Swans hold it to­gether to de­feat Fal­cons

Wanneroo Times - - Sport -

WEST Perth threat­ened to steal an up­set but a spir­ited Swan Districts out­fit proved de­fi­ant with the sup­port of a big home crowd be­hind it in the WAFL elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

The Fal­cons hit the front by two points with the first two goals of the fi­nal term.

A be­hind to An­drew Strijk in­creased the mar­gin to three points - the Fal­cons’ big­gest lead of the match - but the hosts stead­ied with the fi­nal three goals to end West Perth’s sea­son and claim an 11.9 (75) to 8.12 (60) vic­tory at Bassendean Oval on Sun­day.

It capped off a big oc­ca­sion for Swans, who were hon­our­ing Tony Notte’s 200th game and the re­tir­ing Tal­lan Ames’ fi­nal home ap­pear­ance.

The match looked as though it was headed for a blowout in the first term with Swan Districts jump­ing to a 26-point lead by quar­ter time af­ter kick­ing five goals and keep­ing the vis­i­tors goal­less.

But as West Perth had done against Clare­mont the week be­fore, the Fal­cons showed some fight.

Swans scored just one be­hind in the sec­ond quar­ter as Strijk be­came the dan­ger man up for­ward, kick­ing two goals to go with one to Luke Mead­ows, re­duc­ing the mar­gin to seven points and set­ting up an en­tic­ing sec­ond half.

The hosts’ Fred­die Clut­ter­buck (29 dis­pos­als) kicked a cru­cial goal in each of the fi­nal two quar­ters, with his team­mates thriv­ing off the en­ergy of his cel­e­bra­tions.

Ex-Docker Ryan Crow­ley had 30 touches for Swans, while Shane Nel­son (36 pos­ses­sions, eight in­side 50s) and Scott Simp­son (24 dis­pos­als, 29 hitouts) were among West Perth’s best.

Swan Districts faces South Fre­man­tle in the first semi fi­nal at Fre­man­tle Oval on Sun­day.

Pic­ture: Dan White

Ryan Crow­ley un­der pres­sure from West Perth’s Shane Nel­son, Tyler Kei­tel and Aidan Lynch.

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