WRAP: Round One (2017) @ South Fremantle

 
Subiaco have been dealt a first round blow with a 39-point defeat against South Fremantle at Community Bank Oval.
 
The Bulldogs got a fast start and the Lions never managed to catch up. Subiaco pulled within 21 points in the last quarter but were outlasted by the Dogs.
 
Liam Ryan had another fantastic outing and attacked the ball with ferocity. The classy forward kicked three and proved to be Subiaco’s best inlet to the goals. 
 
19-year-old midfielder Max Walters starred in his 3rd league game gathering 27 disposals and kicking two big goals for the Lions. Vice-captain Leigh Kitchin was gallant with 28 touches and Craig Hoskins had 23 disposals.
 
Debutant Damon Guiness was one of the biggest highlights for Subiaco. Guiness started in the ruck and finished with 22 disposals, 31 hit-outs and four inside 50’s for the game. His impact on the marking contest was important.
 
 
Danger signs showed early for Subi when Mason Shaw snapped home South Fremantle’s first. The inside 50’s kept pouring in for the Dogs and Shaw had a second from a set shot later. The Bulldogs added two more before Subi found Lachlan Delahunty over the top for a walk in. The Lions were then called for a deliberate rushed behind which turned into a South Fremantle goal. Clancy Wheeler slotted a desperately needed goal before the first break.
 
The second quarter was a physical, contested one as each side increased the pressure. Subi started to get on top of the game until a string of undisciplined plays cost goals. The Bulldogs had three goals on the quarter to one goal by Liam Ryan. South Fremantle led by 38 points at half-time.
 
South Fremantle got the first goal of the third but it was quickly responded to by Rowen Powell who dribbled home a clever goal from the pocket. Bailey Matera kicked a goal against his old side to make the score-line 86-50 and that started a mini revival for the Lions. Max Walters kicked a huge goal on the run and Chris Phelan boomed home a set-play shot to cut the margin to 24 at the last break.
 
Subiaco had a sniff of victory and attacked the ball hard in the last quarter. A no-look snap from Ryan almost bounced home but shaded the post. Clancy Wheeler had another opportunity but pushed the snap wide. The margin was 21 points eight minutes into the last quarter until South Fremantle put on the afterburners. Ryan and debutant Daniel Perkins added goals in the last to little effect. South Fremantle win by 39.
 
Subiaco now turn their attention to Perth next Saturday at Leederville Oval
 
GAME CHANGERS
 
 
DEBUTANTS SHOW GRIT:
 
Subiaco had five debutants against South Fremantle and they all had positive moments despite the defeat. Damon Guiness was one of the most obvious contributors in the ruck and marking contests, Gus Litherland was resilient in the back-line and Rowen Powell showed very positive signs of his ability in the forward line. Daniel Perkins was used on the wing and kicked a late goal. Bailey Matera debuted against his old side, kicked a goal and generally battled hard for Subi. 
 
WALTERS STANDS UP:
 
Subiaco were under the pump in the midfield today but that didn’t seem to affect young midfielder Max Walters. Walters was composed and effective around the stoppages and added two booming goals to emphasise his impact. The Lions will need more young stars to stand up to this standard over 2017.
 
FORWARD PROGRESS:
 
The Lions had a lot of opportunities against South Fremantle but we’re relatively ineffective with their inside 50’s. Subiaco only managed to convert 11.10 from 41 inside 50’s but the forward structures are bound to improve once the team gains chemistry. Credit goes to the Bulldogs who were well prepared and willing to drop a man in front of the space to cut off leads.
 
THE GAME WAS WON WHEN:
 
South's young-gun Brandon Donaldson nailed his third goal half-way through the last quarter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SOUTH FREMANTLE                6.1     10.4      13.8      17.14     (116)
SUBIACO                                   2.2       3.8       9.8       11.11      (77)
 
 
Goals; 3 L. Ryan; 2 M. Walters; L. Delahunty, R. Powell, C. Phelan, D. Perkins, B. Matera & C. Wheeler.
 
Best; L.Ryan, D.Guiness, M.Walters, J.Latham, C.Bryan
 
 
 
 
 
WAFL STATISTICS 
 
 
 
 
 
RESERVES RECAP:
 
Subiaco’s reserves held on for a thrilling one-point win over South Fremantle at Community Bank Oval.
 
The Lions set themselves up for a win with a three goal lead at the last break but had to fight ferociously to hold on for the win.
 
Subiaco had goals through Dylan Nelson, Shannon Nelson & Jordan Bestry who kicked two apiece.
 
Liam Baker led disposals with 19 on his Subiaco debut. Adam Cockie is making solid progress in his return from surgery and collected 16 disposals and 10 tackles.
 
Versatile youngster Michael Braut was named best on ground with 17 disposals, seven tackles and four inside 50’s for the Lions.
 
 
SOUTH FREMANTLE                3.2       3.4       6.9       9.11      (65)
SUBIACO                                   3.1       6.5       9.8       9.12      (66)
 
 
Goals; 2 J. Bestry, D. Nelson, S. Nelson; 1 R. Borchet, L. Baker & B. Sokol.
 
Best; M.Braut, J.Bestry, S.Nelson, B.Sokol, A.Cockie
 
 
 
 WAFL STATISTICS
 
 
 
COLTS RECAP 
 
The Subiaco Colts went down by 11 points in a thrilling season-opening match against South Fremantle today at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
 
The Lions trailed by 19 points at three-quarter time, but almost managed to snatch victory towards the end of the last quarter. Unfortunately, two late goals clinched the Bulldogs win by just 11 points.
 
Kyron Hayden was a key performer for the Lions with 22 possessions, seven inside 50s, five marks and a goal.
 
He was well supported by Aaron Breman (23 possessions, six marks, three inside 50s, and two goals), Max Dennis (28 possessions, eight marks, and three inside 50s) and Thomas Edwards-Baldwin (14 possessions, five tackles, two inside 50s and a goal)
 
Up forward Isaac Burrawanga and Breman kicked two goals, while Hayden, Edwards-Baldwin and Christian Martin all kicked one goal each.
 
In the opening quarter, it took 13 minutes for the first goal to be recorded, and unfortunately for Subiaco, it was South Fremantle’s Jarren Colpitts who kicked it. Glenn Byron and Ben Sherry then kicked goals for the home-team and the Bulldogs took a 19-point lead into quarter-time.
 
Tom Edwards-Baldwin kicked the opening goal for the Lions in the second quarter after he received a 50-metre penalty. However, Jesse Mason scored the instant reply for the Dogs. Aaron Breman kicked a great goal out of a stoppage inside the Lions’ attacking 50, before Isaac Burrawanga kicked a clever soccer goal after an outstanding defensive effort inside the forward 50 to bring the Lions within five points.
 
After the main break, Byron and Mason kicked goals for the Bulldogs as they took a 19-point lead at three-quarter time.
 
Kyron Hayden kicked the first goal for the Lions, converting a holding-the-ball free kick. Moments later, Burrawanga kicked his second after he was able to spin out of a pack and convert his chance. Sherry managed to get one back for the Dogs to give them some breathing room, but Christian Martin stood up for the Lions.
 
After receiving an excellent chip pass from Ben Miller, Martin kicked his first goal for the day, and the Lions were back to within five points. The Lions then hit the front after Breman was able to burst his way through a pack to give the Lions the lead. Sadly for Subiaco, Sherry and Mason kicked goals to give South Fremantle an 11-point victory.
 
 
 
 
GAME CHANGERS
 
CONNOLLY STARS IN DEFENCE
 
Liam Connolly was exceptional in defence for the Lions. The Scarborough junior provided a calm head down back and took nine marks, many of them intercept marks, and accumulated 20 possessions. A key defensive prospect, who plays in a similar way to West Coast superstar Jeremy McGovern.
 
DENNIS THE MENACE
 
With 28 possessions, Max Dennis recorded the most possessions by anyone on the ground, with five more than team-mate Aaron Breman and South Fremantle’s Enrique Aiken-Featherstone (23 disposals apiece). Last year Dennis finished ninth in the Colts’ Best & Fairest, and he looks to have taken another step this year.
 
BURRAWANGA EMERGES
 
Up forward, Isaac Burrawanga produced plenty of headaches for South Fremantle’s defenders. His attack on the man and the ball was brutal, in a similar way to how Byron Pickett played. His footy nous and hardness was pivotal to the Lions’ comeback in the last quarter.
 
 
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN
Ben Sherry kicked his third goal of the game. Beforehand, the ball was rushed through for a behind, and the umpires deemed it to be deliberate. Sherry then had a set shot directly in front, and converted giving the Bulldogs a five-point lead with only a minute remaining.
 
 
 
SOUTH FREMANTLE                3.3       4.3       6.6        9.6       (60)
SUBIACO                                   0.2       3.4       3.5        7.7       (49)
 
 
 
 
Goals; 2 I. Burrawanga, A. Breman; 1 T. Edwards-Baldwin, K. Hayden & C. Martin.  
 
Best; K.Hayden, M.Dennis, L.Connolly, T.Edwards-baldwin, A.Breman
 
 
 
 
 WAFL STATISTICS
 
 

 

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