nice to see the young boys growing and being developed by the coaches as well. If the players and coaches continue to develop together I see no reason why Perth cannot play finals in the near future."

 

PREVIEW: Round 18 v West Perth

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:40 AM

The Demons return home to Lathlain Park this Saturday to take on West Perth for the first time since round 7.

The Falcons were too strong in the two teams only encounter in 2017, doing enough to win the game by 19 points.

Perth will be looking to bounce back from a tough game against East Fremantle and to gain some confidence leading into a bye next week. It will be a game with a lot to play for as both sides desperate to break lengthy losing streaks.

The round 18 game will also be Sandover Medallist Aidan Tropiano's 100th WAFL game.

Perth will be without excitement machine Cody Ninyette, who was suspended for two weeks for striking East Fremantle's Jesse Crichton.

However Devin McFarlane looks set to return after a few weeks off with a fractured cheekbone. Listen to Dr Tom Fairclough on DeeRadio discuss the potential return of the dashing half back.

Inside midfielders Kurtis Chester and Taran Etto have also put their hand up for selection after a number of weeks playing consistent football in the development side.

Liam Mckenna is another one who could be considered after a 30 possesion game in the reserves win against East Fremantle.

Andrew Panetta and his development side will be looking to further certify their finals credentials this week against West Perth. The reserves are currently sitting 3rd.

Andrew Ruck and his colts will be looking to play the conditions and back their ability leading into the end of the season.

Bouncedown for the League game is 2:15pm, Development 11:30am and Colts 9:00am

 

MATCH DAY INFORMATION

Weather: 19°C | Partly cloudy with high chance of showers
Broadcast: ABC radio

3 Licensed Bars: Bar on the Hill, Demon Den and Redlegs Bar. All open from 12 midday 
Kids Zone: Jumpy castle, free face painting, ice-cream van
Half Time Kids Running Races: 3 races for 3 age groups - all kids are welcome to participate. Win a $20 Belmont Forum voucher and a spot in the Grand Final Sprint!
Half Time Bin Kicking Competition: Five randomly selected spectators will get the chance to kick a footy into a bin at half time and WIN!
Bike Raffle: All kids under 16 go into the draw to win a free bike upon entry. Winner announced at half time
Kick-to-Kick: Bring your footy and have a kick on the new oval at the breaks
Merchandise: Get your red and black merchandise from the team store (located next to canteen, near Goddard St entry) or reception. online team store 
Food: Canteen open from 9am thanks to Modern Catering. 
Post Match Presentations: All are welcome upstairs in the Main Hall straight after the league game for a drink and presentation of best players.
Tickets: Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Under 16s free. Alternatively, become a Perth Football Club member 
Parking: Available at the old bowling club site (corner of Bishopsgate St & Roberts Rd), surrounds of Rayment Park and on streets surrounding Lathlain Park. See map below for parking and entrance gates
Public Transport: Victoria Park Station is located 400m from Lathlain Park and there are numerous nearby bus stops. Plan your Transperth journey here.