Last time we met: East Perth and Peel Thunder

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:16 AM



SUBIACO 19.9 (123) defeated EAST PERTH 6.8 (44)

The 2019 Optus WAFL Season opened on 6 April with all five Round 1 matches being played on Saturday. Subiaco continued its premiership defence in style beating East Perth 19.9 (123) to 6.8 (44) in the battle of the Leederville Oval co-tenants.

Subiaco's premiership defence couldn’t have been more impressive, with the Lions dominating early and then consolidating the rest of the way to beat East Perth by 79 points.

Subiaco might be under a new coach in 2019 with Beau Wardman replacing Jarrad Schofield while they've lost a host of premiership stars from last year including Chris Phelan, Zac Clarke and Brad Stevenson, but it appeared to have little impact.

The Lions came out of the blocks on fire in the battle of the Leederville Oval co-tenants kicking four goals in eight minutes in a blistering start.

Then after Shaquille McKenzie got one back for East Perth, the Lions kicked three more in quick succession. The Lions piled on seven goals in the first 16 minutes of the game and had nine in the first quarter to lead by 37 points already by quarter-time.

Subiaco added just the three goals to two in the second quarter to lead by 41 points at half-time and then two goals to one in the third to be up by 49 at three-quarter-time. But the Lions again got rolling in the last term with five goals to nil to win 19.9 (123) to 6.8 (44).

Ben Sokol was Subiaco's leading goalscorer in its 2018 premiership year and he's on track to repeat that dose with a five-goal showing in Round 1. 

Rhys Waters, Rowen Powell, Ben Newton, Greg Clark and Ryan Borchet all added two goals each with Clancy Wheeler going down injured in the opening minutes.

Former skipper Kyal Horsley showed he's not ready to slow down leading the Lions with 36 points while Clark played the best game of his career with 29 possessions, eight marks and the two goals.

Josh Deluca collected 26 disposals, new captain Leigh Kitchin 25, Lachlan Delahunty 24, Hayden Kennedy 23, Craig Hoskins 22, Powell 19 and Michael Braut 19.



PEEL THUNDER 2.0 (12) lost to SUBIACO 7.14 (56)

ROUND 10 in the WAFLW competition saw wins for Subiaco and Claremont across the weekend as the two sides move a game clear each in the top two positions as the league heads into a general bye.

The top placed Subiaco headed to Mandurah's David Grays Arena on Sunday afternoon to take on the bottom-placed Peel Thunder with the Lions proving too strongly coming away with their sixth win of the season to the tune of 44 points.

It was a top against bottom clash and Subiaco started strongly in Mandurah with five scoring shots to one in the opening quarter to lead by nine points at quarter-time.

Things quietened up in the second term with just the one goal kicked and that went the way of Subiaco who went into half-time leading by 13 points as a result.

The Thunder managed their second goal of the day during the third quarter, but the Lions still extended their lead with two more goals to be on top by 23 points at three-quarter-time.

Subiaco kicked further away in the last term kicking three goals and holding Peel scoreless to end up winning 7.14 (56) to 2.0 (12).

The 44-point victory for Subiaco keeps the Lions clear on top of the WAFLW ladder with a 6-2 record on the season and by far the strongest percentage of the five teams.

Beatrice Devlyn kicked two goals for Subiaco while Lauren Stammers, Jacqueline Toth, Hayley Miller, Kristen Jayasuriya and Sara Lewis added one apiece.

Devlyn, Jessica Ritchie, Jayme Harken and Lindal Rohde were among the standout performers for Subiaco.