Swan Districts lose to East Fremantle at Shark Park

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 2:52 PM by Chris Pike

DESPITE kicking just the one goal in the first half, Swan Districts was still in the contest against East Fremantle on Saturday at three quarter-time but ended up falling to a sixth straight loss with the 29-point defeat at the hands of the Sharks.

Swan Districts got themselves within tough of East Fremantle at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday afternoon, but couldn’t quite go on with the job.

East Fremantle kicked away from Swan Districts to win 8.11 (59) to 3.12 (30) with Swans finishing with 19 fewer possessions than the Sharks, 13 fewer inside-50 entries and four less scoring shots.

Leigh Kohlmann kicked two goals from four kicks for Swan Districts with Callum Garcia the other goal scorer for the black-and-whites.

It was tough going again for Swans but George Hampson continued to battle hard and provide as much as he possibly could against the odds. Against the team he won a fairest and best with in 2018, he delivered 23 possessions, eight tackles and six inside-50 entries.

Matt Riggio also picked up 22 touches for Swans, Lachlan Riley 20, Seb Bright 20, Alex Howard 20, Tony Notte 20, Brayden Noble 17 and Mitch Howlett 17.

It wasn’t pretty and there was only eight goals kicked between the two teams over the first three quarters, but East Fremantle was able to play some better football in the last quarter to end up beating Swan Districts by 29 points.

East Fremantle and Swan Districts came into the game on Saturday at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park as the two bottom teams in the WAFL desperate to return to the winners list with Swans having lost their past five matches and the Sharks their previous three.

So both teams were down on confidence and that's how the game panned out, at least for the opening three quarters.

East Fremantle kicked the lone goal of the first quarter and then pulled away in the second term kicking three goals to just one from Swan Districts to head into half-time leading by 18 points.

Swans did give themselves a chance by kicking two goals to one from the Sharks in the third quarter with the game right on the line by three quarter-time with East Fremantle only holding a nine-point lead.

But the Sharks dominated the fourth term with three goals to just three behinds from Swans to come away with the 8.11 (59) to 3.12 (30) victory.

The win improves East Fremantle to a 4-9 record on the season but they remain in ninth position while Swan Districts is now two games clear in bottom spot at 2-11 having lost their past seven matches heading into the Round 15 bye.

Swan Districts struggles in the colts after a hot start to the season continued on Saturday morning with East Fremantle winning by 44 points at New Choice Homes Park.

After starting the season in the colts winning their opening seven matches, Swans had lost four in-a-row entering Saturday morning's clash with East Fremantle.

East Fremantle had won just the two games this season coming into the game but they started strongly with seven scoring shots to one in the first quarter to head into quarter-time leading by 11 points.

The Sharks then pulled away in the second term piling on five goals to one to lead by 37 points at half-time. 

East Fremantle continued on with the job in the second half with five more goals to three to end up winning 12.9 (81) to 5.7 (37).

Jackson Ryan kicked two goals from four kicks for Swan Districts with Giacomo Paduano, Jermarl Daly and Brock Fisher the other goal scorers.

Jak Watson amassed 27 possessions for the black-and-whites, Brenton Hilton 22, Ty Sears 19, Jake Pasini 17 and Atem Deng 15.

And in the reserves contest on Saturday, East Fremantle also prevailed 11.6 (72) to 7.4 (46) against Swan Districts.

Patrick Farrant responded well to returning the reserves with 28 possessions, seven marks and four goals for Swans.

Kade Wallrodt racked up 31 disposals, Nathan Blakely 27 to go with 35 hit outs, Warrick Wilson 25, Patrick Italiano 23, Blake Pescud 21, Mitchell Bain 18 and Brad Fullgrabe 18.

WAFL ROUND 14

SWAN DISTRICTS        0.2    1.5    3.9    3.12    (30)
EAST FREMANTLE        1.4    4.5    5.6    8.11    (59)

SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Kohlmann 2; C Garcia.
Best: Notte, Hampson, Howard, Bright, L Riley, Riggio, Howlett.
EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: Strnadica 2; Boekhorst, Jansen, Bennett, Bockman, Monaghan, Murphy.
Best: Jansen, Eardley, Tassone, Davies, Bennett, Baskerville, Griffin.