Lions the pride of the WAFL
THE 2015 WAFL grand final looked set to be a blow-for-blow thriller but degenerated into a blowout as Subiaco outclassed West Perth in a 66-point demolition.
The Lions held a mere onepoint lead after a high intensity first quarter but claimed control of the match in the second term before taking a stranglehold of it in the third to triumph 21.10 (136) to 10.10 (70) at Subiaco Oval on Sunday.
The eventual premiers had a 33-point lead at half time and all but sealed victory in the third term, jumping to a 59point lead at the final break.
Subiaco coach Jarrad Schofield said he could not be any prouder of his side’s efforts to win back-to-back flags.
“We have a fantastic group of players that commit to the program, commit to the footy club… so it’s a club thing but congratulations to the boys who played,” he said.
Ferocious tackling and impressive goal scoring decorated the early stages of the contest, which had the sides at three goals each at quarter time.
Key Falcons big men Michael Lourey and Marcus Adams provided crowd raisers in the first term.
Lourey opened his side’s account with a scything long range set shot on a tight angle and defender Adams bombed one in general play from a similarly difficult position.
Unfortunately for the talented pair, the goals would be the high point of their day as Subiaco veteran Darren Rumble kept Lourey (one goal) at bay and Bernie Naylor medallist Shane Yarran (five goals) proved too agile.
Yarran had four goals midway through the second term leading West Perth coach Bill Monaghan to set Kody Manning, whose fierce approach shines in finals football, onto him later in the contest.
The tattooed aggressor (14 disposals, seven tackles) kept Yarran to just one goal in the second half, leaving Simpson medallist Matt Boland to lead the goal kicking charge with seven majors.
The potent Subiaco forwards were given every opportunity to shine with prime service from the likes of Chris Phelan (29 disposals, eight inside-50s, one goal), Leigh Kitchin (27 disposals, six inside-50s) and Sam Menegola (30 disposals, three inside-50s, one goal).
Tellingly, the Lions had four less inside 50s than the Falcons, but were highly efficient kicking 21 goals from 51 entries compared with their opponents’ 10 from 55.
West Perth’s Andrew Strijk (21 disposals) was the game’s best player while the Falcons were still in the contest.
Subiaco celebrates its sixth WAFL premiership in 12 years.