WRAP: Round 22 (2016) at Peel

 
Subiaco have clinched top spot with a barnstorming comeback against Peel at Bendigo Bank Stadium.
 
The Lions trailed by 26 points at three quarter time but put together a massive last term to run out 13.15 (93) to 12.4 (76) winners. 
 
Key forward Hamish Shepheard sparked the charge with three goals in five minutes in the third. Shepheard struggled to get into the game early but was prominent in the comeback and finished with four.

Liam Ryan was also important with four goals. Ryan fought off a heavy tag from Josh Bootsma to have a big impact on the game in the second half. 
 
Subiaco lost Kyal Horsley and Chris Phelan as late withdrawals but had great service in the midfield. Adam Cockie gathered 25 disposals, Leigh Kitchin and Greg Broughton collected 22 apiece. 
 
Clancy Wheeler gathered 20 disposals, six marks and a last quarter goal helped Subi across the line against Peel.

Peel had the early run of play and recorded the first three inside 50’s of the game. An errant kick from Aaron Heal handed the Thunder a shot in the pocket and Blair Bell converted for the home side. The sides battled for a while until Subi found their way forward. Leigh Kitchin squared the ball to Brett Mahoney who nailed the set shot. The game was evenly poised but Peel found three goals in five minutes through Tanner Smith, Brendon Lawler and 2016 AFL Draft Prospect Noah Hura. The Thunder led by 24 at quarter time. 
 
Subiaco were hoping to string some play together with the aid of a light Mandurah breeze but the Thunder started hot again. Bell continued to be the thorn in the side of the Lions and kicked the first two goals of the second in quick succession. With the lead beyond 30 points, the Lions needed a lift, and they got one through Wayde Twomey who slotted a long bomb on the run. Subi got another important goal through Liam Ryan who trapped Bootsma and slotted the resulting free kick. Peel by 23 at half-time. 
 
After the half time break, Peel threatened to shatter the reigning premiers confidence. Brayden Lawler kicked his second and Blair Bell naled his fourth goal from a set shot. When Bell nailed his fifth of the day from a deep angle in the pocket the Lions cause started to look grim. That was until Hamish Shepheard stood up. Shepheard was angered being disallowed a mark on the wing and seemingly used that anger to fuel a goal spree. Shep kicked two goals from big marks and finished another off on the run to change the context of the game. Two late goals by Peel didn’t help the Lions but there was a sense a charge would come. 
 
Down by 26 heading into the last; Subiaco needed to be perfect to steal a win off the Thunder. The signs were good when Leigh Kitchin hit Shepheard on the chest from the opening clearance. The big man went back to kick his fourth of the game. From that point the Lions looked irresistible. Ryan snapped a ripper to make the deficit 12 after a confused Peel player bombed the ball into Subiaco’s forward line. Athletic ruck man Sean Bradley then kicked the biggest goal of his career on the run to make it 5 points. Human highlight machine Ryan then took another contender for Mark of the Year and more importantly converted to give Subi the lead for the first time in the game.

Rhys Waters added another for the Lions and the game was over when Clancy Wheeler gave Subi a winning lead. The reigning premiers held Peel scoreless in the last quarter to record the 6th biggest three quarter time comeback in club history.
 
Subiaco can now look forward to two weeks rest before the 2016 WAFL Finals. They will hope to get a host of key players back including captain Kyal Horsley, Chris Phelan, Lachlan Delahunty and Hayden Kennedy.
 
 
 
GAME CHANGERS
 
 
SHEPHEARD SHOWS GRIT
 
Hamish Shepheard should get another AFL chance after the ability has shown in 2016. The key forward has been integral for the Lions and will play a huge part in securing three consecutive premierships for Subi. Although the chips were down for Shepheard in the first half against Peel he never stopped trying. The floodgates eventually opened in the third due to Shepheard’s persistence and he made the Thunder pay. The league’s leading forward went on a rampage to lift the spirits and his goal at the start of the last quarter was important. Shep finished with 51 goals from 20 games. He will win the Bernie Naylor Medal for league’s leading goal-kicker if South Fremantle’s Ben Saunders kicks less than three against Perth next week. 
 
SUBI SHUTS DOWN FREO ENGINES
 
The Peel midfield was absolutely loaded against Subiaco in Round 22. It featured Fremantle veterans Tendai Mzungu, Matt De Boer and Clancee Pearce. Although the Thunder mids got a lot of time on the ball in the first half Subiaco notably raised their defensive pressure in the second to force the home side into turnovers. The pressure in the fourth quarter led to a whopping 13 scoring shots to 0. 
 
IT’S HOW YOU FINISH 
 
Subi would have been disappointed with their play in the first three quarters but they made up for it with a big finish. Head Coach Jarrad Schofield put an emphasis on basics and pressure at three quarter time and the playing group responded well when they needed to. Subiaco kicked 6.7 to 0.0 in the last quarter to stun the Mandurah crowd. The Lions recorded their 6th biggest comeback from three quarter time since 1896. 
 
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN
 
A string of handballs found Subi utility Clancy Wheeler over the top and he dribbled home the goal to give the Lions a 17 point lead late in the last. 
 
 
 
SUBIACO                     1.2        4.7        7.8        13.15       (93)
PEEL                            5.2        7.2       12.4        12.4        (76)
 
 
 
 
 
Goals; 4 L.Ryan, H.Shepheard, 1 B.Mahoney, C.Wheeler, R.Waters, S.Bradley, G.Broughton 
 
 
Best; H.Shepheard, G.Broughton, C.Bryan, L.Ryan, A.Cockie 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RESERVES
 
The Subiaco Reserves lost a tight game to the Thunder 12.13 (85) to 14.8 (92) despite a last quarter comeback. 
 
Peel built a big lead after six consecutive goals in the third quarter which proved insurmountable. 
 
The Lions got good service from their small forwards with Hayden Yarran, James Garcia, Jeremy Woodley and Braden Fimmano kicking two a piece. 
 
Fimmano also tore it up in the midfield to collect 23 disposals and seven marks. Matt Bogensperger collected 33 touches, Shaquille Mckenzie 25 and James Garcia 19. 
 
The win is a dent in the reserves momentum but they have still clinched fifth position and finals football. 
 
 
 
 
SUBIACO                     2.4        6.7        7.9        12.13       (85)
PEEL                            5.4        7.6       13.7        14.8        (92)
 
 
 
 
 
Goals; 2 H.Yarran, J.Woodley, J.Garcia, B.Fimmano, 1 S.Nelson, R.Vermeersch, J.Bestry, M.Bogensperger 
 
 
 
Best; B.Fimmano, J.Bestry, M.Panizza, J.Garcia 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COLTS
 
The Subiaco Colts went down by 30 points to Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium.
 
The Lions were dominant in the first half, but were overpowered in the second half by the Thunder in what was their last game for the year. 
 
Josh Chapman was again outstanding for the visitors, accumulating 17 possessions, 40 hit-outs and a goal to clearly better his direct opponent, Brock Smith – four possessions and 12 hit-outs.
 
Sean Foley put in yet another elite performance, finishing with 24 possessions and three goals. He was well supported by Liam Catalfamo (24 possessions and eight marks), Matthew Pannell (23 possessions and 11 marks), Aaron Breman (21 possessions and five tackles), and Jye Harris (20 possessions, five marks, four tackles and a goal).
 
Up forward, Christian Martin kicked three goals, while Che Wyatt, Riley Wojtowicz, and Jake Halligan all chimed in with one goal each. 
 
The Lions came out firing in the first quarter, with Christian Martin kicking theopening goal in the seventh minute, after he roved a contest expertly before snapping it through. Riley Wojtowicz followed up five minutes later, when he scored an amazing soccer-style volley. Peel star Michael Humble was able to get one back for the home team, but Che Wyatt converted the instant reply from long range. In the 20 th minute, Jye Harris kicked a goal when the ball went over a pack and he was able to score from the goal line. Josh Chapman was able to rove his own hit-out and then snap one through the congestion to give Subiaco an 18-point buffer at quarter-time.
 
In the second quarter, Jake Halligan got the Lions roaring with a sensational goal – he was able to sidestep an opponent and then coolly convert a check side banana goal. Sean Foley converted his set shot from a free kick for being held onto inside Subiaco’s attacking 50. Michael Stevens scored the Thunder’s first for the quarter in the 7 th minute, but Foley followed up with his second goal after taking a strong contested mark. Jye Kimpton and Alex Cohen scored goals for the visitors, but Foley came to the rescue and kicked his third of the quarter. Cohen kicked his second, but Christian Martin was able to slot his second goal on the brink of half-time to give the Lions a 24-point lead.
 
After the main break, the Thunder came out firing. James Fenton, Aaron Naughton and Stevens kicked the first three goals of the quarter. Martin converted his set shot in the 16 th minute to give the Lions some breathing space, but it was to no avail as Cohen and Naughton kicked goals to bring Peel within three points of the Lions.
 
The last quarter proved to be an avalanche from the Thunder, as Stevens (twice), Naughton, Brandon Penny, and Reece Dillon all kicked goals for the home team, to run out 30-point victors.
 
Season 2016 is over for the Colts, but there are plenty of positives for the Lions heading into the 2017 season. Players such as Matthew Pannell, Tristan Hobley, David Purser, Luke Foley, Corey Young, Jordan Farone, Thomas Edwards-Baldwin, Koby Fullgrabe, Riley Wojtowicz, Christian Martin, Xavier Peacock, Max Dennis, Will Hickmott, Jake Halligan and Liam Hickmott will have benefited from the experience they have attained this year, and all show enormous potential to take the Lions forward next year and beyond.
 
 
 
 

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