Football fans can watch preliminary final at the Royal Show

Royal   Agricultural  Society’s  Peter  Cooper and Rob   Wilson. Picture: Andrew Ritchie           d443590
Royal Agricultural Society’s Peter Cooper and Rob Wilson. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d443590

FOOTY fans can watch the West Coast Eagles in the AFL preliminary final in three areas at the Claremont Showground on the Perth Royal Show’s opening weekend.

Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) president Rob Wilson said the Claremont Showground would screen the match at the arena, the members’ area and food plaza this Saturday.

“There’s plenty of shade, seating and food for a good family atmosphere,” Dr Wilson said.

He said four 6m x 4m screens would be almost back-to-back in a cube formation at the centre of the arena.

The 400-person capacity food plaza will have a TV showing the game, along with several screens in the member’s area.

RAS chief executive Peter Cooper said one of the show’s biggest attendance days was when Fremantle played in the grand final in 2013.

“When one parent wants to watch football, the other can take the kids around to other exhibits if they don’t want to watch the game,” Mr Cooper said.

Dr Wilson, who donned a Dockers scarf only for a photo, said he had been an Eagles member since the club started and Mr Cooper said he was always an Eagles fan.

“Like most West Australians, I grew up barracking for a Victorian side and the first opportunity for a WA side was West Coast,” Mr Cooper said.

“I reckon Eagles will knock the flag off this year,” he said.