Round 3 Preview v Perth

Friday, April 19, 2019 - 6:47 PM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts is back home to Steel Blue Oval for Easter Saturday WAFL action hosting the undefeated Perth as the Black Ducks look to open their account for 2019.

A big day of action is planned to celebrate Easter at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday but what Swan Districts will be hoping for more than anything is its first win of the season.

Swans have been competitive the opening two weeks and only lost narrowly, but the fact remains they are yet to taste victory and now come up against a Perth team who has looked impressive winning both its games to start the new season.

The league action will get underway at 2.15pm on the back of the reserves contest at 11.30am and the colts at 9am at Steel Blue Oval.

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There's plenty for everyone coming to Steel Blue Oval to make sure it's an enjoyable too on top of the action on the field between Swans and the Demons.

There are prizes to be won with the Longest Kick and Chasing the Swan competitions on top of $100 up for grabs in Bin it to Win it. The Swans Play Zone will be fully in operation too including free rides and games, and something for all ages.

Then there is the action on the field and it looms as a fascinating contest between Swan Districts and Perth.

Swans have lost both its first two games of the season, but it's only been by four points to South Fremantle and then eight points against East Perth.

Both games could have gone the other way but Swans have had trouble finding goals, kicking just 14 goals across the opening two rounds of the season.

Ethan Maguire is currently the leading goalscorer on the season for Swan Districts so for them to start winning games they do need Leigh Kohlmann, Brayden Noble and some of the other regular forward targets to find the major opening a little more.

Swans' defence has been holding firm only conceding 15 goals across the two games led by stalwarts Tony Notte and Alex Howard with the addition of Jesse Glass-McCasker and then continued emergence of Denzel More, Tony Stephens, Graydon Wilson, Riley Garcia and Jack O'Sullivan.

On the other hand, Perth has won its opening two games of the season beating the West Coast Eagles by 46 points in Round 1 and then holding off South Fremantle last week for a three-point victory.

Perth will now be looking to continue building its momentum coming to Steel Blue Oval on Saturday but Swan Districts will be desperate to snap a five-game losing run that dates back to last year with the Black Ducks having now lost 11 of their past 12 matches.

From the team that lost to East Perth last Saturday at Leederville Oval, Swan Districts has made just the one change with Chad Daniels coming in for Albert Dean.

Daniels was impressive for Swans in the reserves last week against the Royals with 29 possessions, nine marks and seven tackles to earn his call up into the league side.

Meanwhile for Perth, from its team that beat South Fremantle last Saturday they have made no changes and will come in with the same successful group of 22 players.

ROUND 3
SWAN DISTRICTS v PERTH – STEEL BLUE OVAL, SATURDAY 2.15PM

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