Royal Boost

 
A late goal from Shane Yarran has lifted Subiaco to an important 9.9 (63) to 9.13 (67) win over the Royals at Medibank Stadium. 
 
The goal was Yarran’s 46th of the year and came moments before the final siren to put Subi on top. The Lions held on for the remaining minutes to record an important confidence boost heading into September. 
 
The Lions started slow and looked rushed against the Royals before steadying in the second half to kick seven goals to three.

Matt Boland kicked two vital goals and man of the moment Shane Yarran added two in a defensive heavy game. Pacey forward Chris Deluca’s influence in the second half was also crucial and created momentum shifting moments.
 
Clancy Wheeler had a big game in the ruck with 17 touches and 14 hit-outs. His biggest influence came in the air though with seven marks across the ground. 

Sam Menegola and Kyal Horsley were Subiaco’s best ball winners with 23 each against a quality opposition. Leigh Kitchin had 20 touches and youngster Craig Hoskins was impressive with his 18 disposals.

The wind wreaked havoc in the first period and both side’s struggled to find targets inside the 50. Subiaco fought against the wind and wasted their opportunities to record 0.4. Fortunately for Subi the Royals didn’t help themselves either and kicked 1.2 for the term to lead by four points at quarter time.

East Perth came out with dominance in the second and took advantage of Subi’s turn-overs. The Royals had twice as many marks in the first half and controlled the game comprehensively to hold a 18 point half-time lead.

Momentum shifted in the second half and the Lions started hitting their targets. Younger players like Craig Hoskins, Scott Hancock and Kyle Halligan provided major impacts and veteran Wayde Twomey worked well off the back-line. The Lions generated 12 scoring shots to four to overwhelm the Royals back-line. Subi kicked four goals to one to hold a narrow three quarter time lead.

Another big final quarter loomed between the 2014 Grand Finalists and Subiaco showed the poise to get the result. The co-tenants kicked back to back goals in the last quarter with Kyle Halligan providing a massive tackle and goal to put Subi in a position to win. WAFL leading goal-kicker Shane Yarran showed why he’s on the AFL radar with three minutes left, taking a mark on the lead and finishing with poise to put the Lions in front. Subi held on for a confidence boosting four point win over the in form Royals.
 
 
 
 
 
 
TALKING POINTS
 
 
YAZ MAN:
Lions forward Shane Yarran has had a roller-coaster season but finished on a massive high. The silky forward started the season in unstoppable form before opposition sides started paying extended attention to the prolific goal-kicker. Yarran has worked through tough defenders, inconsistency and concussion over the last month and let out his jubilation with the match winner at Medibank Stadium. The second-year forward will be crucial for the Lions in September. 
 
MOSS ON LIONS:
Royals midfielder Garry Moss tends to play well against the Lions and Round 23 was no exception. The East Perth veteran had 31 disposals and multiple scoring involvements. The Lions were able to shut down Moss and the Royals midfield in the second half and turned their clearance dominance into scoring chances. 
 
SEPTEMBER TEST RUN:
East Perth were the perfect test for the Lions heading into finals football and the in-form Royals came to play. Subi and East Perth have developed a heated rivalry over the last decade which was emphasised by last year’s Grand Final. The Lions found a way to win over the hungry Royals and condemned them to an elimination final. 
 
FINALS FIXTURES 
The final game day of the WAFL season provided a hectic scramble for the top five. A late surge from Claremont saw them get over West Perth by two points; edging Swan Districts by 3% to make up the five. Subiaco’s narrow victory over East Perth left the Royals stranded at fourth position whilst Peel and West Perth remained stagnant. The first week of finals will be East Perth vs Claremont in and Elimination final at Medibank Stadium and West Perth vs Peel Thunder in a Semi Final at HBF Arena. 
 
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
The QBE Man of the Match goes to Sam Menegola for his 23 disposals in the midfield against the plucky Royals. Steve Whitty wins a signed Subi guernsey for guessing correctly.
 
THE GAME WAS WON WHEN:
The siren sounded as Subiaco fought desperately for the ball. Shane Yarran’s crucial goal put the Lions five points up before the Royals squandered a late chance. Subi found a way to win despite a below par first half.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EAST PERTH                        1.2       6.2       7.5       9.9         (63)
SUBIACO                              0.4       2.3       2.5      9.13        (67)
 
 
Goals; 2 M.Boland, S.Yarran, K.Halligan, 1 S.Hancock, C.Hoskins, S.Moore 
 
Best; K.Horsley, L.Kitchin, S.Hancock, S.Menegola 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RESERVES RECAP:
 
Subiaco’s reserves outlasted East Perth to win by nine points to secure second place on the ladder.

The Lions started with three consecutive goals into the breeze before the Royals pulled it to a point deficit at half time.

East Perth had a late charge with two goals in the last term but Subi showed resolve to run out nine point winners.
 
Midfielder Reece Blechynden was best on ground in trying conditions recording 36 touches and 11 inside 50’s and a goal. Blechynden is pushing hard for league selection this September.

Subi youngster and draft hopeful Greg Clark had 19 disposals and Joel Ashman, Matt Bogensperger and Braden Fimmano had 18 a piece. 
 
 
 
EAST PERTH                        1.0       5.2       8.4      10.5        (65)
SUBIACO                              4.2       5.3       9.6      11.8        (74)
 
 
Goals; 2 D.Clarke, J.Garcia, S.Bradley, 1 R.Blechynden, M.Bogensperger, J.Woodley, R.Daniels, J.Cary
 
 
Best; R.Blechynden, B.Fimmano, L.Norriss, J.Ashman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
REDiMED COLTS RECAP:
 
Subi’s colts ended the season with a 61 point loss against East Perth in the morning fixture.

The Lions started the game with intensity but faded after half time to fall to the Royals.

Michael Braut was the best for colts alongside captains Jack Beverley and Ryan Borchet. 
 
 
 
EAST PERTH                        3.2       8.5      11.10     13.15       (93)
SUBIACO                              1.2       2.5        3.7        4.8          (32)
 
 
Goals; 1 L.O'callaghan, T.Breeze, M.Braut, M.Lawrence
 
 
Best; M.Braut, J.Beverley, R.Borchet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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