Lions out-roar Tigers

 
Five goals each from Shane Yarran and Clancy Wheeler have helped the Lions to a 45-point win against Claremont at Medibank Stadium.
 
Yarran and Wheeler put their hands up in the forward line in the absence of goal-kickers Matt Boland and Chris Deluca who are returning to fitness.

Victorian recruit Leigh Kitchin also set his Lions career off with a bang gathering 28 disposals and kicking a goal on debut and Reece Blechynden dominated around contests with 29 disposals.

Claremont were poised as a fitting challenge for Subiaco with a strong Tigers side visiting Medibank Stadium in Round One.

The first half was evenly balanced with the two sides going goal-to-goal until Yarran burst out of the blocks in the second.

The silky forward kicked three goals in a dominant period to give the Lions breathing room despite the Tigers closing to a two score deficit at half time.

The third quarter was tightly contested with the Tigers edging in front before the Lions established their dominance, holding on to a handy 13-point lead at three quarter time.

With the game on the line the Lions lifted. Hard physical play by the midfield and defence set up twice as many scoring chances and Subiaco capitalised kicking 6.3 to round out the game.


GAME CHANGERS

YARRAN SCORCHES TIGES: 

Shane Yarran has a freakish ability around goals and turned it on when the Lions needed it. With the game firmly in the balance in the second Yarran exploded with three goals in the space of five minutes to deflate the Tigers. Yaz-man ended up with five in an impressive opening day performance.
 
DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE
Despite adding new faces like Christopher Bryan and Jordan Lockyer to the mix the Lions defence looked like a well-bonded unit. Rumble also continues to be one of the best lock-down defenders in the competition in his 13th WAFL season closing key forward Jackson Starcevich.

MILESTONES:
The Lions had a handful of debutants in the 2015 opener with Braden Fimmano, Christopher Bryan, Scott Hancock, Leigh Kitchin & Jordan Lockyer all earning their first starts. Bradley Stevenson also celebrated a milestone with his 50th appearance for the Subiaco Lions.
 
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
This week’s QBE Man of the Match goes to Shane Yarran for his five-goal performance. Congratulations to Ben Hopkins who wins a signed Subiaco Lions replica jersey for correctly guessing. The QBE Man of the Match will be available every game this season with entrants in the running for the ultimate Lions experience on July fourth.  DETAILS 
 


 
SUBIACO                                       2.4     7.9      9.13     15.16    (106)

CLAREMONT                                 2.1     6.3      8.6        9.7        (61)
 
 
Goals; C. Wheeler, S. Yarran 5; L. Kitchin, C. Le Fanu, B. Mahoney, M.Wood & C. Phelan.
Best; Yarran, Kitchin, Wheeler, Phelan, Blechynden & Stevenson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RESERVES RECAP:
The reserves started the season hot with a strong 11-point victory over Claremont at Medibank Stadium. 18-year-old Jeremy Woodley had an outstanding senior debut with four goals and 14 touches. Woodley was the leading goal-kicker for the Colts last year.

Simon Moore and Bill Fetherstonhaugh were classy in the midfield with 23 touches each and Hayden Kennedy was impressive on halfback. 

Goal of the game came from Ray “Razor” Daniels with a snap from the impossible angle in the second quarter, using the breeze and dragging it in for a timely Subiaco lead-stretcher.

 
SUBIACO                                       5.4     7.4      11.8     12.13    (85)

CLAREMONT                                 2.2      5.4      6.4      11.8      (74)
 
Goals; Je. Woodley 4; R. Daniels, T. Smith 2; M. Mcphee, M. Walters, A. Creeper & Dylan Clarke 1
Best; T.Smith, J.Woodley, W.Fetherstonhaugh, S.Moore, A.Heal


COLTS RECAP:
Subiaco’s Colts went down in their first outing despite a spirited fight back in the second half. Ethan Burnett had a standout game for the Lions with 21 possessions and first gamer Fraser Foley kicked three goals.
 
SUBIACO                                       2.1     3.1       7.2      10.3        (63)

CLAREMONT                                4.2     7.4       9.7      11.13      (79)

 

Goals; F. Foley 3; Ju. Woodley 2; R. Borchet, B. Cole, L. Halligan, M. Braut & J. Chapman 1

Best; E. Burnett, Ju. Woodley, J. Allison-Green & A. Kennedy 
 
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