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Reserves, Colts Semi Finals Preview

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 4:05 PM

The Swan Districts' league team might have lost in heartbreaking fashion last Sunday, but the Swans colts and reserves are both involved in semi-final action this weekend.

The season for the league team came to an end on Sunday with the nail-biting four-point defeat at the hands of West Perth at Joondalup, but there's still plenty to keep your eye out for if you are a Swan Districts supporter with the colts and reserves teams.

Swan Districts' reserves earned a double chance in the finals and now look to make the most of that by taking on Subiaco at Leederville Oval from Saturday at 12pm.

Swan Districts' colts finished the home and away season as minor premiers to earn the week off in the first week of the final and they now take on Claremont on Sunday morning at Revo Fitness Stadium from 8.50am.

Starting with Saturday's reserves first semi-final, Swans take on the Lions with the winner to move into the following weekend's preliminary final while the season will be over for the loser.

Swan Districts finished the reserves' home and away season in second position with an 11-5 record but lost to Perth in the qualifying final last Saturday morning at Fremantle Oval by nine points in a hard fought contest.

Subiaco, meanwhile, finished the season in fourth position with a 9-7 record before beating West Perth in last Sunday's elimination final by 44 points at Joondalup's Provident Financial Oval.

The two teams met twice during the season with Swan Districts winning a thriller by one point in Round 7 at Steel Blue Oval and then Subiaco winning by four points at Leederville Oval in Round 12.

So considering only five points separated the two teams in their battles during the season there's every reason to be excited by what lies ahead in the clash on Saturday with their seasons on the line.

The bonus for Swan Districts out of the league team being eliminated is that the reserves team get some of those players back now to take on Subiaco on Saturday at Leederville Oval.

Those players include Tom Edwards, Matthew Germs, Nathan Ireland, Jehb O'Donohue and Jak Watson who all took part in Swan Districts' league elimination final with West Perth last Sunday.

Eric Bashemule, Tarir Bayok and Denholm Melrose also come into the Swan Districts team who didn’t play last week.

Will Collins, Patrick Italiano, Brodie Morris, Jack O'Sullivan, Ty Sears, Jacob Sideris, Nelson Waite and Jack Wilson are the players to go out of the Swan Districts team.

There are plenty of changes at Subiaco as well with Corey Bellouard, Bill Corderoy, Cameron Dean, Koby Fullgrabe, Jed Kemp and Josh Robbins coming into the line-up.

Noah Ash, Jakob Atkinson, Jack Beverley, Isaac Clinch, James Faraone, Nick Martin, Oscar Matthews and James Mayo are out for Subiaco.

Then there is the colts second semi-final Claremont's Revo Fitness Stadium on Sunday morning between the Swans and Tigers with a spot in the Grand Final on the line.

Swan Districts finished the home and away season in the colts on top of the ladder with a 15-1 record. That saw them claim the minor premiership with a three-game advantage over their nearest competitor, which just happened to be Claremont.

That gave Swans the week off in the first week of the finals while Claremont did battle with East Perth in the qualifying final, and ended up winning by 41 points.

The two teams played off twice during the season and split the results. Swan Districts beat Claremont by five points at Steel Blue Oval in Round 1 before the Tigers handed Swans their only loss of the season in Round 22 with a nine-point victory.

Swan Districts was the standout team during the season winning the opening 15 matches in-a-row before that final round loss to Claremont, with the Tigers needing to win that game to finish in second spot while Swans had already secured top position.

The two teams have set the benchmark in the colts for some time now and it looks set to be a tremendous contest on Sunday morning with the winner to go straight to the Grand Final.

The loser will have a second chance to qualify for the Grand Final by taking part in next week's preliminary final.