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Round 3 Preview – Subiaco v Swan DistrictsSaturday, April 14, 2018 - 6:36 AM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO and Swan Districts are the last remaining undefeated teams left in the 2018 WAFL season as they prepare to lock horns at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

The Lions and Swans have both won their opening two matches of the season and put those winning records on the line when they do battle on Saturday in the early season top-of-the-table contest.

Subiaco has reached the past four WAFL Grand Finals, for two premierships, and is showing no signs of not being a serious contender again in 2018 following a 118-point thumping of East Perth and then 58-point victory against South Fremantle.

Swan Districts, meanwhile, overran Perth with a dominant second half to win by 45 points in Round 1 at Lathlain Park before kicking the last two goals of the game last Saturday at Steel Blue Oval to beat reigning premiers Peel Thunder by 14 points.

Now there will be one undefeated team left and sitting clear on top of the WAFL ladder following Saturday's intriguing contest at Leederville Oval.

Given Subiaco has won three straight minor premierships and played in the previous four WAFL Grand Finals, it's no surprise that the Lions have had the wood over Swans in recent times.

Subiaco has won five straight games against Swan Districts by an average of 48 points with the last win for Swans over the Lions coming by a solitary point in a heartstopper at Steel Blue Oval in Round 20, 2015.

Subiaco still went on to win the premiership that year despite the late season loss to Swan Districts.

Meanwhile, Swans last win over Subiaco at Leederville Oval was Round 7, 2014 when the black-and-whites beat the Lions by 43 points. Again Subiaco still went on to win the premiership that year though.

There will be fascinating battles all over the field including the ruck as Swans pair Nathan Blakely and Corey Gault take on Subiaco's Zac Clarke and Lachlan Delahunty.

Swan Districts' team looks to be strengthened too coming into the clash with Subiaco with the returns of Rhys Palmer and David Ellard.

Palmer delivered a stunning best on ground performance in Round 1 against Perth with 31 possessions, 19 clearances and three goals before a sore ankle kept him out last week against Peel.

But he will return to play the Lions on Saturday as will co-captain Ellard for his first appearance so far in 2018.

Taryce Stewart could also return after a good performance in the reserves last week against the Thunder with Brad Fullgrabe also in the selection mix.

At this stage, only Brayden Noble is out of the Swan Districts side that beat Peel at Bassendean last Saturday by 14 points.

Pressure is certainly hot for spots at Subiaco early in the new season too even with Clancy Wheeler, Adam Cockie and Corey Adamson still yet to appear in 2018.

Despite the dominant wins against East Perth and South Fremantle by a combined 176 points, Subiaco has still blooded some debutants to start the season but two of those, Ryan Borchet and Ethan Burnett, lose their place in the side to take on Swan Districts this Saturday.

Michael Braut, Mckenzie Lawrence, Max Walters, Greg Clark and Daniel Perkins all come back into Subiaco's squad for the battle with Swans at Leederville Oval with top spot on the WAFL ladder after three rounds on the line.

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