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Swans WAFLW Suffer First Loss of Season

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 9:43 AM by Chris Pike

SWAN Districts suffered its first loss of the WAFLW season against their second semi-final opponent Peel Thunder but the black-and-whites remain guaranteed of the minor premiership.

Swans came into the game on Saturday at Mandurah's David Grays Arena already guaranteed of finishing in top spot and claiming the minor premiership, but their chance of going through the season undefeated came to an end against the Thunder.

Peel set the stage for a cracking second semi-final by handing Swan Districts its first loss of the 2021 season with the 21-point win at home on Saturday.

Both Swan Districts and Peel are locked into the top two positions no matter how results go over the last couple of rounds, but that made Saturday's game at Mandurah's David Grays Arena fascinating just two weeks ahead of their inevitable second semi-final.

They will be playing off for a Grand Final berth to open the finals series and Peel will be feeling good about their prospects after the reigning premiers delivered a 21-point victory on home soil on Saturday.

Peel started off in tremendous fashion on Saturday afternoon against the undefeated Swan Districts with the three goals to one in the first quarter.

Both teams then kicked a goal apiece in the second quarter which saw the Thunder head into the half-time interval leading by seven points.

Peel was able to kick away further with another two goals in the third quarter while keeping Swan Districts scoreless as they opened up a match-winning advantage.

The Thunder went on to score the 6.3 (39) to 2.6 (18) victory to give Swan Districts their first loss of the season and just two weeks out from that second semi-final meeting between the two teams.

It was the first taste of defeat for 2021 for Swan Districts with Kloe Taylor and Sarah Wielstra kicking a goal apiece.

The best players on the afternoon for Swans included Wielstra, Eliza Gelmi, Mikayla Hyde, Taylor and Stephanie Cain.

Meanwhile in the WAFLW Reserves, Peel Thunder also defeated Swan Districts 5.5 (35) to 3.8 (26).

Shannon Matthews, Kaitlyn Beaton and Jacinta Anderson kicked the goals for Swan Districts.

Naomi Baker, Hannah Corney, Kareema Kheder, Matthews and Stephanie Graskoski were among the best players for Swans.

Also in the Youth Girls Rogers Cup, Peel Thunder defeated Swan Districts 4.18 (42) to 2.1 (13).

Aisling Pettit and Hayley Sykes kicked a goal each for Swans while Siofra Clarke, Pettit, Riley Hall, Hope Arrowsmith and Kyanne Beagley were among the better performers.


SWAN DISTRICTS                              1.1          2.5          2.5          2.6 (18)

PEEL THUNDER                                 3.0          4.0          6.2          6.3 (39)


Chris PikeSWAN DISTRICTS: Goals – Taylor, Wielstra.

Best – Wielstra, Gelmi, M Hyde, Taylor, Cain.

PEEL THUNDER: Goals – Bartlett 2; Roberts, Hayes, Wright, Phillips.

Best – Hayes, Davidson, Duffy, Bilcich, Anderson.