WAFL Grand Final confirmed for Optus Stadium

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:44 PM

The 2018 McDonald’s WAFL Grand Final will be played at Optus Stadium at 2.40pm on Sunday, September 23 featuring the first ever public kick-to-kick on the ground for fans.

WAFC CEO Gavin Taylor encouraged everyone, regardless of which team they support, to attend and experience a great day out for the whole family.

“The WAFL Grand Final is one of the biggest events on the WA football calendar and we have a great range of family activities and attractions planned to make it a celebration of WA football,” he said.

“Not only will fans get to see an exciting game of football featuring some of the most talented players in WA, they will also have the chance to experience a unique event at Optus Stadium and be among the first fans to have a kick on the ground after the game.

“For the competing clubs, this is also an opportunity for them to experience everything that Optus Stadium has to offer and showcase their skills in front of what we are hoping to be a bumper crowd.”  

Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets to the WAFL Grand Final as free public transport is included in the ticket price.

The day will also include the Colts Grand Final as a curtain-raiser. 

Tickets go on sale from Monday September 3, commencing with an exclusive pre-sale for WAFL club members and other key members of the WA Football family.

Public tickets sales commence on Tuesday, September 4 through Ticketmaster with prices starting from just $20 for an adult and $15 for concession. Children under 16 are free with an adult ticket purchased through Ticketmaster.


Round 20 Match Review: Bulldogs v Demons

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 12:55 PM
South Fremantle came into the game in good form the past two weeks to beat West Perth and Swan Districts following tough losses to Subiaco and Peel Thunder leading into a bye.
Perth had its finals hopes to play for and had confidence from snapping a losing run against South Fremantle with a big finish back in Round 10 at Lathlain Park setting the stage for what had the makings of a tremendous contest.
It didn’t quite eventuate as South Fremantle guaranteed second position and a home qualifying final against West Perth with Saturday's emphatic 17.13 (115) to 5.7 (37) win against Perth at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

It was an impressive performance from the Bulldogs who kicked nine consecutive goals from late in the first to late in the third quarters before then booting the last five goals.
It was dominance in all areas with 180 more disposals, 79 more marks, 39 more inside-50 entries and 30 scoring shots to 12, but it wasn’t without challenges.
The win is a third straight for South Fremantle and improves the Bulldogs to a 12-5 record to be guaranteed of second spot before a last round meeting with East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval.
Perth remains in sixth position at 7-10 having now lost three games in-a-row. But the Demons remain an outside finals hope if they can hand Subiaco its first loss of 2018 on Saturday at Leederville. 
Perth will also need Peel to beat East Perth at the same time while also needing to ensure its percentage remains above that of the Thunder. It's quite the challenge to avoid a 21st straight year without a finals appearance. 

The South Fremantle forward-line was still without Ben Saunders and Blaine Johnson who had combined to kick 107 goals in 2017 and while Matthew Parker, Cory Dell'Olio and Ashton Hams were reasonably quiet with one goal apiece, Mason Shaw was the star in attack for the Bulldogs.
He kicked a career-best seven goals from 16 possessions and six marks with his strong overhead marking and accurate set shot kicking a particular highlight.
Then despite South Fremantle losing ruckman Brock Higgins early in the game after he copped a heavy knock while tackling Perth's Cody Leggett, it didn't stop the Bulldogs dominating through the middle.
Zac Strom was solid in the ruck while Sandover Medallist Haiden Schloithe was right back to his best with 37 possessions, 10 inside-50 entries, nine marks and three tackles.
Shane Hockey also racked up 30 disposals and six marks, Nick Suban 29 disposals, six inside 50s and five marks, Ryan Cook 28 touches and 10 marks, Brandon Donaldson 22 possessions and seven marks, Jacob Dragovich 20 disposals Marlion Pickett 20 touches, five tackles and five inside 50s.

It was down back where South Fremantle was perhaps even more impressive led by youngsters Chad Pearson and Noah Strom. Pearson finished with 28 possessions and 11 marks, and Strom 18 disposals and six marks while Strom even kept Spencer White scoreless for Perth.

Shaun Bewick also had 27 possessions, 11 marks and nine inside 50s, Kyle Russell 26 disposals and six marks, Steven Verrier 24 touches and eight marks, Jason Maskos 21 possessions and six marks, Steven Edwards 20 touches and five marks, and Blayne Wilson 20 disposals and 11 marks.
Pearson, Strom and Russell all managed the first goals of their league careers as well.
Maskos also kept Perth's Cody Ninyette to one kick and one goal.
It was a long way short of the performance Perth was hoping for with a finals position up for grabs but captain Clint Jones battled hard for 31 possessions, five marks, five tackles and five inside-50 entries against the side he won a premiership with and won two fairest and best awards at.

Brant Colledge also finished with 31 possessions, Corey Yeo 22 and Corey Byrne 19.
Perth's small defenders did well led by Jared Bell who kept Matthew Parker to one goal and five kicks while having 17 possessions himself. John Levien also limited Cory Dell'Olio to one goal and eight kicks.
Unfortunately for Perth, Michael Sinclair (eight possessions), Laine Wilkins (nine), Matthew Taylor (11) and Cody Leggett (16) were all well down on their usual outputs.
It was a grind in the first 15 minutes of the game but South Fremantle had the better of the general play and that eventually led to the game's first goal from Jacob Dragovich.
Ashton Hams then added another soon after when he ran into close range and snapped truly. 
Perth did get on the board thanks to Cody Leggett and then added another through Lachlan Dennis but the Bulldogs ended the first term strongly with Mason Shaw kicking three goals in the space of seven minutes, and Matthew Parker adding another to put the home team up by 26 points.
South Fremantle continued to dominate the second quarter but from seven scoring shots, only managed goals to Noah Strom and Shaw to be on top by 42 points at half-time.
There were no signs of a Perth fightback in the third quarter with South Fremantle kicking the first three goals of the second half thanks to two more from Shaw and another to captain Dylan Main.
Perth eventually kicked its third goal of the contest through Dennis at the 21-minute mark, but South Fremantle responded through Chad Pearson to lead by 10 goals at three quarter-time.
Perth did boot the first two goals of the last term thanks to Cody Ninyette and Blake Johnson, but the Bulldogs again took over with the last five goals from Shaw, Cory Dell'Olio, Kyle Russell, Marlion Pickett and Brandon Donaldson to win by 78 points.

South Fremantle kept its finals hopes in the reserves alive as well with a 51-point victory over Perth on Saturday at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

The Bulldogs came out and kicked the only four goals of the first quarter before they both booted two majors in the second term.

But they would be Perth's only goals of the game with South Fremantle kicking six goals to nil after half-time to win 12.6 (78) to 2.15 (27).

South Fremantle improved to an 8-9 record with the win and while the Bulldogs remain in sixth position, they are only minimal percentage behind the fifth placed Perth.

With Perth playing Subiaco in the final round and South Fremantle taking on the lowly East Fremantle, it does look likely the Bulldogs replace the Demons if results go to form on Saturday.

Jake Florenca and Jarrod Parry were the dominant players on the ground for South Fremantle. Florenca finished with 32 possessions and three goals with Parry ending up with 31 touches, nine tackles, eight inside 50s and two goals.

Zac De San Miguel also kicked two goals for the Bulldogs with Josh Collard gathering 23 possessions, Adam McIntosh 22, Regan Spooner 20, Trent Reed 18 and Blair Della Franca 17 to go with 38 hit outs, seven tackles and five marks.

Sam Garstone and Caelen Bennell were Perth's lone goal scorers.

Kurtis Chester amassed 29 possessions for the Demons, Kasey Nicholas 27, Brent Edmonds 27, Callum Marshall 21 and Taran Etto 17 along with 18 tackles.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 6.4 8.9 12.11 17.13 (115)
PERTH 2.2 2.3 3.5 5.7 (37)
SOUTH FREMANTLE – Goals: Shaw 7; Dragovich, Dell'Olio, Russell, Pearson, Donaldson, Main, Pickett, N Strom, Parker, Hams.
Best: Schloithe, Shaw, Maskos, Pearson, Suban, N Strom, Bewick, Cook, Russell.
PERTH – Goals: Dennis 2; Ninyette, Johnson, Leggett.
Best: Jones, Bell, Colledge, Levien, Yeo.

Centurion Lunch Tickets now available

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 9:54 AM

Book your Centurion Lunch tickets today!

The Centurion Lunch is coming back to Lathlain Function centre on August 31st.

Featuring guest speaker Dennis Lillee, this is one lunch you won't want to miss.

Tickets are selling quick, so book yours today by calling the office on 9362 4499.

Ticket sales close Tuesday, 28 August at 12 noon.

Date:   31 August 2018

Location:   Lathlain Function Centre

Time:  Doors open at 12pm for a 12.30pm start. Event concludes at 3pm.

Tickets:  $70



Round 20 Match Preview: Demons v Bulldogs

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 9:10 AM

SOUTH Fremantle has built some form again and will want to continue that heading towards the finals but for Perth they simply need to win to remain a hope of ending that finals drought that stretches back to 1997.

Perth might have beaten South Fremantle in the last meeting between the two teams, but the Bulldogs have dominated the recent history between the two teams and the job is ahead of the Demons in what is a virtual must-win encounter at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.

With South Fremantle out to win to continue its momentum heading into the finals and to confirm second position and Perth needing to win to maintain its finals dream it shapes as a fascinating contest.

Prior to the clash at Lathlain Park in Round 10 this year, South Fremantle had dominated recent contests with Perth having won eight games in succession by an average of 52.1 points.

The Bulldogs looked like making it nine straight as well leading by 20 points early in the last quarter before the Demons hit back with the game's last four goals for a stunning six-point win to give them genuine belief that they belonged in the finals race in 2018.

Three weeks ago South Fremantle had slipped to third position and had suffered disappointing losses to Subiaco and Peel Thunder heading into the Round 17 bye. But the Bulldogs have responded since beating West Perth by five points and Swan Districts by 30 to be solid in second spot at 11-5.

Even though South Fremantle's forward-line hasn’t quite come together still following the departure of Blaine Johnson and with Ben Saunders still to return, but it's a strong and stable line-up further up the field.

With Brock Higgins carrying the ruck, South Fremantle's midfield is in good touch led by Shane Hockey, Nick Suban, Ryan Cook, Haiden Schloithe and Jacob Dragovich.

The back-line is then working well led by key defenders Noah Strom, Chad Pearson and Blayne Wilson alongside Steven Edwards, Jason Maskos and Kyle Russell.

Perth has now lost its past two matches to East Perth and Claremont to slip out of the top five with both the Royals and Tigers leapfrogging them.

That leaves the Demons in an unenviable position of needing to beat at least one of the top two teams in the competition, South Fremantle and Subiaco, away from home in the final two rounds if they hope to end their finals drought that extends back to 1997.

South Fremantle has got back to some good form over the past two weeks following the Round 17 bye with solid wins over West Perth and Swan Districts as they get closer to settling on their best 22 ahead of the finals as well.

Triple Bernie Naylor Medallist Ben Saunders will spend another week in the reserves after returning last week from a hamstring injury and kicking three goals but captain Dylan Main will be back after missing the wins against the Falcons and Swans.

Matthew Parker will also return from a one-week suspension for the Bulldogs with Jarrod Parry a chance to come in for his first appearance at league level since suffering an ankle injury early in the Round 3 game against West Perth at Joondalup Arena.

Perth is in a position where it has to win on Saturday to keep its finals dream alive and as a result they have several options to strengthen the forward-line in an attempt to kick a winning score.

Cody Ninyette comes straight back in from suspension while Lachlan Dennis could return as well having missed the last four games but he did kick a career-best five goals in the Demons' win over South Fremantle back in Round 10.

Lennon Marlin is a chance to come in for Perth too for what would be his first league appearance of 2018 on the back of a seven-goal haul in the reserves last week against Claremont.

Ben Giobbi and Kasey Nicholas are the other Perth players in the mix at the selection table while Kristian Cary is out injured and Marshall Jones hasn’t been able to hold his place in the side.

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Round 19 Match Review: Demons v Tigers

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:45 PM
Perth hosted Claremont on Saturday with a position on the top five on the line and there was always the likelihood that the winner would end up being tough to knock out of a finals position afterwards.
It was Claremont who worked on top early and then pulled away to lead by 31 points at half-time and to extend that through the second half to end up beating Perth 19.11 (125) to 11.13 (79).
Perth's hopes of ending its finals drought that stretches back to 1997 aren't over but the only hope now means they must beat one of South Fremantle or Subiaco the next fortnight, and possibly both.
Perth's midfield once again had some huge ball winners led by Corey Yeo who had 38 possessions, seven inside-50 entries and a goal against his former side.
Brant Colledge also delivered 36 disposals, eight marks and two goals with Clint Jones compiling 30 touches, Cody Leggett 27 (nine tackles) and Mitch Browne 23.
Michael Sinclair was prolific once more down back for the Demons with 36 possessions, five marks, five tackles and four entries inside-50 with Matthew Taylor adding 23 disposals and four marks.
Michael Bennell kicked another three goals with Blake Johnson adding two.
Young-gun and Round 19 debutant Sydney Stack had a solid first game at League level, with one goal and 12 disposals. 
Perth's reserves held on to fifth position with a crucial upset win over Claremont by 54 points on Saturday at Lathlain Park.

Claremont came into the game on top spot in the reserves but Perth delivered a tremendous performance to improve to an 8-8 record and replace Swan Districts in fifth position with two rounds remaining.

The Tigers also conceded top spot as a result to Subiaco slipping to an 11-5 record to be sitting second.

Perth started solidly to lead by seven points at quarter-time and then 18 points at half-time, but by three quarter-time Claremont had hit back and were within five points.

The Demons delivered a big last quarter, though, with eight goals to nil to win 17.19 (121) to 9.13 (67).

Lennon Marlin kicked seven goals for Perth, Caelen Bennell three and Sam Garstone two.

Kurtis Chester gathered 29 possessions for the Demons, Taran Etto 29, Brent Edmonds 24, Ben Giobbi 21, Callum Marshall 21, Shaun Smith 20, Kristian Morisey and the returning Garstone 17 along with eight marks.

Cooper Nitschke kicked three goals for Claremont while Jacob Sideris amassed 27 possessions and Rylie Morgan 22.

Perth is still clinging to its finals dream with games to finish the season against South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and Subiaco at Leederville Oval.

PERTH 2.4 4.7 7.10 11.13 (79)
CLAREMONT 3.4 11.6 16.9 19.11 (125)
PERTH – Goals: Bennell 3; Colledge, Johnson 2; Yeo, White, M Jones, Stack.
Best: Colledge, Sinclair, Yeo, Leggett, C Jones, Bennell, Taylor.
CLAREMONT – Goals: Lee 3; Richardson, Beeck, Bolton, J Hardisty, Manuel, Gilbert 2; Yu, Curren, Ledger, Martinis.
Best: J Hardisty, Manuel, Hamp, Beeck, Curren, Rogers, Martinis., Lim.

Round 19: Demons v Tigers Match Preview

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 3:24 PM

Finals come early to Lathlain Park on Saturday in Round 19 with Perth hosting Claremont in a game with huge implications for both teams in terms of their September dreams.

Perth and Claremont are two of the teams locked in a fight over the last two remaining finals positions up for grabs and that means that any wins right now enhance their finals prospects while any losses can be fatal.

Both teams are coming off the bye in Round 18 on the back of heartbreaking three-point defeats in Round 17.

Perth's three-game winning run came to an end with an after the siren goal from East Perth co-captain Kyle Anderson while Claremont was overrun by the undefeated Subiaco in the final quarter after an impressive showing against the league-leaders.

Now following the week off, Perth comes into the Round 18 battle in fourth position with a 7-8 record. 

Given the way the season is panning out, it appears eight wins should be enough to either finish in fourth or fifth position so a win for the Demons on Saturday and they are one giant step towards their finals drought ending that stretches way back to 1997.

However, a loss on Saturday for Perth and it's going to be tough going to try and find a win over the last two rounds with them facing South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval and Subiaco at Leederville Oval.

So in their final home game of the season, the Demons will be desperate to win to give their loyal and passionate fans hope of that finals drought coming to an end. If they win, they could even be back there at Lathlain Park to host an elimination final.

Despite Claremont dominating Perth up until the end of 2013, it's been an even string of contests between the two teams since.

In the 10 meetings since the start of 2014, Perth has managed to beat Claremont on six occasions including in Round 7 of this year by a solitary point in a remarkable finish at Claremont Oval.

They split the matches in 2017 with Claremont winning by 99 and 59 points in Rounds 20 and 3, while Perth caused the upset in Round 9 in a result that ended up severely hurting Claremont's finals hopes.

The timing couldn’t be worse for Perth to lose small forward Cody Ninyette to a suspension. He copped a one-week ban after being cited for rough conduct on East Perth's Shayne Hille back in Round 17. 

Given Perth had the bye last week, that suspension will be served this Saturday and it's a big loss considering he was the Demons' leading goalkicker in 2017 and has again kicked 24 so far in 2018, including two hauls of five.

His partnership with Michael Bennell has also been particularly impressive with the pair having combined for 38 goals since Bennell broke into the Perth league side in Round 9.

That has opened the door for Sydney Stack to make his league debut for Perth and to provide that small forward option in the absence of Ninyette.

Brent Edmonds is a chance to play his first league game since Round 9 as well for the Demons while Kasey Nicholas is trying to break back into the line-up and Taran Etto is a chance to play his first league appearance of 2018.

Around the Grounds

Visit our Team Store for up to 15% off all Demons merchandise!

Delicious food and hot drinks will be available from the Canteen beside the main gate on Goddard Street. Icy cold refreshments are available from the Redlegs Bar within the grandstand or Demons Den beside the Demon’s raceway.

Don’t forget to enter the ‘Garlands Cycleworks Game Day Bike Giveaway’. This is a FREE raffle open to all kids 16 years and under. Entry forms and boxes are located at the main gate. The lucky winner will be announced at the main break and presented with a bike at three quarter time.








Kids can also enjoy a free inflatable obstacle course and a footy dart competition!


About the Pyke Cup


Frank played 130 games for Perth after making his senior debut for the club in Round 1 of the 1959 season at the age of 17. Playing originally as a half-forward flanker, and later as an onballer, Frank became a regular in the Perth team and finished third in the Sandover Medal in 1962 and runner-up in 1963. He played in the club’s 1966 premiership win over Subiaco


Don was recruited by Claremont for the 1987 season and played in the club’s premiership win over Subiaco that year. He won the club’s Fairest & Best the following year and was recruited by the West Coast Eagles in the 1988 AFL draft. Making his debut in Round 1 of the 1989 season, Don went on to play in both the 1992 and 1994 West Coast premiership teams. A shoulder injury forced his premature retirement from playing AFL in 1996, although he returned to play in Claremont’s 1996 premiership success.



Round 17 Match Review: Demons v East Perth

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:47 AM

It was one hell of a finish at Leederville Oval between East Perth and Perth as the two teams fight it out for a finals position heading towards the end of the 2018 home and away season.

The Royals were on top most of the afternoon before the Demons finished all over the top of them, looking to have the win sealed with a mark and goal to Spencer White.

But the game had one last act to play out and that saw East Perth's Kyle Anderson get forward and take a mark and go back and kick the winning goal after the siren to give the Royals the 12.11 (83) to 11.14 (80) victory.

East Perth kicked three goals to two in the opening term to lead by five points at quarter-time and added another four to three in the second to be leading by 10 points at the long break.

East Perth then took further control in the third stanza kicking the only three goals to be leading by 26 points at the last change.

But it was the Demons finishing full of running and we kicked six goals to one in the first 30 minutes of the last term, going on to snatch the lead after Spencer White marked strongly and converted.

It was a frantic finish when East Perth got the ball into attack, but Kyle Anderson was able to get the mark and kick the winning goal after the siren.

Corey Byrne was tremendous for Perth with 26 possessions and three goals with Laine Wilkins, Spencer White and Michael Bennell kicking two goals too.

Michael Sinclair ended the afternoon with 31 possessions, Brant Colledge 31, Clint Jones 27, Corey Yeo 22 and Laine Wilkins 20.



 11 AUGUST v CLAREMONT TIGERS in the Pyke Cup Round


Goals:  3 - W Maginness 2 - L Ryan 1 - S Hille, K Anderson, N Blee, M Dobson, J Brander, M Allen, H Brayshaw

Best:    O Allen, C Hart, B Miller, P Mcginnity, M Allen

Reports:     J Nelson


Goals:  3 - C Byrne 2 - L Wilkins, S White, M Bennell 1 - C Eyres, C Leggett

Best:   C Byrne, B Colledge, C Giblett,C Jones, M Henderson

Reports:   Nil.

Round 17 Preview: Demons v Royals

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 9:14 AM

The stakes are high as the Demons prepare to take on the Royals at Leederville Oval this afternoon in the Round 17 contest.

East Perth might have been a mainstay of finals over much of the last decade while Perth hasn’t reached a single finals series since 1997, but that all goes out the window with plenty on the line when they meet on Saturday at Leederville Oval.

Perth comes into the game having won three straight matches and five of its past six to now be in its best place to reach finals in 20 years this late in a season. The Demons come into Saturday's game in fourth position with a 7-7 record to be a game clear of the fifth placed Claremont. Another win on Saturday against the Royals and the Demons take a giant step towards breaking that finals drought.

Despite Perth's shock five-point win in Round 22 last year that cost the Royals a finals place but couldn't save the Demons from the wooden spoon, and East Perth has dominated recent meetings between the two teams.

East Perth won the first meeting of 2018 between the two teams with a 37-point win in Round 4 this year at Lathlain Park and then before Round 22 last year, the Royals had won 10 in-a-row against the Demons by an average of 48.3 points.

Going back further and East Perth has won 18 of the previous 22 clashes with Perth dating back over the past decade.

The biggest difference for Perth in this run of winning five of its past six matches has been the Demons' ability to put a score on the board.

Over the course of its first eight games of the season, Perth averaged a score of 78.5 points and didn’t break 100 points, with the closest being the 15.9 (99) it scored in Round 7 to beat Claremont by a solitary point.

But over the last six matches, the Demons have managed to average scoring 100.2 points a game including a high of 21.13 (139) against East Fremantle in Round 11 and reaching over 100 points in three of the six matches.

In that six-game stretch, we have seen Michael Bennell kick 17 goals, Kristian Cary 14, Cody Ninyette 14, Corey Byrne seven, and now Spencer White five, including four last week against East Fremantle.

That firepower could be challenging for East Perth to slow down with the Royals conceding 85.5 points a game since heading into the State game break on a four-game winning streak.

They have won once since then, over Swan Districts two weeks ago by 10 goals, but overall since that fourth straight win against East Fremantle in Round 6, East Perth has averaged a score of just 68.1 points a game while conceding over 85.

They have only scored 100 points once in that stretch, the win over Swans, while not kicking more than 10 goals in any of the seven losses, including just three goals in the wet last week against Claremont. 

Meanwhile, the Royals have given up over 100 points twice in that stretch and they will be doing well to not let the Demons off the chain again on Saturday.

With the three straight victories and impressive form on top of the return of key players from injury Spencer White, Devin McFarlane, Christian Eyres and Jared Bell, the Demons line-up is in good shape.

There are no outs at this stage from the team that dominated East Fremantle after half-time last week but Mitch Browne, Daniel Horan and Marshall Jones have been added to the squad.

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Round 16 Match Review: Demons v Sharks.

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 6:56 PM

The Round 15 contest saw the Demons take one step closer to ending our finals drought when we defeated the Sharks by a commanding 41 points.

The East Fremantle Sharks held a three-point lead at quarter-time. By the long break, we had gained the lead. A solid performance saw the Demons take control in the second half, kicking nine goals to three.

The classy Jared Bell made his return to the League team after two years out recovering from two knee reconstructions.

Forwards Spencer White and Kristian Cary produced valuable returns to complement the team’s strong midfield work.

Kristian Cary delivered an outstanding performance, with 23 possessions and five goals, while Spencer White kicked four goals and Michael Bennell two.

Corey Yeo gathered 27 possessions for the Demons, Brant Colledge 27, Clint Jones 25, Michael Sinclair 25, Corey Byrne 22 and Cody Leggett 21. Clint Jones delivered the reliable and patient performance the Demons can expect of their Captain each week.



“We were poor early but it was great to see that we came home hard by playing the brand of footy that we know we can play,” Coach Earl Spalding stated after the game.

At the close of Round 16, the Demons hold fourth spot on the ladder.

ROUND 17: Demons fans, let’s rally around the boys and cheer them on this Saturday at Leederville Oval as we take on the East Perth Royal.

Image credits: Seen by Scully.

Round 16: Match Preview Demons v Sharks

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 11:08 AM

PERTH and East Fremantle might have been battling for the wooden spoon 12 months ago but the growth of the Demons since is evidenced by what a win on Saturday over the Sharks at Lathlain Park could mean for them.

Perth and East Fremantle both won just three games each in 2017 before they were hopeful of some significant improvement in 2018 to rise up the ladder

Perth might have come into the season with little fanfare considering they appeared to have lost more talent than they gained over the off-season with the departures of the likes of Aidan Tropiano, Liam McKenna, Julian Jacobs, Brent Latch, Gordon Narrier and Brennan Stack.

The Demons then made a slow start winning just two of their opening eight matches. But the signs were encouraging. Even in that Round 9 loss to Swan Districts by five goals, that was a game they led during the second quarter by 40 points.

Perth then broke through to beat South Fremantle by a goal and backed it up with a 64-point thumping of East Fremantle in Round 11. The Demons were then competitive in a loss to West Perth leading into the Round 12 bye.

Then coming out of the break, Perth has beaten Swan Districts by four goals and Peel by eight last Saturday having kicked the first four goals of the last quarter.

That has seen Perth move up into fourth position on the ladder with a 6-7 record and they could well be clear by two games in fourth spot by Saturday night depending on other results.

Having not played finals since 1997, the Demons' destiny is now in our own hands to get there in 2018 and a win over East Fremantle on Saturday would be another significant step towards achieving that.

Perth enters Saturday's clash with plenty of form and momentum against East Fremantle and as a result there is plenty of pressure on for spots in the Demons' team perhaps for the first genuine time in a very long time.

Anton Scotney and Mitch Browne are out of the Perth line-up coming out of last Saturday's win against Peel Thunder.

Bell has earned selection, and will be making his first league appearance since Round 15, 2016, capping off a tremendous return from a horror run of knee injuries for the quality defender.


PERTH (6-7, 4th) v EAST FREMANTLE (2-11, 9th)

Selected teams, live stats 
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