Lions rain on Roy­als pa­rade

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Looklocal -

SU­BI­ACO have stunned favourites East Perth to claim the 2014 WAFL premier­ship.

In wet con­di­tions at Su­bi­aco Oval, the Lions took con­trol of the match in a dom­i­nant third term to beat their more-fan­cied op­po­nents, who had 11 West Coast Ea­gles-listed play­ers.

Su­bi­aco piled on six goals in the term to skip out to a handy 28-point lead at the last change. From there it was a mat­ter of hold­ing out the fi­nal Roy­als charge.

The Lions were suc­cess­ful, claim­ing the win 11.16 (82) to 9.12 (66) and the premier­ship cup.

Chris Phe­lan (25 dis­pos­als, two goals) and Kyal Hors­ley (26 dis­pos­als, one goal) starred for the Lions.

Fel­low mid­fielder Ja­son Bris­tow was named Simp­son medal­list for his 27 dis­pos­als and one goal.

George Hamp­son, ham­pered by a leg com­plaint, held tough to fin­ish with three goals for the pre­miers.

East Perth’s Bren­dan Lee gath­ered 24 dis­pos­als, along­side de­fender Blayne Wilson (21 dis­pos­als) and Sam But­ler (20).

Fraser McInnes was the Roy­als’ best for­ward, fin­ish­ing with three goals. Fel­low tall Josh Smith added two of his own in tough con­di­tions for big for­wards.

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