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Round 15 WAFLW PreviewFriday, May 27, 2022 - 11:41 AM - by Chris Pike

IT in Indigenous Round in the WAFLW competition and the third last round before the finals commence with Peel Thunder, Swan Districts, Subiaco and South Fremantle still locked in a battle over the last two spots inside the top four.

The WAFLW competition is celebrating Indigenous Round this weekend with all competing teams wearing specially designed jumpers created by First Nations People artists to mark National Reconciliation Week.

There's plenty at stake in the games as well as the race for finals positions heats up. 

While East Fremantle and Claremont are locked into the top two positions, the fight for the last two spots in the top four remains on in earnest between Peel Thunder, Swan Districts, Subiaco and South Fremantle, and that fight could go a long way to being determined across the Indigenous Round contests.

Round 15 of the 2022 WAFLW season gets underway on Saturday afternoon at Mandurah's Lane Group Stadium with reigning premiers Peel Thunder hosting Claremont.

It shapes as a fascinating match up with the Thunder in some impressive form after a big win over Swan Districts in a Grand Final rematch that consolidated themselves in third position with a 6-5 record.

They could all but lock away another finals appearance with a win on Saturday but it won't be easy against the second placed Tigers who have only lost to East Fremantle so far in 2022 and can't be budged from that second spot over the remaining three rounds.

The other two Round 15 match ups take place on Sunday afternoon with East Fremantle playing Subiaco at East Fremantle's New Choice Homes Park.

East Fremantle sits in top spot having so far gone through the season undefeated after 11 games but they still haven't quite locked away the minor premiership with a similar percentage to Claremont and just a two game gap with the three rounds remaining.

The Sharks would go a long way to locking in top spot with a win on Sunday but they come up against a Lions team in their best patch of form of the season to put them right back in the finals mix.

Subiaco now sits in fifth place with a 5-6 record to be only 0.67 per cent behind the fourth placed Swan Districts with a game in hand. The Lions could end the round in fourth spot if they are able to hand East Fremantle its first loss of the season on Sunday.

The last game of the round then takes place at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval with Swan Districts hosting South Fremantle.

Swans are only just clinging to fourth position on the WAFLW ladder with a 5-7 record and with a bye still to come so they can't afford a slip up against the Bulldogs on Sunday if they want to be part of finals action again.

However, the only chance for the Bulldogs to still be a chance to play finals for the first time in 2022 is to win their last three matches which will start at Bassendean against Swan Districts.



Meanwhile the two matches for Round 15 in the WAFLW Reserves competition sees Peel Thunder play Claremont at Lane Group Stadium on Saturday. Then on Sunday, East Fremantle faces Subiaco at Shark Park.

There are four matches in Round 15 of the Youth Girls Rogers Cup this weekend starting on Saturday with East Perth playing West Perth at Leederville Oval and Peel Thunder taking on Claremont at Mandurah's Lane Group Stadium.

Then on Sunday, East Fremantle faces Subiaco at New Choice Homes Park and Swan Districts is at home to South Fremantle at Steel Blue Oval.