West Perth Football Club proved it was not prepared to stand still when it was the only inner-city WA Football League club to take up the challenge in the 1990s of moving into an expanded area of Perth ” the northern corridor ” and base itself at Arena Joondalup.
It did not get the best financial deal but it has since won premierships and, in recent years, become a trail blazer, looking forward to new clubrooms and out to its potential new members in the region.
In a recent appeal for funding from the City of Joondalup, West Perth chief executive David Crute highlighted an embarrassing dearth of indigenous players.
The club has moved to rectify this with the recruiting of celebrated WAFL and Collingwood forward Andrew Krakouer.
The club should also decide ” it could be co-ordinated with the building and opening of its new clubrooms ” to change its name to the Joondalup Falcons to reflect its ‘new’ home.
It would be the first top Australian Rules team in Perth to adopt an Aboriginal moniker ” Joondalup, the name Nyungar people gave this wetland area.