Lions on top after Dog domination
- Saturday, 18 April 2015
Subiaco have blown South Fremantle away to the tone of 89 points to head to the top of the ladder.
The Lions forwards proved dominant with Shane Yarran and Bradley Stevenson kicking six goals each.
Rhys Waters also had his biggest tally of the season kicking four goals against an overwhelmed Bulldogs defence.
Recruit Brett Robinson had a field day at Fremantle Oval gathering 30 touches, six inside 50's and a goal. Chris Phelan also continued his rich vein of form with 30 touches as well. Phelan is the 5th highest ball-winner in the WAFL with 126 on the season.
The game started in the fashion expected from two-table topping sides trading blows in the first. The Lions found goals easy to come by with majors from James Garcia, Brad Stevenson and Shane Yarran but the Bulldogs kept finding ways to respond. South Fremantle's star forward Ben Saunders was dangerous early with two straight set shots. Subiaco fought hard to maintain a one point lead at quarter time.
The second quarter was a different story however with an inspired spell from the dangerous Yarran seeing Subi begin to kick away. Rhys Waters added his first and the Lions held a handy 20 point lead at half time.
Instead of letting complacency creep in Subiaco went for the throat in the third quarter kicking six goals to the Bulldogs two. The Lions forward match-ups continued to cause havoc for South Fremantle with utilities Brad Stevenson and Clancy Wheeler out-marking and goaling. With a 47 three quarter time lead Subiaco had well and truly established dominance.
In a lethargic last quarter the Lions refused to relent; adding ten goals against a deflated Bulldogs outfit. Yarran capped of a dominant day with two more in the last quarter and Bradley Stevenson kicked three to join Yaz on a six goal bag. South Fremantle added three of their own but the game was well and truly over before it mattered.
Subiaco running out with a dominant 89 point victory and an outright place on top position in the WAFL.
James Garcia stiff-arms a Bulldogs defender. Garcia finished with 15 touches and a goal
NO LACK OF FIREPOWER:
A week ago Subiaco we're scoreless at quarter-time against West Perth and didn't look like getting near the goals. Fast forward to now and the Lions are scoring at will. Mecurial forward Shane Yarran seems to be a catalyst for the Lions who were irresistable going forward today. Subiaco delivered the ball with precision and the forwards finished with class. The Bulldogs defence had a hard time matching up against big targets Clancy Wheeler and Bradley Stevenson and the added versatility of Yarran and Rhys Waters helped the Lions to their biggest total of the year.
With Lachlan Delahunty a late withdrawal and premiership forwards Matt Boland and Chris Deluca set to return the Lions might give today's 157 point season high a test over the rest of the year.
LEAVE IT TWOMEY:
Wayde Twomey's experience added to the Lions back-line is invaluable. The premiership defender was a late return to the Lions side after over-coming a groin injury and his presence was calming for Subiaco. The Lions rarely mis-used the ball coming out of defence and Twomey's kicking out of half back was on point.
DOG OF A DAY:
South Fremantle's key forwards started the day well and Ben Saunders looked ready for a big one with two first quarter goals. The 2014 Bernie Naylor medallist found tougher resistance over the rest of the game as Lions vice-captain Darren Rumble got on top. Saunders finished with three. Subiaco have also transitioned young defenders Hayden Kennedy and Aaron Heal into the side for great reward. Both had cool heads against the first-placed Bulldogs and played important roles in the back-line. Kennedy finished with 21 disposals and Heal with 15.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
This week’s QBE Man Of The Match goes to leading ball winner Brett Robinson who had 30 touches, a goal and four inside 50’s. Congratulations to Mick Leaver who wins a signed Subiaco jersey for correctly guessing the best man on. Well-played Mick! www.qbeinsured.com/lionsmotm
SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.1 5.4 7.4 10.8 (68)
SUBIACO 4.2 8.6 14.9 24.13 (157)
Goals; S. Yarran, B. Stevenson 6; R. Waters 4; L. Kitchin, B. Mahoney, W. Fetherstonhaugh, C. Wheeler, S. Moore, J. Garcia, S. Hancock & B. Robinson.
Best: B. Robinson, B. Stevenson, A. Heal, S. Yarran & C. Phelan
Subiaco’s reserves have lost their first game of the year with a 34 point loss to South Fremantle.
The Lions started slow and spent a lot of energy trying to get back into the game to no avail; the Bulldogs running out comprehensive victors.
Joel Ashman was gallant for the reserves with 25 touches and relentless pressure around stoppages. The midfielder also read the play well to gather seven marks.
Dylan Clarke kicked two goals including a booming major from outside 50. The Lions small forward has one of the best kicks at the club.
Ex-Docker Michael Wood is also gathering form in his Lions return. Wood was used in multiple positions collecting 16 disposals and a goal.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 5.5 8.8 12.8 16.11 (107)
SUBIACO 1.0 3.3 8.5 11.7 (73)
Goals; D. Clarke 2; G. Clark, A. Creeper, J. Woodley, M. Walters, C. Bryan, M. Wood, K. Halligan, L. Norriss & J. Ashman
Best; J. Ashman, D. Elliott, M. Wood & J. Bestry
Subiaco's colts fell to South Fremantle by 58 points in the morning game at Fremantle Oval but the squad continues to grow.
Head coach Sean Wrigley is focused on developing the young talent on the roster and despite a win-less record the Lions youngsters are improving.
Captain Jack Beverley continues to stand out with maturity beyond his years. 17-year-old Beverley had 18 touches against the Bulldogs.
Kalgoorlie youngster Ryan Borchet is also impressing in his second year of colts football and gathered 25 touches against South Fremantle. The Colts side had a heavy influence from our country zones with five players from Kalgoorlie in the mix.
Justin Woodley continues to find the goals with another two today. The pacey forward has kicked 13 on the season.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 4.2 5.5 9.6 14.11 (95)
SUBIACO 1.3 2.6 4.7 5.7 (37)
Goals; J. Woodley 2; T. Breeze, Z. Bestry and J. Chapman.
Best; J. Beverley, R. Borchet, J. Chapman, J. Miller & A. Kennedy
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