Subiaco’s Heather Henderson: Big weekend for WAFL and AFL finals

Subiaco’s Heather Henderson: Big weekend for WAFL and AFL finals

SUBIACO Mayor Heather Henderson says the AFL and WAFL finals will be the most exciting chapter in 30 years for Subiaco oval.

On the back of two preliminary final AFL matches this Friday and Saturday, Mrs Henderson said West Australians should not overlook the WAFL grand final on Sunday.

This weekend marks the 131st WAFL grand final and both WA AFL teams will play for a spot in the grand final next weekend.

“(The WAFL) used to get 53,000 people before the AFL came (to Subiaco) and we shouldn’t overlook the fact that the WAFL grand final is happening,” Mrs Henderson said.

Fremantle Dockers will play Hawthorn on Friday, the Eagles will take on North Melbourne on Saturday and Subiaco Lions and West Perth Falcons will play in the WAFL grand final on Sunday.

Leederville oval became Subiaco’s home grounds in 2004 after it moved from Subiaco oval.

Mrs Henderson said she was a Subiaco fan who also supported West Coast.

“It will be good when we go to the MCG and show those Victorians. It’s absolutely wonderful that football will be the focus of the wider community for the next couple of weeks,” she said.

Subiaco vice-captain Darren Rumble (31) said he preferred Leederville oval as the home ground.

“It’s better at Leederville because it’s a lot smaller and more family-orientated,” Mr Rumble said.

“We get similar crowds who rock up to games but because the Eagles and Dockers are doing so well, people support the WAFL but we don’t get as much coverage or attention.”

Rumble, who has played for Subiaco since he was in the under-18s, said the Lions were “definitely ready” for the grand final.

“We’ve given ourselves a good chance for this week,” he said.

After beating East Perth by 29 points in the preliminary final on Sunday, West Perth will play 2014 premiers Subiaco in the grand final on Sunday.