The A-Grade side lost to Scarborough by 133 points, 2.7 (19) to 24.8 (152), and the A-Reserves went down by 131 points, 5.5 (35) to 26.10 (166). It was better news for the Phil Scott Colts side, with Kelmscott defeating Scarborough by 44 points, 12.10 (82) to 5.8 (38).
The club was readmitted to the WA Amateur Football League last week after addressing concerns about on-field behaviour during the 2015 season.
WAAFL general manager David Armstrong said “the board and myself are satisfied with the initiatives that are to be pursued by the club as part of the signed plan and commend the club’s commitment to the ‘culture first, football second’ vision outlined at their recent AGM”.
“Accordingly, the Kelmscott SFC was advised on Wednesday that their team nominations for A-Grade, A-Reserves and Phil Scott Colts were accepted and the club permitted to play from round two this weekend.”
Kelmscott Senior Football Club spokesman Peter Quinn said it was outrageous that the club had to forfeit its first game of the season the following day.
“We’ve got to work a little bit harder now because we’ve lost a game,” he said.
Mr Quinn also criticised the League for the way it had handled the issue, particularly its announcement late on Friday, April 8, that the club would not be playing in the first round of the competition.
In other local football results, Maddington defeated Carlisle in the C1 league by 10 points, 12.9 (81) to 10.11 (71), and Kenwick defeated Noranda by 38 points, 15.8 (98) to 9.6 (60). In the C2 league Gosnells defeated Canning Vale 16.9 (105) to 15.6 (96) and Thornlie defeated High Wycombe 13.12 (90) to 9.8 (62).