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ABOUT RAIN, MAD DOGS AND GOLFERS

Posted in fremantle, rain, sport, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on July 20, 2017

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It’s wet, cold and windy out there, so a real winter’s day in Fremantle.

I was very adventurous, like the old Dutch explorers, and went out all the way to Point Walter to take these photos.

The golfers were all in wet weather gear and seem to enjoy themselves, but I rather be on the couch with a good book when it’s cold, so I drove back to Freo to Elizabeth’s bookshop for a browse and finding some light reading.

Roel Loopers

NEW FREMANTLE PARK CLUBHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, recreation, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2017

 

The plans for a new clubhouse at Fremantle Park on Parry Street can finally go ahead after Fremantle Council approved it on Wednesday.

The clubhouse will become the new home for the Fremantle Workers Club, Fremantle Tennis Club and Fremantle Bowling Club which will share the two-storey premises.

The City of Fremantle also plans to build a public carpark next to it to accommodate inner city parking.

The $ 4,4 million project will be paid for by the Workers Club, the CoF and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

The Fremantle Workers Club will pay $ 1.85 million, as will the City. The State Department will pay $ 400,000, and Fremantle City will pay another $ 300,000 for the public carpark, if the use is approved by the state.

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE BREEZE JUST HOT AIR?

Posted in city of fremantle, cricket, sport by freoview on December 17, 2016

I don’t often write about sport on Freo’s View but must express my amazement about the City of Fremantle’s involvement with the Fremantle Breeze Big Bash League cricket team and that the franchise will be playing at Fremantle Oval.

It tactically seems very inappropriate when C0F is in a legal battle with the Fremantle Dockers AFL club to relinquish their long-term lease for the oval when they relocate to Cockburn next year.

With the (unlikely) possibility of a BBL team playing at Freo Oval the Dockers’ management must see dollar signs flashing in front of their eyes, so they now have an incentive to hold on to the lease and stay put and sub-let the ground to Fremantle Breeze, should that franchise ever eventuate.

With the City of Fremantle also wanting to develop and shift the oval Fremantle Breeze might not have the oval available to them for a long period during development.

I think John Townsend, sports journalist with the West Australian, put it succinctly “It is a thought bubble dressed in a cricket shirt.”

Roel Loopers

AUSTRALIAN RUGBY TEAM AT FREO ESPLANADE

Posted in fremantle, sport, TV by freoview on October 10, 2016
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My mate Saf Ali of Smartchoice Realty made me aware that the Australian Rugby Team is staying at the Fremantle Esplanade Hotel this week and that the The Voice TV series were doing auditions today there as well, so I thought I’d better try my luck.

The Voice people were really lovely but told me I can’t sing or dance, but suggested I would have excellent chances of becoming Australia’s next Bachelor or even Supermodel, so I’ll audition for that next time.

Keep an eye out for all the sporting and singing celebrities in Freo and make them feel welcome!

Roel Loopers

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GYUTO MONKS CRICKET MATCH AT CLANCY’S

Posted in fremantle, gyuto monks, sport by freoview on October 1, 2016

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The GYUTO Monks of Tibet are in W.A. again and starting off their trip in Fremantle on Sunday October 9 when they are playing the Clancy’s All Stars for the Divinity Cup in a cricket match at Princess May Park at 10 am.

It is a free event so bring the family along for a morning of fun.

I took part in the inaugural Divinity Club when there were teams from St Patrick’s Basilica, Clancy’s and the Gyuto monks, and our Clancy’s team played very well mainly because I never got to bowl or bat, but took some great photos.

The monks have a great sense of humour but are chuckers, so come and see them being bowled LBW-Love Buddha World.

Roel Loopers

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GREAT FUN AT NOTRE DAME UNI WEST END DASH

Posted in fremantle, notre dame university, sport by freoview on March 23, 2016

 

What a lot of fun today’s annual WEST END DASH by Fremantle Notre Dame University students was. It was the best one I have attended so far.

Primary school students from Wembley, on a historic Freo tour with Two Feet and a Heartbeat, were invited to participate and the firies from the Freo FESA station also turned up for the sprint and tug of war.

There were wheelbarrow and chocolate Easter egg races, a sausage sizzle, golf, basketball, tabletennis an footy games. It was a brilliant way of spending one’s lunch hour.

Roel Loopers

DISC GOLF FOR HILTON

Posted in city of fremantle, sport by freoview on September 28, 2015

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This sounds like a good idea for Fremantle! The City is planning a nine disc catching disc golf course at Dick Lawrence Oval in Beaconsfiled and part of Hilton Park, so let them know if you like it or not.

I enjoy throwing the good old frisbee around a bit and running like hell to catch. It’s a fun way to stay fit and can be enjoyed by the whole family, and even dogs who like to catch the discs.

Roel Loopers

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Written an authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

STATE GOVERNMENT SNUBS FREMANTLE CLUBS

Posted in CLUBS, fremantle, sport, western australia by freoview on April 21, 2015

It is very disappointing that the W.A. State Government has yet again let down the Fremantle community, with the Department of Sport and Recreation not supporting the grant application that would have seen a new club house built at Parry Street for the Fremantle Workers, Tennis and Bowling clubs. The proposal also included an essential car park on the site to cater for users of the tennis and bowling facilities, club bar and restaurant, and that would also have catered for visitors to the Basilica, Clancy’s, Christian Brothers School, St Patrick’s Community group, etc.

The idea was that the COF would invest $ 1.3 million, the three clubs a similar amount, and that the State would cover the other $ 1.3 needed to make the development viable.

The proposal is now some $ 1.3 million short and it has to be seen if the City of Fremantle believes that income from the proposed carpark would be able to cover the shortfall.

It looks like State Government spent most of the available grant money on country sporting clubs but did not see the benefit a clubhouse sharing of the three Freo clubs would bring.

Roel Loopers

YOUNG SAILORS AT POINT WALTER

Posted in city of melville, fremantle, sailing, sport by freoview on April 8, 2015

The change in weather is sudden and quite nice, so I had to look for long pants this morning for the first time in five months. A drive along the river when it is so calm and overcast is always nice and I happened to come across some young sailors at Point Walter. It appears to be the private boys schools like Wesley and Scotch College doing a bit of school holiday yacht racing.

Roel Loopers

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ARTY TOUR DE PERTH

Posted in cycling, fremantle, photography, sport, tour de perth by freoview on March 26, 2015

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I was disappointed this evening when I found out that theFremantle prologue of the Tour de Perth meant it was only a time trial and not a race. Pretty boring photos shooting individual riders doing laps I thought, so I decided to do it the arty way that captures speed and colour.

Nice to see a bit of a crowd at the start and finish at the Esplanade Hotel.

Roel Loopers

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