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