Eyes on the flag

Eastern Reporter - - Swan Districts Football Club Count Me In Round - Kristie Lim

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484501

Swan Dis­tricts women’s co-cap­tain Fiona Boucher.

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