City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said: “What an amazing win for the West Coast Fever last night, and an exciting time for sport, particularly women’s sport, in WA. 

“The City of Perth is thrilled to host this celebration of our great sporting women and give them the recognition they deserve,” he said. 

The West Coast Fever won the grand final 70-59 over the Melbourne Vixens in front of a record-breaking home crowd at Perth Arena. It was the first time in the club’s 25-year history that they’d taken out the trophy.  

Following the netball fan event, at 12:30pm Matildas captain Sam Kerr will become the first recipient of the Keys to the City of Perth since 2014 for her extraordinary success in football. 

Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said Sam Kerr was an inspiration to all athletes and the Key to the City was the highest honour the City can bestow.

Sam Kerr said, “Congratulations to the Fever on their well-deserved win.  Looking forward to celebrating at Forrest Place on Friday”. 

To celebrate NAIDOC week, the first 1,000 people to the event will receive free lunch bag, designed by four emerging Nyoongar female artists.

Timings for Friday’s event

11:30am - 12:00pm: West Coast Fever will be presented with a City of Perth shield by the Lord Mayor on stage.
12:00pm - 12:30pm: Fever players will be available to sign autographs for netball fans.  
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Sam Kerr will receive her Key to the City of Perth - presented by the Lord Mayor. There will be a Q&A session with Sam, Roger Kerr and Bobby Despotovski - her first soccer coach.


Issued by: Grace Carr, Senior Media and Communications Advisor,, 04 59962 359 


The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.