Round 10 Preview v Claremont

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 3:30 AM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts is back in action on Sunday afternoon against Claremont in a standalone WAFL fixture at Steel Blue Oval. 

Swan Districts' last WAFL clash was two weeks ago against Perth as part of the WA Day long weekend where the black-and-whites looked on track for a third win of the season for much of the afternoon, but it wasn’t quite to be against the Demons.

That has left Swans with two weeks to now stew over that and prepare to take on Claremont this Sunday afternoon at Steel Blue Oval.

The league contest begins at 2.10pm and will be broadcast live on Channel 7 from 2pm.

The colts match up between Swan Districts and Claremont begins the day at Steel Blue Oval from 8.55am on Sunday before the reserves game follows from 11.25am.

The second game of Round 10 in the WAFL then takes place on Sunday afternoon at Steel Blue Oval and it's a big game for both Swan Districts and Claremont.

Swans come into the game with a 2-6 record but they do deserve to feel their form is significantly better than that suggests. 

But that's the reality and another loss on Sunday would make it decidedly difficult for the black-and-whites to stay in the finals hunt for 2019.

Claremont, meanwhile, enters in Round 10 in fourth position on the ladder with a 5-3 record and coming off a strong 31-point victory over the West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium two weeks ago.

Swan Districts might have won just the two games so far this season, but the black-and-whites have been a whole lot more competitive than that suggests.

Just two weeks ago, Swans were again in a winning position most of the afternoon before losing to Perth by six points having conceded the last two goals of the game. That was the second nail-biting loss for the season against the Demons that could have gone either way.

Swans have also suffered narrow losses to South Fremantle, East Perth, Subiaco and East Fremantle in games that could have also gone the other direction.

However, that wasn’t the case and Sunday needs to be the time for Swan Districts to turn those efforts of going so close into victories to remain in the finals hunt this season.

It's not going to be easy against a Claremont team coming off that good win over the Eagles and whose best football this season is capable of being as good as any side in the competition. 

There are plenty of changes at Swan Districts coming off that narrow loss to Perth and with the two weeks in between before getting to play again in a search for the third win of the season.

Jesse Glass-McCasker returns to strengthen the Swan Districts' defence after missing the game against Perth while Jack O'Sullivan, Ethan Maguire and Dylan Smith have been added to the extended squad as well.

Then there have been three potential debutants for Swans added to the squad – Jordan Bill, Patrick Farrant and Lachlan Riley.

Josh Cipro, Mitchell Bain and Nathan Ireland are the three players at this stage to make room in the Swan Districts' team.

And from the Claremont team that produced a strong performance to beat West Coast by 31 points a fortnight ago at Optus Stadium, there are no outs to the team at this stage but Haydn Busher, Jesse Laurie, Jordan Law and Matthew Palfrey have all been added to the extended squad.