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The Swan Districts WAFLW 2021 Round 5 Wrap-Up

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 10:00 AM by Matthew Ogg

It was the first home game back at Steel Blue Oval after 3 weeks of being on the road, and the Swan Districts women’s sides were excited to get back out there and play in front of their own supporters.

The Roger’s Cup girls were able to get their first win of the season, meaning that for the first time in 2021, all three sides were able to walk away with the W.

Check out the breakdown for each game below…


WAFLW Rogers Cup

A 5-goal haul from Tyla Fitzgerald has helped see the young Swans girls move off the bottom of the 2021 Rogers Cup ladder, with a convincing 55 point win against Subiaco.

In a mammoth effort that saw them register 63 points, which was greater than the total scores from their first four games combined, there was little the Lions could do to slow the home side down.

After Subiaco kicked a goal in the first quarter, the Swans defence held them to just 2 points for the remainder of the game, taking the big victory; SD 9.9 (63) to SL 1.2 (8)

Tyla Fitzgerald was prolific, receiving best on ground honours. Abbygail Bushby, Porsha Jetta, Jorja Byrne and Hope Arrowsmith were also among the Swans best.


Goal Scorers:

Tyla Fitzgerald 5, Abbygail Bushby 1, Tisha Lemoal 1, Lauren Davey 1 & Tannah Lee 1.


WAFLW Development

The WAFLW Development side have kicked their highest score in over 4 years, registering a huge 111-0 win against Subiaco on Sunday.  

In a complete 180 degree turnaround, the Swans now sit one game clear atop the 2021 Reserves ladder, having finished equal bottom last season.

With a strong focus heading into the game around goal accuracy and being first to the ball, the Swans could have been further ahead at quarter time, with the scoreboard showing 5 goals and 5 behinds at the first break.

The Swans pressure saw the Lions struggle to get the ball deep inside their forward 50m throughout the game, in turn pouring on 12 additional goals themselves, to run away with an impressive SD 17.9 (111) to SL 0.0 (0) victory.

De Gasperis was voted as the best on ground for the second week in a row, with Emily Stott, Emily Hocking, Shannon Matthews and Tessa Jones also impressing on the day.


Goal Scorers:

Sophie De Gasperis 3, Shannon Matthews 3, Fiona Boucher 3, Lexi Chapman 2, Olivia Cripps 1, Jacinta Anderson 1, Emily Hocking 1, Tahlia Lough 1, Olivia Stewart 1, Leah Keating 1.


WAFLW League

Having now played every WAFLW League side once, the Swans top side have gone through the first five rounds undefeated.

With a few injuries ruling some key personnel out of Sunday’s game, Coach Adam Dancey and his team were able to see players tried in new and different positions around the ground.

Bella Edgley, Mikayla Morrison and Nyra Anderson were quick to hit the scoreboard in the first, with the Lions limited to a single behind.

Playing in their second 38 degree day for the year, the Swans were relentless in attack, able to take a 44-1 lead into the half time break.

The heat appeared to have an impact on the Swans, unable to score in the third, as the ball appeared to be locked in their opponents attacking half.

The black ducks peppered the goals in the fourth, but found it hard to convert through the big sticks. A 50m penalty saw Dana East seal the game with a long bomb for the Swans, staying one game clear at the top of the League ladder with a SD 7.12 (54) to SL 2.6 (18) win.

After adjusting well from defence into the ruck for the day, Aimee Ralph was the best on ground, along with Jessica Cox, Dana East, Eliza Gelmi and Jaime Henry.


Goal Scorers:

Dana East 2, Mikayla Morrison 2, Bella Edgley 1, Nyra Anderson 1, Aimee Ralph 1.


Round 6, 2021

Round 6 sees the Swan Districts Development side take a week off with the bye, while the Rogers Cup and League sides play at home against East Perth and Claremont respectively.


Saturday 27th March 2021

Rogers Cup         9:00am

Development     Bye

League                 11:00am