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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.

GALA Auction Saturday 29th July

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Online Auction is now up and running! Here is everything you need to know on how to bid for our range of awesome items donated by our sponsors, members and supporters!

The Online Auction will be closing at 10:00pm on Saturday the 29th (Gala Auction night). Items are available for inspection prioir to the event - please call 9362 4499 to arrange an inspection appointment.

 

 

 

 

Silent Auction Instructions

To Register via SMS

  1. Text: demons followed by your full name
  2. To: 61458678678
  3. Example: demons Brad Pitt
  4. Follow the registration link you are sent from GalaBid to login and place bids.

Please note: capitals are not needed

To Register via browser

  1. Visit: https://galabid.com/auction/demons
  2. Click on the ‘register’ button
  3. Enter your details and click ‘submit’.
  4. You will then receive a text to your mobile phone with the link to the auction catalogue and a passcode. Use the passcode to login on any browser or click the link in the text to be automatically logged in on the browser on your smart phone. You are now ready to bid.

Don’t have a Smart phone?

  1. Register as above, then you will be able to place bids via SMS or via your browser
  2. Text bids to the same number 61458678678
  3. Enter the amount in without any symbols followed by the letter 'L' and the Item number with no spaces between.

Example: to bid $ 99 on item 33 , Text: 99L33

Perth the Benchmark for Indigenous Talent

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 9:28 AM

The Perth Football Club have set the benchmark when it comes to the amount of indigenous talent representing the Demons.

With the Rio Tinto NAIDOC round occuring last week, Perth once again had an astounding amount of aboriginal footballers playing in our senior, development and colts sides.

There are currently 29 indigenous footballers across the senior and colts with many more coming through our development squads.

Perth are also very fortunate to have ex-AFL legends in Chance Bateman (League assistant coach) and Troy Cook (Director of Football) in positions of leadership to assist the development of these young men.

The Demons are also the only WAFL club to have employed a full time Aboriginal Engagement Officer in Callum Walley. With the numbers of aboriginal players at the club expected to grow over the next few years, you can understand the club's decision to have someone in a full time role to support these boys.

The opportunities over NAIDOC celebrations for the boys to represent the Perth Football Club as one team have been phenomenal.

Perth had an all indigenous team go into Banksia Hill Detention Centre as part of the football program coordinated by Walley and play a game against the Banksia Roos. It was a fantastic game played in the right manner and both teams took a lot from it.

The boys also played a game at Kent Street Senior High School where senior player Lennon Marlin works as an AEIO. 

With both the Maali and Gwaba Carnivals coming up later in the year, the Demons will be looking to come together and compete to again showcase the strong indigenous talent we currently have playing football at the club.

PREVIEW: Round 17 v East Fremantle

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 9:51 AM

The Demons will be looking for redemption this Saturday when they head to East Fremantle Oval to take on the Sharks.

Last time the two teams met, Perth were 23 points up at half time before capitulating in the second half and giving East Fremantle their first win of 2017.

Perth have a lot to play for, as a win will put the Demons two games clear of the 9th placed Sharks and produce a handy buffer leading towards the end of the season.

Having been ravaged by injury over the last few weeks, the Demons will look to welcome back a host of key players into this week's lineup.

Brant Colledge and Clayton Giblett will both be put through a fitness test but are expected to play after suffering minor hamstring injuries.

Devin McFarlane will also await a medical consultation as to whether he is fit to play after fracturing a cheekbone two weeks ago.

After a tough loss against Subiaco, coach Earl Spalding will be looking to make changes to ensure the effort is brought Saturday. 

Nelson Ansey has strung together a number of quality games in the development side over the last few weeks and will seriously be considered for Saturday.

Liam Mckenna, Taran Etto, Kurtis Chester and Jake Schleicher are all experienced midfielders who are also knocking on the door to be reselected in the top side.

Andrew Panetta and his development side will be looking to bounce back this week and solidify their finals aspirations. They currently sit 4th and will play an East Fremantle side sitting 5th.

Andrew Ruck's colts will welcome back Bobby Hill from the State 18's and will be looking to emulate their feat from round 13 and knock off the 1st placed Sharks.

 

Match Day Information:

Venue: East Fremantle Oval

Bouncedown: League 2:15pm, Development 11:30am, Colts 9:00am

Weather: 19°C - Cloudy with a chance of showers

 

Colts Leading the Way in the Community

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 9:35 AM - by Callum Walley

While this year hasn't been ideal on field for Andrew Ruck and his young colts squad, off field the boys are really stepping up and doing their bit for the community.

Operations Manager of Helius Energy (Colts major sponsor) Lisa Cuthbert has provided the opportunity for the Perth Colts to give back to people much less fortunate.

Lisa and her daughter Shania volunteer every Sunday with Manna Inc in Victoria Park, preparing food and cooking for up to 250 homeless people. Manna Inc provide over 90,000 meals annually for the homeless, with each day depending on volunteers so food can be prepped and taken into an inner city park.

When Lisa mentioned the thought of our colts volunteering to coach Andrew Ruck, she was taken aback by how many were willing to put their hand up and volunteer.

"The Perth Football Club have a great group of colts and I think it is great that they are willing to give up their Sunday to help out those much less fortunate in our community." 

"The boys get to see another side of life and then really appreciate the opportunity they have in being able to play football and do something they love and then go home to a family each day with plenty of food in their bellies."

The colts have now volunteered for two Sundays with coach Andrew Ruck also putting his hand up to help out. Corey Taylor, Zak Tanner, Nyika John and Damien Bennell gave up their time on the first Sunday and Joey Ugle and Luke English were masterchefs in the making on the second Sunday. 

"The Perth Football Club should be very proud of their colts, as well as the parents of these boys." 

PREVIEW: Round 16 v Subiaco

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 11:52 AM - by Callum Walley

With round 16 in the WAFL being NAIDOC round, the Demons will travel to Leederville Oval to take on league leaders Subiaco.

This will be the third encounter between the two teams, with the last encounter being in round 12 with Subiaco being too strong on that occasion.

Perth are coming off a narrow defeat against Swan Districts, while the Lions haven't lost since round 1 and are easily the benchmark of the competition.

The young Demons will look to emulate the heroics of last year's NAIDOC round, where Perth managed to defeat the Lions in one of the most memorable victories of the past decade.

The Demons will be forced to make a few changes to this week's side due to injuries sustained by some crucial players.

Brant Colledge (hamstring), Devin McFarlane (cheekbone) and Mitch Browne (finger) will have to sit and watch from the grandstands on Saturday.

This will provide opportunity for a few players who have been performing consistently in the development side over the last few weeks.

Kristian Cary has had three weeks in the reserves and looks like he's completely over his knee injury and could come in to the top side this week.

Kurtis Chester and Taran Etto will be looked at, with Shaun Smith, Josh Burke and youngster Nic Taylor all pushing for selection.

Bouncedown for the league is at the regular time of 2:15pm, Development 11:30am and Colts 9am.

 

Match Day Information:

Venue: Leederville Oval, Leederville

Weather: Partly Cloudy 17°C

WRAP: Round 15 v Swan Districts

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:29 AM - by Chris Pike
IT was a familiar story at Lathlain Park on Saturday with Perth unable to hold on to a 33-point lead with Swan Districts kicking six goals to two after half-time to win by seven points and remain in fourth position on the WAFL ladder.
 
Perth had a disastrous second half in each of the past two games, but the starts hadn’t been the problem and that was again the case on Saturday. In fact, the Demons started on fire with three goals in the opening 10 minutes from McFarlane, Byrne and Scotney.
 
Swans eventually got on the board at the 21-minute mark with a goal to Stewart, but the Demons responded with two of the last three goals of the first term to be on top by 23 points at quarter-time.
 
Perth again kicked the first two goals of the second term to lead by 33 points after Johnson and Colledge kicked truly. Swans did manage to steady before half-time with the last three goals thanks to Bennell, Stewart and Noble to cut the deficit at the long break to 15 points.
 
Having been horrific the past two weeks after half-time, the last thing Perth needed was to concede the first goal but that's what happened when Cary kicked truly for the black-and-whites. By the time he added a second and Nuich another, Swans were in front.
 
It didn’t take long for Perth to regain the lead, though, with a goal to Papertalk and the Demons remains five points up at three quarter-time.
 
Swan Districts regained the lead with Cary's third goal to open the last quarter and the visitors never looked back there with three goals to one in the final term to end up winning by seven points.
 
Swan Districts is back to Steel Blue Oval on Saturday to take on East Fremantle while Perth has the sizeable challenge of taking on the league-leading Subiaco on a 12-game winning streak at Leederville Oval.
 
SWAN DISTRICTS 2.0 5.5 8.6 11.7 (73)
PERTH 5.5 7.8 8.11 9.12 (66)
 
SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Cary 3; Bennell, Stewart, Noble 2; Banfield, Nuich.
Best: Gault, Ellard, Faulkner, Ugle, Howard, Crowley, Banfield, Slater.
PERTH – Goals: Papertalk, Byrne 2; Johnson, Scotney, McFarlane, Colledge, Tropiano.
Best: Jones, Byrne, Papertalk, Sinclair, McFarlane, Narrier.

PREVIEW: Round 15 v Swan Districts

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:17 AM

The Demons will take on traditional rivals Swan Districts for the third time this season at Lathlain Park on Saturday.

The two teams last played in round 11, with Swan Districts too strong on that occasion and leaving with a 33 point victory.

After coming off another tough loss against South Fremantle, the Demons will be looking to put it all on the line back on home soil.

With Earl Spalding clearly disappointed after Sunday's loss, he did say there would be no choice but to make a few changes this week.

With the development side having a great win against top side South Fremantle last week, there are a number of boys putting their hand up for senior selection.

Experienced utility Brent Edmonds, inside midfielders Kurtis Chester and Taran Etto, key position player Nelson Ansey and lively forwards Brennan Stack and Kristian Cary are all coming off brilliant games in the reserves.

Development coach Andrew Panetta said it was the best game he's had the pleasure of coaching, and it looks like the development side are well placed to have a crack at a finals series.

Andrew Ruck's colts will be looking to hit back after an up and down game last week and take it to a top 5 side in Swans.

Listen to Wednesday evening's episode of DeeRadio 

League bouncedown is at the normal time of 2:15pm with Development at 11:30am and Colts at 9:00am.

MATCH DAY INFORMATION

Weather: 17°C | 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. Alternatively, treat yourself with something from our online team store 
Food: Canteen open from 9am thanks to Modern Catering. Chicken parmiganas with chips and salad available for dinner at post match presentations
Post Match Presentations: All are welcome upstairs in the Main Hall straight after the league game for a drink and presentation of best players - karaoke by Blondie will be on after presentations! Join the boys after for some fun and some interesting vocals.
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.

 

Demons Launch Player Welfare Program

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Perth Football Club launched their Mental Health program last night with suicide survivor, ex AFL player and founder of Outisde the Locker Room Jake Edwards.

Jake shared his story to both our senior and colts playing groups last night, and what he's been through and done to get to where he is now is phenomenal.

PFC saw the increasing need for education in the areas of mental health, drugs and alcohol, bullying and domestic violence and are proud to not only be the first club in Western Australia to sign up with OTLR but the first state level team in Australia.

OTLR is moving into this sector in WA with the help and support of the Perth Football Club by providing trained facilitators in Kristi Annear and Callum Walley plus two others to cover new clubs and putting player welfare as a priority.

The Perth Football Club wouldn't be able to do this without the financial support of Louie Hancock and the BCL group and we thank them for their ongoing support.

Outside the Locker Room's next step in preventing suicide is running the program in schools across the country by covering cyber and physical bullying and self-esteem issues.

OTLR will provide the Perth Football Club with another three sessions over a 12 month period, a free app for Android and iPhones that can monitor how the players are feeling and dealing with personal issues and will also provide medical support in the form of clinicians (Doctors and Psychologists) in WA.

If you are part of another sporting club or school and want to learn more about Outside the Locker Room please contact the club on 9362 4499 or email aeo@perthdemons.com.au and we will be able to assist.