SWAN Districts has confirmed its place as the team to beat this Optus WAFLW Premiership Season after remaining undefeated after a Round 6 win over Claremont with Subiaco and Peel Thunder also victorious.
Swan Districts and Claremont had met back in the opening round of the 2021 WAFLW season with Swans winning a tight affair, and in the five weeks since both teams had gone about their winning ways.
That set up a tantalising match up on Saturday at Steel Blue Oval as they fought over top spot and put their winning streaks on the line.
In the end, it was Swan Districts who proved too strong winning 7.4 (46) to 2.1 (13) to see the black-and-whites remain undefeated now during the 2021 season and to be two games clear on top of the ladder.
Any hopes South Fremantle had of recording its first ever WAFLW were washed away at Leederville Oval on Saturday evening with Subiaco proving too strong and coming away victorious 7.4 (46) to 2.1 (13).
The final game of Round 6 took place on Sunday afternoon with the first two premiers in the WAFLW locking horns, and it was Peel Thunder prevailing 9.5 (59) to 2.7 (19) against East Fremantle at New Choice Homes Park.
The Round 6 results leave Swan Districts clear on top of the WAFLW ladder with a perfect 6-0 record.
Peel Thunder (4-2) has improved to second position percentage ahead of Claremont (4-2) while East Fremantle (2-4) rounds out the top four.
But they are just percentage ahead now of Subiaco (2-4) with South Fremantle (0-6) bringing up the rear.
Meanwhile, in the WAFLW Reserves Round 6 action, Peel Thunder defeated Claremont 5.2 (32) to 2.5 (17) at Revo Fitness Stadium.
South Fremantle also defeated West Perth 3.5 (23) to 2.3 (15) at Fremantle Community Bank Oval while East Fremantle downed Subiaco 8.9 (57) to 0.2 (2) at New Choice Homes Park.
And in Round 6 of the Youth Girls Rogers Cup competition, Swan Districts began things on Saturday with an 11.4 (70) to 1.3 (9) at Steel Blue Oval.
Then on Sunday, Peel Thunder won a thriller against Claremont 4.5 (29) to 4.4 (28) with West Perth defeating South Fremantle 5.8 (38) to 2.0 (12) and East Fremantle prevailed 10.6 (66) to 2.3 (15) against Subiaco.
OPTUS WAFLW PREMIERSHIP SEASON – ROUND 6
SWAN DISTRICTS 7.4 (46) defeated CLAREMONT 2.1 (13)
Swan Districts and Claremont have been the standout teams so far this season setting the stage for a tantalising match up at Steel Blue Oval to open Round 6 of the Optus WAFLW season on Saturday.
The two teams met back in Round 1 of the WAFLW season also at the Bassendean venue with Swans winning that clash over the Tigers by six points in a game that did only feature three goals scored in total.
Since that game, Swans has gone on to remain undefeated by recording four more victories against each of the other WAFLW while the Tigers did the same to mean they were on their own four-game winning streak heading into Saturday's encounter.
With one team having won all five matches in 2021 and the other their last four, there was plenty on the line at Steel Blue Oval and little had been decided in the opening quarter.
Both Swans and the Tigers kicked two goals apiece in the first term with scores all tied at quarter-time.
There was just the one scoring shot apiece for either team in the second quarter. From those, Swan Districts kicked a goal and Claremont a behind to see Swans take a five-point advantage into the half-time interval.
Swan Districts then dominated the second half beginning by kicking the only two goals of the third quarter.
Swans also kicked the only two goals of the fourth quarter to mean the black-and-whites scored four goals in the second half while holding Claremont scoreless to end up victorious, 7.4 (46) to 2.1 (13).
Taylah Edwards kicked two goals for Swan Districts with one each to Hayley Cole, Aimee Ralph, Mikayla Morrison, Chanel Jetta and Hope Ugle-Hayward.
Mikayla Hyde, Lauren Osborne, Emily McGuire, Jessica Cox and Aimee Ralph were all outstanding for Swans.
Claremont's goals came courtesy of Ella Smith and Brooke Whyte.
Best performers on the day for the Tigers included Katherine Bennett, Rachel Ortlepp, Jessica Low, Adele Arnup and Amber Goodwin-Wissink.
SUBIACO 11.12 (78) defeated SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.0 (6)
Subiaco and South Fremantle found themselves desperate for a win when they did battle on Saturday evening at Leederville Oval.
The two teams had locked horns back in the opening round of the season at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in what turned out to be a thriller.
Subiaco built up a handy lead over the opening three quarters, but South Fremantle produced the best fourth quarter in its history in the WAFLW competition to give themselves a genuine chance.
The Lions were able to just hold on for the three-point win, but it's been tough going over the last month for both teams since.
Subiaco has lost its four games in the WAFLW since that Round 1 win against Peel Thunder, East Fremantle, Claremont and Swan Districts meaning the Lions were desperate to bounce back with a second win of the season on Saturday night.
After finishing as minor premiers in each of the past two WAFLW seasons and ultimately reaching a preliminary final and Grand Final, this was crucial for Subiaco to stay in the finals race for 2021.
But it did also loom as a genuine chance for South Fremantle to notch its first ever win in the WAFLW competition on the back of losing to Swan Districts, Claremont, Peel Thunder and East Fremantle since that opening round defeat to Subiaco.
The game got underway on Saturday evening at Leederville Oval with Subiaco dominating the opening quarter with seven scoring shots to zero. That turned into three goals and the Lions were 22 points up at quarter-time.
The Lions maintained their control in the second quarter again holding the Bulldogs scoreless while adding another two goals themselves before opening up a 36-point half-time advantage.
Subiaco asserted its control even further in the third term. Not only did the Lions continue to hold the Bulldogs scoreless, but they also kicked another four goals themselves to lead by 63 points at three quarter-time.
South Fremantle did get on the board in the final quarter with a goal but Subiaco kicked two more goals to end up winning 11.12 (78) to 1.0 (6).
Kia Buckley kicked three goals for Subiaco as did Tarnee Tester while Amy Hunt and Kate Pocsidio kicked two goals apiece, and Abbey Dowrick one.
Some of Subiaco's best performers on the day included Kia Buckley, Abbey Dowrick, Tarnee Tester, Ellie Blackmore and Jessica Ritchie.
South Fremantle's lone goal in the last quarter came courtesy of Hunter Cronin.
Best players on the evening for the Bulldogs included Kiara Templeman, Ebony Clarkson, Casey Byrne, Tahlia Holtze and Liusaidh Gilchrist.
EAST FREMANTLE 2.7 (19) lost to PEEL THUNDER 9.5 (59)
East Fremantle and Peel Thunder are the only two teams to win premierships in the WAFLW competition so it's always going to have that extra bit of intrigue when they do battle.
East Fremantle won the first ever WAFLW premiership in 2019 and then reached the preliminary final again in 2020 before losing to Peel Thunder.
Peel was then able to back it up to beat Subiaco the next week to claim the premiership, and then the Thunder did beat the Sharks back in Round 1 in Mandurah to open the 2021 WAFLW season.
The two teams met at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park on Sunday looking to consolidate third position on the WAFLW ladder, and it was a tight opening with a goal apiece in the first quarter with the Sharks leading by a point at quarter-time.
Peel then began to take over in the second quarter holding East Fremantle to just the one behind while kicking two goals themselves to lead by 11 points at half-time.
The Thunder pulled away further in the third stanza by kicking three goals and only allowing the Sharks the three behinds to see their lead grow to 27 points.
It was three more goals from the Thunder to one from the Sharks in the last quarter as Peel went on to score the 9.5 (59) to 2.7 (19) victory.
Kira Phillips is building into this season nicely now for Peel with the spearhead kicking three goals for Peel in the big win while Kate Bartlett and Bailey Molloy booted two apiece. Katie Jayne Greive and Ebonee Hardie kicked a goal each too.
The standout performers for the Thunder included Ebony Bilcich, Greta McKinley, Abby Barnden, Bailey Molloy and Skipper Van Peer.
East Fremantle's goals came courtesy of Kahra Sprylan and Stephanie Dalton.
The Sharks best in the loss included Madeline Ross, Larissa Versaci, Kahra Sprylan, Nadya Browne and Ashleigh Gomes.