Concert may not be music to the ears of football teams

Docker Stephen Hill tackles Eagle Matt Priddis in last year’s pre-season derby clash. Picture courtesy Michael Dodge/Getty Images
Docker Stephen Hill tackles Eagle Matt Priddis in last year’s pre-season derby clash. Picture courtesy Michael Dodge/Getty Images

The match comes 16 days after the music festival, with the oval having endured the brunt of more than 20,000 gig goers and the wear of a major set-up operation involving tonnes of equipment and machinery.

A West Coast spokes-man said the club would be ‘keeping a close eye’ on the playing surface in the lead-up to the pre-season derby.

‘We are concerned,’ he said.

‘It’s our understanding that if the ground is not at an AFL standard then the game will not be played there.’

But AFL officials were confident the ground would be in good shape.

‘We have a turf management program in place for the period after the concert and we don’t have any concerns at this time,’ an AFL spokesman said.

A Fremantle Dockers spokeswoman said the club would ‘leave it to the AFL and WAFC to manage and ensure the oval is suitable for our match’.