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Syd Shaw a Surprise Packet

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 1:42 PM - by Peter Kennedy

To most post World War Two football fans, Perth's star full back Syd Shaw was one of a number of ex-servicemen who put their stamp on the game, eager to make up for the years lost while serving overseas.

Syd's bare military record shows he enlisted in 1940, fought at El Alamein in North Africa where he was captured by the Germans in July 1942, was a POW in Italy, and made it back to Perth in November 1944, then discharged.

He made his league debut with the Redlegs, as the club was then known, in 1945, played 150 games and represented WA in two carnivals, Hobart in 1947 - when he played in the winning WA team against Victoria - and Brisbane in 1950.

But for the long kicking custodian who hung up his boots in 1953, that's just scratching the surface.

Now aged 94, Syd's face lit up when he described his rich football and military experiences to me at his unit in Woodvale, surrounded by extensive memorabilia. And he recalled the events and dates as if they happened yesterday.

Born on 22 December 1922, Syd was a Victoria Park boy and attended the "bottom school" in Cargill Street. He was right into football, and his opponents in school games included other future Perth champions such as centreman Ern Henfry and full forward Ron Tucker.

Syd signed up for the 2/32 Battalion soon after war broke out, and left Fremantle in the Queen Mary, bound for the Middle East, in late 1941, at the start of an extraordinary three year period in his eventful life.

He saw action at El Alamein before his unit was overrun by the Germans and he was captured "on 22 July 1942". After a month in captivity in Ben Ghazi ("the horror camp - and full of fleas"), he set sail on the Nino Bixio for Italy.

"But the British submarine, the 'Turbulent', put two torpedoes into the ship, and all hell broke loose," Syd said. "I was just lucky but 432 men died in that incident."

The badly damaged and listing ship made it to Greece, and Syd and the other surviving POWs were then shipped to Italy, ending up in POW Camp 57 at Udine, near the border with Yugoslavia. "A terrible camp", he said.

The action continued. The vacant hut he and his mates were allotted was being used by other POWs for the secret burrowing of an escape tunnel. Thirty men found freedom through it.

Syd was set to work on a road project but he and his mates set their own rules. They refused to work on Saturdays and then negotiated a one day on, one day off roster. When the Italians surrendered to the British "on 10 September 1943" he was in a group of 13 Australians who "cleared out and headed for the Swiss border".

It took 13 days to cover the 80 kilometres on foot, in freezing conditions. Syd said they were wearing just shirts and shorts at altitudes of up to 12,000 ft. On "23 September 1944", Syd was released from internment in Switzerland,  eventually made it back to Perth in November and was discharged.  

However the army was in his blood and he signed up again in late 1947, seeing service in Malaya (now Malaysia) and New Guinea. He also served for two years in the elite SAS regiment. Syd finally retired as a warrant officer in March 1975, after 32 years service in the infantry.

Syd was 22 when he started his football career with Perth, then based at the WACA Ground, in 1945. He didn't miss a match for two seasons, and was chosen to play full-back in the 1947 Hobart carnival team captained by Perth team mate Merv McIntosh.

The army transferred him to country Victoria in 1948. Efforts to join old Perth teammates Henfry and George Bailey (1945 Sandover Medallist) at Carlton failed. But he did win the fairest and best award for the Mornington League.

That season he also came up against a lively young full forward playing for the Hastings club who struck him as extremely talented. Their paths crossed again when the young forward was in the Victorian carnival team in 1950, after joining Essendon. His name was John Coleman.

Syd recalls other Perth players in the WA carnival side were McIntosh, Tucker, Terry Moriarty, Reg Zeuner, Phil Craven and Bob Miller.

He remembers the 1950 grand final, in which South Fremantle defeated the Redlegs by six points, as the one that "got away". "In a tight last quarter, South's Steve Marsh grabbed the ball, ran across the ground and, with wind assistance, kicked to Don Wares. He marked, kicked accurately for goal, and the game was all over."

Syd played on until 1953 but retired mid season, aged 31, after being injured. By then he had notched 150 games, and he was awarded Life Membership in 1966.

Syd recalls some of the leading players of his era:

Merv McIntosh (triple Sandover Medallist): a "gentleman footballer". He was "very good to me and always helpful on the field".

Ern Henfry (1955 premiership coach): a brilliant centre man with plenty of skills. Took some "heavy hits" but always played on.

Reg Zeuner (centre half forward/ruck): a deceptively talented player. We probably never saw the best of Reg.

Ron Tucker (full forward): Mercurial. But had the capacity to do stupid things. Had a feud with "Nugget" Hilsz who also wanted to play at full forward, rather than centre half-back.

Terry Moriarty (1943 Sandover Medallist): A good boy Terry. He was a "bulldog"on the half-back flank. Never gave up.

George Bailey (player and coach): Playing at centre half back, he was very good, he helped give me an "armchair ride".

Bernie Naylor (South Fremantle full forward): He was very good and also fair. I always tried to play five yards in front of him to cut off the stab passes. Very accurate with the torpedo punt.

Demons partner with RMH Perth in WAFL first

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Perth Football Club have officially kicked off their Major Charity Partnership with Ronald McDonald House Perth.

Perth are the first WAFL club to partner with the house and are excited about working together to provide a home away from home for regional WA families who have a sick child receiving hospital treatment in Perth.

Perth's zone covers a large country district from Wongan Hills in the east to Dongara in the north so it was a natural fit to support a foundation that provides support to families when they have to travel far from home to obtain specialist medical care for their sick child.

The club will contribute to the house financially by dedicating next Saturday's home game against the Swans to Ronald McDonald House, with part of the proceeds going directly to the house.

The club will also raise money for the house by taking part in the upcoming Central Park Plunge and by shaking tins at other events throughout the year.

The Demons will also provide support in the form of player volunteering, cooking meals for the families, and hosting unique kids events at both the football club and at the house.

Together, Perth FC and Ronald McDonald House Perth hope to provide a safe and comfortable environment where families can stay and thrive together for the duration of their child’s treatment. 

Senior players Lachie Dennis (left) and Cal Walley (right) with departing RMH Fundraising Executive Nadine Magill

L-R: Daryle Mann (PFC President), Nadine Magill, Lachie Dennis, Xander Thompson, Cal Walley, Kristi Annear (PFC Director of Events and Charity), Maddie Tierney

 

PREVIEW: Round 10 v Peel Thunder

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:09 AM

The equation is simple for the Demons ahead of this Saturday's vital clash with Peel Thunder at Lathlain Park.

Win, and they'll sit just one game outside the top five going into next week's state game bye.

Lose, and they'll fall three wins behind their fifth placed opponents and give themselves plenty of work to do during the second half of the seaon.

Both sides enter Saturday afternoon's matchup with round nine wins under their belt.

The Demons kicked two late goals to defeat Claremont by eight points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval while Peel beat third placed Swan Districts by 21-points in Mandurah.

Teams will be announced via the club's website from 10am on Friday morning.

League bounce down is 2.15pm, Development 11.30am and Colts 9am.

Devin McFarlane named round 9 Player of the Round, joined by three fellow Demons in Team of the Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Weather: 18°C and cloudy
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: Three races for three age groups, all kids are welcome to participate. Winner of each race wins a $20 Belmont Forum voucher and is invited to the grand final race at our last home game on August 19
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 $1400!
Bike Raffle: All kids under 16 go into the draw to win a free bike when they enter the ground. Winner announced at half time
Kick-to-Kick: Bring your footy and have a kick on the new oval at the breaks
Memberships: Visit reception on Saturday to sign yourself up as a Perth Football Club member or sign up online. 5 game and 2 game memberships available
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, dinner and post match presentations
Tickets: Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Under 16s free. Alternatively, become a Perth Football Club member 
Social Media: Follow Perth Football Club on Instagram (perthdemons), Twitter (@PerthFC) and Facebook (facebook.com/PerthDemonsFootballClub) for match day scores and news. Tag us in your photos and use hashtags #NoExcuses #BoldConnectedCommitted #WAfooty
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.

 

Round 9 Match Report v Claremont

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 11:53 AM - by Chris Pike

Claremont and Perth entered Saturday's clash at Fremantle Community Bank Oval desperate to stop losing slides and it turned out to be a remarkable finish that saw the Demons claim the eight-point victory.

The game was played on neutral turf at the port once again with Claremont Oval still unavailable to host Claremont home games with the redevelopment now nearing completion, and it turned out to be a terrific contest between two desperate teams.

Perth actually held the advantage for the majority of the day leading by six points at quarter-time, nine points at half-time and still by 17 at three quarter-time.

But by the time Jack Richardson kicked truly for Claremont at the 25-minute mark of the last term, the Tigers had hit the front and for all money looked set for their breakthrough win.

Perth, however, had other ideas and goals after the 30-minute mark firstly to seven-gamer Kristian Morisey and then a bomb from the centre square from Brennan Stack sealed the 13.9 (87) to 11.13 (79) victory.

The stirring win improves Perth to a 2-6 record on the season while Claremont slips to 3-5.

Perth captain Clint Jones was again outstanding finishing with a game-high 36 possessions to go with six marks in the middle.

Former Peel Thunder half-back Devin McFarlane played his best game since joining the Demons this season providing great run and drive with 29 disposals, nine marks and a goal.

Corey Byrne continued to impress in the midfield for Perth with another 25 touches while Brant Colledge had 20 possessions and Michael Sinclair 19. Aidan Tropiano had just 14 disposals but laid 11 tackles and kicked a goal.

Young small forward Cody Ninyette kicked four goals from 15 possessions and four tackles for Perth while Stack also booted two majors.

Down back, Clayton Giblett was tremendous holding Beau Maister goalless while Brad McPhail limited Tom Lee to one major and five kicks.

Claremont had the first couple of scoring opportunities to start the game with Yu kicking two behinds before Perth booted three goals in six minutes through Tropiano, Marshall Jones and Ninyette.

The Tigers' first came at the 17-minute mark of the first term and Jack Richardson added another to cut Perth's lead to six points at the first change.

The Demons scored the first major of the second quarter through Colledge but Claremont responded with goals to Yu and Manuel to hold a narrow lead.

But Perth ended the first half strongly with goals to Stack and Sam Garstone to take a nine-point advantage into the long break.

By the time McFarlane and Ninyette kicked important goals midway through the third quarter, Perth's lead grew to 22 points before a goal shortly before three quarter-time through McCracken kept the Tigers in touch.

Perth's advantage was again 22 points 10 minutes into the last quarter after a goal to Ninyette, but Claremont was just getting warmed up. The Tigers kicked the next couple of goals through Lee and Manuel before Perth got a steadier from Nelson Ansey.

But goals to Yu and Murphy had Claremont within three points and then Jack Richardson's goal with 25 minutes gone put them in front by three.

It then took until the 31-minute mark for Morisey to snap truly to see Perth back up by two points and then Stack sealed what will be a memorable win for the Demons shortly after the resulting centre bounce.

Perth will look to make it consecutive wins up against Peel Thunder at Lathlain Park on Saturday.

PERTH                     3.2     6.4    9.8    13.9      (87)
CLAREMONT            2.2    4.7    6.9    11.13    (79)

Goals: Ninyette 4; Stack 2; Ansey, Garstone, Jones, Morisey, McFarlane, Colledge, Tropiano.
Best: McFarlane, Ninyette, Colledge, Eyres, Giblett.

MORE: Brennan's bomb ices unforseen Demons victory over Claremont

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Photos: Brendan Merdzan Photography

Round 9 v Claremont Preview, Teams

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:18 AM

Perth take on Claremont at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday in what will be the two sides second encounter this season.

They last met back in round three at Lathlain Park, where Claremont ran out winners by 59-points.

Both sides have won just one game since their reound three meeting and will be looking to return to the winners list on Saturday afternoon.

The Demons have added Kurtis Chester, Jayden Johnstone, Marshall Jones and Josh Burke to their 25-man squad.

Taran Etto has been left out of this week's squad, while Zareth Roe will remain with the colts in a bid to showcase his talent and earn selection in the State Academy's upcoming second intake.

Read the WAFL match preview

Listen to Wednesday's episode of DeeRadio with special guest Sydney Stack 

Follow all three games live from 9am Saturday morning

League 2:15pm
Listen live on KIX Digital through the official WAFL app
25-Man Squad

Aidan Tropiano
Brad McPhail
Brant Colledge
Brennan Stack
Brent Edmonds
Callum Walley
Christian Eyres
Clayton Giblett
Clint Jones (c)
Cody Ninyette
Corey Byrne
Devin McFarlane
Gordon Narrier
Jayden Johnstone
John Levien
Joshua Burke
Julian Jacobs
Kristian Morisey
Kurtis Chester
Marshall Jones
Michael Sinclair
Mitch Browne
Mitchell Henderson
Nelson Ansey
Sam Garstone

Development 11:30am
20-Man Squad

Abdulaye Bility
Andries Mercer
Anton Scotney
Blake Johnson
Brad Pattison
Brayden Sprigg Dos Santos
Callum Marshall
Callum Papertalk
Chris Leonard
Clint Chivers
Cody Kickett
Garang Bulkoch
Garrick McGlaughlin
Guy Piggott
Kasey Nicholas
Shaun Smith
Taran Etto
Tim Sutherland
Trent Simpson
Zachary Hill
 

Colts 9.00am
24-Man Squad

Aidan Conway
Caelen Bennell
Chilton Yarran (jnr)
Corey Taylor
Dakota Baldwin-Wright
Damien Bennell
Jarrod Schofield
Joseph Ugle
Lindsay Martin
Luke English
Maverick Hamilton
Nicholas Taylor
Regan Flaherty
Sam Hobbs
Simon Hayward
Sydney Stack
Thomas Gooch
Trey Harrison
Tyson Barron
Wade Southcott
Zac Casey
Zac Edgelow
Zac Tanner
Zareth Roe

Round 8 Match Report v South Fremantle

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:41 AM - by Chris Pike

South Fremantle maintained its hold on top spot of the WAFL ladder with a fifth straight victory beating Perth by 60 points at Lathlain Park on Saturday.

It was always going to be a big task for the one-win Perth to challenge a South Fremantle who has lost just once this season.

The final scoreline of South Fremantle winning 22.14 (146) to 13.8 (86) suggests a comfortable win for the Bulldogs, but it doesn’t tell the full story of a competitive Demons effort who ensured South Fremantle had to work hard to beat them.

It was a good win for the Bulldogs, though, with several players showing good form in different positions, with them having 10 goalkickers and doing so without Ashton Hams, Steven Edwards and Steve Verrier.

South Fremantle improved to a 6-1 record with the win having won five straight games to remain on top of the WAFL ladder ahead of a top-of-the-table clash with Subiaco this Saturday.

Perth slipped to a 1-6 with the loss but there are definite signs of improvement and that coach Earl Spalding has the Demons heading in the right direction.

Tim Kelly delivered another best on ground performance for South Fremantle kicking three goals to go with 28 possessions. That was despite an attempted tagging effort for the Demons from Taran Etto.

The Bulldogs had plenty more goal scorers with Blaine Johnson booting five from 19 disposals and five marks. Ben Saunders also kicked four majors, Mason Shaw three and Cory Dell'Olio two.

Haiden Schloithe continued his outstanding 2017 season form with another 31 possessions, seven marks and a goal while Brendan Verrier picked up 23 disposals for the Bulldogs, Ryan Cook 22, Shane Hockey 22, Jacob Dragovich 21, Dylan Main 20 and Shaun Bewick 19.

Marlion Pickett played a new role for South Fremantle spending his time forward and helping Brock Higgins in the ruck. He had 20 touches, nine marks, five tackles and a goal for the game.

Higgins also had a strong performance in the ruck again with 13 possessions, five marks and 37 hit outs.

Jarrod Garlett played his best game since returning to South Fremantle having 22 possessions largely off half-back while Adam McIntosh also had 21 disposals down back and Jason Maskos kept Brennan Stack just one goal after he kicked seven last week for Perth.

Michael Sinclair was again a strong performer for Perth in defence and finished the afternoon with a game-high 33 possessions to go with eight marks.

Exciting young forward Gordon Narrier was scintillating at times for the Demons kicking three goals from 17 disposals while small forward Cody Ninyette also had good moments in his 21 touches, five marks and a goal.

Nelson Ansey was making his debut for Perth with the former Swan Districts big man managing to win three one-on-one contests with Josh Pullman in the first half to kick three goals.

Callum Walley also kicked two goals on return to the league side for Perth.

Aidan Tropiano also gathered 22 possessions for the Demons, Clint Jones 19, Brant Colledge 19, Corey Byrne 19 and Devin McFarlane 18.

The signs were ominous early on with South Fremantle kicking three goals in the space of four minutes. The first came from Johnson before Shaw kicked another with a good snap from the picked and Dell'Olio delivered another on the run.

But Perth did well to respond with three goals of its own in a five-minute burst kicked by Garstone, Ansey and Jacobs to close to within a point.

Again though, South Fremantle kicked the last three goals of the opening term with Johnson and Shaw both adding their second, and then Kelly delivering on the run from 50 to put the Bulldogs up by 19 points at quarter-time.

Despite Perth starting the second term encouragingly with a goal to Ninyette, South Fremantle put its foot down over a 15-minute patch where they piled on six goals.

The first came from Dell'Olio before Shaw added his third. Brandon Donaldson and Verrier kicked truly soon after before Kelly kicked his second and Saunders a first as the lead for South Fremantle grew to 52 points.

To Perth's credit the home team did kick three late goals before half-time to Ansey, Narrier and Ansey again to be within 34 points at the main break

Perth continued to fight hard again throughout the third quarter with four of the opening six goals to be just 23 points down after Narrier's second goal at the 19-minute mark.

But from there South Fremantle kicked away again with goals to Johnson, Saunders, Johnson again and Main to make the lead for the Bulldogs 47 points at the last change.

After the Demons kicked the opening two majors of the last quarter from Narrier and Walley, South Fremantle finished with the final four goals of the contest with Saunders kicking his third and fourth, Johnson his fifth and Schloithe his first to secure the 60-point win.

South Fremantle now has its top-of-the-table clash with Subiaco at Leederville Oval to prepare for on Saturday. Perth takes on Claremont at Fremantle Community Bank Oval also on Saturday.

PERTH                                3.3    7.5      11.6      13.8       (86)
SOUTH FREMANTLE           6.4   12.9    18.11     22.14     (146)


Goals: Narrier, Ansey 3; Walley 2; Jacobs, Stack, Byrne, Ninyette, Garstone
Best: Narrier, Giblett, Sinclair, Ninyette, Levien

Colts secure second consecutive win

Round 8 Image Gallery

Spalding needs more time to resurrect Demons

Round 8 Teams v South Fremantle

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Julian Jacobs is set to play his first league game for the season after being named in this week's 25-man squad.

Jacobs has averaged 25 disposals and 8 marks from his three appearances at Development level this year and will bring some much needed experience to the young Demons lineup.

Callum Walley, Nelson Ansey, Brent Edmonds and Marshall Jones also come in to squad that will take on the top-of-the-ladder Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.

Full match preview and match day information

If named in the final 22, Ansey will play his first league game in red and black after coming across from Swan Districts earlier this year.

The 21-year-old made 14 league appearances for the Swans across 2015-16.

Edmonds returns to the side after missing last week's loss to West Perth due to a wedding.

After four goals from 19 disposals last week in the Development side's 52-point win over West Perth, Walley has earned himself a recall to the league squad.

Jones has also been included in this week's 25-man squad after impressing at Development level, averaging 2.5 goals from the first six games.

Laine Wilkins (finger) and Liam McKenna (knee) are this week's forced exclusions, with the extent of their injuries still to be determined.


League 2:15pm
25-Man Squad

Aidan Tropiano
Anton Scotney
Brad McPhail
Brant Colledge
Brennan Stack
Brent Edmonds
Callum Walley
Christian Eyres
Clayton Giblett
Clint Jones (c)
Cody Ninyette
Corey Byrne
Devin McFarlane
Gordon Narrier
John Levien
Julian Jacobs
Kristian Morisey
Marshall Jones
Michael Sinclair
Mitch Browne
Mitchell Henderson
Nelson Ansey
Sam Garstone
Taran Etto
Zareth Roe

Development 11:30am
20-Man Squad

Andries Mercer
Ben Clarke
Blake Johnson
Brad Pattison
Brayden Sprigg Dos Santos
Callum Marshall
Callum Papertalk
Cedric Anderson
Chris Leonard
Clint Chivers
Cody Kickett
Garang Bulkoch
Garrick McGlaughlin
Guy Piggott
Jayden Johnstone
Joshua Burke
Kurtis Chester
Shaun Smith
Tim Sutherland
Trent Simpson
 

Colts 9.00am
24-Man Squad

Aidan Conway
Caelen Bennell
Chilton Yarran (jnr)
Corey Taylor
Dakota Baldwin-Wright
Damien Bennell
Jarrod Schofield
Jason Hemphill
Joseph Ugle
Lindsay Martin
Luke English
Maverick Hamilton
Nicholas Taylor
Regan Flaherty
Sam Hobbs
Sydney Stack
Thomas Gooch
Trey Harrison
Tynam McNamara
Tyson Barron
Wade Southcott
Zac Casey
Zac Edgelow
Zac Tanner

PREVIEW: Round 8 v South Fremantle

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:58 AM

The Demons return to Lathlain Park this Saturday to take on league leaders South Fremantle.

Perth will be looking to bounce back from last Saturday's 19 point loss to West Perth, their fourth loss of the season by under four goals.

Their opponents, South Fremantle, enter Saturday afternoon's contest with a 5-1 win-loss record before a round seven bye.

The Demons could be without wingman Laine Wilkins (finger) and midfielder Liam McKenna (knee), who both sustained injuries at HBF Arena last Saturday.

Potential inclusions include Kurtis Chester, Callum Walley, Julian Jacobs, Joshua Burke, Marshall Jones and Nelson Ansey who have all been performing strongly at Development level.

Teams will be announced via the Club's website from 10am Friday.

League bounce down is 2.15pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Earlier in the day, Perth's Development side (2nd) meet South Fremantle (1st) in a top-of-the-table clash.

Both sides have won five of their first six games and Saturday's winner will move to outright top of the Development ladder.

The Development game commences at 11.30am.

Coming off their first win of the season last Saturday, Perth Colts will be looking to make it two wins in a row on Saturday morning when they take on the bottom-placed Bulldogs.

Colts bounce down is 9am.

Listen to Wednesday evening's episode 8 of DeeRadio | Rd 7 review, hear from football manager Dale Ballantyne, DeeMinute with Brant Colledge, Rd 8 preview & more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



MATCH DAY INFORMATION:

Weather: 26°C and sunny
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 Activities: Kids running races and footy kicking competition. Three races for three age groups, all kids are encouraged to participate
Bike Raffle: All kids under 16 go into the draw to win a free bike when they enter the ground
Kick-to-Kick: Bring your footy and have a kick on the new oval at the breaks
Memberships: Visit reception between 9-11.30am or 2.30-5pm on Saturday to sign up as a Perth Football Club member or sign up online
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, dinner, post match presentations and live entertainment
Tickets: Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Under 16s free. Alternatively, become a Perth Football Club member 
Social Media: Follow Perth Football Club on Instagram (perthdemons), Twitter (@PerthFC) and Facebook (facebook.com/PerthDemonsFootballClub) for match day scores and news. Tag us in your photos and use hashtags #NoExcuses #BoldConnectedCommitted #WAfooty
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEY TIMES
7.30am: Goddard St and McCartney Cresent Gates open
9am: Colts bounce down. Canteen open. Reception open
11am: Merchandise shop open

11:30am: Development bounce down. Reception closes temporarily - all inquiries to merchandise shop
12 midday: Demon Den, Bar on the Hill and Redlegs Bar all open
2pm: Merchandise shop closes temporarily. Re-opens during 1/4 time and 1/2 time breaks

2.15pm: League bounce down
2:30pm: Reception re-opens

3.20pm: Half time little league, kids running races and footy kicking competition
5.00pm: League game concludes. Reception closes. Members and supporters encouraged to head upstairs to the Main Hall for post match presentations
5.30pm: Dinner available for purchase upstairs in the Main Hall. Redlegs Bar remains open til late
6.00pm: Post match presentations begin. Redlegs bar open til late
7.00pm: Live band (One Last Shot) til late


Two greats reunite

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 12:07 PM - by Peter Kennedy

In the 1960s they were fiercely competitive on-field opponents. But these days they are the best of mates and when Perth and West Perth are opposed, they enjoy catching up as they did at Saturday's matchup.

Bill Dempsey (pictured- left) and Pat Astone (pictured- right) were key ruckmen in their teams' premierships - Pat in Perth's hat trick of flags (1966-67-68) and Bill with West Perth in 1969 and 1971.

Between them they played 558 league games, Pat 215 with the Demons and Bill 343 with the Falcons, then known as the Cardinals. And there were few honors that didn't come their way, including state representation, club captain (Pat) and fairest and best (Bill). In addition, Bill has the honor of having the grandstand at Arena Joondalup bearing his name, along with that of another West Perth champion, Mel Whinnen.

And when West Perth play at Lathlain Park, Bill says he is often flattered to be mistaken for Pat by Perth supporters. "I never correct them," he says.

Picture: Peter Kennedy

 

Skill errors hand Falcons 19 point win

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 9:31 AM

Perth have recorded their fourth loss by under four goals this season, going down to West Perth 14.6 (90) to 15.19 (109) at HBF Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The young Demons side were in the contest all day, responding whenever West Perth threatened to take full control.

However it was basic skill errors that prevented Perth from getting on top, with the Falcons making them pay for several unforced turnovers going forward.

Brennan Stack was Perth's best, kicking seven goals straight from 14 possessions in an impressive display up forward.

Michael Sinclair had 29 disposals and used it well across half back in his second game back from an achillies injury.

Captain Clint Jones was again prolific, amassing 34 touches along with a goal.

Both Laine Wilkins (finger) and Laim McKenna (knee) sustained injuries during Saturday's loss and will undergo scans this week to determine the extent.

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The Demons return to Lathlain Park this week to host ladder leaders South Fremantle.

WEST PERTH        3.5    7.9     11.15    15.19    (109)
PERTH                   1.3    6.4     11.4      14.6       (90)

Goals: Stack 7; Ninyette 2; Jones, Garstone, Narrier, Roe, Levien
Best: Stack, Sinclair, Jones, Giblett McFarlane


Earlier in the afternoon, Perth's Development side defeated West Perth by 52 points.

The Demons have now won their last four games and remain equal top of the Development ladder.

Perth were in control all day, leading comfortably at every change.

Kurts Chester collected 34 disposals in a best on ground display.

Callum Walley kicked four goals from 19 disposals in his bid to return to the league side.

Joshua Burke was also among Perth's better players, taking 11 marks to go with his 25 possessions.

This week's top of the table clash with South Fremantle is shaping as a massive one, with the winner to go one game clear on top.

WEST PERTH        3.3      4.6        7.9       10.11      (71)
PERTH                   5.3     10.5     14.8      19.9       (123)

Goals: Walley 4; Jones, Papertalk, Ansey, Johnson 2; Piggott, Nicholas, Kickett, Jacobs, Smith, Chivers, Mercer 1
Best: Chester, Burke, Walley, Jacobs, Johnson


The Colts recorded their first win of the season defeating West Perth by six goals on Saturday morning.

The game was closely fought until the Demons ran away with it in the final term kicking five goals straight.

Luke English was Perth's best, kicking three second half goals to go with his 34 disposals.

Joseph Ugle was also prolific, collecting 30 disposals in just his second game this season.

The win takes Perth off the bottom of the Colts ladder.

The Demons have an opportunity to make it two wins in a row this week when they host the bottom placed South Fremantle on Saturday morning.

Read Footy Prophet's review of the colts first victory

WEST PERTH        1.0     2.2     4.3       6.6         (42)
PERTH                   2.2     4.4     7.6      12.6       (78)

Goals: English 3; Stack, McNamara 2; Bennell, Martin, Yarran, Hansen, Baldwin-Wright 1
Best: English, Ugle, Conway, Yarran


Photos: Brendan Merdzan Photography