Round 6, Perth v Swan Districts
Blue Steel Oval
Monday 25 April 2011
Swan Districts 4.4 9.7 14.9 18.12 120
Swans recorded their first win of the season at the expense of Perth as they ran Perth off their legs to run out 49 point winners at Steel Blue Oval on Easter Monday.
In front of a healthy crowd and after a moving tribute to the Anzacs the Black and Whites were very quick out of the blocks with Brett Wolfenden snapping a goal within the first minute of the match. Within the blink of an eye Swans jumped out to a 3 goal lead as the Demons looked run off their feet early.
Perth Captain Steven Armstong slotted his side’s first major at the 12 minute mark. The Demons slowly started to work their way into the match through some hard running from Ross Young and Daniel O’Sullivan.
Matthew Moody kicked a wonderful running goal and then this was soon followed by the busting Damon White to even up the match. With 2 quick goals to Scott Siekierka, who drifted forward and another to Hayden Busher Perth took a narrow lead of 3 points into quarter time.
The second term again saw the momentum of the match change as the home side started to take control around the stoppages through Fremantle Docker Clancee Pearce and Captain Josh Roberts.
Despite Aaron Zucconi doing a fantastic job on controlling the dangerous Ashley Hansen Swans were finding other avenues to scoring especially through the clever Tim Geappen. The Black and Whites were now on top especially across the centre line, where Jarrod Kayler-Thomson and Aaron Elari were both being well tagged.
Perth could only manage a solitary goal for the second quarter as Swans kicked 5 to lead by 23 points at the main break.
The third quarter began well for the Black and Whites with another running goal. Perth slowly started to work hard with Andrew McDougall competing well in the ruck and around the ground.
The Demons kicked the next 2 goals of the match with Young snapping a goal and then Damon White managing another. Perth were certainly looking better all around the ground and at the half way mark of the term closed to within 14 points.
Just when Perth was looking to come back though Geappen again bobbed up to find space and kicked to goals in succession at the Bassendean end of the ground to see Swans pull away.
At three quarter time and with the home side coming home with a slight breeze they led Perth comfortably 14.9 to 8 10.
Swan Districts began the last term well with their pace again proving the main difference between the two teams. Perth’s delivery to their key forwards in Damon White and Hayden Busher was poor at times and they failed to take advantage of their entries into the forward 50 metres.
Hansen had a rare touch on Zucconi to kick a major for Swans and then Geappen chipped in for the home side to score his 5th and put the result beyond any doubt.
Kayler-Thomson did score his teams 9th major with a running goal and Armstrong finished off a solid match by him with a late snap goal to narrow the final margin to 49 points.
The final result was disappointing and just leaves the Demons hanging in the top four with some tough matches to follow.
Julian Jacobs, a 22 year old recruit from Subiaco made his league debut for Perth becoming player number 1507.
For Perth Young was outstanding and amassed an incredible 40 possessions. McDougall finished with 25 possessions and rucked well all day and Jacobs in his first match for Perth came off the bench to pick up 22 touches.
Special mention too must be made of Zucconi’s defence efforts on Hansen, with Zucconi often using his strength to work his way to the front and rebound off Hansen for most of the day.
Next week Perth has the bye and the following week face the tough task of tackling top team Claremont at home. This match at Brownes Stadium will be the 500th at the ground with the club planning a number of activities to celebrate the day.
Goals: Armstrong, Damon White, Moody 2, Kayler-Thomson, Siekierka, Busher, Young 1.
Best: Young, McDougall, Jacobs, Zucconi, Armstrong, Siekierka.
Score: Perth 17.8 110 defeated Swan Districts 6.9 45.
Goals: Horner 4, Murray, Brennan, Bormolini 2, Venditti, Smith, Ransted, De Jonge, Leeson, Mather, Edwards 1.
Best: Mather, Venditti, Smith, Brennan, Tedesco, Horner.
Score: 13.16 94 defeated Perth 13.8 86
Goals: Garlett 4, Stuart, Lindsay 2, Jenkins, Kalajzic, Lloyd, Jones, Colledge 1.
Best: Lindsay, Stuart, Colledge, Jones, Kent, Garlett.