Wolves deserve the Lions’ share of plaudits
WAFL club Subiaco might get the plaudits as the power state league team of this decade, but the Joondalup Wolves have made a strong case to be considered in that conversation.
The State Basketball League side is heading into its sixth grand final this weekend with a shot at its third title from nine seasons since 2010.
Subiaco has contested four grand finals with two premierships in that time and appears headed for a fifth appearance in this year’s decider.
Joondalup chief executive Cameron Britt raised the Subiaco comparison after it was brought to his attention by a Wolves member. He described it as “rarefied air”.
“They’re (Subiaco) certainly a club that’s well recognised in WA for their success and ongoing ability to be right in there at the pointy end of a season,” he said. “So it’s quite nice to see that we’re running along side them.”
The Wolves, who face the Perry Lakes Hawks at Bendat Basketball Centre on Saturday, have enjoyed just as big a season off the court as they have on it.
Bigger crowds have followed them to their multimillion-dollar new home court at HBF Arena after they ended nearly 30 years at Joondalup Basketball Stadium last season.
In recent seasons, it was rare for the Wolves to land a crowd bigger than 500 in the regular season.
This year, they had an average attendance of 550.
That number peaked at 866 with their semi-final against Stirling earlier this month.
Britt said that game was “enormous to manage but highly satisfying”.
“We had probably 75 people who didn’t see the whole first quarter, such was the surge of attendees arriving just before tip-off,” he said. “Our fans have saluted in terms of their attendance and interest.
“It would be icing on the cake to hang a (championship) banner on our debut year in the arena.”