Thun­der struck by Swans

Weekend Courier - - Wafl -

SWAN Districts put in a solid fourquar­ter 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 three­goal 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 half­time. 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. Firstgamer Wil­liam 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 Hacket. 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, which shapes up as the game of the round. Cam Robbins

Play­ers leap for the ball at Bassendean oval.

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