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CLUB LEGEND - Tom Davis

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 1:17 PM

TOM DAVIS

PERTH FOOTBALL CLUB

LEGEND 2013

 

The Perth Football Club's board of directors has unanimously agreed that our champion ruckman, Tom Davis, will be the Club's Legend for the 2013 season.

Tom has a unique record in the Club's proud and long history. He is the only player from Perth's two point victory in the epic 1955 Grand Final to again taste the ultimate success in the next premiership side in 1966 -- a clear example of his ability to perform at the highest level over an extended period. 

That also makes him the first Perth player to be in two league premiership teams.

The rangy 6'4" ruckman joined the Club from Pemberton in the South-West in 1954 and played 220 league games before retiring after the 1966 premiership win. He was also a State representative, including at the  Australian Football Carnival in Perth in 1956 in the WA team coached by Ern Henfry and captained by Keith Harper.

Tom  gave the great Merv McIntosh --  who was in his final season --  invaluable support in the ruck in 1955, and was very handy in the forward line as an alternative target to star goalsneak Ron Tucker and sharpshooting rover Dick Walker.

The Sunday Times credited Tom with the "mark that won the grand final" in 1955. He rose over a pack in Perth's forward line to take the mark, with just six minutes to go in the last quarter. He then kicked accurately to put Perth in front. It was the last goal of the match, played before a record crowd of 42,000.

The Football Budget of October 15, 1955, had this to say about Tom: "Tall, lightly built, but strong. Sure in the air and difficult to beat in the packs. Played a great second half in the grand final."

After Big Mac's retirement Tom virtually carried the ruck against opponents such as Graham Farmer, Brian Foley, Keith Slater and Jack Clarke, until the arrival of a young Pat Astone in the early 1960s, and later Barry Chitleborough and Graham Edwards in the mid 60s.

He was persuaded by new coach Malcolm Atwell to continue in 1966 as the team's veteran player.  His experience was invaluable and he came on as a reserve in that year's grand final to blunt an East Perth fightback in Perth's stirring 16 point win -- a great note for Tom to retire on.

Tom switched from guernsey number 13 to number 30 early in his career after a serious kidney injury. He also suffered several shoulder dislocations. The change of number worked, and he made a magnificent contribution to football in general and Perth in particular.

Congratulations to Tom on being awarded "Club Legend" for 2013.

Updated Colts Training Schedule

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 3:13 PM

 

For more information on the current Colts training schedule as at 1 April 2013 click here.

 

DEMONS LOOK IMPRESSIVE EARLY

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 9:21 AM

By Mark Thornber

 

Perth started their preseason in impressive style on Saturday recording a 41 point win over South Fremantle at Brownes Stadium. The home side won the match 12.14 86 to South Fremantle’s 6.9 45.

The victory saw the Demons play some excellent team football as they played some of their key recruits and young starts from last season’s Colts squad. Perth set up their win with a 5 goal second term as a super fit Daniel O’Sullivan and Matthew Moody found plenty of the ball in the midfield. Paul Bevan booted 3 goals with Mark Deaves and Reese Richardson both kicking 2 majors each.

Former Peel ruckman Dan Murray showed great touch on the ball and looks set to play a big part in Perth’s ruck stocks this season. Former Hawthorn Premiership Player Chance Bateman returned to Brownes Stadium and showed he has not lost any of his silky skills.

Other recruits to impress were key position player Jared Risol, who was played in both the forward and back half and Frankston recruit Jackson Sketcher displayed a real toughness at the contest and looks a handy addition to Perth’s midfield brigade this year.

Next Saturday Perth plays Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval in another practice match scheduled to commence at 10.30 am.

Colts Team Confirmed for 1st Scratch Match

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 11:37 AM

The Perth Demons Colts team has been confirmed for the scratch match click here for more information. 

 

Squads Announced for Saturdays Scratch Match Against South Fremantle at Brownes Stadium

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 5:39 PM

The squads have been annouced for this weekend.

See below who will be playing in the league and reserves teams. 

Come down and support the Demons as they take on the Bulldogs!

Colts: 9.10am

Reserves: 11.40am

League: 2.10pm

 

LEAGUE

Chance Bateman

Paul Bevan

Matthew Boyle

Tyler Chrimes

Mark Deaves

Simon Donovan

Michael Edwards

Michael Florio

Brett Hodge

Keiran Hug

David Johnston

Joel Kalajzic

Nick Kane

Matt Moody

Daniel Murray

Daniel O'Sullivan

Kane Ransted

Reece Richardson

Jarod Risol

Jackson Sketcher

Michael Sinclair

Brennan Stack

Matt Tedesco

Dene White

 

RESERVES

Harry Ashby

Shannon Collard

Michael Burgess

Mark Chan

Jason Currie

Aaron Dow

Christian Egan

Ryan Gray

Sean Holland

Matthew Hunt

Cameron Jones

Adam Krakouer

Cameron Manuel

Michael Mather

Lincoln Meeking

Jay Mellowship

Blake Robinson

Tyson Rowlings

Chad Sandilands

Kerwin Stuart

Chris Trowbridge

Dale Wallam

 

 

Level 1 Coaching Course

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 1:33 PM

The Perth District will be conducting Level 1 coaching courses on the following dates in 2013; 


For more information contact Scott on 9362 4499 or dm@perthdemons.com.au

Umpire in 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 1:19 PM

The Demons District is looking for new umpires for 2013. Join us and learn how to field or boundary umpire.

If you love AFL football and want to be an important part of the game then umpiring is for you. Anyone, regardless of gender and age, can become an umpire and find it a rewarding experience.

Umpiring teaches you life skills such as tolerance, assertiveness, leadership, decision making and management.

Umpiring is a great way for both males and females to keep fit, involved in the game and to earn some extra cash.

Field Umpiring payments start at $30 a game for Year 4 to $90 a game for Year 12. Boundary Umpiring payments start at $40 a game.

Training commences with a Bring a Mate Day on 6th March, 5.30pm at Berehaven Oval, Thornlie.

If you are interested in umpiring please visit www.demonsumpires.com.au

Developing Volunteers

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 1:12 PM

How can my club develop volunteers?


Throughout 2013 there will be plenty of opportunities to help develop your clubs volunteers, these include;

 

School / Community Club Bouncedown @ Brownes, Monday 25th March from 6-8.30pm 

- The program will involve school ambassadors & club committees and give them an opportunity to meet and discuss ways of better strengthening the relationship between the club and local schools

- Clubs will also get the opportunity to find out some of the fantastic programs that are being offered by LGA's and other not-for-profit organisations

- Clubs will be provided with information that will help them get through the season

 

Club Development Workshop  - Wednesday 1st May  - more information to follow


For more information contact Scott on 9362 4499 or dm@perthdemons.com.au

Welcome Ashleigh!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 1:01 PM

The Demons District Development Council would like to introduce the newest member to our Development Team - Ashleigh Coster. Asheligh has taken on the role of Development Trainee and will be completing her Certificate III in Sport through CIT TAFE over the next 12 months. She will be responsible for looking after the following areas within the district;

  • School Programs - promotional visits, coaching clinics, school competitions
  • Perth District Holiday Clinics (April & July) - event promotion, organisation and delivery
  • Female & Multicultural programs   - Auskick, Junior & Youth girls, school based multicultural programs

Ashleigh can be contacted on trainee@perthdemons.com.au or 9362 4499

Please join the Demons District Development team in welcoming Ashleigh on board.  

Good Luck

East Victoria Park Auskicker lives unforgettable Toyota AFL Grand Final Experience

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 1:00 PM

East Victoria Park Auskicker, Angus McDonald, was the envy of his friends on the weekend when he was a part of greatness, participating in the 2013 Toyota AFL Grand Final, one of the biggest events on the Australian sporting calendar.

 Angus, a participant at the Victoria Park JFC NAB AFL Auskick centre, had the time of his life during a weekend of action packed activity.  Accompanied by his mother, Angus’s experience kicked off in style at the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year Awards Dinner at the MCG.  A memorable moment of the event occurred when Geelong Captain and NAB AFL Auskick ambassador, Joel Selwood, presented Angus with his official NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year nominee playing jumper.

On Friday, Angus, marched alongside fellow Auskickers and the two competing Toyota AFL Grand Final teams through the streets of Melbourne in the traditional Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade.

 Grand Final Day was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip when Angus played NAB AFL Auskick on the MCG in front of 100,000 fans prior to the commencement of the big game.  After the match Angus, along with the other 21 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year nominees, presented the Hawthorn players with their 2013 Toyota AFL Premiership Medals.

 “It was so exciting to play in front of so many people on the MCG, and getting to present a premiership medal with all my friends and family watching on TV was really cool too,” Angus said.

 Young Angus’s opportunity to participate in this unforgettable three day Toyota AFL Grand Final experience came to life through NAB’s Auskicker of the Year competition.  This competition exists to reward selected NAB AFL Auskick participants across the country for their teamwork, passion and commitment to the sport.

NAB is dedicated to Footifying Australia and has been genuinely growing the game for the past ten years through support of programs like NAB AFL Auskick. Every year, over 180,000 children participate in NAB AFL Auskick at one of 2,900 centres nationwide.