WRAP: RD14 (2016) vs Claremont

Another big performance from Liam Ryan has lifted the Lions over Claremont by 26 points at Medibank Stadium.

The young star jumpstarted the Lions in the second quarter after a sluggish start with the 19-year-old draft prospect finishing with four goals, 16 touches and six marks.
Captain Kyal Horsley was another key contributor with the skipper touching the ball 32 times and driving nine of Subiaco’s inside 50’s. Craig Hoskins also impressed against the Tigers with 21 disposals and ten tackles. 
Ben Sokol re-entered the league fold and helped the Lions with some straight kicking in the second half. Sokol finished with three goals and iced the game with a snap late in the last.
Silky small forward Dylan Clarke kicked two as well as key forward Hamish Shepheard who also contributed in the ruck with 14 hit-outs.
The Lions veteran group of defenders clamped down after a dishevelled first term. The likes of Wayde Twomey, Jordan Lockyer, Joel Latham and Greg Broughton are developing strong chemistry, especially when rebounding the ball out of the back line.
Subiaco started slow in the first quarter and conceded the opening goal on a transition play. The Tigers found McCracken over the top and he burnt Aaron Heal for the first. Claremont continued with that momentum to pile on consecutive goals through Richardson and Beau Maister. Dylan Clarke kicked the Lions only goal of the quarter. Subi down by 23 at the first break.

The second quarter told a very different narrative. The Lions were up and about and found their second goal through Liam Ryan. The electric forward roved the pack and snapped home with a light breeze. The floodgates then opened for Subi, kicking 8.3 to Claremont’s 2.0 to take the lead at half time.

Subi continued to stretch Claremont with their ball movement and it started to take its toll on the Tigers. Craig Hoskins nailed the first goal of the quarter and another to Dylan Clarke stretched the lead to 26. When Bill Fetherstonhaugh kicked his first on the run the warning signs were flashing for the Tigers. Claremont had the final say in the quarter with goals from Richardson and Powell, Subi by 14 points at the final change. 
The first goal of the last was incredibly important and the Lions got it through emerging star Liam Ryan. Ryan consistently provided Subiaco with options going forward and was one of the best on the ground. The returning Ben Sokol made an impact on the game late to ice the Tigers. Subiaco winners by 26 points.
Aaron Heal closes on his Claremont opponent        Photo: Mike Flood
Subiaco have been a little shaky at home in recent weeks with losses against East Fremantle and West Perth at Medibank Stadium. When Claremont kicked five goals to one in the first quarter the Lions could have been looking at another home loss, but they steadied strongly to wrestle the game back. The Lions took a stand in the second quarter and reminded the league why they’ve so ominous at Leederville Oval in recent history.
The Lions got burnt a little in the early stages of the game by Claremont’s overlap running and ball movement but the reigning premiers clamped onto it early. The pressure and intensity went up tenfold after the first break and the Lions consistently forced the Tigers into errant handballs and mistakes. Claremont were forced to move the ball to a player under pressure for most of the game and it effectively negated their run and carry. Subiaco won the tackle count 74-51.
QBE Man Of The Match goes to livewire Liam Ryan who continues to star for Subiaco. The 19-year-old fired against the Tigers with 16 disposals, four goals and six marks. Congratulations to Bek Duyckers who correctly guess Ryan as the best player on the ground. You win a signed Subiaco guernsey, contact the club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9208 9999
Subiaco were really strong in the middle segment of this game but Claremont was still in the game by the start of the fourth. A big mark and goal from Liam Ryan pushed the lead to 20 early in the fourth quarter until a good finish from Benny Sokol put the result beyond doubt.
SUBIACO                            1.3        9.6       11.6        15.11      (101)
CLAREMONT                     5.2        7.2      13.11        11.9         (75)
Goals; 4 L.Ryan, 3 B.Sokol, 2 D.Clarke, H.Shepheard, 1 K.Horsley, B.Fimmano, C.Hoskins, W.Fetherstonhaugh
Best; J. Latham, K. Horsley, H. Shepheard, L. Ryan & B. Sokol

Subiaco’s reserves had a disappointing performance with Claremont taking a 21-point win at Medibank Stadium.
Matt Bogensperger had the most football with 29 and Max Walters was also prominent with 24 touches. 2015 Premiership player Brett Robinson made his return from injury through the reserves and gathered 19 touches.

Esperance youngster Ryan Vermeersch was the best in the forward line kicking four goals against the run of play. Silky forward Jeremy Woodley was a close second with three majors.
The first quarter was full of opportunity with the sides trading goals up until the 20th minute. Claremont went on a quick rampage late in the quarter kicking three straight. A Jeremy Woodley settled the nerves for the Lions. The Tigers were ahead by 12 points at the first change.
The Tigers kicked the first goal of the second, which was responded to by Subiaco’s Ryan Vermeersch at the 10th minute. Claremont fully seized momentum after that point however kicking six straight goals to run out the quarter 46 points ahead.

Big man Vermeersch was involved again with the first three goals in the third quarter for Subiaco. Vermeersch was strong in a couple of contests and was duly rewarded. A goal from Shannon Nelson had the spirit up but Claremont closed the quarter out with two goals to lead by 40 at the final change.
Subi battled hard in the last quarter but the deficit was too big to overcome. Kalgoorlie youngster Ryan Borchet kicked two goals and Jeremy Woodley added his third but the Lions ran out of time. Claremont by 21.
SUBIACO                            3.2        4.4        8.8        12.12      (84)
CLAREMONT                     5.2       12.4      15.6        16.9       (105)
Goals; 4 R. Vermeersch; 3 J. Woodley; 2 R. Borchet, J. Underwood, 1 S. Nelson
Best; R. Vermeersch, S. McKenzie, R. Wade, J. Underwood & J. Garcia
Subiaco’s Colts battled hard against third placed Claremont but fell away by 24 points at Medibank Stadium.
Jack Beverley was outstanding in the losing side, gathering 27 disposals and recording nine tackles against the Tigers. Newton-Condignup’s Jye Harris continues his impressive season and picked up another 20 disposals.
Corey Young was the leading goal-kicker with three for the Lions. Nick Wells and Brayden Barker recorded singles.
The Lions led for the first quarter with the two sides adjusting to the early wet, winter conditions.  Subi held a five-point lead at the first change.
Claremont changed the momentum in the second quarter and utilised the breeze. The Tigers swung the lead, kicking 3.1 to Subiaco’s 0.1.
Subiaco continued to battle hard in the third and responded to both of Claremont’s goals. The Lions were only down by 13 points at the final change.
The colts had a goal within the first five minutes of the last quarter to cut the lead to seven. That would unfortunately be as close as the colts would get with Claremont kicking 2.5 to run out the quarter. 
Next week, the Swan Districts at Medibank Stadium.
SUBIACO                           2.0        2.1        4.3          5.3        (33)
CLAREMONT                    1.1        4.2        6.4          8.9        (57)
Goals; 3 C.Young, 1 N.Wells, B. Barker
Best; J. Beverley, L. Connolly, J. Harris, N. Baroni & M. Dennis

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