Subi too hot for Dees
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Subi has continued their late season hot-streak with a 133 point dismantling of Perth at Medibank Stadium.
The Lions were rarely tested by the last placed Demons blowing the game out to a 52-point lead at half time.
A strong shutdown in the second half ensured the win for Subiaco as they kicked away to their biggest win of the season.
2014 premiership forward Matt Boland made an emphatic return after a brief injury concern and kicked seven goals against the Demons. Subiaco’s forward line is nearing full strength and coach Jarrad Schofield has an abundance of weapons to choose from heading into finals football.
Kyle Halligan kicked four goals with Chris Deluca and Shane Yarran kicking three a piece.
Sam Menegola continues to impress with a massive 35-disposal/four-goal performance. Menegola is prolific around clearances and has a knack of finding the big sticks.
It took 12 minutes for the first goal as a determined Perth outfit tried to match it with the WAFL front-runners. The opportunities presented when Michael Wood dribbled home the game’s first. Shane Yarran and Sam Menegola added majors before Wood’s second closed out the quarter. Subiaco led by 19 at quarter-time.
The second quarter was a different story for Subiaco as the goals began to rain. They booted three quick goals at the start of the quarter to the margin out to a game winning one. The Demons had slight responses through Jones and McKenna but were well and truly beaten in the second. Lions heading to the half time break with a 52-point lead.
Subi had to make sure to provide a strong four-quarter performance and got the kudos for a seven goal third quarter to put the game away. Victorian forward Matt Boland kicked three of his seven goals in a purple patch and the Lions overwhelmed Perth’s young squad.
The last quarter provided more goals but it had little meaning in context to the match. Subiaco running out 133-point winners with their third straight win.
Subi captain Kyal Horsley battles with Perth's Aidan Tropiano. Photo: Flashlood
Sam Menegola could arguably be the in-form midfielder of the competition. The ex-Docker is averaging 28 disposals a game and has been kicking bags of goals since his Round 11 Lions debut. West Australian journalist Dale Miller used the opportunity to speak his mind on the ex-AFL midfielder on twitter.
“If Sam Menegola had've played all year, he'd be a shoe in for @WAFLOfficial Sandover Medal” Dale Miller The West Australian
CLARK TAKES HIS CHANCE:
18-year-old Greg Clark stepped up for his first league appearance and contributed to a strong Lions win. Clark captained West Australia to the U18 State Championships and will be looking for more senior action over the remaining games.
LIGHT DEFENSIVE UNIT:
Subi ran a smaller defensive unit than usual with big defenders Darren Rumble, Declan Jackson and Wayde Twomey playing for the reserves. Subi utilised smaller defenders in Hayden Kennedy, Dylan Elliott and Aaron Heal effectively against an under-manned Dees forward line. It worked to great effect and offered the opportunity for premiership players Twomey and Rumble to build form in the seconds.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
Sam Menegola wins his third QBE Man of the Match for the season with a ripper performance against the Dees. Rhianna Horton wins a signed Subiaco Lions jersey for correctly guessing the MOTM.
THE GAME WAS WON WHEN:
You could argue that the game was won in the first half; but the Demons might have had a slight hope of a miracle comeback. That pipe dream was quickly quashed as Boland went on a third quarter rampage kicking three goals in quick succession.
SUBIACO 4.2 11.5 18.12 25.17 (167)
PERTH 1.1 3.1 5.1 5.4 (34)
Goals; 7 M.Boland, 4 K.Halligan, S.Menegola, 3 C.Deluca, S.Yarran, 2 M.Wood, 1 C.Hoskins, S.Worthington
Best; S.Menegola, M.Boland, C.Hoskins, K.Halligan, J.Bestry
A bolstered Subiaco reserves belted Perth by 99 points at Medibank Stadium to hold second place on the ladder.
Veterans Darren Rumble and Wayde Twomey made their return through the reserves and ran rings around an under-manned Demons seconds.
The two defensive stalwarts worked magnificently off each other and look raring to return to league football.
Joel Ashman was electric in the midfield and around stoppages with 30 disposals and six inside 50’s and two goals. Twomey also collected 30, Matthew Bogensperger 26, Reece Blechynden 22 and Luke Norriss 21.
Ray “Razor” Daniels had his best game of the year with five goals against the Dees. Jeremy Woodley, Dylan Clarke, Mitch Mcphee and Ashman all recorded doubles.
SUBIACO 5.5 11.6 17.9 19.13 (127)
PERTH 0.0 0.2 1.3 4.4 (28)
Goals; 5 R.Daniels, 2 J.Woodley, D.Clarke, J.Ashman, 1 M.Mcphee, T.Edwards, M.Walters, D.Madut, S.Bradley, C.Wrigley, R.Blechynden, T.Hooper
Best; R.Daniels, J.Ashman, C.Wilkinson, W.Twomey, M.Bogensperger
REDiMED COLTS RECAP:
Subiaco’s colts endured a frustrating 17-point loss at the hands of Perth in the early game but continue to see strong progress in the younger players.
The Lions ran with the Demons; trailing by nine points at three quarter time but couldn’t get across the line.
Captain Jack Beverley was best on ground with 22 disposals. Ryan Borchet wasn’t far behind with 17 touches.
Bailey Nylander was the Lions only multiple goal-kicker with two as he develops as a forward for the colts.
SUBIACO 2.1 4.2 6.3 7.5 (47)
PERTH 2.3 5.5 7.6 9.10 (64)
Goals; 2 B.Nylander, 1 J.Hatch, J.Underwood, T.Lowndes, J.Chapman, P.Silvestro
Best; J.Beverley, R.Borchet, T.Breeze, M.Pannell, L.Catalfamo