Save the best till last
- Sunday, 31 August 2014
The Subiaco Colts have finished the season on a high note with a 35 point victory over the East Fremantle Sharks.
A strong five-goal performance from Rhys McAlister was crucial as the Lions generated 23 scoring shots to 13 in a Round 23 season closer.
Max Walters was the most prominent midfielder with 24 touches and six inside 50’s but had plenty of help from players like Greg Clark (22 disposals), Connor Wilkinson (22 disposals) Ethan Burnett (22 disposals) and Tim Edwards (21 disposals).
The upset victory was a fitting end to the Lions rollercoaster season who at times showed greatness.
Coach Steve Armstrong was delighted to go out with a win but acknowledges the Lions had an up and down season.
“It’s great to finish with four points. I said to the boys before we could be out of the four by a couple of games or half a game so credit to the team. It’s always good to finish on a positive note,
“Not sure why we were on today but it’s probably been the story of our year. I thought we were pretty consistent with our performances most weeks but we can look really good and we can also look really shakey. It was just a matter of closing the gap between our best and our worst.” Said Armstrong
Rhys McAlister looked like he was returning to old ways with a game changing five goal performance and Armstrong credits the young forward for staying in the contest.
“I thought Rhys McAlister was really good, he played the forward pocket role like he had been doing previously. Rather than worrying about getting a free kick or falling to ground he was actually being an opportunist by getting front and centre and being strong in the air. " added Armstrong
Rhys McAlister celebrates one of his five goals. Photo: SFC
Rhys McAlister has been an exciting prospect for the Subiaco Football club over the last three years with a knack for kicking big goals. Although the talented youngster has had a down year with injury and un-availability the 18 year old showed the form that has previously made him the most dangerous forward in colts football. McAlister kicked his 100th goal in his 49th colts game.
Subiaco arguably had their strongest midfield group all season with several of the Lions talented ball-getters linking up nicely. Max Walters finished the season strong and found the ability to create space with another impressive 24-disposal game. The return of Ethan Burnett from Hale duties also injects a lot of class into the Lions midfield.
The Lions were emphatically outclassed last week against the South Fremantle Bulldogs and needed to refine their disposal to open up the field. The Colts improved their disposal efficiency to effectively switch on East Fremantle multiple times and generate high quality goal scoring chances.
SUBIACO 2.4 5.6 10.7 11.12 (78)
EAST FREMANTLE 1.4 3.5 4.5 6.7 (43)
Goals; 5 R.Mcalister, 2 C.Buscall, 1 M.Walters, J.Woodley, E.Burnett, A.Summers.
Best; E. Burnett, M. Walter, R. McAlister, C. Wilkinson, JJ. Woodley & J Woodley.
Injuries; A. Summers (ankle)
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