And on Tuesday, West Perth added its own to the record books with a 74-point semi-final thrashing of Tasmanian side Western Storm at Subiaco Oval ” the biggest win of 2014 and the biggest semi-final victory in the tournament’s three-year history.
The 15.7 (97) to 3.5 (23) blowout stands as the 10th-widest margin since the Cup’s inaugural season in 2011, the No. 1 trouncing going to the VFL’s Werribee, which defeated Tasmania’s Burnie by 133 points in 2012.
It leaves the Falcons just one win away from taking the $100,000 grand final prize on July 22.
It’s a potential payday that could be made sweeter if West Perth’s opponent turns out to be bitter rival East Perth.
The Royals take on the VFL’s Williamstown in Perth for semi-final two next week.
The Falcons’ clash with the Tasmanian State League’s second-placed side offered another chance for the reigning WAFL premiers to blood a number of youngsters at top-level football.
Coach Bill Monaghan considered the game time afforded to the less-experienced players as the key aspect of the competition.
“The main thing is we got to expose some of our younger players and guys who are up-and-coming to a national competition and they all performed really well,” he said.
“The positive is it confirms our belief that we’ve got plenty of depth at our club.”
Reserves players Aidan Lynch (team-high 24 disposals), Mitch McPhee (three goals), Corey Chalmers and Ben King all made their league debut on Tuesday.
The Falcons’ experiment with two ruckmen showed promise with No. 2 ruck Seva Martin providing an imposing option in the forward line and booting three goals.
West Perth held the Storm to just three behinds up to half-time, while piling on seven goals and five points of its own.