A six-goal haul from key forward Tim Geappen fired Swan Districts to a hard-fought 11-point win over East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval today.
Forced to stand up in the absence of Ash Hansen this year, Geappen got his campaign off to a superb start as the focal point in attack.
Geappen hit a purple patch in the second and third quarters and proved the difference between the two teams despite being marked by West Coast defender Jacob Brennan for much of the contest.
Dockers youngster Lachie Neale, former Perth midfielder Aaron Elari and wingman Shaun Hildebrandt were all prominent for Swans, who finished 13.15 (93) to 12.10 (82) winners.
All three meetings between the two sides last season resulted in victories for the away side and the trend continued.
East Fremantle suffered a major blow in the first term when big man Rob Young went down with a knee injury, which left youngster Cameron Symonds and debutant Fraser MacDougall to battle Wes Lammie in the ruck.
Lammie was influential with 20 possessions and 40 hit-outs.
East Fremantle started well and led by 15 points at quarter-time, hurting Swans on the break with quick transferal of play.
Swans hit back early in the second quarter, kicking the opening three goals of the term inside four minutes of the restart, and tempers flared when Jacob Brennan and Matt Riggio clashed before half-time.Riggio suffered a suspected fractured eye socket and bleeding in his eye and was taken to hospital at half-time.
Swans were down two men by that stage, with Ryan Davis (ankle) also sidelined.
Swans dominated the third quarter but failed to make their opponents pay the full price on the scoreboard.
They managed just two goals for the quarter and held a 13-point lead at the final change.
East Fremantle kicked the first three majors of the final term to take the lead, but Swans returned fire and looked almost home when West Coast’s Murray Newman kicked his fourth to give the visitors a two-goal lead at the 18-minute mark.
They were made to survive some nervous moments, but debutant Charlie Cameron’s calm set shot from long range gave them breathing space heading into time on.
Enigmatic Fremantle draftee Max Duffy was lively around goal for East Fremantle and finished with three majors, as did former Dockers and St Kilda wingman Brett Peake.
Swans were awarded the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA Kerry Coates-Joyce Allen perpetual trophy.
The second annual perpetual trophy match was part of the clubs’ joint Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day, held in honour of East Fremantle’s renowned premiership player and coach, Kerry Coates, and Swan Districts’ life member Joyce Allen.Fremantle draftee Josh Simpson (18 possesions) and his rookie-listed teammate Alex Howson (four goals) performed well in the Sharks’ comfortable 72-point win in the reserves.
|GOALS - SWAN DISTRICTS: Geappen 6; Newman 4; Hildebrandt 2; Cameron. EAST FREMANTLE: Duffy, Peake 3; B O'Brien 2; Perham, Boyle, MacDougall, Symonds.|
BEST - SWAN DISTRICTS: Hildebrandt, Geappen, Roach, Neale, Jetta, Twomey. EAST FREMANTLE: Duffy, Brown, Howlett, Dalziell, R O'Brien, B O'Brien.
INJURIES - SWAN DISTRICTS: Davis (ankle), Riggio (eye). EAST FREMANTLE: Young (knee).
UMPIRES: J Orr, L Farmer, R McCaw.
CROWD: 2000 (approx) at East Fremantle Oval.
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