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WAFL Round 2 Preview: Favourites and Underdogs

WAFL launches to another round of action in this unique season on Saturday with four matches that will get the WA Footy Loving Public out of their seats and no offence to Subiaco, but last week’s loss has opened the 2020 Season right up.

EAST FREMANTLE VS PEEL THUNDER – NEW CHOICE HOMES PARK – 2:30PM

Both sides will be searching for their first win of the season and it looks to be a great game.

The Sharks will be expecting a much better showing from their players after the 9- point demolition job handed to them by the Bulldogs last week.

Peel have a young side but showed more competitiveness in their 10 point loss last week to Perth.

Thunder have a few young guns like Quaife and Schindler-Taylor looking to showcase their potential in the big time and in his return, Bradley Holmes will look to top his return game last week after 7 years away.

The Sharks have Matthew Jupp who can play at both ends of the ground but even his efforts wont be enough to stop the Thunder bouncing back.

Paul’s Tip – Thunder By 22 Points

WEST PERTH VS SOUTH FREMANTLE – PROVIDENT FINANCIAL OVAL – 2:30PM

The Falcons and Bulldogs clash may be the match of the round, as both sides blend tremendous experience from both ends of the ground with depth aplenty.

South Fremantle in this game will have more avenues to goal because of their depth inside forward 50 such as Strom, Wilson and the 2nd gamer Benjamin Rioli but what the Falcons must do is cut the Bulldogs tempo from the centre bounce and that’s where Aaron Black and Conal Lynch can dominate the clearance count but the Bulldogs I feel will have too much.

Paul’s Top : Bulldogs by 15 points

CLAREMONT VS SWAN DISTRICTS – REVO FITNESS STADIUM – 2:30PM

It’s safe to say that Claremont that are looking like the powerhouse of the 2020 Season following their shock win over Subiaco and its not hard to see why.

Their depth is impressive and are ranked at the top.

They come up against a Swan Districts side deflated following their loss to West Perth, who will be looking to Notte, Fisher And Riggio to dominate and outnumber Claremont at the contest.

But with a strong engine room led by Kane Mitchell and Ryan Lim playing in his 100th game for the Tigers – they will be a tough task to handle, but also keep an eye out for Declan Hardisty, I sense Claremont pushing him forward if the game is lacking in scoreboard pressure.

Paul’s Tip – Tigers by 33 points

PERTH VS EAST PERTH – MINERAL RESOURCES PARK – 3:05PM

Perth are in Season 2020 regarded as the people’s team and rightfully so.

It was proven such even with the three new arrivals to the side debuting last week in their win over Peel.

The Royals will be playing in their first match following the bye and may have lost a few players to the AFL and other WAFL Clubs but still have good players in McGinnity, Thomas Hooper and former falcon Aidan Lynch.

Perth are still an exciting side to watch with an impressive engine room and the improved form of Chris Masten provides the core. But I dont mind the Royals putting up the fight for 4 Quarters.

Paul’s Tip: Demons by 10 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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