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Round 1 Preview: The WAFL is Back!

It’s been over three months since the world of football was turned upside down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and everyone has had to work twice as hard to keep Western Australia safe.

On Saturday July 18th 2020, the ball will bounce across West Australian Grounds to begin the WAFL Season.

Fans across WA will be flooding to four of the WAFL Grounds on Saturday Afternoon after players and coaches have had the longest time to plan and work around the circumstances that face the state, and we are finally rewarded with local Aussie Rules football.

Swan Districts VS West Perth – Steel Blue Oval – 2:35pm

Swans host the Falcons at Steel Blue Oval which is a hostile environment for all visiting teams, and the Falcons should expect a fiery atmosphere in their first game of the season.

The Swans have got a mix of young and experienced players in the team including the experienced on baller Tony Notte and young Half Forward Brayden Noble.

West Perth have got a few youngsters eager to shine, such as half forward Conal Lynch who was huge in the Falcons Reserves Grand Final Victory last September and is tipped to shine in his first league game in 2020.

Paul’s Tip – West Perth By 18 Points

South Fremantle VS East Fremantle – Fremantle Oval – 2:35pm

The Bulldogs start their bid for revenge following their Grand Final obliteration and no better then the Original Derby, the Fremantle Derby against their arch rivals, East Fremantle.

The Sharks are young and developing but they look hungry for a big on field year after a tumultuous time off field, with players like Blake Boekhors in the centre and big Jonathon Griffin in the ruck matched up with Zach Strom expected to heat up in the middle.

The Bulldogs may have lost a few true stars in the off season, but the depth at both ends is still there and they are ranked as Grand Final contenders.

Expect them to get on top of the Sharks early on and maintain their momentum.

Paul’s Tip – South Fremantle By 32 Points

Subiaco VS Claremont – Leederville Oval – 2:30pm

Fans of the Lions are looking forward to their club gunning for the elusive three-peat and the side contains the strongest midfield of the league.

Kyal Horsley, Leigh Kitchin & Lachlan Delahunty are often hard to beat on any day.

The major key for the Tigers will be that they have to play the pressure game to stop the rampant tempo of the Lions side.

The Tigers should not be discounted either because they too have a very good playing list that is led by Kane Mitchell and Anton Hamp who are good on their feet and when they get on a hot streak it’s often hard to contain their momentum.

Paul’s Tip- Subiaco By 9 Points

Peel Thunder VS Perth  – Rushton Park – 2:00pm

The big question for Perth is this, will they break the 30 year drought?

They almost did in 2019, but with the inclusions of Chris Masten, Fraser McInnes and Brady Grey, the potential for the Demons to have a big 2020 Season just got even bigger with star names flooding the side.

Peel on the other hand are young and developing and bring added excitement to the side such as league debutant Ben Middleton and Bradley Holmes who are tipped to be some of the best young league stars in the competition.

Perth’s experience and skill will be too much on this day.

Paul’s Tip – Perth By 23 Points

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Paul Persic

Paul Persic

Paul Persic is a respected writer and podcaster and a member of the WA Daily Sports team. Paul hosts Talking Motorsport every Monday 7pm on 91.3 SportFM as well as Full Time with Pauly and Darce, on Front Row Screens, Sunday's from 5pm. In addition to his radio ventures, Paul can also be found presenting 'Paul Persic Presents', a feature series available on Facebook.

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