WAFL: West Perth prepare for the wet

Valentine addresses the Falcons. Picture: J Bianchini
Valentine addresses the Falcons. Picture: J Bianchini

WE had a few days off towards the end of last week just to freshen up before getting back into training on Monday and Tuesday night.

Earlier in the week we looked at the long-range weather outlook for our game against Swan Districts at Bassendean Oval on Saturday.

With the forecast for it to be wet, we’ll need to make sure we’re right on the game in terms of winning the contested ball and playing it in our half of the ground.

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• Our medical team are a critical part of West Perth.

We’re fortunate we have a physio down at the club a couple of nights a week.

But by and large we get by with sports trainers. Typically they’re young people, ECU Joondalup uni students, giving up their time, and a couple of stalwarts who have been here 10 or 12 years. And we’ve got some older trainers who have been here for a long time – 20 to 30 years.

They give up a tremendous amount.

The weather’s not always nice. There can be tough conditions for them but without them, footy clubs like ours wouldn’t survive.

We’re lucky we’re part of a bit of a student exchange program where we have a couple of exercise physiology students come out here from the United States for a couple of months. They get heavily involved in the club in the medical side as part of that internship. It gives them a great experience and helps us.

Last year’s WAFL grand final was one of Jordan Mills’ 24 league games for West Perth. He also played 115 reserve matches for the Falcons. Picture: Matt Beilken

• Thank you to Jordan Mills (who retired last week) for his service to the Falcons.

He’s been a real clubman over the past 10 years.

There comes a time when you try to juggle work – he’s got a plumbing business that’s going pretty well – family commitments – he got married earlier in the year – and the demands of playing footy in the WAFL.

At the end of the day you can’t do it all.

-with J Bianchini

It was an emotional farewell as Jordan Mills has announced his retirement from West Perth to his team mates. Jordan commenced at West Perth as a Junior through our development system as a 14 year old from the Kingsley JFC. He joined the Colts program in 2008 and has been at our club for 11 seasons. In 2015 Jordan played in the Queensland Australian Football League for the Aspley FC before returning to the Falcons in 2016. All up Jordan played 151 games at West Perth FC across all three grades 🔴🔵 🔘24 League Games including the 2018 Grand Final🔘115 Reserves Games including the 2014 Reserves Premiership🏆🔘12 Colts Games Jordan has during his whole time at West Perth displayed resilience, tremendous perseverance, courage and humility. A terrific club man who epitomises the team first selfless culture we strive for. We wish Jordan and his partner Cally who were recently married all the very best for their future together.#heartbeatstrue

Posted by West Perth Football Club on Sunday, 16 June 2019