Subi secure top spot
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Subi have secured top spot and a bye in the first round of finals after finishing strong against Perth at Lathlain Park.
The Demons held the lead at quarter time but the Lions comprehensively ran away with the game for a 93 point win.
Kyle Halligan was instrumental kicking 6.1 amongst a well nourished forward line. Subi spearhead Matt Boland finished with 5.1 and midfielder Chris Phelan had a day out with 18 disposals and four majors. Subi dominated the scoring shots 27-14.
Sam Menegola was Subiaco’s leading ball-winner and finished with 32 disposals and a trademark running goal. Menegola over-came some heavy attention from Perth’s taggers to provide another best on ground performance.
Captain Kyal Horsley collected 22 disposals as well as Leigh Kitchin, Lachlan Delahunty, Craig Hoskins and Jordan Lockyer. The Lions won the disposal count 348-298 in perfect conditions in East Perth.
Subiaco’s selection strength was heavily bolstered with the availability of vice-captain Darren Rumble, Hayden Kennedy, Bill Fetherstonhaugh and Lachlan Delahunty who all returned from injury.
Young defender Declan Jackson made a return for his 7th league game in the absence of Scott Worthington who went down at Swan Districts last week. Aaron Heal, Chris Bryan and Charlie Le Fanu were also injury casualties of last week’s Bassendean Oval bash and will be monitored heading into finals.
The Lions kicked the first two goals of the game through midfielders Reece Blechynden and Chris Phelan and looked like running over the last placed Demons early before the home side took a stand. Perth kicked four of the last five goals in the first to hold a one point lead at the first break.
Subi came out with renewed focus in the second quarter and kicked eight straight goals in a dominant patch of play. Kyle Halligan had four goals at the half and Matt Boland started to establish his presence.
After a quarter of resounding football the Lions broke away from the Demons to hold a 48 point lead at half time. Subiaco kicked 9.6 to Perth’s 0.2 in the second to set up the win.
The game continued on a similar path as Subiaco’s superior pressure and ball usage wore out Perth. The Lions recorded 11.6 to the Demons 4.3 in the second half; cruising to a massive win at Lathlain Park.
Lachlan Delahunty was dominant in his return from injury.
For the first time this season all six of Subiaco’s Victorian recruits were playing senior football on the same game-day. Lachlan Delahunty joined Matt Boland, Brett Robinson, Wayde Twomey and Leigh Kitchin in the league line-up whilst Brett Mahoney made his return through the reserves. Delahunty was on point in his return holding down the ruck and recording ten marks. Mahoney also looked in good knick for the two’s; the 2012 Outridge Medallist gathered 19 disposals.
DELUCA PLAYS 50:
Subi forward Chris Deluca has been a pleasure to watch over the last two years as he consistently provides a presence in the forward line; specifically when we don’t have the ball. Deluca’s forward pressure has been a barometer for the Lions and the young gun was rewarded with his 50th league start against the Demons. Deluca had a whopping ten tackles in his milestone game.
STACKING THE PIECES:
Subiaco fielded one of the strongest sides they’ve been able to all year as Jarrad Schofield tries to balanced his line-up before finals. Unfortunately, Schoey and the Lions were dealt a couple of fresh blows on the trip to Lathlain with leading goal kicker Shane Yarran substituted at half time after a big knock and ruck prospect Dave Madut went down in the reserves with a lower leg injury. Yarran and Madut’s injuries were both assessed as minor and they will avoid extended stays on the sideline.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
Kyle Halligan was voted as the QBE Man Of The Match for the second time this year after a blistering six goal display against the Demons. Hallaz could do no wrong in the 93 point rout kicking 6.1. Congratulations to Michael Hoskins who wins a signed Subi guernsey for guessing correctly.
THE GAME WAS WON WHEN:
Subi kicked eight goals straight in the second quarter and sucked the life out of Lathlain Park. The Demons looked ready for an upset until the Lions made a dominant stand after quarter time.
PERTH 4.1 4.3 6.6 8.6 (54)
SUBIACO 3.3 11.9 18.9 22.15 (147)
Goals; 6 K.Halligan, 5 M.Boland, 4 C.Phelan, 2 R.Blechynden, M.Wood, 1 L.Delahunty, B.Robinson, S.Menegola
Best; S.Menegola, L.Delahunty, K.Halligan, C.Phelan, J.Lockyer
Subiaco’s reserves also recorded a dominate win set up by a ten goal first half.
The reserves never looked back running out comprehensive 62 point winners.
James Garcia, Mitch Mcphee and Dylan Clarke were impressive around the big sticks and kicked three each.
Matthew Bogensperger led the midfield with 34 touches and 6 I50’s. Max Walters collected 28 disposals, Dylan Clarke 25 and Braden Fimmano 23.
Joel Latham was raring to go after returning from injury and was all class for the reserves. Latham finished with 23 disposals and a barnstorming run and goal in the third quarter.
Young ruck Josh Chapman stood tall in his second senior game leading the hit-outs with 24.
PERTH 1.1 4.4 6.5 9.6 (60)
SUBIACO 6.7 10.8 15.10 18.14 (122)
Goals; 3 J.Garcia, M.Mcphee, D.Clarke, 2 R.Daniels, 1 J.Latham, H.Wilkinson, M.Walters, C.Wilkinson, M.Braut, M.Bogensperger, J.Ashman
Best; D.Clarke, M.Bogensperger, J.Garcia, M.Walters, J.Latham
REDiMED COLTS RECAP:
The colts fell by 44 points against the Demons in the morning game.
Captain Jack Beverley continues to lead from the front and continues a strong month of form. Beverley had 26 touches and was named best on ground for the Lions
Vice captain Ryan Borchet had 21 disposals, Liam Catalfamo 16 and Sean Foley 18.
The young Lions could only manage three goals on the day with Ethan Burnett, Liam Catalfamo and first gamer Max Dennis.
PERTH 0.4 2.7 6.8 9.14 (68)
SUBIACO 0.1 1.3 2.4 3.6 (24)
Goals; 1 E.Burnett, L.Catalfamo, M.Dennis
Best; J.Beverley, R.Borchet, M.Dennis, L.Catalfamo, M.Pannell
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