Round 14 Preview v Peel Thunder

Friday, August 16, 2019 - 1:42 PM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts plays its last game of the 2019 WAFL Women's season in Mandurah on Saturday and having lost last time u against Peel Thunder, they can't afford another slip as they try to at least finish this weekend in second position.

Swan Districts wouldn’t have forgotten that it is the only team to have lost to Peel in this WAFLW season entering Saturday's clash at David Grays Arena, but this is a vastly different black-and-white outfit.

Swans come into Saturday's game in good form coming off the win against East Fremantle last Sunday and now a win on Saturday against Peel and they could rise to second spot on the WAFLW ladder ahead of the final round bye.

It's a big day of action in Mandurah for the Swan Districts women with the Rogers Cup game also taking place at 10.30am and then the Reserves contest beginning at 12pm.

With it being the penultimate round of the inaugural WAFLW season and with the top four teams all capable of moving positions over the next fortnight, it shapes up to be a tremendous conclusion to the home and away campaign.

Round 14 in the Women's SBL gets underway on Saturday afternoon with Peel Thunder hosting Swan Districts at Mandurah's David Grays Arena.

Peel might be anchored to the bottom of the table with two games of the season remaining while it's a big game for Swan Districts as finals approach.

While the Thunder have won just one of 10 matches this season, Swans sit in third position coming into the trip to Mandurah with a 6-5 record.

A win on Saturday against Peel for Swan Districts would move them into second position on the WAFLW ladder with East Fremantle having the bye.

That would take Swans to a game clear of the Sharks in that second spot with the black-and-whites then to finish the season with a bye in Round 15 so it will be a nervous wait to see if they can hold onto that top two position.

While Peel has won just one of 10 matches this season, they did put in an improved showing last weekend in a 19-point loss to Claremont having only kicked four goals in total over their previous four matches.

That means that Swan Districts will need to play well to win on Saturday in Mandurah but the black-and-whites are coming off a six-point win against East Fremantle on the road last Sunday to build some confidence ahead of the clash with the Thunder.

Peel and Swan Districts have already played one another twice so far this season with both those games taking place at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval. 

Those games saw Swans beat the Thunder by 46 points in Round 4 but Peel did record its lone victory of 2019 against Swan Districts in Round 6 when winning by 42 points.

Swan Districts coach Kara Donnellan was pleased with last week's win against East Fremantle leading into the clash with Peel in Mandurah on Saturday.

"It was a bit of a tale of two halves. I thought our first quarter was pretty good and we kicked a couple of early goals which was handy," Donnellan said. 

"East Fremantle then took advantage of the wind in the second quarter to get on top, but to our girls' credit our second half was really good. We grinded our way through to get on top and end up winning by a kick. 

"It was a fantastic effort by the entire squad and it was the first time we've had two wins in-a-row. We're really looking forward now to playing Peel down in Mandurah on Saturday and then we'll see how we go there in the lead up to finals."