Get your calendars out! These are the 9 games you simply can’t miss during the 2020 Optus WAFL season.
Perth v West Coast Eagles, Mineral Resources Park: Friday April 3
The 2020 Optus WAFL season is set to start with a bang seeing a Friday night blockbuster open the season. The battle of Mineral Resources Park sees Perth & West Coast face off with Premiership Eagle Chris Masten set to battle his old mates. Perth narrowly missed out on finals and will be desperate to start their season strongly at home under lights.
Subiaco v East Perth, Leederville Oval: Friday April 10
Good Friday footy is back for another season and what a clash this is expected to be. East Perth are on their way up after an excellent off-season which saw homegrown ruckman Scott Jones return, while Carlton half-back Angus Schumacher joins with plenty of promise. While the Premiers will look to do what the Premiers do best, take all four points.
West Coast Eagles v South Fremantle, Mineral Resources Park: Saturday April 11
History will be made on the Easter Weekend when West Coast play their first-ever home game in the WAFL. With the transition into a second year of existence, the Eagles will play a number of games at their base in Lathlain. South Fremantle may have finished runners-up last season but with the acquisition of Zac Clarke the Dogs will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in season 2020.
Perth v East Perth, Mineral Resources Park: Saturday April 25
Anzac Day will again be highlighted by the Perth & East Perth Derby, featuring as the only game on Saturday April 25. The standalone fixture sees a powerful service pre-game before the rivalry reignites. Who could forget Kyle Anderson’s goal after the siren in 2018? This game always promises to deliver.
SANFL v WAFL, Adelaide Oval, Saturday: May 9
You may not be able to attend the momentous SANFL v WAFL State Game, but this is definitely a fixture to keep an eye on. The best of the best from both competitions represent their state in an exciting clash. WA will be looking to atone for a tight loss in 2019, with the added bonus of being on show ahead of the AFL Mid-Season Draft. Deluca, Knoll and Noble were all drafted after representing the state, can we add more to that list?
South Fremantle v East Fremantle, Fremantle Community Bank Oval: Monday June 1
South Fremantle v East Fremantle, the game doesn’t need much of an introduction. The biggest of rivals battling it out on WA Day. This game has traditionally drawn big crowds and plenty of excitement, 2020 won’t be any different. The Sharks nearly snatched victory in the corresponding clash last season and will be desperate to take down their neighbours.
South Fremantle v Claremont, Fremantle Community Bank Oval: Saturday July 4
NAIDOC Round is a fantastic initiative celebrating Aboriginal culture in WA Football. South Fremantle and Claremont continue their role as the feature match of the round, with special NAIDOC gurneys worn throughout all five games. Expect these two teams to be there deep in September with these clashes acting as an “eight-point” fixture.
Peel Thunder v West Coast Eagles, David Grays Arena: Sunday July 19
The WAFL’s equivalent to the Western Derby will take centre stage when West Coast and Peel clash in Round 15. With the Eagles joining the competition for a second season, many players from both sides will be pushing their case for an AFL berth. No love is lost during these two, and wins could be crucial in the back-half of the season.
East Perth v West Perth, Leederville Oval: Saturday 22 August
The Polly Farmer Shield is up for grabs once again, and so might be a finals spot in the last round of the season. West Perth currently hold the Shield after a nail-biting six-point victory in 2019. The Falcons went out in the first-round of finals and will be desperate to reach the lofty heights of a 2018 Grand Final.
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