West Perth Football Club

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West Perth
Full name West Perth Football Club
Former name(s) Victorians Football Club (1885–91)
Metropolitans Football Club (1891–92)
Nickname(s) Falcons, Cardinals, Garlic Munchers (former)
Motto "Does Your Heart Beat True?"
2013 season
Premiership 1st
Home-and-away season 2nd
Leading goalkicker Marc Crisp, Joshua Mellington (34 goals)
Best and fairest Andrew Strijk, Shane Nelson
Club details
Founded 1885
Colours      Red
Competition West Australian Football League
Chairman Brett Raponi[1]
Coach Bill Monaghan[2]
Captain(s) Jason Salecic
Premierships 19 (1897, 1899, 1901, 1905, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1941, 1942, 1949, 1951, 1960, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2013)
Ground(s) Arena Joondalup (capacity: 16,000)
Other information
Official website http://www.falconsfc.com.au
West Perth Falcons Jumper.svg

The West Perth Football Club, nicknamed the Falcons, is an Australian rules football club located in Joondalup, Western Australia. West Perth competes in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and is the oldest existing Australian rules football club in Western Australia.[3] Originally located at Leederville Oval, the team was relocated in 1994 to Arena Joondalup, a sports complex in the northern suburbs of Perth. The team's club song is "It's a Grand Old Flag" and its traditional rivals are East Perth.

2013 WAFL Season[edit]

West Perth finished the season 2nd on the ladder with 13 wins and 7 losses. West Perth defeated reigning premiers Claremont in the 2nd Semi Final 11−21 (87) to 12−11 (83) at Claremont Oval, securing their place in the Grand Final. West Perth would face traditional rivals East Perth in a derby Grand Final at Paterson's Stadium (formerly Subiaco Oval) on Sunday 22 September. Despite a close game for the first three quarters, with multiple lead changes, West Perth would storm home in the last quarter, kicking seven unanswered goals to defeat East Perth 20−11 (131) to 12−10 (82), winning their 19th premiership. West Perth's Mark Hutchings was named best on ground with 36 possessions, 8 clearances and 3 goals and Rohan Kerr the games highest goal kicker with 5 goals.

Andrew Strijk and Shane Nelson would be named dual Breckler Medallists at the club's Best and Fairest Awards ceremony held at Joondalup Resort. Strijk and Nelson both polled 125 votes, with veteran mid-fielder Matt Guadagnin coming in a close 2nd with 123 votes and Aaron Black 3rd on 117 votes.

Marc Crisp and Joshua Mellington were the club's leading goal kickers with 34 goals each. Club veteran Anthony Tsalikis came in a close 2nd with 32 goals and may have taken leading goal kicker had it not been for a season ending shoulder injury in Round 19.

2013 Premiership Team
B: Jordan Jones Daniel Hunt Laine Rasmussen
HB: Andrew Strijk Shaun Marusic Steven Browne
C: Matt Guadagnin Chris Keunen Jay Van Berlo
HF: Jason Salecic (c) Nicholas Rodda Joshua Mellington
F: Marc Crisp Matt Fowler Kody Manning
Foll: Mark Hutchings Rohan Kerr Aaron Black
Int: Ray Bartholomew (vc) Steve Potente Shane Nelson
Luke Tedesco
Coach: Bill Monaghan

Arena Joondalup[edit]

In 1994 West Perth had its home ground moved from Leederville Oval to Arena Joondalup. In their first 10 years at Arena Joondalup (1994−2003) the club had 5 Grand Finals, 3 Premierships (1995, 1999, 2003) and 2 pre-season premierships making it the club's most successful decade in its history.

Club Song[edit]

"It's a Grand Old Flag"
It's a grand old flag it's a high flying flag,
It's the emblem for me and for you,
It's the emblem of the team we love,
The team of the red and the blue,
Every heart beats true for the red and the blue,
And we sing this song to you,
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the red and the blue...


Club Honours[edit]

WAFL Premierships: (19 total)

Runners-Up: (12 total)

Reserves Premierships:[4] (5 total)


Colts Premierships:[5] (2 total)


Rodriguez Shield: (3 total)


Individual Honours[edit]

Sandover Medallists: (12 total)

Simpson Medallists: (11 total)

Bernie Naylor Medalists: (18 total)

All Australians:

1961: Ray Gabelich
1972: Alan Watling

Club Records[edit]

WA Football Hall of Fame[edit]

West Perth players who have been inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame


Club Coaches[edit]

Club Captains[edit]

300 Games[edit]

West Perth players who have played 300+ senior games:

Mel Whinnen (371)
Bill Dempsey (343)

200 Games[edit]

West Perth players who have played 200+ senior games:

(*) Indicates current listed players

Current squad[edit]

As of July 2014:

Team of the Century[edit]

Team of the Century
B: Wally Price Ray Schofield Bill Dempsey
HB: Harold Boyd Brian France Ted Flemming
C: Peter Menaglio Mel Whinnen Stan Heal
HF: John Loughridge Fred Buttsworth Don Marinko, Sr.
F: Bill Valli Ted Tyson Brian Foley
Foll: Graham Farmer Ed O'Keefe Les Fong
Int: Ken Ashdown Jim Craig Jim Gosnell
Jack McDiarmid Ray Scott Max Tetley
Alan Watling
Coach: Stan Heal

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Reid, Russell (20 November 2008). "Monaghan takes over the reins at West Perth". The West Australian. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  2. ^ "Falcons announce new coach". West Perth Football Club. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  3. ^ "West Perth – Part One: 1885 to 1944". AustralianFootball.com. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  4. ^ from 1925
  5. ^ from 1957

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