Lions roar into grand fi­nal


Ellenbrook Advocate - - SPORT -

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.

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