Round 10 Match Report – Subiaco v East FremantleTuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:16 AM - by Chris Pike
THE gap between the top and bottom placed teams in the WAFL only grew on Saturday with Subiaco remaining undefeated in 2018 beating East Fremantle by 103 points at Leederville Oval.
Subiaco was refreshed coming off the bye and took on an East Fremantle team on a five-day break after losing on Monday by 73 points to South Fremantle in the WA Day Foundation Derby.
That only further widened the gap between the two teams with the Sharks also not helped by losing Nick Kommer and Jarrad Jansen from Monday to Saturday, but no matter how you look at it, the Lions barely had to raise a sweat.
Subiaco came out and kicked the first 12 goals of the game with East Fremantle goalless until the 11-minute mark of the third quarter having also not kicked a goal until the 20-minute mark of the second term five days earlier.
The Lions ended up cruising to the 19.26 (140) to 5.7 (37) victory to improve to an 8-0 record on the season while East Fremantle slipped to 2-8.
The 103-point margin was emphatic enough but it could have been significantly more had Subiaco converted more of their 26 behinds into goals, especially the nine points kicked between Rhys Waters, Lachlan Delahunty and Ben Sokol.
But it was as dominant a showing by Subiaco as you can get. The Lions finished the game with 129 more disposals than East Fremantle, a simply remarkable 76 inside-50 entries to 23 and then the 45 scoring shots to 12.
East Fremantle's struggles all appear to be starting with the style of game they appear determined to keep trying to play. It's a game plan that has them maintain possession with short passes across half-back and through the middle.
That saw them take 106 marks from 203 kicks, but they just refuse to go forward and when they do all their forwards have been sucked up the ground and they have nobody to kick too. That's why they had 23 inside 50s and five goals from 203 kicks and those 106 marks.
Subiaco captain Kyal Horsley was once again in remarkable form finishing the afternoon with 37 possessions, nine marks, seven inside 50s, four tackles and a goal.
It was the ruck battle that had the potential to be the most fascinating aspect of the game between former Fremantle Dockers AFL teammates Zac Clarke and Jonathon Griffin.
But that was a one-sided affair too with Clarke putting together his most dominant showing of the season with Subiaco finishing with 20 disposals, 34 hit outs, five marks, four inside 50s and two goals.
Leigh Kitchin also had 31 possessions and kicked two goals for the Lions while Josh Deluca returned from suspension with 31 disposals and two goals as well.
Lachlan Delahunty had another 28 possessions, six marks and two goals while Chris Phelan racked up 29 disposals, Rowel Powell 23, Hayden Kennedy 22, Drew Rohde 22, Jordan Lockyer 21 and McKenzie Lawrence 21.
Max Walters kicked three goals for Subiaco with Ben Sokol and Brad Stevenson kicking two goals as well.
There was little to write home about from an East Fremantle perspective with Jack Perham kicking two goals while Jayden Schofield racked up 34 possessions and took eight marks.
Sean Henson returned from a stint in the reserves and had 25 disposals with George Hampson gathering 22 touches in his 101st game and Dion Anthony had 19 possessions, Russell Wynne 18 and Jordan Snadden 17.
Subiaco had the first six scoring shots of the game and while only one of those was a goal to captain Kyal Horsley at the six-minute mark, the signs were ominous of what was to come the rest of the afternoon.
East Fremantle's first score of the game was a behind to Sean Henson at the 13-minute mark but the Lions finished the first term with goals to Rhys Waters and Ben Sokol to be up by 19 points at quarter-time.
By five minutes into the third quarter, Subiaco had added a goal through Josh Deluca and then two in less than two minutes to Lachlan Delahunty as the lead stretched to 37 points.
That grew to 43 points soon after when Zac Clarke kicked his first of the day. Deluca also added a second before half-time with Brad Stevenson kicking his first and Subiaco held a commanding 59-point lead against the goalless East Fremantle at half-time.
Again it took less than two minutes into the third term for the Lions to kick their 10th goal unanswered with Sokol adding his second. Stevenson also added a second and Clancy Wheeler another as Subiaco led by 81 points before East Fremantle's first goal.
That came courtesy of Jesse Wynne at the 11-minute mark of the third quarter. They made it three successive goals too with Jamie McNamara and Jack Perham kicking truly before Rowen Powell finished the quarter with a goal for Subiaco to make the margin 73 points.
East Fremantle did manage to kick another two goals in the last term but Subiaco remained in control and got the final margin over 100 points, and it would have been significantly more had the Lions not kicked 6.8 in the last term.
Subiaco's reserves also recorded a comfortable 14.8 (92) to 6.9 (45) victory against East Fremantle at Leederville Oval on Saturday.
The Lions started the contest with four goals to two in the first term before another three to one in the second to lead by 25 points at half-time.
Then with the only four goals of the last quarter Subiaco cruised to the 47-point victory.
Ryan Borchet, Sean Bradley and Tom Edwards-Baldwin kicked two goals each for Subiaco.
Kaidyn Fullgrabe amassed 23 possessions for the Lions, Daniel Leach 22, Borchet 19, Ryan Wade 17, Luke Norriss 17 and Ben Reid 17.
Adam Cockie played his first game of the season with Subiaco and had 21 disposals and seven tackles.
Tim Bockman produced 25 possessions and seven tackles for East Fremantle while Joel Kalajzic finished with 23 disposals, Zac Jackson 21, Ryan Lester-Smith 20, Corey Homes 19 and Kim Schofield 18.
Subiaco remains at Leederville Oval on Saturday in a battle with co-tenants East Perth. The Lions will be looking to remain undefeated against the Royals who they hammered by 118 points to start the season back on Good Friday.
East Fremantle remains on the road and heads to Lathlain Park on Saturday to take on a Perth team coming off an encouraging win against South Fremantle. The same South Fremantle who hammered the Sharks by 73 points five days earlier.
SUBIACO 3.5 9.9 13.18 19.26 (140)
EAST FREMANTLE 0.4 0.4 3.5 5.7 (37)
SUBIACO – Goals: Walters 3; Kitchin, Deluca, Delahunty, Sokol, Stevenson, Clarke 2; Horsley, Waters, Powell, Wheeler.
Best: Clarke, Horsley, Deluca, Delahunty, Kitchin, Walters, Phelan, Powell, Lockyer, Kennedy.
EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: Perham 2; McNamara, McCarrey, J Wynne.
Best: Schofield, Hampson, Henson.