Round one of the WAAFL season saw 2016’s A-grade grand finalists Scarborough take on B-grade premiers Wembley in a low-scoring battle for dominance.
The first game of the season was a test for Wembley to see how they would fit into the A-grade competition after their promotion last year, however they fell short with a final score of 6.9 (45) to Scarborough’s 8.9 (57).
The second quarter highlighted Scarborough’s clean skills, effective ball use and triumph in clearances and defence, which resulted in their scoreboard pressure by laying on six goals to Wembley’s one.
This came after a high-pressured first quarter which saw some poor ball movement and tension between the two sides, ending in Wembley’s only lead for the game with 11 points to Scarborough’s two.
Despite a crushing second quarter, it was not all bad news for Wembley who managed to regain composure in the third quarter.
They laid down the pressure on Scarborough and restricted them to a gain of two goals and three behinds for the term.
The final quarter saw Wembley take their game to a new level as they kicked four goals and a behind, while managing to tame Scarborough’s accuracy to only four behinds for the term.
This closed the gap between Wembley and the dominant Scarborough side, who were leading by 33 points at the end of the third quarter.
Scarborough fans were not impressed with the umpiring in this quarter, as three out of the four goals Wembley claimed came from free kicks.
However, even with their lead in the first quarter, it was Wembley’s inability to apply scoreboard pressure until the final term that made it possible for Scarborough to walk away with a win.
Wembley may not have got the result they wanted, but they certainly have a lot to be happy about.
Their performance in the final quarter allowed them to walk off the pitch with confidence in their ability to compete well in A-grade.