Peel wins fi­nal

The Advocate (Perth) - - SPORT -

IT was heart­break for Su­bi­aco af­ter they fell in the pre­mier­ship de­cider to Peel for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive year, go­ing down to the Thun­der by 16 points in the last WAFL match at Su­bi­aco Oval on Sun­day.

In a tight con­test where nei­ther side led by more than 13 points un­til Grif­fin Logue’s goal on the fi­nal siren, the Lions were out­classed 11.6 (72) to 7.14 (56) in front of 18,180 fans.

Thun­der de­fender Luke Ryan claimed the Simp­son Medal, judged best on ground for his star­ring role down back. Ryan fin­ished with 23 dis­pos­als and nine marks.

Vet­eran Danyle Pearce fin­ished with 25 dis­pos­als and eight in­side 50s. Traye Ben­nell recorded 20 dis­pos­als and Rory O’Brien 19.

Su­bi­aco for­ward Ben Sokol threat­ened to be the match win­ner with his four-goal per­for­mance.

Cap­tain Kyal Hors­ley worked tire­lessly to fin­ish with 32 dis­pos­als, seven tack­les and seven in­side 50s.

Out­go­ing Docker Zac Daw­son was pushed for­ward early in the piece and had the AFL-laden Thun­der off to a great start when he snapped the first goal of the game.

He had a hand in the Thun­der’s sec­ond too, hand­balling off to skip­per Ger­ald Ugle who kicked straight to have the 2016 pre­miers off to a flyer.

The Lions kicked their first ma­jor through Sokol on 11 min­utes when he was able to guide home a float­ing ball from 45 me­tres out.

Taberner hit back soon af­ter, bury­ing a lon­grange ef­fort to re­store his side’s two-goal lead.

Peel for­ward Leroy Jetta was first to hit the score­board in the sec­ond term to give the Thun­der a 10-point buf­fer. The teams then traded blows on the score­board, with util­ity Sheri­dan find­ing space to kick his first and Sokol de­liv­er­ing two more ma­jors to keep Su­bi­aco be­hind by three points at the long change.

Christo­pher Phe­lan, who had 12 dis­pos­als for Su­bi­aco to half-time, con­verted a free kick from 45m out to give his side the lead for the first time in the match be­fore Sokol was able to slot his fourth. It took un­til the 23rd minute but Peel fi­nally got on the board through Josh Deluca.

The Thun­der then had their sec­ond barely a minute later when Taberner got on the end of a pass from Pearce.

Taberner con­verted his sec­ond for the match and sud­denly it was a one­point ball game.

Taylin Du­man drew first blood in the last quar­ter when he toed through his first of the match.

Wheeler put Su­bi­aco back in front when he slot­ted from 35m out.

But Jetta won a hold­ing the ball free kick and fin­ished with a com­posed check­side to give the Thun­der a slen­der four­point lead. Sheri­dan de­liv­ered a sim­i­lar fin­ish from the same pocket af­ter Hay­den Kennedy was pinged for punch­ing the ball out of bounds de­lib­er­ately.

Logue put the ic­ing on the cake, kick­ing a goal on the siren to de­liver Peel’s sec­ond pre­mier­ship.

Pic­ture: Kelly Pil­grim-Byrne

Su­bi­aco’s Ben Sokol leads in the chase for the ball.

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