Reigning premiers felled by Swans
SWAN Districts put in a solid four-quarter effort to beat last year’s WAFL premiers Peel Thunder by 14 points, 15.12 (102) to 13.10 (88), in an entertaining game at Bassendean Oval.
Swans were behind the eight ball before the first bounce with the late withdrawal of key midfielder and ball magnet Rhys Palmer from a knee injury.
Peel Thunder won the toss and kicked with the aid of a two to three-goal breeze, but Swan Districts started better, kicking four goals and restricting Peel Thunder to two. The key forward in the first quarter for Swans was Corey Gault.
Second Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy went down with a lower leg injury and did not return to the field.
Swans led by a solitary goal at half-time. Leroy Jetta for Peel was dominant and Swans’ first-game player William Reidy kicked a goal on debut.
In a dominant last quarter, Swans kicked six goals to Peel’s three, with the lead changing four times. Reidy capped off a memorable first game for Swans by kicking three last quarter goals.
Better players for Swans included Riggio, Blight, Howard, Notte and Hackett. Honourable mention to Nathan Blakely playing his second game back from a knee reconstruction and Reidy.
For Peel, Danyle Pearce was outstanding with 40 possessions, Tucker with 34 touches and Howlett with 24 possessions and 12 tackles.
Swans have now won two from two and will play Subiaco next week at Leederville Oval.
Swans were impressive against Peel Thunder.
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