Too much steel for Peel
Sunday, 05 July 2015
Subiaco have responded to their critics with a 55 point dismantling of finals favourites Peel Thunder at Medibank Stadium
The Lions took their anger from last week’s frustrating loss against West Perth into their Round 15 match-up and the Thunder paid the price falling to 7-6.
Midfielder Sam Menegola was instrumental for the Lions and kept his head against his former club. Menegola finished with 29 disposals. four tackles and a goal.
Leigh Kitchin had his usual impact around the stoppages with 28 touches whilst Chris Phelan, Kyal Horsley and Brett Robinson round out a well balanced midfield group.
Young forward Michael Wood played confidently as he builds form. Wood was on the Fremantle list in 2014 and exacted some revenge on his old side with three goals.
Christopher Deluca got the chocolates against his younger brother Josh with two goals. Deluca’s forward pressure continues to create opportunities.
Subi burst out of the blocks in the first quarter and immediately moved the ball better than they have for the past month. Playing with confidence and pace the Lions kicked goals through Chris Deluca and Sam Menegola to start.
Hurley from Peel got the first for the visitors but the reigning premiers slammed home three more from Kyle Halligan, Michael Wood and Shane Yarran to hold the dominance.
Chris Deluca started the second similarly to the first slotting for Subi with Wood’s second sending warning signs to the Freo affiliated Thunder. Peel managed a reply through ruck-man Jon Griffin but the rain forced a defensive shutdown for the rest of the quarter. No more goals were scored with Subi holding a 25 point lead.
Subi kicked the third quarter off with a bang with speedy midfielder Brett Robinson making his presence on the scoreboard. Robbo kicked two quick goals followed by Wood’s third. Four goals in seven minutes from the Lions pushed the lead to 51. A goal against the flow by Griffin gave Peel something to cheer about but a big kick from Chris Phelan retained Subi’s 51 point three quarter time lead.
The sun came out in the last as conditions remained slippery. After a brief fight for the first goal of the last Subi's Joel Latham slipped free to kick truly. Peel got two diamond duster goals as Subi cruise to a comprehensive Round 15 win.
Sam Menegola sends one home Photo: Flash Flood Photo
READING THE RUCK:
Subi’s 21-year-old ruckman Dave Madut ended up battling with the experienced Jon Griffin and Jack Hannath but despite Peel finding ascendency in the ruck, the Lions won it in the middle. Subiaco used athletic ruck-man Madut and a hard-tackling midfield to read Griffin/Hannath’s taps forcing rushed disposal and turn-overs. The Thunder won the hit-outs 33-11 in the first half. But Subi won the clearances.
For the first time this year Jarrad Schofield had premiership forwards Matt Boland, Lachlan Delahunty, Chris Deluca and Shane Yarran in the same side. This is important for the Lions moving forward who kicked sub-par totals in the month of June. Subi looked confident going forwards today and the big hands of Matthew Boland are a welcome return. Subi converted at their best rate since Round Five coverting at 65.8% in wet conditions.
The Thunder’s line-up had a couple of late changes with Fremantle facing Brisbane on Sunday. Big men Zac Clarke and Matt Taberner were included back into the Docker side with Hayden Crozier and Tendai Mzungu suiting up for Peel. Mzungu was busy around the ball early but was curtailed by some close attention from Chris Phelan.
Out of favour Crozier was silky against Subi and responded to his omission from the Dockers to finish with 24 disposals but his impact faded as the game went on.
THE GAME WAS WON WHEN:
Subi kicked five goals to one in a rampant ten minute spell during the third quarter. Two goals to Robinson and majors from Wood, Halligan and Phelan in quick succession sunk Peel and blew the lead out to 51 points. The last quarter mattered little as Subi ran out 55 point victors.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
Chris Phelan wins QBE Man Of The Match for Round 14 with a gritty 25 disposal performance and the shutdown job on Docker Mzungu.. Congratulations to Mike Codde who wins a signed jersey for guessing correctly. Contact the club to collect www.qbeinsured.com/lionsmotm
SUBIACO 5.5 7.5 12.7 15.9 (99)
PEEL 1.2 3.4 4.4 6.8 (44)
Goals; 3 M.Wood, 2 B.Robinson, K.Halligan, C.Deluca, 1 C.Phelan, B.Mahoney, S.Menegola, S.Yarran, J.Latham, M.Boland
Best; S.Menegola, J.Lockyer, L.Kitchin, C.Le fanu, J.Latham
Subi’s reserves responded well to last week’s draw with a 114-point punishing of Peel.
A strong seconds side shredded the Thunder with league regulars Reece Blechynden and Scott Worthington adding valuable experience.
Subi’s young ball carriers displayed the team’s depth with Simon Moore (36 disposals). Craig Hoskins (29 disposals) and Matthew Bogensperger (31 disposals) rounding out a group that dominated possession 390-276.
Crafty forward Jeremy Woodley led the Lions with four goals and veteran Blechynden nailed three.
Blechynden will be undoubtedly knocking on the door of league selection after a dazzling 33 disposal, 6 I50, three-goal performance.
SUBIACO 3.6 7.10 14.15 21.18 (144)
PEEL 1.2 2.4 2.4 4.6 (30)
Goals; 4 J.Woodley, 3 R.Blechynden, 2 M.Walters, S.Moore, C.Hoskins, J.Ashman, R.Daniels, 1 M.Bogensperger, S.Bradley, T.Edwards, C.Wilkinson
Best; S.Moore, R.Blechynden, M.Walters, T.Hooper, J.Woodley
REDiMED COLTS RECAP:
Subi’s colts couldn’t maintain the momentum after a solid start against Peel going down by 44 points at Medibank Stadium.
The two sides went toe-to-toe with Peel holding a three-point lead at half time. As the temperamental conditions worsened a strong Thunder side kicked away to their sixth win of the season.
Midfielder Ethan Burnett was outstanding again for Subiaco with 28 disposals, 8 marks and three inside 50’s. Burnett’s would be a front-runner for the Taylor Medal at this point in the season.
Paul Silvestro emerged as the Lions leading goal kicker with three on the day, whilst Luke Halligan slotted two.
SUBIACO 2.1 4.2 6.3 7.4 (46)
PEEL 2.3 4.5 10.9 13.12 (90)
Goals; . 3 P.Silvestro, 2 L.Halligan, 1 M.Braut, F.Foley
Best; E.Burnett, M.Lawrence, J.Hooks, A.Wenn, B.Nylander