Round 6 Preview v Peel Thunder

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 3:37 AM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts hasn’t played a WAFL Women's contest since a big win over Peel Thunder back on May 25 and now in the black-and-whites first game back in action, it's against the same opponent again at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.

Swan Districts made a solid start to the inaugural WAFLW season opening with a loss to Subiaco before a big win over Claremont the next week.

Then following a defeat to East Fremantle on the road, Swan Districts returned home in Round 4 and scored a commanding 46-point victory against the winless Peel Thunder.

That was Swans' last game with a bye to come in Round 5 of the WAFLW season and then the general bye last weekend as a WAFLW All-Stars team took on an AFLW State 18s team.

But now Swan Districts is back in WAFLW action this Saturday and it's a familiar opponent and venue. Swans will take on Peel on Saturday from 2.45pm at Steel Blue Oval.

Also on Saturday at Steel Blue Oval, Swan Districts' Youth Girls team will take on Claremont in the Rogers Cup contest from 8.40am. 

The reserves clash with Claremont will then follow at 12.45pm leading into the league WAFLW clash between Peel Thunder and Swan Districts.

Swans come into the game with a 2-2 record from the opening four games of the 2019 season.

The wins over Claremont and Peel have been emphatic while the losses were also by margins more than Swans would have hoped against East Fremantle and Subiaco.

That leaves Saturday's clash with Peel as a crucial one in the context of the season for Swan Districts. A win and they improve to a 3-2 record and stay in touch with the top teams in the competition. 

But a loss would see them slip to 2-3 and start to lose a degree of touch with those up the top of the ladder. 

Looking back on the game three weeks ago against Peel that Swan Districts won by 46 points, there was plenty to like from a black-and-whites perspective.

Ashley Sharp, Shanae Davison and Bronwyn Hansen all kicked three goals for Swans while Imahara Cameron and Nyra Anderson were other standout performers. 

While Peel comes into Saturday's game against Swans winless so far this WAFLW season, they do have a team capable of better. 

Any team that includes talent like Tayla Bresland, Shannon Whale, Ebony Dowson, Abby Barnden, Demi Liddle and a host of other quality players can't be taken lightly, and is going to start winning games sooner or later.