Royals Down Lions

 

Written By: Andrew Owen | Photo By: Michael Flood

 

A dominant second half has seen East Perth down Subiaco to the tune of 68-points.

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The Lions trailed by only four-points at half time but the Royals kicked 14 goals to three to ease to a 20.12 (132) to 9.10 (64) victory.

The win was even more impressive, considering Josh Smith injured himself in the first quarter and did not return to the field after half time.

Matt Rosa pressed his claims for a recall to the West Coast Eagles team with 33 possessions and six clearances while Matthew Seal finished the match with seven goals.  Four of those goals where kicked in the third quarter.  Brendan Lee had 27 disposals, six tackles and 10 clearances while Adam Selwood also had 27 disposals and 10 clearances.

George Hampson and Jarrad Kayler-Thomson led the possession count for Subiaco with 19 each while Brett Mahoney had 18 touches and kicked two goals.

The Lions started promisingly, kicking the first goal of the game but East Perth soon hit back when a brilliant solo effort from Freddie Clutterbuck resulted in their first goal.  Subiaco’s captain Aidan Parker was able to kick a late goal for the Lions to give them a seven-point lead at quarter time.

The Royals kicked five goals to the Lions four in the second quarter to wrestle back the lead and put them up by four-points at half time.

The third quarter belonged to East Perth and Matthew Seal.  Seal kicked four of the Royals six goals for the quarter to give them a 35-point lead going into the last quarter.

East Perth continued to pile on the pain for Subiaco in the fourth quarter kicking eight goals to two.  Three of these goals were kicked by Cale Morton.

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

 

East Perth

1.2

6.8

12.11

20.12

132

Subiaco

2.3

6.4

7.6

9.10

64

GOALS:  Mahoney, Stevenson 2; Wood, Parker, Gum, Daye, Pickett.

BEST:  Hampson, McDougall, Waters, Mahoney, Gum, Kayler-Thomson.

First Quarter

The weather conditions of the past week seemed to be affecting the quality of the game, with numerous players from both sides slipping over and going to ground.  Subiaco were doing all the attacking early on and finally got rewarded for their effort when Michael Wood kicked the first goal of the game.

Aiden Parker received a free kick for a ruck infringement and had a golden opportunity to extend the Lions lead, but could only kick a behind.  East Perth brought the ball out from the backline and immediately went forward where a brilliant solo effort from Freddie Clutterbuck resulted in the Royals kicking their first goal.

Both teams continued to work the ball to their respective forward lines, but neither side could make the most of their chances.  However this changed when Parker caught Adam Selwood holding the ball 35 metres out from Subiaco’s goal.  This time Parker was able to go back and put the ball through the middle of the sticks.

At quarter time the Lions had a seven-point lead over East Perth.

Andrew McDougall was having a brilliant game with 11 disposals, eight hitouts and three clearances while for the Royals Brendan Lee had eight possessions and three clearances.

Josh Smith received a knock to his back/hip area at the 20 minute mark and as a result went down and was assisted by the trainers.  He went straight to the bench and did not come back onto the ground for the rest of the quarter.

 

Second Quarter

Smith started the second quarter from the goal square, opposed to Darren Rumble but was severely affected from his earlier knock and was struggling to move around the ground.

East Perth got the perfect start when they kicked the first goal through Craig Wulff.  The Royals should have kicked more goals in the early part of the second quarter but instead could only manage three behinds.

A bit of individual brilliance from Paul Johnson saw East Perth kick back-to-back goals for the first time in the game and had them seven-points up.

The game was starting to open up with both teams attacking and having plenty of opportunities to kick goals.  Out of the next seven goals kicked, four were kicked by the Lions, while the Royals kicked three.  This had Subiaco only four-points behind East Perth at half time.

Lee continued to lead the way for the Royals with 15 possessions, while West Coast Eagles player Matt Rosa had 14.

Jarrad Kayler-Thomson and McDougall both had 13 disposals and George Hampson had 12 for the Lions.

 

Third Quarter

East Perth made the decision not to bring Josh Smith back on the ground after half time and as a result the Royals were down to 21 players on the ground.

The loss of Smith did not seem to bother East Perth as they dominated the quarter kicking six goals to Subiaco’s one.

Matthew Seal was the main difference kicking four goals for the quarter to take his tally for the game to five.

Lee was also very dominant for the Royals with 24 possessions and nine clearances while Rosa had 23 disposals.

For the Lions Hampson, Kayler-Thomson and McDougall each had 16 possessions.

Fourth Quarter

East Perth continued in the fourth quarter were they left off in the third, kicking eight goals to Subiaco’s two.  The only highlight for the Lions was an absolute screamer taken by Scott Worthington that would be a worthy candidate for mark of the year.

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