Lions book grand fi­nal spot

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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