The West Australian Football Commission has made the decision to move the East Perth versus Peel Thunder game from Leederville Oval to New Choice Homes Park in East Fremantle this weekend.
The decision has been made based on the current condition of the playing surface and with increasing rain forecasted for the weekend, it was deemed unsuitable for play.
Executive Manager – WAFL and Talent, Scott Baker said the game will still be played as scheduled.
“In the best interests of player safety, we have reached an outcome that will still align with the current Round 15 schedule,” Baker said.
“We understand this is unfortunate for the East Perth Football Club and local fans, but we need to ensure players can play football on a suitable playing surface,”
“This means we may have to make another decision early next week whether future games, including the Subiaco versus West Coast Eagles game, will need to be rescheduled.”
The game will commence at 2:10pm, Saturday 30 July.
Despite the problematic turf conditions, Baker said this will not hinder the bid for Leederville Oval to host the 2022 WAFL Grand Final.
“Changing this week’s venue will not hold any immediate effect on the bid from Leederville,” he said.
“There is still plenty of time for Leederville Oval, if selected, to ensure the turf is up to standards.”