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

Your club will "Feel better on Swisse"

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.

Bronze  - certificate of achievement, sticker to display at clubrooms & JPEG file to use on club promotional material

Silver  - same as above + chance to win $500 worth of equipment weekly

Gold - same as above + a $1500 Training Resource pack, priority access to AFL community ticketing program, priority access to AFL grid games, 2 places to national coaching conference and access to AFL coach 


So don't wait any longer to get your club accredited  - give the district office a call today on 9362 4499


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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.