Swans colts' season ends at hands of Royals

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:51 AM by Chris Pike

THE season of Swan Districts' colts might have ended at the hands of East Perth on Saturday morning but that doesn’t change the fact that it's a team full of exciting talent with bright futures.

The season for Swan Districts comes to an end after it promised so much with those seven straight wins to open the campaign. But from there Swans ended up winning just one of the last 10 matches despite the encouraging signs in terms of the young talent emerging.

Kade Wallrodt, Ayden Cartwright, Ethan Nordahl and Brock Fisher were the goal scorers for Swan Districts.

Seb Bright did all he could for Swans finishing with 25 possessions and 13 tackles while Kade Wallrodt finished with 23 disposals, Max Chipper 23, Brenton Hilton 21, Ethan Nordahl 18 and Jake Pasini 17.

The colts seasons of East Perth and Swan Districts went on the line when they met on Saturday morning at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, and it was the Royals who extended their 2019 campaign for at least another week.

Precious little separated the bottom four teams in the top five for most of the colts season with Peel Thunder the runaway leaders, but in the end it was East Perth and Swan Districts filling the fourth and fifth positions setting up Saturday's elimination final.

Swan Districts were coming off a Grand Final appearance in 2018 in the colts and they had fond memories of Fremantle Community Bank Oval too having beaten Peel in the preliminary final almost 12 months ago to book that place against Subiaco in the decider at Leederville Oval.

And the season did start well for Swans with them winning their opening seven matches before falling to Claremont in Round 10 at Steel Blue Oval. 

From there, Swans won just one of the last eight matches but at least it was at Fremantle Community Bank Oval so it was a ground they had good memories of.

East Perth, meanwhile, had been knocking on the door of a top two finish for much of the season before losing their last two matches to East Fremantle and Subiaco, neither of whom made finals, to end up in fourth position.

The Royals made an impressive start on a ground they also won at during the home and away season against South Fremantle. East Perth kicked three goals to one in the first term to be up by 11 points at quarter-time.

East Perth stamped its authority further in the second quarter holding Swan Districts to just a point while kicking two goals themselves to be in control heading into the half-time interval leading by 25 points.

It was two more goals to one in the third quarter for East Perth and that saw the lead grow to 30 points by the last break.

Swan Districts might have won the last quarter but it was of little consolation with East Perth going on to win 8.5 (53) to 4.5 (29).

COLTS ELIMINATION FINAL

SWAN DISTRICTS        1.1    1.2    2.3    4.5    (29)
EAST PERTH            3.0    5.3    7.3    8.5    (53)

SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: K Wallrodt, Cartwright, E Nordahl, Fisher.
Best: Bright, K Wallrodt, Chipper, Hilton, E Nordahl, Pasini, Watson.
EAST PERTH – Goals: Cahill, Furlong 2; Kuek, Robinson, Fabre, Thompson.
Best: Boules, Ladhams, Sparks, Dittmar, Dellamarta, Lombardi.