PUNTERS can secure a players’ bench, a coach’s phone or even the bar fridge from the coach’s room at a Subiaco Oval auction this Saturday.
From 10am, the first in a series of auctions will be held as part of the decommissioning process of the oval, with the WA Football commission directing an auctioneering firm to clear remaining assets from the site.
Ross’s Auctions’ Dave Croft said the July 7 auction will be largely catering and function equipment and general items.
“The first auction coincides with the country football week, so it gives those country football clubs the opportunity to be here on that weekend – it’s a good chance for them to upgrade some of their facilities,” he said.
“There’s already been some interest from the local WAFL clubs.”
Mr Croft said the WAFC was working through the memorabilia and collectables and was deciding on a plan of what would be released.
“We’re going to have things like the players’ benches and the dugouts on the oval, we’ll have the coaches phone and seat, the bar fridge from the coach’s rooms,” he said.
“Players benches aren’t just for local players, they’re home and away, so everybody’s bum has been sitting on those benches at some stage.”
Around 400 people are expected onsite at the auction.
“Many people have never been to a live and traditional auction, and it can be a bit of an outing and an eye-opener. Often they marvel at the ability of the auctioneer to call – there are 400 lots in this auction. They don’t have a break, they just keep calling,” Mr Croft said.
“It’s not everyday that your major sporting stadium closes down, so these opportunities are not once in a lifetime, but they’re extremely rare.”
The turf will not be up for grabs, with the Eagles still training onsite and state and junior state teams utilising the oval as a training facility.
Following the July 7 auction, auctions are scheduled for August 2 and 23 at 10am, along with September 22 if required.