Bassendean and Bayswater mayors pine for western derby grand final

Sylvan Albert and  John Gangell are hoping for a western derby Grand Final.Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d443812
Sylvan Albert and John Gangell are hoping for a western derby Grand Final.Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d443812

WHILE it’s still unknown whether either WA football team will make it to the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Bayswater and Bassendean mayors Sylvan Albert and John Gangell are pinning their hopes on a western derby Grand Final.

Councillor Gangell, a diehard Fremantle supporter, has bled purple since the team’s inception in 1994.

He said that along with many others, he had been on a roller coaster ride with the port city team, longing for a premiership. But in the meantime he had loved the passion and spirit of the underdog club.

“We have had our share of lean years and now it’s time for the ultimate glory,” Cr Gangell said.

“I think our chances are extremely good.

“Win the preliminary final and we can beat all contenders – after all we are the ‘anywhere, anytime’ club.”

For Councillor Albert, a loyal West Coast supporter, a western derby would be a chance to make history and the possibility of a fourth premiership for his beloved Eagles.

“Their chances of winning the premiership are exceptional,” Cr Albert said. “The Eagles deserve to win again.”

Cr Albert said he hoped to watch the game at home, while Cr Gangell will attend an annual Grand Final shed party in Bassendean.

“Bring on the western derby grand final and Freo’s first premiership,” Cr Gangell said.