Lions lose in nail-biter
- Saturday, 21 July 2012
The Subiaco Colts have gone down in another nail-biter, falling at the last hurdle to lose by four against South Fremantle.
A six goal last term saw the Lions creep up on the league leading Bulldogs, but failed to hit the final blow sinking to a 11.6 72 to 11.10 76 loss.
The highlight of the game came from a season best performance by midfielder Dylan Clarke who gathered 25 disposals, 10 marks and 6 goals to lift his side against a formidable South Fremantle who have one of the most talented squads in the league.
Clarke wasn’t alone though, with honourable performances from Dom Sheed, Matt Turner, Charles Le Fanu, Andrew Vawser and Kyle Halligan seeing the young Lions match it with some of the best on-ballers in Western Australia.
The Kal City product keeps impressing this season with arguably his best performance of the year. South Fremantle probably didn’t expect the pocket dynamo to have such an impact, but chances are they will give Clarke a little more attention next time the two sides meet. An outstanding six goals from a midfield role is unheard of, along with six inside 50’s and 10 marks propels Clarke amongst the elite.
Always a pleasure to have in the side, Sheed continues his Colts form after returning from State duties with 24 disposals and seven inside 50’s. His quality of disposals is probably why the Lions had only 25 disposals per goal today, five lower than South Fremantle.
Somers and his fledgling backline effectively negated the most prolific scoring unit in Colts football, reducing South Fremantle to one of their lowest tallies of the year. 15 disposals and seven marks were recorded next to Somers name as he bravely rebounded numerous South Fremantle approaches. Was a key figure in the Lions last quarter comeback, which saw South Fremantle only covert one major.
Today was another prime example of why you can’t ever count the Lions out. Although often starting slow, the Lions have a knack of building momentum and pinching back early, a trait which would both delight and frustrate Coach Steve Armstrong. Subiaco’s win-loss tally could tell a very different story if the coin fell the right way losing five games by 10 points or less. Today’s narrow loss is a testament to the progress within the squad when compared to Subiaco’s 80 point drumming against the Bulldogs in round three.
Unsurprisingly, this week’s Dream Team honours go to Dylan Clarke with his legendary performance.
26 disposals and 6 goals saw the youngster rack up 145 points, both a season high for him and the best score from a Lion this year!
S 2.2 4.4 5.6 11.6 (72)
P 3.4 6.8 10.10 11.10 (76)
Clarke, Sheed, Turner, Le Fanu, Vawser
Subiaco’s Goals :
Clarke 6; Wood 3; Halligan, Denysiuk 1
Photography by Doc Fethers.