Grand fi­nal grem­lins all gone Catch ev­ery game live on your mo­bile de­vice

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Looklocal - Tyson Beat­tie

SU­BI­ACO has stamped its au­thor­ity on the WAFL com­pe­ti­tion in a thump­ing 118point vic­tory over East Perth in the open­ing round at Leed­erville Oval.

Seek­ing to avenge their past two grand fi­nal de­feats, the Li­ons com­pletely dom­i­nated the con­test, which be­came their sec­ond-big­gest vic­tory over the Roy­als.

Su­bi­aco had 12 dif­fer­ent goal scor­ers, with Brad Steven­son lead­ing the way with seven of his own.

The Li­ons wasted no time in jump­ing the Roy­als early with a seven goal to two open­ing term.

Feed­ing off for­mer Dock­ers ruck­man Zac Clarke, vet­eran Kyal Hors­ley had 27 dis­pos­als and Su­bi­aco ex­ploited East Perth’s de­fi­cien­cies in de­fence.

De­spite the Roy­als be­ing more com­pet­i­tive in the sec­ond quar­ter, Su­bi­aco for­wards Ben Sokol and Rhys Wa­ters ran wild as the Li­ons opened up a 59-point half-time lead.

Ded­i­cated to over­com­ing last year's grand fi­nal heartache, Su­bi­aco were re­lent­less in the sec­ond half as records were be­ing threat­ened as the goals piled on.

Fraser Mcinnes fought hard for East Perth in the ruck with 35 hit-outs while also boot­ing two goals but the Roy­als strug­gled to con­tain re­cruit Ben New­ton.

Su­bi­aco un­veiled four debu­tants. Nick Mene­gola, Kai­dyn Full­grabe and Ja­cob Miller all had solid first games while Ryan Borchet booted three goals for his de­but.

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