Swans firing into WAFLW Grand Final

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 5:47 AM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts is in its best form of the WAFL Women's season right at the best time of year entering Saturday's Grand Final against East Fremantle with coach Kara Donnellan excited for what lies ahead.

On the back of last Saturday's thumping preliminary final win to the tune of 45 points against minor premiers Subiaco, Swans now enter Saturday's Grand Final against East Fremantle in red hot form.

The inaugural Grand Final of the WAFLW competition takes place at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park from 2.35pm and Donnellan knows Swans have every right to be going into the clash full of confidence.

They are now on a five-game winning streak and that includes a narrow win over East Fremantle. Aside from that six-point win over the Sharks, Swans have been in remarkably dominant form in those other four wins with them coming by an average of 50.5 points.

Swans have conceded a total of just five goals in those other four matches which included finals triumphs over Claremont and Subiaco to book in their place in Saturday's Grand Final.

Swan Districts coach Donnellan now can't wait for her team to get out there on Saturday against the Sharks.

"We're really looking forward to taking on East Freo in the Grand Final now on Saturday," Donnellan said.

"We'll regroup after our preliminary final win, review the game and go again. We've got one more game to go and let's go Swannies!"

Looking back on last Saturday's preliminary final win over Subiaco at Leederville Oval and it was hard for Donnellan to not be a satisfied coach.

Coming up against the team that finished two games clear on top of the WAFLW ladder at the end of the home and away season, it was quite the dominant performance by Swan Districts who held the Lions goalless the entire first half on the way to the 45-point win.

Donnellan challenged her team to start strongly and they certainly did that with three goals to nil in the opening quarter and from there, she found little not to be proud of.

"We had the prelim against Subiaco who were the minor premiers this year so we always knew it was going to be a really tough task for us out there at Leederville Oval," she said.

"But I set a challenge to the girls that we really needed to start strong to set us up for the rest of the game, which we did. We got on the scoreboard quickly and consecutively which really set us up. 

"That first quarter set us up really strong and the second quarter was a bit quieter when we had the breeze but didn’t really capitalise even though we kicked one goal late which was awesome to set us up for the second half. 

"I thought the way we grinded out the game in the second half and to only let Subiaco kick two goals for the game was outstanding."

The best part for Donnellan about not only the preliminary final triumph but Swans recent form over these last five victories is how many players continue to stand tall all over the field.

She continues to find it hard to single out players for recognition after every game because everyone is playing their role so well and finding ways to contribute to the tremendous form the team is currently in heading into the Grand Final.

"I can't really single anyone out, it was a fantastic team effort but one player I can point out who really set us up with a number of pressure acts Taylor Pescud. Down deep, her second, third, fourth and fifth efforts time and time again really stood up which she should be really proud of," Donnellan said.

"I thought our forwards are just building and have done so for the last four to five weeks which is really promising. They really worked well together and were selfless, laid blocks and gave it to the best options.

"Our back-line stood up across the four quarters and the rebound 50 set us up on a number of occasions. Our inside mids I thought gave our outside runners a lot of opportunity and we were able to give our forwards a lot of scoring power in our deep forward 50 entries."