Grand final revival match

The Falcons’ 2003 premiership team had plenty to smile about when they posed for this group photograph.
The Falcons’ 2003 premiership team had plenty to smile about when they posed for this group photograph.

A group that now boasts 890 games of AFL experience, including West Coast premiership players Quinten Lynch and Mark Seaby, spread across nine footballers.

A side that features six club captains, 10 100-gamers and two 150-game WAFL players.

A team that helped shape a 19-year-old Jason Salecic, who went on to become captain and make more than 200 appearances in the red and the blue.

It was, of course, the Falcons’ 2003 premiership team.

The club will celebrate the premiership’s 10th anniversary this Saturday when it takes on ’03 grand final rival Subiaco at Arena Joondalup.

The Lions became Falcon prey that day in September, with Stephen Trewhella captaining West Perth to a 13.9 (87) to 9.10 (64) victory. Key defender Brent LeCras, who retired last year, was a popular choice for the Simpson Medal as best on ground.

Premiership coach and ’95 premiership captain Darren Harris described how it all came together for West Perth.

His ‘unbelievable coaching staff’ read like a who’s who |of WA football with |coaching director John Dimmer having already led West Perth to premierships in ’95 and ’99.

He would become a dual premiership coach at South Fremantle.

Assistant coach Gavin Bell became ” and remains ” a West Coast AFL development coach and Geoff Valentine was one of the only coaches to take the Falcons to a reserves grand final.

When former captain Kim Rigoll returned from a three-year absence to join the playing line-up, Harris knew he had landed a rare combination of guidance and talent.

‘We honestly thought we were the big show,’ he said.

‘The fact that Steven Koops (89 AFL games) was playing on a half-back flank was an absolute luxury,’ he said.

‘The fact that Troy Longmuir (83 AFL games) and Callum Chambers (66 AFL games) were back in town.

‘(Even) the quality of the players that missed out’ide looks in 2013:

Nine AFL players: Quinten Lynch (221* AFL games), Mark Seaby (120), Todd Curley (118), Kepler Bradley (117*), Steven Koops (89), Troy Longmuir (83), Brendan Fewster (70), Callum Chambers (66), Brent LeCras (6).
Top 25 WAFL players of last 25 years: Kim Rigoll, Jason Salecic.
Six club captains: Darren Harris (95-96, coach 02-05), Kim Rigoll (99-00, 04), Stephen Trewhella (01-03), Todd Curley (05) Clayton Lasscock (06-07), Jason Salecic (08*).
One 200-game player: Jason Salecic (205*).
Two 150-game players: Brendon Logan (188), Stephen Trewhella (174).
Ten 100-game players: Simon Duckworth (149), Todd Curley (148), Kim Rigoll (144), Clayton Lasscock (143), Brent LeCras (143), Callum Chambers (142), Brett Cousins (115), Brendan Fewster (106), Troy Longmuir (101), Glen Britten (100).