The result puts Claremont into a sudden-death playoff against East Perth next weekend at Claremont Oval, while Swans finish their season a disappointing eighth after showing much promise under firstyear coach Adam Pickering.
SUBIACO achieved a rare feat by completing the home and away season undefeated on Saturday with a thumping 72-point victory over Perth, 17.10 (112) to 6.4 (40).
Subiaco now enjoy a week off as the other four sides in the finals compete to challenge the all-conquering Lions, who only need two more victories to secure the premiership.
Subiaco were never challenged in a game that saw them break away to a 21-point lead at quartertime despite a slow start.
The Lions increased this to 39 points at the main break as they dominated proceedings through the familiar avenues of their powerhouse midfield of Kyal Horsley and Josh Deluca, while ruckman Zac Clarke again controlled the tap-outs.
Ben Sokol had another excellent day, finishing with five goals for Subiaco.
The margin had blown out to 50 points by threequarter time and the result was academic, but the Lions took even more control against a Perth side that didn’t cope well with the pressure applied by the league leaders.
SOUTH Fremantle are travelling very nicely as they enter the finals campaign and had little more than a training run against a disappointing East Fremantle to register a massive 113-point victory at East Fremantle Oval on the weekend, 23.11 (149) to just 5.6 (36).
The loss ends coach Rob Wiley’s stint at the club and a very disappointing period for the Sharks, who promised much with an aggressive recruitment drive before the season but failed to keep their players on the ground and deliver.
The Bulldogs were dominant from the outset, despite missing a number of their key players through injury and enter the finals in very good shape.
South’s midfield were running rampant and they had winners all over the ground, while only a few of the key Sharks stood up to the onslaught.
A lead that had increased to 49 points at halftime blew out to 85 points by three-quarter time.
SUBIACO continued their great form coming into the finals and threw everything at league leaders East Fremantle in the Mundella WAWFL Grand Final but just couldn’t hold them out in a frantic last quarter to go down by just five points, the final score 6.5 (41) to 5.6 (36).
East Fremantle kicked two goals for a 13-point lead at quarter-time.
A terrific second quarter saw six goals kicked for the term, with three goals apiece and a 12-point lead retained by the season trendsetters, East Fremantle.
Subiaco came back strongly in the third term and scores were level at the final change, with the scene set for a classic final term.
The last quarter was an absolute arm wrestle, and the Sharks scored the only goal of the quarter at the 13minute mark to snatch the lead and were able to hang on for the final siren.
The game was a fitting end to an outstanding season that has seen significant growth in the game and was a real exhibition for a large and very engaged crowd at the grand final.
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