The kids can play

           Josh Deluca kicking on the run                                                    Photography: Kim Johnson


The Subiaco Lions have gotten their season off to a bang with a 77 point victory over the West Perth Falcons at Medibank Stadium.

One of the youngest Colts squads to ever grace Medibank Stadium, which included seven debutants, put on a clinical display against the Falcons, dominating contested possession and clearances.

Intense midfield pressure lead to 19 more scoring shots than the Falcons, which were happily converted by Michael Wood (8) and Rhys McAlister (5).

Max Walters had a day in the park on debut for the maroon and gold with 26 disposals and two goals, but was part of a solid unit which negated West Perth’s midfield for a majority of the game.

Influential Players:
Max Walters:

The debutant hit the ground running, recording 26 disposals and kicking two goals. One of the goals a booming 55 metre bomb at the end of the third quarter to crush the Falcons. I’m looking forward to watching more from Walters this year, and you should too.

Christopher Bryan:
Nothing more impressive that a defender than can sweep the play gather the ball and hit a target out of defence. Bryan is cool and composed under pressure and has the legs to outrun most forwards.

Greg Clark:
Another debutant Greg Clark showed why he got the go ahead. Gathered 20 possessions but the most impressive part of his game was the pressure. Eight tackles and numerous contested possessions left a sour taste in West Perth’s mouth.

Senior forward Michael Wood’s performance tonight would put shudders through any opposing back man. Wood hit goals on the run, in the pocket and from set shots to record eight goals and 22 disposals. The signs are looking ominous for this talent packed forward line

The Colts were electric from the start. But believe it or not the Falcons were incredibly competitive in the first 10 minutes, going goal for goal before the Lions broke loose.

Rhys McAlister finally broke the trend nailing Subiaco’s fourth, which opened a metaphorical floodgate.

Wood finished the quarter with three goals

The second had shadows of the first with a quick Falcons major but it was short lived as young gun Joshua Deluca chased down an opponent and set up another McAlister goal.

The Lions really turned on at this point with Michael Wood and Rhys McAlister putting on a goal kicking clinic to finish with nine goals between them to go in with a 50 point lead at half time.

Known as the premiership quarter for some reason; the Lions had to keep up the intensity to make sure there wouldn’t be a Falcons comeback.

Not only did that do that, they also poured on six more goals than the Falcons to make it a rout.

Joshua Deluca showed kicking goals is in the family with a brilliant running goal from 50 and the Falcons wished Michael Wood didn’t show up as he kicked his sixth goal increasing the lead to 68.

The Falcons showed signs of a comeback as the Lions took the foot of the pedal, but it was too little too late.

Wood slotted his eighth at the death to record an outstanding first win for the Lions Colts

S             7.2            11.4         18.8          20.11           (131)

C             2.0            3.2             4.3              8.4            (52)


Subiaco’s Best:
Walters, Bryan, Jackson, Wood, Clark, McAlister

Subiaco’s Goals :
Wood 8; McAlister 5; Walters 2; Grace, Coe, Deluca, Flematti, Vermeesch  

Injuries: Nil

Reports: Nil


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


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