WRAP RD 20 (2016) vs West Perth

Subiaco have all but assured top place in 2016 with a big 52 point win over finals contenders West Perth at Kingsway Reserve. 

The Lions won every quarter on their way to a, 12.17 (89) to 5.7 (37) win, with a strong midfield unit driving Subi for four quarters.
 
Chris Phelan continued his hot streak and gathered 29 disposals and a goal against the Falcons. Adam Cockie made a big impact on his return with 28 touches and two goals and Leigh Kitchin had 32 touches and nine inside 50’s. 
 
Greg Broughton’s performance was also notable with the ex-Gold Coast Sun gathering 24 touches. Broughton has been a strong addition to the midfield. 
 
Brad Stevenson was the leading goal-kicker after a big fourth term and finished with three. Small forwards Liam Ryan and Simon Moore kicked two apiece. 
 
The defence was magnificent and comprehensive team pressure reduced West Perth to 12 scoring shots. The only Falcon to make a positive impact was Andrew Strijk, but two of his four goals came after the game had already been decided. 
 
Subiaco remain two games clear of South Fremantle and gain all-important momentum heading into the 2016 WAFL finals. 
 
Rain poured in the first quarter but that didn’t seem to dampen Subiaco’s spirit. They were first to the contest and looked hungrier than the Falcons around the contest. Subi kicked away with consecutive goals by Clancy Wheeler, Liam Ryan, Simon Moore and Adam Cockie. Andrew Strijk kicked a goal for the Falcons late in the first to keep his team in touch. Lions by 24 at quarter time. 
 
The weather cleared in the second and the deck dried up under the un-predictable winter sun. The game had an extended delay after West Perth’s Drew Rohde was concussed and stretchered off. Subiaco utilised the changing conditions and possessed the football for the rest of the quarter. The Lions couldn’t capitalise on their dominance in possession however and finished the quarter with 1.3. The Lions led by 24 again at the main break. 
 
Subi were hoping to stamp out the Falcons hope in the third quarter and successfully achieved that goal by taking the pace out of the game. West Perth suffered a slow death as Subiaco moved the ball with precision and tripled their scoring chances. A second goal to Simon Moore took the wind out of the red and blue and Chris Phelan and Brad Stevenson rubbed salt into the wounds. The Lions were well on top with a 45 point three quarter time lead. 
 
No one scored for the first ten minutes until Subi broke the game apart. Brad Stevenson took a big mark then converted and a 50 metre penalty handed Adam Cockie his second goal of the game. The Falcons managed a mini comeback with three straight goals but Stevenson’s third put the game to rest. A silky goal by Liam Ryan at the death polished off an impressive Subiaco win. 
 
  
 
Midfielder Chris Phelan dishes off a handball                 Photo: Michael Barr
 
 
 
GAME CHANGERS
 
 
TALL TIMBER
 
West Perth had no answer for Subiaco’s plus-sized attack. The Lions had multiple big targets which completely exposed the Falcons as the weather dried up. Hamish Shepheard worked hard as the key target but enjoyed a collaboration with fellow talls Clancy Wheeler, Brad Stevenson and Sean Bradley. Subiaco didn’t kick as straight as they should but generated a whopping 29 scoring shots to West Perth’s 12. 
 
 
 
POLE POSITION

The 52 point win all but clinches a first round bye week which will be important time for recovering premiership players Lachlan Delahunty, Hayden Kennedy and Kyle Halligan. Subiaco are almost at full-strength with the only long term injury being Scott Hancock, the rest could all come into the equation. With a bye in the last week of the season as well, Subiaco could be looking at a solid fortnight of healing and preparing. 
 
 
DISTRICT DAY A HIT 
Subiaco played a WAFL League game at Kingsway Reserve for the first time since 1989. Approximately 3000 attended Kingsway Reserve despite the forewarning of poor conditions. The weather ended up clearing and the day was a fantastic initiative. Thanks to the Kingsway Amateur and Junior Football Club’s for making the day happen. 
 
 
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN
 A 50 metre penalty handed Adam Cockie his second goal of the game to push the lead past 50. The Falcons were hanging by a thread until un-disciplined play cost them. 
 
 
 
SUBIACO                            4.7       5.10       8.15        12.17      (89)
WEST PERTH                     1.1        2.4        2.6           5.7         (37)
 
 
 
 
Goals; 3 B. Stevenson; 2 L. Ryan, S. Moore, A. Cockie; 1 H. Shepheard, C. Wheeler 
7 C. Phelan
 
Best; C. Phelan, G. Broughton, A. Cockie, C. Wheeler & B. Stevenson.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RESERVES RECAP.
 
Subiaco’s reserves are on a roll after a 30 point win over the Falcons at Kingsway Reserve in Round 20.
 
The wet weather triumph was the reserves 10th of the season and 4th in a row. The Lions have now solidified their position in the top five. 
 
Bill Fetherstonhaugh was outstanding in the slippery conditions collecting 24 disposals and kicking two goals. Shaq Mckenzie’s intensity was good and Matt Bogensperger continued his prolific form. 
 
Max Walters also stood out on the Kingsway deck with 27 touches and a goal. Greg Clark is also gathering steam with 27 touches against West Perth.
 
Young forward Ryan Borchet also kicked two goals and the hot footed Ryan Vermeersch added one. 
 
Dylan Elliott was a standout in defence and provided a lot of confidence under pressure.
 
The early conditions weren’t too bad for the reserves with the rain only settling late in the first quarter. West Perth had the better of the play early and converted their first through Tyson Moulton. Subiaco responded well and kicked four goals straight to have a minor quarter time lead. 
 
With the rain well in play the Lions ground out a dominant defensive quarter. Subi managed 2.6 to the Falcons 1.1 to edge the lead out a bit further. The Lions midfield group of Fetherstonhaugh, Walters and Clark were well on top of their West Perth counterparts. 
 
The Falcons held the ball in their forward half for a majority of the third but couldn’t dent Subiaco’s strong defence. West Perth peppered the goals before a Borchet goal in third quarter stretched the lead further. 
 
Subi iced the game in the last quarter with two goals with the breeze. The travelling Falcons almost outscored Subiaco in the last but the game was already done. The Lions win by 30 points at Kingsway Reserve. 
 
 
 
SUBIACO                            4.0        6.6        7.11        9.14      (68)
WEST PERTH                     2.3        3.4        3.7          5.8       (38)
 
 
Goals; 2 W. Fetherstonhaugh, R. Borchet, 1 J. Woodley, M. Bogensperger, M. Walters, M. Mcphee & R. Vermeersch
 
Best; W. Fetherstonhaugh, M. Walters, D. Elliott, T. Hooper & J. Garcia. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COLTS RECAP
By Lenny Fogliani 
 
The Subiaco Colts have achieved their first victory of the season, overcoming West Perth by 50 points at Kingsway Reserve.
 
Josh Chapman (42 hit-outs) and Aaron Breman (19 possessions and four goals) were outstanding for the Lions and were well helped by Sean Foley (23 possessions), Matthew Pannell (22 possessions) and Koby Fullgrabe (19 possessions and a goal).
 
Up forward Jake Halligan was a livewire and finished with three goals. Fraser Foley, Corey Young and Che Wyatt all kicked two goals each.
 
In the opening quarter, play had to be stopped after a big collision saw a West Perth player having to be stretched off. Once play resumed it was the Falcons that were doing all the attacking, but Subiaco’s defence was outstanding considering the siege they were under. Unfortunately Kurt Monaghan scored the opening goal for the Falcons, but soon after Che Wyatt converted his set shot and
 
Jake Halligan then booted one to give the Lions an eight point lead at quarter-time.
 
It took 12 minutes for either side to kick a goal in the second quarter and it was West Perth’s rising star Joshua Rotham who broke the deadlock. But then a moment of magic happened – Halligan. tucked into the pocket, was forced to kick for goal from an impossible angle, however the Kingsway junior went back and coolly produced a checkside that went straight through the big sticks. Hamish
 
Culbert got one for the visitors, but moments later Aaron Breman kicked a clever snap from within a pack to give the Lions some breathing space. Koby Fullgrabe then added another and the Lions led by 13 points at the main break.
 
The Lions started the second half with a bang with Corey Young kicking a goal within the first minute. Monaghan kicked his second for the Falcons, but Fraser Foley got the instant reply. In the next attacking foray, Wyatt took a sensational overhead mark (a contender for mark of the year) and he duly went back and slotted his second for the morning. Young, Breman, and Foley all kicked goals for
 
Subiaco, while seconds before the three-quarter- time siren, Tyrese Miller got a goal for the Falcons.
 
In the last quarter, Breman (twice) and Halligan hit the scoreboard for the Lions compared to West Perth’s solitary goal.
 
 
GAME CHANGERS
 
  
SON OF A GUN
 
The son of former Subiaco great Todd Breman, Aaron Breman looks every bit a star player for the Lions in the future. He is an elusive half-forward flanker who can be pushed into the midfield if required, and against the Falcons he gathered 19 possessions and kicked four goals to be one of the best players on the ground.
 
 
 
HAPPY CHAPPY
 
Josh Chapman continues to press the claim for being the best young ruckman in the WAFL. Against West Perth, Chapman dominated his direct opponent Slade Hawkins, 42 hit-outs to 14. In fact since Chappy was so dominant the Falcons employed four other players to try and curb his influence but the Carine junior dominated all-comers.
 
 
 
HOMETOWN TALENT
 
The Lions travelled to Kingsway Reserve, one of their breeding grounds for young players. Subiaco currently has several Kingsway juniors on their Colts’ list including Daniel Del Prete, Ben Reid, Corey Young, Zac Bestry and Jake Halligan. All the above had outstanding games for the Lions and Kingsway continues to be an integral junior football club in the Subiaco zone.
 
 
SUBIACO                            2.3        5.4       11.6        14.8      (92)
WEST PERTH                     1.1        3.3        5.3          6.6       (42)
 
 
 
Goals; 4 A. Breman, 3 J. Halligan, 2 C. Wyatt, F. Foley, C. Young 1 K. Fullgrabe
 
Best; T. Hobley, M. Pannell, A. Breman, K. Fullgrabe & J. Harris. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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