WAFL round two
Peel Thunder thrashed East Perth at Leederville Oval recording their highest score and biggest winning margin in the process. The Thunder started well and didn’t stop – they moved the ball well and made the most of scoring opportunities. Will Schofield had an extraordinary game disrupting East Perth’s expected advantage in the ruck. Taylin Duman (•pictured marking below, all photos by Les Everett) was brilliant in defence while Joel Western, Lachlan Cullen, Benjamin Hancock, Tyrone Thorne and Michael Randall all caught the eye. The Royals were tipped by some – well me – to be big improvers in 2021 but Peel exposed many shortcomings. (•pictured above: a pair of 26s Sebit Kuek (East Perth) & Brodie Lake (Peel).
In the other games West Perth crushed West Coast with Aaron Black outstanding in his 200th game and Tyler Keitel kicking six goals. A big last quarter took Subiaco to victory at East Fremantle Oval – Harry Marsh and Leigh Kitchen continued their excellent form. Swan Districts were too good for Perth with Sandover Medal winner Sam Fisher in hot form and Matt Riggio, who almost gave the game away at the end of last year, kicking four goals. New coach Ashley Prescott led Claremont to victory when the 2020 grand finalists met at Claremont Oval. Deposed captain Kane Mitchell kicked three goals in a best-on-ground performance.
The highlight of round two should be the game at Pingelly Oval between South Fremantle and Peel. There are rumblings that Peel’s Fremantle-listed players won’t play in the game. Pingelly’s facilities are superior to all WAFL grounds. Below a glimpse at Pingelly Oval award winning facilities.
Peel 24.10 (154) East Perth 7.7 (49)
West Perth 19.6 (120) West Coast 6.6 (42)
Subiaco 12.14 (86) East Fremantle 8.5 (53)
Claremont 17.6 (108) South Fremantle 13.14 (92)
Swan Districts 14.15 (99) Perth 6.13 (49)