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Round 3 Teams vs Claremont

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Round 3: Perth vs Claremont
Saturday 1st April 2017 | Lathlain Park

Follow all three games live from 8:25am Saturday HERE.

League 1:40pm
Met on two occasions in 2016
Round 3 at Lathlain Park - Perth by 17 points
Round 15 at the Show Grounds - Perth by 4 points

25-man League Squad:
Devin McFarlane
Lennon Marlin
Laine Wilkins
Aidan Tropiano
Spencer White
Sam Garstone
Cody Ninyette
Brent Edmonds
Corey Byrne
Clint Jones (c)
Tom Gooch
Christian Eyres
Kristian Morisey
Brent Latch
Clayton Giblett
Zareth Roe
Callum Walley
Gordon Narrier
Anton Scotney
Liam McKenna
**Brad McPhail
**Brennan Stack
**Taran Etto
**Michael Sinclair
**Kurtis Chester


**Inclusions


Development 10:55am
Met on two occasions in 2016
Round 3 at Lathlain Park - Claremont by 16 points
Round 15 at the Show Grounds - Claremont by 26 points

21-man Squad (to be joined by League emergencies)
Marshall Jones
Josh Seigert
Mitchell Browne
Andies Mercer
Callum Papertalk
Chris Leonard
Mitchell Henderson
Guy Piggott
Tim Sutherland
Jarlath Duke
Joshua Burke
Jayden Johnstone
John Levien
Callum Marshall
Zachary Hill
Shaun Smith
Dakota Baldwin-Wright
Cody KIckett
**Blake Johnson
**Nelson Ansey
**Brayden Sprigg Dos Santos

**Inclusions
 

Colts 8:25am
Met on three occasions in 2016
Round 3 at Lathlain Park - Perth by 2 points
Round 15 at the Show Grounds - Claremont by 18 points
2nd Semi Final at HBF Arena - Claremont by 64 points

26-man Squad
Luke English
Simon Hayward
Ethan Hansen
Corey Taylor
Regan Flaherty
Nic Taylor
Jason Hemphill
Caelen Bennell
Brodey Eades
Chilton Yarran
Scott Williams
Aaron French
Zak Tanner
Blake Simpson
Nykia John
Damien Bennell
Tennasey Wybenga
Sydney Stack
Cedric Anderson
Blake Little
Lindsay Martin
Jared Wynne
Aidan Conway
Zac Edgelow
**Jack McAuley
**Maverick Hamilton

**Inclusions

PREVIEW: Round 3 vs Claremont

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 9:26 AM

The Demons this week return to the newly redeveloped Lathlain Park to host their first 2017 home game against a rejuvinated Tigers outfit.

To celebrate the brand new oval, it's 2 for 1 Day at Lathlain Park- all tickets permit entry for two and all Perth members are encouraged to bring a friend for free!

Saturday afternoon's clash also marks captain Clint Jones' 300th game of senior football READ MORE.

After promising performances in the opening two rounds with no premiership points to show for it, can the Demons notch up their first win of the home and away season in front of their passionate and loyal supporters?

The two sides met twice in 2016, with Perth taking the honours on both occasions.
Round 3 at Lathlain Park: Perth 14.11 (95) defeated Claremont 12.6 (78)
Round 15 at the Show Grounds: Perth 10.16 (74) defeated Claremont 11.6 (72)

However Claremont have recruited strongly over the summer and pose a new threat to the up and coming Demons, adding Tom Lee (St Kilda), Nick Winmar, Jessie Laurie, Anthony Morabito (Fremantle) and Charles Le Fanu (Subiaco).

The Tigers are coming off a round two bye, after a convincing 62 point first up win over East Fremantle.

They'll be without Le Fanu and midfielder Jared Hardisty who are both sidelined with injuries, while forward Jack Richardson is in doubt.

Perth have some injury concerns of their own, with Brant Colledge sustaining a hamstring injury in last Saturday's 23 point loss to Subiaco.

Michael Sinclair (achillies) and Anton Scotney (ribs) will both need to prove their fitness on Thursday evening.

Potential round three inclusions include Kurtis Chester, Brennan Stack and Brad McPhail who have all put their hand up with strong performances in the Development. 

The game will be broadcast live on Channel 7 Mate from 1:30pm.

All games have been pulled forward 35 minutes (League 1:40pm, Development 10:55am, Colts 8:25am).


Listen to Wednesday evening's episode 3 of DeeRadio here.

 

MATCH DAY INFORMATION:
This Saturday 1st April marks the Club's first home game for season 2017 on the brand new Lathlain Park oval.

To celebrate, all tickets purchased at the gate permit entry for two and all 2017 members are invited to bring a friend along for free. Kids under the age of 16 are free.

Not a 2017 member yet? Signup here and collect your pack from outside the Goddard Street entrance on Saturday.

Membership Stall: Open from 11am - 2pm. For membership collection and last minute sign ups. It will be located outside the Goddard Street entrance. See below map
Weather: 29°C and sunny
3 Licensed Bars: Bar on the Hill with music, Demon Den and Redlegs Bar. All open from 12 midday. 
Kids Zone: Jumpy castle, free face painting, ice-cream van
Half Time Activities: Kids running races and footy kicking competition
Bike Raffle: All kids under 16 go into the draw to win a free bike
Kick-to-Kick: Bring your footy and have a kick on the new oval at the breaks
Food: Canteen open from 8:30am. Chicken parmiganas with chips and salad available for dinner at post match presentations
Coffee: Coffee will be available from the Cafe2U coffee van located near the McCartney Cresent entrance
Post Match Presentations: All are welcome upstairs in the Main Hall straight after the league game for a drink, dinner and post match presentations
Tickets: $15 for two adults and $12 for two concessions. Under 16s free
Parking: Available at the old bowling club site (corner of Bishopsgate St & Roberts Rd) and the surrounds of Rayment Park.
See below map for parking locations 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEY TIMES
7am: Goddard Street gates open
7:30am: Cafe2U coffee van open
8am: Old bowls club site open for parking. McCartney Cresent gates open
8:25am: Colts bounce down
8:30am: Canteen open
10:55am: Development bounce down
11am: Membership stall opens outside the Goddard Street entry. Merchandise store opens
12 midday: Demon Den, Bar on the Hill and Redlegs Bar all open
1:40pm: League bounce down
2pm: Membership stall closes
2:50pm: Half time little league, kids running races and footy kicking competition
4:30pm: League game concludes. Members and supporters encouraged to head upstairs to the Main Hall for post match presentations
5:00pm: Demon Den and Bar on the Hill close. Redlegs Bar (Upstairs) remains open til late. Dinner available for purchase
6:00pm: Post match presentations begin. Redlegs bar open til late

2 for 1 Day this Saturday vs Claremont

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:45 AM

This Saturday 1st April marks the Club's first home game for season 2017 on the brand new Lathlain Park oval.

To celebrate, all tickets purchased at the gate permit entry for two and all 2017 members are invited to bring a friend along for free. Kids under the age of 16 are free.

Not a 2017 member yet? Signup here and collect your pack from outside the Goddard Street entrance on Saturday.

Membership Stall: Open from 11am - 2pm. For membership collection and last minute sign ups. It will be located outside the Goddard Street entrance. See below map
Weather: 29°C and sunny
3 Licensed Bars: Bar on the Hill with music, Demon Den and Redlegs Bar. All open from 12 midday. 
Kids Zone: Jumpy castle, free face painting, ice-cream van
Half Time Activities: Kids running races and footy kicking competition
Bike Raffle: All kids under 16 go into the draw to win a free bike
Kick-to-Kick: Bring your footy and have a kick on the new oval at the breaks
Food: Canteen open from 8:30am. Chicken parmiganas with chips and salad available for dinner at post match presentations
Coffee: Coffee will be available from the Cafe2U coffee van located near the McCartney Cresent entrance
Post Match Presentations: All are welcome upstairs in the Main Hall straight after the league game for a drink, dinner and post match presentations
Tickets: $15 for two adults and $12 for two concessions. Under 16s free
Parking: Available at the old bowling club site (corner of Bishopsgate St & Roberts Rd) and the surrounds of Rayment Park.
See below map for parking locations 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.


























KEY TIMES

7am: Goddard Street gates open
7:30am: Cafe2U coffee van open
8am: Old bowls club site open for parking. McCartney Cresent gates open
8:25am: Colts bounce down
8:30am: Canteen open
10:55am: Development bounce down
11am: Membership stall opens outside the Goddard Street entry. Merchandise store opens
12 midday: Demon Den, Bar on the Hill and Redlegs Bar all open
1:40pm: League bounce down
2pm: Membership stall closes
2:50pm: Half time little league, kids running races and footy kicking competition
4:30pm: League game concludes. Members and supporters encouraged to head upstairs to the Main Hall for post match presentations
5:00pm: Demon Den and Bar on the Hill close. Redlegs Bar (Upstairs) remains open til late. Dinner available for purchase
6:00pm: Post match presentations begin. Redlegs bar open til late

Third term nap costs Perth

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 11:55 AM

A two goal to six third quarter saw Perth squander another strong start, with Subiaco running away 23-point victors on Saturday evening.

The Demons went into the half time break with an eight point lead, however a 15 minute third term purple patch from Subiaco gave them a three goal lead at the final change.

The 2016 grand finalists held on in the fourth, defeating a spirited Perth outfit 13.12 (90) to 10.7 (67).

Perth were again restricted to two men on the bench in the second half, with Brant Colledge (hamstring) and Anton Scotney (ribs) both going down in the second quarter.

2016 colt Kristian Morisey, who replaced the injured Michael Sinclair (achillies), performed strongly in his league debut amassing 14 disposals down back.

Read the full match report here.

See the photo album here.

Match summary and statistics here.

SUBIACO        3.0    5.4    11.6    13.12    (90)

PERTH            3.4    6.6    8.6    10.7    (67)

PERTH – Goals: Narrier, White 2; Garstone, Scotney, McFarlane, Walley, Jones, Roe.
Best: Byrne, Jones, Tropiano, Edmonds, Ninyette, Narrier.

Round 2 Teams vs Subiaco

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 5:47 PM

Round 2: Subiaco vs Perth
Saturday 25th March 2017 | Medibank Stadium, Leederville

Follow all three games live from 11am Saturday HERE.


League 4:15pm
Met on two occasions in 2016
Round 4 at Medibank Stadium - Subiaco by 50 points
Round 16 at Lathlain Park - Perth by 15 points

25-man League Squad:
Devin McFarlane
Lennon Marlin
Laine Wilkins
Aidan Tropiano
Spencer White
Sam Garstone
**Kurtis Chester
Cody Ninyette
Brent Edmonds
Corey Byrne
Clint Jones (c)
Tom Gooch
Christian Eyres
**Kristian Morisey
Brent Latch
Clayton Giblett
Zareth Roe
Callum Walley
Gordon Narrier
Michael Sinclair
Anton Scotney
**Brennan Stack
Blake Johnson
Liam McKenna
Brant Colledge

**Inclusions


Development 1:30pm
Met on two occasions in 2016
Round 4 at Medibank Stadium - Subiaco by 43 points
Round 16 at Lathlain Park - Draw

20-man Squad (to be joined by 3 League emergencies)
Marshall Jones
Mitchell Browne
Andies Mercer
Braden Piggott
Brad McPhail
Taran Etto
Callum Papertalk
Chris Leonard
Mitchell Henderson
Guy Piggot
Tim Sutherland
Jarlath Duke
Joshua Burke
Jayden Johnstone
John Levien
Callum Marshall
Zachary Hill
Shaun Smith
Dakota Baldwin-Wright
Cody KIckett
 

Colts 11:00am
Met on two occasions in 2016
Round 4 at Medibank Stadium - Perth by 53 points
Round 16 at Lathlain Park - Perth by 45 points

28-man Squad
Luke English
Simon Hayward
Trent Simpson
Ethan Hansen
Corey Taylor
Regan Flaherty
Nic Taylor
Jason Hemphill
Caelen Bennell
Brodey Eades
Zac Edgelow
Chilton Yarran
Scott Williams
Aaron French
Zak Tanner
Blake Simpson
Nykia John
Damien Bennell
Tennasey Wybenga
Zac Casey
Sydney Stack
Christian Kesich
Cedric Anderson
Blake Little
Lindsay Martin
Jared Wynne
Bobby Hill
Aidan Conway

Round 2 twilight tussle with the Lions

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 9:31 AM
The Demons this week venture to Leederville to take on 2016 grand finalists Subiaco in a quadruple header, with the league game commencing at the later time of 4:15pm.
 
After a gallant round one performance which saw the young Demons go down narrowly to an experienced Swan Districts outfit, this weekend's clash becomes an important one.
 
Subiaco are coming off a round one loss at the hands of South Fremantle, going down 11.11 (77) to 17.14 (116).
 
Perth and Subiaco met twice last year.
Round 4 at Leederville Oval: Subiaco 14.9 (93) defeated Perth 4.19 (43)
Round 16 at Lathlain Park: Perth 6.6 (42) defeated Subiaco 4.3 (27)

Despite sustaining injuries last weekend, Aidan Tropiano and Devin McFarlane both appear to have recovered well and are set to line up on Saturday.
 
Potential round two inclusions include Kurtis Chester, Kristian Morisey, Zach Hill, Taran Etto, Brennan Stack and Callum Papertalk who all performed strongly in the Development side's 50-point win last weekend.
 
Team selection to come from 7pm tonight (23rd March).
 
For a more in depth preview of this Saturday's clash as well as a round one review, listen to last night's episode 2 of DeeRadio here.
 

Follow all three games live from 11am Saturday HERE.

League 4:15pm

25-man League Squad:
Devin McFarlane
Lennon Marlin
Laine Wilkins
Aidan Tropiano
Spencer White
Sam Garstone
**Kurtis Chester
Cody Ninyette
Brent Edmonds
Corey Byrne
Clint Jones (c)
Tom Gooch
Christian Eyres
**Kristian Morisey
Brent Latch
Clayton Giblett
Zareth Roe
Callum Walley
Gordon Narrier
Michael Sinclair
Anton Scotney
**Brennan Stack
Blake Johnson
Liam McKenna
Brant Colledge

**Inclusions


Development 1:30pm
Met on two occasions in 2016
Round 4 at Medibank Stadium - Subiaco by 43 points
Round 16 at Lathlain Park - Draw

20-man Squad (to be joined by 3 League emergencies)
Marshall Jones
Mitchell Browne
Andies Mercer
Braden Piggott
Brad McPhail
Taran Etto
Callum Papertalk
Chris Leonard
Mitchell Henderson
Guy Piggot
Tim Sutherland
Jarlath Duke
Joshua Burke
Jayden Johnstone
John Levien
Callum Marshall
Zachary Hill
Shaun Smith
Dakota Baldwin-Wright
Cody KIckett
 

Colts 11:00am
Met on two occasions in 2016
Round 4 at Medibank Stadium - Perth by 53 points
Round 16 at Lathlain Park - Perth by 45 points

28-man Squad
Luke English
Simon Hayward
Trent Simpson
Ethan Hansen
Corey Taylor
Regan Flaherty
Nic Taylor
Jason Hemphill
Caelen Bennell
Brodey Eades
Zac Edgelow
Chilton Yarran
Scott Williams
Aaron French
Zak Tanner
Blake Simpson
Nykia John
Damien Bennell
Tennasey Wybenga
Zac Casey
Sydney Stack
Christian Kesich
Cedric Anderson
Blake Little
Lindsay Martin
Jared Wynne
Bobby Hill
Aidan Conway


 
KEY TIMES
7:30am Gates Open (1,2 & 3)
8:30am 16’s bouncedown
9:00am- Expresso Delight Open – Subi Alfresco
9:00am – The Handsome Stranger Coffee
11:00am – Subi Bar Open
11:00am – Colts bouncedown
11:00am – Topolinis To – Go Open – Subi Alfresco
1:30pm – Development bouncedown
2:00pm – Team Store Open- located at Subi front office
2:00pm – Membership Stall – located at Subi front office
2:30pm – Behind the goal Bar open – Located northern end of ground
4:15pm- League bouncedown
 
Tickets
Purchase from any of the three gates on game day.  Adult Tickets $15. Concession Tickets $12. Under 16s Free.
 
Parking                                               
Parking is available at the Loftus Recreation Centre, street parking on Richmond Street, and various car parks throughout Leederville.
You can also catch public transport to the game, please check out Transperth website to find the best route to Medibank Stadium, Leederville.

Food Outlets
Topolinis ToGo - located in the Subi Alfresco just off the Subiaco Bar. Grab yourself a hamburger, hot dog, footy chips and lots more. Topolinis ToGo provides great food at a good price.
 
Xpresso Delight- Need a coffee, stop by Expresso Delight and grab a hot coffee and cake. Xpresso Delight will be open from 9:00am.
 
Food Van- Located behind the goals on the Northern end of Leederville Oval.
 
Drink Outlets
Subiaco Bar will be open from 11:00am and is open to all ticket holders.
 
East Perth Bar will be open from 2:00 until 6:30 located at the Southern End of Leederville Oval.
 
Behing the Goal Bar – located behind the goals at the Northern End and will be open from 2:30pm.
 
The Handsome Stranger Coffee will be open from 9:00am.
 
Kick-to-kick
Bring your footies and have a kick on Leederville Oval during the breaks.
 
#WAFL Selfie
WA footy fans have the chance to win a family pass to the WAFL each week by simply posting a photo of themselves at a WAFL match on social media. Fans must use #WAFLselfie in the caption to be in the running to win.

 

Round 1 Preview vs Swan Districts

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:12 PM

Round 1: Swan Districts vs Perth
Saturday 18th March 2017 | Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean

Follow all three games live from 9am Saturday here

League 2:15pm
Teams HERE

2016 colts Zarath Roe, Anton Scotney, Blake Johnson, Gordon Narrier and Tom Gooch will all make their league debuts on Saturday.

Met on three occasions in 2016
Round 8 at Lathlain Park - Perth by 41 points
Round 12 at Steel Blue Oval - Perth by 54
Round 22 at Steel Blue Oval - Perth by 50

25-man League Squad:
Devin McFarlane
Lennon Marlin
Laine Wilkins
Aidan Tropiano
Spencer White
Kurtis Chester
Sam Garsonte
Cody Ninyette
Brent Edmonds
Corey Byrne
Clint Jones (c)
Tom Gooch
Christian Eyres
Brent Latch
Clayton Giblett
Zareth Roe
Callum Walley
Mitchell Henderson
Gordon Narrier
Michael Sinclair
Anton Scotney
Kristian Morisey
Blake Johnson
Liam McKenna
Brant Colledge
 

Development 11:30am
Met on three occasions in 2016
Round 8 at Lathlain Park - Perth by 24 points
Round 12 at Steel Blue Oval - Swan Districts by 1 point
Round 22 at Steel Blue Oval - Swan Districts by 16 points

20-man Squad (to be joined by 3 League emergencies)
Marshall Jones
Mitchell Browne
Andies Mercer
Braden Piggott
Brad McPhail
Taran Etto
Callum Papertalk
Brennan Stack
Daniel Horan
Guy Piggot
Tim Sutherland
Jarlath Duke
Joshua Burke
Jayden Johnstone
John Levien
Callum Marshall
Zachary Hill
Shaun Smith
Dakota Baldwin-Wright
Matt Thompson
 

Colts 9:00am
Met on three occasions in 2016
Round 8 at Lathlain Park - Perth by 20 points
Round 12 at Steel Blue Oval - Swan Districts by 4 points
Round 22 at Steel Blue Oval - Swan Districts by 12 points

26-man Squad
Luke English
Simon Hayward
Trent Simpson
Tynam McNamara
Ethan Hansen
Corey Taylor
Regan Flaherty
Nicholas Taylor
Jason Hemphill
Caelen Bennell
Brodey Eades
Zac Edgelow
Chilton Yarran
Scott Williams
Aaron French
Zak Tanner
Blake Simpson
Nykia John
Damien Bennell
Tennasay Wybenga
Zac Casey
Sydney Stack
Christian Kesich
Jarrod Schofield
Cedric Anderson
Blake Little

Exciting young brigade give Spalding reason for Demons hope

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:13 AM - by Chris Pike

PERTH might have suffered some blows on the eve of the 2017 WAFL season in terms of injuries and departures, but coach Earl Spalding has every reason to be excited and expecting further improvement with his young brigade coming through.

The Demons showed improvement in 2017 winning seven games including a purple patch between Rounds 12 and 16 winning four of five before losing four straight to fall out of finals contention.

It was an improvement on previous seasons and now despite the loss of some key players and injuries to others, there's good reason for optimism about further growth with the Demons in 2017.

From last year's team, Perth has lost captain Dene White, former AFL ruckman Angus Graham, and experienced wingman Brett Wolfenden with Zac Fisher and Matthew Taylor entering the AFL.

Potential recruits back to the club from the AFL Tendai Mzungu and Clem Smith haven’t quite eventuated either for various reasons. Injuries to Jared Bell, Cody Leggett, Lachlan Dennis, Lennon Marlin, Kristian Cary and Jarrad Irons will delay their starts to the season.

There is plenty of good news to offset all that, though, with the Demons welcoming back another local product Brandt Colledge from West Coast.

Defenders Clayton Giblett (East Perth) and Brad McPhail (South Fremantle) also add some depth and size down back while former Peel Thunder running backman Devin McFarlane could prove a more than handy recruit.

Former Swan Districts big man Nelson Ansey is another late arrival and could prove handy.

New captain Clint Jones along Butcher Medallist Michael Sinclair, Sandover Medallist Aidan Tropiano along with Spencer White, Liam McKenna, Julian Jacobs, Brent Latch, Brent Edmonds, Sam Garstone and Christian Eyres form a good core group.

It's the young players that will get their chances that is most exciting for Spalding, though, including Cody Ninyette, Corey Byrne, Clint Chivers, Zach Hill, Jayden Johnstone, Chris Leonard, Justin Morisey, Anton Scotney, Gordon Narrier, Joseph Ugle and Cody Kickett who he won't be afraid to throw in the deep end.

"We have lost quite a bit of experience but some of the kids coming in are really exciting. They might take a while but we are going to be patient with them because we know if we are, and they can get to where we think they can, they are going to be pretty exciting," Spalding told wafl.com.au.

"With kids coming up, it gives you the opportunity to mould them the way you want them to play and they aren’t broken toys as such who have their own traits. It allows you to have an impact on how you want them to play so it's going to be interesting to see it unfold.

"I don’t want to overstate it, but there are some exciting kids here. They will make mistakes at times and it might frustrate our supporters, but when it clicks there is going to be some very exciting times ahead."

Spalding was relatively pleased with the growth shown by the Demons last year and knew it was going to take some time to become a finals contender from where the group was coming from when he took over ahead of the 2015 season.

"It's hard to judge success and it's always gauged against expectation, and last year I think we exceeded expectations in my mind. We were coming from quite a fair way back, so you can't expect to jump up from nowhere and succeed straightaway if you want to build for sustained success," he said.

"It's about taking those baby steps to be really competitive in games, and we were probably a chance to win 80 per cent of our games deep into the last quarter.

"Youth probably cost us some wins as much as anything as well as a lack of confidence, but the fact we were in them for so long was pleasing and we had some big wins. We beat Subi in terrible conditions who are a big-bodied side and it showed what happens if you put the effort in."

Perth's season begins Saturday against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval. Spalding hopes the Demons can take some confidence out of their impressive pre-season win over West Perth in their last hit out.

"It's hard to know if you are ever ready for it really and we have a few guys injured who we'd like to be playing, but I'm sure we're not alone with that," Spalding said.

"We've got five or six guys who won't be ready for Round 1 but the kids showed last week against West Perth that there's some depth of talent at the club. Some of it is pretty raw but those kids will get an opportunity and we'll see how we go.

"It's good to win to get your confidence up especially after we were so poor the week before against Peel when quite a few people were scratching their heads and questioning where we're going.

"It all turned around last weekend with a good pressure game and we moved the ball as well as we have. Everything got a tick in the right box and that gives us a bit of confidence they should be up and about now for Round 1."

Perth has good reason to expect a big season from Colledge as he returns from his time in the AFL with the Eagles. Capable of playing through the middle and up forward, he is a smooth mover with good skills.

"I'm a big wrap on him. He didn’t have a great year last year by his high standards, but he still contributed and the year before he was unbelievable. We know what we are getting back to the club and he loves Perth, and he has fitted right back in with the playing group," he said.

"He has had his shoulder issue which we hope will be right for Round 1 and he might be a bit underdone, but we know the value of him out there with his experience, big body and he uses the ball pretty well.

"He does give us the option of playing him forward if we need him to as well as playing through the middle where he'll definitely play chunks."

Perth desperately needed to add some depth and size to its defence and that's where the arrival of Giblett from the Royals and McPhail from the Bulldogs will be crucial to give some support to Latch who battled manfully last year as well.

"Clayton has been fantastic down back. He takes that No. 1 forward from the opposition and defends him, and then we can use our more creative defenders to give us that rebound run which we saw work against West Perth," Spalding said.

"Brad didn’t have a great game down at Peel so we pushed him back against West Perth and he was very good. He's going to be a really solid defender for us so if we get some good rebound run around him, he can take the key guys. He will come back in at some stage during the year and we are looking forward to that."

Former St Kilda big man Spencer White showed how dangerous he could be up forward kicking 12 goals in his last five games last year after battle an ankle injury.

Garstone showed good signs too as a forward target and Spalding is looking forward that combination and developing, and with getting a full season out of White.

"Having a fit Spencer White is really important for our forward-line and Sam Garstone has taken another step forward in his development so he is going to be an exciting player for us as well," he said.

"When Spencer came over he obviously had the ankle injury from surgery at the end of 2015 and couldn’t do a lot of work on it. Then when he started working he got stress fractures and he had a really frustrating year.

"But when he kicked five in that first half against Swans it showed us what we've got and he can be a bit frustrating at times, but he's a really likeable guy and will be hard to play on. We think we can put together a dangerous forward-line and we showed that with 22 goals against West Perth even though it was only a practice match."

Clem Smith had committed to return after his time in the AFL with Carlton but that hasn’t eventuated. Spalding won't rule out his return at some point but Graham's time as a WAFL ruckman is over.

"Clem's not at the club anymore but the door is always open for him. He has to understand the work that he needs to do to get to the level that we all know he can play at. Hopefully he will make that decision to come back at some stage but that's where it's at really," Spalding said.

"Angus has gone back to Melbourne. I had a good chat to him the other week and his head and heart just aren’t in it.

"Whilst it's disappointing it's better he makes that decision now instead of trying to play and giving little effort. He is going to be a hole in the team that's for sure but Eyresy gets the chance to step up and I still have a great deal of faith in him playing that role and giving us the contest that we need."

Eyres will now be the man that the Demons look to as their No. 1 ruckman and Spalding hopes he can stay healthy. He will be able to get some support potentially from former West Perth ruckman Tim Sutherland while the likes of Nelson Ansey, White and Garstone can pinch-hit.

"He (Eyres) is a physio so a lot of it might have to do with self-diagnosis, but he is a good fella and works hard. He does have a streak of aggression in him but we have to keep poking it to find it at times. When he's playing his best footy he can be a handful," he said.

"Nelson has a bit of work to do after not doing a pre-season, but he is already showing glimpses at training that he can certainly play and can be a handful at whichever end he ends up playing. He adds some depth to our talls which is always important to be a successful team."

Spalding is also happy with the coaching group he has around him coming into 2017 particularly the arrival of former Hawthorn and East Perth left-footer Garry Moss.

"Mossy has been huge for us coming in with a modern footy brain and he has been working on our defensive mechanisms," Spalding said.

"We've wanted to do that and Mossy has shown an easier way of doing that to the group which has been fantastic. We've got Chance (Bateman) too and we are getting some modern voices into the playing group which is great for the young guys." 

Liquor Barons Carlisle take out 2017 Corporate Classic

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 2:56 PM

Congratulations to Liquor Barons Carlisle who last night won the 2017 Corporate Classic prize draw, ahead of Vic Park Autocare and KC Sports.

1st Prize: Liquor Barons Carlisle
Two prominent signs at Lathlain Park for season 2017 and $3000 worth of advertising with Community News

2nd Prize: Victoria Park Autocare
Logo on 2017 League and Development playing shorts for season 2017 (home and away)

3rd Prize: KC Sports
A match day acknowledgement including a table for 10 at a Presidents Lunch


Perth Football Club wishes to thank all 2017 Corporate Classic participants for their support.
 

2017 Player Auction groups and prizes

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Groups and prizes for this Saturday evening's Player Auction have been finalised.

Weekly prizes include $100 if the best League player is in your group, and $50 if the best Development player is in your group.

End of year prizes include (if the following player is in your group):
Butcher Medal (League) Winner - $1000 
Greg Brehaut Award (Development Squad) Winner - $500 
Doug Buckingham Memorial Trophy (Best Junior) Winner - $500

If you are unable to attend on the night but would like to place a bid, please email your name, contact number, the group you wish to bid on and your bid amount to daniel@perthdemons.com.au by 5pm Saturday 11th March. Alternatively, you can phone the Club on 9362 4499. Please note, GST will be added to final bids.

The 2017 Player Auction will be held at this Saturday night's Season Launch function. All members, sponsors and supporters are encouraged to come along.
Tickets are only $35 and are available here.

Group 1:
Aidan Tropiano
Clayton Giblett
Brad McPhail
Chris Leonard
Joshua Burke
Clint Chivers
Brayden Dos Santos

Group 2:
Brant Colledge
Brennan Stack
Corey Byrne
Zachary Hill
Callum Marshall
Abdul Bility
Nixon Hamlet

Group 3:
Liam McKenna
Lennon Marlin
Callum Papertalk
Matt Thompson
Mitchell Henderson
Daniel Horan

Group 4:
Spencer White
Kristian Cary
Anton Scotney
Kasey Nicholas
Andries Mercer
Jarlath Duke

Group 5:
Julian Jacobs
Brent Edmonds
Cody Kickett
Guy Piggott
Shaun Smith
Blake Johnson
Sam Perkusich
 

Group 6:
Michael Sinclair
Taran Etto
Marshall Jones
Braden Piggott
Cedric Anderson
Tim Sutherland
Lachlan Dennis

Group 7:
Cody Leggett
Callum Walley
Laine Wilkins
Kurtis Chester
Gordon Narrier
Josh Siegert
Tom Gooch

Group 8:
Brent Latch
Cody Ninyette
Zareth Roe
Mitch Browne
Garang Bulkosh
Nelson Ansey
Jared Bell

Group 9:
Christian Eyres
Devin McFarlane
Jarrad Irons
John Levien
Arnold Punch
Joseph Ugle

Group 10:
Clint Jones
Sam Garstone
Kristian Morisey
Jayden Johnstone
Brad Pattison
Caelan Bennell