By Simeon Thomas-Wilson, The Mercury
THE strength of the WAFL proved too great for Tasmania as the West Australian side handed the Map a thumping in Perth.
The Tasmanian outfit kicked the first goal of the game through Clarence’s former AFL, VFL and SANFL player Ian Callinan just after the four-minute mark, but from there it was all the West Australians.
At Bassendean Oval the West Australians kicked the next 11 goals, setting up a resounding 25.14 (164) to 4.6 (30) victory – the highest winning margin in a match between the two.
The West Australians were just too good for Tasmania, with former Collingwood rookie Jye Bolton outstanding in the middle of the park and around the stoppages, kicking two goals and amassing more than 40 touches.
WA’s key forwards Ben Saunders and Brett Peake were scintillating up top finishing with six and seven goals respectively.
The West Australian selectors’ plan of including a number of midfielders for the clash on a large ground worked perfectly as Tasmania could not break through nor impose itself on the game – going goalless for over a quarter.
The Map lifted in the third quarter, at one stage outscoring the WA side, but the home side then woke up and kicked 13 straight over the final two quarters to cruise home to the 134-point victory.
For Tasmania, co-captain Taylor Whitford, Burnie’s Harry Walters, Glenorchy’s Rhys Mott and Callinan – who kicked a team high two goals to go with his 29 possessions – impressed with their effort in the loss.