Jordy full of gridiron grit

Kickett, who plays in the defensive tackle position for the Rockingham Vipers, said it was great to see gridiron soar in popularity in Australia.

He had to pull out of the season after the concussions and shoulder surgery but plans to be back in form for the National Championships in March.

“In Europe it is huge… it has definitely been growing in Australia in the last few years with players like Jarryd Hayne going over to the US.

“It would be great to see it more mainstream here. Nowhere in Australia has any pro league.”

Gridiron West president Ben Gastarov said he was looking forward to watching the final play out at Perth Soccer Club’s home ground of Dorrien Gardens for the first time.

“Dorrien Gardens is the perfect venue for us,” Mr Gastarov said.

Perth SC president Gary Marocchi said he was looking forward to adding similar events to the Dorrien Gardens calendar.

The final will be at 6.45pm on February 13 at Dorrien Gardens, with free admission for the public.