Bring sportswomen in from the cold

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SPORT and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mia Davies says her early netball play­ing days in­volved freez­ing rain and garbage bags in Wyalkatchem.

The daugh­ter of for­mer East Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club player Dex­ter Davies opened the $26 mil­lion, four-court State Netball Cen­tre in Jolimont last Satur­day.

Ms Davies said elite sportswoman typ­i­cally had sub­stan­dard fa­cil­i­ties com­pared to male-dom­i­nated sports.

“But more peo­ple get on a netball court ev­ery week than play AFL,” she said. “Fever play­ers have had to travel around to dif­fer­ent train­ing venues and haven’t had con­sis­tency…these are elite sportswomen.”

The West Coast Fever will be based and train at the fa­cil­ity ad­join­ing Matthews Netball Cen­tre while still play­ing games at Chal­lenge Sta­dium but the WA Netball League and devel­op­ment squads will play at the venue that has spec­ta­tor seat­ing for 1050 peo­ple.

The cen­tre also has a kiosk, in­jury preven­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion room.

West Coast Fever match re­port page 51.

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