Lions roar into grand final
REMATCH WITH PEEL THUNDER
SUBIACO have advanced to a fourth successive WAFL grand final and set up a rematch with Peel Thunder after beating South Fremantle by 32 points in the preliminary final at Leederville Oval on Sunday.
South Fremantle stormed out of the blocks in the preliminary final on Sunday with the opening three goals of the game in the first 11 minutes.
But Subiaco worked their way on top from there, kicking eight of the next 10 goals to go into half-time with a 22-point advantage.
The Lions’ lead grew to 34 points early in both the third and fourth quarters, but the Bulldogs didn’t give up and kicked three consecutive goals in the final term in seven minutes to make a real game of it again, closing to within 16 points.
Subiaco responded with goals to Max Walters and Ben Sokol to come away with the 14.14 (98) to 10.6 (66) win.
The win sees the Lions advance to a fourth successive grand final as they attempt to make it three premierships in those four years up against Peel Thunder on Sunday at Subiaco Oval.
It’s two straight preliminary final losses for South Fremantle after the Bulldogs ended both the last two seasons in second position on the ladder.
Liam Baker and Brad Stevenson kicked three goals apiece for Subiaco, with Liam Ryan brilliant in booting two from 20 possessions.
Lachlan Delahunty had 23 touches and 24 hit-outs, mostly in the ruck.
Cory Dell’Olio kicked three goals for South Fremantle.