Round 5 Preview v Subiaco

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:37 AM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts is coming off its first win of the 2019 WAFL season and now has the challenge of taking on Subiaco on Saturday at Steel Blue Oval.

Swans had played some good football over the opening three rounds of the season but couldn’t quite get over the line.

That all changed last Saturday at HBF Arena with a commanding performance to control the contest against West Perth virtually all day to end up getting that first win on the board for the season.

The reward for the Black Ducks is a clash with the undefeated Subiaco who haven’t lost a game since the 2017 WAFL Grand Final.

The league clash gets underway on Saturday at Steel Blue Oval at 2.40pm. It will be Swans' first televised game of the season as well and it will be live on Channel 7 from 2.30pm.

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Donnellan pumped to coach Swans in WAFLW

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 9:15 AM - by Chris Pike

ALREADY a four-time premiership player at Swan Districts, Kara Donnellan will be coaching Swans into the new Optus WAFL Women's competition starting this Sunday and she couldn’t be more proud to be part of the new era.

Donnellan has already been a ground breaker in football with whatever she has done since making the move to join Swan Districts earlier this decade.

Along the way she has been at the forefront of the Swan Districts' success in the WA Women's Football League including winning the four premierships along with being a cornerstone of WA representative teams and now for the past three seasons playing for Fremantle in the AFL Women's competition.

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Notte, Hampson, Gault in WAFL State Squad

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 10:17 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts trio Tony Notte, Corey Gault and George Hampson have all been named in the initial Kia WAFL State squad of 31 players ahead of next Sunday's State match against South Australia at Optus Stadium.

Notte, Gault and Hampson have all had strong starts to the season for Swan Districts and appear strong chances to pull on the Black Swans jumper against the SANFL.

Notte has continued the form that he's displayed throughout the majority of his 223-game dual Swan Medal winning career at the Black Ducks. He's having a rock solid season once more defensively for Swans but he has the ability to still go forward and pinch-hit in the ruck.

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Swans break duck with big win over Falcons

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:22 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts had gone close in the opening three games of the season and it all came together on Saturday at Joondalup Arena with the Black Ducks beating West Perth impressively by 44 points.

With Corey Gault standing tall booting five goals and George Hampson producing a best on ground performance, Swan Districts delivered an impressive display for the first win of the season on the back of three narrow losses to South Fremantle, East Perth and Perth.

Corey Gault spent more time in attack than the ruck for Swan Districts and it paid dividends with the 2017 Swan Medallist kicking five goals from 18 possessions and six marks.

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Round 4 Preview v West Perth

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:42 AM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts heads to Joondalup Arena for the now annual ANZAC Round fixture with West Perth looking to record its first victory of 2019 against the also winless Falcons on Saturday afternoon.

Both Swan Districts and West Perth have lost their opening three games of the season raising the stakes significantly for Saturday's clash at Joondalup Arena with the knowledge that coming back in an 18-game season from starting 0-4 will be a significant challenge.

It is also the continuation of the now annual meeting over ANZAC Round between the Black Ducks and Falcons, with the recent tradition beginning in 2013.

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In Their Words – George Hampson Round 4

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 9:46 PM - by George Hampson

WELL, here we are. The 2019 season is in full swing and although only three rounds in, there has been plenty that appeals about a youthful Swan Districts side in its second year under coach Adam Pickering. 

Although we are yet to register that elusive first win, we have played some tantalising football through Rounds 1-3 against quality opposition and although yet to break through, I feel a string of wins is not far away at all. As we all know, bad kicking is bad football and on more than one occasion this year, we have unfortunately been our own worst enemy.

Being a new player to the group came as a surprise to me after having a strong year on a personal front which culminated in my first Lynn Medal as East Fremantle’s fairest and best player for the 2018 season. I had a wonderful relationship with not only the playing group but also the coaching staff, made some friendships for life and thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club. Given the club’s lack of success in recent times, Rob Wiley stood down off his own accord mid-year, a man I consider a dear friend after my time under him. The club eventually appointed recently sacked West Perth coach Bill Monaghan, much to everyone’s surprise.

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Coach Q and A – Adam Pickering Round 3

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 2:39 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts coach Adam Pickering's thoughts following Saturday's narrow loss to Perth and looking ahead to the annual ANZAC Round battle with West Perth at Joondalup Arena on Saturday.

QUESTION: For the third straight week you sit here knowing that you are only a couple of good plays from winning a game of footy but you are 0-3. How do you get your head around that?
ANSWER:
It's a good question and it's a hard one to answer because you are so disappointed about the now that you are 0-3 that it's hard to see how close you are to the wins a lot of the time. All I can tell you is that we have to get better. We are in games, we are doing things right but we just aren’t doing them all right at the moment. It's a really steep learning curve especially for our young guys about how switched on and how good you have to be at league footy or else you don’t win.

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Swans can't quite fly over Demons

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:19 PM - by Chris Pike

DESPITE conceding the opening seven goals of the game, Swan Districts made a stirring comeback against Perth at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday but it wasn’t quite enough with the Demons kicking the game's last two goals.

Perth led by as much as 40 points early in the second quarter having kicked the opening seven goals of the contest, but Swan Districts began to get back in touch by half-time despite inaccuracy proving costly.

That remained the story of the third quarter with Swans going into three quarter-time having kicked 4.14 for the afternoon. But they managed to hit the front early in the last term and have all the momentum to appear on track for the first win of the season.

It wasn’t quite to be with Perth kicking the last two goals of the contest to win 11.8 (74) to 8.17 (65).

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Round 3 Preview v Perth

Friday, April 19, 2019 - 6:47 PM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts is back home to Steel Blue Oval for Easter Saturday WAFL action hosting the undefeated Perth as the Black Ducks look to open their account for 2019.

A big day of action is planned to celebrate Easter at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday but what Swan Districts will be hoping for more than anything is its first win of the season.

Swans have been competitive the opening two weeks and only lost narrowly, but the fact remains they are yet to taste victory and now come up against a Perth team who has looked impressive winning both its games to start the new season.

The league action will get underway at 2.15pm on the back of the reserves contest at 11.30am and the colts at 9am at Steel Blue Oval.

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Player Signing – Mitch Howlett joins Swan Districts

Friday, April 19, 2019 - 12:17 PM

SWAN Districts has bolstered its playing stocks with the signing of former East Perth ball magnet Mitch Howlett which will see him join the club with immediate effect. 

Having previously played 26 games at WAFL level with East Perth and proving himself a prolific ball winner, strong contested player, goalkicker and good user of the ball, he joins Swan Districts with the ability to be a significant addition for the Black Ducks moving forward.

Originally from Busselton, Howlett played his colts football at East Perth which also saw him part of the State Academy 18s in 2011.

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