The WACA - Downfall

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That's exactly the reason.

I remember reading in Dennis Cometti's book that he was on the committee set up to decide whether lights at the WACA were viable just before the Eagles came in. Essentially they found that the VFL didn't give a rats ass where or when they played as long as the licence fee came in on time, and cricket would only use the lights once or twice a year. Consequently they were going to recommend no lights at the WACA. Just before they officially reported back, they were told the decision had been made by the government and it no longer mattered what they thought.
I remember going to a game at the WACA, WCE v Brisbane (when Capper was playing with them) and it was definitely a day game.
 

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Perhaps Gloucester Park could take over the WACA land and expand it for the trots. Seems to be the only venue in the country that people actually attend and it has the best racing in Australia too. (I know it would never happen with what the land would be worth)
 

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Perhaps Gloucester Park could take over the WACA land and expand it for the trots. Seems to be the only venue in the country that people actually attend and it has the best racing in Australia too. (I know it would never happen with what the land would be worth)
Why would more ground area help the trots?
 

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It was also a Brisbane home game...!
Well there you go. I think from memory that Capper kicked 6 and Brissie didn't kick much more for the game. What crowd were watching were really giving it to him but it seemed to me that half the crowd were down behind the stands, drinking at the bars for the whole game.

Yep, just looked it up. Round 3, 1988, Capper kicked 6 of 10 and Glendenning kicked 6 of 29 for WCE. I see that Phil Walsh played for the Bad News Bears and had 30 touches and kicked a goal.
 

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Perhaps Gloucester Park could take over the WACA land and expand it for the trots. Seems to be the only venue in the country that people actually attend and it has the best racing in Australia too. (I know it would never happen with what the land would be worth)
Then where would the WACA administration relocate to. Where would they develop their juniors, play Shield cricket and play international cricket against the likes of NZ, WI, Pakistan and Sri Lanka where not even 15000 would turn up once the "new stadium" appeal wears off. I'm sure the AFL wouldn't want the same headache with Perth Stadium that they once had with the MCG and cricket every March. The WACA Ground still has a purpose and a future.
 

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Then where would the WACA administration relocate to. Where would they develop their juniors, play Shield cricket and play international cricket against the likes of NZ, WI, Pakistan and Sri Lanka where not even 15000 would turn up once the "new stadium" appeal wears off. I'm sure the AFL wouldn't want the same headache with Perth Stadium that they once had with the MCG and cricket every March. The WACA Ground still has a purpose and a future.
I don't particularly care. I prefer the trots to the cricket. I did say in the post that you quoted that it wouldn't happen.
 

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Then where would the WACA administration relocate to. Where would they develop their juniors, play Shield cricket and play international cricket against the likes of NZ, WI, Pakistan and Sri Lanka where not even 15000 would turn up once the "new stadium" appeal wears off. I'm sure the AFL wouldn't want the same headache with Perth Stadium that they once had with the MCG and cricket every March. The WACA Ground still has a purpose and a future.
You could play Shield cricket anywhere with a decent turf wicket, practice nets and decent changerooms. You don't need grandstands because no one watches it.
 

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You could play Shield cricket anywhere with a decent turf wicket, practice nets and decent changerooms. You don't need grandstands because no one watches it.
To breed test quality players they should be playing on real Test wickets. Suburban turf wickets won't cut it. Shield cricket was never about the crowds.
 

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To breed test quality players they should be playing on real Test wickets. Suburban turf wickets won't cut it. Shield cricket was never about the crowds.
Given most (if not all) tests will be played across the river, the WACA wicket could end up being just as much a non-test wicket than anywhere else.

The worth of the land could easily drive the WACA to the suburbs. Years ago it was mooted that a small venue could be built at Curtin Uni, that seems as logical a solution as anywhere else.
 

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Given most (if not all) tests will be played across the river, the WACA wicket could end up being just as much a non-test wicket than anywhere else.

The worth of the land could easily drive the WACA to the suburbs. Years ago it was mooted that a small venue could be built at Curtin Uni, that seems as logical a solution as anywhere else.
Another dumb proposition from you
 

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Somewhere near one of the airports (Perth or Jandakot) might be a goer. Cheap land not usable for housing or many other purposes. Might be just the thing to develop into a sports field.
 

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Given most (if not all) tests will be played across the river, the WACA wicket could end up being just as much a non-test wicket than anywhere else.

The worth of the land could easily drive the WACA to the suburbs. Years ago it was mooted that a small venue could be built at Curtin Uni, that seems as logical a solution as anywhere else.
What about the current performance facility at Murdoch? Have never had the chance to play there (or even lay my eyes on it) since it's opened probably about five years ago but know they do a lot of training down there and play womens & futures league. Is it significantly constrained for space?
 

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What about the current performance facility at Murdoch? Have never had the chance to play there (or even lay my eyes on it) since it's opened probably about five years ago but know they do a lot of training down there and play womens & futures league. Is it significantly constrained for space?
Not at all, it’s a massive area but Murdoch have their heads so far up their bums something like that would take years to happen (and then just not end up happening).
 

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play international cricket against the likes of NZ, WI, Pakistan and Sri Lanka where not even 15000 would turn up once the "new stadium" appeal wears off.
International cricket will never be played there again. "Oh we'll still play the **** teams there" is just the line they're running with until WACA members realise they don't care.

I'm sure the AFL wouldn't want the same headache with Perth Stadium that they once had with the MCG and cricket every March.
Doubt that's a problem. If it's like Adelaide Oval then the formal arrangement is cricket has to ******** by March.

The WACA Ground still has a purpose and a future.
For untelevised cricket, yes. But they'll probably sell it one day for the money and build a low key replacement somewhere cheap.
 

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Will be a shame to lose the WACA but there really isn't the population or need for it, is there?

In a way I don't mind the idea of getting rid of Leederville Oval and getting Subiaco to play at what will essentially be a done up school ground at Subi (with a grandstand and mostly grass banks – not those ugly limestone things at half the WAFL grounds now) and East Perth return to the WACA (along with the WAFC). Play WA U18 games at the WACA, as well as the WAAFL granny and school level finals etc.
 
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