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Swans beat Sharks to improve to 13-0

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 2:53 PM by Chris Pike

Swan Districts can't do anything but finish on top of the WAFLW ladder now after Saturday's convincing 49-point victory against East Fremantle.

Swan Districts and East Fremantle have long been powerhouses of female football in WA and that has continued into the WAFLW competition with them playing off in the 2019 Grand Final and the first semi-final of 2020.

East Fremantle prevailed in both those match ups but it's a different case in 2021 with Swan Districts the dominant team up to this point and Swans showed their power on Saturday afternoon at Steel Blue Oval.

While Swans were anchored to top spot coming into the contest, the Sharks were still fighting to stay in finals contention but the black-and-whites started impressively with four goals to one in the opening quarter in front of their home fans.

Swan Districts then further rammed home their advantage with two goals to nil in the second term to end up leading by 31 points at the half-time break.

East Fremantle managed to show some fight during the third quarter by kicking two goals but Swan Districts wouldn’t be denied and added three more goals themselves to lead by 38 points at three quarter-time.

Swans then kicked another two unanswered goals in the last quarter to end up beating the Sharks 11.5 (71) to 3.4 (22).

The result means that Swan Districts are now four games clear on top of the WAFLW ladder with a perfect 13-0 record. They are guaranteed of the minor premiership and hosting the second semi-final in three weeks' time with a spot in the Grand Final up for grabs.

Mikayla Hyde ended up kicking three goals for Swan Districts with Abbygail Bushby adding two.

Dana East, Brianna Hyde, Aimee Ralph, Stephanie Cain, Sarah Wielstra and Taylah Edwards all kicked a goal apiece as well for Swans.

Best players in the big win for Swan Districts included Stephanie Cain, Mikayla Hyde, Jessica Cox, Taylah Edwards and Melisha Hardy.



SWAN DISTRICTS                              4.3          6.3          9.4          11.5 (71)

EAST FREMANTLE                            1.1          1.2          3.2          3.4 (22)


SWAN DISTRICTS: Goals – M Hyde 3; Bushby 2; East, B Hyde, Ralph, Cain, Wielstra, Edwards.

Best – Cain, M Hyde, Cox, Edwards, Hardy.

EAST FREMANTLE: Goals – Ross, Sprylan, O'Sullivan.

Best – Seth, Ross, O'Sullivan, Burton, Gomes.