Lions Lose a Thriller


Article by: Andrew Owen

Photo by: Michael Flood

Subiaco lost a thriller today at Arena Joondalup going down to West Perth by a single point.

The Lions lead by as much as 36-points but could not stop the Falcons storming home to win 13.13 (91) to 13.12 (90).

Debutant Tristan Gum had a great start to the day, kicking his first league goal for Subiaco and giving them an early lead.  The Lions were applying great pressure and outplaying the Falcons who did not look like a team that was sitting second on the ladder.

West Perth started to work their way back into the match in the second quarter with four of the first six goals.  However Subiaco kicked the last three goals of the quarter to lead by 30-points at half time.

The Falcons continued to chip away at the Lions lead and they kicked the first three goals of the third quarter to be only 12-points down.  Subiaco then re-established their lead with goals to Jarrod Kayler-Thomson and Antoni Grover but a goal to West Perth’s Kody Manning with only 20 seconds remaining on the clock had his team only three goals behind heading into the break.

In what was a tight and close last quarter both teams threw everything they had at the football to try and help their side.  Jay van Berlo kicked the first goal for the Falcons compared to the Lions who kicked three straight behinds.  West Perth fans soon found their voice though with Nick Rodda, Matt Fowler and Josh Mellington all kicked goals for the home side.  This had the Falcons in front for the first time in the match by seven points with not long remaining.  Subiaco kept on pushing forward and when Callum Sinclair kicked a goal they were only behind by one point.  However time unfortunately ran out for the Lions and the margin stayed at one point in favour to West Perth.

George Hampson had 29 disposals for Subiaco while Andrew McDougall had 25, Kayler-Thomson 23, Rob Forrest 22 and Jason Bristow 21.  For the Falcons Aaron Black had 31 possessions, Matt Guadagnin 26, Shane Nelson 23, and Andrew Strijk 22.

The Lions have a bye next week before they return to Medibank Stadium to play East Fremantle on July 6th.







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WEST PERTH:Mellington 3; Fowler, Antonio 2; Hutchings, Strijk, Manning, Nelson, Van Berlo, Rodda.

SUBIACO:McDougall, Grover, Daniels 2; Gum, Nicoski, Wheeler, Deluca, Hampson, Kayler-Thomson, Sinclair.

Crowd: 2050

First Quarter                                                                                                          

Subiaco looked like a completely different team than the one that played Swan Districts a week earlier.  The Lions were applying plenty of pressure to the West Perth players and running hard to the get numbers around the contest.  This resulted in Subiaco kicking the first five goals of the match before Mellington kicked the Falcons first goal at the 25 minute mark of the quarter.

Hampson was leading the way for the Lions with 10 disposals in the opening quarter.  He was being assisted by Kayler-Thomson who had nine and Ray Daniels who had eight. Black had 12 disposals for West Perth and Nelson had 10.

Second Quarter

The Falcons started to work their way into the game and kicked four of the first six goals.  Three magnificent efforts by Chris DeLuca in the Subiaco forward line resulted in a goal to Grover to stretch the lead 20-points.  Kayler-Thomson then found an unmarked Daniels and he kicked another goal for Lions.  West Perth turned the ball over in the middle of the ground when Hampson intercepted a kick and ran 60 metres to kick Subiaco’s fifth of the quarter and give them a 30-point lead at half time.

Hampson continued to lead the way for the Lions with 18 possessions up to half time while Kayler-Thomson and Andrew McDougall both had 14.  Black was playing a lone hand for the Falcons and had 18 disposals while Nelson had 15 and Guadagnin had 14.

Third Quarter

West Perth had a lot to do in the second half if they were to close the five goal gap that Subiaco had established at half time.  The Lions had the first two chances of the third quarter but could only manage behinds.  The Falcons then kicked the next three goals through Mellington and Fowler, who kicked two.  This had them back in the contest and only 12-points behind.  Grover then took a mark inside 50 for Subiaco and passed the ball back to Kayler-Thomson who converted the goal.  Grover then kicked a goal himself and the margin was extended to 24-points.  West Perth then surged forward and found Manning who took a strong mark and played on to kick the goal with only 20 seconds remaining on the clock.  This had them three goals behind at three quarter time.

Hampson was the leading possession getter on the ground with 24 and Kayler-Thomson had 20 while Rob Forrest had 17 for the Lions.  Black continued to lead the disposal count for the Falcons with 23, Guadagnin had 22 and Andrew Strijk had 19.

Fourth Quarter

West Perth got the all important first goal of the last quarter thanks to van Berlo.  This was followed by goals to Rodda and Nelson to get the home fans up off their seats as their team was now only one-point behind.  Fowler and Mellington both had chances to kick goals but only managed points; however the Falcons were now ahead for the first time in the match, albeit by a point.  Mellington then found himself on the boundary line having a set shot.  What looked to be a difficult kick was perfectly executed by Mellington as he extended the lead to 7-points.  Subiaco continued to fight and when they went forward they found Eagles listed Sinclair, who marked and converted the goal to bring the margin back to one-point and that’s where it stayed.

Two on Debut

Two new players have now had the prestigious honour of wearing the maroon and gold for the first time in a league match.  29-year-old Tristan Gum from the Sturt Football Club in South Australia and 19-year-old Charles Le Fanu from Mines Rovers Football Club made promising debuts in today’s match.

Gum ended the game with 18 disposals, seven tackles and a goal while Le Fanu had 13 possessions.

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