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Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By CAITLIN TILLER

SU­BI­ACO Mayor Heather Hen­der­son says the AFL and WAFL fi­nals will be the most ex­cit­ing chap­ter in 30 years for Su­bi­aco oval.

On the back of two pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal AFL matches this Fri­day and Satur­day, Mrs Hen­der­son said West Aus­tralians should not over­look the WAFL grand fi­nal on Sun­day.

This week­end marks the 131st WAFL grand fi­nal and both WA AFL teams will play for a spot in the grand fi­nal next week­end.

“(The WAFL) used to get 53,000 peo­ple be­fore the AFL came (to Su­bi­aco) and we shouldn’t over­look the fact that the WAFL grand fi­nal is hap­pen­ing,” Mrs Hen­der­son said.

Fre­man­tle Dock­ers will play Hawthorn on Fri­day, the Ea­gles will take on North Mel­bourne on Satur­day and Su­bi­aco Lions and West Perth Fal­cons will play in the WAFL grand fi­nal on Sun­day.

Leed­erville oval be­came Su­bi­aco’s home grounds in 2004 af­ter it moved from Su­bi­aco oval. Mrs Hen­der­son said she was a Su­bi­aco fan who also sup­ported West Coast.

“It will be good when we go to the MCG and show those Vic­to­ri­ans. It’s ab­so­lutely won­der­ful that football will be the fo­cus of the wider com­mu­nity for the next cou­ple of weeks,” she said.

Su­bi­aco vice-cap­tain Dar­ren Rum­ble (31) said he pre­ferred Leed­erville oval as the home ground.

“It’s bet­ter at Leed­erville be­cause it’s a lot smaller and more fam­ily-ori­en­tated,” Mr Rum­ble said.

“We get sim­i­lar crowds who rock up to games but be­cause the Ea­gles and Dock­ers are do­ing so well, peo­ple sup­port the WAFL but we don’t get as much cov­er­age or at­ten­tion.”

Rum­ble, who has played for Su­bi­aco since he was in the un­der-18s, said the Lions were “def­i­nitely ready” for the grand fi­nal.

“We’ve given our­selves a good chance for this week,” he said.

Af­ter beat­ing East Perth by 29 points in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal on Sun­day, West Perth will play 2014 pre­miers Su­bi­aco in the grand fi­nal on Sun­day.

SU­BI­ACO coun­cil­lor Mark Burns wants the City to take another punt on her­itage list­ing Su­bi­aco Oval’s grass be­cause of its im­por­tance to WA since the first game there in 1908.

“Why is it hal­lowed ground? Be­cause from the first day some grand­fa­ther kicked a ball to his grand­son, to the two games with WA teams in AFL fi­nals this week­end, the pe­riod in be­tween is our so­cial her­itage,” Cr Burns said.

At their meet­ing tonight, Cr Burns wants fel­low coun­cil­lors to sup­port his ur­gent mo­tion ask­ing coun­cil staff to sub­mit a new ”pro­fes­sional ap­pli­ca­tion” for her­itage pro­tec­tion of the oval, where the en­try gates al­ready have pro­tec­tion. The re­quest fol­lows Cr Burns and other coun­cil­lors find­ing that their March re­quest for the oval’s pro­tec­tion com­prised a four-page ap­pli­ca­tion and a 2004 re­port on her­itage val­ues from their coun­cil.

“They sub­mit­ted an 11-year-old doc­u­ment, which had noth­ing to do with the so­cial her­itage of the oval,” Cr Burns said.

He con­sid­ers so­cial her­itage to in­clude the recog­ni­tion first ob­tained by Abo­rig­i­nal play­ers in front of Euro­pean crowds, and the WA Football and Aus­tralian Football leagues played on the turf over the past 107 years.

He said it would be good that her­itage list­ing of the oval could give Premier Colin Bar­nett less op­por­tu­nity to con­sider the whole site’s pos­si­ble de­vel­op­ment for hous­ing af­ter Perth Sta­dium in Bur­swood opens.

Su­bi­aco Oval is leased to the WA Football Com­mis­sion (WAFC), whose spokesman said it was work­ing with Su­bi­aco Coun­cil to en­sure the history of the site con­tin­ues to be “ap­pro­pri­ately recog­nised”. The spokesman said the WAFC be­lieved that keep­ing the oval in any fu­ture re­de­vel­op­ment was de­sir­able but it did not have any po­si­tion on any her­itage list­ing.

Her­itage Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said the Her­itage Coun­cil’s ini­tial re­view of the oval’s sur­face found it was un­likely to meet the rules that would put it on the State Register of Her­itage Places but he would con­sider the Her­itage Coun­cil's rec­om­men­da­tion.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d443885

Su­bi­aco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son and Dar­ren Rum­ble from the Su­bi­aco Football Club are ready for fi­nals fever in Su­bi­aco.

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