Sharks blow top start
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.