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Demons secure talented duo

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Former Claremont and East Fremantle midfielder Corey Yeo has signed a two-year deal with the Demons, joining Matthew Taylor who returns to Lathlain after a year at North Melbourne.

Yeo, 26, finished top 10 in the 2015 Sandover Medal before missing the entire 2016 season with a ruptured ACL.

The brother of All Australian Eagle Elliot Yeo spent 2017 in Victoria playing for Williamstown and returns to WA hoping to recapture his 2015 form.

Perth Football Operations Manager Dale Ballantyne says Yeo, who's played 54 games of senior WAFL football, will be a welcome addition to our midfield group.

"Corey's experience, football knowledge and leadership qualities will enhance our emerging playing list and provide valuable guidance as our younger players continue to develop," Ballantyne says.

"As a strongly built midfielder, Corey will enable us to compete the more mature midfield outfits in the WAFL."

Taylor was taken by North Melbourne in the 2016 Rookie Draft after a strong 2016 season with the Demons where he played 19 senior games as a 19-year-old.

The 20-year-old defender returns to Perth with ambitions to get re-drafted.

Ballantyne says Taylor will be a handy acquisition to the Demons' half back line.

"Matt's foot skills, pace and running ability will help us set up play from half back and lead to more scoring opportunities," Ballantyne says.

"Despite interest from several other WAFL clubs, Matt's return to the Demons speaks highly of his character and loyalty.

"It also indicates he believes the Club is heading in the right direction to achieve sustained on and off field success."

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AFL dream becomes a reality for Narrier

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Young wingman Gordon Narrier is off to Arden Street after North Melbourne selected him with pick 20 in Monday's AFL Rookie Draft.

The classy 19-year-old from Northam played 17 league games for Perth this year while living in the club's regional accommodation under Aboriginal Engagement Officer Callum Walley. He also represented WA at the Under 18s Championships in June.

Narrier was the only Demon to be taken at this year's draft, with other prospects Cody Ninyette and Zareth Roe overlooked despite performing well at last month's state combine.

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Champion Demons inducted into Hall of Fame

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 4:30 PM - by Peter Kennedy

Four Perth champions have been inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame at a gala dinner held in a giant marquee on the turf at the "home of football", Subiaco Oval.

They were Frank ("Dick") Walker, Bob Shields, Alan Johnson and Peter Bosustow, who played in a golden era for Perth which resulted in six of club's seven league premierships.

Frank Walker played 233 games between 1952 and 1964, including seven for WA. Frank was a goal-kicking rover (421 goals) who started his career roving to champion ruckman Merv McIntosh. One of his best games was in the 1955 Grand Final in which he kicked two goals in the last quarter against the wind, a key factor in Perth's come-from-behind two point win. He spoke of the impact premiership coach Ern Henfry had on the club when he returned from Carlton in 1953.

Bob Shields was the high flying centre half back in the club's hat trick of premierships between 1966-68, led by captain-coach Malcolm Atwell and champion rover Barry Cable. Bob started as a 17 year-old and played 194 games over 10 seasons, including seven State games.  His grand final clashes with East Perth's Malcolm Brown were features of the game. Bob had a prodigious leap and a good turn of pace. His versatility also saw him play many games later in his career at centre half forward. Bob spoke of the impact Atwell had on the club when he took over in 1966.

Alan Johnson enjoyed a 16 year career in league football between 1975 and 1990, thrilling fans in both WA and Victoria with his skills, pace and tenacity. A lightly built half forward and wingman, Alan was always in the action with his capacity to wrong foot opponents and kick goals. He played in Perth's 1976 and 1977 premiership teams, coached by Ken Armstrong, and notched up 140 games before joining Melbourne, where he played a further 135 games. He was Perth's Fairest and Best in 1981, and Melbourne's in 1983 and 1989.

Peter Bosustow started his eventful career in league football when he kicked one goal in his debut for the Demons in 1975. He went on to play 141 games for Perth, and 65 for Carlton during an eventful three seasons in the VFL. Peter was a spectacular player with a great leap - he won the VFL Mark and Goal of the Year in 1981 - as well as possessing an unusual capacity to turn and swerve. He played in Perth's 1977 premiership team - and Carlton's premierships in 1981 and 1982 - and kicked a total of 542 goals, including 379 goals for Perth. One of his most memorable games was in the 1978 grand final against East Perth, kicking seven goals in atrocious conditions, which almost enabled the Demons to snatch another premiership.

Many Perth champions attended the gala dinner. In addition to Malcolm Atwell and Barry Cable, they included Bob Shields' other premiership team mates Ray Lawrence and Ian Rothnie, 1976 and 77 premiership captain Colin Lofts, and team mates Brian Cook and Wim Rosbender.

Simpson Medallist Allan Stiles was also there, along with president Daryle Mann, past president Damien Matthews, and CEO Marty Atkins.

Preseason week one in the bank

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Kurtis Chester recaps week one of preseason and discusses the plan of attack for the next four months of training.

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Hawthorn Legends Lunch a great success

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Over 130 guests filled Lathlain Park's Main Hall on Friday afternoon to enjoy one of the better luncheons the football club has hosted in recent years.

Old teammates Sam Mitchell and Chance Bateman joined Perth CEO and Master of Ceremonies Marty Atkins on stage to kick things off, answering questions from Atkins and providing fascinating insights into their lives to date.

They each touched on their childhood, their playing careers as well as life after football, imparting the many lessons they've learned along the way on those in the room.

Guests then enjoyed an English buffet lunch, before Robert 'Dipper' DiPierdomenico addressed the function for just under an hour.

Dipper told stories from his Italian influenced upbringing, illustrious playing days and post football career, often having the entire room in hysterics.

Following his address, the five time premiership Hawk auctioned off several items, had photos taken with guests and signed autographs. 

The day also raised awareness of Outside The Locker Room, an organisation aimed at equipping adolescent boys and girls and young adults, along with their parents, families and communities, with the information and resources to better enable them to tackle the increasing number of social and mental health issues in a productive and not destructive way. Click here for more information on OTLR.

The Club wishes to thank all guests who attended and made the lunch a highly successful one.

Demons launch new and exciting partnership with City Toyota

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Perth Football Club has secured a new Major Corporate Sponsor with car dealership City Toyota committing to the Club on a three year term.

The partnership was officially launched on Wednesday morning in City Toyota's Newcastle Street showroom, where five brand new Toyota's were handed over to the Club as part of the agreement.

Perth Chief Executive Officer Marty Atkins said the Club is excited to develop a strong relationship with City Toyota over the next three years and beyond.

"It's wonderful for a semi professional sporting club to be able to develop a partnership with such a respected and well known organisation like City Toyota," Atkins said.

City Toyota, much like the Perth Football Club, is active in the community and Atkins said the Club is very grateful to be one of their partners.

"It’s becoming increasingly common for organisations to look to involve themselves in the community and City Toyota’s partnership with us is one of their many community engagements," Atkins said.

"With finals football our focus going forward, we're delighted City Toyota has come on board now so that they'll be involved in our future success."

Atkins also wishes to acknowledge departing sponsor Southside Mitsubishi and Volkswagen for their contribution over the past twelve plus years.

"Southside have been fantastic in their support of the Club and we are very thankful for all their efforts over many years," Atkins said.

"With that being said, we're excited and looking forward to a strong relationship with Wayne and his team at City Toyota going forward."


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Syd Shaw at El Alamein Anniversary

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Perth's champion post World War Two full-back, Syd Shaw, was among a select group of veterans in Canberra on October 29 to mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of El Alamein, where 220,000 Allied troops halted the advance of the German forces in North Africa.

He was with three West Australian veterans who were at the Australian War Memorial to remember their role in Hitler's first major defeat in the war in the desert sands west of Cairo.

But the campaign for Syd, now aged 95, was more complex than for many of his mates. He was captured by the Germans and headed for an Italian POW camp, only to have his ship torpedoed by the British in the Mediterranean. He survived, and later escaped from his POW camp in 1944.

Syd, who had trained as a butcher, then returned to Perth to resume his life, including carving out a  career with the Army. He also had an outstanding career as Perth's full back, and was selected for two WA Carnival sides - Hobart in 1947 and Brisbane in1950.

Syd retired as a player in 1953 after 150 games, including the 1950 grand final in which Perth was beaten by South Fremantle by six points. He was made a Life Member in 1966.

2018 Membership Now Open

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Membership is now open for 2018!

The Club's new and exciting membership portal is live and ready...Sign up now and go straight into the draw to win a $200 Good Guys voucher!

With two brand NEW memberships and eight in total, there's an option for absolutely everybody!

Check out the all new Trident and Country memberships here.

Captain Clint Jones and Coach Earl Spalding have a message for all Demons faithful...

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PFC Board Nominations Now Open

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Nominations for the Perth Football Club Board of Directors are now open.

Eligible Perth Football Club (Inc) members prepared to serve as a Board Member for the next two years are invited to nominate now.

This can be done by completing the respective Nomination Form available from the Perth Football Club office located at Lathlain Oval and returning it to:

The Chief Executive Officer
Perth Football Club (Inc)
PO Box 48
Victoria Park WA 6979

Nominations must be received by 4pm Friday 3rd November 2017. 

Retiring Directors are eligible to nominate.

Any notice of motion or general business to be transacted at the AGM must be submitted to Chief Executive Officer Marty Atkins in writing by Monday 13th November 2017.

2017 Raffle winners announced

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 12:07 PM

The 2017 Perth Football Club Raffle was drawn at Friday night's 2017 Butcher Medal.

Congratulations to the following winners: 

1st Prize: Vanessa Fraser of Parkville #0395, winning a week at Noosa Holiday Accommodation and airfares for four people valued at $5000.

2nd Prize: Greg Dart of Lynwood #0668, winning an auto car care package valued at $1000.

3rd Prize: Steve Nielson of Jurien Bay #0474, winning a 4.5L Cradle of Chives Regal valued at $400.

The Club would like to thank the Demons community for selling and purchasing tickets.

All proceeds go directly to helping fund the Club's evolving community engagement programs.