Prolific midfielder Mark Hutchings helped pilot a new-look West Perth side to a convincing 56-point win against South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on Saturday night.
Hutchings improved his chances of an early AFL call-up by West Coast with an encouraging performance in the Falcons' 17.11 (113) to 8.9 (57) victory.
The 21-year-old had 25 possessions, five marks, three tackles, four inside 50s and kicked a goal in an impressive all-round effort that would have pleased Eagles officials.
Former St Kilda squad member Hutchings was thrown an AFL lifeline by the Eagles last year on the back of an outstanding WAFL season, runner-up in the Sandover Medal to Claremont wingman Kane Mitchell.
Picked up by the Saints in the 2010 rookie draft, Hutchings returned to West Perth before the start of the 2011 season without playing an AFL game.
Former WA under-18s captain Hutchings forged a reputation as one of the league's best onballers in the past two seasons, averaging 25 possessions in 20112 and winning the Falcons club champion award.
West Coast recognised that dominance when taking Hutchings with their third pick and No.60 overall in last season's national draft.
West Perth will be without retired trio Brent LeCras, Dustin Burns and Joel Rice in 2012 while reliable defender Dion Fleay will miss the season after being transferred in his job to Kalgoorlie.
One Falcons regular who will play on in 2013, captain Jason Salecic, fared well against the Bulldogs along with Fremantle squad member Josh Mellington, Ray Bartholomew, Aaron Black, Shane Nelson and Frank Stockley.
Craig White, who has returned to South Fremantle after a season with the Balmain Dockers, was one of his side's best along with captain Ryan Cook, SANFL recruit Mitch Banner, Toby Bairstow, Adam McIntosh and Brendon Gulley.
Tall utility player Tony Notte and hard-working defender Wayde Twomey were prominent in Swan Districts 15.11 (101) to 6.16 (52) victory against Perth at Steel Blue Oval, Notte kicking four goals and Twomey collecting 30 possessions.
Other round two winners were Subiaco and Claremont, the Tigers beating East Perth 15.14 (104) to 13.9 (87) at Medibank Stadium and the Lions accounting for the Sharks 13.8 (86) to 10.8 (68) at East Fremantle Oval.Sandover Medallist Luke Blackwell shone for Claremont with 23 possessions and three goals while Eagles recruit Callum Sinclair was outstanding for Subiaco with 40 hit-outs, 23 possessions, nine marks and three goals.
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