Subi slide past Demons
Saturday, 02 May 2015
Subiaco have moved a game clear on top of the WAFL ladder after a lethargic 36 point win over Perth at Lathlain Park
A stern Lions defence held the Demons to three majors on the day; as Subi generated a majority of the scoring chances.
Unfortunately for Subi innacurate kicking plagued their efforts to finish with a total of 8.15.
Clancy Wheeler backed up his mid-week selection in the West Australian side with a best on ground performance. Clanger gathered 27 disposals, 13 marks and a goal in his best game this year.
Mecurial forward Shane Yarran was also dangerous, kicking four goals in a side converting at 34 percent.
Subiaco looked dominant from the outset but couldn't find the goals in the first quarter.
The Lions tripled the Demons inside 50's in the first but kicked six straight behinds. Shane Yarran provided the class with a set shot bomb from 50 after the quarter time siren to record the game's first major. Subiaco lead by 12 at the first break.
Following a lively pump up from coach Jarrad Schofield several players lifted their impact. Winger Scott Hancock's pressure and tackling was impressive and Brett Robinson's speed caught Perth off guard multiple times. After running goals from Hancock/Phelan and some more magic from Yaz the Lions led by 22 at the half.
The game continued on a lethargic pace as Subiaco kicked away in the third. Usual half-back Wayde Twomey found his way to the goals and Yarran chalked up his fourth, but the Lions missed an abundance of opportunities to blow the game out.
WIth a 46 point lead at three quarter time the game was destined for a dead rubber last quarter.
Perth found their first goal in over an hour of football with a Wolfenden set-shot but the game was well and truly over in the last. Subi cruising to a 36 point win over the Demons.
The WAFL bye-week blues appeared to have struck Subi in the Round 7 but it luckily came against an under-manned, young Perth side. Jarrad Schofield demanded more energy and discipline from the Lions next week as they expect a host of players to become available.
Bill Fetherstonhaugh wraps and tackles Photo: Michael Flood
WHEELIN' AND DEALIN':
Subi's Clancy Wheeler was unstoppable in the Lions 36 point win after being freed up to roam the ground. The Esperance utility was un-beatable in contested marking situations, hauling in 13 grabs. Wheeler has been used everywhere by Schofield this year but has the ability to dominate games as a roaming key position player.
CONFIDENCE IS KEY:
The Lions were clearly the dominant side in this fixture but looked in-decisive throughout portions of the game. The bye week and consistent personell changes created the perfect storm for Subiaco, who lacked their usual class going into the forward 50. Subi have the highest scoring forward line in the WAFL but they starved the forwards of quality opportunities. Perth's Chris Billings preyed on the Lions indecision to collect 11 marks.
BODIES ON THE LINE:
Subi will have a couple of extra units to manage this week finishing the game with two on the bench. Forward James Garcia rolled an ankle in the first half and was taken out of the game and defender Hayden Kennedy took a selfless hit going back with the flight. Big man Dave Madut came off late with a slight leg injury but was cleared of any signifigant injuries. Subiaco's S+C department are working tirelessly to get the best team on the park.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
This week’s QBE Man Of The Match goes to Clancy Wheeler for his best on ground performance. Congratulations to Simon King who wins a signed Subiaco jersey for correctly guessing the best man on. Well-played Simon! www.qbeinsured.com/lionsmotm
PERTH 0.0 1.5 1.7 3.9 (27)
SUBIACO 1.6 4.8 8.11 8.15 (63)
Goals; S. Yarran 4; S. Hancock, C. Phelan, W. Twomey & C. Wheeler.
Best: C. Wheeler, C. Le Fanu, S. Worthington, B. Robinson & S. Hancock
Subiaco's reserves responded well to their first loss of the season belting the Demons by 68 points to keep up with South Fremantle on the ladder.
Young forward Kyle Halligan was impressive with 20 touches and six goals, a perfomance that won't go un-noticed by the selection panel.
James Hughes was toted the best on ground with the physical defender setting the tone for the Lions reserves. Hughes and Declan Jackson have become a well oiled defensive pair.
18 year old Greg Clark continues to play ahead of his years with 18 touches and a goal. Clark was a chance to earn his league debut this week but was a late ommition. Next week might be a different story for the growing midfielder.
Premiership forward Chris Deluca also made his return to senior football and kicked two as he returns to match fitness.
PERTH 1.3 5.4 5.6 7.6 (48)
SUBIACO 4.1 8.5 11.9 17.14 (116)
Goals; K. Halligan 6, C. Deluca, M. Mcphee, J. Woodley 2; T. Smith, G. Clark, D. Clarke, M. Wood & A. Summers
Best; J. Hughes, G. Clark, K. Halligan, L. Norriss & T. Smith
Subiaco's colts inched agonisingly close to their first win against Perth but ran out of puff in the last.
The Lions kicked seven of the first 11 goals but stalled after half-time; falling to a 22 point loss in a baron season.
North Beach youngster Chad Barnes earned best on ground honours in his first game and Max Walters was dominant in his return to colts football. Walters played the first five games of the season for the reserves.
Justin Woodley continues to be a fruitful forward prospect for Subiaco kicking three.
PERTH 1.0 4.2 9.4 13.10 (88)
SUBIACO 4.5 7.6 9.7 9.12 (66)
Goals; J. Woodley 3; M. Walters J. Allison-Green 2; A. Doyle & J. Underwood
Best; C. Barnes, A. Breman, J. Deegan, J. Beverley & M. Lawrence