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Young VFL duo land at Lathlain

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 2:09 PM

The Demons have added more new blood to its 2018 playing list with exciting duo Mitch Cox and Ben Giobbi both signing two year deals with the club on Monday.

The pair arrive at Perth from Melbourne Demons' VFL affiliate club, the Casey Demons, where they both played senior football in 2017.

Perth Football Manager Dale Ballantyne described 20-year-old Cox as a "quick, highly skilled forward who likes to run through the midfield" and 21-year-old Giobbi as a "solidly built left footer who's very good in and under."

"Cox is strong over head and doesn't mind kicking a goal. He will be a very good outside player for us, providing very good service to our forwards as he breaks through the midfield,” Ballantyne said.

"We're looking for Giobbi to be part of our midfield and go forward at times to bolster our forward pressure and kick a few goals.”

Cox and Giobbi arrived in Perth on Monday and will begin training with the main group on Wednesday night.

Giobbi said the two of them are looking forward to the challenge of helping bring on field success to the club.

“We want to come over here and have an impact on the club,” Giobbi said.

“Having been at Casey which is involved with the AFL being Melbourne’s affiliate, we’ve got pretty good knowledge that we can bring here to Perth.

“Obviously Perth didn’t have the best year last year so we want to help bring the club forward.”

The pair came across to Perth in December to tour the Lathlain Park facilities and meet with club officials and players.

Cox said after visiting in December, Perth felt right and was the obvious choice for the young duo.

“We heard Perth’s a very good club and that was evident when we came down here for the one training session late last year, it had a really good vibe and something that Ben and I really wanted to be involved in,” Cox said.

“We were contacted by other clubs but we found that this was the best fit for us being a young group and being able to lead.”

Cox and Giobbi join Corey Yeo, Richie Bourne (jnr) and Mitchell Lague as the club's 2018 additions, with Matthew Taylor, Callum Collard and Ben Power all returning to the club.

Trinity Aquinas 2016 and 2017 A Grade premiership player Luke Salamone is another fresh face to keep an eye on in 2018 after reports he's had a very impressive preseason to date.

The well built livewire forward's Trinity Aquinas teammate, Redmond Dobson, has also been impressive on the track this preseason.


Preseason Update: January

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Senior Coach Earl Spalding gives his take on where things are at 72 days out from round one.

The playing group's return from the Christmas break
“Yeah pretty good. Some of the younger guys probably didin’t do the work that we’d liked them to’ve done but they’ll pay for that in the first couple of weeks back. Majority of the senior guys have come back in pretty good knick and ran reasonable times for the amount of time they had off so we’re pretty happy with that.”

This weekend’s preseason training camp
“It’s all based around leadership and having guys step up in that area. We’ve identified it’s a weakness of our playing group, we think we’ve got some potential leaders there but hopefully this camp on the weekend allows us to identify them and give them an opportunity to demonstrate to us that they’re worthy of being leaders going forward, doesn’t matter how old they are.”

An update on 2017 injured players
“Lachie Dennis’ joining in most of the stuff, albeit restricted volume. He seems to be pulling up well. Cody Leggett’s training the house down again, like he was last year so touch wood he gets a good run at it. Spencer’s (White) tracking well, he’s nearly back to full contact training with his shoulder. His shins seem to be pulling up well but we’ll just need to monitor that. Belly’s (Jared Bell) still got a bit of work to do with his knee but hopefully we’ll see him at some stage this year.”

Other injury news
“Sincas' (Michael Sinclair) Achilles is nearly back to 100% so we’ve got to be mindful of getting his loads up before we throw him back in to full training. Lennon Marlin’s operation went really well, he’ll be a while yet but he’s tracking pretty well for his recovery at this stage. At this point of time, everyone other than Belly and Marlin is on course to be fit and available for round one.”

The 2018 playing group
“We’re obviously shallow in some areas, our ruck stocks are the obvious one where Eyresy (Christian Eyres) is going to have to stay fit again like he did last year, and sort of key forward and key back we’re pretty shallow. We’ve got some good young guys coming through but you wouldn’t want to throw them to the wolves too early. But everywhere else I think we’ve got a fair amount of depth building from the young guys from last year stepping up. So if we’re fit and healthy I’m confident we’ll give a good show of ourselves. We’re hoping that our ins (recruits) are slightly better than our outs and natural improvement with out young group will see us improve, certainly with a better injury run.”

“We still want to play the same game style that we were trying to last year. Availability of key forwards will allow us to do that. Even though we’ve lost some inside mids we think we’ve got some ready replacements with Corey Yeo coming in and also Joe Ugle stepping up. I think Joey’s got the ability to if he gets himself as fit as we think he can. I don’t think we’ve lost too much inside, it’ll just be a different look. We’re still working really hard on our defence.”

2018 recruits
“Yeo’s certainly a good size for an inside mid, he uses the ball really well by hand and by foot and he understands the game really well. He’s going to be a very good player for us I’ve got no doubt. Mitch Lague is a really good competitor down back, he’s a bit undersized for a key defender but he certainly competes and he’s got some leadership potential there too. Richie Bourne’s got some really exciting speed and he kicks the ball very well. He’s certainly outside and we’re working on his inside game but we don’t want to take away from his outside game because we certainly want to run and carry the ball when we can and he’s going to be important for that. Matty Taylor will be really important for us down back, rebounding out of our back 50. A couple of the recruits from amateurs have been impressive as well, in particular Luke Salamone who looks pretty exciting.”

Training the house down
“It’s been a pretty even contribution from the group. Brent Edmonds is a lot fitter than he was last year, I’m really looking forward to seeing how he goes. Hopefully Cal Collard keeps progressing, he’s an enormous talent and if he can hang in there and keep training well we’re going to be a better side with him in it.”

January 2017 vs January 2018
“Being here at Lathlain Park full time is a different dynamic. Being down the road last preseason was difficult in certain regards but the guys are in a happier space training here. It’s a younger group who have got a bit of confidence about themselves and are starting to believe they belong at this level and that’s important. This time last year some of the younger guys were hoping they could play at this level where as this preseason rather than knowing that they could play at this level. I’m looking forward to seeing where this group can get to, I’m not putting a ceiling on them at all. We need a bit of luck and need a good start to get our confidence up but if we can get a bit of confidence and belief within this group, I think we can go a fair way.”

What January looks like from a training perspective
“It probably looks more like pre-Christmas than in season training. We’re still consolidating our loads and making sure we get them up but also just having a real focus on our structures going forward. We’re solely focused on round one against Swans and we won’t be taking any shortcuts before that.”

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More new blood joins Demons

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Perth have added a further two fresh faces to the mix for 2018 with East Perth defender Mitchell Lague and East Fremantle wingman Richard Bourne (jnr) each signing two year deals with the Club.

24-year-old Lague has played 13 league games for the Royals and will be a welcome addition to the backline with his size and strength.

“If I can hit a good tempo and get in some good form and hold that throughout the year and be comfortable with where I’m at, I’d be happy,” Lague said.

“East Perth had some really good, experienced leaders around like Craig Wulff and Kyle Anderson who I learned a lot from.

“I want to bring a bit of that here and try and rub some of it off on the younger guys.”

Bourne represented WA during the State 18s program in 2013 before playing five league games for East Fremantle in 2014.

The exciting 22-year-old has spent the past three seasons playing in the country where he claimed the Mitchell Medal (Goldfields Football League fairest and best) in 2015 and the Hepburn Medal (Esperance Football League fairest and best) in 2017.

“I’ve come here to play league footy,” Bourne said.

“My strengths are my speed and agility.”

Perth Football Operations Manager Dale Ballantyne said the duo will help bolster the Club's lineup.

“Two of the areas that we identified to strengthen in the off-season were our key defensive positions and our outside run," Ballantyne said.

"Mitch and Richie have the skill, experience and ability to fill these roles at senior  level in 2018 and we welcome them to Lathlain Park.

"Since arriving at the club, the boys have shown some great leadership potential and have easily fitted in with the senior playing group."

The playing group will train for the final time on Friday evening before having a two week break over Christmas.

Ballantyne said he's pleased with where the group is at going in to Christmas but knows there is plenty of work ahead.

"Our pre-Christmas training has been very productive and we are very satisfied with the effort and the improvement shown throughout the six week block," Ballantyne said.

"We have worked hard on our identified areas of deficiency in 2017 and our playing group look stronger and very fit as they enter the Christmas break”.

The playing group resume training on Monday the 8th of January.

Come and watch the boys last training of the year at Friday evening’s Members Christmas Party. Details here.


Demons secure talented duo

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Former Claremont and East Fremantle midfielder Corey Yeo has signed a two-year deal with the Demons, joining Matthew Taylor who returns to Lathlain after a year at North Melbourne.

Yeo, 26, finished top 10 in the 2015 Sandover Medal before missing the entire 2016 season with a ruptured ACL.

The brother of All Australian Eagle Elliot Yeo spent 2017 in Victoria playing for Williamstown and returns to WA hoping to recapture his 2015 form.

Perth Football Operations Manager Dale Ballantyne says Yeo, who's played 54 games of senior WAFL football, will be a welcome addition to our midfield group.

"Corey's experience, football knowledge and leadership qualities will enhance our emerging playing list and provide valuable guidance as our younger players continue to develop," Ballantyne says.

"As a strongly built midfielder, Corey will enable us to compete the more mature midfield outfits in the WAFL."

Taylor was taken by North Melbourne in the 2016 Rookie Draft after a strong 2016 season with the Demons where he played 19 senior games as a 19-year-old.

The 20-year-old defender returns to Perth with ambitions to get re-drafted.

Ballantyne says Taylor will be a handy acquisition to the Demons' half back line.

"Matt's foot skills, pace and running ability will help us set up play from half back and lead to more scoring opportunities," Ballantyne says.

"Despite interest from several other WAFL clubs, Matt's return to the Demons speaks highly of his character and loyalty.

"It also indicates he believes the Club is heading in the right direction to achieve sustained on and off field success."

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AFL dream becomes a reality for Narrier

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Young wingman Gordon Narrier is off to Arden Street after North Melbourne selected him with pick 20 in Monday's AFL Rookie Draft.

The classy 19-year-old from Northam played 17 league games for Perth this year while living in the club's regional accommodation under Aboriginal Engagement Officer Callum Walley. He also represented WA at the Under 18s Championships in June.

Narrier was the only Demon to be taken at this year's draft, with other prospects Cody Ninyette and Zareth Roe overlooked despite performing well at last month's state combine.

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Champion Demons inducted into Hall of Fame

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 4:30 PM - by Peter Kennedy

Four Perth champions have been inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame at a gala dinner held in a giant marquee on the turf at the "home of football", Subiaco Oval.

They were Frank ("Dick") Walker, Bob Shields, Alan Johnson and Peter Bosustow, who played in a golden era for Perth which resulted in six of club's seven league premierships.

Frank Walker played 233 games between 1952 and 1964, including seven for WA. Frank was a goal-kicking rover (421 goals) who started his career roving to champion ruckman Merv McIntosh. One of his best games was in the 1955 Grand Final in which he kicked two goals in the last quarter against the wind, a key factor in Perth's come-from-behind two point win. He spoke of the impact premiership coach Ern Henfry had on the club when he returned from Carlton in 1953.

Bob Shields was the high flying centre half back in the club's hat trick of premierships between 1966-68, led by captain-coach Malcolm Atwell and champion rover Barry Cable. Bob started as a 17 year-old and played 194 games over 10 seasons, including seven State games.  His grand final clashes with East Perth's Malcolm Brown were features of the game. Bob had a prodigious leap and a good turn of pace. His versatility also saw him play many games later in his career at centre half forward. Bob spoke of the impact Atwell had on the club when he took over in 1966.

Alan Johnson enjoyed a 16 year career in league football between 1975 and 1990, thrilling fans in both WA and Victoria with his skills, pace and tenacity. A lightly built half forward and wingman, Alan was always in the action with his capacity to wrong foot opponents and kick goals. He played in Perth's 1976 and 1977 premiership teams, coached by Ken Armstrong, and notched up 140 games before joining Melbourne, where he played a further 135 games. He was Perth's Fairest and Best in 1981, and Melbourne's in 1983 and 1989.

Peter Bosustow started his eventful career in league football when he kicked one goal in his debut for the Demons in 1975. He went on to play 141 games for Perth, and 65 for Carlton during an eventful three seasons in the VFL. Peter was a spectacular player with a great leap - he won the VFL Mark and Goal of the Year in 1981 - as well as possessing an unusual capacity to turn and swerve. He played in Perth's 1977 premiership team - and Carlton's premierships in 1981 and 1982 - and kicked a total of 542 goals, including 379 goals for Perth. One of his most memorable games was in the 1978 grand final against East Perth, kicking seven goals in atrocious conditions, which almost enabled the Demons to snatch another premiership.

Many Perth champions attended the gala dinner. In addition to Malcolm Atwell and Barry Cable, they included Bob Shields' other premiership team mates Ray Lawrence and Ian Rothnie, 1976 and 77 premiership captain Colin Lofts, and team mates Brian Cook and Wim Rosbender.

Simpson Medallist Allan Stiles was also there, along with president Daryle Mann, past president Damien Matthews, and CEO Marty Atkins.

Preseason week one in the bank

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Kurtis Chester recaps week one of preseason and discusses the plan of attack for the next four months of training.

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Hawthorn Legends Lunch a great success

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Over 130 guests filled Lathlain Park's Main Hall on Friday afternoon to enjoy one of the better luncheons the football club has hosted in recent years.

Old teammates Sam Mitchell and Chance Bateman joined Perth CEO and Master of Ceremonies Marty Atkins on stage to kick things off, answering questions from Atkins and providing fascinating insights into their lives to date.

They each touched on their childhood, their playing careers as well as life after football, imparting the many lessons they've learned along the way on those in the room.

Guests then enjoyed an English buffet lunch, before Robert 'Dipper' DiPierdomenico addressed the function for just under an hour.

Dipper told stories from his Italian influenced upbringing, illustrious playing days and post football career, often having the entire room in hysterics.

Following his address, the five time premiership Hawk auctioned off several items, had photos taken with guests and signed autographs. 

The day also raised awareness of Outside The Locker Room, an organisation aimed at equipping adolescent boys and girls and young adults, along with their parents, families and communities, with the information and resources to better enable them to tackle the increasing number of social and mental health issues in a productive and not destructive way. Click here for more information on OTLR.

The Club wishes to thank all guests who attended and made the lunch a highly successful one.

Demons launch new and exciting partnership with City Toyota

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Perth Football Club has secured a new Major Corporate Sponsor with car dealership City Toyota committing to the Club on a three year term.

The partnership was officially launched on Wednesday morning in City Toyota's Newcastle Street showroom, where five brand new Toyota's were handed over to the Club as part of the agreement.

Perth Chief Executive Officer Marty Atkins said the Club is excited to develop a strong relationship with City Toyota over the next three years and beyond.

"It's wonderful for a semi professional sporting club to be able to develop a partnership with such a respected and well known organisation like City Toyota," Atkins said.

City Toyota, much like the Perth Football Club, is active in the community and Atkins said the Club is very grateful to be one of their partners.

"It’s becoming increasingly common for organisations to look to involve themselves in the community and City Toyota’s partnership with us is one of their many community engagements," Atkins said.

"With finals football our focus going forward, we're delighted City Toyota has come on board now so that they'll be involved in our future success."

Atkins also wishes to acknowledge departing sponsor Southside Mitsubishi and Volkswagen for their contribution over the past twelve plus years.

"Southside have been fantastic in their support of the Club and we are very thankful for all their efforts over many years," Atkins said.

"With that being said, we're excited and looking forward to a strong relationship with Wayne and his team at City Toyota going forward."

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Syd Shaw at El Alamein Anniversary

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Perth's champion post World War Two full-back, Syd Shaw, was among a select group of veterans in Canberra on October 29 to mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of El Alamein, where 220,000 Allied troops halted the advance of the German forces in North Africa.

He was with three West Australian veterans who were at the Australian War Memorial to remember their role in Hitler's first major defeat in the war in the desert sands west of Cairo.

But the campaign for Syd, now aged 95, was more complex than for many of his mates. He was captured by the Germans and headed for an Italian POW camp, only to have his ship torpedoed by the British in the Mediterranean. He survived, and later escaped from his POW camp in 1944.

Syd, who had trained as a butcher, then returned to Perth to resume his life, including carving out a  career with the Army. He also had an outstanding career as Perth's full back, and was selected for two WA Carnival sides - Hobart in 1947 and Brisbane in1950.

Syd retired as a player in 1953 after 150 games, including the 1950 grand final in which Perth was beaten by South Fremantle by six points. He was made a Life Member in 1966.