Round 13 Preview v East Fremantle

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 2:56 PM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts has the chance to strengthen its top two credentials this WAFLW season up against East Fremantle at New Choice Homes Park on Sunday afternoon.

Coming off a thumping win over Claremont at Steel Blue Oval last Saturday, Swan Districts has a chance to keep that momentum going from 2pm on Sunday at the East Fremantle venue.

Meanwhile, Swan Districts' Youth Girls and Reserves teams will take on Subiaco also on Sunday but at Leederville Oval. The Rogers Cup game begins at 10.30am while the Reserves match begins at midday.

WAFLW action in Round 13 for Swan Districts takes place on Sunday afternoon at New Choice Homes Park, it should be a tremendous and potentially season-defining contest between East Fremantle and Swans.

East Fremantle comes into the game on home soil sitting in second position on the WAFLW ladder with a 6-4 record and also the best percentage in the competition. 

That means that a win on Sunday for the Sharks against Swans and with Subiaco having the bye that they will move into top position on the ladder.

Meanwhile for Swan Districts, the black-and-whites are coming off a dominant 52-point victory against Claremont following two tight and close affairs with Subiaco over the previous month.

Ebony Antonio and Gemma Houghton were two significant additions for Swan Districts last week as they improved to a 5-5 record on the season to sit in third position on the ladder.

Now a win on Sunday afternoon against East Fremantle and Swans will remain in third position on the ladder due to percentage but they will join the Sharks on six wins and remain only a game shy of Subiaco leaving a top two finish well and truly possible.

East Fremantle and Swan Districts have already played one another twice this season with the first meeting coming in Round 3 at New Choice Homes Park as well. On that occasion, it was Swan Districts who had a day to forget kicking just the one goal with East Fremantle winning by 67 points.

Then in Round 8 also at East Fremantle, it was a much tighter affair and on that occasion the Sharks did again prevail to the tune of eight of eight points against the black-and-whites.

Swan Districts coach Kara Donnellan was happy with a lot of what she saw in the win against Claremont leading into this week's clash with East Fremantle.

"It was a really great effort from the girls. I asked them to play four consistent quarters and we started the game exceptionally well. From the midfield all the way down to our key forwards and our little ones crumbing in, that gave us a lot of opportunities to  hit the scoreboard," Donnellan said.

"I thought our young kids really stood up when we were down a couple of players throughout the second half. Bianca Webb was fantastic in the midfield and she had some really big minutes without a break. 

"Shanae Davison was another one who really played her role and Mikayla Hyde played 100 per cent game time forward and in the guts. Mim in the ruck as well really dominated and gave us first use with Janzy helping her along. I couldn’t fault our back-line either.

"We'll regroup again now and we have a big clash against East Freo out at Shark Park on Sunday, and we'll see how we go moving into the end of the season."