It has recently come to my attention that sport in WA has a bit of a following. That the people of Perth actually like sport, (Really?).
Now I don't know what is being put in your cereal Perth, especially when you decide it is a good idea to go and watch the Rugby during a torrential down pour, but I've decided to go with this. Heavens, I should have gathered the popularity of sports in Perth after experiencing parking problems in Subiaco during the derby.
So what I have for you now is a sport for all seasons. Whatever you're into, here are the teams you are 'meant' to go for as a West Aussie, along with how you can go about showing your support. There's much more to it than just buying a giant hand and sitting in the crowd.
Living in Canning Vale, I had always wondered what those big lights were on Nicholson Road. One day, a friend of mine and I decided to park up and have a look. And low and behold, it was the Perth baseball team 'Perth Heat.' We were at their home ground.
I remember baseball being much more popular when I was a kid. You rarely hear it mentioned now, which is a shame because after attending a game, it really is quite fun to watch. And boy can those guys hit a ball.
At half time, they picked two people out of the crowd and made them do that thing, where you spin around in circles whilst looking at the bat on the ground for 30 seconds. You then have to try and walk in a straight line. They didn't, they walked diagonal and fell right over. Talk about half time entertainment.
Perth Heat is our Perth team in the Australian Baseball League. They won the ABL championship in 1990-91 against the Dolphins, taking the series 3-2. They won a second championship in 1996-97, probably when they were in their prime with Perth supporters, so it really would be great if you could get along to a game and give a helping cheer.
Perth Heat season is from November to the end of January, and home games are played at Perth Heat Baseball and Barbagallo
If you were growing up in Perth in the 90s, I can guarantee you went to one of these games, or even had a membership. I remember players like James Crawford and Ricki Grace. They were bigger than Footy back then. I used to head to the games back when they were played at the Entertainment Centre. The atmosphere was always pumping and electric. What a game.
It's a shame it's not as big as it used to be. Well, it's still big, membership is sold out, but media wise, you just don't see enough of them. And if you asked me to name a player, I'd probably say Ricki Grace. That's how much I don't know now.
So, if you haven't been before, and have kids, please get them to a game. The Perth Wildcats compete in the National Baskeball League. They are the most successful team in the league, having won five championships, their most recent in 2010. They've also appeared in the finals for 25 straight seasons.
The season runs from October to late March, and the Perth Wildcats play their home games at Challenge Stadium.
In WA, you're either one or the other. An Eagle or a Docker. Happy to stay in the middle, I'll say I'm neither. In fact I have really no interest in football. Although to the disbelief of my workmates, my successful footy tipping this year sitting in equal first position, suggests otherwise. (TAB odds people.)
So, if you like the colour purple, you might want to get along and support a game.
1994 saw the Fremantle Dockers' first training session at Fremantle Oval. I remember in high school we had to vote on what we thought would make the best logo. In the end, the anchor was chosen and is a symbol for the team, and also a bit of a symbol of Fremantle itself with many boats docking there.
The AFL season runs from late March to that day in September when men around the country hope and pray a wedding hasn't been organised.
The Fremantle Dockers play their home games at Patersons Stadium, formerly known as Subiaco Oval, as do the West Coast Eagles. You can become a Dockers member through their website here
and pick up some cool merchandise, so you fit in with the sea of purple at the games.
You're an Eagle, right?
Founded in 1986, and first playing in 1987, the West Coast Eagles have been one of the most successful teams in the AFL, winning the 1992, 1994, and 2006 Premierships.
The club has also produced two Brownlow Medalists, Chris Judd and Ben Cousins. For as long as I've known, it's been hard to get a season membership with the West Coast Eagles, as there is a waiting list.
You can however become an 'In the Wings' member, which puts you on the waiting list for two Adults and two kids. Cost is $59, and you'll get some goodies with that one too. You can sign up here.
The soccer is cool. I'm happy to say I have attended many Perth Glory games in the past, and two Grand Finals.
The sport is fairly boring in my eyes, but I go for the crowd. The atmosphere is unreal.
And the chants that come from the Glory Shed! You would think this group of people rehearsed for hours before the games.
But really it's just a history of support and commitment to the team that brings them together every week, yelling many different chants you come to learn after attending so many games.
The A-League Soccer (or Football) season runs from October to March, and there are different Membership packages available. There's an overview of membership packages on their website, located here.
So be sure to get along to a game when the season starts, it's a ball.
"Come on Glory, Come on Glory, Come on Glory - GLORY"
Yes, I've saved the best until last. Rugby Union. A game I was introduced to in the last couple of years and have to say, brings me more joy than any other sport. It's a man's game, that's for sure, and it's full of hits from every angle, stubby legs, and little shorts. It's fantastic.
So right now, I will do my best to convert you, if you are an AFL supporter, or at least give it a go. You don't have to be committed to AFL. It's not like AFL is your life partner, you can enjoy all different sports.
Okay so in their first season in 2006, the Force finished with the Wooden Spoon. Ba-bow. But they were just getting started.
Finding their feet, you know?
In 2008, they finished in eighth place, so just missed out on the finals. So my prediction here is, stick with them, they'll be in a final by ... soon.
You can become a member through their website located here.
Adult memberships start at $170 for eight blockbuster home games, so there's no better time to become a member.
Now that you have the top teams in sport for Western Australia, be sure to head along to a game and support them. It doesn't matter if you already support a Footy team - head along to the Rugby or the Baseball.
It's a great day or night out, you can get involved, get totally worked up, and support some of the best players in WA.