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Colts Preliminary Final Preview

Friday, September 24, 2021 - 3:39 PM

The Swan Districts colts team were the standout side throughout 2021 and now will look to earn the reward for that with a Grand Final appearance by beating East Fremantle in Sunday's preliminary final.

Despite finishing the home and away season on top of the WAFL colts ladder as the minor premiers, Swan Districts has lost its last two matches and now will need to win Sunday's preliminary final to avoid a straight sets finals exit.

Swan Districts will now head to Fremantle Community Bank Oval this Sunday morning to take on East Fremantle in the colts preliminary final with bounce down set for 9.20am.

The winner will advance to the Grand Final next Saturday at Optus Stadium while the season will be over for the loser.

Swan Districts earned the week's break to start the finals series on the back of claiming the minor premiership thanks to a 15-1 record during the home and away season, but the black-and-whites went down to Claremont in last week's second semi-final.

Despite earning the home ground advantage, Swans had to play the game at Revo Fitness Stadium and Claremont was able to prevail by nine points to book their place in the Grand Final.

On the back of their dominant season and despite a loss to Claremont in Round 22 after having already secured top spot, Swans were on top for most of the second semi-final too including still leading by 14 points at three quarter-time.

However, the Tigers overran them with four goals to one in the fourth term to now mean Swan Districts has to play in the preliminary final for the right to play in the Grand Final of 2021.

Despite the loss last Sunday, there was plenty to like about the performance from Swan Districts for most of the morning including James Sullivan kicking four goals and Brayden Jones two.

Elijah Hewett also finished with 26 possessions and five tackles, Max Chipper 22 disposals and six marks, Bryce Watson 21 touches and four tackles, Lawson Humphries 20 possessions and five marks, Noah Hannan 18 disposals and six tackles, and Ben Hewett 17 touches and 10 tackles.

While Swan Districts have been the standout colts team this season, East Fremantle comes into the preliminary final in impressive form as well.

The Sharks finished the season in fourth position with a 9-7 record before beating West Perth by 29 points in the elimination final at Arena Joondalup.

East Fremantle then backed that up last week by beating East Perth in the first semi-final by 17 points at Leederville Oval to book their place in the preliminary final.

Swan Districts and East Fremantle met twice during the season in the colts firstly back in Round 8 at Steel Blue Oval. It was a close affair too with Swans winning over the Sharks 9.7 (61) to 8.6 (54).

The second clash was in Round 17 at East Fremantle Oval and on that occasion it was a thumping 12.6 (78) to 2.8 (20) victory for Swan Districts against East Fremantle.

For those interested in sticking around for the full day at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, Claremont and Subiaco then play in the reserves Grand Final for the right to face Perth in next Saturday's Grand Final.

The main event will then see South Fremantle and Claremont meet in the league preliminary final with the winner to move into the Grand Final against Subiaco at Optus Stadium.