SFC 2016: Round One v Peel
Saturday, 19 March 2016
Subiaco have started the season in gutsy fashion with an eight point comeback win against Peel at Bendigo Bank Stadium.
Six goals from Subi youngster Kyle Halligan helped lift the Lions above a Fremantle reinforced Thunder side.
Leigh Kitchin was prominent with 32 disposals, as well as Kyal Horsley (30) and Chris Phelan (26).
Defender Jordan Lockyer had a mammoth performance in the back line against the likes of Zac Clarke and Tanner Smith. Lockyer was named best on ground for the Subi outfit.
Lions recruit Hamish Shepheard also had a presence in the game and was a key target entering the forward line. Shepheard finished with two majors as well as Clancy Wheeler.
The 2015 WAFL finalists battled hard in the early moments of the game until Matthew Uebergang slotted the first for Peel. Recruit Hamish Shepheard made his presence felt with a contested mark and snap on goal for the Lions first. Kyle Halligan added Subiaco’s second to give the Lions a early lead. The Thunder came home strong though, with two goals from Harley Bennell and a big mark and goal from Zac Clarke. Thunder up by ten at the first break.
Subiaco came out firing in the second with Kyle Halligan slotting his second from the boundary. The Thunder managed to respond with their own firepower though with Dockers Lachie Weller and Tanner Smith kicking majors. The Thunder lead was almost three goals until Shepheard kicked his second. Clancy Wheeler booted his first from point blank range but versatile Freo youngster Weller snapped in a second to keep Peel on top. Thunder by 16 at half-time
The Lions found their hunger in the third quarter kicking five un-answered goals to take a 15 point lead. Dylan Clarke kicked goal of the day from the pocket and Subi rallied to hold Peel scoreless until the 26th minute. Subiaco by nine points at three quarter time.
With the game on the line Freo star Harley Bennell turned it up, kicking his third goal of the game. The Lions showed fantastic grit under pressure however and were able to hold the Thunder at bay. Halligan iced the game and topped of his day with six goals.
Subiaco recruit Hamish Shepheard crashes the pack.
Jarrad Schofield said at the midweek WAFL press conference that Kyle Halligan could be a big player in the future for Subiaco. The 21-year-old reinforced his coaches' words with a dominant 21 disposal, six goal performance in Round One. With Matt Boland and Shane Yarran gone the young forward could find himself becoming a big part of the Lions attack.
ITS HOW YOU START:
Subiaco haven’t lost a Round One game since 2001; and the trend continued against a very strong Peel Thunder side. The Lions have won 16 out of their last 17 season openers.
THE GAME WAS WON WHEN:
Subi forward Kyle Halligan snapped a goal over his head to stretch the lead beyond Peel.
PEEL 4.1 7.8 8.12 10.14 (74)
SUBIACO 2.3 5.4 10.9 12.10 (82)
Goals; 6 K.Halligan, 2 C.Wheeler, H.Shepheard, 1 B.Robinson, D.Clarke.
Best; J.Lockyer, A.Heal, K.Horsley, K.Halligan, L.Delahunty
Subi fell to Peel by 23 points in the reserves game as the Thunder surged hard in the last.
The Lions had strong performances from Thomas Smith (22 disposals), Mat Bogensperger (27 disposals) and Justin Joyce (24 disposals).
Lions recruits Hayden Yarran and Shaquille Mckenzie combined for five goals.
PEEL 1.4 4.8 6.14 12.15 (87)
SUBIACO 3.2 6.4 9.4 10.4 (64)
Goals; 3 H.Yarran, 2 M.Mcphee, S.Mckenzie, 1 R.Borchet, K.Scarrott, M.Walters
Best; T.Smith, M.Bogensperger, J.Joyce, T.Hooper, M.Walters
The Lions colts showed fantastic fight with a five goal last quarter but fell four points short of Peel in a heart-stopper.
Kalgoorlie product Thomas Breeze was dominant around the ground with 18 disposals and five inside 50’s.
Fraser Foley was prominent in the forward line for the Lions with four goals as he continues to develop as a key position player.
Daniel Del Prete had a strong performance in his first colts game for Subiaco with 16 disposals and two goals. Jacob Miller had 25 disposals and captain Mckenzie Lawrence had 17 disposals and six tackles.
PEEL 3.0 7.2 10.5 11.7 (73)
SUBIACO 1.3 3.3 5.8 10.9 (69)
Goals; 4 F.Foley, 2 D.Del prete, 1 M.Kaker, C.Wyatt, M.Lawrence, P.Silvestro
Best; T.Breeze, J.Miller, C.Bramley, M.Pannell, F.Foley
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