SFC 2016: RD 7 South Fremantle
Saturday, 30 April 2016
Ben Sokol kicked seven goals against his former side South Fremantle as the Lions ran away with top of the table honours at Fremantle Oval.
Subi withstood a inspired comeback from the Bulldogs in the third quarter to re-affirm their position as the league’s benchmark with a 15.16 (106) to 10.15 (75) victory.
Sokol was a stand out in his first game against his old team; recording 7.2 in an outstanding afternoon.
Big target Hamish Shepheard kicked three as the Lions eclipsed 100 points against the strongest defensive unit in the competition.
Leigh Kitchin led the midfielders with 27 touches, utility Clancy Wheeler had 24 disposals and 20 and Lachlan Delahunty starred with 23 touches and six marks.
Subiaco were also stout defensively despite the absence of premiership half-back Jordan Lockyer. Youngsters Aaron Heal and Declan Jackson stepped up in the absence of Lockyer and shut down two of the leagues best forwards in Ben Saunders and Mason Shaw.
The return of Hayden Kennedy was also welcomed with the gritty defender driving a lot of Subiaco’s exits from the back-line.
The Lions had two other changes with hardworking big man Nick Hay coming in and 2014 premiership forward Rhys Waters added in the absence of Kyle Halligan (injured).
Subiaco established dominance on the game in the first quarter with an early goal from Hamish Shepheard. Ben Sokol made his presence felt early with the next two until South Fremantle’s Jacob Dragovich kicked one against the run of play. Subi by two straight kicks at the first change.
Everything went according to plan for Jarrad Schofield and his men in the second quarter as Ben Sokol went on a rampage. Great delivery and strong hands from Sokol helped him to the first two of the second quarter. The reigning premiers turned on the heat and a late goal from Shaquille Mckenzie stretched the lead to 37.
The Bulldogs were hungrier in the third kicking four goals to none in a hard fought term. The home side had the run of play kicking towards the Northern end and reduced the Lions lead to ten points at the final break.
Souths’ Marlon Pickett kicked the first goal of the last quarter to cut the gap to two points but rather than buckling under the pressure the Lions did what they do best; compete. Man of the moment Ben Sokol was crucial again, icing the game with his sixth and seventh goals. Shepheard and Wayde Twomey took the air out of the Bulldogs as Subiaco rolled to 31 point win.
Rhys Waters returned for the Subiaco Lions and kicked his first league goal since early 2015.
ICE COLD SOKOL:
South Fremantle would have been ruing the player they let go today as Ben Sokol torched his former side for seven goals. It’s always hard playing against your former team-mates but Sokol lifted to the occasion with his best game of the year. The Dogs tried three different opponents on Sokol but failed to quieten his impact on the game.
HEAL OF A PERFOMANCE:
23-year-old Aaron Heal was given a huge assignment in the top of the table clash with defensive duties on dual Bernie Naylor Medalist Ben Saunders. Saunders had kicked 15 goals from five games but was held goal-less by Heal with the youngster duly winning the contest. The display in the back line was even more impressive with the absence of Jordan Lockyer.
THE GAME WAS WON WHEN:
The Bulldogs were within two points early in the last quarter but two quick goals from Ben Sokol created a safe buffer. The Lions slowed the game down to run the victory out.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.4 4.7 8.12 10.15 (75)
SUBIACO 3.4 10.7 10.10 15.16 (106)
Goals; 7 B.Sokol, 3 H.Shepheard, 1 R.Waters, S.Mckenzie, C.Wheeler, W.Twomey, C.Phelan
Best; B.Sokol, L.Delahunty, A.Heal, C.Wheeler, G.Clark
Subi’s reserves handed South Fremantle their first loss of the season with a riveting nine point win at Fremantle Oval
The Lions got off to a quick start and led at every break on the way to their fourth win of the season.
Matt Bogensperger gathered 30 disposals, Max Walters and Simon Moore 19 disposals and youngsters Ethan Burnett and Chad Barns worked well for 17 a piece.
Hayden Yarran booted three goals and continues to put his hand up for league selection. Jeremy Woodley, Jordan Bestry, Mitch Mcphee and Dylan Clarke chipped in with two each.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.4 6.9 8.13 12.16 (88)
SUBIACO 4.2 7.3 12.5 15.7 (97)
Goals; 3 H.Yarran, 2 J.Woodley, J.Bestry, M.Mcphee, D.Clarke, 1 L.Ryan, E.Burnett, C.Bryan, M.Wood
Best; E.Burnett, C.Barns, J.Woodley, M.Walters, D.Clarke
Subi colts looked capable of causing an upset at South Fremantle but wilted in the second half for a 54 point loss.
The Lions had the lead at the first break but struggled to maintain the intensity needed to topple the Bulldogs.
Captain Lawrence Mckenzie continues to play his heart out; gathering 24 disposals and seven tackles. Kalgoorlie's Jacob Miller collected 23 disposals and eight marks and Jarrod Turner from Mines Rovers was fantastic on debut gathering 19 touches and best on ground honours.
Wyvern McDiarmid was the only Lions forward with multiple goals kicking two in his second game of the year.
SOUTH FREMANTLE 2.2 8.5 9.7 15.13 (103)
SUBIACO 3.5 3.9 5.13 6.13 (49)
Goals; 2 W.Mcdiarmid, 1 A.Williamson, D.Del prete, F.Foley, A.Breman
Best; J.Turner, A.Williamson, M.Lawrence, M.Dennis, F.Twomey