Sharks Too Good For Lions


Written By: Andrew Owen

Photo By: Michael Flood

A dominant third quarter where East Fremantle kept Subiaco goalless, has seen them record a 34-point win at Shark Park.


The loss has the Lions sitting seventh on table, four wins outside of the top four with only five games remaining in the season.

Daniel Kerr was damaging in his return to the East Fremantle line-up and had 31 possessions and seven clearances, however may come under some scrutiny from the tribunal after he was reported in the third quarter.

George Hampson who went head-to-head with Kerr for most of the day had 34 disposals and Andrew McDougall who had 29 touches and 28 hitouts were the better players for Subiaco.

The Sharks got the jump on the Lions early kicking the first four goals of the game.  Subiaco did manage to work their way into the contest in the second quarter and at one stage were only five points behind.

However seven straight goals had East Fremantle 51-points up early in the last quarter and it looked as if they would run out the match convincingly.

Subiaco kept on fighting though and kicked four of the last five goals to add some respectability to the scoreboard.

First Quarter

Subiaco decided to make some tactical surprises before the first bounce with Aidan Parker moving into the forward line and Clancy Wheeler playing down back.

These changes didn’t have the desired effect though with East Fremantle bursting out of the blocks, kicking the opening four goals of the game.  Mitch Boyle kicked the first goal, courtesy of a free kick and when Kerr found the football 60 metres out, a neat inboard kick to Brett Peake resulted in the Sharks second.  Ryan Lester-Smith then kicked two goals in a minute and it wasn’t looking good for the Lions.

When Subiaco eventually did get the ball inside their forward 50 a free kick was awarded to Charles LeFanu, after he was pushed in the back by Samuel Read.  LeFanu made no mistake and comfortably converted the Lions first goal of the afternoon.

Towards the end of the quarter East Fremantle sent the ball inside 50 where Jack Perham took a wonderful contested mark which he went back and converted to give the Sharks a 24-point lead at the first break.

The major ball winners for East Fremantle were Kerr who had seven disposals, Rory O’Brien seven, Richard Hadley six and Aidan Tropiano who also had six.  Chris Phelan had 10 possessions for Subiaco while Joel Ashman and Hampson both had six each.

Second Quarter

The second quarter started in controversy when the Sharks called for a head count, believing the Lions had too many players on the ground.  They were proven to be incorrect and a 50 metre penalty was awarded to Jarrod Kayler-Thomson.  His kick was terrible though and he sprayed the shot out on the full.

It wasn’t long though before Subiaco had the ball back inside their forward 50 and when Joey Daye dished out a handpass to Antoni Grover in the goal square, the Lions had their second goal of the game.

East Fremantle responded quickly with Kerr breaking a tackle and kicking the ball to James Depane, who was waiting 25 metres out in front of goal.  Subiaco were able to reply though when Tristan Gum found Daye waiting in the goal square.

The Lions went forward again from the restart and the ball looked to be going out for a boundary throw in, in the right forward pocket.  However, nobody expected LeFanu to pick the ball up and kick an excellent goal using a check side kick.  The Sharks then went forward and found Brad Dick who was in space and he casually turned around onto his left foot and kicked a goal to extend his teams lead to 17-points.

It wasn’t good news for Subiaco though when Rob Forrest went down with what looked to be a knee injury.  This didn’t dampen the Lions spirit and when Rhys Waters found Michael Wood 45 metres out, the margin was 12-points in favour of East Fremantle.

When Peake gave away a free kick 55 metres out from Subiaco’s goal, the Lions were pressing hard.  Brett Mahoney played on quickly giving the ball to Waters who then gave the ball back to Mahoney and he converted the goal and the margin was back to five points.

Subiaco then started to tire a little and the Sharks took the advantage kicking two late goals.  The first of those goals came through Lester-Smith who was awarded a free kick for a hold and played on quickly to kick his third of the afternoon.  A rare goal from Andrew Stephen had East Fremantle up by 20-points at half time.

Kerr had 17 possessions for the Sharks in the first half while O’Brien had 14 and Tropiano had 12.

For the Lions Phelan had 17 disposals while Kayler-Thomson had 16 and Hampson had 15.

Third Quarter

When Subiaco returned to the field for the start of the second half, Forrest did not return and the Lions were down to just three on the bench.  Things did not look much better for Subiaco when in the second minute of the quarter Wood was assisted off the ground by trainers.

By the time the quarter had ticked into the ninth minute mark each side had kicked one point to have the margin the same as it was at half time.  The Lions then for the best part of five minutes had the ball inside their forward half of the ground.  However they were unable to capitalise on this dominance.

When Kayler-Thomson played on inside East Fremantle’s forward 50 he did not hear the quick feet of Dick who tackled him and got the free kick.  The Sharks took the advantage and Jayden Schofield kicked the goal from the goal square.

From here on it was all East Fremantle as they kicked the next three goals through Lester-Smith, who kicked his fourth, Scott Hancock who kicked a terrific long goal and Dick who kicked his second.  This gave the Sharks a 43-point lead at three quarter time.

At the 25 minute mark of the quarter Kerr was reported for making head high contact on Simon Moore from Subiaco when he slid in for the football.  This was the only blemish so far in Kerr’s game as he was leading the disposal count for East Fremantle with 26, while James Bayliss had 18 and O’Brien had 18.

Hampson had 28 for the Lions and was assisted by Phelan (25), McDougall (20) and Gum (18).

Fourth Quarter

The Sharks looked to be continuing their form from the third quarter when they went forward early, but could only manage two behinds.  However they soon found the middle of the posts when Hancock kicked his second of the match.  This pushed the margin out to a game high 51-point lead to East Fremantle.

Subiaco to their credit did not throw in the towel and two quick goals to Grover and a great snap around the body from Parker had the margin back to 33-points.  Any hope the Lions had of an unlikely victory was soon squashed when Rob Young kicked a goal from 45 metres out at the 21 minute mark of the quarter and put the result beyond doubt.  A late goal to Grover, who had kicked three goals for the quarter to take his tally for the game to four, was nothing but a mere conciliation.

Kerr and O’Brien lead the way for the Sharks with 31 disposals each while Tropiano had 27 and Hadley had 23.

For Subiaco Hampson had 34 disposals, Phelan 33, McDougall 29 and Kayler-Thomson 27.




















GOALS: 4 A.Grover, 2 C.Le fanu, 1 A.Parker, B.Mahoney, J.Daye, M.Wood

Injuries:Rob Forrest (Knee), Michael Wood (Ankle)

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