Lions maul Demons

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT - Chris Pike

SUBIACO moved fur­ther clear on top of the WAFL lad­der with a com­mand­ing 75-point vic­tory over Perth at Lath­lain Park on Satur­day.

It al­ways shaped as a big task for Perth to take it up to the league-lead­ing Subiaco, but the Demons ac­tu­ally started well and led on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions dur­ing the first term and were just five points down at quar­ter-time.

But the Lions kicked away with eight goals to one in the sec­ond term, five to one in the third and then it was five goals apiece in the last, with Subiaco win­ning 22.18 (150) to 11.9 (75).

It was a 10th straight vic­tory for Subiaco this sea­son and with South Fre­man­tle’s loss to Peel, the Lions moved three games clear on top of the lad­der as they look to lock in a third straight mi­nor premier­ship in an at­tempt to make a fourth successive grand fi­nal.

It was a third straight loss for Perth, who re­main in eighth po­si­tion on the lad­der at 2-9.

Clancy Wheeler equalled his ca­reer-best of five goals for Subiaco in a tremen­dous per­for­mance up front. He also had 15 pos­ses­sions and seven marks.

Max Wal­ters con­tin­ued his break­out sea­son for the Lions with 16 pos­ses­sions, eight marks and three goals as well, with Ben Sokol, Lach­lan De­lahunty and Kyal Hors­ley all kick­ing two goals apiece.

Livewire Liam Ryan might have only kicked one goal, but con­trib­uted well with 18 dis­pos­als, seven marks and six in­side-50 en­tries.

Adam Creeper did well in the ruck for Subiaco with 15 touches and 41 hit-outs, while Leigh Kitchin racked up 33 pos­ses­sions, Wayde Twomey 25 and Hors­ley 22.

Cal­lum Papertalk was play­ing his sec­ond league game of the sea­son and third of his ca­reer, and showed that he could be worth per­se­ver­ing with by Perth, kick­ing five goals from 10 kicks. He was the Demons’ only mul­ti­ple goal­kicker on the day.

Perth again had some good ball win­ners through the mid­dle, with Clint Jones rack­ing up 40 pos­ses­sions to go with eight tack­les, seven marks, seven in­side-50 en­tries and a goal.

Julian Ja­cobs also had 23 dis­pos­als, Ai­dan Tropi­ano 22, and Brant Colledge 20 while Devin McFarlane did well off half-back with 23 touches and eight marks.

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