Round 14 Preview: Demons v Swans

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The Demons will be looking to gain vengeance for our Round 9 loss to the Swans this Saturday at Bassendean Oval. The Swans have had the better of us in our two encounters this season, but we are ready for what is expected to be another tough encounter.

Our last clash hasn’t been forgotten. After a good first half, we lost our 40 point lead to lose by 22 points. Lessons have been learnt from this, and the team are training for continuous improvement.

Coming off a bye, the Demons are up and ready to go. A strong performance and playing our brand of football for the full four quarters will hopefully see our boys return to the winner’s list in the 2018 NAIDOC Round.

This week we look forward to the return of Spencer White. Coming off the injury list, White will add experience to the forward line as we seek to kick a winning score.

“We have played our best football when we have stuck to the game plan and held our structures,” Coach Earl Spalding stated. “Playing our style of footy for the full four quarters, and trying to stop the Swans from playing theirs, is the game plan.”  

“The focus will be on good ball use, hard running and protection of team mates as key priorities.”

The Demons will don the NAIDOC guernsey this round. The design infuses energy waves throughout the original red stripe to signify strength.

Around the Grounds

We will be playing away this weekend, and urge all supporters to go to the Blue Steel Oval.

A Welcome to Country performed by elder Di Ryder will feature before the men's and women's teams line up in their NAIDOC jumpers. The Swans Women’s League team will play Perth Angels at 12pm before the men’s game at 2.15pm.

A Marngrook (traditional Aboriginal) exhibition game, facilitated by the Stephen Michael Foundation and Noongar Wellbeing & Sport, will be played at half time. Boomerang and Australian animal painting, mosaic flag making, and bracelet beading will be taking place in the Swans Play Zone.

Round 12 Match Review v West Perth

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 12:26 PM

After successful matches in the two previous rounds, the Demons went into Round 12 looking to continue the impressive momentum which had been building.

A slow start to the game was overcome by a strong second half of the first quarter. At the close of the first quarter, we held the lead 4.2 to West Perth’s 3.3.

A flailing second quarter saw West Perth kick eight goals to our two, establishing a match winning break. Despite the Demons continuing to challenge at various stages of the game, West Perth maintained the lead for the rest of the afternoon and went on to win by 21 points.

Captain Clint Jones led the way for Perth with 36 possessions, with Michael Sinclair collecting 31 disposals, Brant Colledge 28, Corey Yeo 25, Cody Leggett 24 and Matthew Taylor 22.

Excitement machine Bennell kicked another three goals, as did Kristian Cary, while Laine Wilkins chipped in with two. Jones, Byrne and Scotney each contributed a goal.





Goals: 3 - K Cary, M Bennell 2 - L Wilkins 1 - C Byrne, A Scotney, M Jones
Best: M Sinclair, B Colledge, K Cary, C Jones, M Bennell
Reports: M Sinclair


Goals: 4 - A Strijk 3 - T Keitel 2 - J Van Berlo, K Knott 1 - A Black, M Lourey, C Lynch, S Potente
Best: A Black, L Meadows, B Wilhelm, Z Guadagnin, S Potente
Reports: Nil.



Round 12 Match Preview v West Perth

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Coming off two wins in a row, the Demons will be looking to make it a hat trick when they travel to Joondalup to take on the West Perth Falcons this Saturday.

Third-placed West Perth are always considered hard to beat at home, however the optimism is higher than in recent years as our player availability and form are both stronger than at various times in the past.

Improvements throughout the year see the side the strongest it has been in Coach Earl Spalding’s tenure. Spalding’s message has barely changed in his four seasons, and the persistence is paying off.

Guns Corey Yeo and Ben Giobbi have provided the strength in the midfield to aid team Captain Clint Jones, while Brant Colledge and Cody Leggett have been able to string multiple games together.

On the back of our highest score of the year so far, Forwards Coach Darren Kowal has got his group functioning extremely well and capitalising on the opportunities provided by the rest of the Demons outfit.

M&J Chickens Player of the Round for Round 11, Michael Bennell will be looking to continue his strong form this weekend. Touted as one of the most exciting players in the WAFL, Bennell will be ably assisted by other youngsters, Anton Scotney, Cody Ninyette and Kristian Cary, who are all having strong seasons.

Pushing for League consideration this week is Christian Eyres. Solid reserves performances should see Eyres join the senior side as he returns from injury. The Demons will continue to look for strong output from back men Michael Sinclair, Devin McFarlane and Mitchell Lague.

A Round 12 win see Perth well and truly push ourselves back into finals contention for the first time in 21 years.

Rally behind the Demons and get on up to Joondalup Arena on Saturday!

Michael Bennell: M & J Chickens Player of the Round

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 11:34 AM

HIS WAFL debut might have come at the advanced age of 24, but Michael Bennell has already made up for lost time and on Saturday he delivered a stunning seven-goal performance for Perth to earn M & J Chickens Player of the Round honours.

Bennell did play a handful of games for Swan Districts' reserves back in 2013, but he has spent recent years in Albany and playing in the WAFL did appear a faraway thought for most of that time.

He did play some impressive football in the forward-line for the Albany Sharks, but still he was settled down south and as he approached his 24th birthday, a career in the WAFL was beginning to appear unlikely.

But Perth approached him ahead of the 2018 season and he was willing to give it a go and join the Demons, and now player and club alike are earning the rewards for that.

While there were other strong candidates for the Round 11 Player of the Round honours including reigning Sandover Medallist Haiden Schloithe who had 32 possessions and kicked three goals in South Fremantle's win over Peel Thunder.

Subiaco's Lachlan Delahunty also had another 20 disposals, eight marks and three goals in the win over East Perth while Andrew Strijk kicked another five goals for West Perth against Claremont and Shane Nelson racked up 34 possessions.

And even Bennell's Perth teammate Cody Ninyette impressed kicking five goals from 13 kicks and five tackles.

But in the end, it was Bennell who earned the Player of the Round nod and deservedly so far after his display in Perth's 64-point win against East Fremantle at Lathlain Park on Saturday.

Bennell is a good size at 188cm and has shown he is more than capable of marking strongly overhead and going back to slot goals from set shots. But he's also quick, agile and elusive, and exciting at ground level and capable of kicking goals from anywhere.

He put all that on display on Saturday in the win for the Demons over the Sharks as he ended the afternoon kicking seven goals straight from nine kicks, seven handpasses, four tackles and three marks.

Making it all the more remarkable was the fact that it was just his third league game. After joining Perth this season from Albany, Bennell started off in the reserves and after a run of nine goals in three weeks, earned his league debut.

That came in Round 9 against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval where he kicked four goals from 14 possessions, five marks and four tackles. He backed up with another goal, 14 disposals and five tackles in the Round 10 win over South Fremantle at Lathlain Park.

Already in three league games, he has made quite the impact for the Demons and provided them with a goalkicking option sorely missing in the absence of Spencer White and Sam Garstone.

Now he will play a key role the rest of the 2018 season as Perth chases a first finals appearance since 1997 and if he continues to play well, it's not even out of the question that he could end up with an AFL future despite his mature age starting his WAFL career.

Perth coach Earl Spalding couldn’t be more impressed with the way Bennell has thrown himself into the WAFL system in 2018.

"He sort of just walked in the door, I think he was playing at Gosnells last year and came down with another young lad from there," Spalding said.

"We had a lot of guys come down during pre-season to have a trial and we weren’t quite sure how they would go, but he just showed that he had had something, and that's he's prepared to listen and work hard. 

"He is catching trains and buses to get to training, which shows a fair bit of dedication from a young man and thankfully he's getting his reward now. He's a really exciting player to watch and to coach. I've never seen anyone as relaxed before having a set shot and kicking seven goals straight attests to that."

Originally published by the West Australian Football Commission Inc.

Image Credit: RRB Photography.

Demons defeat the Sharks, Round 11 Match Report.

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:43 PM

An outstanding performance by the Demons in Round 11 has seen our boys bring it home for the second week in a row! This is the first time Demons have achieved a back-to-back win since 2016.

With five goal unanswered goals in the first 15 minutes, we were on top from the outset, setting the tone for the rest of the game.

The Demons went on to kick seven goals to three in the remainder of the first quarter. Despite a spirited attempt at a comeback from the Sharks, the Demons were not threatened, despite being just two goals up at half-time.

Great forward line pressure allowed for repeat entries into the forward 50 for the second week in a row. This lead to the achievement of more than 60 inside 50s for the first time this season.

In stark contrast to our other wins of the season, the Demons held a strong lead and commanding presence across the ground for the duration of the game, recording a comfortable 64 point victory against the hapless Sharks.

The Demons achieved 20 goals in a single game for the first time in the 2018 season. In just his third League game, Michael Bennell was responsible for an outstanding seven of these, while Cody Ninyette set up five, in what could be considered his best game of the season.

Brant Colledge compiled 32 possessions for the Demons, Cody Leggett 31, Corey Yeo 25, Mitch Browne 21 and Michael Sinclair 19.


Strong performances in the Reserves side saw an outstanding win against the Sharks, as the boys get onto a winning track.

The team was lead by strong performances from Eyres and Etto, as they resumed from injury.

Jared Bell played his first game in two years, returning from back-to-back ACLs.

Bell and Spencer White completed 50% game time, adding to a growing list of players pushing for League selection.




Goals:  7 - M Bennell 5 - C Ninyette 2 - C Byrne, K Cary 1 - L Wilkins, C Jones, A Scotney, B Johnson, M Henderson

Best:    M Browne, B Colledge, C Giblett, C Ninyette, M Bennell

Reports:          Nil.


Goals:  3 - G Hampson 2 - J Mcnamara, C Eardley 1 - J Perham, J Marsh, S Fletcher, J Jansen

Best:    C Eardley, D Winton, G Hampson, J Mcnamara, J Cuneo

Reports:          Nil.




Goals:  3 - S White, K Chester, M Jones 2 - J Ugle, L Marlin, C Leonard 1 - L Salomone

Best:    C Marshall, M Jones, K Chester, J Johnstone, J Ugle, S Smith

Reports:          Nil.


Goals:  2 - L Pearton, C Holmes 1 - A Ryan, A Holmes, Z Mccarrey, J Clements, A Montauban

Best:    L Pearton, J Kalajzic, A Holmes, K Schofield, Z Jackson

Reports:           Nil.


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Postponement of Special General Meeting

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The Perth Football Club Board of Directors and CEO would like to announce the postponement of the Special General Meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow, 19 June 2018.

This meeting will be rescheduled for a later date, and will be announced on this website, through the DeeMail and on our Facebook and Twitter.

Round 11 Match Preview v Sharks

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Coming off the back of a stellar performance in Round 10, the Demons are looking to follow it up against the Sharks in what is set to be another tough contest.

The win against second-placed South Fremantle has given the Demons a strong confidence boost and some reward for their consistent effort and improvement throughout the season. This week the Demons will be looking for two wins in a row at League level for the first time since 2016.

When we last met East Fremantle, we were defeated by just seven points. Although the Sharks have struggled in their last two games, traditionally the games between the two teams are tough encounters with a close result.

The Demons forward line have demonstrated their tenacity over the 2018 season and are constantly working on pressure, conversion and consistency. The reward for this was evident on the scoreboard last week, when kicking 15 goals against the Bulldogs.

It is that level of commitment we will be looking to bring again this weekend as we meet the Sharks.

Bouyed by strong performances from Sinclair, McFarlane and Lague in the back half, and Jones, Yeo and Taylor through the mids, the Demons will go into this round with confidence and minimal changes to a winning line up for the first time in coach Earls Spalding’s tenure.

Match Report: Round 10, Demons v Bulldogs

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Round 10, 2018. Demons v Bulldogs. Lathlain Park.

The game when the Demons ended the Bulldogs’ eight game winning streak against us. The mighty Demons brought everything to the game, successfully wearing down a powerful South Fremantle side.

South Fremantle started Saturday’s clash confidently. In what was an ominous opening, they kicked two goals in the first six minutes.

Quarter time showed the Bulldogs holding a 20 point lead. Our boys refused defeat. In an engaging second term, aided by the breeze, we kicked six goals to one. By the long break were 11 points up.

The Demons then kicked the first two goals of the third term, extending our lead to 23 points. South Fremantle kicked eight of the next nine goals either side of three quarter-time. When Mason Shaw kicked his sixth goal, South lead by 20 points.

The Demons demonstrated the level of tenacity expected of a senior WAFL team and refused to buckle under the pressure exerted by South Fremantle.

Coming from 20 points down at the five minute mark of the last quarter, a 27th minute goal by Kristian Cary broke the deadlock. The Demons went on to kick the last four goals of the game.

Aided by some great pressure acts from Dennis, McFarlane, Taylor and Byrne in the dying minutes the Demons were able to hold on and win by a solitary goal.

Player of the Week, Lachlan Dennis, kicked a career-high five goals for Perth, supported by Anton Scotney who booted two.

Captain Clint Jones gathered 32 possessions for the Demons, Brant Colledge 29, Corey Yeo 26, Michael Sinclair 22 and Devin McFarlane 21.










Goals:  5 - L Dennis 2 - A Scotney 1 - L Wilkins, C Byrne, M Sinclair, B Colledge, K Cary, D Horan, B Johnson, M Bennell

Best:    C Jones, D Mcfarlane, B Colledge, M Henderson, L Dennis

Reports:          Nil.


Goals:  6 - M Shaw 3 - M Parker 2 - C Dell'olio 1 - J Dragovich, S Hockey, D Main

Best:    R Cook, M Pickett, D Main, M Shaw

Reports:          M Parker










Goals:  2 - M Jones 1 - T Etto, C Eyres, J Bodle

Best:    B Mcphail, B Edmonds, L Marlin, T Etto, K Chester

Reports:          Nil.


Goals:  3 - Z Sumich 2 - J Warne 1 - J Florenca, A Coutinho, B Timewell, M Grubelich, Z De San Miguel, C Yarran

Best:    A Mcintosh, A Coutinho, C Yarran, J Florenca, B Della Franca

Reports:          Nil.










Goals:  1 - C Sing, B Smith, E Taylor, M Hall

Best:    H Mcfarlane, M Hamilton, L Gelmi, B Little

Reports:          Nil.


Goals:  7 - L Moore 3 - L Feeney 1 - B Knight, Z Atwell, J Redman

Best:    N Irani, M Kelly, E Aiken-featherstone, T Blechynden, L Moore

Reports:          Nil.


Match Preview Round 10 v South Fremantle Bulldogs

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Heading into Round 10, the eighth place Perth Demons are preparing to take on second place South Fremantle Bulldogs in what will be a tough home encounter at Lathlain Park this Saturday.

For the majority of games this season, the Demons have shown strong form and determination. If sustained, this suggests they can match it with the stronger teams in the competition.

The test for the young and improving group will be to perform at the level required to compete with the strongest WAFL teams for the whole four quarters.

South Fremantle can be expected to come into the game full of confidence after their derby win in Round 9, however with the Bulldogs coming off a five day break, it may assist the Demons in their goal of securing their third win of the season.

In Round 10, the Demons will be seeking to increase their on ground communication to positively influence the game. Increased communication will help to achieve the improvement sought by maintaining the game plan and structures for longer periods.

“Once again, we will be tested in our ability to shut down a powerful midfield group while continuing to find avenues for us to hit the scoreboard,” Coach Earl Spalding stated.

Players to watch who are in form include Captain Clint Jones, Brant Colledge and Corey Yeo, while we expect strong improvement in their second game back from injury from Michael Sinclair and Devin McFarlane.

Show your support for the Demons this Saturday in the Round 10 clash. There will be fun for the whole family, with the McDonalds fan zone and some great giveaways.

Round 9 Match Report – Swan Districts v Perth

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 11:51 AM - by
SWAN Districts fought back from 40 points down to kick the last nine goals and beat Perth by 30 points in the WAFL Round 9 contest at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.
Perth shot out of the blocks in stunning fashion at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday piling on eight first quarter goals to two.
Perth went on to lead by 40 points late in the second quarter. But Swan Districts kicked the last two goals of the first half, five goals to one in the third quarter and the only five goals of the final term to come away with the 17.13 (115) to 13.7 (85) victory. Read More ...