Count Me In Round: Coolbinia and High Wycombe play in grand final footy rematch

David Hallows, Tony Notte (Swan Districts co captain) and Graeme Govan Picture: Bruce Hunt d484502
David Hallows, Tony Notte (Swan Districts co captain) and Graeme Govan Picture: Bruce Hunt d484502

TWO of the best WA Amateur Football League integrated football teams will face off at Swan Districts’ home ground, Bassendean Oval, for the first time.

Coolbinia and High Wycombe will be playing in a grand final rematch at 1.35pm, just before the Swans’ league side takes on East Perth.

Coolbinia won three-straight premierships, while High Wycombe played its first final last year.

High Wycombe captain and ruckman Graeme Govan, who led WA to win pool B at the AFL National Inclusion Carnival in Tasmania last month, said it was a privilege to play at Bassendean Oval.

“I have played on a bigger oval in Tasmania which is probably the same side as this,” he said.

“A lot of the High Wycombe supporters will be down, I’ll be happy for them to cheer us on.”

Coolbinia captain and ruckman David Hallows said he never played on the ground before.

“This is a big ground so it lends itself well to lots of runners, probably not me, but my midfield will love it,” he said.

“We have played after the last game…this is special because we get to play in the middle of them all where the people aren’t just leaving as the game goes on.”

Swans co-captain Tony Notte said it was great opportunity to host the integrated teams, which contribute to the club’s move from a traditional football club to a community club.

After experiencing a good start to the season followed by a “shaky” few weeks, Notte said the next month was really important.

“It was probably one of our best games for the year that we played against East Perth at Leederville,” he said.

“We need to bring our best game against them…it is always competitive against those AFL players and the players that fill in.

“Being back at home, hopefully we can get a win as well.”