WRAP: Round 23 (2017) at East Perth

Photo: Daniel Wilkins - The Sunday Times
Subiaco tied a club record 19 consecutive wins against East Perth in the last round of the 2017 WAFL season on Saturday.
The Maroons powered home in the second half to a resounding 42-point win and have earned a rest in the first week of finals.

Liam Ryan lit up the show in season-closing game, booting six goals and taking a signature high-flyer in the first quarter. Ryan secured the Bernie Naylor Medal for the WAFL’s leading goal-kicker with his strong showing.

Big man Lachlan Delahunty continued his recent forward with an outstanding four goal performance. The returning Liam Baker nabbed two.

Winger Scott Hancock gathered 30 disposals and five inside 50’s, Wayde Twomey was efficient with 24 touches and Corey Adamson collected 21. Kyle Halligan was used in a forward role and had a game high eight inside 50’s for the Lions.

Subi’s defenders held a plethora of Eagles talent including Malcolm Karpany, William Riolo and Joshua Hill to ten goals. Calm decisions and cool heads helped transition the ball onto attack multiple times.
The scoring was stagnant in the first quarter with the opening major coming from Lachlan Delahunty nine minutes into the first term. Delahunty craftily snapped home from the pocket to get the crowd up. East Perth got the next one through Willie Rioli and hit the lead moments later. Brad Stevenson dribbled one home to give Subi breathing space and Liam Ryan finished the quarter off on a massive high. Ryan flew for one of his signature marks and converted a goal to give the Lions a nine points lead at the first break.

Liam Baker got the Maroons rolling in the second with a major but the Royals wouldn’t relinquish their pressure. East Perth’s Sharrod Wellingham started to show his class, kicking goals and racking up possession at the contests. Delahunty kicked his second and huge goal from Brad Stevenson helped Subi to a ten point, half-time lead.

Liam Ryan got the first goal of the second half as Subiaco began to move the ball fluently. Maxy Walters struck a long goal from range and and Liam Bakers second had the Maroons charging. Ryan then proceeded to shred the Royals defence kicking four consecutive goals and push the lead beyond 30 points.

Although the Lions took the foot of the pedal in some regards the last quarter was largely un-important. East Perth managed a couple of majors but were too far behind to mount a comeback. Subiaco win by 42.


Wayde Twomey and the backs were solid against East Perth 

Liam Ryan put on a masterclass for the Lions. He was up to his old tricks, leading hard, marking harder finished with incredible use of the football. Every time Ryan touches the ball positive play seems to flow after and the Royals had no answer. West Coast Eagle Tom Cole tried his best to get on top of the soon to be Bernie Naylor medalist but struggled. Ryan has become one of the most exciting players in the WAFL and is set to go out with a bang.
The Lions tied a historic club record of 19 consecutive wins, a tally currently held by the 2006 premiership side. Although the record means little unless Subi win the premiership the remarkable achievement is a fair indicator of how strong the Lions season has been.


Scott Hancock has steadily been building form over the season and he displayed how dangerous his speed and disposal can be against the Royals. Hancock gathered 30 disposals and used it well against East Perth. His run and raking boot will be needed in September.


Subiaco turn their heads towards September action with a home final secured on Sunday, September 10. The Lions will face either South Fremantle or Peel Thunder in the 2nd Semi Final.
SUBIACO                          3.4      6.6      13.10     16.14      (110)
EAST PERTH                    2.1      5.4        7.6        10.8        (68)
BEST: Ryan, Delahunty, Hancock, Adamson, Heal, Halligan, Jackson.
GOALS: Ryan 6; Delahunty 4; Stevenson, Baker 2; Walters, Sokol.


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