Heavy defeats at season’s start
SOME LOPSIDED RESULTS IN ROUND 1 OF THE WAFL
SWAN Districts, Subiaco and East Fremantle all recorded emphatic WAFL Round 1 victories on Saturday after South Fremantle kicked off the 2015 season with a win on Friday night.
South Fremantle beat West Perth 14.6 (90) to 8.7 (55) at Fremantle Oval, leading into three big matches throughout Saturday afternoon and night.
The first game on Saturday was in the traditional 2.15pm time slot with Swan Districts recording a thumping 21.21 (147) to 7.9 (51) win over Perth at Bassendean’s Steel Blue Oval, in what was new Demons captain Dene White’s 100th WAFL game.
Swan Districts got its 2015 season off to the best possible start with a big 96-point win over Perth at home on Saturday.
The black-and-whites kicked the only four goals of the first quarter and then never took their foot off the accelerator extending their lead to 37 points at half time, 65 points at three quarter-time and 96 by the final siren.
Ricky Cary was a strong focal point in attack for Swans having nine shots on goal from 11 kicks and five marks. He kicked 4.5 from those opportunities while also laying six tackles.
East Perth recruit Jackson Slater kicked three goals in his first game with Swans while Matt Riggio also had three majors, Matt Rogers two, Tim Geappen two and Jason Daniels two.
Former Perth wingman Aaron Elari dominated against his former side with 33 possessions for Swan Districts with Riggio also racking up 27 disposals, Adam Faulkner 27, Nathan Broad 24, Jacob Burnham 23, Rudy Riddoch 19 and Jacob Coniglio 19.
Swans also covered the absence of ruckman Nathan Blakely well with Jake Nuich terrific on debut with 10 possessions and 25 hit outs. He received good support from the undersized Joel Houghton who had 16 touches and 10 hit outs in his first game since leaving Perth for Swans.
Tony Notte also dominated in the air across the ground with 22 possessions and 12 marks for Swans.
Aidan Tropiano worked tirelessly for Perth in the midfield with 34 possessions while Jarryd Morton had 30 disposals and East Perth recruit Jacob Payne 26.
Michael Sinclair also gathered 24 touches for the Demons, new captain Dene White 21 and former Swan Districts premiership player Brett Wolfenden 19.
Subiaco beat Claremont 15.16 (106) to 9.7 (61) at Leederville’s Medibank Stadium before the opening round wrapped up on Saturday night at Domain Stadium with East Fremantle defeating East Perth 13.18 (96) to 5.11 (41).