Heavy de­feats at sea­son’s start


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport - Chris Pike

SWAN Dis­tricts, Subiaco and East Fre­man­tle all recorded em­phatic WAFL Round 1 vic­to­ries on Satur­day af­ter South Fre­man­tle kicked off the 2015 sea­son with a win on Fri­day night.

South Fre­man­tle beat West Perth 14.6 (90) to 8.7 (55) at Fre­man­tle Oval, lead­ing into three big matches through­out Satur­day af­ter­noon and night.

The first game on Satur­day was in the tra­di­tional 2.15pm time slot with Swan Dis­tricts record­ing a thump­ing 21.21 (147) to 7.9 (51) win over Perth at Bassendean’s Steel Blue Oval, in what was new Demons cap­tain Dene White’s 100th WAFL game.

Swan Dis­tricts got its 2015 sea­son off to the best pos­si­ble start with a big 96-point win over Perth at home on Satur­day.

The black-and-whites kicked the only four goals of the first quar­ter and then never took their foot off the ac­cel­er­a­tor ex­tend­ing their lead to 37 points at half time, 65 points at three quar­ter-time and 96 by the fi­nal siren.

Ricky Cary was a strong fo­cal point in attack for Swans hav­ing nine shots on goal from 11 kicks and five marks. He kicked 4.5 from those op­por­tu­ni­ties while also lay­ing six tack­les.

East Perth re­cruit Jack­son Slater kicked three goals in his first game with Swans while Matt Rig­gio also had three ma­jors, Matt Rogers two, Tim Geappen two and Ja­son Daniels two.

For­mer Perth wing­man Aaron Elari dom­i­nated against his for­mer side with 33 pos­ses­sions for Swan Dis­tricts with Rig­gio also rack­ing up 27 dis­pos­als, Adam Faulkner 27, Nathan Broad 24, Ja­cob Burn­ham 23, Rudy Rid­doch 19 and Ja­cob Coniglio 19.

Swans also cov­ered the ab­sence of ruck­man Nathan Blakely well with Jake Nuich ter­rific on de­but with 10 pos­ses­sions and 25 hit outs. He re­ceived good sup­port from the un­der­sized Joel Houghton who had 16 touches and 10 hit outs in his first game since leav­ing Perth for Swans.

Tony Notte also dom­i­nated in the air across the ground with 22 pos­ses­sions and 12 marks for Swans.

Ai­dan Tropi­ano worked tire­lessly for Perth in the mid­field with 34 pos­ses­sions while Jar­ryd Morton had 30 dis­pos­als and East Perth re­cruit Ja­cob Payne 26.

Michael Sin­clair also gath­ered 24 touches for the Demons, new cap­tain Dene White 21 and for­mer Swan Dis­tricts premier­ship player Brett Wolfenden 19.

Subiaco beat Clare­mont 15.16 (106) to 9.7 (61) at Leed­erville’s Med­ibank Sta­dium be­fore the open­ing round wrapped up on Satur­day night at Domain Sta­dium with East Fre­man­tle de­feat­ing East Perth 13.18 (96) to 5.11 (41).

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