WAFL careers of former West Perth Falcons honoured

Marc Crisp (second left) and Ray Bartholomew (centre), joined Falcons coach Bill Monaghan, president Brett Raponi and MLC Peter Collier at Parliament House to celebrate their contribution to the club.
Marc Crisp (second left) and Ray Bartholomew (centre), joined Falcons coach Bill Monaghan, president Brett Raponi and MLC Peter Collier at Parliament House to celebrate their contribution to the club.

THE WAFL careers of retired West Perth premiership players Ray Bartholomew and Marc Crisp were honoured at Parliament House on Friday.

Bartholomew and Crisp announced their retirements at the end of last season to end two stints highlighted by the Falcons’ win over East Perth in the 2013 grand final.

Bartholomew finished with 187 games in the red and blue after some early uncertainty when he almost became a Claremont Tigers player 60 games into his WAFL tenure.

But with the arrival of coach Bill Monaghan in 2009, he cemented a place in the league side, going on to become a State player, life member and twice runner-up in the Breckler Medal.

Crisp, who retired after 75 appearances, emerged as one of the side’s most important small forwards in the 2013 premiership year.

A product of West Perth’s Wheatbelt zone, the goal sneak had played just 29 WAFL league games in five seasons before amassing 21 in 2013 and kicking 34 majors.

His efforts had him share the Ray Scott Memorial Award for leading goal kicker with Josh Mellington.

He also came fourth in the club best and fairest that year.