Gridiron team makes home at Arena

West Coast Wolverines Casey Stein, Damian Lane (front), Josh Vote and Joel van der Meer.
West Coast Wolverines Casey Stein, Damian Lane (front), Josh Vote and Joel van der Meer.

The West Coast Wolverines American Football Club is set to move from Padbury after three years and will call Arena Joondalup home, along with the West Perth Falcons WAFL team.

Club president Damian Lane said the move next month would provide the best possible facilities for its members and help the club be a sporting focal point in its community.

He said he hoped the relocation would provide a platform for the club to win its first Gridiron West championship ” a competition it has been part of since 2005.

‘With a new home comes new and increased expectations and while the Wolverines board is heavily focused on becoming a solid community member over the long term, we are also striving to win a championship,’ Lane said.

‘We believe that with new players joining the club from other Joondalup-based sporting clubs, such as Joondalup Brothers Rugby Union and the Joondalup Giants Rugby League, we will have a pool of talent to be envied by other teams.

‘The Wolverines plan on winning the 2013-14 Gridiron West championship and bringing the trophy home to Joondalup.’

VenuesWest chairman Graham Partridge said the Wolverines would bring the number of sports played at Arena Joondalup to 16.

‘The venue benefits from having as many sports as possible play and train there because it maximises use of the grounds, and while winter is very busy, summer sports like American Football utilise space that is often unused,’ he said.

‘The community also benefits as it has a bigger range of sports to play and watch all year round.

Lane said the Wolverines were expecting at least five home games this season, with VenuesWest working with the club to see how best to manage playing fields requirements.

With the countdown on to the season opener in October, the club is focused on recruiting and a solid pre-season.

Registration day will be held at Arena Joondalup on Saturday, August 3, with first training on August 5.

For details, contact recruit @wolverinesfootball.com.au.