Swans Women win big over Tigers

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:39 AM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts welcomed back a couple of AFLW stars and put together one of their best performances of the WAFLW season at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday to come away with a thumping win against Claremont.

Coming off two strong showings against the league-leading Subiaco, Swan Districts produced an emphatic performance to defeat Claremont by 52 points at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.

Swan Districts had played the past two matches both against Subiaco over the past month for a close win and a narrow defeat as they prepared to host Claremont on Saturday afternoon with the game to take place leading into the WAFL contest between Swans and the West Coast Eagles.

Swans welcomed Ebony Antonio for her first game of the WAFLW season while Gemma Houghton also made her return with the Fremantle Dockers AFLW pair boosting the black-and-whites' confidence heading into the clash with the Tigers.

Swans came out onto Steel Blue Oval on Saturday afternoon and started impressively with a completely dominant first quarter. The black-and-whites had the only six scoring shots of the term, kicking four goals and they went into quarter-time with a 26-point advantage.

Claremont did at least score in the second quarter, but the Tigers only managed two behinds while Swans kicked another goal to boot the only five goals of the first half to head into the half-time break with a 31-point lead.

Swan Districts once again kept Claremont scoreless for the entire third quarter while the home team kicked another two goals to be on top to the tune of 45 points at three quarter-time.

Claremont did ensure it didn’t go goalless by kicking a major in the final quarter but Swan Districts booted two more as well to claim the 9.7 (61) to 1.3 (9) victory.

The win improves Swan Districts to a 5-5 record on the season to sit in third position on the WAFLW ladder.

Claremont slips to fourth spot as a result of the defeat with the Tigers holding a 5-4 record. They have played one less game than the teams above them but do have a vastly inferior percentage.

Mikayla Hyde and Imahra Cameron kicked two goals apiece for Swan Districts with Ashley Sharp, Kellie Gibson, Ebony Antonio, Bianca Webb and Gemma Houghton all kicking a goal apiece.

Swans best players in the big win included Mikayla Hyde, Webb, Aimee Ralph, Brianna Hyde and Emily McGuire.

Claremont's lone goal in the final quarter was kicked courtesy of Parris Laurie.

Jessica Low, Tiahna Scandrett, Krystle Spanos and Sarah Garstone were among the better players for the Tigers.

Swan Districts will now take on East Fremantle at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park in Round 13 of the WAFLW competition this Sunday from 2pm.

Meanwhile, Swan Districts' Rogers Cup Youth Girls and Reserves teams will be in action also on Sunday playing against Subiaco at Leederville Oval.

ROUND 12 OPTUS WAFLW PREMIERSHIP SEASON

SWAN DISTRICTS        4.2    5.3    7.5    9.7    (61)
CLAREMONT            0.0    0.2    0.2    1.3    (9)

SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: M Hyde, Cameron 2; Sharp, Gibson, Antonio, Webb, Houghton.
Best: M Hyde, Webb, Ralph, B Hyde, McGuire.
CLAREMONT – Goals: Laurie.
Best: Low, Scandrett, Spanos, Garstone.