Canning Vale started their WAAFL C3 campaign with a trip to Dianella. The Raiders, who had been relegated from C3 after the 2011 season, were re-instated in the week leading up to round one after the withdrawal of Swan View from the C1 competition caused a re-grading.
The League side kicked 6.4 to no score in the first quarter and the one way traffic continued as Jason McGovern and Dylan McCutcheon starred in a 130 point win, 21.18 to 2.2. Jacob Sands and David Thomason both kicked five goals for the Cougars.
The Reserves trailed by two goals at quarter time but took control from there, kicking 11 goals to 4 for the remainder of the match to win by 32 points, 12.6 to 7.4. Adam McCutcheon booted seven majors, whilst Aaron Ottoway, Adam McCutcheon and Dan Millson were the best players for the winners.
After using Clifton Park as their training venue since the club was formed, the Cougars played their first home match at Clifton Park against Ballajura.
The League maintained top spot on the ladder after holding an early lead and building upon it as the day went on to record a 35 point win, 14.14 to 8.5. The Cougars capitalised on a third quarter fade out by the Royals and had many options up forward, with Jacob Sands (four), Corey Caulfield (three), Jason McGovern and Josh Sills (two) the multiple goalscorers.
The Reserves found Ballajura a tough proposition and the visitors used the breeze advantage to the northern end of the ground to their liking, booting nine of their 14 goals to that end. Despite the teams’ best endeavours, and six goals to debutant Duane Rochford, the Cougars fell short by 32 points, 14.10 to 9.8.
In a battle between two unbeaten sides with percentages well over 300% at Wyong Reserve, Canning Vale slammed six goals to two against the breeze against SNESA and were never threatened after that to run out convincing 85 point victors, 18.11 to 5.4. Dave Thomason was a decisive factor in the forward line with seven goals in the wet, whilst Jason McGovern and Jacob Sands (three goals each) and Daniel Spry played well.
The Reserves overcame a determined SNESA by 13 points after scores were level at half-time. The Cougars kicked 3.3 to 0.2 in the third quarter to set up the win with Duane Rochford the leading goalscorer, kicking four majors.
Ladder Positions by round:
League W1 W1 W?
Reserves W3 L5 W?