Fal­cons cut women

Joondalup Times - - SPORT - Justin Bian­chini

WAFL club West Perth will not field a team in the new women’s league.

Pres­i­dent Neale Fong told the Times it was no se­cret the Fal­cons, who nar­rowly sur­vived vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion last year, would not be rep­re­sented in the league after ex­plain­ing their rea­sons to a club AGM on De­cem­ber 15.

“We just weren’t able to fi­nan­cially sup­port it… we’re still try­ing to sta­bilise our over­all fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

Fong said the club had cal­cu­lated it would cost more than $50,000 – “money we just don’t have” – after the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion had called for sub­mis­sions last year from the then nine WAFL clubs.

He said West Perth, which had been the first club to have a women’s team, would still sup­port their women play­ing in a lower league.

“It’s not be­cause we don’t want one (a team in the new league),” he said.

Fong said costs as­so­ci­ated with field­ing a team in­cluded pay­ing to use Joon­dalup Arena. He said the re­formed West Perth board was work­ing on spon­sor­ship for this sea­son.

“Hope­fully we’re on track to at­tract big spon­sors over the next month,” he said.

“We’re very happy with the re­cruit­ing.

“The se­nior coach (Ge­off Valen­tine) has set­tled in. We’re get­ting all the tra­di­tional club rev­enues lined up and we’re pretty happy with our fix­ture.”

Fong said the club was or­gan­is­ing its Cor­po­rate Clas­sic func­tion where busi­nesses en­ter a lot­tery for be­tween $500 and $600 in a draw to be­come the ma­jor jumper spon­sor.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for not much money to get be­hind the club,” he said.

“And if you’re lucky on the night you can get pretty good ex­po­sure.”

He said West Perth was also keen to get a nam­ing rights spon­sor for its play­ing oval, Joon­dalup Arena.

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