WE are ready for Round 4 in the Optus WAFLW Premiership Season and we have three more enticing games to look forward with Swan Districts trying to stay undefeated, South Fremantle looking for a first win and the rest of the teams jockeying for momentum.
It's already been a first three rounds of the 2021 WAFLW season full of exciting action and fascinating results, and Round 4 appears to be heading in the same direction this weekend.
We've got a Subiaco team trying to stop a two-game losing streak, Claremont trying to make it three straight, reigning premiers Peel Thunder attempting to bouncing, South Fremantle looking for a historic first win and then a 2019 Grand Final rematch to wrap it all up.
The Round 4 match ups in the WAFLW competition begin on Saturday evening at Leederville Oval with Subiaco doing battle with Claremont. The game is set to bouncedown from 6pm.
The other two games of the round take place on Sunday afternoon starting with Peel Thunder hosting South Fremantle at Mandurah's David Grays Arena from 2pm.
The round will then conclude with the Match of the Round to be livestreamed thanks to Front Row Screens which sees East Fremantle take on Swan Districts from East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park from 2.10pm.
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Round 4 gets underway with what should be a tremendous battle between Subiaco and Claremont at Leederville Oval on Saturday night.
Subiaco has been the benchmark team of the first two seasons of the WAFLW competition despite not having a premiership to show for it, but it's been a rough start to the 2021 season for the Lions.
They did beat South Fremantle back in Round 1 but only by three points before going on to lose to Peel Thunder in a Grand Final rematch by 44 points and then last week to East Fremantle by 44 points as well on an afternoon where they scored just the one behind.
Claremont, meanwhile, started off in Round 1 with a tight loss to Swan Districts before a narrow win against East Fremantle.
The Tigers only kicked three goals and conceded three goals across those first two rounds, but they broke free last Sunday to beat South Fremantle by 51 points in a strong performance.
Now with Subiaco looking to find some form and avoid a third straight defeat and with Claremont aiming for a third win in-a-row, there's plenty at stake for both teams when they clash at Leederville Oval on Saturday night.
Round 4 in the WAFLW competition then continues on Sunday with the premiers of last year hosting the wooden spooners at Mandurah's David Grays Arena when Peel Thunder takes on South Fremantle.
Peel pulled off the remarkable fairytale to win last year's premiership and then began this 2021 season in fine form with a 32-point victory at home against East Fremantle and then hitting the road to beat Subiaco by 44 points in a Grand Final rematch.
That undefeated streak came to an end, though, last Saturday evening on their home turf against Swan Districts with Peel going down to the tune of 28 points.
South Fremantle, meanwhile, was a late arrival into the WAFLW competition last year but the Bulldogs put in a spirited Round 1 performance this year to fall just three points shy against Subiaco of what would have been their first ever victory.
South Fremantle hasn’t quite been able to get as close since with 53-point loss to Swan Districts in Round 2 and then a 51-point defeat at the hands of Claremont last Sunday.
Now South Fremantle remains on the road on Sunday for the trip to Mandurah as they try and win their first ever game in the WAFLW competition but it's a big ask against the reigning premiers now determined to bounce back from their first defeat of 2021.
The final game of Round 4 in the WAFLW season then takes place at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park with the Sharks hosting Swans.
The two teams met in the first ever WAFLW Grand Final back in 2019 with East Fremantle prevailing, but it is Swan Districts who is shaping as the team to beat early doors in 2021.
Swans are the last remaining undefeated team this season starting off with a six-point win against Claremont at Steel Blue Oval before then beating South Fremantle in Round 2 by 53 points and then knocking off Peel Thunder by 28 points last Saturday night in Mandurah.
East Fremantle started off the 2021 season with a loss in Mandurah Peel and then went down again to Claremont the next week while kicking just the one goal, but they showed good signs last week at home to beat Subiaco by 44 points and holding them to one behind.
There's plenty of players on either side still from that Grand Final clash of 2019, they had some memorable battles again in 2020 and East Fremantle's battle with Swan Districts on Sunday shapes as another beauty in the WAFLW competition.
OPTUS WAFLW PREMIERSHIP SEASON - ROUND 4
SUBIACO (1-2, 5th) v CLAREMONT (2-1, 2nd) – LEEDERVILLE OVAL, SATURDAY 6.00PM
PEEL THUNDER (2-1, 3rd) v SOUTH FREMANTLE (0-3, 6th) – DAVID GRAYS ARENA, SUNDAY 2.00PM
EAST FREMANTLE (1-2, 4th) v SWAN DISTRICTS (3-0, 1st) – NEW CHOICE HOMES PARK, SUNDAY 2.10PM
Livestream from Front Row Screens