WOMEN and junior gridiron players could be robbed of the chance to play in this year’s league competition after their equipment was stolen last week.
Swan City Titans Gridiron Club founder and president Layke Rossiello packed his ute with the recently bought womens and junior helmets and shoulder pads, only to have his Dayton home broken into, keys taken and the vehicle stolen while he slept on Tuesday night last week.
“This is only our second year in the competition,” he said.
“If we don’t get replacement equipment or fundraise to get more equipment we won’t have a junior team this year.”
His home insurance will not cover the items because they were not directly stolen from the residence, as they were in a vehicle, which was also a work vehicle and not covered for personal items inside.
Mr Rossiello played for the Geelong Buccaneers for 13 years and competed at the 2011 World Championships in Austria.
In December he was awarded a Blue Ribbon Club volunteer of the year award for his hard work getting the new Stratton-based club up and running and forming partnerships with the local community, other clubs and businesses.
“I started the club last year because we needed something in the north east area to service Midland and Stratton area,” he said.
“We have 130 members across the seniors and womens comps and were in a very good position to purchase shoulder pads and equipment to bring in the U19 juniors this year.’’
The juniors’ equipment was purchased from outgoing club members and new replacement sets would cost more than $600.
The matter is currently under investigation by officers from Ellenbrook Police Station.
All are welcome at the club’s family open day on September 9 at Farrall Oval in Stratton, the Gridiron West season starts October through to February.
To find out more contact the club on 0434 424 309 or email [email protected]