A dominant third quarter set up Subiaco’s sixth win of the year over Peel Thunder at Medibank Stadium today.
The 18.14 (122) to 12.5 (77) victory was the Lions' first since round 12, while wooden spooners Peel finished a disappointing 2013 with just three wins.
The Thunder did not taste victory after their 18-point triumph over East Perth in round 10, with veteran captain Brendon Jones’ final WAFL game ending in disappointment with a 45-point loss.
George Hampson was the best man on the ground with 29 disposals, but he had strong support from Brett Mahoney and Jarrod Kayler-Thomson.
Andrew McDougall was outstanding with 24 disposals, 21 hit outs and two goals in an even spread of goalkickers.
For Peel, Fremantle’s Jesse Crichton worked hard for his 29 touches and fellow Docker Matt Taberner continued to shine with a huge 14 marks but was forced up the ground on too many occasions.
Matt Orzel booted three goals for the visitors.
Subiaco drew first blood in the opening term when captain Aidan Parker won a free kick inside forward 50m and converted the set shot.
The visitors made much of the running from there as Marlon Motlop, Crichton and Orzel did plenty of damage through the middle of the ground.
The Lions earned another free kick inside 50m after great forward pressure from Charles Le Fanu to take the lead back after Crichton put Peel in front.
The Thunder then managed the next two majors and didn’t concede a goal for the remainder of the quarter as both teams wasted late opportunities, taking a five-point quarter time lead.
A much more determined Subiaco came out after the break and booted a goal through Dylan Clarke after having three of the first four scoring shots of the term.
From there it was goal-for-goal as neither side could get take a stranglehold on the contest.
A crumbing Craig Moller goal saw Peel regain the lead late in the quarter only for Lions defender Scott Worthington to get one back just before half time and give the home team a four-point buffer.
Subiaco asserted their authority in the opening minutes of a decisive third quarter and refused to let up, kicking the first three goals to open up a game-high 22-point lead.
The Thunder pulled one back through Mitch Green but the Lions continued to press with Parker, Tristan Gum and Brad Stevenson all chipping in with two goals each in the eight goal to two demolition.
The sting went out of the game in the final term, with both teams scoring freely.
Peel forwards Brad Holmes and Kristin Thornton both chipped in with two goals each as the Thunder squared the quarter.
Both teams made late changes prior to the game with Crichton released by Fremantle at the expense of Josh Mathers and 20-year-old debutant Dylan Elliot coming in for Subiaco’s Chris Phelan not lining up.
Peel were down to three men on the bench for most of the day with Aiden Field not gathering a possession before being forced out of the game.
|GOALS - SUBIACO:Parker, Waters 3; Gum, Stevenson, Pickett, McDougall 2; Le Fanu, Clarke, Mahoney, Worthington.|
PEEL THUNDER: Orzel 3; Thornton, Holmes 2; Crichton, McFarlane, Wilkins, Moller, Green.