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

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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.

Revo Fitness on board as Colts sponsor

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Health Club Revo Fitness are the new Major Sponsor of Perth's Colts, signing a three year agreement with the club earlier this month.

The partnership was officially launched on Tuesday at Revo's brand new Victoria Park gym with young Colt Ian Hill (pictured).

Revo Fitness' logo will appear on the front of the Colts playing Guernsey in 2018 and beyond.

To celebrate the new partnership, Revo Fitness are offering all 2018 Demons members free 2nd and third months which equates to under $40 for three months of gym membership.

To take advantage of this exclusive offer, click here or call 6280 1069. Not a 2018 Demons member? Sign up here or call 9362 4499 to qualify for the special offer!

The Colts kick off their 2018 campaign 9am this Saturday when they take on Swan Districts at Lathlain Park.

 

Perth champion gets State blazer pocket

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 9:13 AM - by Peter Kennedy

Bert Wansbrough, the 1955 premiership vice-captain, and his wife Norma, didn't know what to expect when three club members visited their Beverley home recently.

Brian Sweetapple and Greg Dart from the Past Players and Officials Association, and Peter Kennedy, were on a mission: to deliver a replica of the crest on Bert's 1956 State team blazer pocket for the national carnival in Perth.

Bert is very proud of a montage of crests from various football and other blazers he has worn during a celebrated sporting career. But the 1956 carnival blazer pocket was missing.

His good friend and Beverley councillor David White noted this gap, and made inquiries as to how it could be rectified, without Bert's knowledge. Eventually he contacted Peter Kennedy, who suggested Brian Sweetapple might have access to a 1956 blazer through the club's History Centre.

Brian got to work with Greg Dart, and together they hit the jackpot. There was indeed a pocket with the crest in good condition, which they had duplicated. The gap in Bert's collection was filled.

Bert was also presented with a mounted cutting from The West Australian, noting his crucial role in Perth's nail biting two-point win over East Fremantle in that 1955 grand final. It was headed "Wansbrough Comes To Side's Rescue" and noted how, after being switched at half time from centre half back to full forward, he had kicked four goals in the third quarter to put Perth within reach of victory after a poor first half.

An epic last quarter, in which the whole side lifted and champion ruckman Merv McIntosh played at his brilliant best in his last game, saw Perth break a 48-year premiership drought.

Bert travelled from the family farm each week to play 127 games between 1952 and 1958. He kicked 167 goals for Perth and was named on a half back flank in Perth's Team of the Century. He was Club Legend in 2008.

Bert continued his football career with Beverley, adding to his illustrious record by leading the home team to a premiership as well.

He has the Demons' 2018 fixtures on his desk, and plans to make the trip to the city to see a winning game at Lathlain Park.

2018 Corporate Classic Results

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Congratulations to Megabay Distributors for taking out the 2018 Corporate Classic at last night's draw in the Lathlain Park President's Lounge.

Drawn ahead of almost 50 other entrants, Megabay Distributors won a $15,000 promotional package including two prominent signs at Lathlain Park and $3,000 in advertising with Community News.

Drawn second was Media Tonic, a long serving sponsor of the club, winning $5,000 worth of advertising with 6PR.

Armando Sports was the last of the prize winners, taking home a $1,000 package which includes match day acknowledgement and a table for 10 at a 2018 President's Lunch.

The Corporate Classic is a key fundraising event for the Perth Football Club and it would like to thank all businesses that entered in 2018.

In addition to yesterday evening's function, all entrants receive an invitation for two to a 2018 President's Lunch, as well as acknowledgement on the club's website and in the 2018 Annual Report.

Keep an eye out for the 2019 Corporate Classic early next year. If you'd like to get involved in the mean time, check out player sponsorship and/or the club's various membership options. To enquire about corporate sponsorship with the club, contact Jared Bell on 9362 4499 or sponsorship@perthdemons.com.au.

Winner: Megabay Distributors

 

 

 


2nd Place: Media Tonic

 

 

 


3rd Place: Armando Sports

Inaugural Tackling Suicide Match a success

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Last Saturday’s inaugural Tackling Suicide Celebrity & Community Match has been hailed a success, with almost 2000 people turning out to help raise money and awareness for mental health in the Perth community.

$9,500 was raised on the evening, which will help fund suicide and mental health education programs, run by Outside The Locker Room, within the Perth community.

Sporting clubs and schools in the Perth Football Club zone will receive $1500 and $500 respectively towards the funding of Outside The Locker Room’s 12-month program and are encouraged to email Kristi Annear at kannear@outsidethelockerroom.com.au to apply by 30th April 2018.

Food trucks, bars, live music and kick-to-kick made for an enjoyable and family friendly evening at Lathlain Park.

On the field, Troy Cook’s Team Lifeline was too strong for Jake Edwards’ Team OTLR, running out winners by 17-points.  

Courtney Ugle of the WA Football Academy was awarded best on ground for her efforts in the midfield, while Matt Moody (look away handball specialist), Ryan Crowley (too competitive), and Paul Hasleby (best outside player) showed why they were all once on AFL lists.

The Perth Football Club, together with Outside The Locker Room would like to thank the partners and sponsors that made the evening possible.

Major Partners
Perth Football Club
Lifeline www.lifelinewa.org.au
Youthfocus www.youthfocus.com.au

Proud Sponsors
City Toyota www.citytoyota.net.au
Bolt Fitness www.boltfitness.com.au
KC Australia www.kcsports.com.au
Aloft Hotel www.aloftperth.com

Support
Archer Street Physio (prepping the players with strapping and massage) www.archerstphysio.com.au
Brett Earl of Perth FitFam www.perthfitfam.com.au
Regional Men’s Health www.regionalmenshealth.org.au
Antz In Ya Pants (Nitro Cold Brew Coffee) www.antzinyapantz.com
Perth Angels  www.perthangelsfc.com.au

Photos kindly taken by Brett Earl of Perth FitFam. More photos coming soon - keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.