WRAP: Round 22 (2017) vs West Perth

Subiaco demonstrated their dominant ability with an 82-point win over West Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

The Lions burst out of the gates with a five goal first quarter and held West Perth scoreless in the second to set up an emphatic win.

There were a host of notable performances for the Maroons. Strong marking forward Ben Sokol contributed six goals and the returning Kyle Halligan added an incredible balance to the Lions scoring ability. The 2015 premiership star finished with four on his long-awaited return.
Liam Ryan had a quiet day compared to his recent performances, but still provided the highlight of the game with a massive grab in the third quarter. Ryan finished with two majors.

Rowen Powell was another inclusion and impressed playing on the wing. It’s the first time Powell has been used in the midfield this year and he led disposals in the first half. The ex-West Coast Eagle prospect finished with 25 touches and nine inside 50’s.

Lachlan Delahunty is in career best form and his 27 disposals, six inside 50’s and three goals were instrumental for the Lions. Fellow ex-Victorian Leigh Kitchin also played a vital role with 29 disposals and a goal.
The back-line were too strong for West Perth’s forward structures. Aaron Heal and Jordan Lockyer continue to anchor down the play and Hayden Kennedy has proven a fantastic addition in the back end of the season.
Declan Jackson did an outstanding job on in-form Falcons forward Tyler Keitel who only managed two goals.
Subiaco started hot and the in-form Lachlan Delahunty had the first goal after a big mark. For the second, Liam Ryan kept the play alive, Kyle Halligan delivered a massive shepherd and Sokol snapped truly. West Perth struck their first blow through Tyler Keitel but the run of play was well and truly with the maroon and gold. Ryan got out the back to smash through his first and Brad Stevenson drilled a set shot on the first quarter siren to give Subi a 15-point quarter time lead.
Sokol continued to fire in the second quarter and slotted his third in the early moments from the pocket. Big men Rowen Powell and Lachlan Delahunty continued to run amok in the midfield and led the disposal count for the Lions at this point in the game. The hard leading Ben Sokol had his fourth not long after as Subiaco crushed the life out of West Perth. A Delahunty goal late in the quarter stretched the deficit to 37 at half time. West Perth failed to score in quarter two.

The Falcons hit the deck with an expected lift in the third quarter and threatened a fightback with consecutive goals to captain Jay Van Berlo and Aidan Lynch to make it a 25 point game. The comeback was short-lived however as Kyle Halligan slotted a set shot and was swamped by his team-mates. It was his first goal since Round 5, 2016. Liam Ryan continued the party with a smooth shot on the run and the Lions began to ruthlessly punish their northern rivals.
Vice-captain Leigh Kitchin opened up the last quarter with a sneaky finish through traffic and the returning Kyle Halligan started to fire. The party was well and truly in full swing when Simon Parry kicked his first Subiaco goal on the run and Halligan kicked his third. Subi added four more goals to complete the 82-point rout.
Ben Sokol and Kyle Halligan exchange congratulations after another Lions major. 

When Kyle Halligan slotted his first major of the day in the third quarter every Subiaco player on the field made their way over to get around him. It’s been a long time coming for the exciting young forward who has been sidelined with a knee injury since early in the 2016 season. To add to the moment, Halligan then proceeded to put three more through the big sticks. The 2015 premiership player could be an ace up the sleeve for Jarrad Schofield heading into the finals.
Powell has been a steady performer for Subi in 2017 but has mainly been used in forward or pinch hitting ruck roles. The ex-West Coast Eagle rookie played the first six games before injury and then built his form back in the development ranks. In Round 22 the Maroons coaching staff tried a different approach, using him in the midfield. The young gun used his athleticism to torch the Falcons, recording 25 touches, five marks and nine inside 50’s. A majority of his forward entries hit targets and resulted in direct scores.


The Lions are playing their best football of the season heading towards the business end. The result against West Perth was even more impressive due to the fact the Lions are still missing captain Kyal Horsley. The versatility of the current list has the Maroons poised to challenge for their fourth consecutive Grand Final appearance.


The Lions look towards East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday. They already have a home final secured with three game gap on second placed South Fremantle, but will be hungry to continue this momentum.
SUBIACO                          5.2      8.6      11.9     19.14      (128)
WEST PERTH                   2.5      2.5        4.9       610        (46)
BEST: R.Powell, L.Delahunty, B.Sokol, M.Walters, D.Jackson
GOALS: 6 B.Sokol, 4 K.Halligan, 3 L.Delahunty, 2 L.Ryan, 1 B.Stevenson, L.Kitchin, A.Creeper, S.Parry

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