away but a late goal by Swans again drew the quarter with two goals apiece to set the final term up for a great finish.
Swans hit first with two goals in the first five minutes to draw away but the game was far from over. Subiaco took the lead again with the next two goals and a frantic period was under way to take the game.
Swans kicked another goal with only two minutes remaining to draw within two points but ran out of time to overcome the Lions.
It was a terrific game, with Subiaco victors 9.10 (64) to 9.8 (62). Subiaco’s Tristan Hobley was named man of the match by the legendary Mel Whinnen.
Triple J band the Rubens were on stage for some pre-match entertainment, similar to the AFL Grand Final format.
Then the League game was under way. An absolute arm wrestle for the first 17 minutes saw both teams miss opportunities and remain goalless.
Subiaco kicked their first and the floodgates opened, with the Lions slamming on four goals to none in the latter part of the first term.
The second quarter was a clinical display by the best side in the competition this year, with ruckman Zac Clarke dominating hitouts and the much vaunted Subiaco midfield running riot, as they kicked another five for the quarter while West Perth finally managed to score with just two goals.
The teams returned to the field with Subiaco a daunting 49 points up and it only got worse for the Falcons.
A seven-goal quarter put the result beyond doubt as it became a virtual training drill for the Lions, as they turned for home a massive 76 points in front and questions were being raised about the 1975 record victory margin of 104 points held by West Perth.
Whilst that didn’t eventuate, the 25,000-plus crowd lost interest and started a Mexican wave on the way to the 19.13 (127) to 7.4 (46) history-making Subiaco procession.
Kyal Horsley was one of five or six Lions that could have won the Simpson Medal for best on ground, but was a deserving winner with his class and leadership.
Halligan and Sokol kicked five each in a game that reinforced that Subiaco were a cut above the rest of the competition in 2018.
West Perth were gallant in overcoming much adversity off the field to reach the Grand Final but were simply never in the hunt on the day.
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