Subiaco Overcome Gallant Sharks

Jack Anthony was impressive down back. PHOTO - Cam Wedemeyer - Subiaco FC /

SUBIACO have held off a fast-finishing East Fremantle to win by six-points.

The final score 13.7 (85) to 10.19 (79).

East Fremantle squandered several chances late in the fourth quarter; the Sharks kicked 4.9 in the final term after they trailed by 32-points at ¾ time.

The second half of the final term almost exclusively played deep in the Lions defence.

It was a six goal to one-third term that broke the game open for the Lions after the visitors held a one or two goal buffer for most of the first half.

Subiaco led for all of the first quarter but midway through the second period the Sharks hit the front for the first and only time of the match.

A Des Headland goal on the stroke of half time immediately saw the Lions retake the lead, a lead that Subiaco would hold for the rest of the match.

Rhys Waters announced himself at league level kicking four goals including an important first goal of the fourth quarter.

He also amassed 25 possessions, the Lions equal highest along with Rob Forrest and Jason Bristow.

Bristow’s grunt work in and under helped Subiaco put in an improved effort in the clearances than last week although the Sharks still won them 39-34.

“There’s no doubt the boys have been trying to guts out each week but finally the boys just individually did their role and that got us the points,” Bristow said.

“It was well and truly overdue that win. Things are going to be a little bit more upbeat at the club during the week, hopefully we got a little bit more confidence to build on for the rest of year.”

“If we dropped today we were pretty much up against it to take part in September so winning today just gives us a little bit of hope.”

“We definitely forgot how to win a little bit but we did what we had to do to get over the line.”




First quarter:

A pair of Rhys Waters goals got Subiaco started in the first quarter. The Lions controlled the majority of the running and while they were industrious it was the Sharks who were more efficient making the most of their opportunities to kick two goals from their three scoring shots. Blake Broadhurst’s time-on goal was the difference between the two sides at the break.

Second quarter:

East Fremantle squandered some early opportunities and Subiaco made them pay when they went down the other end and kicked the first goal of the quarter. The sides then traded majors before back-to-back goals for the Sharks in time-on saw them hit the lead for the first time. Des Headland’s second goal of the quarter on the stroke of half-time had Subiaco back in front at the main break.

Third quarter:

Subiaco set up the third quarter when they kicked two quick goals to start the second half. But they really blew the game open and when they kicked four goals to one in the second half of the quarter. Two of the Lions goals came within a one-minute period in time-on.

Fourth quarter

East Fremantle started a last quarter charge when they kicked the first goal. It looked halted when Rhys Waters kicked a response shortly after but the Sharks were the better two of the team in the closing stages with the majority of the final term played deep in Subiaco defence. East Fremantle’s inaccuracy plagued them all day but none more so than in the fourth quarter where they kicked 4.9.



Subiaco love playing East Fremantle. There last win of the season came against East Fremantle back in round five and the Lions have now won 25 of their last 26 matches against the port club.


Lion mauling:

Subiaco’s hunger and attack on the ball returned to what it was earlier on in the season. It was the main cornerstone to the win.


Renaissance man:

It may well be the renaissance of Jack Anthony. Playing down back Anthony reinvented himself as he spoiled all day and made good decisions under pressure. He finished up with 17 possessions, which included six tackles.



EAST FREMANTLE 2.1 5.8 6.10 10.19 79
SUBIACO 3.3 6.5 12.6 13.7 85
GOALS – EAST FREMANTLE: Young 3; B. O’Brien 2; Boyle, Duffy, Henson, King, McGough SUBIACO: Waters 4; Headland, Chambers 2; Bristow, Broadhurst, Forrest, Wheeler, Worthington''' 
BEST – EAST FREMANTLE: R O’Brien, McGough, Dodd, Young, Stevens SUBIACO: Waters, Bristow, Forrest, Hampson, Parker, Anthony
UMPIRES: Keating, Orr, O’Neill 
CROWD: 1100 approx at East Fremantle Oval.



In the reserves, Subiaco again suffered a second half-fade out as they did a week earlier, East Fremantle allowed to run away with a ten-goal win.

18.9 (117) to 8.5 (53).

The Lions did a commendable job of sticking with the fourth-placed Sharks up until midway through the third quarter before the margin blew out.

Justin Joyce was amongst the Lions best on his return with 19 possessions. Michael Genovese also had 19 touches.

Marc Re booted two majors.

Myles Smythe and Rowen McDowell kept their names in front of the match committee for a recall to the league team with 16 and 17 possession days respectively. 

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