WAFL Whispers - Falcons taking the Mickey
WAFL Whispers - Falcons taking the Mickey

New WA cricket coach Mickey Arthur got his first taste of the WAFL last Monday as a guest of West Perth for the clash with East Perth at Arena Joondalup.

Not only Arthur attend the pre-match luncheon, he was also invited into the Falcons' changerooms to hear the address by West Perth coach Bill Monaghan.

Arthur reported to our WAFL Whispers operative the dressing sheds were a little bit blue - and we're not talking about the colour in the guernseys.

"But it was nothing I haven't heard before," said Arthur, who has been involved with top cricket teams, including the South African national squad, for a couple of decades. He took the reins of the Warriors last month.

Arthur, through the constant badgering by WACA media manager and Hawthorn devotee Daniel Davini, has been converted to the Australian game and is believed to have been seen wearing a Hawks jumper since his arrival in Perth.


New East Fremantle chief executive Adam Kelly has hung up the boots after playing more than 300 matches for Tyntynder in the Central Murray league in northern Victoria.

Kelly will take over the Sharks job in early July after clearing his commitments with Murray Mallee Racing which he has headed for the past three years.

Although he claims to have only been a steady footballer, Kelly was part of the one of the most amazing streaks in Australian footy with the Swan Hill-based club.

He played every match of a 55-game winning streak in the late 1990s which brought Tyntynder three flags.

Swan Hill is about 200km east of Mildura on the Murray River and has produced at least three outstanding footballers - including two AFL premiership stars and a club captain.

Richmond star Geoff Raines was probably the pick of the Swan Hill products while Hawthorn premiership hard man Brent Guerra and former Tigers captain Tony Free were also from the town.


Troy Cook has also retired after 303 senior appearances that earned him universal admiration for his courage and team commitment and a reputation as one of the genuinely toughest players in the game.

The Peel players probably thought differently but there would be hardly any other footy followers who would have denied Cook the chance to walk off the field on Saturday a winner one last time.

Whether his final match was the spur or not, the Perth players lifted significantly in the second half against the Thunder to ensure their champ was able to leave victorious.

But Cook has left the door ajar to keep running around next year.

Chatting to former Fremantle team-mate Paul Hasleby on Monday, Cook was keen on a suggestion that he might play a few country matches.

And when Hasleby urged his mate to consider turning out for his old team Northampton, Cook quickly named his price.

"If you can cut up a sheep for me and throw in a carton of beer, I reckon it might be a goer," Cook said.


Long-time East Fremantle servant Murray Edwards will be laid to rest at Fremantle Cemetery at 11am tomorrow.

Edwards, who passed away last week, started with the Sharks in 1997 and filled a number of roles, including treasurer, secretary and volunteer.

East Fremantle paid tribute to Edwards by wearing black armbands in Monday's Foundation Day thumping of arch-rivals South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.


Andrew Merrington has finally made the top 100.

The East Perth veteran kicked three valuable goals on Monday to help the Royals get over the line against their old rivals West Perth.

The tally gave him 16 for the season and 264 in his stint at East Perth, making him the 100th highest goal-kicker in WAFL history.

Merrington’s third goal, which guaranteed the result at Arena Joondalup, also tipped former East Fremantle forward and dual premiership coach Ken Judge out of the top 100 goal-kickers.

And speaking of goal-kickers, Chad Jones has just reached the 250-goal milestone which puts him in Claremont’s top 10.

The rangy Tiger has been in rare form in the past two weeks with bags of 10 and nine and has just replaced Tassie medallist Les McClements in Claremont’s top 10.

The next target is Les Mumme’s 254 while Brownlow medallist Graham Moss (271) and Sandover medallist Anthony Jones (279) could be knocked off in the coming weeks.

The West Australian

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