Football fans can watch preliminary final at the Royal Show

RAS CEO Peter Cooper and president Rob Wilson... there will be three areas in which to watch the AFL finals at the Royal Show.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d443590
RAS CEO Peter Cooper and president Rob Wilson... there will be three areas in which to watch the AFL finals at the Royal Show. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d443590

FOOTY fans can watch the West Coast Eagles in the AFL preliminary final in three areas at the Claremont Showground on the Perth Royal Show’s opening weekend.

Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) president Rob Wilson said the Claremont Showground would screen the match at the arena, the members area and food plaza this Saturday.

“There’s plenty of shade, seating and food for a good family atmosphere,” Dr Wilson said.

Four 6x4m screens would be almost back-to-back in a cube formation at the arena.

The 400-person capacity food plaza will have a TV showing the game, along with several screens in the members’ area.

RAS chief executive Peter Cooper said one of the show’s biggest attendance days was when Fremantle played in the grand final in 2013.

“When one parent wants to watch football, the other can take the kids around to other exhibits,” he said.

Dr Wilson, who donned a Dockers scarf only for a photo, said he had been an Eagles member since the club started and Mr Cooper said he was always an Eagles fan.

Mr Cooper said the show’s “big ticket item” this year was a dinosaur exhibit.

“From a commercial aspect, this year is all about dinosaurs; the first farmers I like to call them,” Mr Cooper said.

“On the back of that, our cultural piece for the show is from Vietnam and they will be doing water puppets.”

Mr Cooper said the RAS also had a historical walk through in tribute to the 10th Light Horse Regiment where kids could make poppies and slouch hats.

Dr Wilson said the educational exhibit featured the International Year of Soils.

“Kids can come in and see the different soils we have in WA, touch and feel the texture and measure pH levels,” he said.