Vale Ross Millson

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:30 PM

It is with great sadness that Perth Football Club has been advised by the Millson family that dual premiership player Ross Millson passed away on Wednesday, November 14 aged 71 years.

A skilful all-round footballer, Millson played 103 league games for the Demons between 1967 and 1974, including a premiership in his debut season when he featured on a half forward flank in the 18.12 (120) to 15.12 (102) Grand Final win over East Perth.

In the following year’s Grand Final victory against the same opponent, he was among his side’s best players as a wingman, showcasing his skills alongside the likes of Barry Cable, Ian Miller and Bob Shields in a star-studded line-up.

Strong overhead, an accurate right foot kick, and very elusive, Millson also played three interstate games for Western Australia, and might well have played more had it not been for injuries.

The Perth Football Club sends its condolences to the family, friends and former teammates of Ross Millson.

Ross is survived by his Wife Joan, daughter Carrie and grandchildren Estella, Damain and Maitland.

Funeral Details

The Funeral Service for Mr Ross Lindsay Millson of Huntingdale will be held in Bowra & O'Dea's Chapel cnr South and Ethelwyn Sts, Hilton commencing at 1.30pm on FRIDAY (23.11.2018). 

Wake Details

The wake for Ross will be held at the Lathlain Function Centre on Friday 23/11/2018 at 3.30pm.

Morrison Government Commit $4m to Lathlain Park Redevelopment

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:26 PM

In an announcement at Lathlain Park this morning, Federal Member of Parliament Steve Irons has announced a $4 million commitment to the redevelopment of the Perth Football Club’s Lathlain Park facilities.

Constructed 60 years ago, the facilities have long passed their use by date. The new facility will allow the Perth Football Club to sustain current football and community programs, while enabling a greater level of community engagement.

“The project is all about ensuring our local kids have the local facilities they need to get out there, get involved and enjoy the best of what sport has to offer,” MP Steve Irons stated in his announcement.

“Having clubs like the Perth Football Club around helps kids in the community develop a sense of belonging.”

The Lathlain Redevelopment Project was initiated by the late Club President Vince Pendal, with Perth Football Club President Daryle Mann and Chief Executive Officer Marty Atkins continuing the legacy of commitment to the Club’s sustainability and increasing community engagement.

The Perth Football Club facilities are used by local community and sporting groups. This is the first step to building a world-class facility for the local community now, and for generations to come. The project is set to localise and enhance the reach of the Club.

The Club is committed to commencing new community programs that will generate greater community participation and socialisation.

“This is an important project for the entire community,” West Coast Eagles Football Club CEO Trevor Nesbitt stated.

“The Perth Football Club would like to express our sincere appreciation to Steve Irons for his continued efforts and this milestone commitment to the Perth Football Club,” PFC President Daryle Mann stated.

8th Annual Maali Carnival

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 3:53 PM

The Perth Football Club are proud to be hosting the 2018 Maali Carnival at Lathlain Park.

We would like to encourage all memebrs and fans to come down in support.

2018 AGM Date Announcement

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:04 PM

All Perth Football Club Members are invited and encouraged to attend the Perth Football Club's 119th Annual General Meeting.

The meeting will be held in the Main Hall at Lathlain Function Centre, on Monday 10th December and commence at 7.30pm.

Please note, apologies must be written and submitted to the CEO Marty Atkins via email by 4.00pm Friday 7 December 2018.

Any notice of motion and general business must be in writing and recieved by the CEO Marty Atkins by 4.00pm on Monday 19 November 2018.

PFC Board Nominations Now Open

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Nominations for the Perth Football Club Board of Directors are now open. This year, the President and four Board Directors are retiring.

Eligible Perth Football Club members who are prepared to serve as a Board Member for the next two years are encouraged to nominate now. Retiring Directors are also eligible to nominate.

To nominate for a position as President or Board Director, please contact Perth Football Club CEO, Marty Atkins, for a nomination form.

Nomination forms can be returned to Marty Atkins by post or email.

The Chief Executive Officer
Perth Football Club (Inc)
PO Box 48
Victoria Park WA 6979

Nominations can also be submitted by emailing marty@perthdemons.com.au.

Nominations must be received by 4pm Wednesday 14th November 2018.

Life Member Nominations Open

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The Perth Football Club have opened nominations for Life Membership.

Being a Perth Football Club Life Member is one of the highest honours awarded to those who have been significant contributors to the Club.

If you know someone who is deserving of a Life Membership, please nominate them by 4pm 14th November 2018.

The criteria for Life Membership are as follows:

  1. Nominations must be on a nomination form, signed by the proposer and seconder who both must be current members of the Perth Football Club, answering the questions as provided.
  2. The nomination must be submitted to the Board at least one calendar month prior to the Annual General Meeting (4pm, 14 November 2018) and is to be accompanied by a short statement setting out the Nominee's record of service to the Club.
  3. Nominations shall only be referred to the Annual General Meeting for consideration if approved by the Board.
  4. The Board shall not approve referral of a nomination to the Annual General Meeting where the person nominated is not a Member.
  5. The Board has an absolute discretion in relation to the approval of referrals of nominations to the Annual General Meeting but should take into account the nominee’s contribution to the Club in areas such as playing, coaching, administration and volunteer work. It would ordinarily be expected that a nominee has given fifteen year’s service to the Club before their nomination will be approved by the Board for referral to the Annual General Meeting.

For further information on Life Membership and the Life Membership Nomination Form, please contact the CEO, Marty Atkins on 9362 4499 or by emailing marty@perthdemons.com.au.

FRIENDS OF FINLAY CAMP OUT 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Join us on Saturday 27 October for the Friends of Finlay Camp Out! We're excited to again be hosting the Friends of Finlay Camp Out at Lathlain Park.

2017 was a huge success for our first year and this year we plan to make the camp even bigger and more fun (if that’s even possible) than the last.

The Camp Out highlights the need for increased research into Hepatoblastoma and all money raised will go to the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.).

It’s going to be a bigger event this year with: Perth Demons footy kicking, a jumpy castle, superhero entertainers, giant games, live music, face painting and BBQ dinner!

By coming along to join us all on the 27th October you will be helping to fund research into childhood cancer and you will be sharing this incredibly fun day with Finlay and his friends. So don’t wait until the last minute make this huge and register today!

This is an outdoor community event for families, adults and children to camp together overnight to help raise awareness for the need to research further into Hepatoblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, and raise funds for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation.

Event Details

  • Date: 27/10/2018 - 28/10/2018

  • Start: 2 pm

  • End: 8.30 am

  • Locatoon: Lathlain Park, Goddard Street, Lathlain, Western Australia, Australia

Book your spot today!

What the WCE WAFL team means for Perth Football Club

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Good afternoon Members, Sponsors and Supporters,

Over the last week, you have read the WAFC press release and significant media attention regarding the West Coast Eagles securing a side in the WAFL for 2019. 

Following careful consideration of the proposal put forward by WCE, the decision to approve the proposal was made by the WAFL Council of Presidents on the 10th October 2018. This will make the WAFL a ten team competition.

Throughout the discussions with the WCE and WAFC, the Perth Football Club has had protecting the Club's best interests as our primary goal.

The Perth Football Club Perspective

The West Coast Eagles CEO, Trevor Nisbett made it quite clear when talking as a guest speaker at our Sponsors Networking Event during the year that the WCE preference was to field their own team over alignment.  

When East Perth announced that they wished to end their alignment with WCE earlier than the 2019 agreement it became obvious decisions had to be made.

It is imperative to the Perth Football Club that the WAFL’s integrity is maintained, our branding is enhanced and not diminished, and our great game in WA has opportunity to become stronger through a better WAFL competition.

After discussions with the WAFL Clubs, the West Australian Football Commission put together a joining proposal.

Our main issues were:

  1. Financial
  2. WCE not using the WAFL to build their brand at our expense
  3. The WCE to be competitive but not dominant
  4. Ground usage at Lathlain Park.

Financial

Under the Alignment model, both WCE and Fremantle Football Club pay an alignment fee to the non-aligned clubs. Throughout negotiation, it was emphasised this should be maintained. The final financial agreement for WCE to enter the WAFL is:

  • Continuing the current total alignment fee - $467,000pa + CPI
  • Meet the additional costs of East Perth’s funding, being bought up to the level of non-aligned clubs -$230,000
  • Meet the additional competition costs (umpires etc) - $54,000
  • Additional annual club grant of $5,000 per WAFL Club, CPI indexed
  • A once of sign on fee of $10,000 per club.

This is a total annual investment of approximately $800,000 pa before meeting their team costs. This was acceptable to the WAFL Clubs and the WAFC. The WAFL Clubs will be in a stronger financial position.

The alternative of them playing in an AFL reserves competition or the VFL would have had serious consequences for our finances and player retention, as we would have no control.

Commercialisation

It was agreed that the WCE could play under their name and will use a non-AFL jumper in their colours.

The WCE advised they have no intention of commercialising the AFL through their WAFL participation. They acknowledge any promotion must be for the benefit of the WAFL.

If they wish to commercialise their WAFL  team it must benefit all WAFL Clubs. For example, if they engage sponsor who wants to support the WAFL, then all WAFL clubs need to benefit.

WCE having a team in the WAFL has the potential to increase our exposure and promotional opportunities. The WCE must align with the competition sponsorship guidelines.

The WCE team is to be competitive, but not dominant

A draft proposal of maximum top up players from various categories has been prepared by the WAFC. This includes interstate league players at a maximum of two at one time, not being able to employ top up players, maximum of player payment of $350 per game.

WCE will come under our points system, but with a limited points allowance of say 50 or 60. There will be a salary cap for top up players.

This preliminary suggestion has not been agreed to. This is primarily because the WCE staff have been busy with the grand final and now trade week.

Generally, the WAFL Clubs believe the proposal is too generous and would rather we start at a low base and at seasons end, at review, increase player allowance if needed. Four of our CEOs, the WAFC and the WCE will meet regarding this and make a decision at the end of October.

Ground Usage

This concern is specific to the Perth Football Club. Currently our ground usage is protected in our MOU. However, whilst the MOU gives our Colts use of oval two, it is only if not needed by the WCE.

I have spoken with their CEO who believes we can have same access as in 2018, however we will need to consider future ground usage. Usage will get more complex when the Eagles, and hopefully, the PFC, get women’s teams.

The WCE have advised they will improve lighting to AFL standards and construct a new scoreboard at Lathlain.

The WCE will not have a home ground, instead playing each game at the away side’s grounds. This lessens Lathlain Park’s usage.

The WCE have suggested they can buy these games and play them at Lathlain. We are opposed to this unless it doesn’t impact our ground usage. We will be meeting with the WCE asap to discuss ground usage issues. Fortunately, most of our usage is protected by our MOU.

In conclusion,

This has not been an easy decision as all WAFL Boards are very protective of our great competition.

However, we must be realistic as the football landscape has changed with having two WA sides in the AFL. I reiterate again the WCE playing strength is designed to make them competitive not dominant.

The WCE have been very appreciative of the opportunity and excited by the prospect of competing in the WAFL. They have also committed to increasing their promotion of the WAFL.

The SANFL were very harsh on their two AFL sides player top up lists. As a result, the Adelaide Crows SANFL side finished on the bottom, with a percentage of 59%. Port Adelaide were second bottom with a similar percentage, apparently crowds were shockingly low as a result.

Ensuring the WAFL maintains and strengthens its identity, we can continue to grow the WAFL in all aspects, maintain our integrity and make WA football stronger have been important considerations.

In the participation agreement there is a condition that sets out the terms of reference for a full review of all conditions at the end of the 2019 season.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the Perth Football Club President, Daryle Mann.

Are you OK? Support is available through Outside the Locker Room.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 10:17 AM

The Perth Football Club are proud partners of Outside the Locker Room, a program that focusses on providing education and support for players in their daily lives. Our playing groups are supported through our partnership with OTLR.

OTLR's programs centre on areas such as mental health, drugs, alcohol, gambling and domestic violence. Through mentorship and education it brings awareness to these topics.

This Mental Health Day, we are reminded of the imprtance of support and taking part in the Outside the Locker Room (OTLR) programs. 

The PFC would like to encourage all our players, members, sponsors, fans and staff to reach out if they are dealing with mental health issues. Players are reminded that they can reach out through the OTLR app. 

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please reach out to Lifeline on 13 11 14.


A series of tragedies have led to Peel Thunder Football Club adopting a revolutionary mental health program, created by a former AFL footballer, which is changing lives.

Former Carlton player Jake Edwards created Outside the Locker Room after his own mental health struggles, coupled with alcohol and drug abuse, which culminated in him attempting to take his own life after he was delisted in 2009.

The welfare and education program was developed in partnership with mental health and youth services experts and is delivered in local sporting clubs, schools and community groups via interactive workshops over 12 months.

It focuses on mental health, drugs, alcohol, gambling and domestic violence and through a mobile phone app provides an anonymous secure platform for users to access support.

WAFL teams Peel Thunder and the Perth Demons are among the dozens of sporting clubs across the country to use the program.

Peel Chief Executive John Ditchburn said the loss to suicide of three teenage footballers associated with the Club’s Development Squad, followed by the death of sponsor Tony Sieracki 12 months ago, left the Club reeling and desperate to access support.

“We looked at different organisations but couldn’t get any continuation,” he said. “When we found out about Outside the Locker Room, we jumped on it.

“It’s attached to Lifeline and Youth Focus and it immediately made a difference.”

The program has been undertaken by the Senior and Colts teams and the development squad, and there was a 98 per cent uptake of users completing an anonymous questionnaire.

“Out of the 90 guys at the footy club that went through it, we still have four that are on counselling and there is a 95 per cent uptake of the Monday health check,” Mr Ditchburn said.

The questionnaire provided the club with some alarming data, including that a number of players had used drugs.

The Demons introduced the program after becoming aware that two of its players were struggling with mental health issues.

“As we know with young men, they’re embarrassed and don’t want to share it with anybody,” chief executive Marty Atkins said. “But they can share through the app and people at the other end can red-flag it and provide support.

“The underlying message — making people feel they belong. Our players are a massive part of the change we want to make here and it’s the reason we’ve had one of our better years.”

Perth football operations manager Dale Ballantyne said he had noticed a positive impact, with more players comfortable talking about their personal struggles. “You can ask them now how they are going — are you OK? — it’s the best message out there and blokes are getting better at doing that,” he said.

Lee Sieracki, whose husband husband Tony took his own life aged 46, believes passionately that when it comes to mental illness, there should be no secrecy.

Mr Sieracki was a partner in a Mandurah accounting firm that sponsors the Peel Thunder Football Club. More than 1000 people attended his funeral.

Since his death, Mr Sieracki’s football club the Mandurah Makos has hosted a mental health round to encourage men to speak out.

“Big burly men from various football clubs came up to me, sharing their personal stories of depression, some in tears,” Mrs Sieracki said.

“It was only after his death that we were all talking to each other and putting our stories together and it all seemed so obvious. Things are said in secrecy but when it comes to mental illness, I don’t think there should be any secrecy.”

Dianne Eddy with a mirror covered with pictures of her son Austin.
Dianne Eddy with a mirror covered with pictures of her son Austin.Picture: Ian Munro

Dianne Eddy has had to watch on as her son Austin’s old footy teammates reach milestones that he will not — attending the school ball, playing colts, turning 18.

Austin took his own life just a month shy of his 16th birthday and his mother has spent every day since his death on December 21, 2016, asking why?

The Pinjarra teenager was a talented footballer and had a bright future in harness racing.

“He was a natural horseman ... all the things he could have done with harness racing,” Ms Eddy said.

“And his old teammates are playing colts footy now, which is really hard.”

Since his death, Ms Eddy noticed Austin’s friends and peers had become better at communicating and looking out for one another. “His mates talk a lot more openly now,” she said.

Ms Eddy hoped that by sharing her story, young men would be encouraged to speak to someone if they were feeling depressed.

“If they’re not comfortable talking to their mums, find someone else around that you can speak with,” she said.

“Most people who have survived a suicide attempt thought (taking their lives) was the wrong thing to do, so sit back, take a breath and reassess.”

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14

 

Originally published as "Suicides spur sporting clubs to ask are you OK?"

Vale Brian Holdcroft

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 2:03 PM

With the recent passing of Brian Holdcroft we are reminded of the Club’s halcyon days of the sixties and seventies when our success was built on the production of home-grown talent.

So many youngsters came through what was then the Perth Football Club Junior Council to become successful League players that the Council was rightfully considered to be the leader in its field among all WAFL clubs.

One of the many people who contributed greatly to this success was Brian Holdcroft who, among other duties, was Secretary of the Council for a period of time in the mid-seventies. Brian was a tireless worker for junior development, his efforts being rewarded with Life Membership of the Council.

The Perth Football Club extends sincere sympathy to Brian’s son Greg, himself a Colts player for the Club, and to the Holdcroft family in their loss.