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PREVIEW: Round 11 v Swan Districts

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:00 AM by Daniel Arangio
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The Demons play host to traditional rival Swan Districts this Saturday afternoon when the two sides meet at Lathlain Park.

It's set to be just as big a day off the field as it will be on it, with the day dedicated to major charity partner Ronald McDonald House Perth (RMH Perth) as well as the annual District Parade Day taking place.

RMH Perth will be selling $2.50 sausage sizzles straight off the barbecue near the Bar on the Hill, with 100% of proceeds going straight to the house. Players and volunteers will also be shaking tins so be generous when they come by, and part proceeds from gate sales will be donated to RMH Perth.

Both sides enter Saturday's clash off last weekend's state game bye and will be looking to start the second half of 2017 on a winning note.

TALKING POINTS

1. Demons set to welcome back a host of key players
Although it's been a devastating couple of weeks on the injury front, it's not all doom and gloom. Brant Colledge and Brent Latch are almost certain to return this week after nursing a hamstring and broken thumb respectively. Brent Edmonds (shoulder) will undergo a fitness test on Thursday night which will determine whether he'll return this week or next. Lennon Marlin and Dan Horan are also set to return from injury this week.     

2. Swans ripe for the picking
Coming off a double bye, our opponents wouldn't have played for 21 days straight come Saturday afternoon. Prior to that, they have lost three of their last four matches after a strong start to 2017 winning their first four.

3. Who fills the key forward void?
With Sam Garstone ruled out for the remainder of 2017 and Spencer White still a week or two away from returning, the challenge is in front of young forwards Nelson Ansey and Marshall Jones. The pair are only 21 and 19 years of age respectively and will be forced to step up beyond their years on Saturday against an experienced Swans defence.   

4. Development boys knocking the door down
Coming off a best afield effort in the Development side's 71-point win over Peel Thunder, inside midfielder Taran Etto continues to respond to being left out of the league side. Leading goalkicker in the Development competition, Callum Papertalk is another potential inclusion this week after continuing to impress at Development level.

5. Last five meetings
Round 1, 2017 at Steel Blue Oval | Swan Districts 12.11 (83) defeated Perth 11.5 (71)
Round 22, 2016 at Steel Blue Oval | Perth 15.10 (100) defeated Swans 7.8 (50)
Round 12, 2016 at Steel Blue Oval | Perth 11.20.86 defeated Swans 4.8 (32)
Round 8, 2016 at Lathlain Park | Perth 14.11 (95) defeated Swans 8.6 (54)
Round 13, 2015 at Lathlain Park | Swan Districts 12.10 (82) defeated Perth 7.9 (51)

League bounce down is at 2.15pm, with Development commencing at 11.30am and Colts 9am.


MATCH DAY INFORMATION
Weather: 12-22°C | Partly cloudy, medium chance of showers
Membership Stall: Visit the Demons membership stall outside the Goddard Street entry. Purchase your 5-game Supporters or 2-game Social membership for a big second half of season 2017
RMH Perth Sausage Sizzle: Get yourself a sausage sizzle for $2.50 with all proceeds going directly to Ronald McDonald House Perth
Broadcast: Listen to the game on KIX Digital 

3 Licensed Bars: Bar on the Hill, Demon Den and Redlegs Bar. All open from 12 midday 
Kids Zone: Jumpy castle, free face painting, ice-cream van
Half Time Bin Kicking Competition: Five randomly selected spectators will get the chance to kick a footy into a bin at half time and WIN $1500!
Bike Raffle: All kids under 16 go into the draw to win a free bike when they enter the ground. Winner announced at half time
Kick-to-Kick: Bring your footy and have a kick on the new oval at the breaks
Merchandise: Get your red and black merchandise from the team store (located next to canteen, near Goddard St entry) or reception. Alternatively, treat yourself with something from our online team store 
Food: Canteen open from 9am thanks to Modern Catering. Chicken parmiganas with chips and salad available for dinner at post match presentations
Post Match Presentations: All are welcome upstairs in the Main Hall straight after the league game for a drink, dinner and post match presentations. Karaoke from 7pm
Tickets: Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Under 16s free. Alternatively, become a Perth Football Club member 
Parking: Available at the old bowling club site (corner of Bishopsgate St & Roberts Rd), surrounds of Rayment Park and on streets surrounding Lathlain Park. See map below for parking and entrance gates
Public Transport: Victoria Park Station is located 400m from Lathlain Park and there are numerous nearby bus stops. Plan your Transperth journey here.