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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 9:55 AM

By Mark Thornber

Photos by Gemma Boys

Round 1, Perth v Peel

At Brownes Stadium, Saturday 16 March 2013


Perth                           5.1        7.3       12.4      12.10    82

Peel                             1.4        5.5       8.10      9.16      70


Perth started their 2013 campaign in wining style with a hard fought 12 point win over Peel in warm conditions at Brownes Stadium on Saturday.

Perth hit the scoreboard early as new Captain Paul Bevan kicked truly at the 2 minute mark. This was soon followed by another to gun recruit Kyle Reimers as the home side was playing some great team football.

When wingman Michael Florio kicked his side’s 3rd goal on the run the Demons had opened up a handy lead. Dan Murray was winning the ruck battle and was being well supported in the midfield by Chance Bateman, Brett Hodge and Alistair Smith.

Despite a late goal to the Thunder after the quarter time siren Perth had a comfortable lead at the first break kicking 5 goals 1 to 1 goal 4 for the term.

The second quarter saw Peel slowly trim Perth’s lead mainly through Kristen Thornton, who was looking dangerous up forward for the Thunder. Perth though did respond with a brilliant goal on the run to Reimers that bounced through from 60 metres.

The Demons continued to win the centre clearances as Hodge especially was throwing himself into everything in the first half. After receiving a couple of 50 metre penalties resulting in goals the Thunder managed to reduce Perth’s lead to just 10 points at half time.

Kicking with a slight breeze the home side came out really firing in the second half and it wasn’t long before both Michael Mather and first gamer Matthew Boyle snapped truly to again provide the home side with a mini break.

The backline was holding up well with recruit Jared Risol looking good in defence and the ever reliable Matthew Tedesco rebounding well off half back. After a quiet first half Brennan Stack sparked into life kicking a clever goal and then setting up sharp shooter Simon Donovan for another.

As with the trend of the match though Peel edged back with a couple of late goals just before three quarter to close within 3 goals after Perth kicked 5 goals to 3 in the third quarter.

Perth Coach Damien McMahon pleaded with his young side to continue the pressure on their opponents in his three quarter time address. With Peel coming home with a strengthening breeze and both sides tiring in the warm conditions the last quarter was always going to be a hard fought affair.

Perth had their chances early in the term to really seal the result, however missed some set shots at goal as the Thunder just kept coming. The visitors closed within 12 points in the final term, however with Vice Captain Daniel O’Sullivan playing an inspired last term and Murray being able to drop back in defence to take a number of game saving marks the Demons managed to run out winners by 12 points despite just kicking 6 points to Peel’s 1 goal 6 for the term.

There were plenty of good signs for Perth on the day with Hodge, Smith, O’Sullivan, Bateman and the returning Dene White all producing match winning efforts in the midfield. Tedesco was rock solid all day in defence and was well supported by Kane Ransted who seems to have re-invented himself as a long kicking and attacking half back.

Murray played an outstanding game on the ball all day with Reimers, Donovan and Fraser McInnes all chipping in up forward booting 6 goals between them.

Perth had a number of players making their league debut for the club in Matthew Boyle (1534), Mitchell, Leyendekkers (1535), Daniel Murray (1536), Kyle Reimers, (1537), Jared Risol (1538), Michael Sinclair (1539), and Jackson Sketcher (1540).

Next week Perth has a bye before they return home to Brownes Stadium to play the Bulldogs.

Goals: Reimers 3, Donovan 2, Stack, McInnes, Bevan, Mather, Boyle, Florio, Sinclair 1.

Best: Hodge, Smith, O’Sullivan, White, Tedesco, Murray.


Monday, March 11, 2013 - 9:33 AM

Perth come back late against the Sharks on Saturday before East Fremantle steadied in the last term to run out winners by 37 points in the final preseason match at Brownes Stadium.

Perth started well early with Full Forward Simon Tunbridge kicking 2 goals in the first quarter before the Sharks midfield led by the returning Brett Peake gained the momentum. Better players for the Demons were Paul Bevan and Alistair Smith who played well through the middle of the ground and were well supported by Daniel O’Sullivan and the ever reliable Brett Hodge.

Dan Murray was again impressive in the ruck and Simon Donovan, Brennan Stack and Tunbridge all chipped in with 2 goals each up forward. Perth’s match committee will be hoping that Tunbridge is cleared of a report during the week for rough play.

Despite the loss the feeling was very upbeat on Saturday night at the club’s season launch with Perth unveiling their new Captain in Paul Bevan and Vice Captain Daniel O’Sullivan for season 2013.

Next week the first week of the new season kicks off with Perth tackling Peel Thunder at Brownes Stadium.


PHOTO: Gemma Boys

Demons Fade After Promising Start

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 2:17 PM

By Mark Thornber

After a promising start Perth faded after quarter time to go down to Swan Districts by 49 points on Saturday at Steel Blue Oval.

Perth led at the first change and looked good early on before the black and whites took control of the match. Former AFL stars Paul Bevan and Chance Bateman were clearly the best for the Demons along with Matthew Moody, who continues to look in peak condition and set to spend more time in the midfield.

New recruits David Johnston and Jackson Sketcher continued to impress and youngster Reece Richardson showed great pace throughout the match. In the end though a lack of goal kickers was the difference between the two sides as Perth experiments with key forwards before the start of the new season.

Next week the Demons finish off their pre season campaign with a match against East Fremantle at Brownes Stadium.

Function Centre Gets Face Lift

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 12:36 PM


Corner Goddard and Bishopgates street, Lathlain


The newly renamed Lathlain Function Centre is in the process of getting a facelift, with everyone pitching in to help, we even saw Tim on the scaffolding ready to start painting.

Why not drive by and see the new look or better yet, contact Tim for a full tour and book your next function.

Be it a birthday, work party, or seminar, the Lathlain Funciton Centre can cater to all.

Contact Tim now for more information.


Tim Dienhoff

Bar & Functions Manager

0400 046 153


Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 1:17 PM





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.



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



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



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