Subi Lions the pride of WAFL

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Workplace -

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 66point de­mo­li­tion.

The Lions held a mere one-point 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 33point lead at half time and all but sealed vic­tory in the third term, jump­ing to a 59-point 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, on to 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 in­sid­e50s, one goal), Leigh Kitchin (27 dis­pos­als, six in­side-50s) and Sam Mene­gola (30 dis­pos­als, three in­sid­e50s, 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.

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