Tigers pounce on Lions
- Saturday, 16 August 2014
The Subiaco Lions have endured a frustrating eight-point loss against Claremont 9.15 (69) to 11.11 (77) in a game of missed opportunities.
Subiaco’s pressure was outstanding all game but they couldn’t convert their hard work onto the scoreboard with a conversion rate of 37.5 percent.
A host of missed opportunities in the third quarter cost the Lions as the Claremont Tigers continue to be a bogey team. Goals to Joshua Deluca, Rhys Waters and George Hampson made the game interesting late, but the home-side ran out of time to lose their fifth game of the season.
Captain Kyal Horsley was admirable in the loss with 23 possessions and game-breaking drive from the centre. Simon Moore is also enjoying his time in the league side with a confident performance in the midfield earning him best-on-ground honours.
Rhys Waters was the most prominent forward for Subi with three majors and George Hampson continues to be dangerous in the forward half with two goals.
Big man Frank Stockley returned to the league line-up for the clash with the Tigers and went in tandom with Andrew Mcdougall against ex-West Coast Eagle Mark Seaby.
In an intriguing ruck battle Stockley and Mcdougall took turns at dueling Seaby to generate 27 hit-outs against the Claremont big 41. Clearances were equally contested though and the Lions big men gave their midfield plenty of the ball, it was the use of the clearances that let the Lions down.
Daniel Leishman rebounds out of the backline Photo: Michael Flood
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS
Key-forward Matthew Boland was held goal-less for the first time this year in a game he’d rather forget. The Victorian recruit has been a focal point of the Lions attack and leads the WAFL in goalkicking but failed to score against the Tigers in a tough scrap. Boland rattled the post twice in the third quarter and will be hoping for better delivery against South Fremantle next week.
The Lions back six performed well under pressure and reduced the Tigers damage with a handful of impressive performances. Darren Rumble continues to be a shutdown full back for the Lions whilst Daniel Leishman is creating some damaging drive on the rebound. Charlie Le Fanu and Clancy Wheeler were also impressive with their ability to read the game and execute.
Subiaco have now lost five games on the season and two of those defeats were handed to them by Claremont. The fifth placed Tigers seem to have the upper hand over the Lions in recent years with superior ball handling separating the two teams. The Lions struggled to shut down key players Luke Blackwell (30 disposals), Matthew Davies (28 touches) and Jake Murphy (20 touches). 21-year-old Jack Bradshaw was also dangerous for the Tigers kicking four goals making it 14 in his last four games.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
Kyal Horsley is the winner of this weeks QBE Man Of Match with a fantastic Captain's performance. Horse collected 23 disposals, three inside 50's and three tackles in a scrappy midfield battle with Claremont. Congratulations to Trevor Wright for correctly guessing the QBE Man Of The Match; we will be in contact shortly.
SUBIACO 1.3 3.6 5.15 9.15 (69)
CLAREMONT 4.3 7.6 9.8 11.11 (77)
Goals; 3 R.Waters, 2 G.Hampson, 1 J.Deluca, C.Phelan, C.Deluca, J.Bristow
Best; S.Moore, C.Wheeler, C.Phelan, J.Latham, K.Horsley
Injuries; D. Jackson (hamstring)