Subiaco have defeated both AFL aligned clubs in consecutive weeks with a 31-point victory over East Perth at Medibank Stadium.
The West Coast aligned Royals challenged Subiaco hard in the second half but the Lions had all the answers.
Subi’s Leigh Kitchin was a workhorse for the home team and continues his hot start to the season with 26 disposals against the Royals.
Chris Phelan was influential with 28 disposals and a goal as well as Brett Robinson who had 20 disposals and two goals. Adam Cockie was also impressive on return with 20 disposals and ten tackles.
Youngster Dylan Clarke easily had his best game for Subiaco with 19 disposals and three goals. Clarke continues to hold his position in the Lions best 22.
Kyle Halligan popped up with two goals including a crucial snap in the last quarter and Hamish Shepheard also added two.
The game started at a slow pace with East Perth kicking the first major through a Jonathon Giles set shot. The Lions didn’t score until ten minutes into the first and it came from 60 metres.
Dylan Clarke found space and boomed home a massive kick for Subi’s first. Recruit Ben Sokol got his first goal as a Lion from a set shot and fellow newcomer Hamish Shepheard kicked his first soon after. Lions by 12 at the first break
Subiaco hit their straps in the second and managed to shut down East Perth’s forward advances. Clancy Wheeler kicked the first of the second followed by Halligan and Chris Phelan. Subiaco by 23 at half-time
The Royals responded hard in the third and outscored Subiaco four goals to two. Jarrad Oakley Nicholls was huge for the black and blue and kicked his second goal early on. Jonathan Giles added his second and the Royals were within 11 points at three-quarter time.
East Perth continued to press in the last quarter with West Coast youngster Tom Lamb finishing off a big mark from Fraser McIness. Kyle Horsley found Hamish Shepheard over the back for a momentum breaker but Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls responded continued the Royals push.
With a goal the difference at the 25-minute mark; Subi put on the burners. Kyle Halligan kicked a massive snap at the 26th minute to make it a two-goal game. Then the Lions went on a rampage with Brett Robinson, Dylan Clarke and Horsley majors blowing the game out. Subiaco by 31.
CHECK THE CLARKE:
Youngster Dylan Clarke has been a surprise inclusion into the league fold this year but now we know why. The Kalgoorlie product has a superb kick and relentless work ethic; perfect for Schofields system. Clarke had 19 disposals, three goals and eight inside 50’s against East Perth.
DON’T KICK IT TO HEAL:
Soon enough opposition sides will stop kicking lofty balls into the path of Aaron Heal. Since becoming a regular fixture of the Lions league side Heal has become a remarkable defender alongside Lockyer, Kennedy and Twomey. Heal was acknowledged as the best on ground for his efforts against a talent loaded East Perth forward line.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
This week's QBE Man Of The Match goes to Leigh Kitchin for his efforts in the midfielder. Michael Vincent correctly voted Kitch as the QBE MOTM and wins a signed Subiaco guernsey. Contact the club for your prize.
THE GAME WAS WON WHEN:
A snap by Kyle Halligan put East Perth on the brink then Brett Robinson iced the game with his second goal.
Despite being overwhelmed by 75 points at the hands of archrivals East Perth, there were encouraging signs for the young Subiaco colts.
In the first quarter, the Royals booted the first three goals but the Lions did not back down. In the sixth minute, booming forward Fraser Foley took a strong contested mark, before slotting through a goal from 45 metres out.
Moments later, Martin Kaker roved a contest beautifully, but unfortunately his shot just went wide of the goals. Then Jacob Miller produced an excellent run-down tackle that brought life to the Lions. He followed this with a chiselling pass to Aaron Breman. Sadly Breman missed, and the Royals punished the Lions, kicking the next two goals.
Not to be outdone, and making amends for his miss earlier, Kaker again roved a contest, created by Foley , and was able to shrug off an opponent before nailing a checkside. At quarter-time Subiaco was down only by 20 points.
In the second quarter, the contest was still even, especially with the Subi midfield being tough around the stoppages. Paul Silvestro opened the scoring after a patient build-up. East Perth then got a roll-on, kicking two goals and five behinds, with the defence performing admirably. Sean Foley kicked a late goal after Callum Bramley intercepted an East Perth attacking play, to reduce the margin to only 25 points.
Fraser Foley almost got the Lions off to the perfect start, after he chased down a Royals’ defender resulting in a deliberate out-of-bounds. Unluckily his snap did not go through the big sticks. An errant kick in front of the Royals’ goals brought about East Perth’s first for the quarter. Aaron Breman managed to kick a goal for the Lions, notwithstanding his kick being reminiscent of a Stephen Kernahan floater. Despite Subiaco having the ball in their attacking half, the Royals were able to rebound the ball easily, and scored a goal on transition, when the defence was still out of position.
In the last quarter, the young Lions ran out of gas, and the Royals ran over the top of them. But the defenders performed admirably in the last quarter only allowing in five goals, when it could have been lot more.