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Falcon Laine Rasmussen is tackled by Charlie Nastasi, of the Seagulls, in last night’s Foxtel Cup grand final. Picture: Michael Willson/Getty Images

West Perth produced one of the most insipid performances of their long and glittering history by kicking just one goal against Williamstown in the Foxtel Cup grand final last night.

The Victorian powerhouses became the first team to win two national titles and coach Andy Collins secured his second in a row when they brushed aside West Perth by 63 points at Simonds Stadium.

Corey Chalmers kicked West Perth's only goal - two minutes into the last term - to avoid the dire prospect of the reigning WAFL premiers producing a goalless display in front of a national television audience.

But the 10.11 (71) to 1.2 (8) result still provided the Falcons with the ignominy of the lowest score in the four seasons of the competition as they failed to pass Mt Gravatt's 2.1 (13) in 2012.

"I am angry, embarrassed and disappointed," coach Bill Monaghan said.

"It was like under 10s playing against men and they showed us up in every area of the game. We are lacking competitiveness and hardness and we have been like that for much of the year."

West Perth did not score in the second and third terms and were outclassed and outmuscled from the opening bounce on a frigid night in Geelong. Williamstown returned 53 inside 50s to just 16 and won every statistical count by hefty margins.

Key figures Andrew Strijk (quad) and Shane Nelson (shoulder) also picked up injuries during the match though Strijk, the dashing half-back, was one of very few Falcons to at least square his position.

Williamstown won the inaugural Foxtel Cup in 2011 and made it clear within a few minutes of the start of the grand final that a second national title would soon be on its way.

Scott Clouston claimed five inside 50 marks in the first 20 minutes while the game was virtually decided when Kane Lambert kicked his team's fifth goal after the quarter-time siren.

The win provided Collins, the triple Hawthorn premiership back pocket, with his second title in as many seasons after he guided West Adelaide to victory over East Fremantle last year.

Williamstown's Ben Davies won the Coles medal as best afield. West Perth received $50,000 as runners-up.

- Perth captain Paul Bevan was last night suspended for three games after the WAFL Tribunal found him guilty of rough conduct over a late bump on Subiaco's Brett Mahoney on Saturday.

His teammate Clem Smith was reprimanded for rough conduct against George Hampson.


WILLIAMSTOWN5.45.9 7.1110.1171
GOALS - WILLIAMSTOWN: Nastasi, Johnstone, Clouston 2; Owen, Dorgan, Lambert, Tighe. WEST PERTH: Chalmers

BEST - WILLIAMSTOWN: Davies, Lambert, Clouston, Tighe, Dorgan, Mangan. WEST PERTH: Strijk, Rasmussen, J van Berlo, Kerr, Adams
INJURIES - WEST PERTH: Strijk (quad), Nelson (shoulder)

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