4.6.30

Guardian Express - - SPORT -

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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