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WA will be looking to regain some respect when they come up against South Australia at Medibank Stadium this morning after a horror start to this year's AFL under-18 championships.

The first two weeks of the championships have been unpleasant for WA, suffering a first-up loss to SA at AAMI Stadium before being smashed by Vic Metro at Medibank Stadium last week.

The results are all the more disappointing considering the core of WA's squad is made up of the State's 2012 under-16 championship-winning side.

Peel defender Dylan Winton will return to bolster the side today after recovering from a quad injury, but midfielder Connor Blakely (hamstring) remains sidelined.

West Coast father-son prospect Alec Waterman remains the player to watch for WA after 35 disposals and 10 clearances against Vic Metro last week, with midfielder Jared Hardisty and forward Tyler Keitel the others to shine.

Captain Jake Johansen and athletic big man Sam Durdin have been impressive for SA.

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