Lions book grand final spot
SUBIACO progressed to their fifth consecutive grand final despite a real scare from a gallant South Fremantle at Leederville Oval on the weekend.
The Bulldogs started hard and fast and scored a stunning five goals to one in the first quarter, giving them a 23-point lead by quarter-time. The lead could have been bigger had South converted more shots on goal.
South ruckman Brock Higgins was a late withdrawal and this had ramifications as the game progressed. It allowed former Docker Zac Clarke to play a major part in the fightback that saw Subiaco run out victors by 18 points, 12.12 (84) to 10.6 (66).
After a stern address from coach Jarrad Schofield at quarter-time, the league trendsetting Lions fought back in the second term, reducing the margin to just 10 points at the major break.
Josh Deluca was a very solid contributor as always for Subiaco, but their allstar midfield didn’t have it their own way as South showed they can take the game up to Subiaco.
Sandover Medallist Hayden Schloithe was one of the best for the Bulldogs again.
WEST Perth soundly accounted for a disappointing Claremont by 53 points after a thrashing themselves last week at the hands of South Fremantle.
The 19.9 (123) to 10.10 (70) victory gives the Falcons a rematch against their tormentors of last week, South Fremantle, to establish the challenger to Subiaco for the 2018 premiership title.
The Falcon midfield of Aaron Black, Shane Nelson and Luke Meadows had a day out, as did Tyler Keitel after a disappointing game last week as he returned to form with four goals.
Claremont simply could not replicate the tackling pressure and endeavour of their game the week before when they knocked East Perth out of the finals.
Seven goals in the first term really set the scene for the match, with West Perth streaking to a 29-point lead by quarter-time.
That lead blew out to a significant 46 points by half-time, with four goals to one for the second quarter.
Six final-quarter goals had the home team fans jumping as the Falcons kept their finals hopes alive.
IN Reserves, East Perth overcame a terrible start to run all over Subiaco and progress to the Reserves Grand Final.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Royals still trailed by 29 points at threequarter time before storming home with a six-goal final term, running out seven-point winners.
Claremont will meet Subiaco in the Reserves preliminary Final next week after a convincing 68point victory over Swan Districts.
Peel Thunder Colts held off a fast-finishing East Fremantle to stay in the final round with a thrilling twopoint victory, while Subiaco accounted for the South Fremantle Colts by three goals to go directly to the upcoming Grand Final.
THE Warriors took out the Men’s League Netball Grand Final on the weekend with a terrific win over the Perth Lions.
This Friday night Coastal Sharks will meet the Perth Lions in the women’s League Grand Final at the State Netball Centre after a convincing win over the Rangers last Friday.
Catch all the live action for the netball grand finals in all three grades live on Centrepass on Facebook from 5pm Friday and on your local Community News Facebook pages.
PERTH Soccer Club took out the McInerney Ford Top Four Cup despite giving away the first goal to a gallant Perth Glory at Frank Drago Reserve on the weekend.
Perth Glory took a 1-0 lead to the half-time break, but a hat-trick to Perth’s Paul Zimarino in the second half secured the title for the jubilant Perth side.