Article: Sandra Argese
Swans crash Lions party
On paper, a Sunday afternoon meeting with Swan Districts in front of a home crowd might have sounded like a dream outing for Subiaco.
In reality, it was a tough four quarter battle against the reigning premiers, who muscled their way to a 32-point win in their second win over the Lions for season 2018.
Under sunny conditions at Leederville Oval, both teams tackled and contended hard all day, but the Swans’ class, poise and quick ball movement around the ground simply proved too strong for the Lions.
A prolific ball magnet up forward, Ashley Sharp gave Subiaco plenty to worry about. After kicking three goals in round five, she hit the repeat button and finished the match with three majors to her name. Emily Mcguire wasn’t far off the mark either, finishing with two majors.
Subiaco’s Captain Hayley Miller worked hard all afternoon to inspire her teammates; there was never any uncertainty that she wouldn’t put in 100 per cent when attacking the football. Her work around stoppages and roving efforts around clearances made her one of the best ball magnets of the day.
Gemma Houghton did the Swans plenty of favours by continuing her strong form in 2018, consistently charging hard out of defence and finding herself plenty of the football. Teammate Taylah Angel played her role across the ground; an instrumental ball winner at ground level.
Though the Lions found their feet and outscored the Swans in the third quarter, the Swans put on three final quarter goals. Moments before the final siren, Sharp ran into an open goal to seal the win.
With another four points in the big, it’s clear the reigning premiers are already on their way to ticking all the boxes if they want to repeat history in 2018.
QUARTER BY QUARTER
SWAN DISTRICTS: 2.1 (13) 4.2 (26) 6.2 (38) 9.6 (60)
SUBIACO: 1.2 (8) 1.3 (9) 3.4 (22) 4.4 (28)
SWAN DISTRICTS: Ashley Sharp (3), Emily Mcguire (2), Rikkiesha Carling, Georgia Nanscawen, Taryn Priestly, Tayla Mcauliffe.
?SUBIACO: Sara Lewis (2), Amy Lavell, Mckenzie Dowrick.