Another narrow defeat for Swans against Demons

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 7:24 PM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts looked likely to come away with the win on Saturday against Perth but in the end it was yet another frustrating loss this season for the Black Ducks in Round 8 of the WAFL season.

Swans were on top of the Demons for most of the contest at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park and even led by as much as 27 points midway through the third quarter.

However, Swans couldn’t quite hold on and with Perth kicking the last two goals of the game it meant the Demons went on to win by six points.

It was another heartbreakingly close loss for the black-and-whites to deal with. For the second time, this season they've lost a tight game against Perth and overall their six defeats have come at just an average of only 9.8 points.

Corey Gault was outstanding for Swan Districts with 19 possessions, 18 hit outs, five tackles, four marks and two goals.

Brayden Noble and Leigh Kohlmann had limited opportunities up forward throughout the afternoon but kicked two goals apiece.

Matt Riggio finished with 22 possessions for Swan Districts with Steven Payne also having it 20 times, Warrick Wilson 18, Alex Howard 16, Jesse Turner 14, debutant Nathan Ireland 14 and Josh Simpson 14.

Nathan Blakely had a strong afternoon made up of 17 disposals, 25 hit outs, four marks, three tackles and a goal.

For much of the afternoon on Saturday, Swan Districts looked set to make it consecutive wins and to hand Perth a third straight loss at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park.

Swan Districts did lead by as much as 27 points midway through the third quarter to appear on track to back up last week's win over the West Coast Eagles to win consecutive games this season.

However, Perth wouldn’t be denied and finished strongly including kicking the game's last two goals to end up winning 11.14 (80) to 11.8 (74).

The win snaps a two-game losing run for the Demons to improve them to a 6-2 record on the season while Swans slip to 2-6 as a result of the defeat.

Swans came out and kicked the first goal of the game thanks to Brayden Noble before Perth responded with the next two courtesy of small forwards Zareth Roe and Cody Ninyette.

Swan Districts, though, regained the lead when ruckman Nathan Blakely kicked truly and then went further ahead with quick goals to Josh Simpson and Leigh Kohlmann.

The Black Ducks still led by seven points at quarter-time despite a late first quarter Perth goal from Guy Langdon.

Kohlmann added his second goal to start the second term for Swans and by the time George Hampson kicked truly for the black-and-whites shortly before half-time, they maintained a 16-point advantage.

Twice after third quarter goals to Mitchell Bain and Corey Gault did Swan Districts lead by a game-high 27 points, but Perth wasn’t going away and with four goals of their own in the third term, they had cut the lead for Swans to just a solitary goal by three quarter-time.

Swan Districts did still lead by eight points when Matt Riggio goaled at the 12-minute mark, but Perth was coming. In the end goals to Matthew Rogers against his old side and then second-gamer Ethan Hansen delivered Perth the six-point win.

Swan Districts continued its dominance of this WAFL Colts season following Saturday's 65-point victory over Perth at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park.

Swan Districts started strongly against Perth kicking four goals to two in the opening quarter.

Swans then added another four goals to two in the second term and that saw the Black Ducks take a 28-point lead into the half-time break.

It was another three goals to one from the black-and-whites in the third quarter as well and then four more goals to one from the Demons in the last term as Swan Districts went on to record the 15.15 (105) to 6.4 (40) victory.

The win improves Swans to a perfect 7-0 record for the colts season while the Demons are 3-4 in sixth position.

Seb Bright was tremendous for Swan Districts with 22 possessions, seven tackles and two goals with Kade Screaigh also kicking two goals to go with 20 disposals and eight tackles.

Ben Taylor and Bodhi Nordahl kicked two goals each for Swans as well.

Kade Wallrodt finished the game with 26 possessions, nine inside-50 entries, six marks and five tackles as well for Swans.

Jak Watson also collected 26 disposals, Brenton Hilton 21, Ethan Nordahl 20, Ashley Brockbernd 18 (10 tackles), Jehb O'Donohue 18, Jermarl Daly 16 and Bailey Kane 15 to go with 32 hit outs, four tackles and a goal.

Then in the reserves clash, Swan Districts also put together an impressive showing beating Perth 14.7 (91) to 5.7 (37).

Trohne Ugle kicked four goals from six kicks for Swans while Oskar Matthews and Blake Rowlinson added two goals apiece. Matthews also produced 14 possessions, five marks and 21 hit outs for the game.

Patrick Farrant racked up 29 possessions for the Black Ducks, Ethan Maguire 27, Jackson Beck 27, Freddie Clutterbuck 26, Chad Daniels 25, Jack O'Sullivan 24, Austin Watson 23, Lachlan Riley 21 and Brad Fullgrabe 20 to go with nine marks, 15 hit outs and a goal.

SWAN DISTRICTS        4.3    7.6    10.6    11.8    (74)
PERTH                3.2    5.2    9.6    11.14    (80)

SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Gault, Noble, Kohlmann 2; Hampson, Bain, Riggio, Blakely, Simpson.
Best: Gault, Riggio, Blakely, Howard, Wilson, Payne, Ireland, Stephens.
PERTH – Goals: Langdon, Edmonds 2; Ninyette, Leggett, Cary, Rogers, Jones, Hansen, Roe.
Best: Jones, Leggett, Edmonds, Taylor, Sinclair, Payne, Yeo.