By The Numbers - 2nd Semi Final, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Subiaco’s quest for the 2018 Premiership stepped up a gear last weekend, as they accounted for South Fremantle in a hard fought second semi final battle, progressing to the 2018 WAFL Grand Final in two weeks time.


Subiaco did not have things all their own way though, as they overcame a big early deficit in recording their 19th straight win of 2018.


Ultimately though, an 18 point victory was what Subiaco needed to progress through to the club’s unprecedented fifth straight Grand Final and have a chance at claiming premiership number 14.


These were some of the important numbers behind the Second Semi Final win.



CONTESTED MARKS – Subiaco battled all game to take a contested grab, finishing with just three for the day. However when it mattered most and the game on the line in the last quarter, big man Zac Clarke took a crucial contested grab inside 50 and converted a key goal that essentially sealed the Subiaco win.



INSIDE 50s – Midfielder Leigh Kitchin was among the best for Subiaco in the Second Semi Final, doing work all over the ground. Kitchin led the team with seven forward 50 entries. Subiaco finished with 46 for the game, which was just one ahead of their season low of 45 and tied for the same mark against South Fremantle in Round 2. Subiaco has battled to generate forward 50 entries against South Fremantle in three previous battles this year.



SECOND SEMI WINS – Sunday marked the 11th win that Subiaco has recorded on Second Semi Final day. Their record in Second Semi Finals is an unflattering 11-23 in 34 games all time. However on five of their last six Second Semi Final wins, Subiaco has gone on to win the premiership two weeks later.



TACKLES – Subiaco’s number one tackler of 2018 took it to a new level in the semi final, as Josh Deluca laid a game high and career high 13 tackles against South Fremantle. Deluca went into the game averaging over seven tackles a game, but almost doubled that in a hard working display in the midfield.



DEFICIT – At quarter time of the second semi final, Subiaco trailed South Fremantle by 23 points. This made it the largest deficit that Subiaco has faced all year, besting the previous high deficit mark of 18 points. From quarter time on, Subiaco’s defence returned to its dominant best holding South Fremantle to just five goals, as Subiaco outscored South Fremantle by 41 points from that point on. This also marked the greatest comeback from quarter time deficit in second semi final history.



CLEARANCES – Subiaco led the clearance battle 46 to 33, taking full advantage of the ruck advantage with Zac Clarke having over 50 hitouts yet again. Subiaco’s inside midfield group showed strong toughness around the contest and clearances all match long making up for an uncharacteristic sloppy game with ball in hand.



KICKING EFFICIENCY – Subiaco were uncharacteristically wasteful by foot in the second semi final. Subiaco converted their foot passes at just over 54%, two percent behind their opponents. Expect disposal efficiency to be a key area of work heading into Grand Final week.



TEAM TACKLES – Subiaco finished with a season high in tackles with 94. As expected with the commencement of finals, the match tightened up around the contest and the two teams battled intensely on the inside. Josh Deluca, Leigh Kitchin and Zac Clarke combined for 32 of Subiaco’s tackles on the day.



DISPOSALS – Subiaco had their second lowest possession count of 2018, beaten by their opponents in the disposal count for one of the few times during the year. It was tight in terms of contested possession, but Subiaco finished minus 52 in uncontested possession.