East Perth and Peel will request the WAFL to fixture them on a different day to future western derbies after being drawn to play before today's blockbuster AFL season opener.
The Royals and Thunder will clash at Medibank Stadium 2½ hours before their AFL-aligned teams meet at Patersons Stadium at 4.40pm.
But far from considering the WAFL match as a mini-derby and a lead-in to the 37th western derby, both State league clubs want their fixtures to operate independently to their AFL partners.
"It is hardly ideal and a bit disappointing that we are on before the derby," Peel president John Ditchburn said.
And East Perth chief executive Dean Turner echoed Peel's concerns by saying: "Blind Freddy knows that people will go and watch the Eagles and Dockers instead of us.
"We would rather go the other way."
The WAFL deliberately fixtured the East Perth and Peel game as an experiment that might attract West Coast and Fremantle fans to the State league.
Ditchburn said Peel had not requested the fixture and actively sought to play on different days to Fremantle.
"We would rather play on a different day so that the Fremantle players could be at our game."
Peel will play only one other match this season - away to Claremont in round 13 - that clashes directly with a Fremantle home game.
Peel and East Perth will have a bye in July when the second western derby takes place.
The Royals have two other matches when they are drawn directly against West Coast games in Perth while the Eagles have a home game on WA Day only three hours after East Perth play great rivals West Perth.Three Fremantle players - Hayden Crozier, Tom Sheridan and Jesse Crichton - have been added to the Peel team that lost its opening match to Perth last week.
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