WRAP: Round 11 (2017) at Peel

A Kyal Horsley snap in the dying moments of the game has lifted Subiaco over Peel Thunder and places the Lions three games on top of the WAFL ladder.

Peel’s captain Gerard Ugle had put the home team in front just a minute beforehand, but the Lions refused to give up. The Subi skipper won the ball from a deep throw-in and goaled with 30 seconds to spare against a resilient Thunder outfit.

Clancy Wheeler was outstanding for the Lions with three goals, 17 disposals and seven marks at half-forward. Ben Sokol, Dylan Nelson and Liam Baker were important with two each.

Leigh Kitchin led the Lions ball-getters with 26, Kyal Horsley 24, Adam Cockie 20 and Scott Hancock 17.

Young defender Michael Braut stepped in for his debut and looked the part in an experienced Lions back-line. Subiaco’s defence held the Thunder to 12.11 from 46 inside 50 entries. Greg Clark was also included in the side for the injured Chris Phelan and Dylan Nelson made his 3rd appearance for the maroon and gold.

Liam Baker got proceedings underway with some run and carry through the middle. The pacey forward bombed a pass long to Liam Ryan but it corked right and dribbled through the goals for the opener. Big man Clancy Wheeler had Subi’s second from a set-shot moments later to put Subi up 14 – 0. The home side responded with Bray kicking the Thunder’s first. Subi’s defenders Aaron Heal and Joel Latham had livewire Leroy Jetta under control until he found space in the pocket for Peel’s 2nd. A response by Wheeler and a late scramble goal by Peel captain Gerard Ugle had the scoreline at 22 – 19 at quarter time to Subiaco’s favour.

The second quarter had great reward for Subiaco as they piled on early goals. Strong marking forward Ben Sokol started to have an impact and Clancy Wheeler’s third stretched the margin to 17. A brilliant full pitch run by Liam Ryan stopped a certain Rory O’Brien goal and the Lions willingness to fight continued to rush the Thunder. A late goal on the half-time siren to Peel’s Tray Bennell had the Subi lead at 21.
The first ten minutes of the third went goal-less as both teams fought to break the deadlock. The Lions could have almost put the game out of reach with a goal but the Thunder were able to work their way into it. It ended up being the much-maligned Zac Dawson to get the ball rolling with a clever check-side for the Thunder 15 minutes into the 3rd. This stirred a spirited fightback for the Mandurah side with Blair Bell and Leroy Jetta adding two more in quick succession. The difference was narrowed down to three points at three-quarter time.  
Peel’s Leroy Jetta got the home crowd up with the first Peel Thunder lead of the game. A Haydn Matthews goal moments later helped the teal and blue cause. With the momentum against the Lions, Liam Baker lifted the boys with a great read of the pack and ran a goal through. With the margin at three points with 20 minutes gone, Subi lifted a gear. The Thunder were sniffing another goal until Aaron Heal saved a Jetta dribble-kick on the line. The following transition ended with a big fly from Ryan on the 50, the ball bounced out back of pack for a Dylan Nelson breakaway goal. Subiaco led by two at this stage.
A clean clearance out of the next stoppage and a sizzling pass onto Liam Ryan’s chest calmed the nerves for Subiaco. The WAFL leading goal-kicker converted to make it an eight-point lead for the Lions, but it wasn’t over.
A dubious 50 metre penalty gifted Dockers youngster Griffin Logue a shot at goal and he converted to reduce it to two points again. Then, with only a minute to play, the Thunder went coast to coast with Peel skipper Gerard Ugle racing away for what seemed like the game-winner in the 29th minute.
Peel surged forward from the resulting centre clearance, but only found Jordan Lockyer deep in the back-line. The 50-gamer rebounded the ball down the wing and after a series of possessions the Lions had it in their pocket with seconds remaining. The throw-in was short and met by Peel ruckman Sean Darcy, Horsley read the tap and stole it in front, slapping it on the boot to send the maroon and gold into raptures.
Subiaco win by four points in a heart-stopper.
Joel Latham carries the ball away from Leroy Jetta. 
Peel had a considerable amount of firepower in their side but couldn’t match the Lions for four quarters. The Thunder had nine Fremantle players including veterans Danyle Pearce, Nick Suban, Zac Dawson who struggled against the Lions immense pressure at times. Talented Dockers youngsters Griffin Logue, Tommy Sheridan and Josh Deluca were strong but were overwhelmed by a strong team effort from Subiaco.
Well done to 5th gamer Liam Baker who has been a star for the Lions since his debut in Round 6. The Lake Grace youngster has kicked 12 goals from his first five, collaborating in a deadly partnership with fellow goal-smith Liam Ryan. Baker has been given an opportunity at Subiaco and he’s hit the ground running.
These two sides have had one of the closest rivalries in the league over the last five years. The tally stands at 5-4 to the Lions since 2013 and five out of the last six of have been decided by 20 points or less.

Adam Cockie won the clearance for Subiaco after the Horsley goal and sizzled a pass onto the chest of Liam Ryan. Time expired as Ryan was walking back for his shot.
SUBIACO                                  1.6       6.10          9.15         15.18        (87)
PEEL THUNDER                       0.3       3.6            9.10         11.11        (83)
Goals; 3 C.Wheeler, 2 B.Sokol, L.Baker, D.Nelson, 1 M.Walters, L.Ryan, K.Horsley
Best; C.Wheeler, K.Horsley, S.Hancock, M.Braut, L.Kitchin

Subiaco’s development team are back on the winning sheet thanks to a strong performance in Mandurah.

Daniels was outstanding in the forward line for the Lions and iced the game with an impressive running goal in the fourth quarter. He finished with four goals.

Big units Ryan Vermeersch and Josh Chapman also added two majors in a defensive heavy match up.

Ryan Borchet was best on ground with 22 disposals and 12 marks. The Kalgoorlie youngster is developing nicely for Subiaco.

Daniel Perkins continues to get consistent ball with 27 touches and 12 tackles. Perkins has a great work ethic which never waivers. Daniel Leach had his biggest tally of the season of 25 disposals and a goal and Rowen Powell built form with 24 touches and a goal.

The Lions led early before a Peel fightback had them trailing by three points at half-time. Subi got on top with a five goal third quarter led by a determined Lions midfield and efficient goal-kicking from the Lions forwards. Peel were a chance to come back in the last but a strong defensive effort stamped out any chance of a Thunder return. Subi kicked away for a 34 point win.

SUBIACO                                  3.3       3.5            8.6         11.10       (76)
PEEL THUNDER                       1.7       3.8           5.11         5.12       (42)
Goals; 4 R.Daniels, 2 J.Chapman, R.Vermeersch, 1 J.Turner, R.Powell, D.Leach
Best; R.Borchet, A.Creeper, D.Leach, J.Cary, R.Daniels
The Subiaco Colts went down by 40 points to Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday morning.
The Lions are still in fifth spot but could be only up by a game depending on Monday’s fixture between West Perth and East Perth.
Liam Hickmott continued his excellent form, recording 26 possessions (13 contested), six tackles, six clearances, two marks and two rebounding 50s.
He was well supported by Max Dennis (25 possessions – 14 contested – six clearances, five tackles, and two inside 50s), Liam Connolly (20 possessions, 10 marks and five rebounding 50s) and Tristan Hobley (20 possessions, six tackles, five marks, three clearances and two rebounding 50s).
Up forward, Luke Foley, Tom Edwards-Baldwin, Isaac Burrawanga and Xavier Peacock all kicked one goal each.
Peel dominated the opening quarter, but fortunately for Subiaco they did not capitalise on their opportunities only taking a seven-point lead into the first break.
Peel’s Michael Stevens kicked the first goal of the match in the 18th minute of the second quarter when he converted his set shot from 10 metres out. Tom Edwards-Baldwin scored the instant reply for Subiaco when he expertly roving a pack before snapping the ball through, and at half-time Peel only led by six points.
In the opening minute of the third term, Liam Hickmott found Sean Foley inside the forward 50. Foley then went back and converted from the boundary from 40 metres out to tie the scores up. However Peel then put the foot down, as Stevens (twice), Wesley Steele and Lee Chapman all kicked goals to further the margin. Late in the quarter Xavier Peacock kicked a clever snap to reduce the margin to 18 points.
In the final quarter it was Peel’s Kilian Rawson who drew first blood by kicking a goal 30 seconds in. From there Lachlan Cullen, Zachary Moody and Stevens all kicked goals for the Thunder. Isaac Burrawanga scored a consolation goal for the Lions in the 22nd minute, but just before full-time Jakeb Shine scored another goal for the Thunder.
Next week Subiaco travels to Lathlain Park to take on the Perth Demons in a crucial clash for the Lions’ finals hopes.
Xavier vs. Zavier
In his first game since round 2, Xavier Peacock demonstrated why he is such a highly touted ruck prospect. He recorded 27 hit-outs to dominate his direct opponent Zavier Williams (18 hit-outs) in the ruck contests and he also kicked a vital goal just before three-quarter time.
Ferocious tackling on display.
For the second game in a row the young Lions won the tackle count. The Lions out-tackled the Thunder 73-54 and this was led by Liam Hickmott, Tristan Hobley and Tom Edwards-Baldwin who each recorded six tackles.
Hughes the swingman
He usually plays as a forward but against Peel, Mitch Hughes was required down back and he was outstanding. He recorded 11 possessions, eight rebounding 50s and three marks, while his endeavour and determination was simply incredible.
Kilian Rawson kicked the first goal of the final quarter, 30 seconds in. It sparked a surge from the Thunder that ruined any hopes the Lions had of snatching victory.
SUBIACO                            0.0        1.4        3.5         4.8          (32)
PEEL THUNDER                 0.7        1.10      5.11       10.12      (72)
Goals; 1 T. Edwards-Baldwin, L. Foley, X. Peacock, I. Burrawanga
Best; L. Hickmott,T. Hobley, L. Connolly, T. Edwards-Baldwin, M. Dennis


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