Peel wins final
IT was heartbreak for Subiaco after they fell in the premiership decider to Peel for a second successive year, going down to the Thunder by 16 points in the last WAFL match at Subiaco Oval on Sunday.
In a tight contest where neither side led by more than 13 points until Griffin Logue’s goal on the final siren, the Lions were outclassed 11.6 (72) to 7.14 (56) in front of 18,180 fans.
Thunder defender Luke Ryan claimed the Simpson Medal, judged best on ground for his starring role down back. Ryan finished with 23 disposals and nine marks.
Veteran Danyle Pearce finished with 25 disposals and eight inside 50s. Traye Bennell recorded 20 disposals and Rory O’Brien 19.
Subiaco forward Ben Sokol threatened to be the match winner with his four-goal performance.
Captain Kyal Horsley worked tirelessly to finish with 32 disposals, seven tackles and seven inside 50s.
Outgoing Docker Zac Dawson was pushed forward early in the piece and had the AFL-laden Thunder off to a great start when he snapped the first goal of the game.
He had a hand in the Thunder’s second too, handballing off to skipper Gerald Ugle who kicked straight to have the 2016 premiers off to a flyer.
The Lions kicked their first major through Sokol on 11 minutes when he was able to guide home a floating ball from 45 metres out.
Taberner hit back soon after, burying a longrange effort to restore his side’s two-goal lead.
Peel forward Leroy Jetta was first to hit the scoreboard in the second term to give the Thunder a 10-point buffer. The teams then traded blows on the scoreboard, with utility Sheridan finding space to kick his first and Sokol delivering two more majors to keep Subiaco behind by three points at the long change.
Christopher Phelan, who had 12 disposals for Subiaco to half-time, converted a free kick from 45m out to give his side the lead for the first time in the match before Sokol was able to slot his fourth. It took until the 23rd minute but Peel finally got on the board through Josh Deluca.
The Thunder then had their second barely a minute later when Taberner got on the end of a pass from Pearce.
Taberner converted his second for the match and suddenly it was a onepoint ball game.
Taylin Duman drew first blood in the last quarter when he toed through his first of the match.
Wheeler put Subiaco back in front when he slotted from 35m out.
But Jetta won a holding the ball free kick and finished with a composed checkside to give the Thunder a slender fourpoint lead. Sheridan delivered a similar finish from the same pocket after Hayden Kennedy was pinged for punching the ball out of bounds deliberately.
Logue put the icing on the cake, kicking a goal on the siren to deliver Peel’s second premiership.
Subiaco’s Ben Sokol leads in the chase for the ball.