By The Numbers - Round 3, 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Subiaco made it three wins from three games to start 2019, extending their winning run to 23 games in the process, with a 15 point win over West Coast’s WAFL side.


Defenders Angus Litherland and Jordan Lockyer set season highs as Subiaco’s consistent defence continued to impress.


These are some of the other numbers behind the Round Three win:




TACKLE COUNT DIFFERENTIAL – For the first time this year, Subiaco was on the losing end of the tackle count battle, recording 65 tackles to West Coast WAFL with 68 tackles. Youngsters Greg Clark and Jack Beverley accounted for 20% of Subiaco’s tackles on the day, together combining for 14 tackles.



REBOUND 50’s – Dashing defender Angus Litherland posted a Subiaco season high by rebounding the ball from the defensive 50 on 11 occasions. Litherland continues to be Subiaco’s main attacking weapon coming out of the back half with 19 rebounds on the year.



MARKS – Ben Sokol had a season high 12 marks for Subiaco, proving a valuable link up player all game long. Sokol’s 12 marks tied the amount he took in the 2018 WAFL Grand Final. Sokol leads Subiaco for marks for the year with 24 and leads the side for most scoring shots, having kicked 7.6 on the season so far.



CONTESTED POSSESSION DIFFERENTIAL – For a team that prides itself on winning the contested ball, Subiaco were outplayed in this area during Friday’s game. West Coast ended up plus 13 in this area, with Subiaco having 137 contested possessions to West Coast’s 150. It was the first time that Subiaco has been beaten in contested possession this year.



SPOILS – The ever reliable Jordan Lockyer was at his best on Friday by recording a season high 15 spoils helping to repel a number of West Coast forward attacks. Lockyer leads the WAFL in spoils, having recorded 27 a year at an average of nine per game.



FREE KICKS – The umpires key the whistle away for most of Saturday’s game with an unusually low 23 free kicks paid for the entire game. In the second quarter just three free kicks were paid. Subiaco had just two free kicks in the first half, before the game ended up 9 free kicks for Subiaco, 14 free kicks for West Coast.



HIT-OUT DIFFERENTIAL – Subiaco was comprehensively beaten in the ruck in Friday’s game losing the hit-out battle by 25; 29 to 54. This was chiefly responsible from Subiaco also being well beaten in the clearance battle, with West Coast winning this by 15, 29 to 44.



DISPOSALS – Veteran Kyal Horsley once again led Subiaco in disposals, finishing with 29. Horsley has led Subiaco in disposals all three rounds of 2019 so far, having 29 in each of the last two games after 36 in the first up win. Horsley started strongly in Friday’s game with one of his best quarters of the year, collecting 15 disposals in the first quarter alone.



HOME & AWAY WINS – Subiaco’s magical home and away season run was challenged throughout Friday’s game, but utlimatley Subiaco rolled to their 40th consecutive home and away season win. After winning their last 19 home and away games of 2017, all 18 games of 2018 and the first three of 2019, Subiaco are the first team in WAFL history to push a home and away winning streak to 40.



POINTS – Subiaco’s defence continues to be the definition of consistency. Through three weeks of the 2019 WAFL season, the Lions have conceded 44 points in round one and 45 points in rounds two and three. For the year, Subiaco has conceded just 134 points at an average just under 45 per game.