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.”
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!
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.
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.
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 FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.
Written an authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.
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.
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.
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.
The South Metropolitan Police have announced that they will enforce helmet bike laws in Fremantle today but that won’t affect the speeding riders in the TOUR DE PERTH this evening. They always wear helmets.
Stage 1-Fremantle Prologue will be held from 6 pm with start and finish at the Esplanade and riders going around very tight corners at Mouat, Croke and Cliff streets at high speeds.
It is a great spectacle that deserves far more spectators than it had last year, so forget the TV for a few hours and support this event.
It is really good to see how popular the Fremantle ESPLANADE YOUTH PLAZA is. The place was packed today with kids and families, doing all sorts of activities, and a couple of police officers also keeping an eye on it. But it is a very peaceful and respectful environment at the EYP and that is one of the best things of it all.
At the Spare Parts Theatre the FARM play is on but also the School of Puppetry doing workshops for kids, and outside in Pioneer Park there are big colourful figures made by the people of the wheatbelt town of Merredin.