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Round 7 WAFL Match Report v Peel Thunder

Friday, May 17, 2024 - 12:17 PM

The running power and efficiency of Peel Thunder saw them come to Steel Blue Oval and leave with the victory on Saturday, but there was still plenty to be encouraged about from Swan Districts.

Swan Districts were back home at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday afternoon looking to back up last week's drought breaking win against Claremont at Revo Fitness Stadium.

It was always going to be a big test against the league-leading Peel but Swans had done well to work their way on top by two points at the half-time break.

However, it was in the third quarter where Peel blew the game open with seven goals which saw the Thunder end up prevailing 14.4 (88) to 9.15 (69).

Despite the final scoreline, it was a game where Swans had 57 more possessions than the Thunder, eight extra inside-50 entries, six more scoring shots and ultimately it was Peel kicking 14 goals from 18 shots to Swans going nine from 24 that was the difference.

Leigh Kohlmann grabbed his chances in attack once more for Swan Districts to kick another three goals from six kicks and six marks to now give him 21 goals for the season after six games.

Seb Bright also got forward for the black-and-whites to kick two goals as did Jesse Glass-McCasker.

Swan Districts had some big ball winners through the midfield once again with Nik Rokahr outstanding with 32 possessions to go with seven tackles, four marks and four entries inside the forward 50.

Aidan Clarke also amassed 30 disposals while Jye Chalcraft picked up 29 touches, Jesse Turner 28, Jarvis Pina 27, Jackson McLachlan 21, Josh Cipro 19, Bryce Watson 19 and Brenton Hilton 19.

Peel made a fast start with the first two goals of the game before Swans got on the board thanks to the left boot of Tom Edwards.

Leigh Kohlmann soon added another from a tight angle right in front of the applauding McDonald Stand but the Thunder responded with the last two goals of the opening period to go into the quarter-time break with a 10-point advantage.

Swans made the perfect start to the second quarter with a goal to Jesse Glass-McCasker and then the home team responded to a goal to Peel with another to Kohlmann, and then it was Glass-McCasker who added a second just before half-time.

That put Swan Districts in front by two points at the main break but a minute into the second half and Peel was back in front with a goal to Nathan Wilson.

Swans again responded thanks to Seb Bright, but then two quick goals had the Thunder back out to a 12-point advantage and the visitors kept on going from there with a seven-goal third term.

That had Peel on top by 27 points at three quarter-time and while Swan Districts did manage two goals to one in the last quarter, they couldn’t quite cut into the deficit enough with the Thunder ending up winning by 19 points.

The day's action at Steel Blue Oval got underway with the colts contest with Peel beating Swan Districts 12.10 (82) to 5.10 (40).

Swans are now sitting on a 2-3 record for the season in the colts with Adam Sandrini kicking two of the five goals for the day for the black-and-whites.

Chayse Martinson also gathered 21 possessions for Swans, Lucas Andrews 20, Judd Cheshire 19, Finn Taylor 19, Cody Ryan 18 and Otis Harvey 18.

Then in the reserves match up, Swan Districts remained winless on the back of winning last year's premiership with Peel winning 13.9 (87) to 8.14 (62).

Will Collins and Kristian Caporn kicked two goals apiece for Swan Districts with Ayden Cartwright racking up 32 possessions while Luke Kelly was outstanding with 30 disposals, 10 tackles, nine inside-50 entries and a goal.

Tarir Bayok also collected 24 disposals, Cian Ehlers 16, Brodyn Fitzgerald 16, Ethyn Kane 16 and Adam Justice 15.