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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.

Footy Ra­dio looks for­ward to bring­ing you more cov­er­age in your Com­mu­nity News­pa­per in 2019.

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