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Round 13 WAFL Preview v West Coast

Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 11:28 AM

Impressive momentum is building with Swan Districts for the 2024 season with four straight victories which they will be hoping to make five and stay unbeaten against the West Coast Eagles this Sunday.

Swan Districts is coming into the Round 13 match up against the Eagles at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday afternoon as the hottest team now in the WAFL having won four straight matches.

The four wins against West Perth, Subiaco, South Fremantle and East Perth now has Swan Districts sitting in fourth position on the WAFL ladder with a 6-4 record.

The chance now presents to continue to close in on a top three position and indeed to possibly end the weekend in third spot considering East Perth and South Fremantle play one another who are just ahead of the Swans on the ladder.

Swan Districts comes into Sunday's match up not only looking for a fifth win in-a-row this season, but also to stay unbeaten overall against West Coast.

Swans so far have won all nine previous meetings in the WAFL against the Eagles by an average of 34.7 points including back in the opening round of this season where the black-and-whites won by 64 points.

All nine previous meetings have taken place at Steel Blue Oval and back in Round 1 this year, Leigh Kohlmann kicked six goals, Jackson McLachlan three, Jiah Reidy three, Ayden Cartwright two, Jesse Turner two and Tom Edwards two.

Jye Chalcraft also racked up 35 possessions in that victory, Nik Rokahr 32, Turner 29, Jarvis Pina 26, Aidan Clarke 23 and Josh Cipro 22.

While Swan Districts come into Sunday's game in hot form having won four games in-a-row to be in fourth position and knocking on the door of a top three spot, West Coast is in second last place at 3-7 having now lost its previous two matches.

It's also a significant day for Swan Districts ruckman Nathan Blakely who will play his 100th game with the 32-year-old reaching the milestone having made his debut in 2013 and earned his medical qualifications, welcomed a daughter into the world and undergone two knee reconstructions along the way.

Gun Swan Districts midfielder Nik Rokahr is looking forward to another home game on Sunday at Steel Blue Oval and to try and keep the team's momentum rolling against the Eagles.

"Our crowd is a bit of an extra man for us at times and they are pretty vocal as we all know. I really enjoy getting out there and playing in front of all of them, and one thing I do know is that they are very grateful for what all the boys do for them," Rokahr said.

"Internally we have always believed that we are capable of matching it with the top sides, it's just been a matter of getting the runs on the board and actually proving to ourselves that we can do it.

"I think we're starting to do that now and who knows what the rest of the year will hold for us, but hopefully we can keep putting wins on the board and push for one of those top three spots."

With Swans playing the Eagles in the league contest, it means it's a bye for both the colts and reserves this weekend.

The Swan Districts colts are fresh off a 37-point win against East Perth last Saturday which improves them to a 5-4 record on the season to currently be sitting in fourth position on the ladder.

The reserves went down to East Perth last Saturday by 19 points to now be sitting in second last position on the ladder with a 1-8 record from the opening nine games on the back of winning last year's premiership.