Perth’s Force gets thousands thru the gate



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Perth’s Western Force played a trial match on Saturday in front of a 17005 strong crowd. The Force was missing 10 of their top players and fielded 19 who have never played at provincial level.

The Force lost the match but they won at the turnstiles. “These were spectators who waited a long time for this moment,” Force chief executive Peter O’Meara said.

To put the Perth numbers into perspective the Waratahs-Brumbies match in Wollongong attracted 5684 and the Reds-Blues trial at Ballymore only 4258.

“We were really pleased with that crowd figure. Obviously, it’s early days but there’s tremendous support for what we’ve been doing. “The community has really got behind us.”

The Force already has a membership base of more than 20,000, making it the largest Australian Super 14 team.

Through members and pre-sold tickets The Force have already gauranteed a crowd of 31,000 for its opening competition match against the Brumbies on February 10.

O’Meara expects that this seaosn they will see figures of 42,000 going through the turnstiles. “We haven’t started our advertising campaign yet,” O’Meara added.

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