An­chors away for auc­tion items

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

THE of­fice where Fremantle coach Ross Lyon or­ches­trated his side’s run to the 2013 grand fi­nal is among a host of items at the AFL club’s former base go­ing un­der the ham­mer.

Some 400 pieces, including train­ing equip­ment, ban­ners, mas­sage ta­bles and mon­i­tors used by the club dur­ing its twodecade stay at Fremantle Oval, are up for grabs to the high­est bid­der via an on­line auc­tion.

The Dock­ers left their former home for Cock­burn ARC ear­lier this year, leav­ing be­hind plenty.

Ev­ery­thing in Lyon’s mod­est former of­fice – including his desk, chair and white­board – can be taken in a pack­age.

Items likely to gen­er­ate plenty of at­ten­tion are the play­ers’ lock­ers.

They are be­ing auc­tioned off in banks of three, with some signed by cur­rent and former play­ers including skip­per Nat Fyfe, Aaron Sandi­lands and Peter Bell.

Ross’ Auc­tion­eers and Valuers are run­ning the auc­tion, which will see money raised go to­wards sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives run by the Fremantle Dock­ers Foun­da­tion.

Auc­tion­eer Dave Crofts said the lock­ers were likely to be the big at­trac­tion.

“It’s a rare op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to buy a locker and have it on dis­play at their work or home or any­where,” he said.

“I haven’t crossed an AFL club be­fore sell­ing old lock­ers, so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what (price) they go for.”

The Dock­ers have with­drawn the rock and an­chor for­merly used at games be­fore the first bounce, with it likely to be used in a fu­ture dis­play.

Strewn through­out the Parry Street venue are in­ter­est­ing tit­bits from the former hosts, including white­boards with mes­sages about long-term goals for play­ers, train­ing struc­tures and even posters with the “Freo Way” mantra.

Crofts said hav­ing to cat­a­logue hun­dreds of items had given him a fresh ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the way a club op­er­ates.

“From the items left be­hind, you do get that un­der­stand­ing of how in­tense a foot­ball club is,” he said.

The auc­tion is live at auc­tions.com.au. Stage one closes tonight, with stage two wrap­ping up on Wed­nes­day.

Ross’ Auc­tion­eers and Valuers’ David Crofts in Ross Lyon’s former of­fice.

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