Beach football comes to Freo

Football West will bring a little bit of Brazil to Fremantle this weekend when they host a beach soccer tournament at Bathers Beach.

The tournament will feature around 160 players in 20 teams across three competitions.

The women’s and mixed teams will be playing from noon – 6pm on Saturday followed by the men’s competition on Sunday.

Football West Head of Member Services Alex Novatsis said beach football was an exciting game known for its outrageous skills and spectacular shots and saves.


“It’s fun and very social and, like futsal and Walking Football, is another format of the sport for people to enjoy along with the traditional 11-a-side,” Mr Novatsis said.


“We chose Fremantle because a few years ago we held a joint beach football and cricket event at Bathers Beach which was a big success.


“We found working with the City of Fremantle a very positive experience and we’re keen to further build that relationship.”


Two pitches will be in operation during the tournament.  Matches will be played over two 10 minutes halves, with each team playing in a round-robin format followed by semi-finals and finals.


Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the tournament promised to be a great spectacle.


“What better way to spend an afternoon than to watch some spectacular beach soccer at our beautiful Bathers Beach,” Mayor Pettitt said.


“And when the soccer is done why not kick back, relax and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean at Perth’s only licenced beach.” 


Beach football began in Brazil in the 1940s but has grown massively over the past 25 years helped by the likes of Zico, Eric Cantona, Romario and other world stars playing the game.


The first Beach Soccer World Championship took place in 1995 in Rio de Janeiro while the current format, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, began in 2005. Brazil has been world champions a record 14 times, while Portugal, Russia and France have also been champions.


The next World Cup takes place in Paraguay in November 2019.


For more information about the Fremantle Beach Football tournament visit the Football West website.


For a taste of what to expect from beach football click here.

Fremantle Recycling Centre – An amusing quick guide video

The Fremantle Recycling Centre just keeps getting better. You can drop off unwanted junk, including mattresses, appliances, batteries, clothing, gas bottles, e-waste and more!

Freo hosts two sailing World Championships


The 2019 World International Dragon Championships kicked off today in the waters off Fremantle.

Hosted by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in partnership with the Fremantle Sailing Club, the championships will see 34 crews from countries around the world – including Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Turkey and Japan –  battling it out over the next six days.

Alongside the Dragon World Championships the Fremantle Sailing Club has also been hosting the 505 World Championships, with 89 Australian and international crews.

The closing ceremony for 505 World Championship will be held on Monday, 7 January.

Fremantle is proud to be hosting more world-class sailing events. We are  known around the globe as a world-class sailing venue having hosted the America’s Cup defence in 1987 and the ISAF Sailing World Championships in 2011, along with many other international regattas and national championships.

We’re delighted to have the Dragon World Championships and the 505 World Championships in Fremantle, and we hope the competitors enjoy not only the racing but also some famous Freo hospitality.

The Dragon is a one-design keelboat designed by Norwegian Johan Anker in 1929, and is one of the oldest international classes still racing.

It’s long keel and elegant lines have made it a popular class represented in more than 26 countries on five continents.

The Dragon World Championships have been held every two years since 1965 and were previously hosted in Fremantle in 1995.

Races will be held every day until 9 January. The racing will take place 1-3 miles offshore, but people wanting to watch the racing can reserve a space on a spectator boat at the Fremantle Sailing Club.

For more information visit the dragonworldsfremantle2019 website

Is High Street in Fremantle WA’s most historically rich street?

The West Australian yesterday (Kent Acott

A nice way to start the year in Freo:

Is High Street in Fremantle WA’s most historically rich street?

You could mount a fairly strong argument that Fremantle’s High Street is the most historically important street in WA.

That is certainly the view of the port city’s mayor Brad Pettitt.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt on High Street looking east.
Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt on High Street looking east. Picture: Sharon Smith

“From a heritage perspective, the west end of High Street is probably the most significant street in WA, with the Round House — WA’s oldest public building — at one end and the magnificent Fremantle Town Hall — built in 1887 — at the other,” he said.

“It’s a wonderfully intact street at the centre of a wonderfully intact heritage precinct.

Fremantle Harbour, blasting, 1894.
Fremantle Harbour, blasting, 1894.Picture: State Library of WA

“In 2017, the entire west end of Fremantle became the largest single place to be permanently included in the State Register of Heritage Places thanks to its incredible collection of gold-rush-era buildings, which reflect the growing confidence and civic pride in WA at the turn of the century.

“Interestingly, the heritage streetscape along High Street that we all love today was only made possible through the demolition of dozens of buildings dating from the original settlement of Fremantle in 1829.

Construction of Victoria Quay, Fremantle Harbour, circa 1892-97.
Construction of Victoria Quay, Fremantle Harbour, circa 1892-97.Picture: State Library of WA

“In the context of the current renewal of the east end of Fremantle, it’s a reminder that Fremantle has always been a dynamic place, renewed and refreshed over time.

“It has been especially gratifying to see the adaptive reuse of these heritage buildings into a new range of interesting 21st century businesses and seeing this part of High Street come back to life.”

High Street, 1895.
High Street, 1895.Picture: State Library of WA

Of course, at Fremantle’s heart is its harbour.

In the early days of the settlement, shipping was served by a jetty that extended into the open sea from Bathers Beach.

High Street, 1890-1900.
High Street, 1890-1900.Picture: State Library of WA

In 1897, government engineer C.Y. O’Connor oversaw the deepening of the harbour and removed the limestone bar and sand shoals from its entrance — thus creating a serviceable port for commercial shipping.

The two moles were built to protect the harbour entrance and land was reclaimed to build quays and warehouses. The inner harbour was opened on May 4, 1897. The harbour’s basic structure and layout remain the same today.

Happy New Year and a Fun Freo Photo Competition

Happy 2019. Given the start of the year is refreshingly quiet I thought another little fun Freo photo competition with some snaps I took throughout 2018 was in order.

The first person to write and tell me where in Fremantle each of the following 15 photos was taken from – not what they were taken of – gets the (not all that amazing) prize of me buying them lunch in Fremantle at a café (you get to to choose at least!).

If no one gets them all then the winner will be the person with the most correct answers.

Thanks for reading and commenting on Freo issues over the last 12 months . 2018 was a huge year and I am looking forward to a even bigger 2019.  Happy New Year!

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