Two rounds re­moved

The Advocate (Perth) - - SPORT - Steve Tuo­hey

FIX­TURES for the 2018 WAFL Premier­ship Sea­son have been con­firmed, with tra­di­tional ri­valry clashes, fea­ture rounds and a more even draw ex­pected to de­liver a highly com­pet­i­tive and ex­cit­ing sea­son for Aus­tralia’s premier State League compe­ti­tion.

A shorter sea­son will com­mence two weeks later than 2017, with round 1 to kick off on Good Fri­day, March 30. The Grand Fi­nal will still be played the week­end prior to the AFL Grand Fi­nal in Septem­ber.

WAFC chief ex­ec­u­tive Gavin Tay­lor said that the shorter sea­son of 18 games across 21 rounds had al­lowed for a more even fix­ture that would still re­tain im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal clashes.

“By re­duc­ing the length of the sea­son by two rounds, we have been able to achieve a more even fix­ture whilst still en­sur­ing we have tra­di­tional fea­ture games such as the Fre­man­tle derby on WA Day,” he said.

“All clubs will play each other twice and their other two games will be against teams that fin­ished in the same third of the lad­der last sea­son or for a tra­di­tional fea­ture game.

“We have also been able to sched­ule the vast ma­jor­ity of games on Satur­day, with 14 of 21 rounds fea­tur­ing all four games in the tra­di­tional Satur­day af­ter­noon times­lot in re­sponse to feed­back from clubs and fans.” Each club will have three byes dur­ing the sea­son. Sea­son high­lights: Round 1 – Easter Round in­clud­ing Su­bi­aco v East Perth and Peel v East Fre­man­tle on Good Fri­day

Round 4 – ANZAC Round in­clud­ing Thurs­day night Su­bi­aco v Clare­mont and Sun­day East Fre­man­tle v South Fre­man­tle derby

Round 5 – East Perth v Peel Thun­der lead­ing into the AFL Western Derby and South Fre­man­tle v Clare­mont in Al­bany

Round 7 – Grand Fi­nal re­play Peel Thun­der v Su­bi­aco

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