Lions Fall In Thriller

Article By: Michael Barr | Photo By: Michael Flood

Subiaco have fallen at the final hurdle against Peel Thunder losing by eight points in a thriller at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

After leading for a majority of the game, the Lions were over-run in the second half by a determined Thunder outfit to fall at the death.

 Jarrod Kayler-Thomson was the best in a losing side recording 32 disposals, seven inside 50’s and a goal to keep his side within an arm’s reach until the end.

Bradley Stevenson (3 goals) and Clancy Wheeler (2 goals) were the liveliest in the forward line working hard to make opportunities against a talented Peel backline. 

A blistering seven goal first quarter looked like a promising pre-cursor for the traveling Lions but failed to maintain the intensity as Peel chipped at Subiaco’s lead until the end.

With the scores locked at 71 a piece at three quarter time, Subiaco looked poised to take advantage of a wasteful Peel but were held off by a stingy backline in a low scoring last quarter.

GOALS - SUBIACO: Stevenson 3; Wheeler 2; Kayler-Thomson, Hampson, Herring, Bristow, Phillips, Daniels, Mahoney .
PEEL THUNDER: Orzel, Garlett, Lawrence 2; Hawksley, Sheridan, Motlop, Mitchie, Thornton Holmes.
BEST - SUBIACO: Kayler-Thomson, Hampson, Mahoney, Stevenson, Wheeler,
PEEL THUNDER: Garlett, Mitchie, Orzel, Hawksley, Jones.
First Quarter
Subiaco got out of the blocks fast with early goals. Clancy Wheeler had two in the first quarter as the Lions looked dangerous with every inside 50. Mahoney found space early to finish with 11 disposals on the quarter as the Lions moved the ball freely around a stagnant Peel midfield.
Second Quarter
The Thunder made some tweaks to their defensive set up in the second quarter and negated a lot of the space the Lions were previously playing on. Midfielders Abe Davey, Brett Mahoney and Jarrod Kayler-Thomson were prolific in the second as the game went from end to end with furious speed. Clean kicking by the Lions helped them to a ten point lead at half time.

Third Quarter
Both defences were firing on all cylinders in the third and goals were extremely hard to come by. The age old partnership of Aidan Parker and Darren Humble continued to bind Peel’s forwards as they struggled to find targets in their forward 50. Peel maintained a majority of the ball in a large portion of the third but a tireless Lions midfield and defence kept the home-side to just two goals and six behinds.
Fourth Quarter
With the scores locked at 71 a piece at the start of the last, the Lions had to lift to re-gain momentum off the home side. The Thunder wanted it more however as Cruize Garlett and Matt Orzel continued to plague Subiaco’s game plan. The Lions had a whiff of victory when prolific midfielder Kayler-Thomson slotted late to draw them within three points, but a Kristin Thornton settler on the 23rd minute was enough to get Peel over the line in a short last quarter.
One of the victories from the loss against Peel was the performance of ruckman Seva Martin who took the workload on his shoulders. The big man won 42 hit-outs throughout the game dominating Peels ruck duo of Kyle Westwood and the Fremantle listed Tanner Smith. Is growing into a solid option for the Lions in a position of need.
GOALS: 4 D. Madut, 2 K. Halligan, T. Whyte, S. Ward, D. Clarke, N. Hay, 1 C. Bottechia, M. Bogensperger, M. Genovese
BEST: A. McDougall, L. Norriss, M. Bogensperger, D. Madut, M. Cullen


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