THE WAFL Women's competition remains a genuine race between four teams in its inaugural season after Subiaco beat Swan Districts in a one-point thriller on Saturday and then East Fremantle rose to second spot beating Peel Thunder.
Round 11 in the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season began on Saturday afternoon with Swan Districts and Subiaco doing battle for the second time in three weeks.
Back in that last meeting, Swans scored the upset over the Lions at Steel Blue Oval but this time around at Leederville Oval, it was Subiaco who hit back but only by the narrowest of margins with the 6.6 (42) to 6.5 (41) victory.
The second game of Round 11 then took place on Sunday afternoon and that saw East Fremantle rise to second position on the ladder with a 10.14 (74) to 1.3 (9) victory over Peel Thunder at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park.
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The Round 11 results leave Subiaco on top of the WAFLW ladder with a 7-2 record as they sit two games clear of East Fremantle who improved to 5-4 with their big victory on Sunday.
Claremont (5-3) remains in third position despite the bye in Round 11 to sit ahead of Swan Districts (4-5) and Peel Thunder (1-8).
Round 12 in the WAFLW sees Swan Districts take on Claremont on Saturday at Steel Blue Oval while Subiaco plays East Fremantle at Leederville Oval on Sunday.
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SUBIACO 6.6 (42) defeated SWAN DISTRICTS 6.5 (41)
Swan Districts dominated the second half in Saturday's WAFL Women's contest at Leederville Oval but fell agonisingly short of a second consecutive win against the league-leading Subiaco.
Swan Districts did defeat Subiaco three weeks ago in their last appearance in the 2019 Optus WAFLW Premiership Season with Swans having the bye in Round 10 and then with the general break for the State Game against Queensland.
Subiaco had bounced back from that loss to Swan Districts prior to the State Game with a big win over Peel Thunder, but Swans were still trying to back up the performance only this time doing so at Leederville Oval.
The two teams had two scoring shots apiece in the opening quarter but Subiaco took their chances better with two goals to one.
The Lions then kicked away in the second term holding Swans to just the one behind while kicking three goals themselves to be in control at the major break leading by 24 points.
But Swans weren’t going to lie down without a fight back and kicked two goals to one in the third quarter to close the gap to 21 points at three quarter-time.
It was then all the black-and-whites in the fourth term as Swan Districts kicked three goals to one behind from Subiaco but the Lions just hung on for the nail-biting 6.6 (42) to 6.5 (41) victory.
McKenzie Dowrick and Beatrice Devlyn finished up kicking two goals apiece for Subiaco.
Tarnica Golisano played a terrific game in the win for the Lions with Rebecca Viney, Hayley Miller and Dana Hooker other strong contributors.
Ashley Sharp, Kellie Gibson and Mikayla Hyde all kicked two goals each for Swan Districts.
Shanae Davison, Mikayla Bowen, Mim Strom, Bianca Webb and Stephanie Cain were all among the better players as well for Swans.
EAST FREMANTLE 10.14 (74) defeated PEEL THUNDER 1.3 (9)
East Fremantle rose to second position the WAFLW ladder thanks to a 65-point victory over Peel Thunder at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park on Sunday afternoon.
Prior to the State Game break last weekend, East Fremantle was coming off a two-point loss at the hands of Claremont and Peel Thunder had lost to Subiaco meaning both teams came into Sunday's clash looking to return to the winners list.
It was East Fremantle who proved too strong on their home turf with the Sharks having four shots to two in the first quarter and kicking two goals to one to lead Peel by seven points at quarter-time.
East Fremantle's dominance then took full force in the second quarter with the Sharks holding the Thunder scoreless while kicking four goals themselves to head into the half-time interval leading by 36 points.
The Sharks then again held the Thunder to just a behind in the third quarter while they kicked another two goals themselves. It was a similar story in the last quarter with East Fremantle kicking two goals to one behind which saw the Sharks finish up winning 10.14 (74) to 1.3 (9).
The result improves East Fremantle to a second position on the WAFLW ladder with a 5-4 record and the second best percentage in the competition, only narrowly behind the league-leading Subiaco.
Peel is anchored to the bottom of the WAFLW competition with just the one win now from nine matches.
Roxanne Roux kicked three goals for East Fremantle and Stephanie Sparke two while Katrina Tinson, Karly Tapner, Gabby O'Sullivan, Larissa Versaci and Lily Bird added one apiece.
Ashton Hill, Tinson, Ashlee Atkins, O'Sullivan, Taryn Priestly and Roux were all terrific for the Sharks.
Peel's lone goal for the afternoon on Sunday came courtesy of Bailey Molloy.
Abby Barnden, Lauren Quaife, Katie Jayne Greive, Ebony Dowson and Shantae Freeman were among the better contributors for the Thunder