Swan Districts fire with WAFLW win over Subiaco

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:13 PM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts turned in a tremendous WAFL Women's performance on Saturday at Steel Blue Oval to beat Subiaco by 14 points on the back of holding the Lions scoreless in the last quarter.

Subiaco might have been the standout WAFLW team so far this season but Swan Districts opened up the competition significantly with their tremendous performance at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The game was held at the Bassendean venue from midday as the lead-in to the WAFL clash in the afternoon so there was a good crowd in attendance and they saw a tremendous contest in the WAFLW.

Subiaco had been the dominant team so far in the WAFLW competition coming into Saturday's game having won five of their six matches. Those five wins against Swan Districts, East Fremantle, Peel Thunder, Claremont and East Fremantle by an average of 32.2. points.

Swan Districts, meanwhile, had lost narrowly to East Fremantle by eight points the previous week coming off a 14-point win over Claremont so they were starting to build some impressive momentum.

Subiaco then started the game with the only goal of the opening quarter. Both teams had two scoring shots apiece but the Lions kicked 1.1 and Swans just the two behinds.

Swan Districts responded well by kicking two goals in the second quarter and just the one from Subiaco to see the black-and-whites hold a one-point advantage heading into the half-time break.

It was then a goal apiece in the third quarter with Swan Districts maintaining a one-point advantage at three quarter-time.

The game was well and truly up for grabs at the last change but then Swans dominated the final term by having the only three scoring shots and kicking two goals from those to pull away for the 5.6 (36) to 3.4 (22) victory.

The result was a big one in the context of the WAFLW season. The victory improves Swan Districts to a 4-4 record to sit in third position while Subiaco's hold on top spot has lessened with the Lions now holding a 5-2 record.

Gemma Houghton delivered a best on ground, match-winning performance for Swan Districts to end up kicking three goals in a dominant display.

Shanae Davison and Hayley Cole kicked the other goals for the black-and-whites.

Lauren Osborne, Emily McGuire, Alicia Janz and Ashley Sharp were also tremendous in the win for Swans. 

Subiaco's goals were courtesy of Dowrick McKenzie, Jacqueline Toth and Hayley Miller.

Claire Ortlepp, Sara Lewis, Danika Pisconeri and Lara Filocamo were among the best players on the day for the Lions.

Meanwhile, the Swan Districts reserves team put in a dominant showing on Sunday at Steel Blue Oval as well beating East Perth 5.9 (39) to 1.1 (7).

Lexi Chapman kicked two goals for Swan Districts in the win and one each to Samantha Campbell, Loughlyn Webb and Rikkiesha Ryan.

And in the Rogers Cup contest, the Youth Girls from Swan Districts also proved too strong for East Perth, winning 4.3 (27) to 2.5 (17).

The goals for Swan Districts came courtesy of two from Tara Stribley and one apiece to Chanel Jetta and Hope Parata-Kingi.

The Swan Districts' reserves and Youth Girls teams will take on East Fremantle now on Sunday at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park.

Meanwhile in Round 10 of the WAFLW competition, Swan Districts has the bye ahead of a Round 11 clash with Subiaco once again this time at Leederville Oval on Saturday July 27.

WAFL WOMEN'S OPTUS PREMIERSHIP SEASON ROUND 9

SWAN DISTRICTS        0.2    2.4    3.5    5.6    (36)
SUBIACO            1.1    2.3    3.4    3.4    (22)

SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Houghton 3; Davison, Cole.
Best: Houghton, Osborne, McGuire, Janz, Sharp.
SUBIACO – Goals: Dowrick, Toth, Miller.
Best: Ortlepp, Lewis, Pisconeri, Filocamo.