Monday, July 1, 2013 - 11:15 AM

By Mark Thornber

Round 15, Perth v South Fremantle

At Fremantle Oval, Saturday 29 June 2013


Perth                           4.1        8.6       11.11     16.17    113

South Fremantle        6.2       9.3       13.4      16.7      103

Perth recorded a thrilling 10 point win over the Bulldogs on Saturday at Fremantle Oval not sealing the match until well into time on at Fremantle Oval.

In perfect conditions for football Perth kicked to the prison end of the ground in the first term. The Bulldogs hit the scoreboard first before the returning Brennan Stack dribbled a through a clever goal at the 7 minute mark.

The match was very evenly poised early on with neither side able to break away. South Fremantle’s high leaping Paul Mugambwa was causing Perth’s defence a few headaches as South kicked away to a 2 goal lead. The Demons soon responded though and through some real tough play from Brett Hodge both Kyle Reimers and Stack converted important set shots at goal.

With a couple of late goals in time on the bulldogs went to quarter time with a 13 point lead. The second term saw Perth slowly gain the ascendancy around the stoppages as Julian Jacobs and Hodge continually drove the ball inside Perth’s forward 50 metres.

The Demons kicked a great goal through Reimers up against the boundary line and when big man Joel Houghton booted a long 50 metre goal on the run they had gained the lead. As was the trend of the match though whenever one side hit the front the other would respond.

South Fremantle again booted 2 late goals in time on to take a lead of 3 points into half time. The second half saw South’s Kris Miller pick up plenty of the ball as Sean Tighe was dominating in the ruck.

Perth would have been in far greater trouble if it wasn’t for the wonderful rebounding of Matthew Tedesco who was playing a tremendous game off half back. Again with South 12 points in front Perth hit back after Stack pulled down a great mark and then Moody snapped truly around his body.

At three quarter time the home side led by just 5 points. With the first goal always going to be vital it was the Demons who hit the front again after Jackson Sketcher just managed to get his quick kick away. With Mugambwa kicking his 4th and then the hard working Dene White snapping a goal the match again was on level pegging.

Perth looked to gain the edge with Houghton running into an open goal to kick his third half way through the quarter, however South Fremantle kicked 2 quick goals through Ashton Hams to regain the lead during the time on period.

With the Bulldogs now in front by just 3 points and the match at the 25 minute mark they started to wind the clock down and chip the ball around their backline. Much to the delight of Perth fans the ball was turned over as the creative Moody swooped in and hit Bevan on the chest lace out about 40 metres out at the hospital end of the ground.

Perth supporters held their breath as Bevan calmly went back and slotted a pressure kick on goal to put the Demons 3 points in front in what was now a thrilling finish. The ball went from end to end in the next few minutes with both team’s missing shots at goal.

Perth worked the ball well out of the backline again through the composed Tedesco and when Stack pulled down a strong pack mark at the 31 minute mark Perth fans were delighted. Stack was aided with a 50 metre penalty to kick his 4th and Perth’s 16th major as they hung on to record a very important and exciting 10 point victory.

Perth had plenty of good players on the day but none better than Tedesco who continued his outstanding form to pick up a game high 30 possessions. Moody, Jacobs and Hodge all had excellent 4 quarter matches in the midfield and were well supported by Stack, Houghton and Reimers, who kicked 9 goals between them up forward.

Next week Perth plays another crucial game when they tackle the black and whites at Steel Blue Oval as they continue to cement a place in the top four.

Goals: Stack 4, Houghton 3, Reimers 2, Collard, Moody, Sketcher, Bevan, White, McInnes, Bateman 1.

Best: Tedesco, Moody, Hodge, Jacobs, Florio, Bevan.

Bankers vs Brokers - Its Back

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 4:35 PM

This year it features Wayne Carey and Glen Jackovich.

All it takes to see this game....a gold coin donation.

Tomorrow at Medibank Stadium - Bouncedown at 2pm,

For more information click here

Level 1 Coach Accreditation Course - Last one for 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 3:12 PM

The Perth District will be running the final Level 1 Accreditation course for season 2013 over two Monday nights in July. Details are;

Dates: Monday 15th & 22nd July

Time: 6-9pm

Venue: Brownes Stadium, Lathlain


To register download the attached form  -  registration form

For more information contact Josh Bowler on 9381 5599

South Fremantle v Perth Demons Preview

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 11:08 AM

This weekend Perth travel to Fremantle Oval to take on South Fremantle. 

A reminder that all matches will now start five minutes earlier following a review of match times by the West Australian Football Commission and major broadcast partner ABC Television. 

This game will be broadcast by 990 Information Radio, with the coverage commencing at 2.00pm.


Colts 9:05am


Last week Perth kicked six goals to one in the last quarter to defeat Peel Thunder by 27-points.  The Demons still remain in fifth position on the ladder and have won their past four matches.

 South Fremantle are sitting second on the ladder and last week easily accounted for Swan Districts by 167-points.

 Last time these two teams played each other was in round three this year with the Bulldogs winning the match by 68-points.


Reserves 11:35am


Last week Perth defeated Peel Thunder by 126-points.  This was the side’s biggest win of the year.

 South Fremantle who are fourth on the ladder last week had a 22-point victory over Swan Districts.

 Last time these two teams met the Demons had a 13-point victory over the Bulldogs.


League 2:05pm


Perth broke through for their first win in three games last week when they kicked eight unanswered goals in the third quarter to help set up a 50-point win against Peel Thunder.

 South Fremantle had a tough day at the office last week when they went down to Swan Districts by 52-points.

 Last time these two teams played each other the Demons were triumphant by 13-points.

 Perth currently finds themselves in fourth position on the table and will be looking for a win over the ninth placed Bulldogs to continue their push to make the finals.



Monday, June 24, 2013 - 11:05 AM

By Mark Thornber

Round 14, Perth v Peel

At Bendigo Bank Stadium, Saturday 22 June 2013


Perth                           6.2       8.3       16.9      18.9      117

Peel                             4.1        6.2       6.5       9.13      67

Perth bounced back to form playing some of their best football in the third term to run out winners by 50 points over Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday.

Trying to end a 3 game losing streak the Demons were quickly on the board with Simon Tunbridge bouncing through a long goal within the first minute of play. This was then soon followed by another to Captain Paul Bevan, and when big man Fraser McInnes kicked Perth’s 3rd the Demons had opened up a mini break kicking with a strong breeze.

Perth was being well served by a tenacious Brett Hodge and Ali Smith who were both dominating in the centre clearances. The Thunder slowly worked their back into the match with the next 2 goals until exciting youngster Callum Collard kicked his first goal as the Demons took a lead of 13 points into the first break.

The second quarter saw the Thunder’s turn to kick with a 4 goal breeze to the southern end of the ground as Perth coaching staff used the clever tactic of playing swingman Matthew Moody as a spare man in defence.

In a scrappy second term where both side’s found scoring opportunities difficult Moody was able to gain plenty of important possessions in the backline combining well with Matthew Tedesco, who is enjoying a wonderfully consistent season.

The Thunder went forward and scored a goal through Laine Wilkins who was looking dangerous, however this was counteracted with a goal to McInnes shortly after. With both team’s playing a largely defence second term kicking 2 goals each Perth went into half time still 13 points in front.

The second half started well for the visitors with the Demons hitting the scoreboard early with goals to both Hodge and Moody. Perth was now looking in great shape with winners all over the ground as they continually drove the ball long and deep into the forward 50 metres using the breeze well.

Collard bobbed up to boot Perth’s 12th major and this was soon followed by another to wingman Michael Florio, who was finding plenty of the ball on his centre wing. When Collard booted his 4th goal just before three quarter time the Demons had played a fantastic term of football kicking 8 goals 6 in a dominant display while keeping the Thunder to just 3 points.

With a lead of 64 points at the start of the last term Perth continued to provide plenty of hard run especially through Hodge and the creative Moody.

The Thunder kicked an early goal through Jessie Hockings but Bevan soon replied with his 3rd major after some great team play. Moody slipped forward to cap his great day off with Perth’s 18th goal half way through the last term.

Despite the Thunder kicking a couple of late goals as Perth began to tire when the final siren sounded Perth were in front by 50 points largely due to a blistering 8 goal third term.

A 50 point win was certainly a very pleasing result for the club with Moody playing a wonderful match picking up 30 classy possessions as well as 2 goals. Hodge was not far behind Moody picking up 24 touches and was constantly in and under at the packs all day.

Collard showed he is a real star of the future booting 4 goals on debut with the 19 year from Kelmscott becoming league player number 1544. McInnes led well all day taking several strong pack marks and combined well with Bevan kicking 2 goals each.

Tedesco again played a steady match amassing 25 possessions and showed while he would be close to leading the club’s Best and Fairest at the half way mark of the season.

Next week Perth travels down to the port to take on South Fremantle.

Goals: Collard 4, Bevan 3, Florio, McInnes, Moody 2, Hodge, White, Tunbridge, Hug Deaves 1.

Best: Moody, Hodge, Tedesco, Tunbridge, McInnes, Bevan.

Peel Thunder v Perth Demons Preview

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 3:59 AM

This weekend Perth travel to Bendigo Bank Stadium to take on Peel Thunder. 

A reminder that all matches will now start five minutes earlier following a review of match times by the West Australian Football Commission and major broadcast partner ABC Television.


Colts 9:05am


Last week Perth convincingly defeated East Perth by 64-points.  They Demons still remain in fifth position on the ladder and have won their past three matches.


Bottom of the ladder Peel caused an upset last week when they defeated top of the table Claremont by 23-points.


Last time these two teams played was in round one this year with Perth winning the match by five goals.


Reserves 11:35am


Perth defeated East Perth last week by 22-points to go four points and a game clear at the top of the ladder.


The Thunder are sitting at the bottom of the table and last week lost by 66-points to Claremont.


The Demons have only lost two games this year and one of them was to Peel in round one by 12-points.


League 2:05pm


Perth lost another close game last week by 18-points to East Perth.  However they still remain inside the top four, albeit by only 3.85%.

Peel are also coming off a loss after they were defeated by Claremont by 53-points.


Last time Perth and Peel met was in round one with the Demons defeating an inaccurate Thunder side by 12-points.

Peel has won three of their past four games at Bendigo Bank Stadium and they are sure to put up a fight against a Demons side that has lost four of their past five games.

Perth Football Club Raffle 2013: Supporting Junior Development

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 4:50 AM


The Perth Football Club would like to announce the winners of our Club Raffle drawn on 16 June 2013. Congratulations to all winners.


First Prize Winner: Ticket Number 1808 - Holdfast Fluid Power

Second Prize Winner: Ticket Number 2671 - Clint Atkinson

Third Prize Winner: Ticket Number 206 - Trevor Williams


Thank you to everyone who contributed to the raffle.


Unreturned tickets:

41-60; 121-140; 161-180; 241-280; 301-360; 421-440; 461-480; 501-560; 581-620; 641-720; 741-780; 801-820; 841-940; 1001-1120; 1141-1220; 1241-1260; 1301-1380; 1401-1540; 1701-1740; 1781-1800; 1841-1880; 1901-1940; 1981-2020; 2041-2100; 2181-2200; 2241-2260; 2281-2320; 2361-2380; 2441-2460; 2681-2720; 2761-2800; 2821-2860; 3001-3040; 3081-3100; 3121-3140; 3281-3300; 3321-3360; 3381-3400; 3421-3440; 3481-3500; 3521-3560; 3581-3600; 3621-3660; 3701-3720; 3801-3860.


Gosnells AFC Volunteer awarded OAM

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 3:58 AM

Gosnells Football Club Treasurer, Robert (Bob) Uittenbroek has achieved a new level of achievement, receiving an Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to Football in WA.

Having already received Life Memberships from Gosnells FC, East Fremantle FC, WAFL and the WAFC, Bob’s huge commitment to football has seen him recognised with an honour coming directly from the Australian Government.

Currently in his 70’s, Bob has dedicated the majority of his life to football, starting at Gosnells Football Club at the young age of 16.

In 1973 Bob joined the East Fremantle Football Club as Secretary, and moved up the ranks, taking the reigns as General Manger in 1978.

Bob held the General Manager role for 32 years before retiring in 2005 but continuing to commit his life to football.

Currently volunteering at Gosnells FC and East Fremantle FC as Treasurer and EFFC Board of Directors respectively, Bob also finds time to donate his entire Wednesday to assisting at Clubswa.

Gosnells Football Club President, Micheal McCaughlan, said Gosnells Football Club was very proud of Bob’s achievements and was very grateful for his tireless efforts for the club.

“It’s a great honour to have Bob involved with the Club, we consider ourselves extremely lucky to have someone so dedicated and committed”.

“Bob’s knowledge and experience in football is inspirational for many of the boys, this award is very well deserved” McCaughlan said.

The Western Australian Amateur Football League would like to Congratulate Bob on this fantastic achievement, and thank him for his undying efforts to progress WA football forward.

Robert Wiley Foundation Dinner

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 12:29 AM

Article by Peter Brear

Photos by Gemma Boys


With a line up of Perth League Superstars and the next generation of Demons on show in the form of the XVIs Development Squad, the 2013 Robert Wiley Foundation Annual Dinner provided the forum for over 150 people to enjoy the events of the evening.   The Lathlain Function Centre was decked out in the Red and the Black, with posters of AFL Stars who have their origins at Demonland.   These include Glass, Mayne, Wellingham, Franklin, Mzungu, Conca and Myers to name a few and the collection is growing.   Their images not only provided inspiration to the assembled XVIs Squad Members to chase their own AFL dreams, but also served as a reminder to the opportunities provided by the Robert Wiley Foundation and the Perth Football Club to the young men of the Perth Metro District and Country Zone.   Past Players & Officials Association President, Wayne Koch, stepped in for the absent Robert Wiley (Carlton Assistant Coach) and formally welcomed the gathering to this key event in the Club’s calendar.


The night included a smorgasbord two course meal, which proved to be deliciously outstanding and enjoyed by all and sundry.   As well as the “On The Couch” segment hosted by CEO Marty Atkins who grilled Demon’s Kyle Reimers, Paul Bevan and Chance Bateman, with all three entertaining the gathering recounting each of their own journey to the AFL.   Perhaps York’s very own Chance Bateman hit a familiar note with the Development Squad Players as he relived his own opportunities at the same age and dealing with the training and travel and his progression to Colts to League and then being drafted by Hawthorn.   His desire to return to WA at the end of his glittering AFL career and repay the faith shown in him by the Perth Demons by playing with his original WAFL club typifies why he is held in such regard and is respected by the football community.










The night featured the highlight of the presentation of the XVIs Development Squad, with Coach Bruce Fraser being able to pass on his gratitude to all who assisted with the program, including key assistants in Mat Bateman, Andrew Panetta, Gary Poole, Paul Clements, Ryan Van Beek and Angela Evans.   Each Member of the Development Squad was called up on to the stage and acknowledged for their contribution, each presented with a Squad Evaluation Program and Team Photo.   WA 16s Yusef Kassem and Reid Polak were recognised for their fine accomplishment in making the State Squad.  










Four awards were announced on the night for achievement and performance by the players during the XVIs’ Program.   The Coaches’ Award was won by Corey Byrne (Thornlie JFC) for his exceptional dedication and commitment to the team throughout the program and proved to be a very popular winner.   The PP&OA’s provided the next two awards, which were presented for the very first time and named after two living legends of the Club.   Wayne Koch announced the Troy Cook Courage Award was to be bestowed on Zachary Hill (Northam) for his continual ability to do the hard gut running and play out of position against the odds, while never making any excuses.   The next award was also named after a Perth legend and again presented by Wayne, was the Ross Young Leadership Award conferred to Matthew Taylor (Chittering) who demonstrated impeccable leadership both on and off the field throughout his entire involvement with the program.   And finally the Best In Carnival Award was deservedly won by Reid Polak (Belmont), who stood head and shoulders above the group in all matches in which he played.   He is certainly a talent, who has the desire, work rate and ability to take him to the next level and beyond.










And the final highlight was the amazing effort by the Robert Wiley Foundation over the past twelve months with their fund raising and financial support of the Junior Development Programs of the Perth Football Club.   PP&OA President, Wayne Koch, was again called to the stage to make perhaps his most important presentation of the night.   Wayne gave a summary of the varied efforts of the PP&OA in fund raising and the administration and distribution of money to a wide variety of Junior Development Program costs and Coach Education opportunities.   Wayne then took great pleasure and pride in announcing the contribution for the last twelve months was $11,849.67.   He and Brian Sweetapple then signed the giant cheque for the amount and handed it to CEO Marty Atkins.   Marty expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to the Robert Wiley Foundation and the PP&OA for their hard work and generosity that enable the Perth Football Club to continue to provide outstanding junior programs at the highest level of football industry standards.   Atkins expressed how difficult it is for a WAFL Club to operate in the current environment and deliver on all the expectations of it members and supporters, but acknowledge the work done by Foundation and the PP&OA is a shining light and an example of cooperation that exists between all three groups.   With this kind of the support the future of the Perth Football Club both exciting and optimistic, with success on all levels to soon follow behind.



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