WRAP: Round 8 (2017) at Swan Districts

Subiaco go to 6-1 after a dominant 64-point win over Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

The Lions entered the matchup 2nd but there was a significant difference in class between them and the 3rd placed Swans.
Bradley Stevenson was the star in the forward line and kicked five goals at crucial times. His goal after the half-time siren had the Lions pumped up.
Leigh Kitchin was a stand out in his 50th game. The vice-captain collected 32 disposals, eight inside 50’s and kicked a booming goal in the third quarter.

Chris Phelan collected 28 disposals, Kyal Horsley had 24 and Adam Cockie had 17.

The Lions defenders were rock solid. Declan Jackson held Ricky Cary to two goals & Aaron Heal and Gus Litherland were stingy.   

The Lions were bolstered by the return of senior players Adam Cockie, Justin Joyce and Lachlan Delahunty. The influx of experience showed greatly against the Swans and Subiaco started red hot at Steel Blue Oval. 50 gamer Leigh Kitchin set up the first goal for Stevenson and Matt Bogensperger grubbed home their second on the run moments later. A classy snap from impressive youngster Liam Baker had the Lions on a roll. A goal from Swans' Taryce Stewart and a minor shoulder injury to Liam Ryan were the only sour points of the first. Lions by 16. 

The second quarter went goal-less for over ten minutes until man of the moment Leigh Kitchin roosted a long bomb home from the right hand side boundary. This ignited the game and the Swans mounted a momentary come back. Their two straight goals were quickly eradicated by Bradley Stevenson who lifted for the Lions. A brilliant team goal came made it third straight for the Lions when Walters tapped to Baker for a snap. Subi by 31 at half-time. 
The Swans got the first goal of the quarter through Ricky Cary but the Lions refused to let the black and white’s back into the game. A long kick by skipper Kyal Horsley was shepherded in by Max Walters and Liam Ryan. Adam Cockie delivered another long range strike and proved he hasn’t lost any power in his right leg. Ricky Cary managed a goal for the Swans but two goals from Brad Stevenson helped the Lions run out the quarter strongly. Subi by 51 at three quarter time.

The last quarter had little relevance to the game with Subiaco adding three goals and the Swans adding one. The Lions pressure never went away and restricted the 3rd placed Swan Districts to just six goals on the day. Subi win by 64.
Leigh Kitchin didn’t waste much time in his 50th game for Subiaco setting up Brad Stevenson for the first goal of the game. Kitchin proceeded to put on a show, marshalling the Lions through the midfield with his run and precise boot. Kitch nailed a big shot from the boundary, 50 metres out, in the third quarter to sink the Swans.
Subiaco won the game in the first half with intense pressure and ferocity. The Lions led inside 50’s 30-16 at half time and converted a majority of those into scores. Subi consistently win the clearance game despite the lack of a designated ruck man.
Brad Stevenson stepped up when the Lions needed it. Liam Ryan endured an injury conceded in the first quarter and did a fantastic job of providing a target. The work of Ryan and youngster Liam Baker helped free up Stevenson to kick five.
The game was in the Lions hands in the first half but a big goal by Leigh Kitchin in the third sealed the win for the Subi.
SUBIACO                                  3.5        7.9         12.14         15.19       (109)
SWAN DISTRICTS                    1.1        3.2           5.5             6.9          (45)
Goals; 5 B.Stevenson, 3 L.Baker, 1 L.Ryan, B.Sokol, M.Bogensperger, C.Wheeler, L.Kitchin, K.Horsley, A.Cockie
Best; K.Horsley, L.Delahunty, L.Baker, B.Stevenson, A.Heal




Subiaco’s D-League ran out of fire against the Swan Districts to go down by 9 points at Steel Blue Oval.

Subi had the lead at ever break but were eventually worn down by a determined Swans outfit.
Daniel Perkins was a standout for Subi with 18 touches and six tackles. Perkins has been working hard to re-earn a league spot and his performance against the Swans won’t hurt.

Dylan Nelson was handy with two goals as well as Ryan Vermeersch and Ray Daniels who also added two.

Young ruck Damon Guiness made his return and contributed well. His 38 hit outs was important against the Swans big man Troy Yukich.
Ben Reid also gets a mention as he continues to develop as a physical, mid-sized defender. The Lions over-all defensive performance was commendable but they fell under the weight of the Swans pressure in the end.

SUBIACO                                  5.3        7.7           8.9            9.11         (65)
SWAN DISTRICTS                    1.0        4.2           8.4            11.8         (74)
Goals; 2 R.Daniels, R.Vermeersch, D.Nelson, 1 R.Borchet, J.Underwood, D.Clarke
Best; D.Perkins, D.Nelson, B.Reid

The Subiaco Colts overcame a surging Swan Districts by three points at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.
The Lions are in fifth position on the home-and- away ladder and are now a game ahead of West Perth who are sixth.
Brayden Ainsworth again starred for the Lions with 27 possessions, six marks, three tackles and three inside 50s.
He was well supported by Koby Fullgrabe (20 possessions, six marks, and five inside 50s), Liam Hickmott (18 possessions, two marks and two tackles), Kyron Hayden (18 possessions) and Max Dennis (17 possessions and four tackles).
Up forward Nathan French kicked two goals, including the goal that got the Lions back in front with only a minute remaining in the last quarter. Mitch Hughes and
Christian Martin were the other multiple goalscorers with two apiece, while Zach Semmens, Tom Edwards-Baldwin and Che Wyatt all kicked one goal each.
The Lions opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the match when Brayden Ainsworth was able to intercept a Swan Districts kick-out before finding Christian Martin inside the attacking 50. Martin then truly converted, but unfortunately for the Lions, Sebastian Bright and Riley Garcia kicked goals for the Black Ducks.
Bright kicked his second when he was able to soccer through a goal in the eighth minute of the second quarter, and moments later Nathan Ireland scored another for the Swans. Zachary Semmens got one back for Subiaco when he was able to rove a contest inside the forward 50 and snap one through. Just before the half-time siren, Mitch Hughes scored a goal and the Lions were within three points.
After the main break the Lions came out firing. In the third minute, Luke Foley caught Greg Humphries holding the ball. Kyron Hayden then took the advantage and found Che Wyatt inside 50 who duly converted. A few minutes later
Christian Martin scored his second, and moments later Nathan French shimmed his way past an opponent before he snapped one across his body. Tristan Hobley was then able to find Hughes inside the forward 50, who kicked his second for the game. However, Swans’ AFL Academy member Sam Taylor used his body well in a marking contest and was able to kick a goal to get the Black Ducks back within 16 points.
In the last quarter it took 10 minutes for either side to score, and fortunately for the Lions it was Tom Edwards-Baldwin when he converted a tough set shot from the boundary. However, a turnover in the middle of the ground saw Thomas Whittle kick a goal for the Swans. In the matter of eight minutes, Whittle kicked another three to get the Swans in front. French then became the hero when he was able to snap a ball out of congestion to get the Lions up by four points with only a minute remaining. In a heart-in- mouth moment, the Swans were able to get the ball forward, but fortunately the ball trickled through for a point and the siren went, sounding out a victory for Subiaco.
Next week the Lions host South Fremantle at Leederville Oval where they will be aiming for redemption after the Bulldogs beat them by 11 points in round one.
Brayden Ainsworth (27 possessions, six marks, three tackles and three inside 50s), Kyron Hayden (18 possessions, three inside 50s, and two marks) and Ben Miller (14 possessions, 13 hit-outs, three marks, three tackles and two inside 50s) all continued their rich vein of form that has seen them selected in this year’s State 18s Academy. With such form expect all three boys to have long and distinguished careers with the Lions or potentially in the AFL.
Stationed across half-back and on the wing, Koby Fullgrabe looked to provide the x-factor into the Subiaco line-up. He finished with 20 possessions, but it was his run and carry that startled the Swans. At full pace it is near impossible to catch the Joondalup-Kinross junior, and with his running power he looks to be a real weapon for the Lions.
For a debut, they usually do not come with the kind of fanfare that Nathan French, from the Kingsway Junior Football Club, was able to deliver. He finished with 11 possessions, three marks, two inside 50s, one tackle and two sensational goals. One was from when he was able to dummy his way past an opponent before snapping it through, and the other one was the match winner.
The final siren sounded. The ball was in the Swans’ attacking half and they could have snatched victory if their final foray into attack had been accurate.
SUBIACO                            1.2        3.4        7.6        9.7      (61)
SWAN DISTRICTS             2.0        4.1        5.3        9.4      (58) 
Goals; 2 N. French, C. Martin, M. Hughes, 1 Z. Semmens, T. Edwards-Baldwin, C. Wyatt
Best; K. Fullgrabe, B. Ainsworth, B. Miller, L. Hickmott, K. Stainsby




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