New era for Cardinals

Mt Hawthorn Cardinals under-12s player Courtney Sutherland competes in a tagging drill with her team-mates. Pictures: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d398689
Mt Hawthorn Cardinals under-12s player Courtney Sutherland competes in a tagging drill with her team-mates. Pictures: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d398689

The Cardinals unveiled their storeroom at their home ground Menzies Park last week after a successful bid for their Year 11 team to train on Les Lilleyman Reserve.

Cardinals’ vice-president Ian Knoble said that over the past five years the club had doubled in size, with Menzies Park now hosting more than 200 Auskickers and 12 junior teams.

This year, registrations increased to more than 450 players.

Knoble said the club and the Year 11 squad had ‘outgrown’ their local haunt, with City of Vincent council recently backing their use of the North Perth reserve on Wednesdays.

‘The challenge for the club going forward is to manage our growth,’ he said.

‘Each year we’re getting an older team. Last year it was the Year 10s and this year it is the Year 11s and so we are outgrowing the facility for the size of the boys.

‘We’ve approached Les Lilleyman as well as Coolbinia for the oldest team to train and play away there. They’ll train Wednesday and Friday away and they’ll play on Sundays away too but still be based here (Menzies Park).’

He said their growth was reflective of a changing demographic.

‘The growth mirrors the increase in Mt Hawthorn Primary School numbers. I’m assuming the inner-city suburbs are being sub-divided and families are moving back in, that’s what seems to happen,’ he said.

He said the new storage facility, which was completed about two weeks ago, would now store equipment that had previously taken up space in the home change rooms and showers.

He said the side was shaping up ‘pretty good’ for next weekend’s bounce down.

‘The younger kids do one hour (training) one day a week to focus on their skills and the older boys train twice a week,’ he said.

– The new $36,000 facility was funded by the North Perth Community Bank, Menaglio Kohn Real Estate, City of Vincent and Department of Sport and Recreation.