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Round 7 Match Preview

Friday, June 10, 2022 - 11:40 AM

Swan Districts is at home to Peel Thunder on Saturday in Round 8 of the WAFL season looking to keep their winning form going and to break into the top five.

Swans host the Thunder at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday afternoon and a victory will see the black-and-whites finish Round 8 of the 2022 WAFL season holding a finals position.

Swan Districts comes into Saturday's clash having won its last two matches of the season against Claremont and the West Coast Eagles as they attempt to now string three wins together.

Swans enters Round 8 in sixth position on the WAFL ladder with a 4-3 record to be just percentage behind the fifth placed Thunder who also have a 4-3 record following a win against Subiaco last Saturday.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams since Round 18 of last year when Swan Districts won by 52 points also at Steel Blue Oval. Swans went on to break their finals drought later in the 2022 season while the Thunder missed finals for a fourth consecutive year.

That made it four straight wins for Swan Districts as well against Peel. The Thunder's last win against the Swans came in Round 12, 2019.

Swans have been even more impressive against the Thunder at Steel Blue Oval having won their last five home matches against the boys from Mandurah by an average of 23 points.

Peel's last victory at Bassendean was back in their inaugural premiership season of 2016 in Round 3.

Peel comes into the game as the second best scoring team in the competition 90.1 points a game but they are ranked just seventh defensively conceding 79.1 points. Swans, meanwhile, are sixth in both categories scoring 74.6 points and giving up 72.3 per game.

Starts have been a strong suit for Swan Districts so far in 2022 with the black-and-whites outscoring their opponents by 50 points in first quarters, while Peel has been outscored by 74 points in theirs.

Swans are then ranked just ninth for second quarters while Peel is fifth while the two teams are the best performing third term teams across the competition. The Thunder have won their third quarters by 95 points and Swans theirs by 74.

Then in last quarters, Peel is ranked second having outscored their opponents by 49 points while Swans come in seventh having been outscored by 14 points.

The day's action begins at Steel Blue Oval with the colts contest between Swan Districts and Peel Thunder from 9.10am.
Swans come into the Round 8 colts clash looking for their second win of the season and to get off the bottom of the ladder following last week's bye while the Thunder are currently in fifth position in a 3-3 record.

The reserves game will then bounce down at 11.40am at Steel Blue Oval between Swan Districts and Peel.

The Swans' reserves are attempting to break into the top five if they can secure a third win of the season while the Thunder come into the Round 8 match up in bottom place with one win from six matches so far.

Meanwhile, the only female Swan Districts team in action this weekend is the Youth Girls team in Round 17 of the Rogers Cup competition.

It's the last round of the home and away season across the WAFLW competition and the Swans' Youth Girls will be taking on East Perth on Saturday morning from 10am at Leederville Oval.

It will be the last game of the season for Swans in the Rogers Cup as well with finals out of the equation. They currently hold a 3-10 record but they will look to finish the season off on a positive note against an East Perth team with just one win from their 12 matches.

While the Swan Districts' WAFLW League team has the bye this weekend, their finals fate will be decided when Subiaco plays Peel Thunder on Saturday at Leederville Oval.

Should Peel win, then Swans remain in fourth position and will play finals and take on the Thunder in a first semi-final next weekend.

However, a Subiaco victory would mean that Swans miss out on playing finals for 2022 after playing in the Grand Final last year.