Round 20 Preview v Claremont

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:05 AM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts is finishing the season with some improved form and now could even still avoid the wooden spoon for 2019 with a victory against Claremont at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

Following a seven-game losing streak that appeared to have Swans anchored to the bottom of the ladder, the black-and-whites snapped that run against West Coast back in Round 17.

Then following a loss to Subiaco in Round 18, Swans again won last Saturday against Peel Thunder in the last game of the season on home soil at Steel Blue Oval.

So with Swan Districts having now won two games in the last three for the first time this season, there is a chance of Swans still not finishing in bottom place this season if they are able to beat Claremont at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

The Tigers are sitting in third position and are guaranteed of playing finals, but they are also unable to move above or below third no matter the result come Saturday when they host Swans at Claremont Oval.

Meanwhile, Swan Districts could move above both East Perth and East Fremantle on the ladder with a victory and provided the Royals lose to Subiaco and the Sharks lose to the West Coast Eagles.

Swan Districts coach Adam Pickering was pleased to get the result last week against Peel by four points in a scrappy contest and is now looking for a strong finish from an increasingly youthful Swans group to the season against Claremont.

"That's two from three for us over the last three weeks and they are a very happy bunch of players, coaches and support staff. We're really proud of the boys and how they went about it, and fought it right out to the end," Pickering said.

"We were two goals down halfway through the third and down at three quarter-time kicking into the breeze, and our history this year would have meant you'd think we couldn’t get the job done. 

"But I thought our boys played a really smart last quarter keeping the game safe when they had to, and taking it on when they had to fight it out right to the end. I'm a really proud coach of our young group with how they are coming along and developing.

"It was a really good day for us and now we prepare for our last game away against Claremont. Hopefully we can make it three from four over the last month of the season to finish off things really well."

The league game will bouncedown at 2.15pm at Claremont Oval on Saturday with the reserves beginning at 11.30am, but the Claremont and Swan Districts colts will be in action on Sunday at Leederville Oval from 1pm.