TOP FOUR FINISH IN THE BALANCE

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:23 AM

By Peter Kennedy

 

Perth and East Fremantle players and supporters knew there was more than just the four points for a win at stake when the sides met on the Sharks' home ground for the Round 20 clash on Saturday.The Demons had to win to cement their place in the top four and strengthen the prospect of the club's first final four finish since 1997. The Sharks knew a win could elevate them from sixth and into the four, possibly at Perth's expense.

 

A big contingent of former stars was on hand for the clash. Sandover Medallists Ian Miller and Bryan Cousins, and premiership players Ray Lawrence and Ian Rothnie, led the Perth contingent, aided by long term supporter, Peter Newman. Former Sharks captain coach and inaugural Eagles coach, Ron Alexander was there for the blue and whites, as was stalwart supporter Ossie Symonds.

 

Play in the opening minutes in perfect conditions was fast and furious until defender Matt Tedesco grabbed the ball at half forward and unloaded a booming kick which beat the pack and brought up Perth's first goal. To show it was no fluke he drilled another major two minutes later. When Simon Tunbridge drove a 50 metre drop punt through the big sticks at the eight minute mark, Perth had three goals on the board and a 19 point lead.

 

Eagle veteran Daniel Kerr got the Sharks on the board with a running goal, then Easts got their second through Mitchell Boyle. Dene White hit the post for Perth before skipper Paul Bevan opened his account with a clever goal square snap. But Kerr got his second in time on, cutting the Demons' lead at the first break to 13 points.

 

Mitch Leyendekkers was rucking strongly around the ground for the Dees, and had to assume more responsibility later when team mate Christian Eyres was hampered by injury.

 

The pace did not slacken in the second quarter. The Sharks notched the first major before Kyle Reimers justified his promotion, goaling after a neat pass from Chance Bateman. He followed up with his second on the run, and when Bevan snapped his second the Demons were looking good.

 

Easts clawed back two goals and then Bevan booted a 50 metre goal --  his third -- after a fast lead, and Perth was 20 points up. Then the Sharks lifted and scored the last two goals of the quarter, cutting Perth's lead at the long break to eight points. A warning sign for the Demons occurred just before the siren when Bateman limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring twinge.

 

Perth started brightly in the third quarter. Bateman reappeared, and Joel Leeson brought up a major after a pass from Bevan. Ali Smith was showing plenty of dash in the midfield, and prospects looked good when Dene White kicked the Demons' eleventh goal.

 

Then a change came over the game. The Sharks lifted their rating and started getting more of the ball in the midfield. They grabbed the initiative and rattled on several goals, hitting the front for the first time at the 23 minute mark. By three-quarter time they led by 15 points.

 

With plenty at stake, the last quarter opened at a cracking pace. The Demons had several scoring chances but to no avail. It took almost 10 minutes for the first goal to be scored --  by Brad Dick for the Sharks. Simon Tunbridge snapped Perth's only goal, but the Sharks finished full of running, scoring a 28 point win.

 

The Demons travel to Moora --  in our country zone -- next Saturday, for a "must-win" clash with West Perth. The club slipped to fifth on the league table after losing to the Sharks, and every one of the last four qualifying games is now crucial to our finals' prospects.

 

DETAILS

League:

East Fremantle          3-1        8-3      13-9       16-12       108

Perth                            5-2        9-5      11-6        12-8          80

GOALS: P. Bevan 3; M. Tedesco, J. Leeson, K. Reimers, S. Tunbridge 2; D. White 1.

BEST: P. Bevan, M. Leyendekkers, B. Hodge, J. Leeson, A. Smith, J. Jacobs.

 

Reserves - Development Squad:

The Development Squad suffered its fourth defeat of the season but remains on top of the table. Perth started the last quarter trailing by 23 points, and peppered the goals, snatching the lead with about eight minutes to go. But the Sharks counterattacked, got their nose in front again, and held on to win by three points.

East Fremantle                  3-4      7-7      11-9      13-11    89

Perth                                   4-2      6-4       8-4        13-8     86

GOALS:   C. Manuel, R. Gray 2;  K. Ransted, M. Hunt, K. Stuart, K. Egan, T. Chrimes, B. Fry, J. Houghton, M. Mather, B. Stack 1.

BEST: M. Hunt, K. Ransted, M. Mather, J. Kalajzic, D. Johnston.

 

Colts:

The Colts maintained their winning run, recording a 20 point victory, thanks to a strong last quarter. Wayne Langborne's boys are continuing to challenge strongly for a top two position and the double chance in the final round in September.

Perth                          3-3         4-5         6-7         12-8     80     

East Fremantle         3-2         4-7         5-8           8-12   60

Goals: A. Fitzgerald, D. Grafton 2, B. Edmonds, D. Cox, J. Busher, T. Phillips, R. Jones, A. Moreno, M. Walker, S. Garstone 1.

Demons District Awards Night 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 5:04 PM

The Perth District Development Council will hold the Inaugural "Demons District Awards Night" to celebrate the achievments of clubs and individuals in season 2013.

Details for the event are:

 

Date: Friday 20th September

Time: 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Cost: $20 / person or $200 / table (10/table) which include dinner. A cash bar will be available on the night.

Venue: Lathlain Hall, Brownes Stadium (Goddard St, Lathlain)

Dress: Smart Casual (no demin)

 

There will be several awards presented on the night including;

 

Demons District Club/s of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Coach/s of the Year

Umpire of the Year

School Ambassador of the Year

Perth District Female Player of the Year

Life Member Inducted

 

We encourage clubs to get a table together and come along to what hopes to be a great night. Tables can be booked either at the door or prior to the night. Please contact Scott on 0411 113 088 to reserve your seat.

 

Demons District Development Team

 

EAST FREMANTLE VS PERTH DEMONS - GAME PREVIEW

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 11:15 AM

 

EAST FREMANTLE VS PERTH DEMONS - GAME PREVIEW

East Fremantle Oval - Saturday 3 August 2013

Written By: Andrew Owen

 

This weekend Perth travel to East Fremantle Oval for the round 20 clash against the Sharks. 

It should be an exciting day of football with the Demons looking to stay inside the top four and as usual we look forward to seeing as many people as possible wearing red and black on Saturday.

After match presentations to be held at Swan Yacht Club, Riverside Drive East Fremantle. Please join us there after the game with presentations due to commence at approximately 6.30pm.

 

Colts 9:05am

Last week Perth had the bye while East Fremantle had a narrow 6-point loss against their bitter rivals South Fremantle

The Sharks defeated the Demons by 19-points back in round five in the only encounter between the two sides this season.

With the Demons now third on the ladder and having won their last eight games, they will be looking to keep the momentum going when they take on fifth placed East Fremantle.

 

Reserves 11:35am

Last week East Fremantle had a disappointing 42-point loss against South Fremantle.

When these two teams played each other earlier in the season the Demons won by 65-points.

The Demons are two games clear on top of the ladder but should be pushed all the way by the Sharks who are in third position.

 

League 2:05pm

East Fremantle had a convincing 83-point win against South Fremantle last week.

The last time these two teams played each other the game went down to the wire.  A controversial mark to in the dying minutes of the game resulted in a goal to the Sharks that gave them a 2-point win.

A Demons win would see them stay inside the top four while a win for sixth placed East Fremantle would have them in the top four at the expense of Perth.

This match will be broadcast by 990 Information Radio with coverage starting at 2pm.

DEMONS DEMOLISH THE THUNDER

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 11:18 AM

By Mark Thornber

Round 18, Perth v Peel

At Bendigo Bank Stadium, Saturday 20 July 2013

 

Perth                           5.5       10.7      12.12    18.15    123

Peel                             2.2       4.4       6.7       7.7       49

Perth completely outplayed Peel Thunder on Saturday at Bendigo Bank Stadium to record a commanding 74 point victory.

The match was only a minute old when exciting Peel youngster Kelvin Lawrence threaded through a clever goal and then kicked booted a similar from the boundary only moments later.

After a slow start the Demons started to lift the tempo and soon brought up a goal through Leeson who snapped truly. Jackson Sketcher, who is really proving to be a versatile player in recent weeks soon kicked another as Perth hit the front.

Christian Eyres was working very hard in the middle of the ground and Julian Jacobs and Dene White were reaping the rewards. West Coast Eagle Sam Butler was rebounding well across half back in the first term and by quarter time the visitors were in front by 15 points after kicking 5 goals 5 to 2 goals 2.

The second term saw an impressive defence unit well on top especially with Jarryd Morton in complete control and looking very impressive in the key role at Centre Half Back. Brennan Stack bobbed up to kick Perth’s 6th major and this was soon followed by another to Bevan. Perth was by now playing some great team football and despite the match being a bit scrappy at times were well on top in most positions.

Close to half time White went back with great courage to pull down a strong overhead mark and with the aid of a 50 metre penalty guided through the Demon’s 10th major. After another productive quarter on the scoreboard booting 5 goals to 2 Perth took a comfortable lead of 39 points into the main break.

After half time both side’s found scoring more difficult with both backlines raking up possessions. The Thunder were being well led by former Demon Brendon Jones but lacked support with Perth able to apply some great defence pressure through Butler, Nick Kane and Matt Tedesco, who were all combining well.

Defender Michael Sinclair ran down field to kick Perth’s first goal for the term but without doubt the real highlight for the quarter came soon afterwards when Chance Bateman, who was roaming far and wide kicked a wonderful goal from the boundary line on his left foot.

Despite Peel kicking 2 late goals close to three quarter time Perth still increased their lead to 41 points at the last change after finishing with a wasteful 2 goals 5.

Perth supporters were certainly keen to see their side finish off the game well and it wasn’t long until Matthew Moody kicked his second and his side’s 13th goal. With winners now all over the ground Perth was running out the match well with Bateman and Jacobs in particular continually driving the ball forward inside Perth’s 50 metres.

Bevan really came to life in a purple patch as he kicked consecutive goals with the Demons completely dominant. Some great team play late in the last term saw the Demons sweep the ball forward from one end to another starting with Bateman and finishing with Leeson kicking a great running goal from just inside 50 metres.

The last term saw Perth finishing full of ran as they booted 6 goals to 1 including 3 goals to Bevan in the last term to run out convincing winners by 74 points.

Perth had plenty of the ball all day with Butler playing a tremendous matching picking up 31 touches and a hard running Bateman linking the play well to finish with 27 possessions. Bevan played a great Captain’s match with 5 goals up forward with Jacobs, White, Eyres and Morton all being solid four quarter contributors in a win that lifted Perth to third spot on the ladder.

Next week Perth has a bye and then plays East Fremantle in another crucial match at East Fremantle Oval.

Goals: Bevan 5, Moody, Stack, Leeson 2, McInnes, Sinclair, Sketcher, Bateman, Leyendekers, Morton, White 1.

Best: Butler, Bateman, Bevan, Eyres, Morton, Leeson.

Peel Thunder vs Perth Demons Preview

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 11:05 AM

Written By: Andrew Owen

 

This weekend Perth travels down to Mandurah to play Peel Thunder in round 18 of the 2013 AAMI WAFL Premiership Season.  It should be an exciting day of football with the Demons looking to stay inside the top four and as usual we look forward to seeing as many people as possible wearing red and black on Saturday.

 

Colts 9:05am

 

Last week Perth won their seventh game in a row when they defeated Subiaco to the tune of 48-points.  This had the Demons back inside the top four, a position which they hadn’t been in since round two this year.  Peel Thunder had the bye last week and did not play.

 

Perth has won both times these two teams have met this season, winning by five goals in round one and by 27-points in round 14.

 

With the Demons now fourth on the ladder, they will be looking for a win over the Thunder who are eighth, to continue their push towards finals in September.

 

Reserves 11:35am

 

Last week Perth recorded a 51-point victory over Subiaco to remain top of the ladder.  Peel who are at the foot of the table did not play last weekend as they had the bye.

 

The Thunder got the chocolates when these two teams met in round one, winning by 12-points but it was a different story when the two teams played each other in round 14, with the Demons winning by and emphatic 126-points.

 

Perth, who has occupied first position on the ladder for much of the season, will be looking to continue their winning ways when these two teams met for the final time this season on Saturday.

 

League 2:05pm

 

In one of the scrappiest games of the season last week, Perth kicked five of the last six goals to see off a determined Subiaco side by 26-points.

 

Perth have got the four points both times these two teams have played each other this season, with the Demons winning by 12-points in round one and by 50-points in round 14.

 

With Perth regaining fourth spot on the table last week with their victory over the Lions, they will be looking for another win when they play the eighth placed Thunder this weekend.  A loss could see East Perth overtake them on the ladder, providing the Royals can beat Swan Districts.

PERTH OUTLAST SUBIACO

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 11:22 AM

Article By Mark Thornber

Photos By Kerrie-Ann Pendal

Round 17, Perth v Subiaco

At Brownes Stadium, Saturday 13 July 2013

 

Perth                           4.3       8.9       10.15    13.19    97

Subiaco                       3.6       5.7       8.13      9.17      71

Perth recorded an important win as they overcame Subiaco to win by 26 points at Brownes Stadium on Saturday.

In fine conditions Peth started the match well with a goal in the first minute of play to key forward Fraser McInnes. The Lions soon responded though with a major through Ryan Herring.

The battle in the middle was proving pivotal with both Christian Eyres and Callam Sinclair rucking well for their respective clubs. The Demons started to slowly win some important possessions in the midfield through the creative Matthew Moody and some hard running from Chance Bateman.

Joel Leeson snapped truly to boot Perth’s second goal and this was soon followed by another to Jackson Sketcher after some great team play. At quarter time it was the home side that held a 6 point advantage after kicking 4 goals 3 to 3 goals 3.

The second term saw Eyres start to gain the ascendancy in the ruck and Brett Hodge booted a wonderful goal on the run from 50 metres to increase Perth’s lead. Both sides were getting plenty of the ball deep inside their forward line, however were wasting their opportunities with some inaccurate kicking at goal.

The Lions were certainly proving to be more than difficult opponents for the home side as the match again was levelled up at the half way mark of the quarter with a couple of running goals to Subi. It was Leeson though, who was playing a great match as the small forward that provided the spark for the Demons and he booted 2 late goals just before half time to provide Perth with a handy 20 point lead at half time.

As much as Perth fans were hoping for Perth to come out firing after the main break it was the Lions who were playing the more impressive football as they kicked 3 goals in the first 11 minutes of the term to again level the scores.

With the match all tied up and now heading to time on Perth kept peppering the goals but continued to miss crucial shots. Late in the term Callum Collard bobbed up to boot Perth’s 9th major after receiving a free kick, and when Captain Paul Bevan kicked his second after a wonderful centring kick from Moody Perth had skipped out to a lead of 14 points at three quarter time.

The first goal was always going to be crucial for either side in the last term and it was that man Moody again who this time converted a great set shot from just outside 50 metres. Perth was now finishing the game better than Subiaco as the likes of Bateman and Florio were both playing well on their centre wings.

After some hard running from Dene White and first gamer Jarryd Morton Sketcher was able to run into an open goal to give the Demons a 4 goal buffer. By now Eyres was clearly the best big man on the ground and winning his battle with Sinclair in the middle.

Subiaco was finding it difficult to spot any targets inside their forward line and when the exciting Cameron Manuel played on to boot Perth’s 13th goal the Demons had sealed an important win by 26 points.

None played better for Perth than Moody who was at his creative best when setting up the play through the midfield to gather 25 touches. Leeson certainly deserved his opportunity back in the league team and finished with 3 goals and a game high 27 possessions.

Bateman probably played his best game for the club since returning from the AFL to rack up 23 possessions and Eyres worked tirelessly all day in the ruck. Former Hawthorn player Morton showed some impressive form in his first match for Perth becoming league player 1545.

The match while not reaching any great heights saw the Demons jump back into the top four with the win and rounded out an excellent day for the club with the Colts and Reserves also recording victories to currently have all three grades in the top four.

Next week Perth travels down to Mandurah again to take on Peel Thunder.

Goals: Leeson 3, Bevan, Sketcher 2, Moody, Hodge, Manuel, Florio, McInnes, Collard 1.

Best: Moody, Leeson, Sketcher, Bateman, Morton, Eyres.

 

Perth Demons v Subiaco Lions Preview

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 3:08 PM

Written By: Andrew Owen

 

This weekend Perth Football Club welcomes the Subiaco Football Club to Brownes Stadium for Round 17 of the 2013 AAMI WAFL Premiership Season.  It should be an exciting day of football and we look forward to seeing as many Demon supporters here as possible.

 

Colts 9:00am

 

Last week Perth defeated Swan Districts by 43-points to now only sit percentage outside the top four, while Subiaco beat East Fremantle by 29-points.

 

The last time these two teams met was in was in Round 9, with the Lions winning that match by 37-points.

 

This game is sure to go down to the wire with a Perth win seeing them overtake East Fremantle who are fourth on the table and Subiaco looking to jump South Fremantle who are in second position.

 

Reserves 11:30am

 

The Reserves almost let a 33-point half time lead slip last week but were able to hold off a determined Swan Districts team to win by 3-points and claim their tenth win of the season.  Subiaco and East Fremantle couldn’t be spilt last week with both teams registering scores of 83.

 

Last time these two teams met Perth came from behind to defeat the Lions by 16-points.

 

Perth has regained their one game advantage at the top of the ladder while Subiaco are sitting in fifth position, two games outside the top four and will be looking for a win to keep their finals hopes alive.

 

League 2:05pm

 

It was a dark day for the Demons last week, comprehensively beaten by Swan Districts to the tune of 89-points and for the first time this year dropping out of the top four.

 

Subiaco were dealt a similar blow when they were thrashed by East Fremantle last Saturday to the tune of 66-points.

 

In the previous match involving these two teams, five unanswered goals to the Demons in the last quarter saw them defeat the Lions by 25-points.

 

Perth will be looking for an improved showing this week against Subiaco, with a win seeing them regain their spot inside the top four.

SWANS OVERPOWER DEMONS

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:00 AM

By Mark Thornber

Round 16, Perth v Swan Districts

At Steel Blue Oval, Saturday 6 July 2013

 

Perth                           1.4        3.6       4.7       10.7      67

Swan Districts            2.2       8.5       15.10    24.12    156

A tenacious Swan Districts completely outplayed Perth to run out easy 89 point winners at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.

In a match that had high stakes for both teams it was the home side that jumped out of the blocks early with an early goal through the dangerous Tim Geappen. Swans seemed to be far more switched on from the start of the match as Perth struggled to move the ball forward despite kicking with a strong breeze to the Bassendean end of the ground.

Perth did manage a goal half way through the term after Michael Mater snapped truly, however at quarter time the Demons trailed Swans by 4 points. The second term was much of the same as the black and whites were gaining momentum of the match around the packs with Lachie Neale and Shaun Hilderbandt completely dominant.

Again through Geappen and the lively Dayle Garlett Perth was being tested in the backline as Swans started to put plenty of scoreboard pressure on their opponents. Perth did manage a rare goal through both David Johnston and another to Brennan Stack, who both converted set shots but at half time Swans had opened up a comfortable lead of 31 points after booting 6 goals to 2 for the term.

The second half saw Swans continue their dominance in most positions despite both Mathew Tedesco and Nick Kane doing their best to repel many of Swans attacking moves. The home side was desperate to replace Perth in fourth position on the ladder and it showed with the way they attacked the ball.

With Geappen, Garlett and Murray Newman all hitting the scoreboard Swan Districts carried on their way to a lead of 63 points at three quarter time after kicking 7 goals to Perth’s 2 for the quarter.

The last term Perth was really only playing for pride and with Brett Hodge and Ali Smith working hard in the centre square they did manage consecutive goals for the first time in the match with Chance Bateman bobbing up to kick two quick goals.

The mini comeback was only short lived though as Swans with the strengthening breeze at their backs frequently pumped the ball long and deep inside their forward 50 metres. The last term produced a total of 14 goals 9 to Swans and 5 to the Demons, however at the final margin Swans had increased their margin to 89 points.

The loss was certainly a disappointing one for the club and sees them slip out of the top four for the first time this year. None played better for the Demons than Tedesco with Hodge and Moody also solid contributors.

Next week Perth returns home to Brownes Stadium in a must win match against the Lions.

Goals: Stack, Bateman 2, Mather, Johnston, Bevan, Reimers, Florio, McInnes 1.

Best: Tedesco, Hodge, Moody, Smith, Kane, Eyres.

Jacobs Reaches Fifty Games

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 12:56 PM

Written By: Andrew Owen

Photos By: Aaron Raman & Gemma Boys

 

This weekend against Swan Districts, Julian Jacobs will play his fiftieth game of League Football. 

 

Jacobs started his career in 2009 at the Subiaco Football Club, where under Lions Coach Scott Waters he played eight games of league football that season and was emergency a number of times.  “It was a tough gig, you couldn’t buy a kick at Subiaco, it was pretty tough to get a game, they didn’t hand them out.  I played eight games in my first year of league and I was also an emergency about five or six times that year as well.”

After his first year of league football, Jacobs decided to go to Kalgoorlie to finish off his university degree at the WA School of Mines and play for the Boulder Tigers in the Goldfields Football League.  He dominated the competition and ended up winning the Mitchell Medal which is awarded to the competitions best player.  Jacobs polled 41 votes on the night and was 12 votes clear of teammate Darren Bradshaw who came second.  Jacobs said it was good to play for the Tigers and with some of the stars that they had in their side.  “The Tigers were really good and I enjoyed playing football with them.  We had one player called Darren Bradshaw, who was the brother of Sydney and Brisbane forward Daniel.  Bradshaw was probably one of the best one-on-one marks that I have seen.  He also managed to kick 100 goals that season from roughly 11 games.”

 

After the season and his studies had concluded, Jacobs decided to come back to Perth, where his Mum and Dad had just moved from Esperance into a suburb called Lathlain.  This is where his journey to become a Demon started.  “I used to drive past the Perth Football Club a fair bit and then one day I decided that I would sneak down to a training session and try to have a kick and not really get noticed.  They found out I was a Subiaco player and it went from there.”

 

“I was speaking a lot with former Perth Football Manager Darren Solomon at the time and he was probably the main reason that I decided to stay and it went from there really.”

 

In his first season at the Demons, Jacobs played 15 games, laid 59 tackles and averaged 18.5 disposals a game.  At the end of season he had made a huge impression on the coaching group and ended up finishing third in the Butcher Medal.  “It was good to come away from Subiaco and make a name for myself over at a new club with new team members and everything,” said Jacobs.

 

In 2012 he managed 18 games, but it has been his form in the 2013 season that has been most impressive.  From eight games this season he has averaged almost 22 possessions and five marks a game.  Jacobs puts the form increase down to the fact that he was allowed to have a good break at the end of last season.  “I went away and worked up north and as a result I missed a lot of the preseason due to these work commitments.  It was really good just to get away and do my own thing and concentrate on work.”

 

Jacobs went away due to his job as a mining engineer.  During the season he is based in the city but in the offseason he likes to be hands on.  “During the off season I go and work four or five months on site.  I do this just to go and gain some exposure to life on site and what mining is really about instead of sitting in an office in the city.”

 

“To keep fit while I was away on work I did a little bit of triathlon and a little bit of cycling.  I also went for runs after work and just tried to do a little bit every day.”

 

Missing majority of the preseason is probably not ideal for most footballers but in Jacobs’s case it has helped him to find a nice balance between life on the field and life off it.  “It’s a hard balance but I have got a fantastic boss who is very understanding and only sends me away in the offseason over the summer which is pretty hot in the pit.”

 

Jacobs said that while it was great to have reached fifty games of WAFL, playing one hundred games was something that he would just have to take one season at a time.  “It’s a long way away yet I think, but I suppose if work lined up with football then by all means that would be fantastic.  However, it’s a fine line between work commitments and football.”

 

Swan Districts vs Perth Game Preview

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 4:51 PM

SWAN DISTRICTS VS PERTH

 (NAIDOC WEEK)

 GAME PREVIEW

Steel Blue Oval - Saturday 6 July 2013

By Andrew Owen

 

This weekend Perth travel to Steel Blue Oval to take on Swan Districts.  It should be an exciting day of football and we look forward to seeing as many Demon supporters down there as possible. With Swan Districts generously reducing the entry fee to $10, why would you be any where else?

Please note After Match Presenations will be held in the Presidents Lounge at Brownes Stadium. Bar open from 5.30pm, awards from 6.30pm.

 

Colts 9:05am

Last week Perth defeated South Fremantle by 32-points to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive, while Swan Districts went down to West Perth by 82-points.

These two teams have both beaten each other this year with Swans winning the first encounter at Steel Blue Oval by 39-points and the Demons winning at Brownes Stadium by 12-points in the return fixture.

Perth has closed the gap to now sit only one game outside the top four.  A win over Swan Districts who are ninth on the table will have them equal on points with the looser of the Subiaco and East Fremantle game.

 

Reserves 11:35am

The reserves suffered their third loss of the season last week as they went down to South Fremantle by four points, while Swan Districts were able to defeat West Perth by 11-points.

The Demons have won both encounters against Swans this year by 23-points in the first game at Steel Blue Oval and by 31-points in the return fixture at Brownes Stadium.

Perth is still first on the ladder but is now only percentage ahead of East Perth who also have nine wins this season.  Swans are fifth on the table, one game out of the top four and will be looking to pile the pressure on the Demons, to keep their season alive.

 

League 2:05pm

Perth won consecutive matches for the first time since the opening rounds of the season, when they defeated South Fremantle by 10-points last week.

Swan Districts lost a nail bitter against West Perth last week, going down by 3-points.  This was the Swans fifth loss at home this year.

Both the previous two fixtures involving these teams this season have gone down to the wire.  A late Christian Eyres goal sealed a 2-point win for the Demons in round four, while two late goals to Brett Robinson ensured the Swans won by 4-points in round 11.

Perth is currently fourth on the ladder, a game clear of Swan Districts who are fifth.  A win by the Demons would see them move up to third on the table and be two games clear of fifth position.