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Round 6 WAFL Match Report v Claremont

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 4:32 PM

Swan Districts kicked the last four goals of the game with the first three from Leigh Kohlmann to break their drought at Revo Fitness Stadium and beat Claremont by 17 points on Saturday.

Swans came into the game not only not having won at Tigerland since 2013 and before the redevelopment took place, but also having lost their past three matches this season.

The black-and-whites needed the win on Saturday and had to dig deep, but ended up kicking the last four goals of the game to secure the 9.9 (63) to 6.10 (46) victory and improve to a 2-3 record on the season and back into fifth position.

Leigh Kohlmann continued his standout start to the season as the main target in attack for Swan Districts kicking another four goals from seven kicks and three marks, including the first three goals of the last quarter.

Jesse Glass-McCasker also kicked two goals for the black-and-whites as that second marking option up forward.

Swans also had some huge ball winners throughout the after led by Nik Rokahr with 32 possessions while Jesse Turner racked up 30 disposals, Josh Cipro 25, Aidan Clarke 22, Jarvis Pina 22, Jackson McLachlan 22, Jye Chalcraft 21 and Nathan Blakely 19 to go with 13 hit outs and five tackles in the ruck.

Swan Districts were hunting a first win at Tigerland since 2013 and couldn’t have started better with a goal after just over a minute courtesy of Jess Glass-McCasker to open proceedings.

A few minutes later and Leigh Kohlmann added another and then when Glass-McCasker kicked a second, Swans were up by 18 points in less than eight minutes.

Claremont, though, responded and would control the rest of the first quarter on home turf including kicking three goals to be leading by five points at quarter-time.

It then took almost 22 minutes for the first goal of the second quarter to be kicked after a string of behinds from either side, and it went the way of Claremont courtesy of Coen Jackman.

Swans responded through Kohlmann and it would be just the one goal apiece in the term with the Tigers clinging to the two-point lead at the major break.

Once again it took a long time for another goal to come in the third term and it was more than 22 minutes this time before Bailey Rogers kicked truly for Claremont to give his team the lead by that margin.

Once more and Swans responded courtesy of Max Chipper and the scores were all square heading into the last quarter.

The Tigers then went a goal ahead with a goal to Alec Waterman to start the final quarter, but from there and Swan Districts dominated the contest.

Kohlmann was the star kicking the next three goals and then Aidan Clarke closed the deal at the 27-minute mark with Swans finishing the better for the 17-point win to win at the venue for the first time in 11 years.

It was the Colts Super Round on Saturday with all four games held at Joondalup's Pentanet Stadium and that saw Swan Districts suffer a narrow 9.13 (67) to 8.4 (52) defeat at the hands of Claremont.

Swans are now 2-2 after the first four games of the colts season with Adam Sandrini and Colby McDonald kicking two goals each.

Otis Harvey racked up 32 possessions, Chayse Martinson 23 (12 tackles), Elijah Huddlestone 17 and Lucas Andrews 15.

The reserves contest also saw Claremont prevail 9.14 (68) to 10.4 (64) against Swan Districts at Revo Fitness Stadium.

Swans were leading by 20 points at three quarter-time hunting a first win of the season after winning last year's premiership, but Claremont kicked four goals to one in the last quarter to snatch the four-point victory.

Kristian Caporn kicked four goals for Swan Districts with Luke Kelly amassing 29 possessions, Brenton Hilton 29, Brodyn Fitzgerald 28, Ayden Cartwright 24, Tarir Bayok 23 and Max York 18 while Matthew Germs had 33 hit outs in the ruck.


Photo by Michael O'Brien