The race towards the finals is heating up and Sunday the 7th of July will see Steel Blue Oval host two top of the table clashes when Swan Districts take on the Coastal Titans in both the League and Reserves divisions.
The Reserves will bounce down at 12pm and League to follow at 2pm.
The games promise to be of the highest quality with both the Swans and Titans teams littered with state players, All-Australians and a staggering 7 players recently returning from the Women’s AFL match played at the MCG on Saturday the 29th of June.
It has been an interrupted few weeks for both clubs as many players made the trip to Cairns for the AFL Women's National Championships and most recently to Melbourne to play in the first even Women’s AFL Match representing Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.
Swan Districts Reserves Coach, Mandy McSherry was impressed with the Swans players and their season this year.
“What we’ve found this year is with the amount of depth we’ve got. To have the senior and state players in the team and competing, it really lifts the other players”.
Coastal Titans Reserves Head Coach, Matt Lake was in a similar position in regards to the Coastal Titans.
“Their professionalism and their fitness really show they work hard, and their intensity sets the bench mark for the other players.”
The Coastal Titans and Swan Districts have had a strong rivalry for many seasons, which is reflected in their past results.
When the League teams last met in round 4 of the 2013 season, the Titans came out on top by just 11 points but McSherry thinks this game will be different.
“The last time we played we had a few players out and we really missed those guys in the team. We’ve got them back for this week and we’re looking forward to being really competitive against the Titans.”
When asked what the coaches were most looking forward to about the top of the table clash, both explained they were looking forward to a competitive game, with Titans Assistant Coach acknowledging the impressive season both teams have had.
“Both clubs have been the real standouts of the competition this year.Every time we play Swan Districts it’s always a good hard physical game.”
“We both know whoever wins the League match should finish top of the ladder. This weekend is really about playing our biggest opposition.”
With only a few rounds to go before the finals begin a win now for either team would be a huge mental advantage.
Also preparing for a tough game on Sunday, will be the two teams undefeated teams in the Youth Girls Competition; South Fremantleand Peel Thunderbirds will battle it out at Anning Park from 10:30am to decide the top spot.
Both teams have played impressive football over the last six rounds and will be desperate for a win coming into the second half of the season.
Currently in its first year, the Youth Girls competition is a vitally important step forward for female footy, providing a previously absent pathway between Auskick and the Senior WAWFL competition.
The Youth Girls gives us a glimpse into the future of Female Football in WA and promises to be a breeding ground for the talent of tomorrow.
This weekend will showcasesome of the talent WA has to offer so make sure you head down to Steel Blue Oval or Anning Park on Sunday the 7th of July.
For information on fixtures, results or to find your nearest Female Football club visit: www.wafootball.com.au