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Round 4 WAFLW Match Report

Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 1:40 PM

Swan Districts did plenty right but fell heartbreakingly short against the reigning premiers East Fremantle in the WAFLW in the Round 4 match up on Saturday.

Swans took on the Sharks at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in Round 4 of the WAFLW season on Saturday with the challenge ahead of the black-and-whites against the team fresh off winning last year's premiership.

However, Swan Districts started impressively kicking three of the game's first four goals to open up a 14-point lead in the second quarter.

Swans even then had a chance to snatch the win after the siren but a shot outside 50m proved a stretch too far with East Fremantle holding on to score the 5.2 (32) to 4.7 (31) victory.

The four goals for the afternoon from Swan Districts were kicked by Taylah Edwards, Carys D'Addario, Brianna Hyde and Emily McGuire.

On top of kicking a goal, D'Addario also collected 23 possessions for Swans with Lily Paterson picking up 23 touches, Adi Griffith 17, Hyde 16 and Kayley King 15 while young gun Indiana West had 14 disposals to go with seven tackles.

Lauren Quaife put in a power of work in the ruck as well for Swan Districts with 10 possessions, 24 hit outs and four tackles.

Swan Districts made a strong start to the contest at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with the game's first three scoring shot including a goal at the nine-minute mark to the returning Brianna Hyde.

East Fremantle did get a goal back just before quarter-time through Ashleigh Gomes, but Swans were still up by two points at quarter-time.

Swan Districts then kicked away to open the second quarter with two quick goals to Carys D'Addario and Taylah Edwards.

That saw the black-and-whites open up a 14-point advantage and they still led by seven points by half-time despite the Sharks getting a goal back through Serena Gibbs.

The game was set up for a thrilling finish with Swan Districts clinging to a three-point lead by three quarter-time with East Fremantle kicking the only goal of the third term just before the break through Chloe Reilly.

The Sharks took the lead to start the final term with a second goal to Gibbs but Emily McGuire quickly responded to give Swans back the advantage.

They would stay there until the 11-minute mark with the Sharks going back in front with a goal to Reilly.

It was a dramatic finish with Tamzyn Beros earning a free-kick right on the 50m arc for a push in the back.

The rest of the time then expired with an East Fremantle injury meaning Beros had to take her shot with Swans behind by a point from outside 50.

She did make good connection but it couldn’t quite score and the Sharks held on to win by that point.

Meanwhile, Swan Districts' Rogers Cup team suffered a first defeat of the season with East Fremantle winning 6.9 (45) to 4.3 (27).

Riley Hall kicked two goals for Swan Districts with one apiece from Olivia Rasenberg and Summer Ajduk.