Brant Colledge: M&J Chickens Player of Round 15

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:54 PM

WHEN Perth welcomed back Brant Colledge from his time in the AFL system at the start of 2017, they were hoping for a seasoned, versatile and dominant WAFL footballer who could be a real difference-maker in games in their young side.

His body was the biggest reason why he was limited to three AFL matches across 2014 and 2015 with the West Coast Eagles because he had the size and build, and skill and agility to play just about any role on the field and to make a real impact in games.

But injuries meant he couldn’t string enough of those standout performances together but he showed good loyalty to return to his original WAFL club, Perth, for the start of 2017 with the aim of helping the Demons back into being a competitive outfit.

That didn’t quite work on a personal front or as a team in 2017 with Colledge restricted to 14 games and not quite having the impact he would have hoped and Perth unable to rise up the ladder claiming another wooden spoon.

Both Colledge and Perth then made a slow start to 2018 as well. He didn’t quite look in good enough condition early on to go into the middle of the ground to have the full impact his talent is capable of while the Demons also lost six of their first eight games to be struggling.

But Colledge's past seven games could very well be the best extended run of form he has produced throughout his career where he's been splitting his time between playing in the midfield and across half-forward.

As a result in the past seven matches, Colledge has averaged 27.9 possessions while kicking six goals and having significant impact in wins against South Fremantle, East Fremantle, Swan Districts and Peel Thunder in between competitive defeats to Subiaco, Swan Districts and West Perth.

There is now great excitement surrounding Demons with them sitting in fourth position on the WAFL ladder as they chase a first finals appearance since 1997 and there's no question that Colledge's consistently outstanding form is a big factor in that.

His presence and ability to win the contested ball using his big body around the ball, being fit enough to run out games and get into space and play both on the ball and across half-forward, and then to use the ball cleverly and efficiently is now a key part of the way Perth is playing.

While he is getting plenty of help around the ball from fellow midfielders Clint Jones, Corey Yeo and Cody Leggett with Michael Sinclair anchoring the back-line and the Michael Bennell and Cody Ninyette exciting forward, Colledge could well be the most important piece of the Demons puzzle.

He was superb once again Saturday's eight-point win over the premiers of the past two seasons, Peel Thunder, at Lathlain Park. He finished with 28 possessions, eight inside-50 entries, six marks and two goals to have as big an impact on the end result as anybody.

At 23 years of age and having now played 73 games across both Perth and East Perth along with his time in the AFL, Colledge is coming into the peak of his powers.

He showed loyalty to return to the Demons with the faith that the club could find a way to return to finals action in more than 20 years and now with the form he's in, it's more than possible to happen in 2018 with him at the forefront of how far they can go.

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)

Originally published here.

Image credit: Phil Barnes Photography.

Demons Triumph Over Peel. Round 15 Match Review.

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Our first WAFL finals appearance since 1997 took another step to becoming reality on Saturday with the Demons kicking the first four goals of the last quarter to come from behind and beat Peel Thunder at Lathlain Park by eight points.

The winner of Saturday's contest at Lathlain Park always knew it was going to finish Round 15 of the WAFL season inside the top five. 

For the first three quarters, that looked likely to be Peel with the premiers of the past two years leading the Demons by 11 points at quarter-time, 11 points at half-time and 16 points at three quarter-time. 

But Perth came out and kicked the opening four goals of the final term and that was enough to set up a match-winning advantage with the Demons going on to prevail 10.15 (75) to 10.7 (67).

The win means Perth has won four of its past five matches now to improve to a 6-7 record on the season and to move into fourth position on the ladder.

Coach Early Spalding is thrilled with the result, but cautiously optimistic about our finals contention.

“It was a good result,” Spalding stated. “The boys showed a lot of character out there, even when we were behind on the scoreboard.”

“Our numbers are some of the best they’ve been all season in terms of inside 50s and clearances.”

Peel remains outside a finals position at 5-8 having now lost two in-a-row.

Perth's quality and experienced midfield again stood out on the door led by Cody Leggett who produced a game made up of 32 possessions, 13 inside-50 entries, seven marks, five tackles and a goal.

Captain Clint Jones also had 29 possessions, six inside 50s and four marks for the Demons with Corey Yeo contributing 29 disposals and nine tackles, and Brant Colledge 28 touches, eight inside-50 entries, six marks and two goals.

We got good support from ruckman Christian Eyres who had 31 hit outs while Corey Byrne finished with 17 possessions and three tackles.

Perth's defence was once again anchored by Michael Sinclair who had another 24 possessions, eight marks, seven tackles and four inside 50s.

Cody Ninyette kicked three goals for the Demons, and Michael Bennell two, with the pair having now combined to kick 33 goals in the five matches they've played together.

Brady Grey returned from injury for Peel and kicked two early goals but he proved to be the Thunder's only multiple goal scorer on the afternoon.

Peel did kick the opening goal of the game through Brady Grey and then following a Perth major to Cody Ninyette, the Thunder also scored courtesy of Grey again then Mitch Crowden and Gerald Ugle to lead by 16 points.

The Demons scored the last goal of the first quarter thanks to Blake Johnson to be within 11 points at quarter-time.

It was then just one goal apiece in the second quarter with conditions at their worst of the afternoon. Perth got a goal to Michael Bennell and Peel's came from Luke Strnadica with the Thunder heading into the main break with an 11-point advantage.

It was two goals apiece in the opening 15 minutes of the third quarter with Peel's coming courtesy of Ben Hancock and Danyle Pearce, and Perth's to Brant Colledge and Ninyette.

Peel then was able to extend its lead to 16 points again with a Michael Tassone goal and the premiers of the past two years were still on top to the tune 16 points by three quarter-time.

It was all Perth in the last quarter and the Demons had the first 10 scoring shots for the term which included goals to Ninyette, Bennell, Kristian Cary and Colledge. That saw them go from 16 points down at three quarter-time to lead by 14 points at the 26-minute mark.

Peel did manage the last goal of the game courtesy of Lloyd Meek but it mattered little with Perth going on to win by eight points and make finals a distinct likelihood in 1997.

Perth's reserves also produced a solid showing to beat Peel Thunder at Lathlain Park by 34 points to move into fifth position on the ladder.

Peel dominated the play in the opening quarter but could only manage one goal from eight shots and that meant they only led by five points at the first beak.

The Thunder kicked another six behinds without a goal in the second quarter. Perth kicked our second goal of the game and the Thunder lead by three points at the main break despite just the one goal for the half.

Perth then managed to get going in the third quarter kicking five goals to one to head into three quarter-time leading by 26 points before another three goals to two in the last term to end up winning 10.13 (73) to 4.15 (39).

Kurtis Chester delivered an impressive performance for Perth with 23 possessions and two goals while Marshall Jones also booted two majors.

Daniel Horan also gathered 25 disposals for the Demons, Austin Davis 22, Ben Giobbi 21, Shaun Smith 20, Zac Casey 19, Jayden Johnstone 19, Brad McPhail 18 and Callum Marshall 18.

Perth will remain at Lathlain Park on Saturday in Round 16 to play the bottom placed East Fremantle with the chance to further cement our spot inside the top five.

PERTH 2.2 3.4 6.8 10.15 (75)

PEEL THUNDER 4.1 5.3 9.6 10.7 (67)

PERTH – Goals: Ninyette 3; Colledge, Bennell 2; Cary, Leggett, Johnson.

Best: Colledge, Leggett, Yeo, Jones, Sinclair, Bennell, Ninyette. 

PEEL THUNDER – Goals: Grey 2; Ugle, H Bennell, Hancock, Meek, Crowden, Tassone, Pearce, Strnadica.

Best: Pearce, Hancock, Crowden, Strnadica, H Bennell, Johnson.

Round 15 Match Preview vs Peel Thunder

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Our first win of the 2018 season was one of the biggest upsets of the year, when we defeated the back-to-back reigning premiers Peel Thunder by a six-point margin.

Having won four of our last five contests, and following the back of a great win against Swan Districts in last week’s NAIDOC Round, the team are up and about, and ready to repeat our round three victory.

Last time we met Peel, solid performances from Michael Sinclair, Cody Leggett, Corey Byrne, Brant Colledge and Christian Eyres saw us get it over the line.

This clash, we will be looking to them again, while also adding Round 14 M&J Chickens Player of the Round Cody Ninyette, Michael Bennell and Captain Clint Jones to the list.

Round 15 success will see us with a strong chance of moving into the top five at the business end of the season.

2018 Ronald McDonald Round

The Perth Football Club is a proud partner of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Western Australia.

 All West Australian Football League players and umpires will     wear silly socks to raise vital funds for children with serious   illness, as part of the Ronald McDonald House Charity Round.

 The League game will feature a special Ronald McDonald   Charity Fan Zone where kids can get involved in a range of fun   activities and win some great prizes.

 These activities include a spinning wheel, and a fries handball   target. There will also be face painters and a lucky dip fans can   take part in with a gold coin donation. All proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House.

Around the Ground

Delicious footy food is available from the Canteen beside the main gate from Goddard Street. Or, if your vocals require some lubrication, icy cold refreshments are available now from our Redlegs Bar within the grandstand, Demons Den beside the Demon’s raceway, Presidents Lounge or Bar on the Hill under the scoreboard.

Make sure your kids enter the “Garlands Cycleworks Game Day Bike Giveaway!” This is a FREE raffle open to all kids 16 and under.  Entry forms and boxes are located at the two turnstiles into Lathlain Park.  The lucky winner will be announced at the half time break, and presented with a bike at three quarter time. Don’t forget to enter!

Bennell wants to write his own success story

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 1:29 PM

Lying on the couch watching Great Southern AFL products Mitch and Jeremy McGovern and Marley Williams play on the big stage forced Michael Bennell on to the doorstep of Perth Football Club.

Bennell grew up playing his football with Albany, kicking 11 goals in the Sharks’ only ever league victory in Great Southern Football League history.

It was there he played against the likes of the McGovern brothers and Williams, who have gone on to carve out successful AFL careers.

Seeing them on television made Bennell act, and just a few months on it could prove to be one of the best decisions the talented forward has made.

An impromptu meeting with Perth Football Manager Dale Ballantyne was the first step to Bennell joining the club, and he is now helping lead the Demons’ charge towards a breakthrough WAFL finals appearance.

“I was lazing around every day on the couch — I (had) seen the McGovern boys and Marley Williams doing their thing and it made me realise I need to do something,” Bennell said.

“I’m grateful Dale listened to my story. He invited me down to a training session and then I did a pre-season.

“Coming from down south, it’s been a big change but I’m just loving footy at the moment.”

The 24-year-old began the WAFL season in the reserves, kicking 15 goals in seven games, playing league in round nine.

From there, he has not looked back, booting three goals on debut and going on to bag 16 goals in just five matches.

Bennell’s path to Lathlain Park for weekly training is very different from that of most, catching two trains from his home in Maddington with music blaring in his headphones the whole way.

But it’s something that is working. The dynamic forward is averaging 3.2 goals per game — the most of any player in the WAFL competition.

Despite harbouring ambitions to play at the highest level, Bennell said his focus was on helping Perth reach the finals.

“I’m very happy — the hard pre-season I did is really working for me but I’ve still got some boxes to tick,” he said.

“I want to have a real impact in the next few weeks, put us in winnable position in games and help us make the finals.

“I have always dreamt of playing at the elite level. My best is still ahead of me but I’ve got to keep putting in the hard yards.”

Bennell is doing labouring and maintenance work for Indigenous Economic Solutions and says his life has never been better.

 

Originally published in the Albany Ad by Cameron Newbold.

Image Credit: The Sunday Times, Daniel Wilkins.

Ninyette named M&J Chickens Player of the Round

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Cody Ninyette has been name the M & J Chickens Player of NAIDOC Round, after what was a standout performance.

Ninyette had a relatively quiet first half of the 2018 season compared with what he was able to produce in 2017, but his form has come to life in recent weeks and then he took things up another gear in Saturday's win against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

The 20-year-old ended the afternoon kicking five goals to go with 21 possessions, five tackles, four marks and four entries inside the forward 50.

Ninyette started the game strongly with three goals in the first quarter to help the Demons to a fast start. He then went on to add a fourth goal in the third quarter and his fifth during the last term as he ensured he delivered a strong performance for the whole four quarters.

Ninyette has now kicked five goals twice in his last three matches this season and is in some stunning forward-line alongside Bennell in a Perth team making a genuine run for the finals.

The Kelmscott product came through the colts at Perth and played some impressive football across 28 games in 2015 and 2016 where he kicked 33 goals in that time.

He made the step up to senior football late in the 2016 season playing three reserves matches and kicking eight goals, and then kicking four goals from two league appearances.

Ninyette was then a permanent member of the league team in 2017 and he went on to be the leading goalkicker for Perth for the season kicking 28 goals in his 18 matches, highlighted by his still career-best of seven in the last game of the season against East Perth.

Ninyette had a solid start to the 2018 season kicking 10 goals across his first nine matches, but he then booted five goals in Round 11 against East Fremantle on the same afternoon teammate Bennell kicked seven.

Then he delivered another five-goal haul in Saturday's win against Swan Districts and there's every reason he could find himself in the AFL system by the end of 2018.

Demons defeat the Swans! Round 14 Match Review v Swans.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 1:03 PM

The Demons went into the Rio Tinto NAIDOC Round determined, and ready to earn the win over the Swan Districts. We were on top from the outset, holding a dominating lead for the duration of the match.

In the previous two meetings between the two teams this season, the Demons started strongly but couldn’t maintain it, going on to be overrun by the Swans on both occasions. With this fresh in our minds, the team were prepared with a mindset of tenacity.

Once again on Saturday we started strongly, but this time the Demons were able to maintain it throughout the afternoon at Steel Blue Oval to come away with the 14.17 (101) to 11.11 (77) victory. The win improves us to a 5-7 record on the season to be only percentage outside the top five.

It was a stunning display from the Demons throughout the afternoon. The boys earned 62 more possessions than Swans, 14 more marks, 21 extra inside-50 entries and then 31 scoring shots to 22.

It was only fitting that as part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations in the WAFL, Cody Ninyette delivered a stunning performance for Perth made up of five goals from 21 possessions, five tackles, four marks and four inside 50s.

Michael Bennell also kicked another two goals for the Demons as did Corey Byrne and Kristian Cary.

Michael Sinclair was superb in our defence against the Swans, ending the afternoon with a game-high 35 possessions and 17 marks. Matthew Taylor also had 20 possessions and eight marks.

Captain Clint Jones also racked up another 33 possessions (eight marks, eight tackles) for the Demons, Brant Colledge 31 (10 inside 50s), Corey Yeo 27, Cody Leggett 27 (11 tackles, nine marks, eight inside 50s) and Byrne 20.

Christian Eyres battled hard in the ruck for the Demons for 17 touches and 23 hit outs.

Perth started impressively coming off the bye with the first five scores of the contest at a well-populated Steel Blue Oval. That did include goals to Indigenous pair Michael Bennell and Cody Ninyette which was fitting as part of NAIDOC Week.

Swan Districts did get an answering major through Brayden Noble but the Demons were on song and Ninyette added two more goals before quarter-time as Perth had 10 scoring shots to two in the term to lead by 23 points at the first break.

Swan Districts did manage the first goal of the second quarter thanks to former Demon Matthew Rogers. But Perth hit back through returning key forward Spencer White.

Swan Districts were then just seven points behind to start the second half when Noble kicked a third goal before Bennell and Warrick Wilson traded goals for their respective teams in NAIDOC Week.

The Demons continued to have the answers, though, and kicked five of the last six goals of the third term, including a fourth to Ninyette, with Perth heading into the three quarter-time huddle with a commanding five-goal advantage.

Ninyette kicked the first goal of the last term to give him five for the afternoon and while Swan Districts kicked three of the last four goals of the contest, the Demons still cruised to the 24-point victory at Bassendean.

Perth will play host to Peel Thunder on Saturday with the chance of the winner moving into the top five by the end of Round 15.

SWAN DISTRICTS 1.1 5.5 8.7 11.11 (77)

PERTH 4.6 6.12 12.13 14.17 (101)

SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Noble 3; Faulkner, Rogers 2; Gault, Turner, Payne, Wilson.

Best: Turner, Faulkner, Noble, Rogers, Riggio, Payne, Gault.

PERTH – Goals: Ninyette 5; Byrne, Cary, Bennell 2; Yeo, White, Dennis.

Best: Ninyette, Sinclair, Leggett, Colledge, Jones, Yeo, Eyres, Taylor.

Luke English and Sydney Stack Make U18 All-Australian Team

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Four WA players have been selected for this year's NAB AFL under 18s All-Australian Team following the conclusion of the under 18s Championships, two of whom hail from the Perth Football Club.

Jordan Clark was named in defense, while midfielder Perth's Luke English won a palce in the midfield. Jeremy Sharp and Perth's Sydney Stack were named on the bench.

Congratulations Luke and Sydney! 

 

The 2018 NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian team is as follows:

Defenders: Jordan Clark (WA), Buku Khamis (VM), Jacob Koschitzke (NSW/ACT – Allies), Jez McLennan (SA), Isaac Quaynor (VM), Kyle Reid (VC)

Midfield: Kieren Briggs (NSW/ACT – Allies), Luke English (WA), Chayce Jones (Tas – Allies), Bailey Smith (VM), Luke Valente (SA), Samuel Walsh (VC)

Forwards: Jackson Hately (SA), Ben King (VM), Jack Lukosius (SA), Izak Rankine (SA), Bailey Scott (QLD – Allies), Rylee West (VM)

Interchange: Will Gould (SA), Connor McFadyen (QLD – Allies), Mitchell O’Neill (Tas – Allies), Jeremy Sharp (WA), Sydney Stack (WA)

Coach: Tony Bamford (South Australia)
Assistant Coach: Lance Spaulding (Tasmania)

Round 14 Preview: Demons v Swans

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The Demons will be looking to gain vengeance for our Round 9 loss to the Swans this Saturday at Bassendean Oval. The Swans have had the better of us in our two encounters this season, but we are ready for what is expected to be another tough encounter.

Our last clash hasn’t been forgotten. After a good first half, we lost our 40 point lead to lose by 22 points. Lessons have been learnt from this, and the team are training for continuous improvement.

Coming off a bye, the Demons are up and ready to go. A strong performance and playing our brand of football for the full four quarters will hopefully see our boys return to the winner’s list in the 2018 NAIDOC Round.

This week we look forward to the return of Spencer White. Coming off the injury list, White will add experience to the forward line as we seek to kick a winning score.

“We have played our best football when we have stuck to the game plan and held our structures,” Coach Earl Spalding stated. “Playing our style of footy for the full four quarters, and trying to stop the Swans from playing theirs, is the game plan.”  

“The focus will be on good ball use, hard running and protection of team mates as key priorities.”

The Demons will don the NAIDOC guernsey this round. The design infuses energy waves throughout the original red stripe to signify strength.

Around the Grounds

We will be playing away this weekend, and urge all supporters to go to the Blue Steel Oval.

A Welcome to Country performed by elder Di Ryder will feature before the men's and women's teams line up in their NAIDOC jumpers. The Swans Women’s League team will play Perth Angels at 12pm before the men’s game at 2.15pm.

A Marngrook (traditional Aboriginal) exhibition game, facilitated by the Stephen Michael Foundation and Noongar Wellbeing & Sport, will be played at half time. Boomerang and Australian animal painting, mosaic flag making, and bracelet beading will be taking place in the Swans Play Zone.

Round 12 Match Review v West Perth

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 12:26 PM

After successful matches in the two previous rounds, the Demons went into Round 12 looking to continue the impressive momentum which had been building.

A slow start to the game was overcome by a strong second half of the first quarter. At the close of the first quarter, we held the lead 4.2 to West Perth’s 3.3.

A flailing second quarter saw West Perth kick eight goals to our two, establishing a match winning break. Despite the Demons continuing to challenge at various stages of the game, West Perth maintained the lead for the rest of the afternoon and went on to win by 21 points.

Captain Clint Jones led the way for Perth with 36 possessions, with Michael Sinclair collecting 31 disposals, Brant Colledge 28, Corey Yeo 25, Cody Leggett 24 and Matthew Taylor 22.

Excitement machine Bennell kicked another three goals, as did Kristian Cary, while Laine Wilkins chipped in with two. Jones, Byrne and Scotney each contributed a goal.

 

 

SUMMARY

PERTH

Goals: 3 - K Cary, M Bennell 2 - L Wilkins 1 - C Byrne, A Scotney, M Jones
Best: M Sinclair, B Colledge, K Cary, C Jones, M Bennell
Reports: M Sinclair

WEST PERTH

Goals: 4 - A Strijk 3 - T Keitel 2 - J Van Berlo, K Knott 1 - A Black, M Lourey, C Lynch, S Potente
Best: A Black, L Meadows, B Wilhelm, Z Guadagnin, S Potente
Reports: Nil.

 

 

Round 12 Match Preview v West Perth

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Coming off two wins in a row, the Demons will be looking to make it a hat trick when they travel to Joondalup to take on the West Perth Falcons this Saturday.

Third-placed West Perth are always considered hard to beat at home, however the optimism is higher than in recent years as our player availability and form are both stronger than at various times in the past.

Improvements throughout the year see the side the strongest it has been in Coach Earl Spalding’s tenure. Spalding’s message has barely changed in his four seasons, and the persistence is paying off.

Guns Corey Yeo and Ben Giobbi have provided the strength in the midfield to aid team Captain Clint Jones, while Brant Colledge and Cody Leggett have been able to string multiple games together.

On the back of our highest score of the year so far, Forwards Coach Darren Kowal has got his group functioning extremely well and capitalising on the opportunities provided by the rest of the Demons outfit.

M&J Chickens Player of the Round for Round 11, Michael Bennell will be looking to continue his strong form this weekend. Touted as one of the most exciting players in the WAFL, Bennell will be ably assisted by other youngsters, Anton Scotney, Cody Ninyette and Kristian Cary, who are all having strong seasons.

Pushing for League consideration this week is Christian Eyres. Solid reserves performances should see Eyres join the senior side as he returns from injury. The Demons will continue to look for strong output from back men Michael Sinclair, Devin McFarlane and Mitchell Lague.

A Round 12 win see Perth well and truly push ourselves back into finals contention for the first time in 21 years.

Rally behind the Demons and get on up to Joondalup Arena on Saturday!