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WAFL Round 3 Preview: Young Ducks out to shock Premiers

After two rounds of Season 2020, the competition has already opened up and as we hit the next round of WAFL Football, wins are more essential then ever before.

Especially for those flag favourites in Subiaco who are outside the top four and they have a big task at hand to kick off our Round 3 preview for another Saturday of footy action in WA.

SWAN DISTICTS VS SUBIACO – Steel Blue Oval – 12:40PM

The young Black Ducks face one of the year’s toughest tests when they take on the reigning premiers Subiaco at Steel Blue Oval and both sides are desperate to get their first win on the board.

Both sides go in unchanged with a few matchups set to make a vital impact in this game.

Blakely vs Delahunty is set to be a huge contest in the ruck as Delahunty was pushed forward in Round 1 but didnt work, Swan Districts have to dominate the hitouts and clearances against the likes of Horsley & Kitchin and also gather more numbers round the stoppages.

The Lions have to get Sokol amongst the goals having had a poor start to the season.

It’s going to be a matter of how desperate the sides will be at the ball, and even though they have had 2 losses, the young Swans still look hungry and can cause another upset.

Paul’s Tip: Swan Districts By 8 Points

EAST PERTH VS EAST FREMANTLE – Leederville Oval – 2:30PM

After their electric performance last week, East Fremantle will look to make it two wins in a row as they take on the Royals at Leederville Oval.

East Fremantle have won the last two games against East Perth but the Sharks have not won three in a row against the Royals since 2012.

The Royals have experience in the midfield, case in point former Falcon Aidan Lynch, who equaled his career high in disposals of 32 in his East Perth debut in round 2.

What East must do to stop Lynch and the talls of their defence.

The forwards of Murdock & Bailey to run to space for loose targets Inside Forward 50 – that means zoning the Royals forward when the Sharks push slowly out of the defence.

Their ball movement looks great out of defence, and their win last week will be a boost for this week’s game.

Paul’s Tip: East Fremantle By 19 Points

SOUTH FREMANTLE VS CLAREMONT – Fremantle Oval – 3:05PM

This will without a doubt, be the match of the round.

The two ranked powerhouses of 2020 will do battle in a star studded clash at Fremantle Oval.

Both sides are strong in depth with good forwards and mids, as both move the ball at great pace and are expected to put in a cracker of a game.

Claremont lead the league in points per game (90), goal accuracy (70%), disposals per goal (20.11) and kicks per game (188) and its down to their control of the tempo of their ball movement led by Jye Bolton and Kane Mitchell the core of the engine room/

One key for Souths especially in defense is containing Alec Waterman, Zach Strom is the man responsible and he’ll really get his man if he can get in front position and take those key intercept marks.

But if Waterman nets another bag, then the Bulldogs will be in trouble.

Paul’s Tip: Claremont by 1 point

PEEL THUNDER VS WEST PERTH – Rushton Park – 2:30PM

Mandurah will play host to the clash between two teams struggling to find the groove in 2020 with Peel Thunder doing battle against West Perth.

Both sides are desperate as they are stuck to the bottom half of the ladder and a key for this game will be goals as they have been hard to come by for both sides.

West Perth’s total combined scores for (83) and against (80) after round 2 of 163 points is the lowest any team has had for their first two games in a season since 1921 (East Perth 148).

And the Falcons forward structure needs to find a way to contain Peel’s often hard nosed defense, Yem will need to prove himself to be valuable to the Falcons, while Lynch can push up the ground for his balance warrants time in the midfield.

Peel will need to convert from their transitions from defence into attack as 1.6 at quarter time hurt their chances against the Sharks last week.

But the Falcons will be too good with their experience round the ground, expect Black & Nelson to dominate.

Paul’s Tip – West Perth By 35 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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