Cre­at­ing WA fe­male foot­ball his­tory

The Australian Energy Review - - ADVANCING ONSLOW -

SWAN Dis­tricts have stamped their au­thor­ity on this year’s Mun­della West Aus­tralian Women’s Foot­ball League grand fi­nals, win­ning all three pre­mier­ships at Rogers Cup, Re­serves and League lev­els. The his­tory-mak­ing clean-sweep was set in stone in the last game of the day that saw the league girls walk away 29 point win­ners over the Coastal Ti­tans (Su­bi­aco). Un­like the slim mar­gins that have sep­a­rated the two sides in re­cent en­coun­ters, the Swans main­tained their com­po­sure at ev­ery change and re­stricted their op­po­nents to a goal­less sec­ond half to win 2.3 (15) to 6.8 (44). The Swans found mo­men­tum early in the piece, with open­ing goals to Emily Mcguire and Kel­lie Gib­son help­ing them to a healthy 10 point lead at the first change. From then on, it was all Swans as they were clean, quick and rarely waste­ful in front of goal. While the Ti­tan's Dana Hooker and Cap­tain Hay­ley Miller notched up plenty of ball and tried to in­spire a come­back, it never ar­rived. Con­sec­u­tive sec­ond term goals to the Swan's Rhonda Williams left the Ti­tans with an 18 point deficit at half time. Though at­tempt­ing to shift their de­fen­sive struc­ture and play ex­tras down back, the Ti­tans still couldn’t find the so­lu­tion to their woes. Ali­cia Janz was in­spi­ra­tional in the ruck for the Swans, while her skip­per Kara Don­nel­lan gave the Ti­tans plenty of headaches around stop­pages and team mate Ebony An­to­nio joined in on the party with a nifty third quar­ter ma­jor. As the clock ran down in the fi­nal min­utes of the game the Swans faith­ful be­gan to chant, and the his­tory mak­ing feat was com­plete – they had taken away all 3 Premier­ship Cups for 2017. Skip­per Kara Don­nel­lan was re­warded for her hard work and walked away with Lou Knit­ter Best on Ground award. The league-level Swans now con­tinue their dom­i­nance of the lo­cal league in re­cent times, with this premier­ship their fourth in five sea­sons. Head Coach Ni­cole Graves said “it was a won­der­ful day for the footy club and proves our path­way pro­grams are amongst the best in the coun­try”. Graves who is also the Gen­eral Man­ager of V Swans, the Re­gional and Indige­nous De­vel­op­ment arm of the Swan Dis­tricts FC, com­mended her club for hav­ing the vi­sion to be in­clu­sive and em­brace fe­male foot­ball in the most pos­i­tive ways. Swans also had 14 play­ers drafted into the Inau­gu­ral AFLW com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing Crows Co Cap­tain Chelsea Ran­dall and Fre­man­tle Dock­ers Cap­tain Kara Don­nel­lan.

Swan Districts’ fe­male teams have recorded a his­toric clean sweep in 2017, win­ning pre­mier­ships at Rogers Cup, Re­serves and League lev­els.

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