WRAP RD19 (2016) vs Swan Districts
Saturday, 30 July 2016
Subiaco ran over Swan Districts by 74 points at Medibank Stadium thanks to an inspired performance from key forward Hamish Shepheard
Shepheard equalled his personal best of six goals against the last placed Swans with the win etching Subiaco one step closer to securing top spot.
Captain Kyal Horsley was impressive in his return gathering 30 disposals and eight inside 50’s. The Lions midfield group were a class above and torched Swan Districts with their ball movement. Greg Broughton had 31 touches, Leigh Kitchin 28 and Chris Phelan 20.
Clancy Wheeler gathered 19 disposals kicked three goals and Wayde Twomey provided an entertaining performance against his old side to finish with 23 touches and two goals.
Jordan Lockyer was fantastic in the back-line and provided a cool head when it was required. The Lions back-line was rarely tested, but efficient.
The win completes a clean sweep of Swan Districts in 2016 with the Lions winning in Round 5, 15 and 19.
The game started relatively slow despite the perfect conditions at Medibank Stadium. The first score came from Subi when Daniel Leishman burst into the midfield from an intercept pass. The 2014 SFC Premiership player nailed Hamish Shepheard on the chest and the big man converted. Subi found another goal from the next clearance when a long bomb found Clancy Wheeler who then spotted up Shepheard for his second. Subi dominated the run of play late but only led by 24 at the first change.
Subiaco threatened to completely blow the game apart in the second but inaccurate kicking kept the Swans optimistic. Clancy Wheeler nailed a goal for the Lions but the Swans immediately responded through Griffin Logue. Bill Fetherstonhaugh was the only other Subiaco player to score in a frustrating second term. Lions by 30 at half time.
Although Subiaco were in control of the game, the inaccurate kicking could have hurt the Lions. Any chance of the Swans taking advantage of the Lions was quashed when Subi nailed three quick fire goals to open the third. Brett Robinson nailed a checkside from a turnover, Wheeler bombed home his second and Shepheard added his third to have Subiaco up by 52 at the final change.
Swans showed a little bit of fight in the fourth with consecutive goals but Subi closed the game with confidence. Big man Hamish Shepheard went on a rampage taking numerous contested marks and kicking three goals. Sean Bradley and Liam Ryan also joined the party as the Lions cruised to a 74-point win.
Dan Leishman works the ball out of the backline Photo: Michael Barr
BIG BAG FOR SHEPHEARD
Hamish Shepheard was waiting for a dry day and he took full advantage against the Swans. For the first time since Claremont, Round 9, Shepheard had a dry football to work with and he used it to full effect kicking six goals and taking eight marks, most of which were contested. Shep showed he can completely dominate a game when he’s in his element so the Lions will be praying for sunshine in Septemeber.
The 74 point win was important in holding top spot with only three games left to play in the 2016 season. South Fremantle would now have to win every game whilst Subiaco would have to lose every remaining game to relinquish top spot. The equation is even less likely now with 14% between the teams.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH
QBE Man Of The Match goes to Hamish Shepheard who was an excitement machine in the forward line for Subiaco. Shepheard equalled his biggest ever WAFL tally with six majors. Congratulations to Nicki Cornford-Turner who correctly guess Shep as the best player on the ground. You win a signed Subiaco guernsey, contact the club
or 9208 9999.
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN
When Subiaco blew the lead out to 52 in the third quarter thanks to some swift ball movement and silky finishing. The Lions generated a total of nine scoring shots to the Swans 3 in the third.
SUBIACO 3.2 6.6 13.8 15.18 (108)
SWAN DISTRICTS 4.2 4.5 5.7 5.4 (34)
Goals; 6 H.Shepheard, 3 C.Wheeler, 2 W.Twomey, 1 L.Ryan, B.Robinson, S.Bradley, W.Fetherstonhaugh
Best; C.Wheeler, H.Shepheard, G.Broughton, K.Horsley, C.Hoskins
Subi’s reserves recorded an impressive win over a resilient Swan Districts at Medibank Stadium.
The Lions threatened to break the game open on multiple occasions but the gritty Swans hung in until the final moments.
Lions big man Ryan Vermeersch has been in great form and emphasised that with five majors against the Swans. Vermeersch worked well as the go to man.
Young midfielder Max Walters was also outstanding with 30 disposals, two goals and seven inside 50’s. Matt Bogensperger gathered 35 disposals, Braden Fimmano 22 and Jacob Miller 21.
Dylan Elliott was a standout in defence and provided a lot of confidence under pressure.
Subi’s reserves asserted their dominance early, peppering the goals for the first 20 minutes of the quarter. The Lions got the first five goals of the game with in form forward Ryan Vermeersch kicking two of them. The Swans kicked back late though kicking three of their own to make it a 16-point deficit at the first break.
Swan Districts edged even closer with the first goal of the second quarter to make it 11-points but Subiaco lifted their intensity to dominate scoring chances. The Lions kicked away with three straight but two late goals to the Swans kept it close. Subi by 15 points at half time
Both sides searched for the important first goal of the third quarter and the Lions got it through Shaquille Mckenzie. Kalani Scarrott added another for the Lions to make it a four-goal lead by the Swans refused to go away. The Swans had the last six scoring shots of the quarter to make it an 11-point game at the final change.
With the game on the line, the Subiaco forward duo of Ryan Vermeersch and Kalani Scarrott delivered with back-to-back goals. The Swans chipped away two more goals but they were finished with Vermeersch’s fifth of the day.
SUBIACO 5.5 8.6 10.6 14.12 (96)
SWAN DISTRICTS 3.1 6.3 8.7 10.9 (69)
Goals; 5 R. Vermeersch, 2 M. Walters, K. Scarrott, 1 S. Mckenzie, R. Borchet, S. Nelson, J. Bestry & M. Mcphee
Best; M.Walters, R.Vermeersch, J.Miller, S.Mckenzie, S.Nelson
By Lenny Fogliani
The Subiaco Colts were dealt a harsh blow, being heavily defeated by 87 points at the hands of Swan Districts.
Josh Chapman was outstanding for the homeside, winning 49 hit-outs, often to his midfielders. Nicholas Baroni (26 possessions), Will Hickmott (18 possessions) and Liam Catalfamo (16 possessions) were the main beneficiaries from Chapman’s ruck work.
Up forward, Che Wyatt was electric finishing with three goals. Corey Young and Catalfamo were the other goal-kickers with one each.
In the opening quarter, the Lions were competitive but unfortunately Jonathon Armstrong scored the opening goal for the visitors. Taryce Stewart, Giles Dent and Riley Garcia scored consecutive goals for the Swans. In the 22 nd minute, Che Wyatt took a strong overhead mark and went back and nailed the Lions’ first for the morning. Literally seconds before the siren went, Wyatt was at the front and centre of a pack and truly snapped the ball through for his second major, and the margin was only 12 points at quarter-time.
Brendan O’Kane scored the opening goal of the quarter for the Swans and moments later Brayden Spackman added another. Despite dropping the mark, Wyatt was able to rove his own crumbs and slotted his third for the morning, but Spackman scored an instant reply. Dent kicked his second soon after and the margin at half-time was 29 points.
After the main break, Corey Young scored the opening goal for the Lions from a set shot 15 metres out. However, the Swans bounced back aggressively with Armstrong (twice), O’Kane, Dent and Mitchell Price all kicking goals for the visitors. Late in the quarter, Liam Catalfamo got one back for the Lions after he burst from a pack and then snapped on his trusty left boot to reduce the margin to 45 points.
The last quarter proved to be a slow death for the Lions, as the Swans piled on seven goals to Subiaco’s none to run out 87-point victors.
GAME CHANGER 1
Che Wyatt has been a livewire for the Lions up forward all season, and he did not disappoint against the Swans. He only gathered 10 possessions, but he kicked three goals. His ability to leap from only a couple of steps makes him a difficult match-up for opposition defenders.
GAME CHANGER 2
If Josh Chapman is not the best young ruckman in the WAFL, he must be close. Chappy was again superb for the Lions winning 49 hitouts dominating his direct opponent Mitchell Price at the centre bounces and at stoppages.
GAME CHANGER 3
Nicholas Baroni has proven that he will be a star for the Lions in the future.he Sorrento-Duncraig product was arguably the best midfielder for the Lions, finishing with 26 possessions (many contested) and three tackles.
SUBIACO 2.0 3.3 5.6 5.7 (37)
SWAN DISTRICTS 4.0 8.2 13.3 20.4 (124)
Goals; 3 C. Wyatt, 1 C. Young & L. Catalfamo
Best; N.Baroni, W.Hickmott, C.Wyatt, K.Fullgrabe, M.Dennis