Preview: East Perth v North Ballarat v The second week of the Foxtel Cup kicks off this weekend as the curtain raiser before the Fremantle v Geelong AFL match at Pattersons stadium. heres a bit of a glance at the teams, history and so on as a short guide to the match. For the record, the Northern Territory defeated Morningside in Adelaide last weekend (Foxtel ratings of 34,000). Match: East Perth Royals v North Ballarat Roosters venue: Pattersons Stadium, Perth, WA (Curtain raiser before Freo v Geelong) Time: 3pm Broadcast: 6pm (delayed) This match represents the first time the two sides have met in competition. Its also the first match in the competition to feature an AFL aligned VFL club, although East Perth may well have Dockers or Eagles players in the lineup. East Perth finished 3rd in the WAFL last year, qualifying for the Foxtel Cup, North Ballarat finished premiers of the VFL. Both clubs are steeped in the history of their respective states football. The VFL season has yet to start, while the WAFL season has already begun. This may benefit East Perth somewhat due to match practice. This match should have a half decent crowd given its actually being played in the home state of one of the teams involved. Recent Record North Ballarat - 14 wins, 4 losses, 2010 premiers East Perth - 11 wins, 9 losses, 2010 preliminary finalist Introduction to the Teams East Perth Royals East Perth was founded in 1902, and are the winners of 17 WAFL premierships, the most recent being in 2002. They are based at Medibank Stadium (Leederville Oval), in Perth, Western Australia. East Perth were the first clun outside Victoria to approach the VFL about joining the league in 1980. Their traditional rivals are West Perth. AFL listed players on the East Perth roster include Zac Clarke (Fremantle), Hamish Shepheard (Frem), Luke Shuey (WCE), Dylan Roberton (Frem), Jarrad Oakleigh Nicholls (WCE), Dean Cox (WCE), Adam Selwood (WCE). Although its highly unlikely that the last two will be available. Famous AFL players from East Perth include Graham Farmer (Geelong), Syd Jackson (Carltn), Ross Glendenning (WCE), Ryan Turnball (WCE), Ron Alexander (Fitzroy), John Watts (Geelong), Phil Kelly (nth Melbourne) East Perth Jumper Established: 1902 Premierships: 17 Sandover Medallists: 14 North Ballarat Roosters North Ballarat was formed in 1882, and played predominately in the Ballarat Football League, which for a long time was the equivelant of its VFL/VFA counterparts. North Ballarat are presently aligned with the North Melbourne AFL club. In total, they've won 19 premierships, including the last 3 VFL premierships. In 2010, they defeated the Northern Bullants to win the VFL flag for the year. They are based at the Northern oval in Ballarat. Due to the fluid nature of the alignment, AFL listed players may change pending North Melbourne requirements. Players may also play for the Werribee Tigers. North Ballarat has produced some notable AFL players, including Adam Goodes (Sydney), Micheal Malthouse (Richmond), Tony Lockett (StK/Sydney), and Darren Jolly (Sydney/Collingwood). North Ballarat Jumper Established: 1882 Premierships: 19 VFL Premierships: 3 Liston Trophy Winners: 4 Prediction: Without knowing Ballarats lineup its hard to tell, I expect this to be a close match however, but North have been very dominant lately so Ill be going for them in a photo finish. Please feel free to add anything i may have left out. I didnt think anyone else would bother, and I genuinely wanted to know more about these teams so I found it interesting at least. lol.