Leederville, Western Australia
From 1915 to 1993 Leederville Oval was the home of the West Perth Football Club. Under urging from the WAFC, the Falcons moved to the northern suburb of Joondalup in 1994. There was talk of the ground becoming the WAFC headquarters and a training venue for the West Coast Eagles or Subiaco.
Now Leederville Oval is the home of West Perth’s bitter rival East Perth (who were eased off their home ground Perth Oval by soccer club Perth Glory) and Subiaco (lured away from Subiaco Oval).
The Falcons have won three premierships since the move – 1995, 1999 and 2003 – but the move hasn’t been a total success.
A big problem for WPFC is that making money out of home games at Arena Joondalup is nearly impossible – late in 2010 they played a home game at Bassendean Oval (home of Swan Districts) so they could make some dough.
Meanwhile Leederville Oval is becoming the WAFL’s showpiece – occasionally West Perth fans catch themselves thinking, ‘What happened?’
Leederville Oval hosted the state game in 2010 between the WAFL and the VFL. The visitors got off to a flying start.
The current scoreboard is one of those digital things and that means you often glance up at the board and see an advertisement rather than the score.