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Clint Jones to lead the Club in 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 9:58 AM

2016 runner-up Butcher Medalist Clint Jones has been named captain for the 2017 season.

Jones will replace Dene White who last month retired from WAFL football.

Senior coach Earl Spalding announced Jones' appointment to the playing group at training last night.

Jones will be supported by fellow leaders Michael Sinclair, Liam McKenna, Aidan Tropiano and Callum Walley who round out the 2017 leadership group.

Jones spent five seasons at South Fremantle between 2002-06, accumulating 84 senior games, two best and fairest medals and a premiership.

He was then picked up by St Kilda in the 2006 Rookie Draft where he played 149 games from eight seasons.

The 33-year-old was recruited by Perth for the 2016 season where he averaged over 34 disposals a game, finishing third in the Sandover Medal and runner-up in the Butcher Medal.

Jones says he is honoured to be named captain of a Club with such rich history.

"There's a lot of history at this footy Club over such a long time so it's a real honour," Jones says.

"Obviously I've only been here a couple of years but hopefully I can fulfill the role as good as those before me."

Jones, well known in football circles as a hard worker, aims to set the training standard and bring teammates up to it. 

"I'll just try and lead by example in the way I train and the way I play, nothing really changes from that perspective," Jones says.

"We'll try and get the young guys up to speed as quickly as we can."

Spalding says Jones' experience and understanding of the game plan made him the obvious choice.

"He understands what we're trying to do in terms of our ball movement and defensive structures," Saplding says.

"With Whitey going a year or two earlier than we hoped, we're probably not quite right to make that choice of appointing a younger guy just yet."

Jones will lead the side out for the first time this Saturday afternoon when we take on Peel Thunder at Rushton Park in our first of two preseason games.


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Rest in Peace Steve Busher

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Sadly we have to advise that Steve Busher, father of Haydn and Jordan, has passed away following a courageous battle with cancer.

Steve was a keen supporter, particularly when Haydn and Jordan were playing at the Club. He will be missed by many.

Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Lisa, Haydn, Jordan and family.

Steve's funeral will be held at 2:30pm on Monday 20th February at Karrakatta. 

WAFL Raffle winners announced

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 12:51 PM

Congratulations to the big winners of the WA Football League Raffle drawn on Friday, February 10.

1st Prize winner Carolyn Gordon from Carramar has won a 2016 Holden Captiva LS 2.4L 7 Seater Automatic Wagon valued at $34,173.

2nd Prize winner Peter Whitemore from Northcote (Victoria) has won a 7-Night Broome Holiday at Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa valued at $5,400.

3rd Prize winner Karl Vanderslys from Helena Valley has won a $5,000 Retravision Voucher.

Thank you to all those who bought or sold tickets and helped us raise funds for local footy in WA.


The following tickets / butts as listed below were not entered in the draw, due to administration error.  A refund is available by contacting the WA Football Commission on 9381 5599 or Bob Uittenbroek on 0412 729 600.  Proof of tickets is required.

115751 – 115755
118926 – 118930
120401 – 120405
120446 – 120450
121221 – 121225
127546 – 127550
127961 – 127965
138216 – 138220
141451 – 141455
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141461 – 141465
141466 - 141470

Perth's indigenous talent in good hands

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 10:01 AM

The Perth Football Club has more indigenous footballers than any other WAFL Club.

From the year 8 development squads right through to our league side, approximately 80 players are of aboriginal descent.

Considering this, the Club felt it necessary to help facilitate the development of these talented young footballers both on and off the field.

Enter Callum Walley and the regional accommodation program.

Walley, a senior player at the Demons, has recently been appointed as the Club's full time Aboriginal Engagement Officer (AEO).

This position is solely dedicated to overseeing the Club's large contingent of indigenous players and ensuring they mature into positive role models.

A regional accommodation program has also been recently implemented which sees Walley living in a four bedroom Wembley Downs rental with three of the Club's young indigenous players.

This initiative is designed to provide young indigenous players from our country zone a Perth-based accommodation to assist with the workload of WAFL football as well as training attendance.

With colts training on Friday night's before their Saturday morning games, the house will act as a pit stop for other young players who reside in our country zone, reducing travel on and around game days.

Young indigenous Demons Sydney Stack (16, Northam), Gordon Narrier (18, Northam) and Nicky Taylor (18, Tammin) are the three permanent residents living with Walley and are three of Perth's seven invitees to next week's state 18s talent week.

Damien Bennell, Bobby Hill, Cody Kickett and Zareth Roe are the other four Perth footballers invited to talent week, making all seven of the Club's invitees of aboriginal descent.

Regional accomodation residents Stack, Narrier and Taylor are all in need of employment and the Club asks anyone who may have potential work for these young men to get in touch by calling AEO Callum Walley on 0433 193 577 or the Club on 9362 4499.

Spalding sees progress as February arrives

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 3:46 PM

Now into their fourth week back from the Christmas break, the playing group have returned in good condition and are progressing well according to Senior Coach Earl Spalding.

With the first of two intra-club scratch matches to be played next Saturday, Spalding says defensive aspects and ball movement continue to be a focus out on the track.

"We’re still working through our defensive structures and we’ve started doing a bit of our ball movement as well," Spalding says.

"We're certainly seeing some progress."

The playing group ventures north to Cervantes this weekend for a two day training camp.

The leadership and coaching group travel up on Friday afternoon and will be joined by the rest of the playing group on Saturday morning.

Spalding says the camp is primarily for educational purposes.

"There'll be a bit of bonding...we’ll also be presenting our structures to the group so it’s more of an educational weekend than a flogging weekend,” Spalding says.

Spalding believes the camp will be a good opportunity to build some confidence amongst the young group heading into an important time of the year.

"It’s one of those times of the year where you’re just not sure," Spalding says.

"I think it’s going to be a pretty even season so that gives you opportunity and you’ve got to be able to take them so early games and early confidence is going to be paramount.

"That’s part of the reason for going away…getting them around each other and more familiar with each other and feeling good about each other."   

Spalding has been impressed with what he's seen from last year's colts in what is their first senior preseason.

“The young kids who’ve come up from the colts have been fantastic,” Spalding says.

“Zareth and young Gordy Narrier they’ll be around the mark come round one I think, they both bring parts to the game which we’re in need of.

“It’s still going to be a development year for quite a few of the young guys but they’ve been training really well.”

Aside from the graduating colts, Spalding has been pleased with the preseason form shown by several other young players.

“Cody Leggett has stepped up again, I look forward to seeing how he goes with the preseason he’s put in, he’s been fantastic,” Spalding says.

“Spencer injury free and Sammy Garstone’s been training really well too so I look forward to seeing how he goes against some opposition.”

Spalding says the focus will continue to be defensive structure and ball movement over the next six weeks in the lead up to round one.

"I think we’ve just got to keep working on our ball movement and our defensive structure," Spalding says.

"If we can get that right it’ll make us hard to score against and when we get our looks hopefully we can score a bit more freely than we have been.”

The Club's first of two intra-club scratch matches will be held at Gosnells Oval next Saturday 11th February from 10am.


Our Road to Round 1

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 10:35 AM

With round one just around the corner and the 2017 preseaon fixture now confirmed, it's time to take a look at our road to round one over the next seven weeks.

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th February: Training camp in Jurien Bay

Saturday 11th February: Intra-club scratch match at Gosnells Oval - 10am

Saturday 18th February: Intra-club scratch match 1 at South Oval, Curtin University - 10am

Saturday 25th February: Peel Thunder at Rushton Park, Mandurah - 3pm (Colts 9am and Reserves 11:30am at Pinjarra Oval, Pinjarra)

Saturday, 4th March: West Perth at HBF Arena, Joondalup - 5:30pm (Reserves 3pm, Colts Friday 3rd March 5pm at HBF Arena, Joondalup)

Saturday, 11th March: Bye

Saturday 18th March: Round 1 vs Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean

As of next week, training nights will change from Monday. Wednesday and Friday's to Monday, Tuesday and Thursday's.

Training will continue to be based at Higgins Park until late March/early April, pending the progress of the Lathlain Park surface.

The 2017 Season Launch will be held on the evening of Saturday 11th March at the Club. More details to come.

Join the Demon army as we march to round 1...2017 memberships HERE

New Football Manager appointed

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Waterpolo WA Chief Excecutive and 1991 Claremont premiership player Dale Ballantyne has been appointed as the Club's new Football Operations Manager, replacing Tyson Beattie who has taken up a position at West Coast Eagles in the Club's sponsorship department.

Ballantyne arrives at Perth with a rich history in sport and football both professionally and as a player.

He spent time at Claremont Football Club as their Youth Development Manager before managing country development at the WA Football Commission. More recently, Ballantyne has been CEO of Waterpolo WA for the past five and a half years.

As a player Ballantyne played 64 league games with Claremont between 1989-95, winning a premiership at colts, reserves and league level.

Ballantyne said he's been looking at getting back into football in some capacity and the position at Perth couldn't have come up at a better time.

"This role came up and things all fell into line. This is a good move, I’m very excited," Ballantyne said.

"It’s an ideal time for me from a professional point of view, from a personal point of view and if I look at what I’ve seen around the Club already it’s a Club that wants to go the right way."

Ballantyne has been on the Club's board for the past three months and is excited by what he's seen.

"Being on the board actually allowed me to see what was happening at Perth and I believe there are some really good things happening not just in a football sense but right through the Club," Ballantyne said.

"There’s an excitement around the place at the moment with the playing potential and I also see that there are people on the board who are looking to move this Club in the right direction."

Ballantyne, who turns 48 next week, said he believes he can build a club where people want to be leaders.

"I really believe I’ve got something to offer as far as helping guide players, coaches and support staff," Ballantyne said.

"I continue to look back at my time at Claremont and how we actually got the best out of ourselves as a playing group and the coaches were very good at delivering that.

"That’s stuck with me, it’s over 20 years now and I still understand it, I look back and think it’s still relevant."

Ballantyne will commence at Perth on the 27th of February. 

2017 Corporate Classic Sponsorship

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 4:48 PM

The 2017 Corporate Classic Sponsorship is here! ENTER HERE

A fantastic opportunity to promote your business amongst the Demons community whilst supporting the Perth Football Club.

Cost: $440 per entry. This includes a range of guaranteed benefits along with entry into the Corporate Classic Sponsorship draw, giving your business the chance to win one of three fantastic promotional prize packages.

Guaranteed Benefits:

  • Invitation for two (2) to the 2017 Corporate Classic Sponsorship Draw/Function
  • Invitation for two (2) to a 2017 Presidents Lunch
  • Acknowledgement as a Corporate Classic Sponsor on the Club's website for the remainder of 2017
  • Acknowledgement as a Corporate Classic Sponsort at all Club functions in 2017

1st Prize:

  • $15000 promotional package
  • Two (2) prominent signs
    • All artwork, production and installation costs included
  • $3000 worth of advertising space in the Community News

2nd Prize:

  • $5000 promotional package
  • Your corporate logo on our 2017 playing shorts
  • From our first home game in round 3 onwards

3rd Prize:

  • $1000 promotional package
  • Match day acknowledgement including a table for ten (10) at a 2017 Presidents Lunch

ENTER HERE if paying with credit or debit card. Alternatively, come in to our Lathlain Park office or call the Club on 9362 4499. For all queries, please give us a call or email us.

Football Manager Tyson Beattie departs

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Perth Football Operations Manager Tyson Beattie has resigned from his role at the Club.

Beattie has taken up a position at West Coast as the Club's Partnership Manager, an opportunity Beattie said he couldn't say no to.

"The Eagles are an amazing organisation and it's a dream to get a job with them," Beattie said.

"It's really sad departing Perth but it's a really great and rare chance for me to get involved in an AFL club.

"I'll be in charge of dealing with their platinum and premium sponsors and partners."

Beattie will remain at Perth until February 3rd and his replacement is not yet known but the 36-year-old said the Club won't have any issues finding an appropriate candidate.

"There's some really good talent in the football industry for this type of role. I think Marty and the board will have plenty of really good options and they'll be able to find someone who'll really help with the direction the Club is going in," Beattie said.

Beattie has spent the past two years and three months at Perth and spoke highly of the support he's received over the journey.

"I just want to thank the supporters, members, the board, the players and Marty Atkins for the opportunity to get the role in the first place and for the support I've had throughout that time. I wish the Club all the best in the future and hopefully success on-field will be soon," Beattie said.




Club stalwart Dene White retires

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 11:44 AM

2014 Butcher Medalist and Club captin Dene White has called time on his illustrious 128-game career at Perth.

White informed the Club on Wednesday that he won't be playing on in 2017 and told fellow teammates on Friday.

Away from football, White is a firefighter as well as a plumber and cited work commitments and the planning of his upcoming wedding as factors preventing him from being able to continue putting in the time and commitment required at WAFL level.

Aside from a year off in 2012, White has spent the last 10 years at the Demons, accumulating 128 league games and a Butcher Medal (2014). He was appointed captain of the Club at the beginning of 2015.

Perth Chief Executive Officer Marty Atkins spoke highly of White's commitment to the football Club.

"The one thing I've been really, really pleased with is the way Dene has gone about things and his commitment to the Perth Demons, which has been outstanding," Atkins said.

On the field, White will be remembered by teammates, coaches and supporters as courageous and hard at it. Off the field, he was popular amongst teammates and will be sorely missed around the Club.

Everyone at the Perth Football Club would like to thank Dene for his service and commitment over the past decade and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.