Bring sportswomen in from the cold

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies with Bridgetee Harch, Genaya Casement, Natasha Oberman and Sloan Burton. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d435557
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies with Bridgetee Harch, Genaya Casement, Natasha Oberman and Sloan Burton. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d435557

The daughter of former East Fremantle Football Club player Dexter Davies opened the $26 million, four-court State Netball Centre in Jolimont last Saturday.

Ms Davies said elite sportswoman typically had substandard facilities compared to male-dominated sports.

�But more people get on a netball court every week than play AFL,� she said. �Fever players have had to travel around to different training venues and haven�t had consistency�these are elite sportswomen.�

The West Coast Fever will be based and train at the facility adjoining Matthews Netball Centre while still playing games at Challenge Stadium but the WA Netball League and development squads will play at the venue that has spectator seating for 1050 people.

The centre also has a kiosk, injury prevention and rehabilitation room.

n West Coast Fever match report page 51.