WRAP RD18 (2016) vs South Fremantle
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Subiaco have moved two games clear on top of the WAFL ladder after an 11-point win over South Fremantle at Medibank Stadium.
The Lions ground out a tough win against premiership contenders South Freo 10.9 (69) to 9.4 (58) under Thursday Night Lights for QBE Day.
The midfield was exemplary and enjoyed the return of vice-captain Leigh Kitchin (23 disposals). Chris Phelan was dominant again with 29 disposals as well as Adam Cockie (19 disposals) & Craig Hoskins (20 disposals).
Liam Ryan was electric for Subi and kicked three crucial goals. Ryan scrapped at every contest against the Bulldogs and took a massive mark in the last quarter.
Key forward Hamish Shepheard was also influential with two goals as the chemistry with livewire Ryan continues to build.
The Lions brought in four players for the top of the table clash against the Bulldogs. Along with Kitchin; Wayde Twomey, Greg Clark and James Garcia made a return to the side.
Dylan Elliott, Jeremy Woodley and Braden Fimmano made way. Ben Sokol was also rested due to a finger injury.
Subiaco were on fire in the opening quarter with forward duo Hamish Shepheard and Liam Ryan wreaking havoc. Shepheard kicked the first and was joined by late inclusion James Garcia moments later. Midfielders Brett Robinson and Leigh Kitchin continued the rampage and electric forward Liam Ryan kicked a goal out of mid-air to give the Lions the first five goals of the game. A late goal to South’s Ryan Cook halted the assault.
The Bulldogs used the momentum gained from their skippers’ late goal to drive them in the second. Brock Higgins got his first of the game from a dubious free kick as well as Bulldogs big man Ben Saunders. Zachary Strom continued the ‘Dogs hot streak and a second to Saunders put them in the lead for the first time. Eerily similar to the first quarter, Liam Ryan rounded out the term with the only goal at the city end.
The Lions faced the fruitful Northern end in the third quarter and they got the start they wanted through Greg Broughton. South Fremantle wouldn’t relinquish their pressure though with Steve Verrier slotting a goal from a free kick and Tyson Pickett nailing a set shot to hand the lead back to the Dogs 15 minutes in. The lead bounced back and forth between the sides until Liam Ryan gave Subiaco the edge with a big kick after the three quarter siren.
With top spot on the line the Lions understood the importance of the first goal in the last. They battled hard in the first five and created an opportunity that Hamish Shepheard truly converted. Subi took all the bite out of the game as the rain fell. A goal by South’s Marlion Pickett was too little, too late. Subiaco by 11 points.
Subi's Liam Ryan darts through the forward line
RYAN IS FLYIN’
The Lions have un-covered a rare talent in Liam Ryan. The 19 year old was unstoppable against the Bulldogs and kicked the biggest goal of the game after the third quarter siren. Ryan has attracted the interest of the WA Football world and his performance against the ‘Dogs increased that. Subi have an extra element when Liam Ryan is flying.
Both sides entered with their midfield aces Kyal Horsley and Ashton Hams named, but neither played. Instead young forward James Garcia stepped into the side for the Lions and he kicked a great goal in the first. Subiaco also brought in vice-captain Leigh Kitchin (23 disposals), Wayde Twomey (22 disposals) & Gregory Clark. South Fremantle replaced Hams with Christopher Luff who was quiet with 15 touches.
LEADING FORWARDS BATTLE
Heading into Round 18 Subiaco and South Fremantle possessed the two leading goal kickers in the competition. Subi’s Hamish Shepheard had the early laughs with a couple of score involvements but South’s Ben Saunders worked himself into the game. Shep finished with two goals including the sealer; Saunders kicked three.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH
This weeks’ QBE Man Of The Match goes to Chris “Phez” Phelan who gathered 29 disposals. Phelan has been in great form over the last month and stands as the Lions top ball-winner with 404 on the season. Congrats to Danny Lee for correctly guessing the Phez-man, you win signed Subiaco jersey! Contact the club for details at
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN
Subi ground out any chance South Fremantle had of making a comeback in the fourth quarter with a gutsy defensive effort. Credit goes to players like Craig Hoskins (9 tackles) and Leigh Kitchin (5 tackles) who were ferocious around the contest.
SUBIACO 5.1 6.1 9.2 10.9 (69)
PERTH 1.1 5.3 8.4 9.4 (58)
Goals; 3 L.Ryan, 2 H.Shepheard, 1 L.Kitchin, C.Wheeler, G.Broughton, J.Garcia, B.Robinson
Best; C.Phelan, A.Cockie, C.Wheeler, J.Lockyer, L.Ryan