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Round 14 WAFLW Preview v East Fremantle

Friday, May 31, 2024 - 2:48 PM

It is a significant day on a number of fronts in the WAFLW on Sunday at Steel Blue Oval for Swan Districts with a match up with reigning premiers East Fremantle, Emily McGuire celebrating 100+ games and Reconciliation Round.

The Round 14 WAFLW match up sees Swans take part in the third last round of the home and away season for 2024 and it's a significant challenge at Steel Blue Oval up against East Fremantle.

The match up gets underway on Sunday afternoon at Steel Blue Oval from 2.10pm with the Rogers Cup team having the bye for the WA Day long weekend.

It's going to be a massive day for the Swan Districts WAFLW team on Sunday but in the context of the season, it's a significant game as far as the rest of the campaign goes as well.

Swans come into the game with a 6-5 record and to be sitting in fourth position on the WAFLW ladder on the back of winning their past two matches against South Fremantle by 11 points and then East Perth by 101 points.

That now has Swan Districts on track to play finals again this season but they do need to keep winning to hold out Subiaco who is a game behind and South Fremantle two games back with the three rounds remaining.

It's going to be a significant challenge against East Fremantle on Sunday at Steel Blue Oval with the Sharks arriving at Bassendean sitting two games and percentage clear on top of the WAFLW ladder, and on an eight-game winning streak.

The Sharks will be able to secure the minor premiership on the back of winning the flag last year with a win on Sunday, but at the same time Swans have the opportunity to further consolidate fourth position but to retain the prospects of also finishing higher.

That all sets the stage for a fascinating contest on Sunday after with two-time premiership player Emily McGuire to also celebrate her 100+ games with Swan Districts.

She comes into the game in terrific form as well having kicked four goals in each of the past two wins for Swans against South Fremantle and East Perth.

Reconciliation Round will also be recognised this week in the WAFLW competition and Swan Districts player Hope Ugle-Hayward has been at the forefront of making sure it is an important occasion as well.

She has been part of creating a gift to mark the moment for East Fremantle and she is proud to be such a key part of an important part of the football calendar with this year's theme being 'Now More than Ever'.

As for the game itself, she knows the challenge that East Fremantle presents but can't wait to get out there and throw everything at ending the winning run of the Sharks.

"Every game is a big challenge, and we know the strength that East Fremantle has as a team," Ugle-Hayward said.

"They are worthy challengers in the lead up to finals. The team mindset in the last few weeks has been to stay focussed, back our structures and play your role. I believe we are more than up to the task."

Swan Districts is fresh off the 101-point win against East Perth last week and in the hunt of a third consecutive win, there are two changes to the team for Sunday's game.

Brianna Hyde returns to the line-up to be there for the milestone of close friend McGuire with Tamzyn Beros the other inclusion.

Going out of the team for Swans are Sienna Gerardi and Adi Griffith.

East Fremantle is looking for a ninth consecutive win and from the team that beat Claremont last week, Ava Anderson, Laura Catherine, Kate Inglis-Hodge, Chloe Reilly and Sarah Wielstra come in.

Going out for the Sharks are Ashlee Atkins, Sharon Wong, Maya Louvel-Finn, Rennie Meadmore and Leanne Gubbins.