WRAP: RD10 (2016) v West Perth
Saturday, 21 May 2016
Subiaco fall short by 26 points against West Perth in a frustrating wet weather performance at Medibank Stadium.
The Lions led early in the game but we’re made to pay by a savvy West Perth on the rebound.
Severe weather conditions mediated the narrative of the game with a fumbling Subi outfit falling to their second loss of the season.
Stellar performances came from veterans Kyal Horsley (34 disposals & goal), Chris Phelan (26 disposals) and Lachlan Delahunty (24 disposals & 40 hit-outs) but as a group the Lions struggled to move the ball at times.
One of the biggest issues was forward entries, with a strong cross breeze dictating the drop of the ball. Subiaco didn’t react well to the gusty wind couldn’t only manage 7.9 51 despite 16 scoring opportunities.
Liam Ryan was the only multiple goal-kicker for Subiaco with two. Hamish Shepheard was held to one in the trying conditions.
In the first quarter West Perth opened up the scoring with a set shot from Matt Johnson. Simon Moore kicked the first for the Lions after a ten-minute stalemate. Moore found some space and wobbled a kick home with the wind. Subi had another a moment later with a booming snap from skipper Kyal Horsley. Subiaco by four points at quarter time.
Lions big man Hamish Shepheard kicked his first in the opening moments of the second but the Falcons had a response through Kody Manning. Ex-Docker Max Duffy added another for West Perth to restore a narrow Falcons lead. Simon Moore had a chance to steal back the lead late, but missed an open goal. WP by two points at half time.
The heavens opened up at the half time break and the players returned to a freshly moistened deck. Unusually, this didn’t faze the two sides who traded goals throughout the quarter. Subi managed back-to-back majors from Shaquille Mckenzie and Liam Ryan in the first ten. But Michael Lourey and Kody Manning put West Perth ahead. Max Duffy’s second and Steven Browne helped West Perth to a 13 point lead at the final break.
West Perth started the last quarter ominously when Rohan Kerr goaled. With the Falcons up by 21 points Subi had to dig deep. They found a response in the form of Ben Sokol who took a mark and goaled. He was followed by Liam Ryan who slotted his second. With the game in the balance and time running out the two teams battled hard. But West Perth had the answers. Matt Johnson’s second and Max Hamiltons first put the result beyond doubt.
Hayden Kennedy holds his right shoulder in pain after a big collision.
SAFETY FIRST ON KENNEDY
Premiership defender Hayden Kennedy went down in the first quarter after an awkward collision in the middle of the ground. Kennedy stayed on momentarily to see the ball out and was then benched. The injury is relating to his right shoulder and will be assessed during the week.
WEATHER A WORRY
The biggest cold front of the year decided to roll through on the same day as a Subiaco game. Although there are never any excuses; the wet weather clearly doesn’t suit the way Subi play football. The Lions rely on precise handballing out of the clearances and big marks from their forwards. Neither was on the table in this game.
HORSE OF A PERFORMANCE
Subi captain Kyal Horsley is our QBE Man Of The Match. The skipper never gave in, collected 34 touches, five tackles and kicked the classiest goal of the day in the first quarter. Congratulations Nick Santich for successfully guessing Horsley, contact the club to claim your prize.
SUBIACO 2.1 3.3 5.7 7.9 (51)
WEST PERTH 1.3 3.5 7.8 11.11 (77)
Goals; 2 L.Ryan, 1 B.Sokol, S.Moore, K.Horsley, H.Shepheard, S.Mckenzie
Best; K. Horsley, L. Delahunty & L. Ryan
Subi’s reserves are back on the winners list with a comfortable 27-point win over West Perth at Medibank Stadium.
Severe weather plagued the game in the first half but the Lions came alive as soon as the sun appeared. Subiaco kicked 7.6 to 4.2 in the second half to run away with a confidence-boosting win.
Bill Fetherstonhaugh performed strongly with 23 disposals and an early goal. Braden Fimmano continues to add value with 22 and Brad Stevenson had his best game since returning from a knee injury with 21 touches and eight marks.
Forward Hayden Yarran was handy with three goals as well as Mitch Mcphee who kicked two.
SUBIACO 1.4 3.6 9.10 10.12 (72)
WEST PERTH 0.3 2.7 3.7 6.9 (45)
Goals; 3 H.Yarran, 2 M.Mcphee, 1 J.Woodley, W.Fetherstonhaugh, S.Nelson, J.Garcia, J.Marinovich
Best; B. Stevenson, W. Fetherstonhaugh, H. Yarran, R. Vermeersch & M. Mcphee
A goal after the siren dented Subiaco’s opportunity to gain their second draw of the season.
In the dying seconds of the game, West Perth took a mark inside their forward 50, before running out six-point victors.
However, it was not all gloom and doom for new coach Mike Pannell, considering he could not choose first team-regulars Fraser Foley, McKenzie Lawrence and Jacob Miller.
In the first quarter Subiaco got the opening two goals and the midfield was playing some great contested football. Unfortunately a Subiaco player went down with concussion, forcing the Lions to play with one less extra on the bench.
West Perth then kicked two goals to reduce the margin to only one point at quarter-time.
The second quarter is best described as “The Wyvern McDiarmid show” after the young man from the Redcliffe Eagles bagged two goals to give the Lions a 13- point buffer at the main break. His first goal came after marking the ball in a pack, and he duly converted from about 40 metres out, but it was his second goal that got the crowd out of their seats. It was late in the quarter, and it looked as if
West Perth would be able to rebound the ball easily, but McDiarmid was cleverly able to steal it from two Falcons players before goaling.
The third quarter was a scrappy affair with West Perth getting the only goal. In the last quarter, West Perth came hard and managed to get a goal midway through the quarter to level the scores, and then they got the soul crushing after the siren goal.
Next week, the Lions take on East Perth in the derby at 9am at Medibank Stadium.
SUBIACO 2.0 5.3 5.4 5.5 (35)
WEST PERTH 2.1 3.2 4.2 6.5 (41)
Goals; 2 W.Mcdiarmid, M.Crew, 1 S.Cooper
Best; J.Beverley, C.Bramley, L.Connolly, J.Turner, N.Baroni