Subi survive Dog-attack
Saturday, 13 June 2015
Subiaco have recorded a character defining 22-point win over South Fremantle despite finishing three men down.
The Lions lost Darren Rumble, Brett Robinson and Hayden Kennedy before half time and were forced to adapt to hold out the Bulldogs.
Subi youngster Kyle Halligan was superb in the battle kicking three goals and flying hard at packs. Halligan has earned his spot amongst the Lions best 22.
Wayde Twomey returned to prime form with 27 touches in the game including countless defensive spoils and interceptions in the absence of captain Rumble.
Sam Menegola also continued his hot start at the Lions with 25 touches including ten inside 50’s.
The game started with a quick Lions boost; two majors from Kyle Halligan and singles from Dave Madut and Chris Phelan. Subi moved the ball well and held a 23-point lead at quarter time.
With a shift of ends and momentum South Fremantle kicked three goals to Subi’s one in the second quarter. Hayden Schloithe proved a dangerous return for South kicking two goals in the Dogs fight-back.
Stereotypically these two sides have put up high scoring encounters, this was not the case in Round 12 as the second half turned into an arm wrestle. Subi added a sole goal to board in the third quarter and continued to strangle South’s attack.
In the last quarter the physicality rose and Subiaco answered the challenge. When the game was there to be won the Lions lifted and put the foot down. One of the main drivers to close it out was Christopher Deluca, who contributed heavily to the last two goals of the game.
Subiaco are now 9-1 and three games clear on top of the ladder. It’s the best start they’ve had to a season since 2005 but will have to monitor a handful of injury concerns before Claremont next week.
Subiaco ruck-man Dave Madut takes a big grab and nails a goal in the first quarter.
MOVING THE MAGNETS:
When fullback Darren Rumble left the field with a cork in the second quarter the dimensions of the game changed. Unfortunately for the Lions key midfielder Brett Robinson and defender Hayden Kennedy soon followed. With only one on the bench heading into the second half some of Subi’s players had to adapt to roles they weren’t usually given. Michael Wood was thrown down back late to add extra height and played well and Joel Latham finished the game as a permanent defender. Despite missing two of their starting defenders, Subi held South Fremantle to just six goals.
CHUCK NORRISS LIFTS:
After 14 colts games and 62 reserves games Luke Norriss earned a well-deserved debut against South Fremantle. When three players went down in the first half Norriss became an important part of Subiaco’s win. The big midfielder hassled and tackled ferociously in his first league game.
THE GAME WAS WON WHEN:
Christopher Deluca chased the ball frenetically in the last minute of the game and won two consecutive contests. The forward then got the hands of to Yarran who cruised into an open goal to ice the game. Deluca’s offensive pressure has been outstanding since his return from injury.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
Subi youngster Kyle Halligan rose to the challenge against the Bulldogs with class and grit. Hallaz finished with 20 disposals, five big marks and three goals. Congratulations to Vanessa Lucas who wins a signed jersey for guessing correctly. Contact the club to collect www.qbeinsured.com/lionsmotm
SUBIACO 4.5 5.7 6.9 9.12 (66)
SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.0 4.4 4.5 6.8 (44)
Goals; K. Halligan 3; S. Yarran L. Delahunty 2; D. Madut & C. Phelan.
Best; Halligan, Deluca, Heal, Delahunty, Menegola & Lockyer.
South Fremantle continue to be the thorn in the side for Subi’s reserves with their only two losses coming from the Dogs this season.
The Lions challenged, but never recovered from a slow start to fall to a 21-point defeat.
Subiaco captain Kyal Horsley made his return to football with a dominant performance in the reserves. Horse gathered 28 possessions and will be an option for Jarrad Schofield next week.
Matt Bogensperger was lively in the midfield with 33 disposals as well as Craig Hoskins (27), Joel Ashman (26) and Max Walters (23).
Cody Grace kicked two goals on a stiff day for the forwards.
SUBIACO 1.3 2.6 2.9 7.12 (54)
SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.2 6.4 8.6 11.9 (75)
Goals; C. Grace 2; R. Daniels, M. Walters, J. Bestry, C. Hoskins & M. Mcphee
Best; D. Elliott, C. Hoskins, J. Ashman, M. Bogensperger & K. Horsley.
Subi’s colts fell five points short of a remarkable comeback after kicking six goals straight in the last quarter.
The Lions Brodie Cole kicked three and Joshua Hatch kicked two to draw within a goal in the final minutes. Unfortunately for the colts South Fremantle were able to hold on in a thriller at Medibank Stadium.
Captain Jack Beverley was busy with 23 touches and five inside 50’s and Jake Marinovich shone in his fifth game of colts football with 23 touches also.
With one of the youngest colts squads in the WAFL the gutsy come-back against South Fremantle is another extremely positive indicator of the talent on the list.
SUBIACO 0.2 2.7 3.8 9.9 (63)
SOUTH FREMANTLE 5.1 7.2 10.6 10.8 (68)
Goals; B. Cole 3; J. Hatch 2; A. Wenn, T. Breeze, P. Silvestro & J. Chapman.