Tigers Out Roar and Outclass Lions
- Saturday, 05 May 2012
A sloppy and ill-disciplined Subiaco has fallen to reigning premiers Claremont by 48-points at Medibank Stadium.
The margin blowing out in the final stages as the Tigers ran out 14.11 (95) to 22.11 (143) winners.
Subiaco unable to capitalise on their periods of dominance late in the third and early in the fourth.
Claremont’s class showed as they made the Lions pay down the other end.
While it was an even spread of contributors for Claremont, their current and former AFL listed players the most notable.
Reigning Sandover medallist Luke Blackwell, Byron Schammer, and Kane Mitchell all had 25 possessions.
Tom Swift had 21 touches; former Magpie small forward Paul Medhurst only has 16 touches but kicked three goals.
Claremont got away to a dream start with the first three goals.
Subiaco worked hard to bring it back to a two-goal margin late in the first but it was this two-goal spread the Lions just couldn’t get over all day.
Although they did bring it back to 11-points late in the third quarter before Blackwell kicked a captain’s goal from the resulting restart and ran away with the contest.
Reece Blechynden’s 25-possession return from foot injury a positive, Aidan Parker matching that to go along with 13 hit outs while spending increased time in the ruck.
The loss the Lions third straight.
S: 22.11 (143)
C: 14.11 (95)
Subiaco best: Blechynden, Sinclair, Kerr, Randall, Deluca.
Subiaco goalkickers: Chambers 3, Kerr 2, Broadhurst 2, Bristow, Blechynden, Waters, Headland, Deluca, Smythe.
QUARTER BY QUARTER:
As Claremont kicked the first three goals of the match the start was close to a replica of the Lions sluggish start from a week earlier. Subiaco responded better than they did against East Perth bringing the margin back to two straight kicks, however a couple of late Claremont goals saw the spread go back out to four majors at the first change.
An evenly contested second quarter saw Claremont extend their lead by only four points at the main break. While Subiaco’s endeavour was at times endearing their use was letting them down and Claremont appeared to have an answered every Lions goal in the second.
After Claremont started with a Paul Medhurst goal the Lions went on a run kicking four straight goals. Just as the Lions had the margin back within two goals the Tigers responded with two quick majors of their own to reinstate their lead.
Inaccuracy cost Subiaco a dream start to the final quarter kicking three straight behinds before Chambers final kicked truly. Forward pressure rewarded Subiaco as Blechynden threw it on the boot and Subiaco had two straight to start the final quarter. But after Subiaco controlled all of the running, Claremont went forward from the resulting restart and Blackwell goaled. Another Tigers goal shortly after poured water on the Subiaco flame. Claremont blowing out the lead late.
Chris Deluca kicked two goals on debut from ten possessions but most importantly did what he was brought into the team to do – create forward pressure recording six tackles for the afternoon.
Brant Chambers laid a full length smother on centre wing before bouncing to his feet, winning the football, knocking it forward to Deluca who kicked long and Rhett Kerr goaled.