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Round 10 Preview v Claremont

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 2:09 PM by Chris Pike
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SWAN Districts will look to make it three straight wins after having three weeks in between games when it travels to Claremont Oval to take on Claremont on Saturday.

Swans didn't play for three weeks after losing to South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in Round 6, but have come out of the break in impressive form.

It started with a 13-point win against East Perth at Leederville Oval and then back at Steel Blue Oval last Saturday, Swans hit back from being 40 points down late in the second quarter to kick 12 of the last 13 goals, and the last eight, to come away 30-point winners.

That has Swan Districts on a two-game winning streak heading into Saturday's clash with Claremont with Swans sitting in fourth position on the WAFL ladder with a 5-3 record.

Claremont is coming off an 11-point defeat at the hands of Peel Thunder last Saturday also at Claremont Oval to sit in seventh spot at 2-6.

Saturday's game will bouncedown at 1.40pm and will be broadcast live on Channel 7 from 1.30pm.

As a result, the reserves game begins at 10.55am and the colts at 8.25am at Claremont Oval.

The game will also be just the second time Swan Districts have played at the redeveloped Claremont Oval. Their first appearance was in Round 13 last year with Claremont winning by 67 points. The Tigers also went on to beat the black-and-whites by 24 points in Round 22, 2017.

Swans' last win against Claremont was by 17 points in Round 7 last year while their last victory at Claremont Oval came back in Round 17, 2013 to the tune of 39 points.

Swan Districts big man Corey Gault won the Swan Medal in 2017 as the outstanding ruckman in the WAFL, but has been spending more time in the forward-line this season with the return of Nathan Blakely to play in the middle.

Gault continued his impressive form in attack last week in the win against Perth with another 18 possessions, seven marks, 14 hit outs and two goals.

He is now looking forward to the challenge against Claremont on Saturday at Claremont Oval.

"We'll have a good look at ways we can exploit their team but they've got some good talls up front and a good midfield as well. We'll be ready for that," Gault said.

"You never are really sure with these teams whether they are going to spark up. Perth did that to us last week in the first quarter so we will definitely be ready for Claremont coming hard. Hopefully we'll be ready for it."

From the Swan Districts team that beat Perth by 30 points at Steel Blue Oval last Saturday, Brad Fullgrabe, Jack O'Sullivan, Ethan Maguire and Albert Dean have been added to the squad.

Fullgrabe is coming off 12 possessions, four tackles and 36 hit outs in the reserves last for Swans against the Demons where O'Sullivan also had 18 disposals and four marks, Maguire 30 possessions, seven marks and a goal, and Dean 24 disposals and six inside-50 entries.

Jackson Slater is the only out from the Swan Districts side at this stage.

Claremont loses Tom Lee from its forward-line coming into the clash against Swan Districts having kicked 11 goals the past three weeks. But the Tigers do welcome back 153-game veteran Beau Maister who had kicked eight goals in two weeks before missing the past two matches through concussion.

Morgan Davies, Kaiden Gilbert, Alex Manuel, Shaquille Morton, Dylan Smallwood and Isaac Wallace are the other players added to the Tigers squad as they look for a third win of the 2018 season.

Declan McNamara, Ryan Murphy and Matthew Palfrey join Lee out of the Claremont line-up.

 

WAFL SEASON 2018 – ROUND 10

Swan Districts v Claremont – Claremont Oval

League – 1.40pm

Reserves – 10.55am

Colts – 8.25am