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Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 8:48 PM

By Mark Thornber

Round 9, Perth v Subiaco

At Medibank Stadium, Saturday 18 May 2013


Perth                           5.3       9.3       13.5      18.7      115

Subiaco                       6.3       8.8       13.10    13.12    90

Perth showed some wonderful fighting spirit, and despite being down to only one fit player on the bench stormed home kicking 5 goals to none to win an entertaining match by 25 points against Subiaco at Medibank Stadium on Saturday.

In perfect football conditions Perth Captain Paul Bevan won the toss and chose to kick to the city end of the ground. It was not long before the Demons hit the scoreboard with an early goal to tall wingman Michael Florio, who lined up on former Demon Jarrod Kayler- Thomson.

Daniel O’Sullivan converted another major from a free kick as Perth were looking good early on. The Lions soon hit back though as David Madut converted truly for the home side. In what turned out to be a high scoring first term both team’s traded goal for goal in a high scoring quarter producing 11 goals.

At quarter time it was Subiaco that held a narrow lead after kicking 6 goals 3 to 5 goals 3. The second quarter saw Perth’s hard working midfield led by Brett Hodge and Ali Smith continually drive the Demons deep and long into attack. Bevan kicked Perth’s 6th goal and this was followed by another to Kyle Reimers, who was playing a great game starting in the centre square.

The real spark though for the Demons was Matthew Moody who came off the bench to play some really inspired team football that including him kicking a wonderful running goal late in the term. The Lions did manage a late goal just before half time, however it was the visitors that lead the match at half time by 1 point after kicking 4 goals to 2 for the quarter.

The second half again saw the trend of the match continue with Perth starting the term well with early goals only to see the Lions come back. After a quiet first half Brennan Stack came to life and booted his side’s 10th and 12th goals. Subi responded though as Kayler-Thomson set up key forward Ray Daniels, who was testing Perth’s backline.

After another very even term a costly Perth defensive error saw the home side kick a late goal and take a narrow lead of 5 points as the three quarter time siren sounded.

A confident Perth Coach Damien McMahon pleaded with his players to run out the match in his three quarter time speech. The last term started well for Perth with the lively Stack booting 2 quick goals in 3 minutes as Perth looked to have finally gained the momentum of the match.

Christian Eyres was now dominant in the centre square with Ali Smith and Hodge full of run as they carried the ball inside Perth’s forward 50 metres. The Perth fans were thrilled with the Demon’s last term as they ran all over their tired looking opponents.

When Stack booted his 6th major the match was well and truly safe with Florio finishing off a wonderful last term by kicking his team’s 18th goal. When the final siren went the Demons were 25 points clear. The win was a great character victory for the club especially with early injuries to Ashley Smith and Daniel O’sullivan and then later to Kane Ransted meant their rotations were limited in the final quarter.

Hodge was clearly best on ground in a courageous display for Perth picking up a game high 33 tough possessions. Stack after a slow start provided a real spark up forward and finished with 6 goals with Bevan again playing a wonderful Captain’s match with 3 goals and 23 touches.

Ali Smith, Reimers and Moody all played matching winning roles in an exciting last quarter reading the palming of an impressive Christian Eyres in the ruck to excellent effect.

Next week Perth will be playing for outright second place on the ladder when they tackle the Falcons in the match of the round at Arena Joondalup.

Goals: Stack 6, Bevan 3, Florio, O’Sullivan, Reimers, Moody, Sketcher, Busher 1.

Best: Hodge, Stack, Bevan, Moody, Reimers, Ali Smith.

Polak & Kassem Get Black Swan Call Up

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 10:48 PM

After completion of the recent WAFL 16s Carnival, the WA State 16s Academy announced a squad of 34 to compete in the NAB AFL 16s Championships being held in early July at the Blacktown International Sports Stadium in western Sydney.


The Perth Football Club managed to have two players from the Robert Wiley Foundation (RWF) XVIs Development Squad selected for state duties in 2013 and it was no surprise that Reid Polak and Yusef Kassem received the nod from the State Selectors.


Both lads had very consistent performances over the five rounds of the 2013 WAFL 16s Carnival and proved that their football pathway is full of exciting times ahead.   RWF XVIs Head Coach, Bruce Fraser gave a glowing summation of the talented duo;


Yusef Kassem

“Built perfectly for a variety of roles on field, and preferred to play down back where he could read the play, run off opponents and make bold attacking runs.   Yusef enjoyed attacking the footy and delivering to a target up field.   He is extremely focused upon his football and has been afforded further opportunity to make a case for the State team”.


Yusef Kassem:- blocks opponents in the Clontarf game.


Reid Polak

“An extremely consistent performer throughout the carnival; particularly as a Centre Half back and as a key forward, demonstrating his versatility and football knowledge.  His strengths include his athleticism, strong marking from a front position and good decision making.   Rewarded with an opportunity in the State side”.

Reid Polak:- Gets his kick away despite late attention.



The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 12:15 AM


As a member of a football club you would know how much hard work volunteers put in throughout the year.  It is our goal at the West Australian Football Commission to get every volunteer that underpins the game recognized, as a nominee for The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year Award.

It would be very much appreciated by the football community if you could nominate your club volunteers and pass the message on to other club members.

Each district winner receives 2 tickets to the Sandover Medal & the state winner wins a trip for 2 to the AFL Grand Final.  This year, every single volunteer nominated will receive a certificate thanking them for their efforts.

 All you have to do is go to and nominate those who help you out.

KICKING MASTERCLASS - by West Coast Eagles Senior Development Coach

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 12:01 AM

West Coast Eagles senior development coach Gavin Bell will be delivering a coaching workshop to all Perth District Coaches. Gavin will be presenting on how to best teach the most effective teaching technique.


When: Monday, June 10th

Time: 6.30pm

Where: Brownes Stadium, Lathlain Oval

Who: ALL Perth District Coaches are invited to attend

What to bring: Plenty of Questions


 Profile for Gavin Bell:

  • Teacher by profession
  • Played for West Perth (32 senior games)
  • Assistant coach at WP Seniors (4 years)
  • Coached WP Reserves (1 year)
  • Coached WP Colts (4 years)
  • Coach of State 16's
  • Level 3 accredited coach
  • Joined WCE staff as a Development Coach in 2008 and is now the most senior of this group of coaches


To register your interest - email or for more information call Scott on 0411 113 088



Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 10:58 PM

WA took on Victoria in the 2013 State Game held in Northam on Saturday, with the Perth Demons being represented by Paul Bevan (named Vice Captain) and Brennan Stack in the squad, with Adam Pickering also selected as the Midfield Line Coach.

WA, after being 31 points down mid-way through the third quarter, managed to record a fantastic 17 point win, with Paul and Brennan certainly playing their part kicking three and two goals respectively.

A further honor for the club was President Vince Pendal being asked to present the Simpson Medal to Wayde Twomey and the Cup to Coach Marc Webb and Captain Paul Johnson.

An excellent day for the Perth Football Club. Well done Paul Bevan, Brennan Stack and Adam Pickering.




For a more detailed wrap of the game click on one of the following articles.



Help the Perth District win $5000

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 10:45 PM


Vote to help us win  equipment for local junior football clubs.

The  Perth Football District & Local Junior Footy Clubs could win up to $5,000 from a $220,000 prize pool, PLUS you could win $5,000 for yourself.

Voting is easy, jump onto the Bendigo Bank Facebook page, click on the WA Competition tab and vote for your favourite project.

To Vote sign in to facebook  -  VOTE NOW!

In summary:

1) Sign in to Facebook and then click the Link
2) Enter 6102 (Joondalup's Post Code)
3) Click the Bentley Branch
4) Vote for the Footy Project

5) Click "Share" to make sure friends and family know about the project
(Note you MUST be signed in to Facebook to register)

Provide free first aid equipment to our twelve Junior Football Clubs across the  Perth Football District to ensure junior sport provides not only a fun & fair game but a safe environment for our kids.

Community Benefits:

  • Safe sporting environment for our kids in local football clubs with the provision of first aid equipment
  • Our Clubs are able to ensure they are well stocked in first aid & invest their first aid funding to train our volunteers in first aid/sports trainers
  • More kids playing sports in a team environment, being physically active


Midseason Membership Sale

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 9:59 PM


2013 State Game

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 12:48 AM

The Perth Football Club is pleased to have two players named in the 2013 State Squad (final 25) in Paul Bevan (Announced as Vice Captain last night) and Brennan Stack.


The Club also has Adam Pickering named as part of the Coaching team.


Well done all!


We encourage all Perth Supporters to head to Northam for the game and show their support for WA as they take on Victoria.


For more information on the game including start times click here.

Thank You Volunteers

Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 9:19 PM

The Perth Football Club would like to take this time to thank the many volunteers that assist us in getting a team out on the field, assisting with the day to day running of the club and maintaining and improving our facilities. Volunteers are a vital part of a Football Club and we would like to show our appreciation. We apologise if we have missed anyone.



Ground Announcer:

Jesse Roznicki


Nominations Committee:

Peter Kennedy (Chairman)

Richard Camm

Jack Ensor

Allan Stiles


Office Volunteers

Vicki Pendal

Margaret Rose


Interchange Steward

Paul Biggs


Kevin Wilson


Merchandise Volunteer:

Kerry Sweetapple


Maintenance Volunteers
Don Clement

Brian Crowder

Vern Dann

Colin Davies

Jim Dwyer

Greg May

Lance Rigby

Archie Rose

Ross Taylor


Mail Out Volunteers

Vicki Pendal

Margaret Rose

Kerry Sweetapple

Brian Sweetapple


Property Steward

Arthur Ransted

Doug Ransted


Redlegs Radio Show

Andrew Owens






Stats Team

Rod Basell

Brendan Carr



Team Managers

League – Ash Dinning/Kevin Wilson

Reserves – Kevin Dack

Colts – Steve Ransted


Time Keepers

Simon Collins

Brian Carr

Bob Scudds



Tanika Mucnkton

Teisha Standen

Bec Steddy

Michelle Rubinoski

Frank Furfaro

Brock Fleay

Angela Summers

Courtnee Farr

Matthew Hayes

Keith Collins

Peter Burrows

Krystle Spanos

Lionel Velho

Robbie MacDonald

Lesley Hugg

Hayley Paterson

Nichola Foster

Shannon Wright


Video Editing

Andrew Owens






Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 9:14 PM

By Mark Thornber

Round 8, Perth v Claremont

At Claremont Oval , Saturday 4 May 2013


Perth                           2.2       7.2       10.5      14.11    95

Claremont                  6.2       9.3       13.6      15.10    100

The Perth Football Club certainly did all their supporters proud on Saturday as they went within a whisker of pulling off an upset win against reigning premiers Claremont at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

In perfect conditions for football Perth kicked to the showgrounds end of the ground in the first term. Claremont kicked the opening goal through Ruckman Mitch Andrews at the 4 minute mark. The Tigers were looking very good early on with sharp shooters Ian Richardson and Paul Medhurst both hitting the scoreboard early on.

The Demons kicked their first major through a clever snap by Brennan Stack. The Tigers seemed to have the advantage in the centre square and were constantly driving the ball deep into their forward line placing pressure on an overworked Perth defence.

The returning Hayden Busher kicked Perth’s second goal, however at quarter time it was the home side that led after booting 6 goals 2 to 2 goals 2. The second term saw Perth slowly work their way into the match mainly through the tough running ability of Brett Hodge.

Stack kicked Perth’s 3rd goal and this was soon followed by another to Captain Paul Bevan as the Demons came right back into the contest. Jared Risol was playing a superb rebounding game in the backline and was receiving great support from the reliable Matthew Tedesco.

When big man Fraser McInnes booted a long 50 metre goal the match was back on level terms as the Demons were playing some great team football. Unfortunately a couple of late errors including a double 50 metre penalty paid against Chance Bateman saw the Tigers kick a couple of late goals in the term to take a 13 point lead into half time, as tempers flared between both side’s as they left the ground.

The second half saw the Tigers kick the first goal as they again jumped out to a 3 goal lead. Perth was trying hard and gaining plenty of the ball in the midfield through Hodge, Michael Florio and Ali Smith, however had difficulty spotting targets up forward.

The quarter was fairly evenly matched on the scoreboard as just when Perth closed the margin the home side steadied. Florio kicked a long ball into Perth’s open forward line to allow Matthew Moody to run into an open goal only to see the dangerous Richardson convert truly for the Tigers almost straight away.

At three quarter time Claremont had increased their lead to 19 points after kicking 4 goals to 3 for the third term. The last quarter did not start well for the Demons with Claremont kicking a goal within 30 seconds.

Perth really needed a lift and despite Bevan appearing injured and losing defender Nick Kane in the first quarter they suddenly started to lift as the likes of Ali Smith and Daniel O’Sullivan took advantage of Christian Eyres good ruck work.

Bevan booted his 3rd goal and when Moody kicked his second and his sides 12th the vocal Perth fans sensed a real upset was possible. Unfortunately the time clock was not working, however Perth just kept coming as Eyres continued to palm the ball beautifully down Smith’s throat.

Kyle Reimers marked strongly and converted to bring Perth within 11 points and when Stack bounced through a sensational goal up against the boundary line Perth had hit the front by a point. As brilliant as Stack’s goal was at one end Medhurst kicked a great goal soon after to again reinstate the lead to the Tigers.

With surely only minutes remaining Perth fans held their breath as they attempted one more forward thrust when Risol was aided by a 50 metre penalty, however his shot at goal missed, and with now only seconds left the siren sounded as Claremont held on to win a thrilling match by just 5 points.

Although losing Perth showed some wonderful character late in the match to hit the front and this was well appreciated by a healthy group of Perth supporters at the game.

Hodge played a wonderful hard running match picking up 26 touches and has certainly proven this year he is a quality midfielder and not just a tagger. Florio continues his fine season and picked up 22 possessions and was well supported by Smith.

Stack must have impressed State Selectors by booting 5 goals. Risol played his best match for his new club and Tedesco repelled many of the Tigers forward moves all day.

Next week there is a general bye in the WAFL due to the State match with Perth playing Subiaco at Medibank Stadium in Round 9.

Goals: Stack 5, Bevan 3, Moody 2, McInnes, Busher, Boyle, Reimers 1.

Best: Hodge, Stack, Risol, Florio, Tedesco, Smith.