The WAFL is still the only state-league that is underway around the country, with round two taking place over the weekend, while practice matches were completed in several other state leagues.
There were some impressive results and performances, while some AFL talent took part in trial matches in other leagues.
Peel Thunder 19.12 (126) def. East Fremantle 5.10 (40)
Peel destroyed East Fremantle, with plenty of help from some Fremantle listed players. Harley Balic was again impressive, finishing with 33 disposal, while youngster Matthew Taberner slotted home five goals. Former AFL player Leroy Jetta also shone, also kicking five goals.
There was little to cheer about for East Fremantle. The performance of ex-Bulldog player Jayden Schofield however, was exceptional, finishing with 35 disposals.
Subiaco 13.12 (90) def. Perth 10.7 (67)
A six goal to two third quarter, helped set-up a strong 23-point win for Subiaco. AFL hopeful Liam Ryan dominated, kicking 6.3 for the Lions. Ex-Hawk Angus Litherland had a modest game, finishing with 17 touches, and four marks.
For Perth, former Saints’ player Clinton Jones was again impressive, recording 22 disposals, five inside 50s, and a goal.
Swan Districts 13.7 (85) def. South Fremantle 8.16 (64)
Inaccuracy cost South Fremantle, going down to Swan Districts by 21 points, despite managing six more scoring shots than their opposition. For the victors, controversial tagger Ryan Crowley kicked three goals, while ex-Carlton midfielder David Ellard had 24 disposals and eight tackles.
22-year old Timothy Kelly (38 touches and seven inside 50s), and ex-Freo player Haiden Schlothe (31 touches and eight inside 50s) were both good for South Fremantle despite the loss.
West Perth 14.15 (99) def. East Perth 12.6 (78)
Despite losing the disposal count by over 120, West Perth finished strongly to knock off rivals, East Perth. AFL scouts may be keeping an eye on Luke Meadows, who had 29 disposals, 13 inside 50s, and a goal. While Shane Nelson (34 disposals) also played well for West Perth.
West Coast players Liam Duggan (24 touches), Luke Partington (35 touches), and Dom Sheed (23 touches), all performed well for East Perth. Partingon’s effort could put him in line for an AFL debut in the coming weeks.
The Hawks’ star featured in the first three quarters of Box Hill’s VFL practice match, before being rested in the last. His side won the game, with Hodge impressing during his time on the ground. Having now served his one-match ban for not notifying the club about his absence from a training session, the former captain is expected to return to the AFL in round two.
The Adelaide midfielder has made it through his return from a shoulder injury, in a SANFL trial match. He finished the game with 14 disposals, three rebound 50s and two inside 50s. His return may have been overshadowed by rookie Harrison Wigg, who made his case for an AFL call up, amassing 28 touches, and five clearances.