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?
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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Swans lose another tight one to open 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 10:12 AM - by Chris Pike

DESPITE another competitive showing, Swan Districts fell just short of victory on Saturday with East Perth holding the Black Ducks goalless to claim the eight-point win at Leederville Oval.

Swans have now done plenty right in the opening two rounds of the 2019 WAFL season, especially at the defensive end conceding just 13 goals, but for the second straight week they fell heartbreakingly short of victory.

Swans did lead at every change, but couldn’t quite manage a goal in the last quarter for East Perth to end up winning 7.14 (56) to 7.6 (48).

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Swans Players Getting Out into the Community

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Upper Swan Junior Football Club had its ‘Have-A-Try Session’ in Baskerville with around 30 young players attending. Two-thirds of these players were young females keen to play footy.

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Round 2 Preview v East Perth

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:19 AM - by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts hits the road for the first time in the 2019 WAFL season on Saturday to take on East Perth with the black-and-whites hunting for their first after going so close in Round 1.

Swans had their chance to snatch the Round 1 win from South Fremantle at Steel Blue Oval with new recruit Josh Simpson having a shot on goal after the final siren. 

It wasn’t to be but there was a lot to like from the performance by Swans to open the new season against the team that has reached the past three preliminary finals.

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In Their Words – Brandon Erceg Round 2

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:22 PM - by Brandon Erceg

ALTHOUGH each season brings with it fresh hopes, burning questions and new faces, the 2019 WAFL season is one which will truly be unique in the history of the competition. 

This is thanks largely to the end of the alignment between West Coast and East Perth, which has in turn led to the addition of a new team to the competition, the first time the WAFL has ever seen 10 sides. As a result, there will be extra intrigue surrounding how 2019 will pan out, particularly when also considering the high turnover some clubs have seen. 

When looking at the prospects of our club Swan Districts, supporters should be excited. They shouldn’t be disheartened by the loss to South Freo on the weekend, as history has shown Round 1 can throw up unexpected surprises and results which can’t be relied on when predicting how a side will fare for the remainder of the season. 

As has been reported, and seen by those at the game, the result could easily have gone our way, and the 22 boys who were out there battled to the final siren, despite being 10 points down with only minutes remaining and looking less and less likely as every second went by. This can only be an encouraging sign.

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