Fal­cons look for way out of debt

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Don­ald­son

WEST Perth coach Bill Mon­aghan is ex­pected to be among the cred­i­tors who will at­tend to­day’s meet­ing to vote on the Fal­cons’ fu­ture.

The club is in voluntary ad­min­is­tra­tion with about $790,000 debt.

West Perth play­ers are also on the list of cred­i­tors, but it is un­der­stood they have signed off to not at­tend the meet­ing.

Cred­i­tors can ac­cept a four cents in the dol­lar op­tion, liq­ui­date the club or hand con­trol back to the board.

Ad­min­is­tra­tor Kor­daMen­tha has rec­om­mended they take the four cents in the dol­lar al­ter­na­tive be­cause they will get noth­ing in re­turn if they liq­ui­date the club.

West Perth staff and player pay­ments will be se­cured un­der the of­fer with a $250,000 loan from the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion.

A spokes­woman for ma­jor cred­i­tor VenuesWest on Fri­day said the State Govern­ment-funded en­tity would ac­cept four cents in the dol­lar and write off the re­main­ing $198,453.

“Fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive anal­y­sis and con­sul­ta­tion with the voluntary ad­min­is­tra­tor… writ­ing off the debt was in the best in­ter­est of the club, the club’s cred­i­tors, the play­ers and the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” she said.

“VenuesWest is hope­ful the end of the voluntary ad­min­is­tra­tion ush­ers in a new, sus­tain­able era for the West Perth Foot­ball Club.”

West Perth held a fundraiser at $200 a head on Thurs­day fea­tur­ing for­mer AFL-listed Fal­cons, rais­ing $31,000.

A FEROCIOUS South Fre­man­tle have laid down the chal­lenge as the most likely threat to Su­bi­aco for this year’s premier­ship with a to­tal dom­i­na­tion of West Perth to move in the next week’s sec­ond semi-fi­nal.

In a con­sis­tent fourquar­ter ef­fort, the Bull­dogs romped home by a mas­sive 98 points over the dis­ap­point­ing Fal­cons, 22.12 (144) to 6.10 (46).

Mar­lion Pick­ett again dis­played why his name is among the first men­tioned for AFL hon­ours in the near fu­ture with an im­pres­sive best on ground per­for­mance, in­clud­ing four goals, although he was also re­ported in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Spear­head Ma­son Shaw con­tin­ued his re­cent ex­cel­lent form and kicked a game-high six goals for the home side.

On the flip side, West Perth had too few con­trib­u­tors de­spite Shane Nel­son and Aaron Black get­ting plenty of the ball.

Kee­gan Knott fin­ished with three goals but the dual at­tack of Tyler Kei­tel and An­drew Strijk were lim­ited to just three goals all day be­tween them.

The Bull­dogs dom­i­nated from the start and broke away to a 16-point lead at quar­ter-time with an im­pres­sive five goal to two quar­ter.

An­other five in the sec­ond term, after an early come­back by the Fal­cons to get within strik­ing dis­tance dur­ing the sec­ond term, saw them start to pull away fur­ther and went to the main break with a solid 31point mar­gin.

The dam broke in the third term as the Fal­cons sim­ply couldn’t match the run and carry of the pow­er­ful Bull­dogs’ mid­field and eight goals in the third quar­ter to just three points was mak­ing it ugly.

The Fal­cons could only man­age a soli­tary goal for the fi­nal term while South put on an­other four to fine­tune for their sec­ond semi­fi­nal meet­ing with the im­pos­ing Lions next week.

West Perth will need to re­group to face a de­ter­mined Clare­mont who are in good form after their win over East Perth.

EAST Perth were un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously dumped from fi­nals con­tention by a de­ter­mined Clare­mont at Clare­mont Oval on the week­end.

After scrap­ing into the top five in the fi­nal round of the home and away sea­son, the Roy­als had no answers to a de­ter­mined Clare­mont, who made the most of their first fi­nals ap­pear­ance in six years with a 28-point vic­tory, 12.11 (83) to 8.7 (55).

Tom Lee led the way for Clare­mont with a dom­i­nant five-goal per­for­mance, with solid per­for­mances from Jye Bolton, Kane Mitchell and Tom Ledger.

Clare­mont again am­bushed the Roy­als with a hard-tack­ling game that caught their op­po­nents of­f­guard. This al­lowed for a great start and a 23-point lead at quar­ter-time, with East Perth hav­ing reg­is­tered only a soli­tary point.

East Perth clawed back some ground in a hard­fought sec­ond term and re­duced the mar­gin to 16 points, but were clearly be­ing out­played by the Tigers.

It was an even tus­sle in the third quar­ter, with four goals each for the term.

An East Perth surge left the door open for a come­back by the Roy­als and the large crowd at Clare­mont Oval looked on hope­fully.

But a solid team per­for­mance by Clare­mont saw them pull away and score four last quar­ter goals to just two by East Perth and stay in the fi­nals race.

Bray­den Ainsworth, Pa­trick McGin­nity and Fran­cis Wat­son all bat­tled for the Roy­als, but on the day the slick team­work of Clare­mont pre­vailed.

In the Re­serves, Swan Districts elim­i­nated West Perth from the fi­nals with a solid 49-point vic­tory in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal, 15.13 (103) to 7.12 (54).

East Perth moved on to play Su­bi­aco in the Re­serves sec­ond semi-fi­nal next week with a 16-point win over Clare­mont, 12.11 (83) to 10.7 (67).

South Fre­man­tle were bun­dled out of the Colts fi­nals with a com­pre­hen­sive 62-point loss to East Fre­man­tle, 18.7 (115) to 8.5 (53) ,and Swans got home in a close game with Peel Thun­der, run­ning out vic­tors by nine points, 9.7 (61) to 7.10 (52).

WA Net­ball league

IT is fi­nals time from the WA Net­ball League as well and Perth Lions pro­gressed di­rectly into the grand fi­nal with an im­pres­sive 53-37 vic­tory over the Coastal Sharks, while a sen­sa­tional game that went down to the last minute saw the Rangers stay in fi­nals con­tention by the nar­row­est of mar­gins with a soli­tary goal vic­tory over a gal­lant West Coast War­riors.

The pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals will be live on the Cen­trepass Face­book page on Fri­day night and are proudly sup­ported by Com­mu­nity News.

Pic­ture: Dan White

West Perth’s Luke Mead­ows marks in the Fal­cons loss to the Bull­dogs.

Catch ev­ery game live on your mo­bile de­vice

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.