Round 4 Preview vs Royals

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 1:02 PM

After back to back road trips which featured a narrow 7-point loss to East Fremantle and an even narrower 6-point win over the Thunder, Perth return to Lathlain Park this Saturday to host East Perth.

Coming off Sunday's promising win over the reigning premiers, the Demons will enter Saturday's clash full of confidence against a Royals outfit they miraculously beat last time the two sides met in round 22 last year.

Perth escaped Sunday's win in Mandurah unscathed on the injury front, while several players put their hand up in the Reserves 22-point win earlier in the day.

East Perth, sitting last on the ladder after three rounds, enter Saturday's clash off a bye after defeating West Perth by 58-points in round two.

Last time we met: Ninyette kicks seven to lead Demons to upset victory

It’s ANZAC Round this week and there will be some pre-match proceedings out on the ground.

Teams will be announced here Thursday evening from 7pm. 

League bounce down is 2:15pm, Reserves 11:30am and Colts 9am.

BECOME A MEMBER: Sign up before 5pm this Friday (20/04) and receive a free yet to be released Demons supporters hat with your pack (only valid with Full, Trident or Family memberships) 
 

MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Broadcast: Listen to the game live on 107.3 HFM or Footy Radio through the WAFL smart phone app
3 Licensed Bars: Bar on the Hill, Demon Den and Redlegs Bar. All open from 12 midday 
Kids Zone: Jumping castle, free face painting and an ice-cream van
Half Time Kids Running Races: 3 races for 3 age groups - all kids are welcome to participate!
Half Time Bin Kicking Competition: Five randomly selected spectators will get the chance to kick a footy into a bin at half time and WIN $$$!
Bike Raffle: All kids under 16 go into the draw to win a free bike upon entry. Winner announced at half time
Kick-to-Kick: Bring your footy and have a kick on the new oval at the breaks
Membership: Perth Football Club membership will be available at Reception and the Team Store
Merchandise: Get your red and black merchandise from the team store (located next to canteen, near Goddard St entry) or reception
Food: Canteen open from 9am thanks to Modern Catering.
Tickets: Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Under 16s FREE
Parking: Available at the old bowling club site (corner of Bishopsgate St & Roberts Rd), surrounds of Rayment Park and on streets surrounding Lathlain Park. See map below for parking and entrance gates. More information on parking at Lathlain Park here
Public Transport: Victoria Park Station is located 400m from Lathlain Park and there are numerous nearby bus stops. Plan your Transperth journey here.

Media 365 come on board as sponsors

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The club has formed a new partnership with media, digital marketing and web app development company Media 365 who have come on board as the club's Digital Marketing Partner.

Media 365 General Manager Bruce Filing said the company was drawn towards forming a sponsorship relationship with the Perth Football Club on the back of the club's proud history and its strong community programs.

“WAFL clubs have always had a deep community connect and the Demons are the best example of that," Filing said.

"In this fast moving digital age clubs need to be nimble across many communication platforms and it's in this area Media 365 will assist the administration team to maximise reach and engagement efficiencies.”

The Media 365 logo will appear on the 2018 playing shorts.

Demons upset reigning premiers in Mandurah thriller

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 9:17 AM

The Demons held on to record their first win of the season at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, beating 2016 and 2017 premiers Peel Thunder in gutsy fashion.

Leading by 38-points at the final change after a seven goal to two third term, the Demons overcame a final quarter surge from the hosts to win 12.13 (85) to 11.13 (79).

The first half arm wrestle was controlled by Perth, taking 7-point leads with them into the first two breaks.

The Demons' first half pressure paid dividends in the third quarter, led by three goals from spearhead Spencer White who finished with five for the day in arguably his best game for the club.

2016 Butcher Medallist Michael Sinclair was exceptional in defence with 32 disposals and nine marks, rebounding off the half back line to send the Demons forward.

Cody Leggett was also amongst Perth's best player, laying 10 tackles to go with his 30 disposals.

Captain Clint Jones again showed no signs of slowing down, finishing with a game high 35 disposals.

Christian Eyres fought tirelessly in the ruck against Dockers 200-plus centimetre trio Scott Jones, Lloyd Meek and Luke Strnadica.

New recruit Corey Yeo looks at home in red and black, continuing his strong start to 2018 with another dominant display in the midfield.

Earlier in the day, Perth's Reserves side defeated Peel 15.5 (95) to 10.13 (73) as did the Colts, 14.12 (102) to 8.9 (57), making it three wins for the Demons in a promising day for the club.

The Demons' focus now shifts to East Perth at Lathlain Park this Saturday, a game they will enter filled with confidence after yesterday's performance and last year's round 22 win over the Royals.

READ MORE: Perth beats Peel Thunder in massive WAFL upset at Bendigo Bank Stadium

BECOME A MEMBER: Sign up before 5pm this Friday and receive a free yet to be released Demons supporters hat with your pack (only valid with Full, Trident or Family memberships) 


PERTH 2.5 5.8 12.11 12.13 (85)

PEEL 1.4 4.7 6.9 11.13 (79)

GOALS

Demons: S White 5, R Bourne 2, M Jones 2, C Yeo, C Collard, K Cary

Thunder: L Jetta 3, B Bell 2, S Kersten, S Switkowski, B Lawler, T North, L Meek, L Strnadica

BEST

Demons: S White, C Yeo, C Jones, C Leggett, M Sinclair

Thunder: T Duman, B Howlett, B Bell, R Nyhuis, B Hancock, S Switkowski

 

Round 2 Match Report vs East Fremantle

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 1:55 PM - by Chris Pike
IT might have only been Round 2 but the two bottom teams from 2017 had lost in Round 1 to open 2018 so plenty went on the line and little separated East Fremantle and Perth most of the way but the Sharks just prevailed by seven points at East Fremantle Oval.
 
East Fremantle and Perth both had 2017 seasons to forget only winning three matches apiece with the Demons ending up with the wooden spoon just by percentage.
 
Then to open 2018, East Fremantle lost to Peel Thunder and Perth went down to Swan Districts so trying to avoid a 0-2 start on the back of last year meant there was plenty on the line at Shark Park on Saturday. Read More ...

Legendary head trainer dies

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 3:57 PM - by Peter Kennedy

The Perth Football Club is mourning the death of Life Member and legendary former head trainer, Ted O’Callaghan. He was aged 101.

Ted was a trainer for 18 years, including 16 years as head trainer, a period which covered the hat trick of premierships (1966-68) under Mal Atwell as captain coach, and the 1976 premiership team coached by Ken Armstrong.

Club champion Barry Cable described Ted’s contribution to football in general, and Perth in particular, as “outstanding”.

“I was privileged to be at the club at that time as a youngster,” Barry said. “Ted was head trainer and without question he was able to get me through games which normally I would not have been able to do. He helped me achieve my 400 senior games with his expertise in treating injuries.

Perth’s 2018 Legend, Colin Lofts, described Ted as a “greatly respected icon” within the club.

Colin, who was also the 1976 premiership skipper, said: “Ted worked closely with Steve and Tom Kargotich (the club doctors) in attending to the medical needs of the players. He was always ‘feared’ by the players for his legendary treatment of ‘corks’. He insisted on ‘rubbing them out’.”

Simpson Medallist Allan Stiles agreed with Colin's comments about Ted's treatment of 'corks', adding: "He was a great character and had a great relationship with the players. His dedication to both the players and the club was amazing."

Ted remained extraordinarily active in retirement, and a big group of players attended his 100th birthday celebration in 2016.

He was born in Narrogin in 1916 and attended the Kulin School and St Ildephonsus College at New Norcia. He then embarked on a lifelong career in the WA Government Railways, retiring in 1976.

Ted raised a few eyebrows in 1978 when he accepted an invitation from Barry Cable to come out of retirement after Barry was appointed captain coach of East Perth, which defeated the Demons in a tight, rain soaked grand final by two points.

“Players can change clubs so why not head trainers?” he said in his defence.

This weekend's Rd 3 fixture moved to Sunday

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Due to late and unavoidable changes to round three fixturing, the Demons' clash with Peel Thunder has been moved to Sunday 15th April.

Times will remain as normal, with the League game getting underway at 2:15pm, Reserves 11:30am and Colts 9:00am. All three games will be held at Rushton Park in Mandurah.

As a result, the Life Members Function (which was scheduled for this Sunday) has been postponed to Sunday 6th May.

 

TABtouch supports Perth Demons footy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 4:06 PM

TABtouch, the wagering arm of Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) have partnered with Perth Demons FC in an exciting new initiative that will see our club directly benefit from the partnership.   
 
As a part of the agreement TABtouch will give us a portion of every dollar bet when a new TABtouch account is opened and when any bet is placed at our games. 
 
RWWA General Manager Wagering Michael Saunders said TABtouch is proudly Western Australian and a passionate supporter of local footy. 
 
“Join TABtouch today through your local WAFL club and a portion of every bet you place will go directly back to your football club,” said Saunders.  
 
“Whether you’re placing a bet on sports or on racing, at home or on the go, your club will see the reward.” 
 
The new partnership is aimed at supporting the development and sustainability of football in WA through providing an additional revenue stream for the clubs that they can use for venue enhancements, entertainment and equipment. 
 
The TAB has had a vested interest in supporting the sport and recreation industry in WA, and for many years through community partnerships, has given an estimated $150million back into the WA community each year. 

Round 1 Preview vs Swans

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 4:11 PM

The Demons will be looking to kickstart their 2018 campaign with a win on Saturday when they host Swan Districts in the opening round of the WAFL season.

Both sides will be going into Saturday’s season opener with a win and a loss each from their two preseason games.

Perth could have up to eight fresh faces in Saturday’s lineup, with Corey Yeo (Williamstown), Richie Bourne Jnr (East Fremantle), Mitch Lague (East Perth), Ben Giobbi (Casey), Luke Salamone (Trinity Aquinas), Redmond Dobson (Trinity Aquinas), Matt Taylor (North Melbourne) and Cal Collard (Centrals) all being fit and available after impressive preseasons.

Also available for selection this week will be Spencer White, Cody Leggett, Sam Garstone and Lachie Dennis who all missed the majority of last season through injury.

A strong rivalary exists between the Demons and Swan Districts and Saturday’s match is set to be a very competetive and entertaining one.

It’s Family Day at Lathlain Park so there will be plenty happening around the ground all afternoon.

Teams will be announced here Thursday evening from 6pm. 

League bounce down is 2:15pm, Reserves 11:30am and Colts 9am.

The 2018 Player Auction will be held upstairs in the Main Hall following the League game and all are welcome.

MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Weather: Sunny, 29°C
Broadcast: Listen to the game live on 91.3 Sport FM or Footy Radio through the WAFL smart phone app
3 Licensed Bars: Bar on the Hill, Demon Den and Redlegs Bar. All open from 12 midday 
Kids Zone: Jumping castle, free face painting, Easter egg hunt, McDonalds Fan Zone, ice-cream van
Half Time Kids Running Races: 3 races for 3 age groups - all kids are welcome to participate!
Half Time Bin Kicking Competition: Five randomly selected spectators will get the chance to kick a footy into the Tox Free bin at half time and WIN $$$!
Bike Raffle: All kids under 16 go into the draw to win a free bike upon entry. Winner announced at half time
Kick-to-Kick: Bring your footy and have a kick on the new oval at the breaks
Player Auction: All are welcome to head upstairs to the Main Hall after the League game for the 2018 Player Auction and presentation of best players from all three grades
Membership Marquee: Save on gate fees! Visit the Membership Marquee outside the Goddard Street entrance gates to get your 2018 membership before you enter the ground.
Merchandise: Get your red and black merchandise from the team store (located next to canteen, near Goddard St entry) or reception
Food: Canteen open from 9am thanks to Modern Catering.
Tickets: Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Under 16s FREE
Parking: Available at the old bowling club site (corner of Bishopsgate St & Roberts Rd), surrounds of Rayment Park and on streets surrounding Lathlain Park. See map below for parking and entrance gates.
Public Transport: Victoria Park Station is located 400m from Lathlain Park and there are numerous nearby bus stops. Plan your Transperth journey here.

Revo Fitness on board as Colts sponsor

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Health Club Revo Fitness are the new Major Sponsor of Perth's Colts, signing a three year agreement with the club earlier this month.

The partnership was officially launched on Tuesday at Revo's brand new Victoria Park gym with young Colt Ian Hill (pictured).

Revo Fitness' logo will appear on the front of the Colts playing Guernsey in 2018 and beyond.

To celebrate the new partnership, Revo Fitness are offering all 2018 Demons members free 2nd and third months which equates to under $40 for three months of gym membership.

To take advantage of this exclusive offer, click here or call 6280 1069. Not a 2018 Demons member? Sign up here or call 9362 4499 to qualify for the special offer!

The Colts kick off their 2018 campaign 9am this Saturday when they take on Swan Districts at Lathlain Park.

 

Perth champion gets State blazer pocket

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 9:13 AM - by Peter Kennedy

Bert Wansbrough, the 1955 premiership vice-captain, and his wife Norma, didn't know what to expect when three club members visited their Beverley home recently.

Brian Sweetapple and Greg Dart from the Past Players and Officials Association, and Peter Kennedy, were on a mission: to deliver a replica of the crest on Bert's 1956 State team blazer pocket for the national carnival in Perth.

Bert is very proud of a montage of crests from various football and other blazers he has worn during a celebrated sporting career. But the 1956 carnival blazer pocket was missing.

His good friend and Beverley councillor David White noted this gap, and made inquiries as to how it could be rectified, without Bert's knowledge. Eventually he contacted Peter Kennedy, who suggested Brian Sweetapple might have access to a 1956 blazer through the club's History Centre.

Brian got to work with Greg Dart, and together they hit the jackpot. There was indeed a pocket with the crest in good condition, which they had duplicated. The gap in Bert's collection was filled.

Bert was also presented with a mounted cutting from The West Australian, noting his crucial role in Perth's nail biting two-point win over East Fremantle in that 1955 grand final. It was headed "Wansbrough Comes To Side's Rescue" and noted how, after being switched at half time from centre half back to full forward, he had kicked four goals in the third quarter to put Perth within reach of victory after a poor first half.

An epic last quarter, in which the whole side lifted and champion ruckman Merv McIntosh played at his brilliant best in his last game, saw Perth break a 48-year premiership drought.

Bert travelled from the family farm each week to play 127 games between 1952 and 1958. He kicked 167 goals for Perth and was named on a half back flank in Perth's Team of the Century. He was Club Legend in 2008.

Bert continued his football career with Beverley, adding to his illustrious record by leading the home team to a premiership as well.

He has the Demons' 2018 fixtures on his desk, and plans to make the trip to the city to see a winning game at Lathlain Park.