Sea­son fix­tures of­fer Perth sup­port­ers plenty

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport - An­drew Owen

FIX­TURES for the 2015 WAFL sea­son show that there are some big games for the Perth Foot­ball Club to look for­ward to this year.

Some of the block­buster games the Demons con­test in­clude host­ing East Perth on An­zac Day in round six and their now an­nual Naidoc game against West Perth in round 16.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Marty Atkins is happy the club can play a ma­jor­ity of their matches on the tra­di­tional Satur­day af­ter­noon for­mat.

“We know that our mem­bers and sup­port­ers all love a Satur­day af­ter­noon at the foot­ball and nine out of our ten home games are on a Satur­day af­ter­noon which is fan­tas­tic for us,” Atkins said.

One of the neg­a­tives about the fix­tures though is that be­tween rounds eight and 12 the Demons do not play at home.

This is off­set by the club for the first time in its his­tory, host­ing the State game be­tween WA and SA.

“The home, away, home, away for­mat was def­i­nitely at­tempted to be con­sid­ered first and as you can see our first are that way,” Atkins said.

“Un­for­tu­nately it was our turn to have the dou­ble bye.

“What I mean by the dou­ble bye is that we have a nor­mal bye and then the State game.

“There was no get­ting away from this and also it just hap­pens that we have three away games ei­ther side of this.”

“I think the fact that Lath­lain gets to host a State game for the first time in its his­tory is a fan­tas­tic pro­mo­tion for the club.”

With the first game of the new broad­cast rights deal with Chan­nel Seven played at Subiaco Oval, Perth’s round two en­counter on Satur­day against South Fre­man­tle will be the first game tele­vised at a WAFL venue.

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