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Updated RWF Colts Training Schedule - February

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 12:07 PM

Please click here for an updated Colts Training Schedule

Updated XVIs Training Schedule - FEB, MAR & APR

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 12:01 PM

Please click here for the updated XVI's training schedule

AIS-AFL Academy - Clem Smith

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 10:11 AM

The AIS-AFL Academy Squad have recently arrived back after a 10 day tour of New Zealand which culminated in a game against the NZ Hawks over the Australia Day weekend.

Game day presented perfect weather conditions and the Westpac Stadium ground in Wellington was presented in the best condition possible.

At the end of the first quarter the score was 1 behind to 43 and it looked like it was going to be a long day for the Hawks, but early exuberance from the young AIS team and some regrouping from the Hawks meant the rest of the game was a lot closer.

Clem Smith played the whole game and was a driving force out of the middle and played a defensive role while resting.

Smith continues to impress, being named third best for the AIS-AFL Team and will be one to keep an eye on as the season unfolds.

The AIS-AFL Academy got up 16-5 101 to the NZ Hawks 7-16 58. 



Photo: Clem Smith of Australia in action during the match between the AIS Academy and New Zealand Hawks at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media).

Upcoming XVI's Development Squad Scratch Matches & Carnival Matches

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 9:41 AM

Please find below the schedule for upcoming matches for the Robert Wiley Foundation XVI's Development Squad.

Please come along and support the boys.


Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Scratch Match vs Clontarf


Brownes Stadium


Sunday, 10 March 2013

Scratch Match vs WPFC


Brownes Stadium


Saturday, 16 March 2013

Carnival vs PTFC

5.00pm (following the league game)

Brownes Stadium


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Carnival vs CFC


Brownes Stadium


Saturday, 30 March 2013

Canival vs SFFC

5.00pm (following the league game)

Brownes Stadium


Saturday, 6 April 2013

Carnival vs SDFC

5.00pm (following the league game)

Steel Blue Oval


Friday, 12 April 2013

Carnival vs EFFC


Brownes Stadium


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Carnival vs EPFC

5.00pm (following the league game)

Brownes Stadium

In's and Outs for 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 12:13 PM

2013 has seen many changes has seen many changes both on and off the field.

Below we have listed the ins and outs for the current 2013 training squad of 70 players.

This group will be reduced prior to the season with a formal announcement of the playing squad expected in late February 2013.



Chance Bateman (AFL - Hawthorn)

Jarrod Irons (AFL - Port Adelaide)

David Johnston (WAFL - Peel)

Mitch Leyendekkers (WAFL - Peel)

Daniel Murray (WAFL - Peel / AFL - Brisbane)

Kyle Reimers (AFL - Essendon)

Jarrod Risol (VFL - Werribee)

Tyson Rowlings (WAFL - West Perth)

Jackson Sketcher (VFL - Frankston)

 Scott Siekierka (returning)

Dene White (returning)



Ross Young (Victoria)

Aaron Zucconi

Jarrod Kayler-Thomson (Subiaco)

Andrew McDougall (Subiaco)

Leon Davis (Retired)

Tim Noakes

Ben Noakes

Matt Rogers (Swan Districts)

Aaron Elari (Swan Districts)


Player Sponsorship 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 10:37 AM

Perth Football Club Player Sponsorship - support a player, support the club.

By sponsoring a player you pay the players fees and assist with medical expenses, but you also invest an interest in how the player is going, hoping that they have a good year both on and off the field. Players certainly appreciate the sponsorhsip and in doing so, become interested in you, and where able promot you and/or your business to others.

Dont miss this unique opportunity, with your support acknowledged throughout the year through the club many avenues of electronic media, but commences with a private function with presentations made by the players to their sponsors.

Click here for more information about how to become a player sponsor.

2013 Corporate Classic

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 9:47 AM

The Corporate Classic is a wonderful way to get involved with the Perth Football Club and the wider community.


2013 will see our Corporate Classic winner have 2 prominant signs on display at Brownes Stadium, their company logo on our match day shorts, as well as being recognised throughout the season as our Corporate Classic winner on all of our electronic media outlets.


Perth Football Club competes in the WAFL, with some games televised on the ABC, whilst Brownes Stadium is visited and used by many community agencies throughout the year.


This opportunity all for the price of $250, with the winner to be drawn our at a private function for all Corporate Classic entrants held at the Perth Football Club.


IF YOU'RE NOT IN IT, YOU CAN'T WIN IT - for more information contact the club or 9362 4499 or click here.


*All entrants will be acknowledged at several points throughout the year.

2013 Robert Wiley Foundation XVIs Development Squad

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 10:17 AM




After an intense selection process, which dated back to the 15s Carnival in October and has involved 72 players attending training sessions in December and January, the Perth Football Club has finalised the Robert Wiley Foundation XVIs Development Squad for the 2013 WAFL Carnival.


The selection process has included consideration of player performances in; two trial games, at XVIs Training, the 2012 15s Carnival, and 2012 club games. Some discussion has also been undertaken with local community coaches and observers.


Long and arduous deliberations have been ongoing since the commencement of the program with the final selections falling upon Bruce Fraser (Head Coach) and Gary Poole, Andrew Panetta and Matt Bateman.


A balanced squad of talls, smalls and mid-sized players, as well as positional consideration has been made and a balance of Perth Country Zoned players has also been a factored in to the final Squad makeup.


All players who tried out should be congratulated with the effort and commitment that everyone put into the program. Selections were tight and proved to be a particularly difficult task for the Coaches and while there will always be some disappointment, the primary aim of the program is to ensure the improvement of all players who come in to contact with the Perth Demons and prepare them for a huge football season ahead.


The Club would especially like to thank all the parents who tremendously supported the players during the Try Out by having them ready to go on time at each of the Training Sessions and Scratch Matches, your efforts are greatly appreciated. And after an exhaustive process that has seen Squad complete some challenging and gruelling sessions, the Perth Football Club is proud to announce the final XVIs Squad of 32.


For a full squad list, please click here.

Preseason Update

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 9:16 AM

A Word from Damien McMahon

Welcome back to season 2013 at the Perth Football Club to all our members and supporters.I am sure you are all hanging out for an update about what's been happening over the summer break. You will have all read the West over the past few months and seen some positive stories regarding some new players joining us at Perth this year and also some disappointing departures.

I would firstly like to touch on the players that will not be taking part in season 2013. By now I am sure you would all be aware that our Caption Ross Young has recently made the big decision for him and Renee to move back home to Melbourne. Ross has decided to concentrate on his career and be closer to his family in Victoria. We all wish Ross all the very best and thank him for the wonderful contribution he has made in his five years at the club. I am sure one day Ross will be named a club legend in his era at the Perth Football Club.

Andrew McDougall and Jarrod Kayler -Thomson have both joined Subiaco unfortunately, both these players have been strong contributors for a long period of time. Jarrod being one of Perth’s best recruits in the past 10 years and Andrew played some great footy since his return from the AFL.

Everyone will be waiting to hear of Leon Davis, unfortunately Leon has decided to move back home to live with family in Northam and will not take part this season. We all wish Leon all the best and thank him for some spectacular games last season and congratulate him on an outstanding career. The door has been left open for Leon and knows he is welcome anytime to play a role at the Perth Football Club.

With the above players moving on, the club has been very proactive in the recruiting department. With a new direction with its recruiting policies, a player’s character is at the forefront closely followed by talent.

A host of new players are on board for season 2013:

  • Chance Bateman, returns from Hawthorn FC - position midfield
  • Kyle Remiers, Essendon FC - position half forward / midfield
  • Jarrod Irons, returns from Port Adelaide FC - position wing / half back
  • Jarrod Risol, Werribee FC - position centre half forward / centre half back
  • Jackson Sketcher, Frankston FC - position midfield / half back
  • Daniel Murray, East Perth, Brisbane FC, Peel Thunder - 200cm ruckman
  • David Johnston, Peel thunder FC - 194cm centre half back / full back
  • Mitchell Leyendekkers, Peel Thunder FC - 200cm ruckman
  • Tyson Rowlings , West Perth FC- 195cm centre half back / full back
  • Josh Stark, Glenelg FC - utility

This list is just a few of our new players we have recruited to the club this season, to add to a number of players that have come from our Perth district and country zone. Something that I am excited about is the strong group of last year colts players that are transitioning quickly in to our senior program. We currently have 12 young men striving to play league football this season and I can see a number of them making their league debut this year. Michael Sinclair, Daniel Arangio, Keiran Hug and Chad Sandilands have all been extremely committed and training exceptionally well. It's great for our club to have so many development players coming through our junior programs.

The pre season consisted of six weeks training pre Christmas and ten weeks of training prior to the commencement of the season opener on March 16th. The players have taken their training to a new level of commitment and professionalism and are making great progress. My belief is that we are enduring our hardest pre season in my ten years at the club. There is a great vibe around the group based on great attitudes and the willingness to work hard together.

Where are we at at the moment I can hear you all ask? I have heard it all before, every club thinks they are flying at this time of the year.

The reality is we have lost some players that will never be replaced but we all have to look forward at the current group. The past isn't worth talking about because it’s been unsuccessful, I am not writing to you to say we are going to win the premiership this year. What I ask is you come to the football this year with a open mind and a fresh outlook, give this new look young group all the support you can because you might be pleasantly surprised what a bunch of blue collar workers can dish up on a Saturday afternoon.

My aim as the coach is to have an extremely hard working, disciplined, dedicated, team orientated and united group that gets out there week after week and get their hands dirty for the Perth Football Club; a group of competitors that just keep having ago for this proud club. There is no doubt we will have some ups and downs but I can assure you this group will be giving it everything they’ve got to win as many games as they possibly can and that's all we can ask of any playing group.

What's been happening around the club in the football department?

We have been very fortunate to gain the services of Trevor Williams as our defensive coach, Trevor is one of the most experienced coaches in the WAFL and he has had an immediate impact on our playing group. Michael Broadbridge has joined us in a coaching capacity and will look after our forward line. Michael has a tremendous coaching back ground working in the AFL for 12 years and has a strong back ground in player development just like Trevor. Both these coaches add great experience to the coaching group and our players are already benefiting from their knowledge. Adam Pickering takes over as the midfield coach and has had an instant impact with some new tactics and a different mindset for his group. Adam advantage is his strong rapport with the playing group after a season spent as our development coach. We can expect a harder edged midfield this year.

Michael Saunders has taken over the Development/Reserves coaching role, Mike is going into his third season of coaching at the Perth Football Club and will relish the opportunity to coach his own group. Mike has a great understanding of developing young men and has a nurturing nature that will bring the best out of this young group.

This season we have split our strength and conditioning program into three compartment with the view to take us to a new level of fitness and injury prevention along with rehabilitation. This is a first for the Perth Football Club and we are seeing some great results with players reaching personal bests and spending more time on the training track. Jackson Dennis heads up this program; Jackson has a playing background and currently works with the West Coast Eagles throughout the week and runs our program in the evenings. Jackson also has Kevin Mulchay looking after our players gym programs and Daniel Stead running our Rehab program's. This combination has a new level of professionalism that will assist our players in being better athletes and will flow on to their football development.

An update on our injured players:

Haydn Busher has had some setbacks in his return to training. He will miss the start of the season, however plans to be playing in the early part of the season, I can assure you all he has left no stone unturned and will do everything he can to be back in a red and black jumper as soon as possible. Michael Mather is recovering from a shoulder reconstruction and is on track for round one, Mick has been training strongly with a great attitude towards his football. Joel Houghton has unfortunately had a set back with a broken hand and like Hayden will miss the start of the season. On a more positive not you will be all pleased to hear Scott Siekierka is back training and is making great progress and is on target to play round one. Scott's recovery has been quite remarkable and credit to him on working so hard to get up and going after such a debilitating injury in round one last season.

Players that have been impressive on the track so far.

Simon Donavan has taken his fitness to a new level and is set for a great season. Reece Richardson is stepping up his intensity and is one of the fittest at the club. Jarrod Risol’s running ability has set a new standard for our talls, to be 190cm plus and win most of our running events is a indication on how serious he is about his football being a new recruit at the club. Matt Moody is the fittest and leanest I have seen him in his time at Perth. Brad Fry has stepped up and now has the fitness level that should see him play more league football, Brad has been running with our midfielders and finishing in the top five in most events. Christian Eyres has taken his football to a new level with a strong commitment to his endurance. Christian is setting himself up to be a regular league player in 2013.

Players to watch out for in season 2013.

Paul Bevan has been training at the level you would expect for a player of his experience, setting a great example for our young players and showing great leadership. Daniel O'Sullivan has been a real leader so far and is in great physical condition, if Daniel can maintain this he will be in for a fantastic season. Chance Bateman has had an instant impact on the group showing great leadership and voice. Ali Smith has stepped up his voice and leadership and has brought in to the new coaches and players, we see Ali being a dominate team player this year. Brennan Stack is the like the sleeping giant who has just awoken and will be ready to light up our forward line. Brett Hodge continues to set the bench mark for all our young boys with his leadership and commitment to the team environment. These are just a few players that I can see having strong season along with many others that are tracking along nicely.

So far it's been a pleasure working with a group of people that have been keen to just work hard and take up any challenge that has been thrown at them. I can't wait to start the season and see what our players can achieve. We look forward to your support throughout the year.

To all our members, supporters and sponsors please be assured there is a lot of people doing a lot of work to make sure this club is heading in the right direction. There are many challenges in the WAFL world at the moment so all please continue to support a great club with a great future made up of quality people.

See you at the football.

Damien McMahon, Senior Coach


Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 3:29 PM

Ine December 2012 the Perth Football Club mourned the death of 1955 premiership player,  Roy Harper. Roy made an indelible impact on the club during his 11 year career as a senior player for  213 games, including captaining the league team in 1964.

Roy joined the club in 1954 when it was still based at the WACA ground. He came with a big reputation.

He had been vice captain of Midland in the Metropolitan Junior Football Association, which played on Saturdays. On Sundays Roy played with Herne Hill in the Hills Association, winning the association's fairest and best award.

Roy initially played for Perth on the wing and a half forward flank. It was as a half forward in the 1955 grand final that his accurate left foot notched two invaluable goals in the team's 11-goal total that were crucial in getting the club across the line by two points, breaking a 48-year premiership drought.

The grand final team was led by Roy's older brother Keith, who also captained WA and achieved All Australian selection as a wingman.

Roy later found his niche on the half back line where he quickly established a reputation as a no nonsense defender who made his opponent earn every kick.  From that position he won three Butcher Medals as fairest and best in the league side. In 1962 he also won the Simpson Medal  for his outstanding performance for Western Australia against South Australia.

At one stage Roy's colleagues on Perth's half back line were Neville Beard (1961 Sandover Medallist), and 1955 premiership team mate, the late Charlie Skehan. They were all, at the time, serving police officers. The Demons' first line of defence became known as the "arresting half back line".

The massive contribution of Roy and Keith Harper to our club was recognised when the annual Legends award was introduced. Roy and Keith were made joint legends, marking their long and brilliant careers with our club.

The Perth Football Club extends its sincere sympathy to the Harper family on Roy's passing.

* By Peter Kennedy