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Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 11:38 PM

Article By Mark Thornber

Photos By Peter Brear

Round 13, Perth v East Perth

At Brownes Stadium, Sunday 16 June 2013


Perth                           5.2       7.8       8.9       12.11    83

East Perth                  4.1        6.2       11.8      15.11    101

Perth faded after a promising start to go down to the Royals by 18 points in fine conditions at Brownes Stadium on Sunday.

The match was only a couple of minutes in when danger man Josh Smith marked and goaled for East Perth. It was obvious from the start that the Royals had a real advantage on Perth in the height department with Paul Johnson, Scott Lycett and Smith all looking dangerous early on.

Perth Captain Paul Bevan kicked a clever goal at the 7 minute mark as Perth started to lift their tempo in the match. Simon Tunbridge swooped on a loose ball to kick Perth’s second major and this was soon followed by another to Stack.

On each occasion though East Perth responded until Stack slotted a set shot right on the quarter time siren to provide the Demons with a 7 point lead at the first break.

The second quarter again saw Perth have most of the momentum of the match however they had trouble converting their opportunities. With Bevan, Stack and Brant College all missing very gettable shots at goal the Royals were again able to draw level with a goal to Lycett.

After a very wasteful second term Kyle Reimers was able to kick a much needed goal for Perth on the stroke of half time to put the home side in front by 12 points after they manage a wasteful 2 goals 6 to 2 goals 1 for the term.

The second half saw East Perth gain the ascendancy around the middle largely through their Captain Brendan Lee, who was reading the palming of Johnson and Lycett’s dominance in the ruck.

Perth was forced to use Fraser McInnes to support Christian Eyres in the ruck, and while they both battled hard they were simply being outsized around the ground. Josh Smith booted 2 kick goals in the 3rd term as the Royals took control of the match.

Perth could only manage a single goal for the term that came through the returning Michael Florio. After a disappointing term Perth went into three quarter time trailing East Perth by 17 points.

Needing to come out firing in the last quarter the Demons finally found some space in the midfield as the likes of Brett Hodge and Ali Smith had an important impact. Hodge kicked a crucial goal and when Busher soon converted another suddenly Perth was right back in the match and only behind by 5 points. A costly turnover in the centre again saw Josh Smith convert his 5th goal as the Royals found some more breathing space.

Despite battling hard unfortunately Perth just could not convert their opportunities up forward with the Royals kicking 2 late goals in time on to run out winners by 3 goals.

Hodge played a great four quarter match picking up 25 tough possessions and Tedesco continued his fine form for the season picking up a game high 28 touches. Stack battled hard to finish with 4 goals with McInnes trying hard, however along with Eyres was outsized for most of the match.

Next week Perth travels to Mandurah in a must win match against Peel.

Goals: Stack 4, Reimers 3, Tunbridge, Busher, Hodge, Florio, Bevan 1.

Best: Hodge, Tedesco, Stack, Ashley Smith, Ali Smith, M

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Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 10:50 PM

The AFL has now partnered with 'Swisse' to help bring your club added benefits associated with the Quality Club Program. Each level of accreditation comes with some fantastic benefits - contact Scott Faulkner to find out how your club can gain access to them.

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Manning Rippers Star to represent WA in State SchoolBoys

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 10:11 PM

Mitch Mcllheney from the Manning Rippers JFC, will represent WA in the upcoming state schoolboys championships.  

Mitch, who is already 180cm tall, plays his football in the ruck and can go forward and kick a goal.

"Mitch is a joy to coach," Manning Rippers Yr 7 coach Mat Bateman described, "we look forward to Mitch continuing his progression through the Perth district – he is also an avid Demons supporter." Bateman said.

Good luck Mitch!

Perth vs East Perth Preview

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 9:53 PM

This Sunday the Perth Football Club welcomes the travelling East Perth Football Club to Brownes Stadium for Round 13 of the 2013 AAMI WAFL Premiership Season.


The Perth Football Club hopes that all Demons supporters get down to the game on Sunday to help cheer on the boys. We would love to see a massive crowd of Demons fans here at Brownes Stadium as the league team aim to get back into the winning circle.


Colts 9:10


The Colts are in fifth position on the ladder and will be looking to win their third match in a row. This is something that they haven’t achieved since last year when they won three matches in a row between rounds 16-19. A win against the seventh placed East Perth would see the Demons keep in touch with the top four, which they are currently two games behind the fourth placed Subiaco.


Last time these two teams played each other was in Round 7 this year with Perth 15.3 (93) defeating East Perth 10.13 (73).


Reserves 11:40


Perth and East Perth are joint top of the table with only percentage separating the two teams. This match is sure to be a beauty with each team battling for top of the table supremacy.


Last time these two teams played each other the Demons were victorious winning 17.9 (111) to 10.4 (64).


League 2:10


This game has the potential to dramatically change the ladder. If the Demons lose and other results go against them they could drop to sixth on the table.


Last time these two teams played each other, seven last quarter goals to Perth helped them beat East Perth 19.16 (130) to 11.13 (79). In that match Paul Bevan and Simon Tunbridge each kicked four goals and Dene White had 22 possessions.


Brendan Lee had 37 possessions and Scot Lycett kicked three goals for the Royals so the Demons will have to look out for them.



Monday, June 3, 2013 - 11:30 PM

By Mark Thornber

Round 11, Perth v Swan Districts

At Brownes Stadium, Saturday 1 June 2013


Perth                           4.3       7.4       11.9      15.10    100

Swan Districts            3.1        6.4       11.4      16.8      104

Perth lost their third match this season by less than a goal as Swans stormed home to snatch the lead in the dying minutes and hold on to a thrilling 4 point victory at Brownes Stadium on Saturday.

In cool conditions the Royals made all the running early on as Dayle Garlett kicked the first goal of the match and this was followed with his second a minute later. After a slow start the Demons started to find some of the ball in the midfield with Dene White and Brett Hodge working hard in the absence of Alistair Smith, who was a late withdrawal.

Perth Captain Paul Bevan bobbed up to boot his team’s 1st goal at the 8 minute mark and then he kicked another from a set shot. Simon Tunbridge kicked another one of his long trade mark goals just before quarter time as the home side took a lead of 8 points into the first break after kicking 4 goals 3 to 3 goals 1.

The second term saw the shootout continue as both Bevan and Garlett kicked goals for their respective sides. Perth was being well served by both Jackson Sketcher and Matthew Tedesco, who were rebounding well from the backline.

West Coast Eagle Ashley Smith playing on a wing kicked a clever left foot running goal half way through the quarter to again see the Demons open up a 2 goal lead. Just prior to half time though former Demon Matt Rodgers bustled through a pack to keep Swans in the match who only trailed by 6 points at half time.

The second half started well for Perth as again Bevan found space inside the forward 50 metres to kick his 5th goal and his side’s 8th major. The Swans just would not go away though and with Thomas Roach now dominating around the stoppages the black and whites started to again look dangerous.

By the half way mark of the term Swans had hit the front as they continued to find space especially on the scoreboard wing. Just when the momentum was heading all towards the black and whites Beavn kicked a wonderful goal from 50 metres to reinstate the lead for the Demons.

At three quarter time Perth were in front by just 5 points after Perth kicked 4 goals 5 to Swan Districts 5 goals straight. With the match on the line in the last term Perth came out looking the better side with Bevan kicking his 7th and then Brennan Stack slipped free to kick a great goal and put the home side 17 points in front.

Swans continued the trend of the match and when former Demon Aaron Elari booted a clever goal from the boundary line the match was again up for grabs. The pacy Matthew Boyle then kicked a running goal at the 15 minute mark to lift all Perth fans as they seemed to be in a good position to hang on.

Swan Districts were now well in top in the middle square and dominating the clearances and with a strong breeze they kicked 2 quick goals to both Elari and Garlett to see the game set up to be another thriller.

With Perth desperate to use up the time clock that was now showing 24 minutes had gone they turned the ball over deep in their forward line and Swans pounced. Brett Robinson ran through Centre Half Forward to put the Swans in front as they managed to hang on in the dying seconds to record a 4 point win.

Bevan played an outstanding Captains match to finish with 7 goals with the much underrated White continuing his great season with 28 touches with Ashley Smith, Tedesco and Hodge also playing quality four quarter matches.

Next week Perth has a bye and then in round 13 plays the Royals at home in a must win match on Sunday as they continue to hang on to a spot in the top four.

Goals: Bevan 7, Stack, Tunbridge 2, Smith, Boyle, McInnes, Reimers 1.

Best: Bevan, White, Hodge, Smith, Tedesco, Moody.

Perth v Swan Districts Preview

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 3:51 AM

By Andrew Owen


This Saturday the Perth Demons face Swan Districts in Round 11 of the 2013 Aami WAFL Premiership Season.


After a magnificent 54-point victory last week, the 6th placed colts will be looking to jump the Swans who are in 5th position on the ladder.


The Perth Development Squad (Reserves) will be looking to get back on the winners list when they take on Swan Districts who are 6th on the ladder.


The League match is sure to have plenty of spice after what happened at Steel Blue Oval in Round 4 this year.  Perth who sit 3rd on the ladder will be looking to consolidate their position in the top 4 when they play the 6th placed Swans.


All matches start at the usual times: Colts at 9:10am, Reserves at 11:40am and League at 2:10pm.


These matches have extra significance for the Perth Football Club with the Demons raising awareness for the Peter Hughes Burns Foundation.


There will be a tin shake occurring during the game, so please take the opportunity to give generously and show your support for a worthy cause.


The Perth Football Club hope that as many Demons fans as possible come along to Brownes Stadium and cheer on the boys in what is shaping up to be an afternoon of entertaining football.

VALE Frank Hardingham & Syd Simeon

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 5:09 AM



The Club lost one of it's longest-serving volunteers and keen follower with the recent passing of Frank Hardingham.

Frank joined the Club way back in 1948 in the old WACA days. Since then he, together with his wife Maureen, children Val, Neville and Allan, and extended family have been significant contributors to the Club. One of his most memorable involvements was with the entertainment group "The Crickets". Frank, his brother Laurie, Bob Coleman and George Spalding performed on many occasions at Club functions to rapturous applause from everyone present. Their final performance was in 1992.

Frank was also involved in administrative duties with Maureen. For many years they would count the takings following a home match day, preparing them for banking. Other involvements included helping with mailouts, fund-raising activities, preparing sandwiches for players and afternoon teas for the Presidents Lounge. Basically whenever the Club needed a hand Frank and Maureen were there. They even provided accommodation for players from time to time.

One of Frank's more recent duties occurred on Anzac Day games when he and his brother George laid wreathes and tossed the coin at ceremonies prior to the League matches.

The Club has been a much better place over the years thanks to the contributions and support of Frank Hardingham - a quiet achiever who always had the Club at heart.



The Club was saddened to learn of the passing on 15th May of former player SYD SIMEON. Syd came through the Thirds and Reserves in the 1960's, before playing eight League matches in 1964. 

He was a real character and had an impact on everyone who knew him.

Although not a regular League player he did his bit in developing the Club into a force, culminating in our triple Premierships from 1966.

Syd continued to follow the Club, particularly his brother-in-law Pat Dalton. Later in life West Coast Eagle Chris Waterman became his son-in-law.

Sincere condolences are extended to Syd's family. He will be long remembered by all who knew him.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 1:08 AM

By Mark Thornber

Round 10, Perth v West Perth

At Arena Joondalup, Saturday 25 May 2013


Perth                           4.2       4.5       8.5       12.7      79

West Perth                  4.3       7.8       13.11    17.13    115

West Perth appeared to have too much pace for Perth who paid for a poor second quarter where they failed to score a goal with the Falcons running out winners by 6 goals.

Perth Captain Paul Bevan won the toss and kicked to the Southern end of the ground. It was the home side though that scored the first goal through Anthony Saylor at the 2 minute mark. The Demons soon responded with Bevan running into an open goal to level the match.

The first term was very even with both side’s picking up plenty of the ball in the midfield. Bigman Fraser McInnes goaled and then Ashley Smith kicked a great running goal half way through the quarter running off half back. West Perth responded again as the slippery Anthony Tsalikis was proving a real danger for a hardworking Perth defence.

After an even first quarter the Falcons led by 1 point after kicking 4 goals 3 to 4 goals 2.  The second term saw the Falcons really gain ascendancy of the midfield as Captain Jason Salecic and Aaron Black pilled on the pressure.

Perth had real trouble setting up any system within their forward 50 metres with a pacy West Perth side well in control. The Falcons kicked the next 3 goals of the match while Perth could only manage just 3 points in a disappointing term. At half time West Perth had opened up a 21 point lead.

The second half saw the Falcons make all the running and within 15 minutes had opened up a match winning lead with 5 quick goals. Perth was trying hard especially through the likes of Julian Jacobs and Brett Hodge but lacked a real spark up forward.

Bevan ran into an open goal to boot his side’s 5th goal and this really seemed to lift Perth. Brennan Stack, who was rarely sighted in the first half suddenly presented and with some accurate kicking hit a real purple patch by booting the last 3 goals of the term.

At three quarter time Perth still trailed the Falcons by 36 points. The first goal of the last term unfortunately for Perth fans went to the home side as they continued with their scoreboard pressure.

The last quarter was proving an even term with both team’s trading goals. Stack bobbed up to kick his 4th but again the Falcons responded this time through Fremantle’s Josh Mellington. Perth did manage to run the game out as both Stack and Bevan kicked late majors, however at the final siren the winning margin to West Perth was still 36 points.

Better players for Perth were difficult to find with Jacobs (26 touches) and Ashley Smith (29 touches) solid throughout the match.

Stack finished the day well after a slow start to boot 5 goals and was well supported by Bevan with 3.

Perth had two players making their league debuts with Kieran Hug a 19 year old from Toodyay (league player number 1542) and David Johnston a former Peel and Swan Districts defender (league player number 1543) both showing some encouraging form.

Next week Perth returns home to Brownes Stadium on Saturday to play the Black and Whites.

Goals: Stack 5, Bevan 3, Florio 2, McInnes, Ashley Smith 1.

Best: Jacobs, Ashley Smith, Bevan, Stack, Hodge, Risol.

Crack a Crownie - AFL Footy Theatre Production

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 9:02 PM

The year is 1993…. 
Fresh from their pre-season trip to Bali.... 
The North Perth Football club’s G grade Warriors return...

Whacked out of nowhere with the news their beloved club could be shut down. Suddenly, the boys are thrust into the centre of a war for pride, turf and a man’s right to wear footy shorts for as long as his guts will carry him. 

The question is how far will they go to protect the club they call home? It may require spandex, it will definitely involve Sicilian vigilante justice. These G Grade heroes have decided it’s their time to step up. Now it’s up to you to stand up, support them and ‘Get involved!” 

A spectacular comedic show featuring the classic hits and dance moves from the early 90's. Capturing the spirit of the one thing Australians still get excited about, AFL.

Tickets on sale now at Ticketek.



Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 3:47 AM


 By Andrew Owen


This Saturday Perth do battle with West Perth in Round 10 of the 2013 AAMI WAFL Premiership Season.

The colts match starts at 9:10am when the 7th placed Demons will be looking to get a win against the 6th placed Falcons.

The Perth Development Squad (Reserves) will be looking to make it seven straight wins in season 2013 when they take on the last placed West Perth.  This match begins at 11:40am.

The league game promises to be the match of the round, with the winner consolidating second spot on the ladder.  As usual this game begins at 2:10pm.

The Perth Football Club hopes that as many Demons fans as possible attend the fixture at Arena Joondalup to what should be three thrilling games of football.