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The Dockers have withdrawn the rock and anchor formerly used at games before the first bounce, with it likely to be used in a future display.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