Freo board hopefuls out of tune on song
Fremantle’s new jumper and logo have received a ringing endorsement from the record number of nominees for the club’s board, and the majority are open to continuing the change with a new theme song.
Ten men and three women nominated for the member elected vacancy on the board, with incumbent Kate Grieve seeking a second term.
Grieve was part of the club’s brand renewal committee which oversaw the changes to the jumper and logo. Fremantle has also promised to discuss a song change with the members.
The West Australian contacted 11 of the 13 candidates and many were adamant that the controversial song should be changed.
“We’ve reached maturity,” Philip Wright, the managing director of P J Wright and Associates said.
“The change of jumper and logo was significant. We needed that and it’s part of a strategy for the success of the football club. The song has to be catchy with a tune that is known. The words obviously have to suit the club but the time to change it is now.”
Wright was supported by Ian Massara, the business manager for HWE Maintenance Services, Gary Louis, a senior manager at Macquarie Infrastructure and Di Stewart, an executive with the Victorian Department of Transport, in wanting a change.
Summit Fertilizer executive Murray Browne said he’d like to hear an alternative before having an opinion. Grieve, Murdoch College principal Mark Antulov and American businessman Jay Heifetz said no decision should be made until the appropriate research had been done.
But Gary Angel, a Local Government policy development officer and John Garland, the managing director of Garland International, want the Freo Heave Ho song retained.
Angel said the anchor and green and red elements of Fremantle’s jumper were key parts of the club’s identity and the Dockers needed to treat the members with more respect.
“In regards to the song, I’m in favour of keeping it,” Angel said.
Candidates Sonia Sain and John Sullivan could not be contacted yesterday. Members can vote from October 22-November 22.