Subiaco fall to Black Ducks
- Saturday, 12 May 2012
A second-half fade out has cost Subiaco a much-needed win against Swan Districts going down by 36-points.
The Lions held a commanding four-goal lead midway through the third quarter but where overrun by a Swans outfit that kicked 11 of the last 12 goals.
The final 15.10 (100) to 19.16 (136) blown out late in the fourth quarter.
After the Swans had the better of the opening term to hold a 15-point quarter time lead, it was the Lions who controlled the middle part of the game.
A dominant second quarter, thanks largely to small forwards George Hampson and Chris Deluca who both boted a pair of majors, saw Subiaco take the lead early in the second.
Costly misses prevented Subiaco from taking a bigger lead than their five-point buffer at the main break.
Their dominant start to the third quarter was rendered insignificant as the black and white found more run to finish the match.
Midfielder's Jason Bristow and Brett Mahoney were the Lions major ball winners with 28 possessions.
Deluca kicked four majors, while Hampson finished with three.
Deluca's defensive efforts also a large part of his contribution.
QUARTER BY QUARTER
In an opening period where neither side dominated the play, a four-minute period in which the Swans booted three allowed the Swans to set up their quarter time lead. Rhett Kerr missed a chance he would expect to kick and the Swans went down the other end and piled on three in quick succession to make the Lions pay. A late Lions goal providing a closer reflection of the first quarter contest.
George Hampson bobbed up with two goals to start the quarter and it got the Lions going as they kicked the first five goals. Jack Anthony kicked his second of the afternoon before second-gamer Deluca bagged a pair of his own in succession. Despite controlling the majority of the play, Subiaco struggled to open up more than a two-goal lead and a Swans goal in time-on coupled with a Rob Forrest missed set shot after the siren meant a five-point half time lead.
Subiaco set out to try and achieve reward for some of their dominance from the second quarter and did so effectively finally pushing beyong that two goal buffer and extending a four goal lead. The Lions seemed to fall asleep waiting for the three-quarter time siren and three late goals to Swan Districts handed them all of the momentum and life in the contest.
When the Swans kicked the first two goals of the fourth quarter the game was all but over. With all of the momentum and Subiaco having seemingly lost all of it's grip on the match the black and whites were able to run over the top of the Lions and secure the 30-point win.
Chris Deluca was solid in his debut match but today he elevated his status. All four of his goals showed the class, composure and excitement that is likely to get AFL recruiters attention. Also, his defensive efforts remain important.
GOALS – SWAN DISTRICTS: Walters 4; Davis, Jacky, Geappen 3; Riggio 2; Roach, Motlop, Notte, Boekhorst, Newman. SUBIACO: Deluca 4; Hampson 3; Anthony, Sinclair, Broadhurst 2; Bristow, Wade.
BEST – SWAN DISTRICTS: Roberts, Riggio, Walters, Ames, Twomey, Hams, Hildebrandt. SUBIACO: Bristow, Mahoney, Deluca, Kerr, Bloxsidge.
INJURIES - SUBIACO: Smith (wrist), Broadhurst (cut nose); Headland (quad) and Wheeler (cork) replaced in selected side by Davey and Douglas.