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WAFLW: Subiaco prove too strong for Swans

Monday, May 16, 2022 - 5:12 PM by Matt Paddick

The Lions have kept their form going after their round 12 bye, defeating Swan Districts by 17 points at Leederville Oval on Sunday May 15.

In their latest test, Subiaco kept the pressure high against the top four Swans, and managed to grind out a hard fought victory.

Amy Mulholland returned to the side to great effect, kicking three goals to go along with 16 disposals.

Meanwhile Tarni Golisano picked up a game-high 25 touches, while Tiah Toth used all of her experience in her 18 disposals to be one of the side’s best on the day.

Subiaco were on top to begin the term, with Mulholland getting multiple shots on goal early in the contest. 

She was able to capitalise, kicking the first goal of the day in the ninth minute.

Despite the Lions’ dominance, the Swans managed to get on the board against the flow of play, with Hope Ugle-Hayward kicking from straight in front.

From there Subiaco had multiple entries inside 50, with Maggie MacLachlan getting plenty of supply up forward. 

She was able to kick a goal on the siren to give the Lions a 10-point lead at quarter time.

It was a more competitive second term from the Swans, but Subiaco were up to the challenge.

With Swan Districts getting the ball inside their forward 50 more regularly, the Lions’ defence was tested, but ultimately stood up.

Just one goal was conceded for the term, with Subiaco’s back six able to handle the pressure.

Meanwhile at the other end of the ground, Mulholland was again in the action, roving a ball and navigating her way through traffic, before kicking it through on her right boot.

It allowed the Lions to grow their advantage to 11 points heading into the main break.

The Swans came out with a point to prove in the second half, as they looked to get themselves back in the game.

Quick goals to Swan Districts’ McGuire and Taylah Edwards gave the away side the lead for the first time.

However, it was short lived as Hanna Dethlefsen put through her first goal of the day to get the Lions back in front.

It meant one straight kick separated the two sides, with Subiaco taking a five-point lead into three quarter time.

The Lions were desperate to take down Swan Districts, and the first goal of the term would help achieve it.

Amy Mulholland kicked her third goal after bursting out from a contest, giving Subiaco the momentum.

It was followed by a second major from Dethlefsen, which helped stretch the Lions’ lead.

The Swans attempted a late comeback, but it was a task too tall in the end, with Subiaco taking a 17-point victory.

In the other games, the Lions were unable to capture a win, going down by 40 points in the reserves, and by 75 in the Rogers Cup.

Subiaco will be looking to make it three wins in a row when they take on West Perth at Leederville Oval on Sunday May 22.

SUBIACO        2.4    3.6    4.7    6.9    (45)
SWAN DISTRICTS    1.0    2.1    4.2    4.4    (28)

Goals: Mulholland 3; Dethlefsen 2; MacLachlan.
Best: Mulholland, Golisano, Toth, Dodd.