Round 2 Preview v Claremont

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 6:55 AM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts is back at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday for Round 2 of the inaugural WAFL Women's Premiership Season with the Black Ducks this time hosting Claremont searching for their first win in the new competition.

The WAFLW competition has been launched in 2019 with Swan Districts one of just five clubs included in the league.

Things got underway with the opening two games last weekend which included East Fremantle beating Peel Thunder and Swan Districts going down on home turf to Subiaco.

Swan Districts will again be at home this Sunday at Steel Blue Oval to take on a Claremont team that had the bye in the opening round. Bounce down is set for 2.45pm.

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The WAFLW fixture between Swan Districts and Claremont will cap a full day of female football action at Steel Blue Oval.

That will include Swan Districts playing South Fremantle in the WA Women's Football League. The Youth Girls Rogers Cup match will commence at 11.15am followed by the reserves contest at 12.45pm.

It will then be time for the main event with Swan Districts hosting Claremont in WAFLW action with both teams looking for their first ever wins in the second round of the inaugural competition.

Swans are coming off their Round 1 loss at home to Subiaco by 29 points while Claremont had the opening round bye so the Tigers will be making their WAFLW debut.

Swan Districts will be boosted by the inclusion of Fremantle Dockers AFL Women's speedster Ashley Sharp while the Claremont team is a strong one including Brooke Whyte and Laura Pugh.

The two teams will be competing for the Dhara Kerr Memorial Club which is played annually between the two clubs. The cup is currently held by Swan Districts who beat Claremont for that honour in Round 4 of the 2017 WAWFL season.

Dhara Kerr was born in Warrnambool, Victoria on August 28, 1971 and died in Perth on October 13, 1995. She was the youngest of four children and moved to Perth in 1992. In the same year, she started playing football for Innaloo.

For her club, Dhara won fairest and best awards from 1992 to 1995 and captained her club to their first premiership in 1995. In the grand finals that Dhara played in, she shared the best on ground award with Sharon Woods in 1993 and won the award outright in both 1994 and 1995.

Dhara also won the WA Women’s Football League fairest and best award from 1992 to 1994. In 1994, she was selected as deputy vice-captain for the league’s first state team that travelled to Adelaide and played against South Australia. 

In that game she was selected as best on ground for WA.

During the years that Dhara played football, there was fierce on-field rivalry between Innaloo (now Claremont) and Carlisle (also known as Victoria Park, Canning, Belmont, Southern Thunder and now Swan Districts). 

Following Dhara’s death, the two teams decided that the first time that they meet each season be dedicated to her memory with the Dhara Kerr Memorial Cup.

OPTUS WAFLW ROUND 2
SWAN DISTRICTS v CLAREMONT – STEEL BLUE OVAL, SUNDAY 2.45PM

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