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Round 6 WAFL Preview v Claremont

Friday, May 3, 2024 - 4:01 PM

Swan Districts heads to Revo Fitness Stadium on Saturday to take on Claremont looking to put last Sunday's devastating after the siren loss behind them and to return to the WAFL winner's list.

Swans did plenty right last Sunday to celebrate the 90-year anniversary of the club's first ever game back in 1934 also against East Fremantle with the black-and-whites 22 points in front during the fourth quarter.

However, the Sharks managed to kick the last three goals of the contest including one after the siren from Jackson McDonald to break the hearts of Swans and snatch the two-point victory.

It's yet another cruel early season blow for Swan Districts who came into the 2024 season determined to stop such a thing happening after how costly the tight defeats early in 2023 ended up being in the finals battle.

Both Swans and the Tigers now come into Saturday's match up at Revo Fitness Stadium with 1-3 records heightening the stakes for the contest.

Swan Districts did open 2024 with a strong win at home against the West Coast Eagles, but have since suffered losses at the hands of East Perth, Perth and East Fremantle.

But it's those last two defeats especially that have been hard to take against the Demons and Sharks by a combined five points that they will be using as added motivation to bounce back from this Saturday.

Claremont, meanwhile, lost its opening three games of the season with two of those by a combined three points to West Perth and South Fremantle in between a 90-point hammering at the hands of East Fremantle.

The Tigers hit back before the bye with a strong win against Subiaco by 21 points two weeks ago.

Swan Districts is also looking for a first win against Claremont since Round 4, 2022 when they won by nine points at Steel Blue Oval.

Since then, the Tigers have beaten the Swans the last three times and going back further, 12 of the last 13 meetings between the two teams.

Swan Districts has found the going tough at Tigerland too having now lost on their last eight visits to the venue.

The last time Swans won there was in 2013 and that was before the redevelopment took place so they have never won at Revo Fitness Stadium since Claremont began playing back there in 2017.

Coming off that heartbreaking Sunday loss to East Fremantle, Swan Districts has made two changes for this Saturday's match up with Claremont at Tigerland.

Seb Bright and Ben Hewett come into the team for Swans to face the Tigers with Ayden Cartwright and Brandon Erceg going out.

Claremont is coming off the bye last weekend after a win against Subiaco, and from that team Ben Elliott, Jack Maibaum, Max Rohr, Tyron Smallwood and Zane Sumich have all been added to the squad.

The only out at this stage for the Tigers is Louis Passera.

On Saturday Colts are playing at Pentanet Stadium for the Colts Super Round starting in the morning at 9.15am between Swan Districts and Claremont.

It's another significant challenge for the Swans' Colts who come into the match up having won two of three matches this season but they come up against a Tigers team having won all four of their matches to date.

Next up will be the Reserves contest starting at 11.45am with Swan Districts fresh off the premiership triumph last year, but still hunting a first win of the season after losses to East Perth, Perth and East Fremantle.

Claremont's Reserves come into the contest having won all four of its matches so far in 2024 as well.