MIRRABOOKA MLA Janine Freeman admits she is not an avid AFL supporter but as a Subiaco Football Club vice-|patron and supporter, her passion lies with WAFL and grassroots footy.
In Ms Freeman’s eyes, the AFL grand final is not the only highly anticipated competition this weekend, with Subiaco going up against West Perth to defend their 12 premierships.
Ms Freeman, whose father Arthur Freeman played for West Perth, said she followed WAFL because it was much more community-based, with Subiaco having a strong connection with Edmund Rice Centre Lions and encouraging children from diverse cultures to be involved in sport.
“I love the participation of the game and that’s why I like WAFL because you can go out and have a kick on the oval during half-time,” she said.
“You’re much more a part of it. It’s about the families getting involved.”
Ms Freeman acknowledged the West Coast Eagles for their “fantastic” connection to the Edmund Rice Centre Lions, with Nic Natanui coming down to work with them as a role model.
“Because the limelight is on footballers in WA, the whole aspect of them being really important role models is quite pivotal for young people to get good role models around physical health as well as mental health and community participation,” she said.
“Subi is facing a bit of a struggle in getting players and they’re really clinging to make sure that kids in the Balga area have an opportunity to play football.
“Subiaco Football Club is really committed to ensuring that the communities in that Balga area get the same opportunities to be able to compete in kids sport.”
Ms Freeman said she hoped the Dockers would win the AFL premiership after missing out in 2013.
Subiaco will go up against the Falcons at Domain Stadium on September 27.