Sore Subi send off Swans
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Subiaco have limped to the two-week bye with a 7-1 record after dismantling Swan Districts by 42 points at Medibank Stadium.
The big win was soured for the Lions with a first quarter knee injury to utility Brad Stevenson as the Lions health concerns continue to mount.
Stevenson’s set-back comes after key injuries to Frank Stockley, Kyal Horsley, Matt Boland and today’s late withdrawal Scott Worthington. The Lions couldn’t have asked for a better time for the extended break.
Despite the injury concerns the Lions are still travelling well in the early parts of the season. Subi were rarely challenged by Swan Districts on their way to a 42-point win and exuded the confidence of reigning premiers.
Chris Deluca was the leading goal-kicker for the Lions with three with the wet conditions suiting the energetic forward.
Leigh Kitchin was the best on the ball with 31 disposals, 9 marks, and five tackles. Kitchin continues to provide pure effort for the Lions in absence of captain Kyal Horsley.
Both sides battled in an error-filled first quarter with the Swans claiming the first goal through Jason Daniels.
Subi found their first through Chris Deluca and had quick back-to-back goals with a Brad Stevenson wobbler. Unfortunately for Stevenson that would be the last part he would play in the game leaving the field with a right knee injury.
The Lions established their dominance in the second holding Swan Districts score-less. Subi kicked 4.5 in the second and streamed away to a 29-point lead at half time.
Swan Districts came out hard in the third as the rain resumed at Medibank Stadium. The Swans sent a quick fright through Subiaco with quick goals to Matt Rogers and Tim Geappen; but the Lions managed to hold their composure.
With a 21-point lead and a goal from settling the game Jordan Lockyer made it his mission to kick the first in the last quarter. Lockyer nailed a set shot for his first WAFL goal as a Subiaco player. The Lions added four goals in the last to ice the game.
Shane Yarran sees off team-mate Brad Stevenson after he a first quarter knee injury.
Subiaco forward Chris Deluca made his return from injury last week and added another comeback notch with three goals on a rainy day. Deluca marked and kicked well in the testing conditions to provide Subi’s most effective forward outlet. The performance from Dukes was even more important with leading goal kicker Shane Yarran un-characteristically quiet. Swan District’s Nathan Broad battled Yarran all day to keep him to his lowest tally of the season.
Bradley Stevenson bounced home Subiaco’s second goal of the game, but instead of celebrating the Lions were commiserating. Stevenson injured his right knee in the passage of play and was taken to the change rooms. Subiaco medical staff suspect possible ligament damage but will wait till further scans to confirm Stevenson’s fate in 2015.
Subiaco’s defence continue to be the barometer for the side with the back-six restricting Swan Districts to a measly 12 scoring chances. Jordan Lockyer, Aaron Heal, Hayden Kennedy and Thomas Smith were relentless on the Swans forwards; and the best thing is the four youngsters are under 25 years old and will continue to grow around veterans Darren Rumble and Wayde Twomey.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
This week’s QBE Man Of The Match goes to Leigh Kitchin for his best on ground performance. Congratulations to Matt Ker who wins a signed Subiaco jersey for correctly guessing the best man on. Well-played Matt! www.qbeinsured.com/lionsmotm
SUBIACO 2.3 6.8 7.14 11.18 (84)
SWAN DISTRICTS 2.3 2.3 5.5 6.6 (42)
Goals; Deluca 3; W. Fetherstonhaugh, R. Waters, S. Yarran, J. Lockyer, B. Stevenson, C. Wheeler, B. Robinson & C. Phelan.
Best; Kitchin, Phelan, Deluca, Kennedy, Latham & Fetherstonhaugh.
The reserves have battled atrocious conditions at Medibank Stadium to record their seventh win of the season.
Gusting winds and rain wreaked havoc at the Lions den but no one informed young forward Ryan Vermeersch; who kicked four straight.
Jeremy Woodley added 3.1 and Chris Wrigley managed two goals operating out of the small forward role.
Simon Moore was the Lions busiest midfielder with 28 touches with Luke Norriss (26 disposals) and Max Walters (23 disposals) drove the engine room.
The Lions dominated the scoring shots 23-13 in the wet conditions, converting at an impressive 65.2% to cruise away with the win.
SUBIACO 4.5 6.6 11.7 15.8 (98)
SWAN DISTRICTS 2.1 3.5 3.6 7.6 (48)
Goals;R. Vermeersch 4; J. Woodley 3; C. Wrigley 2; C. Wilkinson, A. Summers, A. Creeper, M. Walters, J. Ashman & R. Daniels.
Subiaco’s learning curve continues at the colts level with a 49-point loss in the wet at Medibank Stadium.
The sides battled in tough conditions at Leederville oval with the Lions colts only managing three goals; all kicked by utility Thomas Lowndes.
Jay Allison-Green continues to impress gathering 20 disposals. Allison-Green has been one of the colts best defenders over the last two years.
Paul Silvestro had 17 touches, Abraham Kennedy 16 and Joshua Hatch 15 in a fiercely competitive contest.
SUBIACO 1.2 1.4 1.4 3.4 (22)
SWAN DISTRICTS 4.0 6.2 7.4 11.5 (71)
Goals; T. Lowndes 3.