Subiaco have kept their faint finals hopes alive with a comprehensive 37-point victory over second-placed East Perth.
The Medibank Stadium co-tenants belied their relative ladder positions with Subiaco producing predominantly one-way traffic from early in the second term.
The Lions have now beaten two of the top four teams in their past three games and were 40 points up against Claremont last week before surrendering the match.
Led by veteran forward Des Headland, who celebrated the NAIDOC match with a display full of energy and spirit before finishing with 3.4 in the 12.15 (87) to 7.9 (51) result.
East Perth were kept goalless in the last term and their barnstorming start to the season, that saw them remain unbeaten for nine matches, has slowed to a crawl.
East Perth rallied at the start of the third quarter with Mat Seal capping off several minutes of hard work.
But when Anthony Kyanga made a complete hash of a golden opportunity as he ran into an open goal, Subiaco charged through the open door.
Headland continued to dominate the forward line with several strong marks and his third goal and another poster while Rhys Waters came to the fore.
The game remained in the balance until midway through the second term when Subiaco suddenly started to exert remarkable control on the match.
The Lions booted four unanswered goals as Brant Chambers, George Hampson and Headland proved impossible to control and ideal targets for midfielders who ran harder than their opponents .
The lead changed five times in the first quarter as neither team was able to take charge for more than a few miniutes.
Josh Smith had an absorbing and old-fashioned duel with Darren Rumble deep in the forward line.
Rumble used his body intelligently to win several contests but Smith kicked a goal and set up two others with smart kicks to the corridor.
Headland was lively for Subiaco and could have had a better return than his 1.2 at the first break.
The much maligned Jack Anthony produced one of his best displays in WAFL ranks, beating Adam Prior and providing an energetic and robust presence in defence.
|GOALS – SUBIACO: Headland, Hampson 3; Chambers 2; Bristow, Hassett, Wheeler, Waters. EAST PERTH: Seal 3; Oakley-Nicholls, Smith, Maldenis, Eades. |
BEST – SUBIACO: Headland, Forrest, McDonnell, Anthony, Hampson, Rumble, Daye. EAST PERTH: Maldenis, Sampey, Clutterbuck, Seal, Moss, Wulff.
UMPIRES: T Keating, D O’Neill, G Parker.
CROWD: 1200 (approx) at Medibank Stadium.