Round 8 Preview v East Fremantle

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 2:41 PM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts has risen to second position on the WAFLW ladder following last week's win over Claremont and now revenge is on the mind of the black-and-whites against East Fremantle heading back to East Fremantle Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Swans now sit in second spot on the WAFLW with a 3-3 record but last time they played the Sharks earlier this season, they went scoreless in the entire second half and lost by 10 goals.

So revenge is on the minds of those Swan Districts players ahead of Sunday's clash which provides a chance to further consolidate second spot on the WAFLW ladder.

Meanwhile Swan Districts' reserves and Youth Girls teams are taking on Peel Thunder on Sunday. The Rogers Cup clash begins at 10.30am and then the reserves at midday at Mandurah's David Grays Arena.

East Fremantle hosts Swan Districts in what should be a terrific WAFLW match up on Sunday afternoon at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park.

The game will live streamed as well so anyone unable to get to Shark Park on Sunday to watch the game is encouraged to tune in to watch either at the WAFL website or the league's Facebook page.

Swan Districts comes into the game on a high following a 14-point victory last week against Claremont at Claremont Oval. That win improved the black-and-whites to second position on the WAFLW ladder coming into Round 8 with a 3-3 record.

Swans jumped ahead of Claremont on the ladder thanks to a better percentage and now they will be looking to consolidate that place with a win on Sunday afternoon.

But it won't be an easy task against the Sharks who were the premiers last year at league level in the final season of the old WA Women's Football League.

East Fremantle went down to the league-leading Subiaco last week also at East Fremantle Oval with the Sharks now sitting in fourth position with a 2-3 record.

However, East Fremantle does have the second best percentage in the competition on the back of beating Swan Districts by 61 points and Peel Thunder by 37 points while their three defeats have only been by 11 points to Subiaco, one point to Claremont and 20 points to the Lions.

East Fremantle and Swan Districts have already met at East Fremantle once this season and that saw a 10.8 (68) to 1.1 (7) victory for the Sharks back in Round 3.

On that day, East Fremantle kicked nine goals to no score in the second half for the emphatic win with Roxanne Roux kicking three goals and Katherine Dann, Katelyn Catalano and Gabby O'Sullivan all booting two apiece.

O'Sullivan will have a choice to make on Sunday whether to play the WAFLW game for the Sharks against Swans or to play for the Perry Lakes Hawks in the State Basketball League contest against the East Perth Eagles at Bendat Basketball Centre.

In that loss for Swan Districts, Bronwyn Hansen was the lone goal scorer with Fiona Boucher, Mikayla Hyde, Shanae Davison, Naomi Baker and Brianna Hyde battling hard against the tide.

Swan Districts will be desperate to put in a much better showing this time around and with second spot on the line for the winner, it should be a terrific contest between the two teams.

Swan Districts coach Kara Donnellan was proud of the team's effort to beat Claremont last week and is looking for more of the same against East Fremantle.

"I was extremely proud of the girls efforts. We were a couple down on the bench after half-time so to get through on limited legs and rotations was a fantastic effort," Donnellan said.

"It was fantastic to have three debutants and I thought Gemma Houghton was fantastic up forward. Mim Strom was incredible in the ruck for a young kid and Bianca Webb playing her first game started forward and then  had to go into the midfield where she had a really big impact. 

"Ang Stannett was fantastic for four quarters too and Myky Bowen and Nyra Anderson chipped in as well. Kellie Gibson in her 100th game got on the end of three goals as well and our back-line was fantastic after having a shocker last week. 

"I'm extremely proud of the girls and now we move on to playing East Fremantle this weekend out at Shark Park."

OPTUS WAFLW ROUND 8
SWAN DISTRICTS v EAST FREMANTLE – NEW CHOICE HOMES PARK, SUNDAY 2.00PM

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