WRAP RD15 (2016) vs Swan Districts
Saturday, 02 July 2016
Subiaco have claimed top spot with a resilient 34-point win over Swan Districts at Medibank Stadium.
A dominant performance over the last placed Swans and a South Fremantle loss sent Subiaco a game clear on top of the table with a record of 11-3.
It was a solid team performance from Subiaco especially after losing skipper Kyal Horsley to injury in the first half. The Lions were also without the services of Clancy Wheeler with defender Dylan Elliott filling the position in the side.
Chris Phelan (29 disposals), Leigh Kitchin (17 disposals), Craig Hoskins (26 disposals) and Bill Fetherstonhaugh (24 disposals) picked up the slack in the midfield and were a class above their competition.
Hamish Shepheard was the leading goal kicker with four but the Lions had a even spread of scorers. Ben Sokol and Braden Fimmano both added three and unlikely tall target Aaron Heal kicked two.
Swan Districts hit the scoreboard first through Matt Rogers who crumbed home close to goal. Brett Robinson kicked the first for Subiaco with a crafty soccer goal on the goal line. Moments later Ben Sokol added the Lions second. The Swan Districts had the better of the remaining quarter kicking goals through Ricky Cary, Todd Banfield and Tyson Hodge. Liam Ryan was gifted his first goal from a free kick. Swan Districts by six at the first break.
The Lions came out firing in the second. It didn’t take long for Hamish Shepheard to get on the scoreboard in the second quarter and Aaron Heal joined him a few moments later. Usually a defender, Heal was operating as an extra tall target for the Lions. Braden Fimmano continued the Lions run with a straight kick at the right time. Subiaco by 13 at half time.
Subiaco got what they wanted in the first five minutes of the premiership quarter with unlikely target Aaron Heal slotting his second goal of the day. This generated unstoppable momentum for the Lions who kicked six un-answered goals to open a big lead. Subi by 49 at the final change.
The travelling Swans supporters found a little bit of joy when their side kicked the first four goals of the last quarter but the damage was already done by Subiaco. A set shot from Ben Sokol killed the momentum and a goal after the siren from Shepheard put an exclamation mark on the performance for Subi.
Braden Fimmano was impressive in the forward line. Photo: Michael Flood
WELCOME BACK ROBBO
The Lions welcomed back 2015 Premiership star Brett Robinson and he made an immediate impact against his former side. Robinson slotted back into the forward line and kicked Subi’s first goal with an athletic soccer on the goal-line. Robinson was in red-hot form before his injury in Round 9 and his return in Round 15 is timely.
JACKSON v CARY
One of the highlights from this game was the battle between youngsters Declan Jackson and Ricky Cary. Jackson has been a rock down back for the Lions in 2016 and the Swans’ Ricky Cary is their brightest spark up forward. Declan Jackson shadowed Cary and held him to just 11 touches and 3.2 and two of Cary’s goals were kicked when the result was already decided.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH
QBE Man Of The Match goes to Chris Phelan who was a barometer in the midfield for Subiaco. The 2015 Outridge Medallist was brilliant against the Swans collecting 29 disposals, 10 inside 50’s and six tackles. Congratulations to Neil Tilbrook who correctly guess Phez as the best player on the ground. You win a signed Subiaco guernsey, contact the club at
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THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN
Subiaco sharpshooter Ben Sokol finally put Swan Districts out of the game with his third goal 20 minutes into the last quarter. Four goals by the Swans had them up and about but Sokol iced it.
SUBIACO 3.2 6.6 13.8 16.13 (109)
SWAN DISTRICTS 4.2 4.5 5.7 11.9 (75)
Goals; 4 H.Shepheard, 3 B.Sokol, B.Fimmano, 2 A.Heal, 1 W.Fetherstonhaugh, L.Ryan, B.Robinson, A.Cockie
Best; W.Fetherstonhaugh, C.Bryan, B.Fimmano, C.Phelan, B.Sokol
Subiaco’s reserves recorded an important 33-point win over sixth placed Swan Districts to re-assure their position in the top five.
The Lions fought off a spirited third quarter comeback from the Swans to run over the visitors 16.11 (107) to 10.14 (74).
Key forward Ryan Vermeersch kicked four goals and athletic ruck Jordan Bestry kicked four in standout performances.
Matt Bogensperger was all over the ground with 27 touches and Ryan Wade impressed with his attack on the ball in just his second game back. Wade gathered 29 touches and six tackles.
Max Walters demonstrated why he’s in the league fold with a strong 26-disposal performance.
Unfortunately the victory had a cost, with youngsters Jack Beverley, Abraham Kennedy, Jak Cary and Ethan Burnett struck down with injury.
Jack Beverley was elevated for his first game of senior football and impressed until a knee injury took him out of the game. Kennedy was providing his usual run and dash until a hamstring injury.
Cary came off late in the second quarter and pacey midfielder Ethan Burnett was taken out of the game in the last.
Goals were hard to come by in the first quarter despite the perfect conditions at Medibank Stadium. It took a while for the Lions to warm up, with Swan Districts kicking the first two goals of the quarter. Ryan Vermeersch brought the Lions to life and the home side slotted three in five minutes. Subiaco by seven points at the first change.
The Lions put on the burners in the second kicking the first four goals of the quarter and seven consecutively. Swan Districts offered a brief fight back late in the second but Subiaco had all the answers. The injuries started to mount for Subi but they ground out the half on top. Subiaco by 28.
Subiaco got the first goal of the third but the Swans took advantage of the increasingly under-manned Lions. The Swan Districts kicked four goals to one over the remainder to cut Subi’s lead to 11 points.
Subi showed incredible grit in the last quarter to outlast the Swan Districts considering they had no one on the bench. Big goals from Ryan Vermeersch and Jordan Bestry took wind out of the Swans sails with Subiaco securing an important 33-point win
SUBIACO 3.2 9.6 11.9 16.11 (107)
SWAN DISTRICTS 2.1 4.8 8.10 10.14 (74)
Goals; 4 R.Vermeersch, J.Bestry, 2 J.Woodley, J.Underwood, 1 M.Walters, J.Beverley, J.Garcia, R.Wade
Best; R.Wade, D.Leishman, R.Vermeersch, J.Woodley, M.Bogensperger
By Lenny Fogliani
The Subiaco colts went down by 42 points to Swan Districts at Medibank Stadium.
The Lions were ultra competitive for the first three quarters, and were only down by 28 points at three-quarter time, but the Swans kicked away in the final term, marring a valiant effort from the young Lions.
In the opening quarter, the Lions took the game right up to the Swans, only allowing them to score two goals for the quarter.
Ben Reid produced an effort that would have had coach Mike Pannell beaming with joy. It was late in the quarter and a Swans player was running towards an open goal, but Reid through sheer desperation was able to run him down and forced him to kick a behind.
At the 16th minute of the second quarter, Corey Young continued his rich goal-kicking form, (10 goals in three matches) kicking the Lions’ first. Unfortunately the Swans then kicked another two goals to take a 15-point lead at the main break.
After the main break, Christian Martin took a sensational pack mark before going back and booting his first goal for the morning. Moments later, Young took a solid mark in the goalsquare and he went back and got his second. After Swans’
Taryce Stewart got a goal, Mitchell Crew nailed one after some excellent forward defensive pressure from Callum Bramley who forced a turnover at half-forwardbefore giving the ball to Crew who nailed it. Seconds before the siren, Sean Foley was able to snap one through and reduced the margin to only 28 points.
Unfortunately in the last quarter, the Swans ran away booting five goals to run out 42-point victors.
SUBIACO 0.1 1.5 5.7 8.7 (55)
SWAN DISTRICTS 2.4 5.6 9.11 14.13 (97)
Goals; 3 C.Young, 2 M.Crew, 1 C.Martin, S.Foley, A.Breman
Best; A.Breman, B.Reid, M.Dennis, C.Bramley, C.Young