Swans no match in Mandurah for Thunder

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 3:35 PM - by Chris Pike

IT was an afternoon to forget for Swan Districts in Mandurah on Saturday with the black-and-whites managing just the one goal in the first half before going on to lose to Peel Thunder by 79 points.

It was the first time Swans took on the Thunder for the 2019 WAFL season and while they did head to Mandurah's David Grays Arena with high hopes of a bounce back victory, it wasn’t to be.

Swan Districts came into the game with tough losses to Perth, Claremont and West Perth, and then Saturday turned into the most disappointing showing so far of 2019 with Peel running out 19.11 (125) to 7.4 (46) victors. Read More [+]

Round 12 Preview v Peel Thunder

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 3:57 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts hits the road again in Round 12 of the 2019 WAFL season to take on Peel Thunder for the first time for the campaign with the mission of returning to the winner's list.

Swans have now lost their past three matches since beating the West Coast Eagles to slip to the bottom of the ladder, but a win on Saturday against Peel at Mandurah's David Grays Arena and the season is right back alive for the black-and-whites given the evenness of the competition.

The game is back in the traditional 2.15pm time slot on Saturday with the colts beginning the day in Mandurah at 9am before the reserves match begins at 11.30am.

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Round 8 Preview v East Fremantle

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 2:41 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts has risen to second position on the WAFLW ladder following last week's win over Claremont and now revenge is on the mind of the black-and-whites against East Fremantle heading back to East Fremantle Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Swans now sit in second spot on the WAFLW with a 3-3 record but last time they played the Sharks earlier this season, they went scoreless in the entire second half and lost by 10 goals.

So revenge is on the minds of those Swan Districts players ahead of Sunday's clash which provides a chance to further consolidate second spot on the WAFLW ladder.

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Swans climb to second in WAFLW with Tigers win

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 12:32 AM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts produced an impressive WAFL Women's performance on Sunday afternoon at Claremont Oval to beat Claremont by 14 points and improve to second position on the ladder.

It was always going to be a crucial game for both teams in the inaugural season of the WAFLW competition and it was Swan Districts that got the best of Claremont for the first time already in 2019.

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Swans go down on home soil to Falcons

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 5:09 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts couldn’t turn around their recent struggles at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday despite some impressive performances by emerging players with West Perth managing to go away with a 57-point victory.

Swans were coming in and looking to replicate their best performance of the season which came back in Round 4 on the road to West Perth and ended with a 44-point victory.

But since then, Swan Districts had only won once and West Perth lost just the one game, and that trend continued on Saturday with the Falcons leaving Bassendean with the 16.13 (109) to 8.4 (52) victory.

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Variety 4WD Trip

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Steve and Graeme Milligan visited three remote schools on the Dampier Peninsula for their Variety 4WD Trip and delivered Swan Districts football's and merchandise to the school noting that the most popular item anyone had was the Swans footy's!

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In Their Words – Alex Howard Round 11

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 8:01 AM - by Alex Howard

ONE thing we have talked about as a group is that even though things are tough at the moment, we feel if we can get over the line in one game it will spark something for us. Claremont were in a similar position last season before they went on a run, winning six in-a-row and playing finals. 

We want to emulate that and finish our season off in a similar way. Coming off a game like we just played and having a short break is good. We can just get out there again, put last week behind us and focus on putting everything into beating West Perth. 

Personally even though we haven’t won the games we would have liked and my focus is on the team, I'm enjoying the season I'm having. Tony Notte and I have always had a good bond and we enjoy playing alongside each other down back so that's always fun. We have been able to blood the young boys alongside us, a prime example was the other week when we got Nathan Ireland in and he was outstanding against Perth. We also have other young guys like Denzel More and Tristen Raynor taking on large roles which is going to fast track their growth. Denzel has been great, we are giving him some of the best forwards every week and he's getting the job done. This allows me and Tony to do what we do and help each other out. It makes it a lot easier for our whole mini team in the back-line if we know we can rely on these young guys to do their job. Hopefully we will be able to keep giving them opportunities to grow.

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Round 7 Preview v Claremont

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 2:40 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts hits the road in Round 7 of the Optus WAFLW Premiership Season to take on Claremont at Claremont Oval and looking to knock off the Tigers for the second time already in 2019.

Having already played four of the first give games of the season on home turf at Steel Blue Oval so far in the WAFLW, Swan Districts now has to play away from Bassendean this Sunday afternoon up against Claremont at Claremont Oval.

The game will begin on Sunday at 2pm and will be available to be watched via the live stream on the WAFL website and Facebook page for those unable to be in attendance to cheer on the black-and-whites.

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Round 11 Preview v West Perth

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 2:13 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts is back home on Saturday afternoon to take on its fiercest of recent rivals, West Perth, with the black-and-whites desperate to put a four-quarter performance together to return to the winner's list.

Swans come into the clash with the Falcons having just six days earlier hosted Claremont also at Steel Blue Oval and putting in another strong showing for most of the afternoon.

Swan Districts led Claremont for the first half and then even most of the first three quarters before again being frustratingly overrun in the last term to lose to the Tigers by 34 points.

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Coach Q and A – Adam Pickering Round 10

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 5:01 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts coach Adam Pickering spoke after Sunday's loss to Claremont at Steel Blue Oval and he has plenty of questions he's trying to find answers to as he attempts to keep the black-and-whites' season afloat and search for that elusive third win of 2019.

QUESTION: It's a familiar story. You fight so hard for three quarters and do so much right, but just can't put the score on board. Then the opposition overruns you. I don’t know what it is, but it's a familiar story now?
ANSWER:
Yeah it is, it's a disappointing one as well. It's getting old too, it really is. We came up against a pretty experienced and well-drilled outfit. Their midfield bats pretty deep with four or five really good senior WAFL players that go through there all day, and they just out-ground us in the end. Even at half-time, I came in saying that it was a great first half from the boys against a really good outfit so we'd done well to be in front and playing the way we want to play. We kept them to three goals and two of those three goals were probably from our mistakes or lack of concentration. So we could have easily had a better lead at half-time so there are some positives. But then as the game wears on which is the familiar story, we either run out of gas or the more mature bodies against us seem to catch up and our nine or 10 young guys with under 15 games of experience just can't sustain the effort. Then that carries onto our senior guys like Riggs, Tony and Howie because they carry so much of the load that they get tired as well. It's a familiar, disappointing story.

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