‘We dreamed this to us. This is our field of dreams‘
Fran Maunton, City of Cockburn Sports Hall of Fame, Lacrosse
In 2018 Phoenix Lacrosse made the decision to undertake strategic moves to future proof the club.
This process included an examination to the feasibility of the club continuing, and how to achieve better outcomes than they had historically. A greater vision became clear and like their name sake ‘the Phoenix’ they began to rise.
Goodchild Reserve is transforming into a leading community facility, Friday 19th February 2021 saw stage one of development with the addition of new sporting lights that light up the night. The lights installed through the great support of City of Cockburn and with the blessing of Lacrosse Western Australia and Australia Lacrosse Association.
The development taking place will ensure that Phoenix Lacrosse Club has a bright future for many years to come.
‘Together striving to create a sustainable, connected, healthy and happy Cockburn‘
Mayor Logan Howlett
Mayor Logan Howlett spoke of the City Of Cockburn’s support for sporting & community associations being renowned, and the City is thrilled to support this redevelopment & upgrade.
The Mayor also spoke to this being one of several significant investments made in sporting & community organisations that support the City’s purpose of ‘together striving to create a sustainable, connected, healthy and happy Cockburn.’
With Council support & encouragement submission for this funding included that the state of the art infrastructure would become a year round centre of excellence for High Performance athletes for the sport of lacrosse.
‘The new lights represent an outstanding opportunity for Phoenix LAX to further cement the sustainability of the club into the future‘
Colin Moir, Phoenix LAX President
The four 28 metre high poles, with six lights on each, will give our players the opportunity to train on a top-quality oval with state of the art LED lighting for many years to come. Phoenix LAX Club’s vision is to always strive to innovate and improve across all aspects of operations, both on and off the field. These new lights will give tremendous flexibility in relation to the training, turf condition management and fixturing of matches for men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.
‘The new lights represent an outstanding opportunity for Phoenix LAX to further cement the sustainability of the club into the fPhoenix has built a wonderful platform to facilitate the growth of their club and the sport through the southern corridor‘
Glen Morley ALA
Planning for the new lights started in 2018 as the old lights were no longer at the required levels for training, let alone any possibility of night games. With the support of Cockburn City Council, the Club lodged a submission for a redevelopment of Infrastructure Program.
It was a great day for the Club when Logan announced the approval of the application for $1.2mil to fund the project.
‘Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success‘
Fiona Clark, Dir Competition, World Lacrosse
‘The City of Cockburn provide its support to live its vision ‘Cockburn, the best place to be’
Fiona Clark, Dir Competition, World Lacrosse
‘The latest in a series of shrewd moves by Phoenix…’
Tim Kennedy ALN Editor
The Lights were officially switched on by Club President Colin Moir, accompanied by Mayor Logan, Fiona Clark, Dir Competition World Lacrosse, Glen Morley President of the Australian Lacrosse Association, Nathan Rainey, Chairperson of Lacrosse Western Australia, Tony Martella President of East Fremantle Lacrosse Club, & the illustrious MC for the night Tim Kennedy, President of Australian Lacrosse Referees Assoc (WA). Along with four former Phoenix LAX Club Presidents , and with many Phoenix members at a ceremony on 19 February 2021.
‘The new light project is just the latest in a series of shrewd moves by Phoenix and I genuinely believe that being the home of what is one of Western Australia’s best lacrosse fields, will only see Phoenix continue to grow and become a force, not only in junior lacrosse in WA, but seniors as well for years to come”
Tim Kennedy. MC & ALN Editor
‘Our sport is very fortunate to have such a world class lighting solution at one of our local clubs, Phoenix. I hope their players thrive under the new conditions‘
Nathan Rainey, Lacrosse WA Chairperson
Phoenix Lacrosse Club would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the following people and organisations for their significant contribution to the successful completion of this project.
Recreation Development team at the City of Cockburn Council; in particular
Travis Moore, Recreational & Community Safety Manager
Dean Burton, Coordinator Recreation Services | Recreation Services
Rohan Blee, Leisure Planning and Projects Officer
Nathan Johnson, Senior Recreation Facilities and Reserves Officer
PhoenixLAX Forward Planning Committee:
Fran Mauntan, Club’s Secretary;
Donelle Smith, Club’s Manager;
Colin Moir, Club President;
Arron Williams, Club Vice President
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