Subiaco WAFL match at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex could see cricket wicket moved

Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex. Picture: Martin Kennealey

A KINGSWAY oval will be modified to accommodate a WAFL match in August.

Subiaco Football Club has proposed to play its round 20 game against West Perth at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex on August 6.

However, this would not be possible with the ground’s existing central cricket wicket.

At the City’s May 24 meeting, councillors endorsed the City of Wanneroo’s recommendation to relocate it.

The City’s report said there had been preliminary discussions with resident clubs to move the wicket further east as it would better suit their needs.

It mentioned concerns about the $35,000 cost of the project but said it was justifiable as it would better serve clubs and give potential for future WAFL games to be played at the ground.

The City will seek an agreement with Subiaco and the WAFL to host games at Kingsway on a minimum bi-annual basis over the next five years.

Councillor Brett Treby said it was a good decision.

“It provides us with an opportunity to get a higher level state fixture played at Kingsway,” he said.

“I hope thousands of residents come along.”

To prepare the ground for the match, the City said it was consulting with clubs to arrange alternative training and competition venues in the fortnight prior and would spend less than $6000 to improve the quality of the playing surface.

The central wicket will be removed before August and replaced prior to the cricket summer season, with the location to be confirmed with the clubs.