Round 7 Preview v West Coast Eagles

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 4:58 PM by Chris Pike

FRESH off its most disappointing performance of the season, Swan Districts attempts to bounce back immediately on Saturday in their first ever contest with the West Coast Eagles' WAFL team.

The WAFL has become a 10-team competition in 2019 for the first time thanks to the addition of the Eagles' reserves side to the league replacing their alignment team they had with East Perth in recent  years.

Now in Round 7 of the 2019 WAFL season, it's Swan Districts' turn to play the Eagles and to do so at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday afternoon.

It will be a quick chance for the Black Ducks to rebound from last week's loss to East Fremantle and to also win their first ever game against the Eagles.

The game will bounce down at 2.15pm and will be streamed live via the West Coast Eagles' Facebook and YouTube pages for those not in attendance at Bassendean.

With no reserves or colts contests on the day, the curtain-raiser will be a WAFLW Round 4 contest featuring Swan Districts and Peel Thunder from 12.15pm.

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WINS FOR COLTS, RESERVES; LOSS FOR LEAGUE V SHARKS

Round 7 in the WAFL gets underway at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval with Swan Districts taking on the West Coast Eagles for the first ever time.

Both teams come into the game needing a win too with Swans having lost their past two games and five of their first six of the season.

But up until last week, the Black Ducks had been playing reasonably well. However, the loss to East Fremantle leaves them with plenty to want to make up for this Saturday at home to the Eagles.

West Coast comes into the game following a couple of heavy losses too against South Fremantle by 59 points and East Perth by 34 points.

From the Swans team that lost to East Fremantle last Saturday, Tristen Raynor, Jacob Coniglio, Chad Daniels, Dylan Smith and Patrick Italiano come into the squad. At this stage, David Ellard and Ethan Maguire are the only players to go out.

Reflecting on last week's loss to East Fremantle, Swan Districts league coach Adam Pickering didn’t miss words on his disappointment on the performance but is looking forward to a strong response against the Eagles.

"It was a really disappointing day, it was completely not good enough. We went into the State Game bye on a bit of a high after the Subiaco game," Pickering said.

"Although it was a loss, we thought we were very competitive with a very good team and we expected to come back and get a win, not just turn up and win but that we'd get the reward if we brought the same attitude and effort. But we just didn’t bring that at all. 

"East Fremantle basically outplayed us in all facets. They completely outplayed us and we were nowhere near our best, and in this competition if you're nowhere near your best and you are a middle of the road side like we are at the moment, you don’t get the job done.

"It was a very disappointing day at the office but onwards and upwards to West Coast this week."
 

OPTUS WAFL ROUND 7
SWAN DISTRICTS v WEST COAST EAGLES – STEEL BLUE OVAL, SATURDAY 2.15PM

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