Fal­cons fly the Union Jack

Bait­ing the hook with UK flag

North Coast Weekender - - FALCONS INTERNATIONAL ROUND -

THE Union Jack is re­turn­ing to the front of West Perth’s guernsey for the Joon­dalup club’s In­ter­na­tional Round this Satur­day.

The Fal­cons first changed their jumper in 2012 for the same fix­ture to reach out to the high per­cent­age of Bri­tish mi­grants in the north­ern suburbs.

West Perth de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer An­drew O’Brien said the ap­peal to “Lit­tle Bri­tain” was a bold move but one that “em­braces our com­mu­nity”.

“The district has such a large in­ter­na­tional pop­u­la­tion, par­tic­u­larly Bri­tish,” he said.

“Hav­ing been in the role for only two months I have quickly iden­ti­fied the unique­ness of the north­ern suburbs and this is cer­tainly a unique way to pro­mote foot­ball. The only thing cra­zier would be to have a soc­cer match as the pre-game en­ter­tain­ment.”

O’Brien said the club, also af­fec­tion­ately known as the Gar­lic Munch­ers in re­la­tion to its roots in Leed­erville, was keen to pro­mote Aussie Rules as the “sport of choice for lo­cal kids”.

“We look for­ward to us­ing the WA Foot­ball League to wel­come new Aus­tralians to our area,” he said.

“We have been tar­get­ing lo­cal schools, pro­mot­ing the event and the ju­nior foot­ball play­ing path­way.

“This in­ter­na­tional round must be more than just a game.

“We need to grow the foot­ball par­tic­i­pa­tion base, and by giv­ing lo­cal chil­dren a taste of the WAFL we hope they pull on the boots and pick up the oval ball.”

The Fal­cons are hop­ing for a crowd of more than 5000 at the game against Su­bi­aco this Satur­day at Joon­dalup Arena.

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d482240 Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

West Perth foot­ballers Nathan Alexan­dre, cap­tain Aaron Black and vice-cap­tain Luke Mead­ows.

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