Fever eyes up arena
WEST Coast Fever has taken another step toward securing RAC Arena as its permanent home venue, after a renewed commitment from the City of Perth.
Fever first played at the arena in 2013, with the club’s most recent game held for the 2018 Super Netball grand final, setting a National League attendance record of 13,722.
The club averaged more than 8000 people at its arena games in 2018, far ahead of other Super Netball clubs.
The City of Perth officially joined Fever as a major partner for the inaugural Super Netball season in 2017 and estimated that the 2018 decider injected more than $1 million into the Perth economy.
Perth Chair Commissioner Eric Lumsden said the City’s partnership will help the long-term growth of the Fever.
“It was fantastic to see the City become a sea of green for the West Coast Fever in 2018 and we’re pleased to be supporting the team for the next three years,” he said.
West Coast Fever managing director Simon Taylor said fans would be the biggest beneficiaries.
“We have the goal of taking all West Coast Fever home games to RAC Arena, so to be able to move closer to that off the back of our most successful season is something we’re incredibly excited about,” Taylor said.
More than 2500 people have registered interest in becoming Fever members. A LATE rally by Curtin Saints wasn’t enough to steal victory in their Gridiron West battle with Perth Blitz on Saturday.
The Saints scored twice in the fourth quarter, including after an onside kick recovery, to turn an 10-point deficit into 22-18 lead with just minutes to play.
However Blitz big man Lloyd Skinner scored the game’s final touchdown after a final drive to end scoring in the exciting game at 26-22.
Curtin Saints’ women’s team were outclassed 32-0. The result in the earlier junior game was reversed, with Curtin winning 30-6.