Perth trounced by in-form Subi


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Football -

REIGN­ING pre­miers Su­bi­aco flexed their mus­cles against an in­ex­pe­ri­enced Perth side to run out easy win­ners by 134 points in a one-sided match in fine con­di­tions at Leed­erville Oval on Satur­day.

Su­bi­aco quickly gained as­cen­dancy by dom­i­nat­ing the cen­tre clear­ances and key for­wards Matt Boland and Shane Yar­ran kick­ing early goals.

Perth did man­age a goal for the term through ex­cit­ing young­ster Mar­shall Jones, but still trailed the Lions by 19 points at the first change.

The sec­ond quar­ter saw the home side gain com­plete con­trol of the match, with Sam Me­nagola and Kyal Hors­ley pick­ing up pos­ses­sions at will.

De­spite Ai­dan Tropi­ano and Michael Sin­clair try­ing hard, Perth sim­ply had few op­tions up for­ward, as Su­bi­aco kicked seven goals to two to hold a com­fort­able lead at half-time.

The third quar­ter saw Su­bi­aco con­tin­u­ally en­ter­ing their for­ward line, with Boland in par­tic­u­lar prov­ing a dan­ger­ous op­po­nent for the Perth de­fend­ers to shut down.

Perth’s lone key for­ward Jones bobbed up to boot two goals but the mar­gin at three-quar­ter time had blown out to an in­sur­mount­able 89 points.

The last quar­ter un­for­tu­nately for Perth sup­port­ers was much of the same, as Su­bi­aco piled on seven goals for the term, with Boland fin­ish­ing with seven ma­jors.

Perth could only man­age three points, and only had draft prospect Mar­shall Jones as their sole key for­ward all day, kick­ing three goals.

Once again Perth lacked height and ex­pe­ri­ence in most po­si­tions around the ground, with San­dover Medal favourite Tropi­ano pick­ing up 30 pos­ses­sions, well sup­ported by Sin­clair, col­lect­ing 29 touches in the mid­field.

Next week Perth re­turn home to Lath­lain Park on Satur­day to play the East Fre­man­tle Sharks.

Mark Thorn­ber

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