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Round 14 Match Report

Monday, July 25, 2022 - 11:39 AM

Swan Districts produced a strong performance in tough conditions to score a crucial 23-point win against East Perth at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.

The wet weather arrived for the Round 14 WAFL match up with Swans looking for a win to consolidate their spot in the top five while the Royals were attempting to break into the top five having won their past three matches.

Swans started the game well with the last four goals of the first quarter and then managed to maintain that advantage the rest of the afternoon to end up winning 10.7 (67) to 6.8 (44).

The 23-point win improves Swan Districts to an 8-5 record on the season to be in fifth position a game behind South Fremantle, East Fremantle and Claremont, and a game still in front of the sixth placed Peel Thunder.

Lachlan Riley and Chris Jones both kicked three goals apiece for Swan Districts with Riley's coming from his 13 touches and nine tackles while Jones made the most of his chances from his three kicks.

Seb Bright also kicked two goals for the black-and-whites to go with four marks and four tackles.

It turned out to be an afternoon for some big numbers to be racked up by the midfielders and Aidan Clarke continued his brilliant form for Swan Districts with another 37 possessions, 10 marks and seven inside 50s.

The league's leading ball winner Jesse Turner also had another 37 touches while Brandon Erceg was outstanding down back with 28 touches and eight marks.

Jarvis Pina also finished with 25 disposals, eight marks and five tackles with Tobe Watson contributing 24 possessions, Sam Fisher 21, Tony Notte 21 and Josh Cipro 19 with Nathan Ireland putting up 16 touches and 10 hit outs in the ruck.

East Perth came into the game in their best patch of form of the season and needed to keep winning to stay in the finals hunt, and as a result the Royals started well with the game's first goal through Hamish Brayshaw.

They had the first four scoring shots but couldn’t add another goal before Swan Districts dominated the rest of the first quarter with goals to Tom Edwards, two to Seb Bright and another to Ryan Kemp to be 18 points in front by quarter-time.

Jackson Ramsay got East Perth back in touch with a goal early in the second term but Swan Districts remained in control with the next four goals in the space of 12 minutes, with two each to Chris Jones and Lachlan Riley.

Swans were still 29 points in front by half-time despite a late goal to the Royals from Tom Medhat.

The wet weather made scoring challenging in the third quarter and as a result there was only one goal kicked and that went the way of Swans with Jones adding his third of the afternoon.

East Perth did get a burst of momentum late in the fourth quarter with three goals in six minutes to breathe some brief life into a fight back getting back within 17 points.

However, it wasn’t to be and Swans kicked the last goal of the game through Riley with his third and ended up winning 10.7 (67) to 6.8 (44).

The day began at Steel Blue Oval with East Perth's colts beating Swan Districts 8.16 (64) to 4.8 (32).

Swans' goals came courtesy of Adam Brock, Liam Garcia, Evan Smith and Luke Kelly. Kelly also had 28 possessions, Tom Cathcart 22 and Jack Saunders 21.

Swan Districts' reserves ended up defeating East Perth 5.9 (39) to 4.8 (32).

Max Chipper kicked two goals for the black-and-whites to go with his 25 possessions. Mitch Bain also picked up 21 disposals, Greg Ottaviano 21, Brenton Hilton 21, Hudson Babich 21, Lawson Humphries 15 and Brodie Morris 13 to go with 25 hit outs in the ruck.

Swan Districts now faces a massive clash with Claremont this coming Saturday at Revo Fitness Stadium.