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