Hills Gazette - - SPORT -

ON an ex­cep­tion­ally muddy and wa­ter­logged Leed­erville Oval, league lead­ers Su­bi­aco again flexed its mus­cle when it counted against Swan Dis­ticts.

Only five points sep­a­rated the teams at half-time af­ter Swans held the un­beaten Su­bi­aco score­less in the se­cond quar­ter, but the premier­ship favourites slammed on eight goals to one in the se­cond half to run out com­fort­able 52 point win­ners, 11.14 (80) to 4.4 (28).

Su­bi­aco’s pow­er­ful mid­field of Phe­lan, Kitchin, Deluca and Hors­ley again dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings with just on 100 pos­ses­sions be­tween them and were given plenty of ad­van­tage by Su­bi­aco big men.

In de­plorable con­di­tions and with a strong wind play­ing havoc, Swans could not match the strength and skills of the Li­ons af­ter the half-time break.

Once Su­bi­aco got into top gear, they scored an im­pres­sive five goals in the third term and held Swans score­less. They then al­lowed only one goal in the fi­nal quar­ter while adding an­other three them­selves.

It is still dif­fi­cult to see any­one de­feat­ing the strong Su­bi­aco team this sea­son, al­though a fast-fin­ish­ing Peel Thun­der would be on the radar as a po­ten­tial chal­lenger.

Swans sit one game and a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age out of the fi­nal five and face South Fre­man­tle and Clare­mont in a tough run home to try com­pete in the fi­nals this sea­son.

THE wind and rain were not the only things to send a shud­der all the way to Leed­erville from Man­durah on Satur­day as Peel Thun­der climbed back into the top five on their cus­tom­ary run to­wards the fi­nals with a 25-point win over East Perth on Satur­day.

A seven goal to none se­cond quar­ter proved to be a main fac­tor in Peel be­ing too strong for the Roy­als, run­ning out vic­tors 14.8 (92) to 10.7 (67). The win takes Peel into fifth spot on the lad­der, a game clear of East Perth and Clare­mont but still on in­fe­rior per­cent­age.

East Perth started well in the test­ing con­di­tions and scored four goals in the open­ing term, outscor­ing Peel by two.

But into the stiff breeze, the Roy­als could man­age only a soli­tary point in the se­cond quar­ter while Peel

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