Thunder strikes early, abruptly fades
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.