THE Coastal Titans Womens Football Club will this season trade in its blue and yellow strip for the maroon and gold of Subiaco.
Established in 2004, the Titans had previously been affiliated with the Lions but will undergo a complete rebrand as the Subiaco Women’s Football Club ahead of the 2018 season.
Holding seven league premierships as the Titans, Subiaco Women’s Football Club president Sarah Michell said she was confident the support of the Lions would ensure continued success.
“Carrying the new name and wearing the Subiaco colours will be an honour for everyone involved, on and off the field,” she said.
“It obviously means the end of an era for the Coastal Titans Women’s Football Club, and a very successful era at that.
“But we are excited about this next phase, and look forward to continuing to grow female football in the Subiaco district and to developing a new generation of Subiaco Football Club female superstars.”
Having founded the Titans 14 years ago, the Duncraig resident said she had shed a quiet tear or two and compared it to saying goodbye to a “really good friend”.
“The Titans is something that has been such a massive part of my life, and its pretty humbling looking back on what we’ve created over the years but looking forward, it’s just amazing where female football has come in that time, and it’s so exciting to be a part of it,” she said.
“I actually grew up supporting Subi, so I feel honoured to be leading these girls as the first ever Subiaco Football Club Women’s teams and creating our own a little piece of Subi footy club history.”
Captain Hayley Miller, who has played for the Titans for four years and is a Fremantle AFLW midfielder, said the rebrand felt as though she was losing a “little part” of herself but was looking forward to not having to explain that the team was the Subiaco equivalent.
“I don’t think it will impact us significantly on the field apart from the colours we wear and potentially increasing our supporter base, but it certainly will provide more exposure to women’s football as a whole and Subiaco Football Club in particular which is really important in order to continue to grow the game,” she said.
“Subiaco has a very proud and successful history behind it and it’s a really great opportunity for the girls to become part of history in playing for the club’s women’s team.
“I have no doubt the girls will represent the jumper with pride and strive to bring Subiaco the success we have had previously as the Titans.”
The Kallaroo resident said for the longevity and continued success of the Titans, the alignment with Subiaco was really important.
“As an independent club it is very difficult to compete against teams aligned with huge WAFL clubs,” she said.
“Unfortunately on our own we just don’t have the facilities, resources or money to maintain the standards required to move forward and grow as a club and as a team.
“The support Subiaco has offered over the past few months in particular has been incredible and I hope this continues in years to come.”
Ms Michell said the women’s playing jumpers would be revealed in the week leading up to the season opener and will be traditional Subiaco jumpers, like the men’s, but with small adjustments to acknowledge the “strong and rich history” of the Coastal Titans.