PEEL Thunder’s round six clash with Claremont has been relocated by the Western Australian Football Commission, after concerns over the state of the Showgrounds playing surface.
It was yesterday confirmed the game would be shifted to Leederville oval.
Colts, Reserves and League games will all be relocated from Claremont Showground after a final assessment of the playing surface by turf experts concluded it did not meet minimum standards.
WAFL general manager Steve Hargrave said despite extensive work to prepare the surface since the beginning of April, it was not yet suitable for WAFL fixtures.
“The West Australian Football Commission has been working closely with Claremont Football Club and turf experts to assess the playing surface to ensure it meets the standard required for players competing in the premier State League competition,” he said.
“There is still more time needed for the resurfacing work to settle, meaning the fixtures will be played at Leederville oval instead, which does not host a game in round six with East Perth playing away and Subiaco having the bye.”
Claremont Football Club chief executive Graham Moss said it was unfortunate the playing surface did not yet meet minimum standards despite an intensive restoration program since the last event was held at the Showground on April 3.
“The restoration program was designed to ensure the ground met the minimum standards for this weekend’s games but unfortunately that hasn’t occurred,” he said.