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Round 5 Preview vs Falcons

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The Demons remain at Lathlain Park this Saturday to tackle fourth placed West Perth on Saturday afternoon. 

With both a club and WAFL bye in the two weeks to follow, Perth will be looking to head into the break with a second win under their belt.

Standing in the way is the Falcons who are coming off a 31-point win over Swan Districts.

The Demons will be desperate to start well on Saturday after playing themselves out of the contest in an two goal to eight opening term against the Royals last week.

A host of Reserves players have been knocking on the door for League selection, with Kurtis Chester, Lachie Dennis, Lennon Marlin and Mitchell Henderson all potential inclusions this week.

Teams will be announced here from 7:30pm Thursday evening.

League bounce down is 2:15pm, Reserves 11:30am and Colts 9:00am.

MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Weather: 28°C, Sunny
Broadcast: Listen to the game live on 97.3 Sport FM, KiX or Footy Radio through the WAFL smart phone app
3 Licensed Bars: Bar on the Hill, Demon Den and Redlegs Bar. All open from 12 midday 
Kids Zone: Jumping castle, free face painting and an ice-cream van
Half Time Kids Running Races: 3 races for 3 age groups - all kids are welcome to participate!
Bike Raffle: All kids under 16 go into the draw to win a free bike upon entry. Fill out an entry form at the gates, winner announced at half time
Kick-to-Kick: Bring your footy and have a kick on the new oval at the breaks
Membership: Perth Football Club membership will be available at Reception and the Team Store
Merchandise: Get your red and black merchandise from the team store (located next to canteen, near Goddard St entry) or reception
Food: Canteen open from 9am thanks to Modern Catering.
Tickets: Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Under 16s FREE
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. More information on parking at Lathlain Park here
Public Transport: Victoria Park Station is located 400m from Lathlain Park and there are numerous nearby bus stops. Plan your Transperth journey here.

Round 4 Match Report v Royals

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:49 PM - by Chris Pike

East Perth turned on onslaughts in the first and third quarters on Saturday to set up the eventual 37-point victory against Perth at Lathlain Park as part of ANZAC Round.
 
It was the sixth consecutive meeting to commemorate Anzac Day between the old rivals and it was East Perth who continued its strong response from a Round 1 hammering at the hands of Subiaco.
 
Perth was coming off the high of an upset win over reigning premiers Peel Thunder, but the Royals blew them away in the first quarter at Lathlain Park on Saturday.
 
The Royals kicked eight goals to two in the first quarter to lead by 39 points at quarter-time. They added another seven goals to four in the third term too to open up a 65-point lead by three quarter-time.
 
Perth did finish strongly with six goals to two in the final term, but East Perth still ran out 21.10 (136) to 15.9 (99) winners.
 
It was a second strong impressive performance by East Perth in response to a 118-point Round 1 loss to Subiaco. 

Backing up the win over West Perth prior to last week's bye, it was a strong all-round showing by the Royals led by Sharrod Wellingham who finished the day with 25 possessions, four marks, four tackles and three goals.

Brayden Ainsworth also had 23 disposals, five marks and a goal for the Royals with Shayne Hille contributing 22 touches, six inside 50s and a goal, Will Maginness 22 possessions, five marks, five inside-50 entries and a goal, and Julian Ameduri 22 touches, 14 tackles and a goal.

Patrick McGinnity also picked up 19 possessions, Kurt Mutimer 18, Brendon Ah Chee 18 and Tarir Bayok 17.

Will Schofield was tremendous down back with 20 possessions and five marks while Fraser McInnes continued his strong start to the season in the ruck with 14 touches, 46 hit outs and two goals.

Jack Petruccelle was impressive kicking four goals from eight kicks with Matthew Allen, Nathan Blee and Jarrod Brander all kicking two goals apiece as well.

He was the Player of the Week in Round 3 and Cody Leggett backed that up with another tremendous performance for Perth despite the loss on Saturday finishing with 31 possessions, 14 tackles and two goals.

Brant Colledge also battled hard for 30 disposals, eight tackles, five marks and a goal with Clint Jones gathering 27 possessions (nine tackles) and Corey Byrne 23 (eight tackles).

Kristian Cary kicked three goals for the Demons while laying 13 tackles to go with 16 possessions. Brent Edmonds kicked two goals as well with Christian Eyres amassing 43 hit outs in the ruck.

It took less than two minutes for East Perth to kick the game's first goal courtesy of Matthew Allen. By the nine-minute mark, Jack Petruccelle and Fraser McInnes were on the board too as the Royals had the opening six scoring shots before a Perth goal to Spencer White.

The Royals then kicked the last five goals of the term through Sharron Wellingham, McInnes, Malcolm Karpany, Patrick McGinnity and Will Maginness to be up by 39 points at the first change.

Perth managed to stem the tide for much of the second quarter but East Perth still extended its lead with four goals to three to be up by 46 points at the main break.

It was a goal fest early in the third quarter with Ben Giobbi, Brent Edmonds and Brant Colledge for Perth, and Jarrod Brander, Nathan Blee and Julian Ameduri for East Perth kicking truly in the opening 12 minutes.

But then the Royals really kicked away with majors to Shayne Hille, Wellingham, Petruccelle and Blee to hold a match-winning 65-point advantage by three quarter-time.

Perth did display some impressive football in the final term and ended up kicking six goals to two from East Perth, but the result was never in jeopardy and that just cut the final margin to 37 points.

East Perth's reserves are still on the bottom of the ladder but got their first win of the season beating Perth 13.11 (89) to 11.8 (74) at Lathlain Park on Saturday.

Mitchell Gupanis kicked four goals for East Perth, Kye Willcocks three, Nathan Eaton two and Braydn Furmark two.

Mitch Fraser took another step towards his first league game since Round 1 last year when he ruptured his ACL with the 2016 fairest and best winner finishing with 24 possessions and seven marks.

Will Young gathered 22 possessions for the Royals, Josh Hewett 20, Nelson Waite 19, Mitch Dobson 19, Christian Ameduri 19, Willcocks 19 and Nathan Arbon 18. 

Lennon Marlin kicked four goals for Perth and Caelen Bennell three.

Kurtis Chester picked up 25 possessions for the Demons, Daniel Horan 24, Kasey Nicholas 22, Mitch Henderson 22 and Shaun Smith 21.

Perth remains at home in Round 5 to host West Perth on Saturday while East Perth plays Peel Thunder on Sunday at Leederville Oval.
 
PERTH 2.3 5.3 9.5 15.9 (99)
EAST PERTH 8.6 12.7 19.10 21.10 (136)
 
PERTH Goals: Cary 3; Edmonds, Leggett 2; Byrne, Ninyette, White, Giobbi, Colledge, Eyres, Scotney, Jones.
Best: Leggett, Cary, Colledge, Jones, Byrne, Edmonds.
EAST PERTHGoals: Petruccelle 4; Wellingham 3; Blee, McInnes, Brander, Allen 2; Hille, McGinnity, Maginness, Ameduri, Ainsworth, Karpany.
Best: Wellingham, Ameduri, Schofield, Brander, Maginness, Ainsworth, Hille.

Photos courtesy of Theron Kirkman

Round 4 Preview vs Royals

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 1:02 PM

After back to back road trips which featured a narrow 7-point loss to East Fremantle and an even narrower 6-point win over the Thunder, Perth return to Lathlain Park this Saturday to host East Perth.

Coming off Sunday's promising win over the reigning premiers, the Demons will enter Saturday's clash full of confidence against a Royals outfit they miraculously beat last time the two sides met in round 22 last year.

Perth escaped Sunday's win in Mandurah unscathed on the injury front, while several players put their hand up in the Reserves 22-point win earlier in the day.

East Perth, sitting last on the ladder after three rounds, enter Saturday's clash off a bye after defeating West Perth by 58-points in round two.

Last time we met: Ninyette kicks seven to lead Demons to upset victory

It’s ANZAC Round this week and there will be some pre-match proceedings out on the ground.

Teams will be announced here Thursday evening from 7pm. 

League bounce down is 2:15pm, Reserves 11:30am and Colts 9am.

BECOME A MEMBER: Sign up before 5pm this Friday (20/04) and receive a free yet to be released Demons supporters hat with your pack (only valid with Full, Trident or Family memberships) 
 

MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Broadcast: Listen to the game live on 107.3 HFM or Footy Radio through the WAFL smart phone app
3 Licensed Bars: Bar on the Hill, Demon Den and Redlegs Bar. All open from 12 midday 
Kids Zone: Jumping castle, free face painting and an ice-cream van
Half Time Kids Running Races: 3 races for 3 age groups - all kids are welcome to participate!
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
Membership: Perth Football Club membership will be available at Reception and the Team Store
Merchandise: Get your red and black merchandise from the team store (located next to canteen, near Goddard St entry) or reception
Food: Canteen open from 9am thanks to Modern Catering.
Tickets: Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Under 16s FREE
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. More information on parking at Lathlain Park here
Public Transport: Victoria Park Station is located 400m from Lathlain Park and there are numerous nearby bus stops. Plan your Transperth journey here.

Media 365 come on board as sponsors

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The club has formed a new partnership with media, digital marketing and web app development company Media 365 who have come on board as the club's Digital Marketing Partner.

Media 365 General Manager Bruce Filing said the company was drawn towards forming a sponsorship relationship with the Perth Football Club on the back of the club's proud history and its strong community programs.

“WAFL clubs have always had a deep community connect and the Demons are the best example of that," Filing said.

"In this fast moving digital age clubs need to be nimble across many communication platforms and it's in this area Media 365 will assist the administration team to maximise reach and engagement efficiencies.”

The Media 365 logo will appear on the 2018 playing shorts.

Demons upset reigning premiers in Mandurah thriller

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 9:17 AM

The Demons held on to record their first win of the season at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, beating 2016 and 2017 premiers Peel Thunder in gutsy fashion.

Leading by 38-points at the final change after a seven goal to two third term, the Demons overcame a final quarter surge from the hosts to win 12.13 (85) to 11.13 (79).

The first half arm wrestle was controlled by Perth, taking 7-point leads with them into the first two breaks.

The Demons' first half pressure paid dividends in the third quarter, led by three goals from spearhead Spencer White who finished with five for the day in arguably his best game for the club.

2016 Butcher Medallist Michael Sinclair was exceptional in defence with 32 disposals and nine marks, rebounding off the half back line to send the Demons forward.

Cody Leggett was also amongst Perth's best player, laying 10 tackles to go with his 30 disposals.

Captain Clint Jones again showed no signs of slowing down, finishing with a game high 35 disposals.

Christian Eyres fought tirelessly in the ruck against Dockers 200-plus centimetre trio Scott Jones, Lloyd Meek and Luke Strnadica.

New recruit Corey Yeo looks at home in red and black, continuing his strong start to 2018 with another dominant display in the midfield.

Earlier in the day, Perth's Reserves side defeated Peel 15.5 (95) to 10.13 (73) as did the Colts, 14.12 (102) to 8.9 (57), making it three wins for the Demons in a promising day for the club.

The Demons' focus now shifts to East Perth at Lathlain Park this Saturday, a game they will enter filled with confidence after yesterday's performance and last year's round 22 win over the Royals.

READ MORE: Perth beats Peel Thunder in massive WAFL upset at Bendigo Bank Stadium

BECOME A MEMBER: Sign up before 5pm this Friday and receive a free yet to be released Demons supporters hat with your pack (only valid with Full, Trident or Family memberships) 


PERTH 2.5 5.8 12.11 12.13 (85)

PEEL 1.4 4.7 6.9 11.13 (79)

GOALS

Demons: S White 5, R Bourne 2, M Jones 2, C Yeo, C Collard, K Cary

Thunder: L Jetta 3, B Bell 2, S Kersten, S Switkowski, B Lawler, T North, L Meek, L Strnadica

BEST

Demons: S White, C Yeo, C Jones, C Leggett, M Sinclair

Thunder: T Duman, B Howlett, B Bell, R Nyhuis, B Hancock, S Switkowski

 

Round 2 Match Report vs East Fremantle

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 1:55 PM - by Chris Pike
IT might have only been Round 2 but the two bottom teams from 2017 had lost in Round 1 to open 2018 so plenty went on the line and little separated East Fremantle and Perth most of the way but the Sharks just prevailed by seven points at East Fremantle Oval.
 
East Fremantle and Perth both had 2017 seasons to forget only winning three matches apiece with the Demons ending up with the wooden spoon just by percentage.
 
Then to open 2018, East Fremantle lost to Peel Thunder and Perth went down to Swan Districts so trying to avoid a 0-2 start on the back of last year meant there was plenty on the line at Shark Park on Saturday. Read More ...

Legendary head trainer dies

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 3:57 PM - by Peter Kennedy

The Perth Football Club is mourning the death of Life Member and legendary former head trainer, Ted O’Callaghan. He was aged 101.

Ted was a trainer for 18 years, including 16 years as head trainer, a period which covered the hat trick of premierships (1966-68) under Mal Atwell as captain coach, and the 1976 premiership team coached by Ken Armstrong.

Club champion Barry Cable described Ted’s contribution to football in general, and Perth in particular, as “outstanding”.

“I was privileged to be at the club at that time as a youngster,” Barry said. “Ted was head trainer and without question he was able to get me through games which normally I would not have been able to do. He helped me achieve my 400 senior games with his expertise in treating injuries.

Perth’s 2018 Legend, Colin Lofts, described Ted as a “greatly respected icon” within the club.

Colin, who was also the 1976 premiership skipper, said: “Ted worked closely with Steve and Tom Kargotich (the club doctors) in attending to the medical needs of the players. He was always ‘feared’ by the players for his legendary treatment of ‘corks’. He insisted on ‘rubbing them out’.”

Simpson Medallist Allan Stiles agreed with Colin's comments about Ted's treatment of 'corks', adding: "He was a great character and had a great relationship with the players. His dedication to both the players and the club was amazing."

Ted remained extraordinarily active in retirement, and a big group of players attended his 100th birthday celebration in 2016.

He was born in Narrogin in 1916 and attended the Kulin School and St Ildephonsus College at New Norcia. He then embarked on a lifelong career in the WA Government Railways, retiring in 1976.

Ted raised a few eyebrows in 1978 when he accepted an invitation from Barry Cable to come out of retirement after Barry was appointed captain coach of East Perth, which defeated the Demons in a tight, rain soaked grand final by two points.

“Players can change clubs so why not head trainers?” he said in his defence.

This weekend's Rd 3 fixture moved to Sunday

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Due to late and unavoidable changes to round three fixturing, the Demons' clash with Peel Thunder has been moved to Sunday 15th April.

Times will remain as normal, with the League game getting underway at 2:15pm, Reserves 11:30am and Colts 9:00am. All three games will be held at Rushton Park in Mandurah.

As a result, the Life Members Function (which was scheduled for this Sunday) has been postponed to Sunday 6th May.

 

TABtouch supports Perth Demons footy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 4:06 PM

TABtouch, the wagering arm of Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) have partnered with Perth Demons FC in an exciting new initiative that will see our club directly benefit from the partnership.   
 
As a part of the agreement TABtouch will give us a portion of every dollar bet when a new TABtouch account is opened and when any bet is placed at our games. 
 
RWWA General Manager Wagering Michael Saunders said TABtouch is proudly Western Australian and a passionate supporter of local footy. 
 
“Join TABtouch today through your local WAFL club and a portion of every bet you place will go directly back to your football club,” said Saunders.  
 
“Whether you’re placing a bet on sports or on racing, at home or on the go, your club will see the reward.” 
 
The new partnership is aimed at supporting the development and sustainability of football in WA through providing an additional revenue stream for the clubs that they can use for venue enhancements, entertainment and equipment. 
 
The TAB has had a vested interest in supporting the sport and recreation industry in WA, and for many years through community partnerships, has given an estimated $150million back into the WA community each year. 

Round 1 Preview vs Swans

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 4:11 PM

The Demons will be looking to kickstart their 2018 campaign with a win on Saturday when they host Swan Districts in the opening round of the WAFL season.

Both sides will be going into Saturday’s season opener with a win and a loss each from their two preseason games.

Perth could have up to eight fresh faces in Saturday’s lineup, with Corey Yeo (Williamstown), Richie Bourne Jnr (East Fremantle), Mitch Lague (East Perth), Ben Giobbi (Casey), Luke Salamone (Trinity Aquinas), Redmond Dobson (Trinity Aquinas), Matt Taylor (North Melbourne) and Cal Collard (Centrals) all being fit and available after impressive preseasons.

Also available for selection this week will be Spencer White, Cody Leggett, Sam Garstone and Lachie Dennis who all missed the majority of last season through injury.

A strong rivalary exists between the Demons and Swan Districts and Saturday’s match is set to be a very competetive and entertaining one.

It’s Family Day at Lathlain Park so there will be plenty happening around the ground all afternoon.

Teams will be announced here Thursday evening from 6pm. 

League bounce down is 2:15pm, Reserves 11:30am and Colts 9am.

The 2018 Player Auction will be held upstairs in the Main Hall following the League game and all are welcome.

MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Weather: Sunny, 29°C
Broadcast: Listen to the game live on 91.3 Sport FM or Footy Radio through the WAFL smart phone app
3 Licensed Bars: Bar on the Hill, Demon Den and Redlegs Bar. All open from 12 midday 
Kids Zone: Jumping castle, free face painting, Easter egg hunt, McDonalds Fan Zone, ice-cream van
Half Time Kids Running Races: 3 races for 3 age groups - all kids are welcome to participate!
Half Time Bin Kicking Competition: Five randomly selected spectators will get the chance to kick a footy into the Tox Free 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
Player Auction: All are welcome to head upstairs to the Main Hall after the League game for the 2018 Player Auction and presentation of best players from all three grades
Membership Marquee: Save on gate fees! Visit the Membership Marquee outside the Goddard Street entrance gates to get your 2018 membership before you enter the ground.
Merchandise: Get your red and black merchandise from the team store (located next to canteen, near Goddard St entry) or reception
Food: Canteen open from 9am thanks to Modern Catering.
Tickets: Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Under 16s FREE
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.