WRAP Round 21 (2016) at East Perth

 

Article by: Lenny Fogliani

LEAGUE

The Subiaco Lions maintained their winning form heading into their finals campaign, beating co-tenants East Perth by 22 points at Medibank Stadium.

The Lions are still two-games clear of South Fremantle (who beat Swan Districts today) but have better percentage, meaning they are the favourites for claiming top spot on the ladder at the end of the year.

Greg Broughton was outstanding for the Lions, finishing with 26 possessions and four tackles. Kyal Horsley (34 possessions), and Leigh Kitchin (25 possessions) were also prominent for the reigning premiers.

Up forward, Liam Ryan was electric, nailing four goals while big man Hamish Shepheard kicked three to take his season-total to 47. Christopher Phelan and Simon Moore added one goal each.

In the opening minutes of the first quarter, Subiaco applied outstanding defensive pressure in their forward half, but they could not find the big sticks. In the 15thminute, East Perth’s Mitchell Lague scored the first goal of the game, but Liam Ryan nailed the instant reply.

In the second quarter, Hamish Shepheard kicked the opening goal for the Lions, but then West Coast players Jack Redden and Patrick McGinnity kicked goals for the Royals. Fortunately Shepheard came to the rescue and he converted his set shot from 35 metres out. Ryan then finished off an excellent coast-to-coast play to give the Lions a five-point buffer close to half time.

After the main break, Ryan scored his third goal of the afternoon. At the nine-minute mark, East Perth’s Sam Powell-Pepper wreaked havoc. He was able to cause a spillage, before roving his own ball and managing to get the ball to Jon Giles who scored a goal and the Royals reduced the margin to seven points. In the thirteenth minute, Christopher Phelan won a holding the ball decision before going back and slotting his first for the afternoon and in the 19th minute, Ryan scored his fourth for the game.

The last quarter was played at a slow tempo and it took 16 minutes for either side to kick a goal. Fortunately for the Lions it was Simon Moore who kicked it. A minute later, Shepheard scored his third. The Royals’ Corey Adamson and Jon Giles scored consolation goals.

Next week, the Lions travel to Bendigo Bank Stadium where they will take on the Peel Thunder.

GAME CHANGERS

GAME CHANGER 1

Hamish Shepheard was again outstanding for the Lions, finishing with three goals against East Perth. Shepheard now sits equal first in the race for the Bernie Naylor Medal on 47 goals alongside South Fremantle’s Ben Saunders. 

GAME CHANGER 2

The recruitment of Greg Broughton has paid dividends for the Lions this year. Against the co-tenants, Broughton was outstanding, accumulating 26 possessions, laying four tackles and getting the ball inside attacking 50 several times. 

GAME CHANGER 3

If Kyal Horsley is not considered the best captain in the WAFL, he must be extremely close. On Saturday, Horsley racked up 34 possessions (many contested), and got the ball inside attacking 50 on 12 occasions to lift the Lions to their third victory over their co-tenants East Perth.

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN

Hamish Shepheard kicking his third goal for the match in the last quarter ended the hopes for East Perth snatching an unlikely victory. Corey Adamson and Jon Giles kicked late goals for the Royals, but the game’s fate had already been decided.

 

RESERVES

The Subiaco Reserves were comprehensively beaten by 111 points to East Perth at Medibank Stadium.

Despite the hiding, Justin Joyce tried his heart out to lift the Lions, accumulating 20 possessions, laying five tackles and taking four marks.

He was well-supported by Matthew Bogensperger (22 possessions), Braden Fimmano (21 possessions and four tackles) and Max Walters (21 possessions and three tackles).

Up forward, Jacob Miller, Andrew Doyle, Michael Brautand Jordan Bestry all kicked one goal each.

Next week the Lions travel to Bendigo Bank Stadium where they will take on the Peel Thunder.

 

COLTS

The Subiaco Colts went down by 50 points to co-tenants East Perth at Medibank Stadium.

The Colts were ultra-competitive in the first half, but the Royals took the ascendency in the second half, to run out victors.

Matthew Pannell was the best player for the Lions with 23 possessions and four tackles.

He had great support from Liam Connolly (17 possessions, six tackles and five marks), Nicholas Baroni (17 possessions and three tackles), Liam Catalfamo (16 possessions and three tackles) and Aaron Breman (16 possessions).

Corey Young continued his fine season, adding another two goals to his tally for the year. Jordan Farone, CheWyatt, Baroni and Breman all kicked one goal each.

Che Wyatt scored the opening goal of the game, after he was given a free kick for being pushed out of a marking contest. Jordan Farone kicked a clever snap soon afterwards. It took East Perth 21 minutes to score their first goal of the morning, and straight away Nicholas Baroni nailed the instant reply. Nelson Waite scored a goal just before quarter-time to get the Royals within five points.

Corey Young got the Lions off to a bang kicking the opening goal from a soccer volley-style kick in the goal square and Aaron Breman then kicked another for the Lions. Harry Blanch (twice) and Kane La Fontaine kicked goals for the Royals.

After the main break, East Perth came out with a vengeance. In the third term, Blanch, Tarir Bayok, and Waite all kicked goals for the Royals to take a 23-point lead at three-quarter-time. In the last quarter East Perth piled five goals to Subiaco’s one to win by 50 points.

Next week the Lions travel to Bendigo Bank Stadium where they will take on Peel Thunder.

GAME CHANGERS

GAME CHANGER 1

It’s been a tough year for the Lions’ defenders, but Liam Connolly has stood up admirably. On Saturday, Connolly led the way in defence, finishing with 17 possessions, six tackles and five marks.

GAME CHANGER 2

It has also been a difficult year for the forwards of the Subiaco Colts. Hence the recruitment of Corey Young from Kingsway JFC has been a massive blessing for the Lions. Against the Royals he kicked two goals to take his season tally to 16 goals from seven games. 

GAME CHANGER 3

Since he has come back into the team, Matthew Pannell has been brilliant for the Lions. He gathered 23 possessions and laid four tackles against the Royals to be the best Subiaco player. This follows on from his standout performance against West Perth last week when he accumulated 22 possessions.

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