Premiers Peel Thunder to kick off new season with a televised clash against East Perth

PEEL Thunder will kick off the 2017 WAFL premiership season in a televised Saturday night blockbuster against East Perth on March 18.

The 2017 season will feature 23 rounds in total, with 18 games and the finals series to be televised live on the Seven Network.

More than 78 per cent of games have been scheduled in the traditional Saturday afternoon timeslot.

West Australian Football Commission chief executive Gavin Taylor said the 2017 fixture aimed to grow and enhance the WAFL competition by promoting competitive matches, supporting special feature rounds and offering prime-time television coverage.

He said it was also exciting that the Seven Network had confirmed Dennis Cometti would be involved with the WAFL as a special commentator in 2017.