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, Horsley 22, Delahunty 20, Joel Latham 20, Baker 19, Greg Clark 19, Jordan Lockyer 18, Adam Cockie 18 and Scott Hancock 18.
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 form 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.
Subiaco kicked the first goal with second-gamer Michael Braut kicking the opening major of his career, but Perth responded with the next two both courtesy of Papertalk.
After a Lions goal to Baker, Papertalk added a third of the opening term but Subiaco did enough with goals with Delahunty and Hancock to close the opening term and hold a five-point advantage.
Perth did manage an early second quarter goal from Blake Johnson, but Subiaco took over from there with goals to Daniel Perkins, Horsley, Ryan, Wheeler, Sokol, Horsley again and then Kitchin as they held a virtual match-winning 49-point half-time advantage.
Papertalk added his fourth of the game to give Perth a glimmer of hope to start the third term, but it wouldn’t last. Wheeler kicked three majors for the term for Subiaco and the Lions' lead had grown to 74 points by the last change.
Things opened up in the final quarter and both teams kicked five goals apiece but Subiaco cruised to the 75-point victory.
Subiaco now has a tantalising battle with Leederville Oval co-tenants East Perth this Saturday with the Royals fresh off the bye and a five-game winning streak.
Perth will attempt to return to the winner's list against the winless East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday.
SUBIACO 4.6 12.10 17.14 22.18 (150)
PERTH 4.1 5.3 6.6 11.9 (75)
SUBIACO – Goals: Wheeler 5; Walters 3; Horsley, Delahunty, Sokol 2; Kitchin, Cockie, Hancock, Nelson, Perkins, Braut, Ryan, Baker.
Best: Kitchin, Horsley, Wheeler, Twomey, Walters, Delahunty, Creeper.
PERTH – Goals: Papertalk 5; Ansey, Johnson, Eyres, McFarlane, Colledge, C Jones.
Best: C Jones, Papertalk, McFarlane, Colledge, Jacobs, Tropiano.