Lions lift to edge rival Falcons
- Saturday, 11 April 2015
The Lions have recorded a gritty comeback against West Perth to win by 17 points at Medibank Stadium.
After a goal-less first quarter Subiaco faced a possible blowout against the Falcons but a lifted effort in the second quarter pulled them back into the game.
Subi midfielder Christopher Phelan atoned for last week’s milestone misery with 27 disposals, Leigh Kitchin worked tirelessly for 15 touches and 11 tackles and Brett Mahoney gathered 21.
A makeshift forward line worked well for the Lions with Bradley Stevenson and James Garcia both kicking three. Subiaco undoubtedly missed forwards Shane Yarran, Matt Boland and Chris Deluca but made it work on blustery night in Leederville.
The Falcons made the most of a slow Lions start to kick the first four goals of the game. Frankston recruit Michael Lourey proved a handful kicking two early majors.
After a score-less quarter against West Perth for only the seventh time in history; the Lions lifted and kicked three un-answered goals. Along with a dominant quarter Subiaco managed to shift the momentum in their favour by taking away West Perth’s run and carry.
With the game on the line in the third, rain started to fall at Medibank, which only increased the physicality. The sides traded goals before the Lions broke away with some handy work from Bradley Stevenson and James Garcia.
The Lions led by 13 at the last break and were kicking into the breeze to close the game out. Thanks to an inspired effort from the back-line and Brett Robinson’s first goal as a Lion; Subiaco were able to run out with their third win of the season to the total of 17 points.
LOCKYER HONOURED WITH CHRISTIE:
Jordan Lockyer easily had his best game in the maroon and gold amongst a back-line that kept West Perth to 2.7 in three quarters of football. Lockyer fought hard at the contests and took six defensive marks to earn the Andrew Christie Medal. Because of Subiaco’s bye on the ANZAC day weekend the club award their tribute to the player that best demonstrates the Andrew Christie spirit; And this year the honour goes to ex-Sydney Swan Jordan Lockyer.
YOUNG TALENT SHINES THROUGH:
The Lions have taken some major damage in the health department over the last month and entered their Round Four clash without a host of key players. Captain Kyal Horsley missed after pulling up sore from the East Perth game and Subi remain without expected starters Reece Blechynden, Wayde Twomey and Sam Menegola. Along with this leading goal-kicker Shane Yarran was suspended for a week after high contact on East Perth’s Will Schofield leaving Subiaco digging into their depth.
Luckily for the Lions the young guns waiting in stead were ready to play. Hayden Kennedy made his return to the league side after over-coming a shoulder injury, Simon Moore played an important role on the inside, Aaron Heal helped at half-back, Raymond Daniels hunted in the forward line and Tommy Smith was his aggressive best around stoppages. Schofield would be enjoying the effort he got from his emerging players.
With all football hostilities aside Subiaco congratulate West Perth coach Bill Monaghan on breaking a 63-year games coached record. Monaghan, an ex Subi player and life member, has gone onto an excellent coaching career at the Falcons which included the 2013 premiership.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
This week’s QBE Man Of The Match goes to leading ball winner Christopher Phelan who had 27 touches and four inside 50’s. Congratulations to Trav Leder who wins a signed Subiaco jersey for correctly guessing the best man on. Well-played Trav! www.qbeinsured.com/lionsmotm
SUBIACO 0.0 3.6 8.7 9.11 (65)
WEST PERTH 4.4 4.5 6.6 6.12 (48)
Goals; B. Stevenson, J Garcia 3; C. Wheeler, B Robinson & L. Delahunty 1
Best: Lockyer, Worthington, Phelan, Kennedy, Latham & Madut.
Subiaco’s reserves look the team to beat again in 2015 claiming the reserves grand final match-up over West Perth by 19 points.
The visiting Falcons started fast and threatened to blow the reserves out of the water until Subi slowed down the game.
The league omitted Michael Wood was dominant with 18 disposals and three goals. The ex-Docker is starting to re-acclimatise to his old home at Medibank Stadium.
Emerging midfielder Max Walters was also a standout with 31 disposals and four inside 50’s.
The Lions welcomed youngster Cody Grace back to senior football after a long absence through injury. Grace was hard at the ball and finished with two goals.
SUBIACO 2.2 6.4 12.7 14.9 (93)
WEST PERTH 5.4 8.10 9.11 10.14 (74)
Goals; M. Wood 3; C. Wrigley, C. Grace, M. Mcphee, J. Woodley 2; A. Creeper, D. Clarke & J. Bestry
Best; Wood, Walters, Ashman, Mcphee &Creeper.
The Colts remain winless after a disappointing outing against West Perth at Medibank Stadium.
Subi’s U18’s could only manage a single goal in the first half as the Falcons burst away to a 82 point win in blustery conditions.
Vice-captain Ethan Burnett was a standout again with 20 disposals and a goal and Kalgoorlie youngster Jacob Miller had 23 touches.
Justin Woodley continued his sharp start to the year with three goals. Woodley has 11 from the first four games.
SUBIACO 1.0 1.1 2.1 5.3 (33)
WEST PERTH 1.2 8.3 13.7 18.7 (115)
Goals; Ju. Woodley 3; E. Burnett & F. Foley 1
Best; Burnett, Miller, Beverley & Woodley
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