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WAFLW Round 10 Preview v Claremont

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 4:45 PM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts returns to action in the 2021 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season on Sunday with a top of the table clash against Claremont at Revo Fitness Stadium.

The WAFLW competition is now entering the back end of the season with the race to the finals heating up so a win for Swan Districts on Sunday against Claremont would go a long way to securing the minor premiership in 2021 for the black-and-whites.

It shapes as a season-defining game for both teams with Swan Districts remaining undefeated and on top of the table with a perfect 8-0 record. Claremont sits in second spot with a 6-2 record so the stakes are tremendously high coming into Sunday's contest.

A win for Swans will take them three games clear on top of the ladder and will certainly guarantee a top two finish this season, and will make them mighty tough to knock out of first place over the final five rounds of the home and away season.

Meanwhile, a loss really opens up the race for top spot and suddenly Swans would only be one game ahead in top spot and the battle over the last five weeks of the regular season will be a fascinating one between Swan Districts, Claremont and possibly still Peel Thunder.

Swan Districts last played in the WAFLW back on Saturday April 17 with a hard earned eight-point victory against Subiaco by eight points at Steel Blue Oval. Sarah Wielstra kicked two goals in that win while Jessica Cox, Eliza Gelmi, Taylah Edwards, Sarah Wielstra and Jaime Henry were all impressive.

Claremont also won impressively last up two weeks ago beating East Fremantle by 59 points to maintain their hold on second position on the WAFLW ladder.

Swan Districts and Claremont first met this WAFLW season back in the opening round at Steel Blue Oval. It was a defensive grind with just the three goals kicked between both sides with Swans ending up beating the Tigers 2.6 (18) to 1.6 (12).

They then met once again in Round 6 also at Steel Blue Oval with Swan Districts prevailing again with a 7.4 (46) to 2.1 (13) win against Claremont.

From the Swan Districts team that beat Subiaco a couple of weeks ago, Nyra Anderson, Bianca Webb, Melisha Hardy, Naomi Baker, Mikayla Bowen, Dana East, Emma Nanut and Tara Stribley all come into the side to take on Claremont.

Meanwhile, Abbygail Bushby, Shannan Rene, Shannon Matthews, Olivia Cripps, Hayley Cole, Kloe Taylor, Stephanie Ball, Fiona Boucher and Kareema Kheder make room for those players to come in.

And at Claremont following their big win against East Fremantle two weeks ago, Matilda Dyke, Emily Bennett, Sophie McDonald, Laura Pugh, Amy Franklin, Matilda Husband, Ella Smith, Matilda Sergeant and Jasmin Stewart come into that side.

Then there are Sarah Garstone, Kate Orme, Melissa Mettam, Mackenzie Thompson, Ayesha Razvi, Jessica Valvasori and Amy Fortescue who go out of the Tigers line-up.

Swan Districts' WAFLW Reserves team will also be in action on Sunday against South Fremantle at Steel Blue Oval with the game bouncing down at 10am.

And the Rogers Cup Youth Girls will be in action on Saturday evening taking on East Perth at Leederville Oval from 5.10pm.




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