Lions by a whisker
Saturday, 11 August 2012
SUBIACO have ended the finals hopes of traditional rival West Perth with a two-point last-gasp win at Arena Joondalup on Saturday.
The Lions looked to have the game won when they led by two goals as the game approached time on in the final term.
However, West Perth summoned up a final effort and kicked back-to-back goals to snatch the lead at the 26-minute mark.
Subiaco won a free kick from the resulting centre bounce and peppered the top of the goal squad with long kicks before Chris Deluca crumbed a ball at the top of the goal square and snapped the goal to put the Lions in front.
There was enough time for one last Falcons attack with all of Subiaco's players in the defensive half as the siren sounded.
Earlier, West Perth had led by 26 points at quarter time after their AFL-listed midfielders of Andrew Strijk and Jay Van Berlo ran rampant.
Anthony Tsalikis the main benefactor as he kicked two first quarter goals.
That 26-point quarter time lead was extended to 28 at the main break.
A Blake Broadhurst and Jack Anthony inspired comeback saw Subiaco pile on six straight goals to start the second half and eight for the quarter to hit the front.
Both of the key forwards finished with four goals.
Colts graduates Chris Deluca and James Garcia had a couple of their own.
AFL draft prospects Callum Sinclair and Clancy Wheeler won the hit outs 47-35 and amassed a combined 50 touches around the ground.
The upset Subiaco win all but ends West Perth's finals hopes.
QUARTER BY QUARTER
It was one-way traffic in the first half as West Perth piled on six goals from ten scoring shots. They kicked the first two goals before Pat Hassett responded for the Lions. However, the Falcons scored the next four majors. James Garcia ran into an open goal late in the quarter to save some respectability for the Lions.
Subiaco's tall forwards Anthony and Broadhurst stood up as Subiaco attempted to work their way back into the contest. Whenever the Lions scored West Perth held the answers and responded down the other end. The Falcons finished the quarter with back-to-back goals.
A different Subiaco turned up for the second half and it was epitomized by the first centre bounce where a number of Lions jumpers ferociously attacked the contest. Broadhurst booted three and Anthony kicked two as Subiaco piled on six straight goals to take the lead. West Perth regained some momentum in time on but the Lions responded with goals to Garcia and Hampson.
West Perth had all of the momentum and kicked two goals when a double 50m penalty handed Anthony a goal. The Falcons continued to press but struggled to score and Broadhurst goaled. West Perth hit the lead with 26 minutes played in the final term. It looked as though Subiaco would fall antoginisingly short of the win before Deluca pounced on the lose ball.
At the first centre bounce of the second half, Rhett Kerr came flying into the contest along with a few of his teammates. While West Perth won the clearance the attack and appetite on the contest set the tone for the whole second-half.
That winning feeling:
It's the first win for many of the young colts system graduate and will give them invaluable experience to come through a game like that on top.