Kings of the Jungle
- Saturday, 02 August 2014
The Subiaco Lions have established themselves as a genuine premiership threat with a 28-point win over league leaders East Perth
Subi have been building over the last month but had to beat West Coast Eagles affiliate East Perth to prove they were legitimate contenders.
The Lions responded brilliantly to the task leading at every break to record an important five-goal victory with only 0.02 percentage points leaving them off top spot behind the Royals.
Matthew Boland was the key target again for Subiaco with seven passes directed to the Victorian forward. Boland finished with six marks and three goals as he continues to thrive over West.
Kyal Horsley has gone from leaps and bounds in 2014 and took the game on during important periods to turn the momentum in the Lions favour. The Kalgoorlie captain appears to have returned from his AFL venture even hungrier for the ball to record 27 disposals against the Royals.
Subiaco’s defence was outstanding again to hold East Perth to 19 scoring shots and first year Lion Wayde Twomey continues to star at his new club. Twomey was happy with his side’s performance and believes they can use the momentum going into the last month.
“Yeah that was a fantastic win, I personally felt that we never fell out of control in the game and it was one of the first four-quarter performances we’ve put in all year. There were no massive lulls and no massive highs; East Perth played well in the third but other than that it was a great effort by the boys,
“We just have to keep winning games to secure our spot in the top two and then build from there. Were hoping to emulate what West Perth did last year towards the end of the season and take the momentum into finals football.” said Twomey
Matt Boland leads the WAFLin goal-kicking with 47 goals Photo: Michael Flood
Subiaco’s game plan relies on high intensity on and off the football and it was executed perfectly against the Royals. Facing a side boasting eight AFL representatives the Lions smothered their co-tenants forcing multiple turnovers in dangerous parts of the ground. 17-year-old Joshua Deluca was a welcome return back into the league side and had his usual ferocious tackling on display alongside his brother Chris. The Deluca brothers finished with eight tackles between them.
Declan Jackson made his debut against the Royals and fitted nicely amongst a back-line that’s conceded the second least amount of points this season. The Collie youngster did some fantastic things on his way to nine touches and possesses the physicality that Jarrad Schofield likes in his defenders. Defensive leader Wayde Twomey was happy with Jackson’s efforts saying he wasn’t over-awed by his first league start.
“Jackson was good. The worst thing young players can do is come into a game and be overawed by the occasion but if you keep it simple and play your man accordingly and communicate then your well on your way. Declan didn’t flinch.” Said Twomey
It was a must win game if the Lions had desires of finishing top this season but with a crucial win over co-tenants East Perth under the belt the WAFL ladder is Subiaco’s for the taking. The Lions have a bye next week followed by Claremont, South Fremantle and East Fremantle in the final three rounds. If Subi can maintain the style of football they’re currently playing there’s no reason why they can’t eclipse the Royals.
EAST PERTH 1.3 5.3 8.6 10.9 (69)
SUBIACO 3.2 7.5 11.7 15.7 (97)
BEST: K.Horsley, S.Hildebrandt, C.Phelan, J.Bristow
GOALS: 3 M.Boland, 2 G.Hampson, K.Horsley, 1 C.Phelan, S.Yarran, J.Deluca, B.Mahoney, A.Mcdougall, C.Deluca, J.Bristow, W.Twomey
INJURIES: Davey (hamstring)