VALE Frank Hardingham & Syd Simeon

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 5:09 AM



The Club lost one of it's longest-serving volunteers and keen follower with the recent passing of Frank Hardingham.

Frank joined the Club way back in 1948 in the old WACA days. Since then he, together with his wife Maureen, children Val, Neville and Allan, and extended family have been significant contributors to the Club. One of his most memorable involvements was with the entertainment group "The Crickets". Frank, his brother Laurie, Bob Coleman and George Spalding performed on many occasions at Club functions to rapturous applause from everyone present. Their final performance was in 1992.

Frank was also involved in administrative duties with Maureen. For many years they would count the takings following a home match day, preparing them for banking. Other involvements included helping with mailouts, fund-raising activities, preparing sandwiches for players and afternoon teas for the Presidents Lounge. Basically whenever the Club needed a hand Frank and Maureen were there. They even provided accommodation for players from time to time.

One of Frank's more recent duties occurred on Anzac Day games when he and his brother George laid wreathes and tossed the coin at ceremonies prior to the League matches.

The Club has been a much better place over the years thanks to the contributions and support of Frank Hardingham - a quiet achiever who always had the Club at heart.



The Club was saddened to learn of the passing on 15th May of former player SYD SIMEON. Syd came through the Thirds and Reserves in the 1960's, before playing eight League matches in 1964. 

He was a real character and had an impact on everyone who knew him.

Although not a regular League player he did his bit in developing the Club into a force, culminating in our triple Premierships from 1966.

Syd continued to follow the Club, particularly his brother-in-law Pat Dalton. Later in life West Coast Eagle Chris Waterman became his son-in-law.

Sincere condolences are extended to Syd's family. He will be long remembered by all who knew him.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 1:08 AM

By Mark Thornber

Round 10, Perth v West Perth

At Arena Joondalup, Saturday 25 May 2013


Perth                           4.2       4.5       8.5       12.7      79

West Perth                  4.3       7.8       13.11    17.13    115

West Perth appeared to have too much pace for Perth who paid for a poor second quarter where they failed to score a goal with the Falcons running out winners by 6 goals.

Perth Captain Paul Bevan won the toss and kicked to the Southern end of the ground. It was the home side though that scored the first goal through Anthony Saylor at the 2 minute mark. The Demons soon responded with Bevan running into an open goal to level the match.

The first term was very even with both side’s picking up plenty of the ball in the midfield. Bigman Fraser McInnes goaled and then Ashley Smith kicked a great running goal half way through the quarter running off half back. West Perth responded again as the slippery Anthony Tsalikis was proving a real danger for a hardworking Perth defence.

After an even first quarter the Falcons led by 1 point after kicking 4 goals 3 to 4 goals 2.  The second term saw the Falcons really gain ascendancy of the midfield as Captain Jason Salecic and Aaron Black pilled on the pressure.

Perth had real trouble setting up any system within their forward 50 metres with a pacy West Perth side well in control. The Falcons kicked the next 3 goals of the match while Perth could only manage just 3 points in a disappointing term. At half time West Perth had opened up a 21 point lead.

The second half saw the Falcons make all the running and within 15 minutes had opened up a match winning lead with 5 quick goals. Perth was trying hard especially through the likes of Julian Jacobs and Brett Hodge but lacked a real spark up forward.

Bevan ran into an open goal to boot his side’s 5th goal and this really seemed to lift Perth. Brennan Stack, who was rarely sighted in the first half suddenly presented and with some accurate kicking hit a real purple patch by booting the last 3 goals of the term.

At three quarter time Perth still trailed the Falcons by 36 points. The first goal of the last term unfortunately for Perth fans went to the home side as they continued with their scoreboard pressure.

The last quarter was proving an even term with both team’s trading goals. Stack bobbed up to kick his 4th but again the Falcons responded this time through Fremantle’s Josh Mellington. Perth did manage to run the game out as both Stack and Bevan kicked late majors, however at the final siren the winning margin to West Perth was still 36 points.

Better players for Perth were difficult to find with Jacobs (26 touches) and Ashley Smith (29 touches) solid throughout the match.

Stack finished the day well after a slow start to boot 5 goals and was well supported by Bevan with 3.

Perth had two players making their league debuts with Kieran Hug a 19 year old from Toodyay (league player number 1542) and David Johnston a former Peel and Swan Districts defender (league player number 1543) both showing some encouraging form.

Next week Perth returns home to Brownes Stadium on Saturday to play the Black and Whites.

Goals: Stack 5, Bevan 3, Florio 2, McInnes, Ashley Smith 1.

Best: Jacobs, Ashley Smith, Bevan, Stack, Hodge, Risol.

Crack a Crownie - AFL Footy Theatre Production

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 9:02 PM

The year is 1993…. 
Fresh from their pre-season trip to Bali.... 
The North Perth Football club’s G grade Warriors return...

Whacked out of nowhere with the news their beloved club could be shut down. Suddenly, the boys are thrust into the centre of a war for pride, turf and a man’s right to wear footy shorts for as long as his guts will carry him. 

The question is how far will they go to protect the club they call home? It may require spandex, it will definitely involve Sicilian vigilante justice. These G Grade heroes have decided it’s their time to step up. Now it’s up to you to stand up, support them and ‘Get involved!” 

A spectacular comedic show featuring the classic hits and dance moves from the early 90's. Capturing the spirit of the one thing Australians still get excited about, AFL.

Tickets on sale now at Ticketek.



Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 3:47 AM


 By Andrew Owen


This Saturday Perth do battle with West Perth in Round 10 of the 2013 AAMI WAFL Premiership Season.

The colts match starts at 9:10am when the 7th placed Demons will be looking to get a win against the 6th placed Falcons.

The Perth Development Squad (Reserves) will be looking to make it seven straight wins in season 2013 when they take on the last placed West Perth.  This match begins at 11:40am.

The league game promises to be the match of the round, with the winner consolidating second spot on the ladder.  As usual this game begins at 2:10pm.

The Perth Football Club hopes that as many Demons fans as possible attend the fixture at Arena Joondalup to what should be three thrilling games of football.


Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 8:48 PM

By Mark Thornber

Round 9, Perth v Subiaco

At Medibank Stadium, Saturday 18 May 2013


Perth                           5.3       9.3       13.5      18.7      115

Subiaco                       6.3       8.8       13.10    13.12    90

Perth showed some wonderful fighting spirit, and despite being down to only one fit player on the bench stormed home kicking 5 goals to none to win an entertaining match by 25 points against Subiaco at Medibank Stadium on Saturday.

In perfect football conditions Perth Captain Paul Bevan won the toss and chose to kick to the city end of the ground. It was not long before the Demons hit the scoreboard with an early goal to tall wingman Michael Florio, who lined up on former Demon Jarrod Kayler- Thomson.

Daniel O’Sullivan converted another major from a free kick as Perth were looking good early on. The Lions soon hit back though as David Madut converted truly for the home side. In what turned out to be a high scoring first term both team’s traded goal for goal in a high scoring quarter producing 11 goals.

At quarter time it was Subiaco that held a narrow lead after kicking 6 goals 3 to 5 goals 3. The second quarter saw Perth’s hard working midfield led by Brett Hodge and Ali Smith continually drive the Demons deep and long into attack. Bevan kicked Perth’s 6th goal and this was followed by another to Kyle Reimers, who was playing a great game starting in the centre square.

The real spark though for the Demons was Matthew Moody who came off the bench to play some really inspired team football that including him kicking a wonderful running goal late in the term. The Lions did manage a late goal just before half time, however it was the visitors that lead the match at half time by 1 point after kicking 4 goals to 2 for the quarter.

The second half again saw the trend of the match continue with Perth starting the term well with early goals only to see the Lions come back. After a quiet first half Brennan Stack came to life and booted his side’s 10th and 12th goals. Subi responded though as Kayler-Thomson set up key forward Ray Daniels, who was testing Perth’s backline.

After another very even term a costly Perth defensive error saw the home side kick a late goal and take a narrow lead of 5 points as the three quarter time siren sounded.

A confident Perth Coach Damien McMahon pleaded with his players to run out the match in his three quarter time speech. The last term started well for Perth with the lively Stack booting 2 quick goals in 3 minutes as Perth looked to have finally gained the momentum of the match.

Christian Eyres was now dominant in the centre square with Ali Smith and Hodge full of run as they carried the ball inside Perth’s forward 50 metres. The Perth fans were thrilled with the Demon’s last term as they ran all over their tired looking opponents.

When Stack booted his 6th major the match was well and truly safe with Florio finishing off a wonderful last term by kicking his team’s 18th goal. When the final siren went the Demons were 25 points clear. The win was a great character victory for the club especially with early injuries to Ashley Smith and Daniel O’sullivan and then later to Kane Ransted meant their rotations were limited in the final quarter.

Hodge was clearly best on ground in a courageous display for Perth picking up a game high 33 tough possessions. Stack after a slow start provided a real spark up forward and finished with 6 goals with Bevan again playing a wonderful Captain’s match with 3 goals and 23 touches.

Ali Smith, Reimers and Moody all played matching winning roles in an exciting last quarter reading the palming of an impressive Christian Eyres in the ruck to excellent effect.

Next week Perth will be playing for outright second place on the ladder when they tackle the Falcons in the match of the round at Arena Joondalup.

Goals: Stack 6, Bevan 3, Florio, O’Sullivan, Reimers, Moody, Sketcher, Busher 1.

Best: Hodge, Stack, Bevan, Moody, Reimers, Ali Smith.

Polak & Kassem Get Black Swan Call Up

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 10:48 PM

After completion of the recent WAFL 16s Carnival, the WA State 16s Academy announced a squad of 34 to compete in the NAB AFL 16s Championships being held in early July at the Blacktown International Sports Stadium in western Sydney.


The Perth Football Club managed to have two players from the Robert Wiley Foundation (RWF) XVIs Development Squad selected for state duties in 2013 and it was no surprise that Reid Polak and Yusef Kassem received the nod from the State Selectors.


Both lads had very consistent performances over the five rounds of the 2013 WAFL 16s Carnival and proved that their football pathway is full of exciting times ahead.   RWF XVIs Head Coach, Bruce Fraser gave a glowing summation of the talented duo;


Yusef Kassem

“Built perfectly for a variety of roles on field, and preferred to play down back where he could read the play, run off opponents and make bold attacking runs.   Yusef enjoyed attacking the footy and delivering to a target up field.   He is extremely focused upon his football and has been afforded further opportunity to make a case for the State team”.


Yusef Kassem:- blocks opponents in the Clontarf game.


Reid Polak

“An extremely consistent performer throughout the carnival; particularly as a Centre Half back and as a key forward, demonstrating his versatility and football knowledge.  His strengths include his athleticism, strong marking from a front position and good decision making.   Rewarded with an opportunity in the State side”.

Reid Polak:- Gets his kick away despite late attention.



The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 12:15 AM


As a member of a football club you would know how much hard work volunteers put in throughout the year.  It is our goal at the West Australian Football Commission to get every volunteer that underpins the game recognized, as a nominee for The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year Award.

It would be very much appreciated by the football community if you could nominate your club volunteers and pass the message on to other club members.

Each district winner receives 2 tickets to the Sandover Medal & the state winner wins a trip for 2 to the AFL Grand Final.  This year, every single volunteer nominated will receive a certificate thanking them for their efforts.

 All you have to do is go to and nominate those who help you out.

KICKING MASTERCLASS - by West Coast Eagles Senior Development Coach

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 12:01 AM

West Coast Eagles senior development coach Gavin Bell will be delivering a coaching workshop to all Perth District Coaches. Gavin will be presenting on how to best teach the most effective teaching technique.


When: Monday, June 10th

Time: 6.30pm

Where: Brownes Stadium, Lathlain Oval

Who: ALL Perth District Coaches are invited to attend

What to bring: Plenty of Questions


 Profile for Gavin Bell:

  • Teacher by profession
  • Played for West Perth (32 senior games)
  • Assistant coach at WP Seniors (4 years)
  • Coached WP Reserves (1 year)
  • Coached WP Colts (4 years)
  • Coach of State 16's
  • Level 3 accredited coach
  • Joined WCE staff as a Development Coach in 2008 and is now the most senior of this group of coaches


To register your interest - email or for more information call Scott on 0411 113 088



Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 10:58 PM

WA took on Victoria in the 2013 State Game held in Northam on Saturday, with the Perth Demons being represented by Paul Bevan (named Vice Captain) and Brennan Stack in the squad, with Adam Pickering also selected as the Midfield Line Coach.

WA, after being 31 points down mid-way through the third quarter, managed to record a fantastic 17 point win, with Paul and Brennan certainly playing their part kicking three and two goals respectively.

A further honor for the club was President Vince Pendal being asked to present the Simpson Medal to Wayde Twomey and the Cup to Coach Marc Webb and Captain Paul Johnson.

An excellent day for the Perth Football Club. Well done Paul Bevan, Brennan Stack and Adam Pickering.




For a more detailed wrap of the game click on one of the following articles.



Help the Perth District win $5000

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 10:45 PM


Vote to help us win  equipment for local junior football clubs.

The  Perth Football District & Local Junior Footy Clubs could win up to $5,000 from a $220,000 prize pool, PLUS you could win $5,000 for yourself.

Voting is easy, jump onto the Bendigo Bank Facebook page, click on the WA Competition tab and vote for your favourite project.

To Vote sign in to facebook  -  VOTE NOW!

In summary:

1) Sign in to Facebook and then click the Link
2) Enter 6102 (Joondalup's Post Code)
3) Click the Bentley Branch
4) Vote for the Footy Project

5) Click "Share" to make sure friends and family know about the project
(Note you MUST be signed in to Facebook to register)

Provide free first aid equipment to our twelve Junior Football Clubs across the  Perth Football District to ensure junior sport provides not only a fun & fair game but a safe environment for our kids.

Community Benefits:

  • Safe sporting environment for our kids in local football clubs with the provision of first aid equipment
  • Our Clubs are able to ensure they are well stocked in first aid & invest their first aid funding to train our volunteers in first aid/sports trainers
  • More kids playing sports in a team environment, being physically active