WRAP: Round 9 (2017) vs South Fremantle

 
Subiaco have surged to the top of the WAFL ladder after a monster 39-point win over South Fremantle at Leederville Oval.
 
The Lions lifted to another level for their captain Kyal Horsley’s 150th to record their 2nd biggest total score (127) of the season. South Fremantle’s recent form reinforces the measure of this win, which now places Subi in a strong position heading forward.
 
The day had great significance for the skipper Kyal Horsley and he responded with a fantastic sense of occasion. Horsley was the best on ground with 31 touches and three goals.
 
Lachlan Delahunty was dominant with 31 touches, 29 hit-outs and seven inside 50’s. Corey Adamson had his best game for the Maroons with powerful running and clinical kicking in pressure situations. The ex-West Coast eagle collected 26 disposals.

Subi had incredible service from their two Liam’s, with Ryan and Baker kicking four goals apiece. The creativeness and talent between the two is causing monumental problems for the WAFL’s defenders.
 
Benny Sokol added a couple later for three goals on the day and big men Bradley Stevenson and Clancy Wheeler also added two goals to the cause.
 
The only downside from the Lions massive win came from the injury front with Gus Litherland and Chris Phelan forced out of the game. The club will assess the injuries throughout the week.

Subiaco started the game in the perfect manner with Liam Ryan slotting the first goal in the opening minutes. The Lions continued their momentum to kick the first three goals of the quarter, this spell was heavily inspired by pacey youngster Liam Baker and big man Clancy Wheeler. The Bulldogs finally replied with a 50 metre penalty given to Ben Saunders but Subi continued to roll. A big goal to captain Kyal Horsley in his 150th game had the Lions up and about. Subi led by 21 at quarter time.

Subi threatened to blow the game apart with Liam Baker’s third goal but to the Bulldogs credit they found a spirited fightback. Three straight goals out of the centre for South Fremantle brought the margin to under two kicks and it looked like a close contest was on the cards. The more experienced Lions settled and finished off the quarter with class despite losing Gus Litherland with an arm injury. A big Clancy Wheeler goal before half time had the Lions lead at 35.

Subiaco’s goal was to nullify any chance of a Bulldogs comeback and they successfully managed to do so with some big plays. Liam Baker continued his spectacular season with a big goal on the run, Ryan nabbed an acrobatic mark and finished truly and Horsley send the crowd into raptures with his second goal of the game. The Lions lost the services of Chris Phelan late in the quarter after a knock to the ribs but Subi finished strongly regardless. Subiaco took a 55-point lead into the last break.
 
Subiaco took the foot off the pedal in the last quarter but the distance was too large to be troubled by South Fremantle. The Lions kicked two goals to the Bulldogs five to run out 39-point victors. 
 
 
 
 
GAME CHANGERS
 
 
 
A FITTING DAY FOR 150
 
You couldn’t have written a better script for Kyal Horsley’s 150th and the man couldn’t have played the role of hero any better than he did. Horsley kicked a first quarter goal to get the Maroons faithful up and then proceeded to put on a midfield clinic.
 
TOP OF THE CHOPS
 
Subiaco surge to the top with their second biggest score of the season (127) and their 7th win in a row. The Lions have developed a resilience which has been on display over the last three seasons. It doesn’t matter who comes into the Subiaco side, they are willing to play their role and contribute to the team and it leads to results. A lot has to be said about Jarrad Schofield and his coaching staff’s ability to assemble and guide a group through adversity. 
 
UP THE PRESSURE
 
The major difference between this result and the Lions Round One loss to the Dogs was their pressure. The Lions didn’t allow South Fremantle’s smooth movers the space or time to kick effectively and it showed. Subiaco recorded 61 tackles tonight compared to 30 in the first round clash.
  
THE GAME WAS WON WHEN: 

Horsley slammed through his third goal late in the third quarter and received a raucous applause from the home crowd.
 
 
 
 
SUBIACO                                  5.3       11.6        17.10       19.13      (127)
SOUTH FREMANTLE               2.0        6.1           9.3          14.4        (88)
 
 
 
Goals; 4 L.Ryan, L.Baker, 3 K.Horsley, B.Sokol, 2 C.Wheeler, B.Stevenson, 1 M.Walters
 
Best; C.Adamson, L.Baker, A.Heal, B.Stevenson, K.Horsley
 
 
 
 
WAFL STATISTICS 
 
 
 
 
D-LEAGUE RECAP: 
 
Subiaco’s D-League battled gallantly against South Fremantle but went down by 29 points at Leederville Oval.

The Lions burst out of the gates with a six goal first quarter but couldn’t maintain that ferocity over four quarters. 11.2 from the Bulldogs to Subiaco’s 2.0 in the third quarter did most of the damage.
 
Young gun Michael Braut has had a big season and his 28 disposal performance against the Bulldogs was a highlight. Gregory Clark continues to play at a high level and Daniel Perkins remains around the mark.

On the goal front, Raymond Daniels enjoyed the sunny dry conditions kicking three and key forward option Dylan Nelson added three. Ryan Vermeersch had two.
 
 

SUBIACO                                  6.3        9.3          11.3        14.4       (88)
SOUTH FREMANTLE               1.1        5.3          16.5        18.9      (117)
 
 
 
Goals; 3 R.Daniels, D.Nelson, 2 R.Vermeersch, 1 A.Doyle, C.Barns, S.Nelson, J.Underwood, D.Perkins, J.Garcia
 
Best; M.Braut, R.Daniels, D.Nelson, S.Nelson, J.Garcia
 
 
WAFL STATISTICS 

 
COLTS RECAP: 

 

The Subiaco Colts withstood a surging South Fremantle outfit by four points at Leederville Oval this morning.
 
They atoned for their round one defeat to the Bulldogs, and now sit two games clear in 5th spot on the ladder.
 
Brayden Ainsworth was excellent again for the Lions. He accumulated 25 possessions (10 contested), took eight marks, laid five tackles and won four clearances. He is a truly impressive player, with his gut running again on display, along with his hardness at contests.
 
Kyron Hayden was also superb for the Lions with 23 possessions (10 contested), seven marks, four tackles, three inside 50s, three rebounding 50s and two clearances, as was Max Dennis who finished with 20 possessions, eight marks, five inside 50s and a goal.
 
Up forward Christian Martin continued his dominant season with two goals. He is now second in the WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Award with 13 goals. Che Wyatt also kicked two goals, while Nathan French, Mitch Hughes, Josh Leunig and Dennis all kicked one goal each.
 
In the first quarter it took 16 minutes for the first goal to come, and fortunately for the Lions it was Nathan French who kicked it from a set shot 50 metres out. Moments later, Max Dennis snapped the ball out of congestion and the Lions were up by two goals at quarter-time.
 
Christian Martin kicked the first goal of the second quarter in the first minute after he converted a set shot from the boundary. Luke Moore and Alex Cabassi kicked goals for the Dogs, but Martin then kicked his second for the quarter to halt South Fremantle’s momentum. Soon after, Brayden Ainsworth found Che Wyatt inside 50, and Wyatt converted. Just before half-time Ben Sherry kicked a goal for the Dogs to reduce the margin to 10 points.
 
After the main break the Lions got off to a ripping start when Mitch Hughes took a sensational pack mark in the 2nd minute, before goaling. In the 17th minute, bottom-ager Wil Hickmott found Josh Leunig inside 50 who then kicked a mammoth goal to give the Lions a 22-point lead at three-quarter time.
 
The fourth quarter was not one for the faint-hearted Lions’ supporters. Brodee Knight, Tom Weston and Matthew Ward all kicked goals for the Bulldogs to get within three points of Subiaco. Thankfully, Wyatt kicked a monster goal from beyond 50 metres, which halted some of the Bulldogs’ momentum. Then in the 23rd minute, Brodie Plunkett kicked a goal for South and the margin was only four points. The Bulldogs almost won the next vital clearance but the ball went to the wing and the siren sounded ending the game on a thrilling note.
 
Next week the Lions host top-of-the-table East Fremantle where they will be aiming for victory number six.
 
 
GAME CHANGERS
 
NO MILLER, NO PROBLEM
 
Subiaco headed into the game without star ruck-man Ben Miller. The task looked daunting especially with South Fremantle’s John Frampton being one of the competition’s premier ruck-man. However the duo of Josh Leunig (8 possessions, 17 hit-outs and a goal) and Mitch Hughes (13 possessions, seven hit-outs and a goal) were ultra-impressive and were key factors in getting the Lions over the line.
 
LIONS’ FEROCIOUS TACKLING
 
The Subiaco Colts pride themselves on their tackling, and against South Fremantle this was no exception. The Lions won the tackle count (76-45) and tough-nut Tom Edwards-Baldwin led this with six. Brayden Ainsworth and Luke Foley both recorded five apiece.
 
A YOUNGSTER MAKING HIMSELF A BIG NAME
 
He may only be draft eligible until next year but Wil Hickmott continues to make himself a big name in this year’s competition. Against the Bulldogs, the Sorrento-Duncraig junior accumulated 15 possessions (six contested), and got the ball inside attacking 50 on four occasions in a dazzling display on the wing. He was also smart enough to hold onto the ball in the dying stages, thus helping the Lions win their fifth victory of season 2017.   
 
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN
 
The final siren sounded. The Bulldogs had the ball on the wing but a miskick saw them kick it out on the full. Wil Hickmott was smart enough to then hold onto the ball until the siren went, ending another cracking game.
  
SUBIACO                            2.1        5.2        7.2         8.5          (53)
SOUTH FREMANTLE         0.2        3.4        3.6         7.7          (49)
 
 
Goals; 2 C.Wyatt, C.Martin, 1 M.Hughes, N.French, J.Leunig, M.Dennis
 
Best; M.Dennis, B.Ainsworth, K.Fullgrabe, M.Plane, K.Hayden
 
 
WAFL STATISTICS
 
 

 

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