Lions shock Peel Thunder

Rhys McAlister powers the ball through the midfield       Photo: Doc Fetherstonhaugh

The Lions have skyrocketed into sixth place with their 10th win of the season, a 67 point shellacking inflicted on Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

The win is the Colts seventh from the last nine games as their late season resurgence gives them a positive record of 10-9 with one game to go.

The performance of the day was provided by forward Michael Wood, who kicked his biggest bag of the season with nine goals to lead the Colts goal-kicking with 46.
Joshua Deluca had his best performance at Colts level of the year with 28 disposals and a goal helped in the midfield by Charles Le Fanu (24 disposals) and captain Matt Turner (19 disposals).

Subiaco also welcomed the return of ruckman Dave Madut, who hadn’t played since round nine due to a knee injury. Madut had a solid return to Colts football with 12 possessions and 21 hitouts.

Influential Players:
Josh Deluca:
Deluca has only played six games this year but he gave head coach Steve Armstrong 28 reasons to why he should be a regular next year. He collected the ball 28 times, recording 10 inside 50’s and five tackles, phenomenal numbers for a fringe player.  

Michael Wood :
Michael Wood has been in incredible form in the last half of the season kicking 29 goals in the last 8 games. Is emerging as a really dangerous target up front and probably isn’t that far from playing senior football.   

Matt Turner:
The captain lead from the front today recording 19 possessions and generating good flow through the midfield. Always works hard and consistently wins 50/50 contests.

The Lions had a whopping 30 scoring shots compared to Peel’s 13 and made them pay with a conversion rate of 60%. With the low rate of 16.9 disposals per goal, Subiaco recorded their 4th highest score of the season.

A feature of the Colts football this year has been the talent coming up from the Excellence Program. Two players in particular shone today and have been doing so all season. Conor Wilkinson and Cody Grace were promoted into the Colts program early in the season and haven’t skipped a beat since. Wilkinson has become a handy on-baller recording 17 possessions today and Grace kicked three more goals from his roving forward role.

Unbelievably we have another new winner of the Dream Team award, this week the accolade going to Joshua Deluca for his electric 28 possession performance. The young midfielder was everywhere not only recording a massive bag of possessions but five tackles, ten inside 50’s and a goal aswell to amass 130 Dream Team points. Congrats Deluca!

S             4.1            8.6            11.9         18.12        (120)

P             3.1            5.3             5.4            8.5           (53)


Subiaco’s Best:

Deluca, Wood, Le Fanu, Turner, Webster

Subiaco’s Goals :
Wood 9; Grace 3; Summers 2; Webster, Wohiling, Deluca, Bestry 1

Injuries: Nil

Reports: Nil


Written by Michael Barr           -            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                   -

*All opinions expressed are by the journalist and in no way the opinion of the Subiaco Football club*

Photography by Doc Fethers

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