WAFL fixtures released
Matches will be played for premiership points in Pingelly and Yanchep in the 2021WAFL premiership season, as the league confirmed the season fixtures on Saturday.
The league fixture moves back to a regulation home and away fixture after the shortened season in 2020, each team to play each other twice with the return of the West Coast Eagles to the competition giving the WAFL ten clubs, as was the case in 2019.
The season will open on the Easter weekend in April, with the annual Good Friday fixtures between Peel Thunder and East Fremantle at Rushton Park and co-tenants Subiaco and East Perth to meet at Leederville Oval on April 2nd.
Reigning premiers South Fremantle play West Perth at Fremantle Oval on Saturday April 3rd, Swan Districts hosting Claremont and Perth playing West Coast at Mineral Resources Park.
The finals series will return to a top five system in 2021, week one of the finals slated to start on August 28-29.
The Grand Final is set for Sunday September 19th, with the WA Football Commission set to make a call on the viability of premier venue Optus Stadium hosting the decider, after the 2020 Grand Final was played at Fremantle Oval.
West Perth's first home match against West Coast will be played at Yanchep Sports Oval in the North of Perth, the first time a WAFL match has been played at the venue.
The Bulldogs will host Peel Thunder at Pingelly Oval in round three, paying tribute to the Upper Great Southern region that has produced numerous league players for the club, including four members of their 2020 premiership side.
A state game is scheduled for Saturday May 8th against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval, while clubs will get a mid-season bye in June over rounds 10 and 11, with two matches on June 12th and three the following Saturday June 19th.
Other marquee matches include the Fremantle and Perth Foundation Day Derbies (June 7) and Grand Final rematches between South Fremantle and Claremont in round 2 (Revo Fitness Stadium) and round 14, the latter during NAIDOC Round.
Pre-season matches are likely to be arranged by the club's in consultation with the WAFC for mid-March, ahead of the season proper.
IMAGE: The West Australian.