I had a big day of footy that included just one quarter of the WAFL… the second at Rushton Park between Peel and West Perth.
The Thunder had started well and did well in the second too, matching the four goals the Falcons scored with the breeze. West Perth stormed home kicking 7.6 to 2.1 in the last quarter but the home team won by three points. A big factor in this game was that only seven goals were kicked into the breeze and Peel kicked six of them. Gerald Ugle was also a factor – he kicked four goals, Mitchell Crowden did lots of grunt work, Scott Jones was good in the ruck and in the forward line, his high leaping ruck companion Lloyd Meek also impressed and Ben Howlett’s first game as captain was a good one. Andrew Srijk kicked four goals for West Perth, Rudy Riddoch was clever and effective and Noah Pegoraro did some good things in defence.
Peel 14.4 (88) West Perth 12.13 (85)
“History” was made at Lathlain Park when West Coast made their WAFL debut. The Eagles kicked the first two goals and then Perth took over and ensured the newcomers learned a lesson. Michael Bennell kicked four goals the Demons, Clint Jones dominated the midifield and Brent Edmonds kicked four goals. Jake Waterman kicked five goals for the Eagles.
Perth 16.13 (109) West Coast 9.9 (63)
In the battle of the co-tenants at Leederville Subiaco showed they’ll be ok again and gave East Perth a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to being a real club. Kyal Horsley started the season in sensational fashion, Ben Sokol kicked five goals and Harrison Marsh impressed in his first outing as a Lion. Shaquille McKenzie was lively for the Royals and Sharrod Wellingham showed he’s up for the fight.
Subiaco 19.9 (123) East Perth 6.8 (44)
Yeah. East Fremantle. Claremont thrashed the poor Sharks at Claremont Oval. Jye Bolton started season like a Sandover Medal winner, Tom Lee kicked four goals and promising pair Matthew Palfrey and Tyron Smallwood each kicked three goals. Jordan Scadden and Cam Eardley were ok for East Fremantle.
Claremont 16.7 (103) East Fremantle 3.7 (25)
The late game at Bassendean was a low scoring thriller with South Fremantle getting up by four points after new Swan Josh Simpson missed a shot for goal after the siren. Haiden Schloithe was in top form, Kade Stewart relished his return to city footy and Brandon Donaldson was lively and kicked a couple of goals. The mighty Tony Notte was the best of the Swans and Steven Payne ran hard and kicked two goals.
South Fremantle 8.5 (53) Swan Districts 7.7 (49)
In round two the Eagles will play Peel as an AFL curtain raiser at Perth Stadium (it’s Peel’s home game); South Fremantle host Perth at Fremantle Oval; there’s a game at East Fremantle Oval too – the Sharks and the Lions; West Perth play Claremont at Joondalup and at Leederville it’s East Perth and Swans.
The other live games I saw on Saturday were Peel Football League encounters: Waroona vs Centrals (Mundijong); Halls Heads vs Pinjarra and Rockingham vs Mandurah. I was very happy with the scoreboards at each venue.