WRAP: Round Three (2017) at West Perth

The Lions are 2-1 in 2017 after a 11-point win over West Perth at HBF Arena. 

Subi powered home to the win after a powerful spell from Ben Sokol in the third quarter. Sokol kicked five goals on the day and three straight in a damaging period of play.

Liam Ryan added two goals and created a multitude of others and Dylan Nelson kicked his first goal in maroon and gold colours.

Leigh Kitchin was a general for the Lions; recording 28 disposals, seven tackles, five inside 50’s and a goal. Chris Phelan had 31 touches, nine inside 50’s & Kyal Horsley had 25 touches.
Subiaco brought in four changes from side that beat Perth last week with a noted influx of forwards. The additions of Ben Sokol, Dylan Nelson and Brad Stevenson brought notable firepower. Braden Fimmano was also a handy addition on the ball.

Subiaco got the perfect start with a great running goal from vice-captain Leigh Kitchin on the back of a great team play. The ball rebounded end to end and landed in the hands of the sure-footed Leigh Kitchin. West Perth got a response through Kris Shannon and Liam Ryan popped up early in the proceedings for his first. Ryan was causing havoc again seconds later after he got over the back of the defence. Tyson Moulton added another for the Falcons as the early signs of a shoot-out emerged. Liam Ryan went hunting in the defence and Bailey Matera was the beneficiary. The South Freo recruit kicked truly from the holding the ball free-kick. Subiaco led by six at the first break

The game continued at a frenetic pace in the second quarter as Wheeler plucked the ball and snapped home. The Lions pressure started to build and an out of bounds free kick set up Liam Ryan in an ominous position. Instead of firing away, Ryan pulled up and nailed a pin point pass to Chris Phelan. The reigning Outridge Medallist stepped back and nailed the set shot. When It look like Subi were cruising away, the Falcons got an absolute run on. Three straight goals to West Perth saw the lead swing in their favour. Dylan Nelson’s first league goal in Subiaco colours helped slow the West Perth momentum. Falcons by eight at half-time.

Subi have been the best third quarter team so far in 2017 and they demonstrated why. The Lions continually rebounded the ball and amassed multiple forward entries. The biggest beneficiary was Ben Sokol who returned to the lineup for the first time since Round 16, 2016. “Socks” produced a spectacular spell, kicking four goals in the quarter and setting up another for Brad Stevenson. Tyler Keitel for the Falcons made sure the game didn’t blow out though, with two late goals making the difference nine points at the last break.
The game was fairly even for the opening minutes of the last quarter and Subiaco did well to take the heat out of the game. Sokol kicked his fifth and final goal and that seemingly took the wind out of the Falcons. West Perth managed a goal through captain Jay Van Berlo but they ran out of answers for a strong finishing Subiaco side. The Lions grind out a 11 point win at HBF Arena. 
Bailey Matera parries the ball on the wing. 


Ben Sokol played his first league game since Round 16, 2016 and he made the most of his return. Sokol worked his way into the game and took a handful of strong contested marks. His four goal third quarter set the Lions up for the win and Sokol could add another dimension to Subi’s forward line in 2017.

Subi ran a smaller team this week with Lachlan Delahunty and Clancy Wheeler shouldering the ruck. Although the Lions lost the hit-out count 52-22 they were well prepared for West Perth at the clearances. Another statistic worth mentioning was the tackles, where Subi overwhelmed the Falcons 64-38.
Sokol added his fifth from a big mark and set shot in the last quarter to put the game beyond West Perth.
SUBIACO                                   4.2        7.4       12.5      13.9        (76)
WEST PERTH                            3.2        8.6       10.8     11.10       (87)
Goals; 5 B.Sokol, 2 L.Ryan, 1 L.Kitchin, B.Matera, D.Nelson, C.Phelan, C.Wheeler, B.Stevenson
Best;  B.Sokol, L.Kitchin, M.Walters, A.Heal, C.Phelan
Subiaco’s D-league team fell short against West Perth after leading at three quarter time.

The Falcons stormed home on the back of three goals from Shane Bonney and a strong performance from Brayden Antonio

Ryan Borchet was the coaches best on ground with 15 touches, four marks and a goal. Borchet is developing into a strong player around the ground for Subiaco.
Liam Baker was the only multiple goal-kicker for Subiaco with two.

Dave Madut looks back to full strength and monstered the ruck for 31 touches and a goal. Youngsters Josh Underwood and Andy Doyle impressed whilst newcomers Daniel Leach and Alex Thurkle are finding some of the ball.

Experienced midfielders Adam Cockie and Matt Bogensperger continue to supply strong performances at Development level and will be looking to break into the league side. Subi fans will also be happy to hear premiership winger Scott Hancock also made a successful return to the field and collected 17 disposals and a goal. 
SUBIACO                                   2.2        6.5       10.7      11.9        (75)
WEST PERTH                            3.5        6.5        9.8      13.10       (87)
Goals; 2 L.Baker, 1 J.Cary, E.Burnett, A.Doyle, D.Perkins, R.Borchet, D.Madut, D.Leach, D.Clarke, S.Hancock
Best; R.Borchet, D.Madut, J.Underwood, A.Doyle 
Reports; M. Lawrence
The Subiaco Colts were dealt a heart-breaking loss on Friday night to West Perth at HBF Arena.
Just before the full-time siren, West Perth’s Oscar Allen took a mark inside 50 before converting his opportunity to give the Falcons a 5-point victory.
For the Lions, Brayden Ainsworth was arguably best afield. He accumulated 24 possessions, took five marks, laid five tackles and kicked two goals.
He was well supported by Kyron Hayden (27 possessions and five tackles), Nic Baroni (19 possessions and two goals), Luke Foley (18 possessions, five marks and three tackles) and Tom Edwards-Baldwin (18 possessions and seven tackles).
Up forward, Mitch Hughes kicked three goals, while Baroni (two goals) and Ainsworth (two) were the other multiple goalscorers. Ben Miller and Che Wyatt kicked one goal each.
The Lions’ defence was under siege in the early part of the opening quarter. West Perth got their first goal through Nathan Murray, and moments later Kurt Monaghan kicked a left foot snap to give the Falcons a 13-point lead. In the 17th minute, Nic Baroni kicked the Lions’ first goal after he was awarded a 50-metre penalty, but four minutes later, Monaghan banged through his second goal of the game. Late in the quarter, Christian Martin was able to centre the ball from the boundary line and found Mitch Hughes, who went back and converted his opportunity.
Hughes opened the Lions’ account in the second quarter after a brilliant passage of play saw him kick a goal from the goal square. Moments later, Aaron Breman found Ben Miller on the lead inside 50, who went back and scored the Lions’ second of the quarter. Murray kicked his second of the game when he was able to crumb a pack. And after a brilliant build-up, Che Wyatt kicked a brilliant banana checkside goal. Despite being under pressure in defence, Liam Connolly was able to use his vision and spotted Tristan Hobley in the middle of the ground. Once Hobley received the ball he quickly handballed it off to Matt Pannell who got the ball inside 50, where Wyatt was able to weave his magic. Just before half-time, Oscar Allen kicked a goal to reduce the margin to three points.
After the main break the Lions got off to the perfect start. Hughes was able to intercept a ball inside attacking 50, and then nailed his third goal of the game in the first minute. Just minutes later, Ainsworth kicked a goal after he roved a contest expertly. Unfortunately for the Lions, Thomas Boyes and Brayden Cook kicked goals for the Falcons and the margin was only five points heading into the final quarter.
The Subiaco defence was again under siege in the early stages of the quarter, but in the seventh minute, Ainsworth was able to kick his second goal out of congestion. Murray responded, but Baroni was able to get one back for the Lions. Koopah Todd got one back for the home side and then in the dying stages, Allen kicked the goal that broke the hearts of Subiaco.
Next week the Lions are back at Leederville Oval, taking on the Peel Thunder where they will be hoping for redemption.
The Subiaco defence was outstanding against the Falcons’ potent forward line. Despite being under siege in patches of the game, the defenders all played their part and were crucial to Subiaco being in the game for long stretches of time.
Brayden Ainsworth and Kyron Hayden look like a dynamic duo in the midfield.
Ainsworth (24 possessions and two goals) and Hayden (27 possessions and five tackles) were both strong in the stoppages but also looked classy with their ball use. They seem destined to have distinguished careers with the Lions.
Ben Miller enhances his reputation as being a premier ruck-man in this year’s Colts Competition. Miller finished with 11 possessions, 29 hit-outs and a goal in a dominant display and was well supported by Mach Deng (17 hit-outs) against West Perth’s Oscar Allen (14 possessions, 15 hit-outs and two goals,) and Tex Moran (four possessions and nine hit-outs).
Oscar Allen kicked his second goal of the game, in the 23rd minute of the final quarter.
WEST PERTH                3.2        5.4        7.6           10.11        (71)
SUBIACO                       2.2        5.8        7.11         9.12          (66)
Goals; 3 M. Hughes, 2 N. Baroni, B. Ainsworth, 1 B. Miller, C. Wyatt

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