Swans one win from Grand Final in WAFLW

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:44 AM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts is playing elimination football every week in the inaugural WAFL Women's season but based on their performance on Sunday to thrash Claremont by 41 points, there's no reason they can't still have their sights on going all the way.

Swan Districts finished the inaugural WAFLW season in third position on the ladder with a 7-5 record which meant they were only percentage off the second placed East Fremantle.

Claremont was only a game back of Swans but finished the season with almost half the percentage so Swan Districts deserved to be feeling confident heading into Sunday's first semi-final at Steel Blue Oval.

And Swans showed their quality throughout the afternoon holding the Tigers scoreless for the entire first half and to just one goal for the match.

Swans kicked just the one goal in the first quarter but then opened up a match-winning advantage in the second term by kicking four goals and going into half-time leading by 36 points with Claremont scoreless.

While Claremont did kick a goal in the third quarter in what proved to be the only score for either side as the rain came down, Swans responded in the last quarter with two more goals to end up winning 7.6 (48) to 1.1 (7).

The win sees Swan Districts now advance to this Saturday's preliminary final against Subiaco at Leederville Oval with the Lions having lost the second semi-final against East Fremantle.

The winner of this Saturday's preliminary final will play East Fremantle in the inaugural WAFLW Grand Final the following Saturday at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park.

Gemma Houghton continued to show why she is one of the best key forwards in the country, backing up her tremendous AFLW season with the Fremantle Dockers now in the WAFLW for Swan Districts.

She kicked another two goals in the win on Sunday as did Mikayla Hyde. Mikayla Bowen, Imahra Cameron and captain Ebony Antonio also kicked goals for Swans in the eventual 41-point victory.

Among Swans' best players in what was a tremendous team performance were Kellie Gibson, Angelique Stannett, Mim Strom, Bianca Webb and Shanae Davison.

It was a tough afternoon for Claremont but Chloe Colegate kicked their lone goal in the third quarter.

Emily Bonser, Allana Dickie, Sarah Garstone, Adele Arnup and Bella Lewis were among the better performers for Claremont on the day as their season came to a close.

WAFLW FIRST SEMI-FINAL

SWAN DISTRICTS        1.3    5.6    5.6    7.6    (48)
CLAREMONT            0.0    0.0    1.0    1.1    (7)

SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: M Hyde, Houghton 2; Bowen, Cameron, Antonio.
Best: Gibson, Stannett, Strom, Webb, Davison.
CLAREMONT – Goals: Colegate.
Best: Bonser, Dickie, Garstone, Arnup, Lewis.