2018 Corporate Classic Results

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Congratulations to Megabay Distributors for taking out the 2018 Corporate Classic at last night's draw in the Lathlain Park President's Lounge.

Drawn ahead of almost 50 other entrants, Megabay Distributors won a $15,000 promotional package including two prominent signs at Lathlain Park and $3,000 in advertising with Community News.

Drawn second was Media Tonic, a long serving sponsor of the club, winning $5,000 worth of advertising with 6PR.

Armando Sports was the last of the prize winners, taking home a $1,000 package which includes match day acknowledgement and a table for 10 at a 2018 President's Lunch.

The Corporate Classic is a key fundraising event for the Perth Football Club and it would like to thank all businesses that entered in 2018.

In addition to yesterday evening's function, all entrants receive an invitation for two to a 2018 President's Lunch, as well as acknowledgement on the club's website and in the 2018 Annual Report.

Keep an eye out for the 2019 Corporate Classic early next year. If you'd like to get involved in the mean time, check out player sponsorship and/or the club's various membership options. To enquire about corporate sponsorship with the club, contact Jared Bell on 9362 4499 or sponsorship@perthdemons.com.au.

Winner: Megabay Distributors




2nd Place: Media Tonic




3rd Place: Armando Sports

Inaugural Tackling Suicide Match a success

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Last Saturday’s inaugural Tackling Suicide Celebrity & Community Match has been hailed a success, with almost 2000 people turning out to help raise money and awareness for mental health in the Perth community.

$9,500 was raised on the evening, which will help fund suicide and mental health education programs, run by Outside The Locker Room, within the Perth community.

Sporting clubs and schools in the Perth Football Club zone will receive $1500 and $500 respectively towards the funding of Outside The Locker Room’s 12-month program and are encouraged to email Kristi Annear at kannear@outsidethelockerroom.com.au to apply by 30th April 2018.

Food trucks, bars, live music and kick-to-kick made for an enjoyable and family friendly evening at Lathlain Park.

On the field, Troy Cook’s Team Lifeline was too strong for Jake Edwards’ Team OTLR, running out winners by 17-points.  

Courtney Ugle of the WA Football Academy was awarded best on ground for her efforts in the midfield, while Matt Moody (look away handball specialist), Ryan Crowley (too competitive), and Paul Hasleby (best outside player) showed why they were all once on AFL lists.

The Perth Football Club, together with Outside The Locker Room would like to thank the partners and sponsors that made the evening possible.

Major Partners
Perth Football Club
Lifeline www.lifelinewa.org.au
Youthfocus www.youthfocus.com.au

Proud Sponsors
City Toyota www.citytoyota.net.au
Bolt Fitness www.boltfitness.com.au
KC Australia www.kcsports.com.au
Aloft Hotel www.aloftperth.com

Archer Street Physio (prepping the players with strapping and massage) www.archerstphysio.com.au
Brett Earl of Perth FitFam www.perthfitfam.com.au
Regional Men’s Health www.regionalmenshealth.org.au
Antz In Ya Pants (Nitro Cold Brew Coffee) www.antzinyapantz.com
Perth Angels  www.perthangelsfc.com.au

Photos kindly taken by Brett Earl of Perth FitFam. More photos coming soon - keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.














Youth Focus Curtain Raiser v Thunder

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:14 AM

A youthful and relatively inexperienced Perth outfit will today take on reigning premiers Peel Thunder in the club's first practice game for 2018.

Bounce down is 3:30pm at Lathlian Park, raising the curtain for the Tackling Suicide Celebrity & Community Match which begins at 5:30pm.

The Demons' focus during the inter club and intra club games will be ensuring that the best and fittest players are available for the club's round one clash against Swan Districts on the 31st March.

The composition of Perth's squad is based on a number of factors, including training, player load management and promotion of the graduating colts and second year players.

It will be fantastic to see Lachie Dennis and Braden Piggott returning in the red and black colours, while new recruits Richie Bourne Jnr, Fraser Barns and Aaron LoCicero will be joining a host of others in playing their first game.

Familiar faces will include Laine Wilkins, Kurtis Chester, Marshall Jones, Kristian Morisey, Shaun Smith, John Levien, Brad McPhail and more.

In what will be an extremely good test for the Perth newcomers and younger players to see how far the group has improved, the Peel side will be quite strong with the likes of Blair Bell, Leeroy Jetta and Gerald Ugle joined by 10 Fremantle listed players who have been released.

The Fremantle players were released late and include experienced AFL players coming off injury interrupted pre-seasons (Lee Spurr, Griffin Logue, Shane Kersten, and Ryan Nyhuis).

League coach Earl Spalding will be boundary side for the game, while Reserves coach Andrew Panetta takes over the reigns on match day.

“It will be a great opportunity for the majority of this squad to get a feel of what senior football is all about, while also giving us an indication of how far we have come in the pre-season” Spalding said.

“We have worked hard with our medical staff to professionally and thoroughly plan out game time requirements of senior players and those coming off injuries in 2017”, he added.

While the two teams will differ in experience, Perth supporters and members are encouraged to look at the game with an eye to round one and remember that it is a practice game and will be a great opportunity for players to stand up and show their talent and push for a senior game on the 31st March.

Tackling Suicide Celebrity & Community Match Day Info

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The Tackling Suicide Celebrity & Community Match is fast approaching. Here's all you need to know about the evening, and the organisation's that made it possible.

Match Day Info
Saturday 24th February 2018 at Lathlain Park
2:30pm - Gates open
3:30pm - Youthfocus Curtain Raiser Perth Demons v Peel Thunder
5:30pm - Tackling Suicide Celebrity & Community Match

Make sure you get down nice and early to secure a spot - first in best dressed!

  • Bouncy Castles
  • Bar facilities including the 'Bar on the Hill', 'Demon Den' and the 'Redlegs Bar'
  • Food trucks including
  • PFC membership & merchandise stand
  • Pit Stop - Regional Men's Health Initiative
  • Kick-to-kick at the breaks

More information about Saturday's Tackling Suicide Celebrity & Community Match here




Jake Edwards (OTLR) C

Troy Cook (FREO) C

Ryan Crowley (Freo)

Brad Sykes (OTLR)

Dale Kickett (Freo)

Shaun McManus (FREO)

Paul Hasleby (Freo)

Andrew Embley (WCE)

Daniel Kerr (WCE)

Paddy Sweeney (Channel 9 News)

David Wirrapanda (WCE)

Dene White (ex PFC Captain) & Fireman)

Drew Petrie (WCE NTH MELB)

Sam Butler (WCE)

Simon Orchard (KOOKABURRAS)

Matt Moody (Policeman & Brisbane Lions)

Jasmine Stewart (WA FOOTY ACADAMY)


Lucy Vandermeer (WA FOOTY ACADAMY)

Luke McPharlin (FREO)

Courtney Ugle (WA FOOTY ACADAMY)

Nadia Mitsopolus (ABC Radio)

Josh Gray (Kent St HS)

Chris Harris (YOUTH FOCUS)

Toby McGrath (Fireman & STH FREO)

Scott Thornton (FREO)

Ashleigh Nelson (HOCKEYROOS)

Georgia Nanscawen (HOCKEYROOS)

Kirstin Dwyer (HOCKEYROOS)

Laura Barden (HOCKEYROOS)

Caitlin Tilsted (PERTH ANGELS)

Zak Meloncelli (Belmont SHS)

Luke Bakker (F&B CMCFL)

Ceri Cummings (Owner Bolt Fitness)

Nathan Hansen (Policeman)

Dave Pisano (Winner PFC Comp)

Brad Sykes (OTLR Facilitator)

Blake Robinson (F&B AVON FL)

Greg Valles (Board Member OTLR)

Lea Caccamo (PERTH ANGELS)

Jaxon Ramsey (Hardwood Co & Wickepin FC)

Lauren Stammers (WA FOOTY ACADAMY)

Mitch McPhee (Teacher Belmont HS)


Zack Hore (City Toyota Winner)

Larissa Versaci (WA FOOTY ACADAMY)

Jake Battrick (6PR)

Craig Lynch (Deputy Principal Kent St HS)

Nick Alviani (6PR)

Andrew Fordham (6PR)

Entry and Parking
Enter through the Goddard St turnstiles. $10 for adults, gold coin donation for under 16s.
Parking available at the old bowls club site (corner of Bishopsgate St & Roberts Rd) and on streets surrounding Lathlain Park.
Victoria Park Station is located 400m from Lathlain Park and there are numerous nearby bus stops. Plan your Transperth journey here.

Major Partners
Perth Football Club
Lifeline www.lifelinewa.org.au
Youthfocus www.youthfocus.com.au

Proud Sponsors
City Toyota www.citytoyota.net.au
Bolt Fitness www.boltfitness.com.au
KC Australia www.kcsports.com.au
Aloft Hotel www.aloftperth.com

Archer Street Physio (prepping the players with strapping and massage) www.archerstphysio.com.au
Regional Men’s Health www.regionalmenshealth.org.au
Antz In Ya Pants (Nitro Cold Brew Coffee) www.antzinyapantz.com
Perth Angels  www.perthangelsfc.com.au

2018 coaching group confirmed

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:45 PM

The replacements for 2017 senior assistant coaches Garry Moss and Michael Pratt have been confirmed, with Darren Kowal (pictured below) and Patrick Litherland (left) coming on board to support Senior Coach Earl Spalding.

Kowal, who played 105 games for Melbourne in the 1990s, will look after the forwards while Litherland comes on as the defensive line coach.

Litherland has been in the WAFL coaching system since 2006. He coached East Perth colts in 2015, was a League Assistant at Claremont in 2016 and last year coached Claremont's women's side. Litherland is currently completing his Level 3 High Performance Accreditation.

Kowal, a 1991 premiership player for Claremont, has more recently spent time at the Tigers as a skills coach. He spent eight years at Melbourne Football Club (1992-99), before returning to Claremont where he played a further 89-games (to go with his 16 in 1991).

Kowal and Litherland replace Moss and Pratt, who both moved on at the end of last season after being offered colts head coaching roles at Perth and East Perth respectively.

Chance Bateman, who last year coached the defenders, will take care of the midfield group.

Perth Football Manager Dale Ballantyne says the Club is very pleased with the quality of coaches within the senior group.

"Darren and Pat will fill the void left in the senior coaching group by Pratty and Mossy," Ballantyne said.

"Their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure further learning and improvement amongst our young playing group as we strive to climb the WAFL ladder."

Earl Spalding enters his fourth year at the helm after signing a contract extension midway through last year. Spalding has now notched up 60 games as Perth's senior coach and will be looking to keep a healthy list on the park this season after an injury ridden 2017.

Andrew Panetta will coach the Reserves for the fourth year running, assisted by Kim VanderWeide in his second year. Bruce Fraser and Daine Burnett will complete the 2018 Reserves coaching group as the Club strives to build on last year's narrow elimination final loss.

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.”

Are you in for 2018? More here

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."

Corey and Matt are in for 2018, are you? More here

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.

Watch Gordon Narrier's DeeTV episode