Lions outlast circling Sharks

                         Written by: Michael Barr                                                    Photo: Kim Johnson

 

The Subiaco Colts have defeated East Fremantle by 29 points at Medibank stadium to retain joint second spot on the WAFL ladder.


A spirited second half effort pushed Subi over the line against a gritty Sharks outfit, with Brodie Davis and Jordan Bestry stepping up to kick three goals a piece.

However; the win was set up by Subiaco’s industrious defenders with Christopher Bryan, Declan Jackson and Andrew Vawser all putting in match winning performances.

Coach Steve Armstrong was ecstatic with the win, and the team’s ability to keep their structures and kick goals despite extensive outs.

“It’s important for the structures to hold up, especially with players like McAlister, Grace and Wood out who are our three leading goal kickers; so that’s where our structures become important. It also gives the opportunity for someone else to show me how they can contribute.”

Armstrong also spoke highly of first year Colt Christopher Bryan, who gathered 21 disposals and generated numerous rebounds off the half-back line.

“Chris Bryan has been really good. Early in the season we used him as a half back flanker, but we are now using him as a midfielder forward of centre to hit our full forwards as well. He’s going to be a good player for the future. “

With the Lions sitting joint second on the ladder and playing good football; Steve Armstrong and the Colts will turn their attention to fifth placed Perth at Brownes Stadium next week.

“The team won’t change much, obviously Antoine Garlett * might miss because of injury; but we’ll focus on the basics and our ability to make the right decision at the right time.”

KEY POINTS:

INTENSITY AND EFFORT:
Subiaco’s attack on the ball was superb against the Sharks. They closed down and negated East Fremantle around the ground in the second half, causing multiple errors. This helped the Lions gain dominance in the fourth and eventually won the game. Players like Andrew Vawser, Connor Wilkinson and Jordan Webster were the catalysts of this pressure.

TALL TIMBER:
The question mark hanging over the head of the Lions this week was firmly around the goal kickers. With Rhys McAlister, Michael Wood and Cody Grace unavailable Subi needed a solid option up forward. Tall utilities Brodie Davis and Jordan Bestry put up their hands to be that option, leading hard and providing a long ball option for the midfield to kick six goals between them.


* GARLETT INJURY:
Speedy midfielder Antoine Garlett pulled up in the fourth quarter after a chase with a hamstring complaint. The injury should only be a short term set-back for Garlett; but he will be in serious doubt of making the trip to Brownes Stadium to take on the Demons next week.


S                   2.4            3.7             9.9         12.9           (81)

EF                1.1            4.7             7.9          7.10           (52)

Subiaco’s Best:
Bryan, Vawser, Wilkinson, Jackson & Scafidi

Subiaco’s Goals :
Davis, Bestry 3; Vermeersch 2; Deluca, Summers, Wrigley & Pearce



 

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