Thun­der strikes early, abruptly fades

Weekend Courier - - Wafl -

PROUDLY PART­NERED WITH MAN­DURAH COASTAL TIMES THE Su­bi­aco Lions showed why they are the flag favourites with an ab­so­lute maul­ing of the reign­ing pre­miers at Bendigo Bank Sta­dium in Man­durah on Satur­day.

Peel Thun­der had a dream start to the game boot­ing the first three goals but from then on it was one-way traf­fic, as the vis­i­tors turned it on to run out 92-point win­ners 21.14 (140) to 7.6 (48).

De­spite win­ning their last two games against the Lions (Sec­ond Semi-Fi­nal and Grand Fi­nal), the Thun­der had no an­swer to the pres­sure ap­plied to them and con­tin­u­ally turned the ball over.

The Su­bi­aco mid­field ran amok to drive the ball for­ward to set up nu­mer­ous scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The Thun­der on the other hand found scor­ing hard to come by and went goal­less for over a quar­ter and a half be­fore kick­ing two goals in the last term.

Best-on-ground honours went to Su­bi­aco stal­wart Kyal Horsely. The WA State Simp­son Medal­list col­lected a game-high 41 touches (19 kicks, 22 hand­balls) to go with seven tack­les. Leigh Kitchin was a re­li­able ally with 30 pos­ses­sions. Ben­jamin New­ton bagged five goals to lead all goal- kick­ers.

Peel’s Fre­man­tle-listed player Ste­fan Giro played his best game of the year to reg­is­ter a team-best 27 pos­ses­sions while lay­ing nine tack­les. Star Docker Har­ley Ben­nell had eight pos­ses­sions, six marks and a goal.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing ef­fort from the Thun­der af­ter quar­ter-time, outscored 19.10 to 3.6 – 124 points to 24. Su­bi­aco took an in­cred­i­ble 13 marks in­side their for­ward50 in the third term as they pulled on eight goals. An­thony Guer­reiro

PERTH vet­eran Clint Jones was the hero in a dra­matic on-the-siren win for Perth over Clare­mont at Clare­mont Oval on Satur­day.

Aside from the open­ing scores in the game, the Tigers were never headed un­til the fi­nal sec­ond of play, giv­ing Perth their sec­ond win of the sea­son 15.9 (99) to 14.14 (98). The loss vir­tu­ally elim­i­nates Clare­mont from the race for the fi­nals this year in what is a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son for them.

Four goals each to Beau Mais­ter and Tom Lee and mid­field dom­i­nance of Jye Bolton and Kane Mitchell were not enough to get the Tigers home af­ter re­lin­quish­ing an early lead in the game.

For the win­ners, Blake John­son kicked four goals. Clare­mont threw away an al­most four-goal lead dur­ing the fi­nal quar­ter as Perth stormed home in a stir­ring per­for­mance. Sta­tis­ti­cally Clare­mont dom­i­nated the con­test in all facets, ex­cept the score­board at the end. Ian McNeil

WEST Perth vet­eran An­drew Strijk dis­played all of his class in fin­ish­ing with eight goals against a hap­less East Fre­man­tle on the week­end, with an 88-point win 24.14 (158) to 10.10 (70).

Strijk’s per­for­mance was con­sis­tent and com­pre­hen­sive, with four goals in each half com­ing from set shots, snaps and in­cluded pack marks in a dom­i­nant dis­play.

West Perth had many good play­ers on the day: Michael Lourey gave a strong per­for­mance with three goals, re­liev­ing in the ruck and Tyler Kei­tel pro­vided strong sup­port for Strijk.

East Fre­man­tle should do all they can to keep Jonathon Marsh happy, as they woul d have been in a sub­stan­tially worse po­si­tion with­out him. Play­ing as a key de­fender in a team get­ting soundly beaten with re gu­lar clean ball com­ing into WP at­tack, his ef-fort was out­stand­ing. Paul Prior

SOUTH Fre­man­tle com­fort­ably de­feated the Roy­als by 68 points, 18.13 (121) to 8.5 (53) in the top-four clash at Leed­erville Oval on Satur­day.

In near-per­fect sum­mer-like con­di­tions, the Bull­dogs were far too good and had win­ners all over the ground in­clud­ing the 2017 San­dover Medal­list Hay­den Schloithe, along with strong per­for­mances by Pick­ett, Hockey in the mid­field and key backs Wil­son, Suban and Strom.

Up for­ward Dell’ol­lio with four goals and Ma­son Shaw with three goals were lively an­druck­man Brock Hig­gins car­ried on his State de­but form last week with 41 hit-outs and 17 pos­ses­sions to be the best big man on the ground.

Apart from the first quar­ter, the Roy­als did not show any fight and were com­pre­hen­sively beaten all over the ground. It did not help their cause when they lost Schofield to a ham­string at the end of the first quar­ter and promis­ing big man Samelko at the end of the sec­ond quar­ter to a lower-leg in­jury. Cam Rob­bins

In WA Women’s Foot­ball league ac­tion, West Perth de­feated a strug­gling Perth An­gels 9.12 (66) to 2.5 (17). East Fre­man­tle con­tin­ued their win­ning ways with a 48 point win over Su­bi­aco 9.7 (61) to 2.1 (13), Kiera Phillips dom­i­nated with 10 goals for Peel Thun­der­birds with a big win over South Fre­man­tle 19.16 (130) to 2.1 (13) and Swan Dis­tricts also con­tin­ued their dom­i­nant

South Fre­man­tle over­pow­ered East Perth in their clash.

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