Lions Win Battle of the Big Cats


Written By Andrew Owen |  Photo By Michael Flood

Subiaco have come from behind to record a memorable 10-point victory over the previously unbeaten Claremont.

Mark Nicoski, who was playing his first league match for Subiaco snapped a goal late which put his side up by 5-points.  The Tigers went down the other end but could only register a behind until moments later the ball was back down the Lions end and Brent Mahoney kicked the sealer to give Subiaco  a 9.10 (64) to Claremont’s 7.12 (54) win.

The Lions kicked four goals in the last quarter as the Tigers, like they were in the second quarter were held goalless. 

Jason Bristow was outstanding for Subiaco with 28 disposals and nine tackles and was assisted by George Hampson (25), Rob Forrest (20) and Chris Phelan (18).

Claremont started the game brilliantly and looked likely to continue on their winning ways.  But a more determined Lions side came out in the second quarter and they started to apply more pressure to the Tigers players which caused them to turn over the football.

It was this pressure that had the Subiaco players in the contest all day and even though they were behind there was still a belief amongst the playing group that they could get up and win.

At three quarter time the Lions trailed by 14-points.  Darren Rumble who played in the forward and backline said that at the break Coach Jarrad Schofield urged the players to take the game on.  “He just said stick to your structures, take the game on a little bit because we were a couple of goals down.”

This is exactly what they did and they got their first goal of the last quarter through Jarrod Kayler-Thomson.  Andrew McDougall then took a strong overhead mark and converted the goal to bring the margin to two points.  Then Nicoski and Mahoney kicked two late goals and Subiaco were home.

After the match Rumble said that it was brilliant to get consecutive wins from their last two matches.  “This is the first time we have won two in a row since the start of last year and also to knock off the top team who haven’t lost a game all year is a big confidence boost for the boys and hopefully we can roll on for the rest of the season.”

“I think we showed last week that if we stick to our structures and play the way we know we can, the result will look after itself and that’s what happened today.”

SUBIACO:Waters, Kayler-Thomson, Mahoney, Wheeler, McDougall, Nicoski, McDonald, Moore, Daniels
CLAREMONT:Medhurst 3; Richardson 2; Jones, T Taylor.
First Quarter
Inaccuracy and poor disposals hurt both teams in the opening quarter.  A total of four goals and 11 behinds were kicked.  Mark Nicoski started on the bench and came onto the field at the five minute mark of the game.  The major ball winners for Subiaco were George Hampson, six disposals, Daniel Leishman, six disposals and Jason Bristow, five disposals.  For the Tigers Aaron Holt had six disposals, Mark Seaby, six disposals and Sam Fong, five disposals.  Claremont lead the inside 50 count 14-9.
Second Quarter
The Lions started the quarter the better of the two teams and kicked the first goal to bring the margin back to nine points.  The next goal didn’t come until the 15 minute mark when Clancy Wheeler put through his first.  Subiaco were winning the clearances and this started to have a positive effect for them on the scoreboard as they were down by only three points at the main break.  The major ball winners for the Lions were Bristow with 14 disposals, Hampson with 12 and Simon Moore with 11.  For Claremont Andrew Browne had 13, Holt had 11 and Patrick McGinnity had 11.  The Tigers were still leading the inside 50 count 25-20.
Third Quarter
Claremont kicked four goals this quarter to establish a 14-point lead at the three quarter time break.  Two of those goals were pieces of sheer individual brilliance.  Ian Richardson was about 45 metres out, hard up against the boundary right in front of the members bar when he slotted through a great goal.  This was followed up later when Paul Medhurst received a free kick, played on and drilled a goal from roughly the same spot on the ground.  Jason Bristow was the leading disposal getter on the ground with 20 possessions and he was closely followed by George Hampson who had 19.  The Tigers were well in front in the inside 50 count, leading 38-25.
Fourth Quarter
Subiaco needed a rev up at three quarter time and that’s exactly what they got.  They came out and took the game on and it worked in their favour.  Four goals to none helped them get the win and kept them in touch with the top four and the chance to play finals football in 2013.
Nicoski Returns
Mark Nicoski played his first league game for the Lions since round 11, 2010.  He had a modest nine possessions but kicked an important goal late that put his side ahead for the first time.

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