- Saturday, 28 February 2015
Subiaco started their 2015 with a roar downing South Fremantle by 30 points at Medibank Stadium in a pre-season fixture.
The Lions fielded a different looking side after a heavy recruiting period for the club.
New signings Sam Menegola (Fremantle), Leigh Kitchin (Frankston), Jordan Lockyer (Sydney), Scott Hancock (East Fremantle) and Michael Wood (Fremantle) were all utilised in the match up.
Jarrad Schofield also relied on younger players to fill voids left by retired or resting players.
Sudanese born Dave Madut was given the nod for the head ruck role sharing the duties with Clancy Wheeler. Dominant reserves players from last years run also featured with Matthew Bogensperger, Kyle Halligan, Craig Hoskin and 19-year-old Chris Bryan earning first team duties.
The Lions started slow but started to gel together as the game continued. A big bodied South Fremantle side found more of the ball in the first quarter and the Bulldogs Hayden Sloithe was dangerous around goals.
The Bulldogs shot out to a 5.1 31 to 2.1 13 lead at quarter time but the Lions would tighten defensively and start generating attack.
The potent forward line of Matt Boland, Shane Yarran and Michael Wood started to yield goals for the Lions and kicked ahead to a lead by three quarter time.
Defensive leaders Wayde Twomey and Darren Rumble also displayed why they’ve been so successful in their WAFL careers leading a fresh defensive group to two shut-out quarters.
The Bulldogs finally broke through in the last quarter kicking two more goals from free kick penalties but the Lions had already extended the gap beyond reach.
Lions captain Kyal Horsley and premiership players Chris Deluca and Lachlan Delahunty were rested for the first pre-season match-up but are expected to enter the selection fold in the coming weeks.
Subiaco now look towards a visit to Lathlain Park next week to take on the Perth Demons.
SUBIACO 12.6 80
SOUTH FREMANTLE 7.8 50
Dave Madut, Chris Phelan, Kyle Halligan, James Garcia, Michael Wood, Brad Stevenson, Chris Bryan, Brett Mahoney, Matt Boland, Leigh Kitchin, Sam Menegola, Jordan Lockyer, Shane Yarran, Wayde Twomey, Clancy Wheeler, Reece Blechynden, Luke Norris, Scott Worthington, Darren Rumble, Matt Bogensperger & Craig Hoskin.