Fever eyes up arena

Canning Times - - SPORT -

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.

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