Subiaco's Demons Haunt Them
- Saturday, 09 June 2012
Subiaco have lowered their colours in a disappointing display against Perth going down by 70-points at Medibank Stadium.
Perth dominated the contest from start to finish to win 20.14 (134) to 9.10 (64).
The Demons scored six goals in the opening 18 minutes and kicked seven goals to three in the opening term.
Their 25-point quarter time lead extended by a three-goal second quarter in which they kept the Lions goalless.
A Clancy Wheeler goal to start the second half gave the Lions hope but Perth responded with the next five to take the sting out of the contest.
The fourth quarter all but even as both sides kicked three goals.
Fremantle Docker Nick Lower finished up with 32 possessions and three goals while Alistair Smith had 36 touches and Aaron Elari 34.
West Coast Eagles rookie Fraser McInnes booted two goals.
Rob Forrest gathered the most touches of any Subiaco player on the ground with 26, Clancy Wheeler finished with 23 and seven hit outs while dividing his time between half-forward and in the ruck.
Skipper Aidan Parker also had 23 possessions.
Perth won every quarter over the afternoon.
Despite winning the hitouts 37 to 22 Subiaco failed to capitilise and lost the clearances.
Subiaco will look to bounce back against the team who they recorded their last win against, East Fremantle, when they face them in round 13.
QUARTER BY QUARTER
Perth made all of the early running in the first quarter and kicked six goals in the opening 18 minutes. Goals to Blake Broadhurst and Des Headland in time on saved some respectability for the Lions on the scoreboard but Perth kicked a late goal to take a 25-point lead into the first break.
Neither side controlled the running in the second quarter but Perth kicked the first goal at the 15-minute mark and when they added another two they had opened up a sizeable 46-point lead. Subiaco kept goalless for the entire quarter, only managing four minor scores.
Subiaco had hope when Clancy Wheeler kicked the first goal of the third quarter but Perth responded with the next five. Des Headland’s time on goal was just Subiaco’s fifth major of the afternoon. Nick Lower kicked his second for the quarter. Rhys Water’s late goal did little more than to save face.
The Lions set about giving the scoreboard some respectability in the final term as both sides managed three majors in the final term as both played for the final siren.
Stats that matter:
Subiaco lost every quarter across the afternoon. The Lions lost the first quarter seven goals to three, were kept scoreless in the second period as Perth booted three majors. The third quarter was another seven goal to three period before an improved effort from the Lions saw them only lose the final period by two points once the game was over.
Clancy Wheeler was a lone ranger for Subiaco. His effort and intensity was only matched by Rob Forrest and skipper Aidan Parker. Wheeler finished up with 23 possessions, seven hitouts and five marks.
GOALS – PERTH: Lower, Noakes, Donovan 3; McInnes 2; Moody, Fraser, Tedesco, Leeson, Young, Davis, Stack, Ashley Smith, Rogers. SUBIACO:Headland, Waters, Broadhurst 2; Sinclair, Wheeler, Kerr.
BEST – PERTH: Lower, Alistair Smith, Davis, Spaanderman, Elari, Young, Donovan, T Noakes. SUBIACO: Kerr, Wheeler, Bloxsidge, Waters, Leishman.
In the reserves, a second half fade-out has seen the Lions go down to Perth by 86 points.
Subiaco led by three-goals at the first break, trailed by just eight points at the half and were within a kick up until midway through the third quarter before the Demons blew the game wide open.
The Lions only scoring 1.1 in the second half and kept completely scoreless in the final period.
Perth more than doubling Subiaco's scoring shots 32 to 13.
League players Chris Phelan and Scott Worthington staked their claims for a return to the top side, amongst the best performers with 16 and 15 possessions respectively.
First year league player Myles Smythe gathered the most touches of any Lion with 22 which included 18 kicks and four handballs.
Colts system graduate Luke Symonds (17 possessions) and the injury-prone Michael Genovese (15) held up the back line. Genovese spending some time in the midfield as well.
Trinity college graduate and former Perth league key defender turned forward Aarron Zucconi booted three goals while Michael Edwards kicked five.