Are you OK? Support is available through Outside the Locker Room.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 10:17 AM

The Perth Football Club are proud partners of Outside the Locker Room, a program that focusses on providing education and support for players in their daily lives. Our playing groups are supported through our partnership with OTLR.

OTLR's programs centre on areas such as mental health, drugs, alcohol, gambling and domestic violence. Through mentorship and education it brings awareness to these topics.

This Mental Health Day, we are reminded of the imprtance of support and taking part in the Outside the Locker Room (OTLR) programs. 

The PFC would like to encourage all our players, members, sponsors, fans and staff to reach out if they are dealing with mental health issues. Players are reminded that they can reach out through the OTLR app. 

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please reach out to Lifeline on 13 11 14.


A series of tragedies have led to Peel Thunder Football Club adopting a revolutionary mental health program, created by a former AFL footballer, which is changing lives.

Former Carlton player Jake Edwards created Outside the Locker Room after his own mental health struggles, coupled with alcohol and drug abuse, which culminated in him attempting to take his own life after he was delisted in 2009.

The welfare and education program was developed in partnership with mental health and youth services experts and is delivered in local sporting clubs, schools and community groups via interactive workshops over 12 months.

It focuses on mental health, drugs, alcohol, gambling and domestic violence and through a mobile phone app provides an anonymous secure platform for users to access support.

WAFL teams Peel Thunder and the Perth Demons are among the dozens of sporting clubs across the country to use the program.

Peel Chief Executive John Ditchburn said the loss to suicide of three teenage footballers associated with the Club’s Development Squad, followed by the death of sponsor Tony Sieracki 12 months ago, left the Club reeling and desperate to access support.

“We looked at different organisations but couldn’t get any continuation,” he said. “When we found out about Outside the Locker Room, we jumped on it.

“It’s attached to Lifeline and Youth Focus and it immediately made a difference.”

The program has been undertaken by the Senior and Colts teams and the development squad, and there was a 98 per cent uptake of users completing an anonymous questionnaire.

“Out of the 90 guys at the footy club that went through it, we still have four that are on counselling and there is a 95 per cent uptake of the Monday health check,” Mr Ditchburn said.

The questionnaire provided the club with some alarming data, including that a number of players had used drugs.

The Demons introduced the program after becoming aware that two of its players were struggling with mental health issues.

“As we know with young men, they’re embarrassed and don’t want to share it with anybody,” chief executive Marty Atkins said. “But they can share through the app and people at the other end can red-flag it and provide support.

“The underlying message — making people feel they belong. Our players are a massive part of the change we want to make here and it’s the reason we’ve had one of our better years.”

Perth football operations manager Dale Ballantyne said he had noticed a positive impact, with more players comfortable talking about their personal struggles. “You can ask them now how they are going — are you OK? — it’s the best message out there and blokes are getting better at doing that,” he said.

Lee Sieracki, whose husband husband Tony took his own life aged 46, believes passionately that when it comes to mental illness, there should be no secrecy.

Mr Sieracki was a partner in a Mandurah accounting firm that sponsors the Peel Thunder Football Club. More than 1000 people attended his funeral.

Since his death, Mr Sieracki’s football club the Mandurah Makos has hosted a mental health round to encourage men to speak out.

“Big burly men from various football clubs came up to me, sharing their personal stories of depression, some in tears,” Mrs Sieracki said.

“It was only after his death that we were all talking to each other and putting our stories together and it all seemed so obvious. Things are said in secrecy but when it comes to mental illness, I don’t think there should be any secrecy.”

Dianne Eddy with a mirror covered with pictures of her son Austin.
Dianne Eddy with a mirror covered with pictures of her son Austin.Picture: Ian Munro

Dianne Eddy has had to watch on as her son Austin’s old footy teammates reach milestones that he will not — attending the school ball, playing colts, turning 18.

Austin took his own life just a month shy of his 16th birthday and his mother has spent every day since his death on December 21, 2016, asking why?

The Pinjarra teenager was a talented footballer and had a bright future in harness racing.

“He was a natural horseman ... all the things he could have done with harness racing,” Ms Eddy said.

“And his old teammates are playing colts footy now, which is really hard.”

Since his death, Ms Eddy noticed Austin’s friends and peers had become better at communicating and looking out for one another. “His mates talk a lot more openly now,” she said.

Ms Eddy hoped that by sharing her story, young men would be encouraged to speak to someone if they were feeling depressed.

“If they’re not comfortable talking to their mums, find someone else around that you can speak with,” she said.

“Most people who have survived a suicide attempt thought (taking their lives) was the wrong thing to do, so sit back, take a breath and reassess.”

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14

 

Originally published as "Suicides spur sporting clubs to ask are you OK?"

Vale Brian Holdcroft

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 2:03 PM

With the recent passing of Brian Holdcroft we are reminded of the Club’s halcyon days of the sixties and seventies when our success was built on the production of home-grown talent.

So many youngsters came through what was then the Perth Football Club Junior Council to become successful League players that the Council was rightfully considered to be the leader in its field among all WAFL clubs.

One of the many people who contributed greatly to this success was Brian Holdcroft who, among other duties, was Secretary of the Council for a period of time in the mid-seventies. Brian was a tireless worker for junior development, his efforts being rewarded with Life Membership of the Council.

The Perth Football Club extends sincere sympathy to Brian’s son Greg, himself a Colts player for the Club, and to the Holdcroft family in their loss.

Brant Colledge Claims 2018 Butcher Medal

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Brant Colledge has taken home the Perth Football Club's highest honour, the Butcher Medal, after what was an outstanding season for the Club.

Colledge was successful with 101 votes, beating 2017 Butcher Medallist Captain Clint Jones by a single vote. Jones took home the Runner Up Best & Fairest, with Corey Yeo finishing third on the final leaderboard for the 2018 season.

Colledge has always looked a tremendously capable footballer at both the AFL and WAFL level when his body has allowed him to be fully fit, but unfortunately for him that hasn’t been the case often enough.

But it did happen for longer than at any other point in his career during 2018 and the result was the best and most consistent season of his career with the Demons.

Colledge started the season playing largely across half-forward, but as his fitness, form and confidence grew the longer the season went on, the more time he spent in the midfield in an area that became a real strength of the resurgent Perth in 2018.

Playing in a midfield unit that included Clint Jones, Corey Yeo, Cody Leggett and the emerging Corey Byrne, Colledge put together a tremendous run of form finishing the season averaging 26.4 disposals across his 17 matches while also kicking 13 goals.

He had six games along the way where he collected 30 or more possessions and with his big body and ability to win contested ball and use it well, he became a key part of the Demons' line-up that threatened to break their finals drought in 2018.

Colledge ended up being rewarded by winning the Butcher Medal as the Perth fairest and best winner in a season where he was also named to the WAFL Team of the Year on a half-forward flank.

Captain and last year's Butcher Medallist Clint Jones was runner-up in this year's vote count in recognition of yet another outstanding season. Jones racked up another 28.6 possessions a game in 2018 including eight times reaching 30 or more.

Having played 149 games in the AFL either side of his time in the WAFL firstly at South Fremantle and now Perth, he continues to be a standout midfielder in the competition with 141 games under his belt between the Bulldogs and Demons.

Corey Yeo finished third in fairest and best voting with the former Claremont on-baller a tremendous addition for the Demons averaging 25.1 disposals and playing all 18 matches.

Colledge won the Butcher Medal by polling 101 votes to win ahead of Jones (100), Yeo (98), Clayton Giblett (91), Corey Byrne (88), Kristian Cary (86), Cody Leggett (85) and John Levien (80).

Kristian Cary won the Redlegs One Percenter Award along with being joint leading goalkicker with he and Cody Ninyette both kicking 28 goals for the 2018 season.

Christian Eyres was named Best Clubman while Simon Jenkins took out the Club Person of the Year award.

Sydney Stack was named the Most Outstanding Young Talent while also winning the Jack Ensor Medal as the colts fairest and best ahead of Connor Sing.

Kurtis Chester won the Greg Brehaut Medal as reserves fairest and best winner ahead of Callum Marshall. 

 

Butcher Medal: Brant Colledge

 

 Perth Football Club Best & Fairest

 

Runner Up Best & Fairest: Clint Jones

Third Place Best & Fairest: Corey Yeo

 

Vince Pendal Award: Christian Eyres

Best Clubman

 

 Ron Tucker Memorial Trophy Award: Cody Ninyette & Kristian Cary

Leading Goal Kickers

 

Redlegs 1% Award: Kristian Cary

Most Sacrificial & Courageous

 

 

Jack O'Dea Memorial Trophy: Simon Jenkins

Best Club Person

 

Doug Buckingham Trophy: Sydney Stack

Most Outstanding Young Talent

 

Final League Leaderboard

B. COLLEDGE 101 votes
C. JONES 100 votes
C. YEO 98 votes
C. GIBLETT 91 votes
C. BYRNE 88 votes
K. CARY 86 votes
C. LEGGETT 85 votes
J. LEVIEN 80 votes
M. SINCLAIR 79 votes
M. TAYLOR 76 votes

 

2018 Reserves Awards

Greg Brehaut Medal: Kurtis Chester

Reserves Best & Fairest

 

Runner Up Best & Fairest: Callum Marshall

 

 Coaches Award: Braden Piggott

Redlegs 1% Award: Fraser Barns

 

Final Reserves Leaderboard

K. CHESTER 85 votes
C. MARSHALL 82 votes
B. MCPHAIL 78 votes
S. SMITH 77 votes
C. BENNELL 70 votes
I. BUCKLEY 67 votes
L. MARLIN 67 votes
B. PIGGOTT 65 votes
D. HORAN 64 votes
S. PERKUSICH 63 votes

 

2018 Colts Awards

 Jack Ensor Medal: Sydney Stack

 

 Runner Up Best & Fairest: Connor Sing

 

PP&OA Encouragement Award: Ryan Mally

View the full list of Colts award winners here.

 
 
 
 

New Constitution accepted unanimously by members

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 1:42 PM

The Board are pleased to advise our new Constitution which was approved by members at the Special Grand Meeting on 6 September has now been lodged for registration with the Department of Commerce.

Richard Camm’s amendment to replace the word “Association” in the submitted Constitution with “ Club” was passed by a very clear majority at the meeting. 

The Board have also made slight adjustment to the By Laws to ensure they match the new Constitution. All members and stakeholders will be notified when this is finalised.

You can download the Perth Football Club Consitution here.

 

2018 Jack Ensor Medallist: Sydney Stack

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Congratulations to all the Perth Football Club Colts on their 2018 season.

The 2018 season saw our top end players achieve representative honours. Many proved to be outstanding in the State Academy, with Luke English and Sydney Stack achieving All Australian Honours. In what was a trying year for the group, it is promising to see strong state representation.

Ian Hill, Sydney Stack and Luke English have strong AFL prospects in the upcoming draft. Stack in particular furthered this potential by securing the Ensor Medal.

Deven Robertson and Elijah Taylor have been selected to play in the AFL 17s Futures game in the curtain raiser to the 2018 AFL Grand Final.

 

RWF XVIs Program

Coaches Award                                                 Jack Evans

Troy Cook Courage Award                                Charlie Byron

Ross Young Leadership Award                         Logan McDonald

Waldock Player of the Carnival                         Nathan O’Driscoll

 

WA State 16s Representatives

Logan McDonald

Nathan O’Driscoll

 

All Australian 16s Representatives

Logan McDonald

Nathan O’Driscoll

 

Colts Program

Mark of the Year                                                Elijah Taylor

Goal of the Year                                                Bailey Smith

PP&OA Encouragement Award                        Ryan Mally

Spirit of the Colts Award                                    Lachlan Fraser

 

2018 WAFL Colts Team of the Year

Luke English

Sydney Stack

 

WA State 18s Representatives

Luke English

Ethan Hansen

Ian Hill

Deven Robertson

Sydney Stack

Elijah Taylor

 

All Australian 16s Representatives

Luke English

Sydney Stack

 

 

 

 

2018 Jack Ensor Medal Runner Up

Connor Sing

 

2018 Jack Ensor Medallist

Sydney Stack

 

2018 FINAL LEADERBOARD

Sydney STACK             80

Connor SING                 74

Luke ENGLISH              72

Zac CASEY                    57

Nyika JOHN                   55

Deven ROBERTSON     50

Nathan O’DRISCOLL     50

Austin DAVIS                  46

Bailey SMITH                 40

Regan CLARKE             38

 

POSTPONED EVENT: hUge2 at the Lathlain Function Centre

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:24 PM

The Perth Football Club events team wishes to advise that this event has been postponed until further notice.

Please feel free the contact the Club if you have any questions.

Sinclair and Colledge make TABtouch WAFL Team of the Year

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 3:05 PM

THE TABtouch WAFL Team of the Year has been selected for 2018 and 20 of the 26 players named will all be taking part in this Sunday's semi finals featuring Subiaco, South Fremantle, West Perth and Claremont.

Over the course of the 2018 WAFL season, the www.wafl.com.au team selected a Team of the Round after each weekend of football.

Based on those 21 teams selected, the TABtouch WAFL Team of the Year has been named featuring 22 players and four emergencies that have earned their place in the side based on the number of times they were named throughout the season.

The might mean some star players who missed large parts of the season or weren’t quite as consistent miss out like Swan Districts' Rhys Palmer, South Fremantle's Cory Dell'Olio and Mason Shaw, Claremont's Jared Hardisty, Haydn Busher and Alex Manuel, Subiaco's Brad Stevenson, and East Perth's Luke Partington.
 
Every player that was named to the Team of the Round on six or more occasions has been included in the Team of the Year, with Subiaco's Lachlan Delahunty and West Perth's Shane Nelson named in 13 of their 18 games for the season.

Subiaco captain Kyal Horsley and West Perth veteran Andrew Strijk were both named 12 times throughout the season with Perth's Michael Sinclair, Subiaco's Hayden Kennedy and Josh Deluca, and Aaron Black named nine times.
 
Subiaco's Chris Phelan, Peel Thunder's Danyle Pearce and Claremont's Jye Bolton were selected on eight occasions, and Claremont's Anton Hamp and Kane Mitchell, Perth's Brant Colledge, South Fremantle's Shane Hockey and Nick Suban, and Subiaco's Zac Clarke picked seven times.
 
South Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe and Marlion Pickett, Subiaco's Ben Sokol, West Perth's Blake Wilhelm and East Fremantle's George Hampson were named to the Team of the Round six times and made it into the final 26 of the Team of the Year.
 
Of the 10 players who were nominated five times throughout the season, West Perth's Tyler Keitel, Subiaco's Jordan Lockyer and East Perth's Patrick McGinnity made the final 25.
 
Throughout the 21 rounds of the 2018 WAFL season, a total of 161 players were named at least once to the Team of the Round.
 
East Perth had the most players nominated with 23 of them earning a spot at least once, while Subiaco had 22 players, Swan Districts 19, Peel Thunder 18, South Fremantle 18, Claremont 18, Perth 16, West Perth 15 and East Fremantle 12.
 
In terms of players earning the most spots over the season, Subiaco was the dominant team and understandably so given they went through the campaign undefeated. The Lions made up 99 of the 462 positions available across the 21 rounds.
 
West Perth players claimed 65 of the positions, South Fremantle 62, Claremont 53, East Perth 47, Perth 41, Swan Districts 31, Peel Thunder 34 and East Fremantle 26.
 
The back-line of the TABtouch WAFL Team of the Year features Subiaco's Lockyer and Claremont's Hamp as the key position players with Subiaco's Kennedy, Perth's Sinclair, South Fremantle's Suban and West Perth's Wilhelm around them.
 
Subiaco's Aaron Heal, East Fremantle's Jayden Schofield, Claremont's Haydn Busher and South Fremantle's Shaun Bewick all made strong cases throughout 2018 too.
 
The midfield was the one most difficult to narrow down but Subiaco's Horsley, West Perth's Nelson and Claremont's Bolton picked themselves as did Subiaco's Phelan and West Perth's Black as the wingmen.
 
South Fremantle's Pickett, Claremont's Mitchell, Subiaco's Deluca and Peel's Pearce made up spots on the bench with East Fremantle's Hampson, East Perth's McGinnity, South Fremantle's Hockey and Swan Districts' Turner the emergencies.
 
Peel's Ben Howlett, Subiaco's Leigh Kitchin, West Perth's Luke Meadows, East Perth's Luke Partington and Claremont's Tom Curren were the next cabs off the rank in terms of midfielders.
 
West Perth pair Keitel and Strijk shared the Bernie Naylor Medal making them natural selections in the forward-line alongside Subiaco's Ben Sokol and Lachlan Delahunty. South Fremantle's Schloithe and Perth's Colledge fill the half-forward spots as players who can go in the middle too.
 
Perth's Cody Ninyette, South Fremantle's Brandon Donaldson and Mason Shaw, and Claremont's Alex Manuel were other forwards named in the Team of the Round at least four times.
 
At different points of the season, South Fremantle's Brock Higgins and East Perth's Fraser McInnes were in line for the ruck spot, but Subiaco's Clarke finished off so dominant he banged down the door for selection.

M & J Chickens Players of the Round
Round 1 – Rhys Palmer (Swan Districts)
Round 2 – Fraser McInnes (East Perth)
Round 3 – Cody Leggett (Perth)
Round 4 – Shane Nelson (West Perth)
Round 5 – Patrick McGinnity (East Perth)
Round 6 – Marlion Pickett (South Fremantle)
Round 7 – Andrew Strijk (West Perth)
Round 8 – George Hampson (East Fremantle)
Round 9 – Nick Suban (South Fremantle)
Round 10 – Ben Howlett (Peel Thunder)
Round 11 – Michael Bennell (Perth)
Round 12 – Kyal Horsley (Subiaco)
Round 13 – Lachlan Delahunty (Subiaco)
Round 14 – Cody Ninyette (Perth)
Round 15 – Brant Colledge (Perth)
Round 16 – Aaron Black (West Perth)
Round 17 – Patrick Italiano (Swan Districts)
Round 18 – Shane Hockey (South Fremantle)
Round 19 – Luke Partington (East Perth)
Round 20 – Zac Clarke (Subiaco)
Round 21 – Alex Manuel (Claremont)

2018 Ensor Medal Tickets

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 12:56 PM

The 2018 Ensor Medal is coming back to the Lathlain Function Centre this September.

This year, all tickets are available for purchase through our online team store.

Join us for an evening of celebration!

2018 Butcher Medal Tickets

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Get along to the Butcher Medal to support the Demons 2018 efforts.

This year, Butcher Medal tickets will be available to purchase through our online Team Store.

The playing group is asked to please contact the Perth Football Club office to purchase their reduced-price ticket.

Rd 21 Match Review: Subiaco v Demons

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 12:31 PM
PERTH had only one hope to still play finals in 2018 and that was to hand Subiaco its first defeat of the season in the final round but the Lions weren’t in a giving mood, dominating from start to finish to win by 72 points.
 
Subiaco was chasing history to go through the season undefeated and with the break to come in the first week of the finals and then pressure on for spots within the team, there was never going to be any signs of complacency from the Lions.
 
The Demons then needed to win the game and then hope Peel beat East Perth at the same time to be any hope of ending a finals drought dating back to 1997, but it wasn’t to be.
 
Subiaco dominated from start to finish including holding Perth to just two goals and two scoring shots the entire first half.
 
The Lions never let up and went on to win 17.10 (112) to 6.4 (40) to finish with a perfect 18-0 record for the season as they now await the winner of Saturday's qualifying final between South Fremantle and West Perth in the following Sunday's second semi-final at Leederville Oval.
 
Perth finishes its improved season in sixth position with a 7-11 record despite ending on a four-game losing slide.
 
There was certainly no signs of Subiaco taking it easy and with such pressure on for positions on the team, nobody could afford an off day with Greg Clark, Ben Newton, Rhys Waters and Adam Cockie among those who didn’t play on Saturday but who would hope to be there come finals time.
 
The Lions were never troubled from the outset despite the Demons still potentially playing to keep their finals dream alive. Subiaco finished with 102 more possessions than Perth, 11 more marks, 34 more hit outs, 37 extra inside-50 entries and 17 more scoring shots. 
 
The Lions again found a way to score over 100 points and kick 17 goals with their leading goalkicker Ben Sokol the star in attack with five goals from 19 possessions and 10 marks.
 
Kyle Halligan kicked another two goals as did Clancy Wheeler and Lachlan Delahunty to go with 19 possessions, eight marks and 12 hit outs.
 
Ruckman Zac Clarke kicked two goals as well to continue his dominant form through the second half of the season to go with 20 possessions, six marks and 50 hit outs.
 
The Subiaco midfield took full advantage of Clarke's dominance with Kyal Horsley racking up another 30 possessions, Josh Deluca 30, Leigh Kitchin 28, Chris Phelan 28, Justin Joyce 21, Rowen Powell 21 and Braden Fimmano 20 to go with six tackles.
 
Perth didn’t manage a multiple goalkicker thanks to the impressive Subiaco defence led by Jordan Lockyer who kept Spencer White to the one goal and two kicks for the afternoon.
 
Jacob Miller also finished with 25 possessions, Drew Rohde 22, Hayden Kennedy 18 and Angus Litherland 17.
 
Perth captain Clint Jones fought against the odds in another strong showing capping his tremendous 2018 season with 30 possessions, seven marks and a goal.
 
Corey Yeo finished his first season at Perth strongly as well with 33 possessions and seven inside-50 entries while Michael Sinclair gathered 22 disposals, Matthew Taylor 18, Cody Leggett 18, Corey Byrne 17, Brant Colledge 17 and Sydney Stack 17.
 
Perth started the game in encouraging fashion with the first goal through Spencer White at the 11-minute mark. But that would be the Demons' only score of the quarter with Subiaco going on to record majors through Zac Clarke, Brad Stevenson, Ben Sokol and Sokol again to take over the contest.
 
Perth again managed the first goal of the second term, this time through ruckman Christian Eyres, but the Lions again answered with three goals before half-time to Chris Phelan, Kyle Halligan and Sokol to be 39 points to the good at the main break.
 
Even after an early third quarter goal for Subiaco to Clancy Wheeler, Perth did well to kick the next three through Clint Jones, Brant Colledge and Cody Ninyette, but they just couldn’t maintain it.
 
Subiaco finished the third quarter with goals to Sokol, Kyal Horsley, Clarke and Wheeler before adding another five to one in the last term to run out comfortable 72-point victors to close out a perfect season. 

Subiaco locked away the reserves minor premiership having already secured top spot in the league and colts as well by beating Perth in a tight battle on Saturday at Leederville Oval.

Both teams managed just a goal apiece in the first quarter before Subiaco kicked away with six goals to three in the second term.

Perth had closed the gap to 15 points by three quarter-time and then kicked three goals to two in the last quarter but Subiaco held on to win 11.7 (73) to 10.6 (66).

The win means Subiaco finishes the season with a 13-5 record in first position to earn the week off in the first week of the finals before taking on either East Perth or Claremont in the second semi-final.

Perth missed out on a finals appearance with the tight loss. A win would have seen them take fifth position but the Demons finish sixth at 8-10.

Ray Daniels kicked another four goals for Subiaco and Ryan Borchet two.

Daniel Leach compiled 27 disposals for the Lions, Travis Cleggett 24, Nick Menegola 17 and Mckenzie Lawrence 17.

Marshall Jones and Lennon Marlin kicked two goals apiece for Perth.

Ben Giobbi gathered 25 possessions for the Demons, Taran Etto 25, Sam Garstone 18 and Shaun Smith 16.

SUBIACO 4.3 7.9 12.9 17.10 (112)
PERTH 1.0 2.0 5.1 6.4 (40)
 
SUBIACO – Goals: Sokol 5; Halligan, Delahunty, Wheeler, Clarke 2; Horsley, Litherland, Phelan, Stevenson.
Best: Deluca, Sokol, Clarke, Horsley, Kitchin, Phelan, Miller, Delahunty.
PERTH – Goals: Jones, Ninyette, White, Colledge, Eyres, Bennell.
Best: Yeo, Jones, Sinclair, Leggett, Taylor, Byrne.