Eyes on the flag
WITH just three rounds to go before finals, Swan Districts women's co-captain Fiona Boucher says her youthful team is ready to defend its 2017 premiership.
Swans’ league team has won the past two premierships, while the reserves and youth girls won premierships in 2017.
The league players are sitting in third on the ladder, despite having several senior and AFLW players out with long-term injuries.
Boucher, of Caversham, said the depth of talent was “endless” at the moment.
“We are definitely here to defend them (premierships) this year, there is no doubt about that,” she said.
“But at the end of the day you are only as good of a team as you put on the field and we are quite happy to go out there and play alongside these kids that are starting to build their future with the club.
“To be honest, we probably wouldn't be where we are without them.”
Boucher said the players would continue pushing forward for the remainder of the season under former captain Kara Donnellan, who would coach the side after head coach Nicole Graves’ departure to Carlton Football Club.
“Nic’s been an integral part of this club for a very, very long time, not only from a club point of view but from a personal point of view,” she said.
“It is going to be a massive loss to the club and there is going to be a readjustment but I think the girls are mature and strong enough to keep going and keep pushing forward.”
Boucher is now in her 13th year and said she would be starting to wind up over the next few years. She had faith in the young girls who had stepped up to senior football this season.
Swan Districts women’s co-captain Fiona Boucher.