WA thrashed Tasmania at Bassendean Oval on Saturday – it was the WAFL’s fourth interstate victory in a row… more of that later.
The visitors began well and got the first goal through Ian Callinan but once WA got organised the game was over as a contest. The most impressive aspect of the performance by the local team was their kicking – a 55m pass from Josh Bootsma to Brett Peake was an early highlight.
By half time WA led by 60 points and after a little shake from Tassie after the break the procession continued. The star, and Simpson Medal winner, was Jye Bolton who just kept getting the ball, Peake kicked seven goals, Ben Saunders scored six, Paul Johnson was the best ruckman and received good support from Darcy Cameron (three goals). In fact just about every WAFL player was worthy of mention with Luke Meadows, Marlion Pickett and Nic Rodda good in defence and Leigh Kitchen, Ashton Hams, Shane Nelson, Ryan Neates and Aaron Black all good in the midfield while Tony Notte enjoyed playing at home and spending all the game in the forward line rather than filling holes everywhere.
Tassie had their moments, Jake Cox showed good evasive skills, Harry Walters battled hard in defence and Jobi Harper did some good things.
WAFL 25.14 (164) Tasmania 4.6 (30)
On 29 May the SANFL beat the VFL in Adelaide by 19 points. After the game VFL coach Andy Collins said:
“No disrespect to the other states, it would be good if Victoria and SA played yearly rather than every two years, or three, or whatever it is,’’ he said.
“I know Western Australia is ranked highly, but the rivalry between SA and Victoria has got a lovely history and should be an annual event.’’
Well, my suggestion is that if you want a lovely history project done don’t go to Andy Collins. Here’s some history…
2013: WAFL 17.16 (118) d VFL (101)
2014: WAFL 19.18 (132) d NEAFL 6.11 (47)
2015: WAFL 18.13 (121) d SANFL 11.10 (76)
Andy, that was was disrespectful – and a bit stupid.