WRAP: Round 15 (2017) at West Perth

 
Subiaco have extended their winning streak to 12 games with an 11-point win over West Perth in torrid conditions at HBF Arena.

The Lions maintained a lead after quarter time and outlasted the Falcons in a physical last period. Young ruckman Adam Creeper snapped a crucial goal and Liam Ryan confirmed the result with a smooth soccer goal.

The win maintains a two game lead on top of the ladder and increases Jarrad Schofield winning percentage beyond 70% in his 100th game as head coach.
 
The wet conditions made it hard but Subiaco’s fight and heart was evidently stronger. Captain Kyal Horsley was inspirational with 28 touches, Leigh Kitchin had 27 and Scott Hancock 22.

Adam Cockie’s brute power was an important factor and the strong midfielder eclipsed 10+ tackles alongside Horsley and Corey Adamson.

Greg Clark did a resounding job on Sandover medallist Aaron Black, getting under his skin and holding him to 17 disposals. Aaron Heal was also dominant out back in his return from a jaw injury that kept him sidelined since Peel in Round 11.
 
Liam Ryan kicked two goals including the game-sealer and Adamson kicked two in the second quarter.

The only sour note for Subiaco was an ankle injury to Clancy Wheeler who was forced out of the game early in the first.

It was evident early that the game was going to be a slug-fest. West Perth put the pressure on early and got the first goal through Adam Strijk. The Lions got their response with a set shot for Liam Ryan but were slightly off the pace in the first quarter.

The maroons brought a heightened intensity in the second quarter and dominated the inside 50 entries. The Lions held West Perth goal-less and managed to create two opportunities for Corey Adamson. The Lions had a 12-point half time lead.

West Perth bounced back in the third and a titanic tussle was on the cards. Strijk kicked his second to narrow the margin and a Lynch goal brought it back to under a goal. Subiaco held on to their nerve and established a seven-point lead at three quarter time after a goal from Ben Sokol.
 
With the game on the line both sides came out to get the job done. Shannon Nelson got the first of the quarter and reduced the game to a single kick. In a crucial moment, Adam Creeper received a clever hand ball from Liam Baker and snapped truly for the best goal of the day. The home side wouldn’t relent and after over 10 minutes of West Perth kicking behinds, Subi managed to scramble the ball to the other end. Liam Baker soccered forward and then managed to smother an exit kick which fell to the feet of Liam Ryan. The Lions sharpshooter ran it into an open goal and smoothly soccered home to secure the Subi win.
 
Ben Sokol delivers a sliding handball. 

 

GAME CHANGERS 
 
 
12 ON THE TROT
Subiaco’s 12th win in a row is the 3rd longest winning streak in club history and is only behind 2008’s 13 game and 2007’s 19 game winning streaks. The Lions are still a long way from nearing the incredible 19 game run in the Glory Years but they can make further history with a win against Perth next week.

BIG WIN FOR THE COACH
The Lions lifted dramatically for their inspirational coach and the team jubilantly sung the song alongside Jarrad Schofield post game. Schoey now has 69 wins from a total of 89 regular season games and will undoubtedly add to that tally by seasons end.

HARDENED BODIES OVERPOWER
Subiaco’s conditioning was on display and they outmuscled West Perth at the contest. The weather didn’t really suit either teams game style but the Lions were willing to do the hard things to gain an advantage. The physical edge came from players like Horsley, Cockie, Hoskins and they were joined by younger guys like Michael Braut, Adam Creeper and Max Walters to produce a well-rounded, gutsy performance at the contests.

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN
Liam Ryan ran the ball into an open goal, muffed a bounce and cooly soccered the ball through to deflate the Falcons with a minute to go.
 
 
SUBIACO               1.2      3.6      4.9      6.11       (47)
WEST PERTH        1.5      1.6      3.8      4.12       (36)
 
 
 
BEST: A.Heal, G.Clark, J.Joyce, J.Latham, A.Cockie
 
GOALS:2 L.Ryan, C.Adamson, 1 B.Sokol, A.Creeper
 
 
WAFL STATISTICS 
 
 
D-LEAGUE RECAP:

The development team produced a gutsy comeback against the Falcons in erratic conditions earlier in the day.

Subi produced a dominant last quarter to get over West Perth who failed to score in the last quarter.
 
Hail and rain stagnated play and the Lions didn’t kick a goal for more than two quarters before finding a way to get the win. A 2.7 last quarter helped the Maroons lift above the Falcons to hold 4th spot on the ladder.

Matt Bogensperger had 28 disposals, Daniel leach 24 and Rowen Powell 23.

The Lions only had singular goal scorers with Powell, Burnett, Leach, Vermeersch, Borchet and Nelson finding the big sticks.
 
Simon Parry continues to build form and provided a dominant presence down back.

2015 premiership defender Hayden Kennedy made a successful return and new recruit Tim Sutherland was handy in his first Subiaco game.
 
 
SUBIACO                  4.5      4.6      4.7      6.14      (50)
WEST PERTH           3.0      4.2      6.6      6.6        (42)
 
BEST: D.Leach, M.Bogensperger, S.Parry, R.Powell
 
GOALS:1 R.Powell, E.Burnett, D.Leach, R.Vermeersch, R.Borchet, S.Nelson
 
 
 
WAFL STATISTICS 
 
COLTS RECAP: 
 
The Subiaco Colts won their vital clash against West Perth by 28 points at HBF Arena on wintry Saturday morning.
 
The victory sees Subiaco one game clear of the Falcons, in fifth position.
 
Nic Baroni was inspirational in his comeback game from injury, accumulating 21 possessions, laying eight tackles and recording two inside 50s.
 
He was well supported by Liam Hickmott (25 possessions, two tackles and two inside 50s), Wil Hickmott (19 possessions, four inside 50s, two marks, two tackles and a goal), and Max Dennis (19 possessions, three tackles and two marks).
 
Up forward Christian Martin kicked three goals from 11 possessions in an impressive display, especially considering the less-than-ideal conditions. Che Wyatt was the other multiple goalscorer with two, while Luke Foley, Jake Halligan, Jordan Faraone and Wil Hickmott all kicked one goal each.
 
The Lions played ferociously. In the 10th minute Che Wyatt converted a set shot from 50 metres and a few minutes later Luke Foley was front and centre of a pack and managed to snap the ball through the goals. Soon after Jake Halligan soccered through a goal and before the quarter-time siren, Christian Martin received a downfield free kick, and nailed his first for the morning. What was pleasing was that the Lions held the Falcons scoreless.
 
The Lions’ momentum did not stop after the break, and in the opening minutes Foley found Martin in the goalsquare, who slammed through his second. Lane Sedgwick managed to get one for the Falcons after he took a contested mark inside 50. But in the 15th minute, Jordan Faraone snapped through his first goal of the game and moments later Wil Hickmott managed to sneak one through from 65 metres as the ball sped past Mitch Hughes and his direct opponent. Unfortunately Lachlan Johns kicked a goal for West Perth just before the half-time siren to halt some of the momentum.
 
After the main break Che Wyatt produced a moment of magic when he roved a pack at full speed, gave himself space and snapped over his shoulder to record his second goal. Liam Connolly found Martin inside 50, who went back and nailed his third for the morning.
 
In the final quarter, West Perth dominated but the Lions managed to withstand their onslaught. Alec Johnson and Lane Sedgwick were the only Falcons who could duly convert in front of goal, highlighting just how sound the Lions’ defensive unit was.
 
Next week the Lions host Perth at Leederville Oval where they will be looking to continue their winning momentum.
 
GAME CHANGERS
 
MARTIN THE STAR
Christian Martin again stamped his authority as a future star for the Lions with a bag of three goals in tough conditions. Standing at 194 centimetres, Martin has all the tools required to become a star for Subiaco in the years to come.
 
LIONS FEROCIOUS YET AGAIN
For the ninth time this season the Subiaco Colts won the tackle count. This time they won it 60-48 and it was led by Nic Baroni (8 tackles), Tristan Hobley (7 tackles) and Tom Edwards-Baldwin (7 tackles). This highlights just how desperate the boys are for the football when the opposition has it.
 
MURRAY LIMITED
The last time the Lions played West Perth was in round 3 when the Falcons got up by just five points. Nathan Murray was a catalyst for them on that day with 17 possessions and three goals. Fast forward to round 15 and the Lions did not allow him an inch of space for him to be creative. His lack of influence (he only gathered 11 possessions) helped the Lions get over the line.
 
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN
In the last quarter, Jake Halligan missed from the boundary line. His point forced the Falcons to kick four goals with not much time to go. It was a ‘golden point’ so to say.
 
 
SUBIACO                            4.4        7.5        9.5         9.6          (60)
WEST PERTH                     0.0        2.3        2.5         4.8          (32)
 
Goals; 3 C. Martin, 2 C. Wyatt, 1 L. Foley, J. Halligan, J. Faraone, W. Hickmott
 
Best; D. Smith, D. Purser, K. Fullgrabe, K. Stainsby
 

 

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