Swan Districts held to just two goals as East Fremantle move on to preliminary final

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Lauren Quaife (16) and Laura Catherine (13) compete for the ball.
Camera IconLauren Quaife (16) and Laura Catherine (13) compete for the ball. Credit: DGD Photography

A trio of Mid West GNWFL stars lined up against each other on the weekend as East Fremantle downed Swan Districts on Sunday afternoon.

After losing their first four games the Swans roared into the finals, winning eight of their last 10, led off the back of ex-Brigades player Courtney Zappara, who finished the season with 23 goals, second on the goal-kicking charts.

Chapman Valley’s Kayley King has also been a solid contributor playing every game this season averaging 13.4 disposals and three tackles a game while also chipping in with five goals.

But the Swans were outclassed by the Sharks who dominated the final to win 7.4 (46) 2.5 (17).

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In an even opening term, the Sharks were efficient going forward as Chloe Reilly kickstarted the Sharks’ day with a check-side from the boundary before Freeman kicked truly from a set shot four minutes later as the Swans were held goalless.

East Fremantle then also kicked the opening two goals of the second quarter before Hope Ugle-Hayward broke the drought for the Swans but the Sharks responded to lead by 25 points at the main break.

The Swans were held scoreless once again in the third and while Zappara kicked their second in the final quarter it was to no avail as the Sharks ran out 29-point winners.

King finished with 10 disposals, five tackles and a behind while Zappara had just five touches to go with her goal.

For the Sharks, Tiani Teakle had a quiet game with just three disposals and three tackles in what was just her fourth league match this year after injury interrupted her start to the season.

East Fremantle faces South Fremantle this Sunday in the preliminary final at Fremantle Oval with bouncedown at 3.15pm.

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