Pitching for new digs

THE Fremantle District Cricket Club has launched a bid for a multi-million redevelopment of its clubhouse on Stevens Reserve, Fremantle.

Club president David Davenport told the Herald the facilities dated back to the 60s and were so outdated they failed a bunch of benchmarks that are technically needed for affiliation with the WACA.

Mr Davenport said the club would love to host women’s games, which would capitalise on the interest created by the success of the Australian women’s team, but couldn’t because they didn’t have change-rooms.

“The proposed new clubrooms, with the extra change-room facilities would allow both men and women to participate in the respective premier cricket competitions,” Mr Davenport said.

Fremantle has seen a number of team sports slipping away to Cockburn, it’s rugby league club the latest to look south, so Mr Davenport says it’s a significant statement to be investing in the port city.

• Jake Carder has a bowl while fellow player Jhye Richardson looks on with club president David Davenport, Chelsea Fell and Australian cricket legend Geoff Marsh. Photo by Steve Grant

Oldest clubs

The FDCC hails back to 1852, making it one of the city’s oldest sporting clubs, and has produced 10 test players, including Geoff Marsh, who’s two sons Shaun and Mitchell are current international cricketers.

Jhye Richardson is in the current Australian team, while Ashton Turner is in the one-day squad, while Jake Carder and Sam Whiteman are in WA’s Sheffield Shield squad.

Fremantle councillor Rachel Pemberton says she’s been running around on Stevens Reserves since she was a kid and doesn’t think it’s changed a lot over that time.

“The need for an upgrade of the club rooms is obvious, but doing so also creates an opportunity for an improved facility that serves the whole community,” Cr Pemberton said.

“Allowing the Stevens Reserve club facilities to be used by other users, when not in use by the cricket or hockey club, could provide additional income for the clubs and additional facilities for the community.

“Stevens Reserve is a dog exercise area frequented by hundreds of people a day.

“If there was a small cafe, people could grab a coffee while walking their dog, or sit and let the dogs play over lunch.”

by STEVE GRANT

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