'Dogs edge Lions in thriller

The Subiaco Lions have lost their second consecutive game in a tight contest with South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.

A hardened Bulldogs outfit edged Subiaco by 14 points in a physical encounter set up by a quick start.

The Lions fought back to get the deficit to just six points in the last term before a late goal before the siren put them out of the game.

The Deluca brothers were on fire in the encounter with Chris kicking three and Josh kicking two and supplying their usual relentless pressure.

Captain Kyal Horsley had another outstanding game with 28 touches and a goal as his stocks in the Sandover Medal count rise.

Subiaco’s back six also deserve an honourable mention, especially veteran full-back Darren Rumble who was resilient under pressure.

           Daniel Leishman and the Subiaco Lions hunt down the ball



Subiaco were forced into two late changes with Shane Yarran and Declan Jackson both kept out of the side with pre-existing minor injuries. The holes were filled by Aaron Heal and Dylan Clarke who rose to his fourth league game for Subiaco. Both played impressively and each had key moments in the game. Heal was well composed in the back line and kicked a booming goal whilst Clarke pressured relentlessly and snapped a ripping goal in the first.

The Bulldogs may well be out of the finals race but the South Fremantle outfit shouldn’t be under-estimated. They’ve won four out of their last five games with the only loss coming against Subiaco three weeks ago. With ex-AFL players like Ashton Hams and Hayden Schloithe as well as in form forward Ben Saunders the red and white unit have gathered momentum and are challenging the best sides in the league.  

Despite Subiaco losing to consecutive bottom five sides there’s been character revealing elements in both games. The Lions ability to fight back into contests and elevate their intensity on the ball carrier has been excellent, and something Subiaco lacked last year. The Bulldogs threatened to blow the visitors away on numerous occasions in this clash but the Lions refused to go away. Subiaco have only lost six times this year and have only been beaten by more than 14 points by Swan Districts in Round Seven.


SOUTH FREMANTLE       4.3     7.5   11.6   15.9     (99)

SUBIACO                         0.2     4.6    9.8    12.13   (85)


Goals; 3 C.Deluca, 2 J.Deluca, 1 M.Boland, J.Joyce, A.Heal, D.Clarke, K.Horsley, B.Mahoney, R.Water

K.Horsley, B.Mahoney, C.Deluca, R.Waters, J.Joyce

Injuries; Nil

Reports Nil


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