Sharks blow top start

Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT - Jay Rooney

SU­BI­ACO over­ran East Fre­man­tle by 41 points at Leed­erville Oval last Satur­day to jump into the top four for the first time this sea­son and keep alive their shot at fi­nals.

The Sharks, af­ter three strong quar­ters, were ham­mered in the fi­nal stanza as the Lions skipped away to a com­fort­able 12.12 (84) to 6.7 (43) vic­tory.

The Lions ran ram­pant in a dev­as­tat­ing dis­play, slam­ming on six goals while hold­ing the Sharks to just two be­hinds in the fi­nal term.

For­mer Su­bi­aco cap­tain Kyal Hors­ley was out­stand­ing in his sec­ond game back from in­jury with 26 dis­pos­als, two goals and seven in­side 50s.

Cur­rent skip­per Leigh Kitchin (26 dis­pos­als), sec­ondgamer Liam Hick­mott (24) and Greg Clark (23) were also in­flu­en­tial in the vic­tory.

Ruck Lach­lan De­lahunty (19 dis­pos­als and 35 hit-outs) also took ad­van­tage of for­mer AFL big man Jon Grif­fin’s late with­drawal, dom­i­nat­ing the East Fre­man­tle makeshift ruck line-up.

It didn’t all go to plan for Su­bi­aco, with East Fre­man­tle’s out­side speed trou­bling them for the first three quar­ters.

The Sharks, known as slow starters in re­cent weeks, jumped Su­bi­aco with the only two goals of the open­ing quar­ter, while the Lions could only man­age four be­hinds.

The mis­fir­ing home team got back on track with Ben New­ton, Bai­ley Mat­era and Nick Martin nail­ing set-shots to tie the game late in the sec­ond quar­ter.

They then hit the lead when Hors­ley kicked truly in the first minute af­ter the ma­jor break, but East Fre­man­tle hit back with goals to Ryan Lester-Smith (two goals) and Cody Leggett.

Ben Sokol’s long bomb af­ter the three-quar­ter time siren gave Su­bi­aco a nar­row lead and they never looked back.

The Lions snatched fourth place on the lad­der from Perth, who lost to Swan Dis­tricts. They can seal a fi­nals berth if they beat West Perth.

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