Swan Districts Make History Winning All Three WAWFL Premierships

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 2:55 PM

SWAN Districts has cemented itself as the female football powerhouse in Western Australia with a stunning performance on Sunday with the black-and-whites winning the Rogers Cup, reserves and league premierships for 2017.

Sunday was grand final day in the Mundella Women's WA Football League for 2017 and it proved to be a remarkable day of celebration and triumph for Swan Districts at Leederville Oval.

Swan Districts' Rogers Cup and reserves teams had qualified automatically for the grand finals of 2017 by winning their second semi-final match ups a fortnight ago.

The league team then head to do it the hard way by winning last week's preliminary final against South Fremantle at Steel Blue Oval.

But come Saturday for grand final day at Leederville Oval, it was all Swan Districts with the club's Youth Girls, reserves and league teams all triumphant.

Grand final day began with the Rogers Cup decider with Swan Districts beating South Fremantle 3.7 (25) to 2.3 (15).

Swan Districts' reserves then beat East Fremantle 3.8 (26) to 2.3 (15).

And finally in the league contest, Swan Districts made it back-to-back WAWFL premierships beating Coastal Titans 6.8 (44) to 2.3 (15).

Remarkably Swans' held all three grand final opponents to the same scoreline on their way to the triumphs.

Starting with the Rogers Cup grand final, Swan Districts ended up claiming the 10-point victory having been the superior team throughout the game and ending up with 10 scoring shots to five.

Emily Hocking, Rikkiesha Carling and Erin Brown were the goalkickers for Swans.

Mikayla Hyde was presented with the medal as best on ground after her starring performance in the victory for Swan Districts.

It was then time for the reserves grand final with Swan Districts looking to build on the momentum from the Youth Girls' success.

Swans started strongly against East Fremantle to lead by eight points at half-time and still be in control by 11 points with three goals to one by three quarter-time.

East Fremantle didn’t go away and kicked the only goal of the last quarter but Swan Districts proved too good winning by 11 points on the back of 11 scoring shots to just five.

Best on ground honours again went to a Swan Districts player with Susie Chuot taking out the award for the reserves premiership.

It was then time for the main event with Swan Districts playing Coastal Titans in the league grand final.

The two clubs have been the dominant fixtures in the WAWFL over its history and had both played out thrillers so far in 2017, including in the second semi-final won by the Titans to advance to the grand final.

But Swan Districts played well to win into the grand final after beating South Fremantle in the preliminary final and brought that momentum into the decider on Sunday at Leederville Oval.

Swans started strongly with first quarter goals to Emily McGuire and Kellie Gibson on the way to a 10-point advantage by quarter-time.

Rhonda Williams then kicked two goals in the second term for the black-and-whites to help the reigning premiers to a commanding 18-point advantage at half-time.

Ebony Antonio kicked another for Swans in the third quarter and Tayla Macauliffe another in the last.

With the Titans managing just the three behinds for the entire second half, Swan Districts cruised to the 29-point victory.

Inspirational captain Kara Donnellan added yet another accolade to her career collection receiving the Lou Knitter Best on Ground award after her commanding performance in the midfield for Swan Districts.

She got tremendous support from Alicia Janz in the ruck who was outstanding but it was the whole Swan Districts team that delivered a big effort to claim the premiership.

Swan Districts coach Nicole Graves couldn’t have been prouder of the whole club on the day.

"For the Swans, it was an amazing day for us and it was so exciting," Graves said.

"If I didn’t think the pressure was on before, it certainly was by the time the other teams had won leading into our league grand final."

MUNDELLA WAWFL GRAND FINALS
ROGERS CUP
Swan Districts 3.7 (25) defeated South Fremantle 2.3 (15)

RESERVES
Swan Districts 3.8 (26) defeated East Fremantle 2.3 (15)

LEAGUE
Swan Districts 6.8 (44) defeated Coastal Titans 2.3 (15)

By Chris Pike.