Subiaco have moved into second place on the ladder after kicking the biggest score of the season in a comprehensive 73-point dismantling of Perth at Medibank Stadium this afternoon.
Fired by a superb game from former Demon Andrew McDougall, the Lions led at every change and produced a brilliant final term to run out 27.9 (171) to 15.8 (98) winners.
McDougall finished the match with three goals from 25 disposals, with skipper Kyal Horsley gathering 35 touches and Shane Yarran firing late to finish with six goals.
Perth captain Paul Bevan was his side's best but found himself on report for a late, high shot on Brett Mahoney which forced the midfielder out of the game with concussion.
There was one promising patch from the Demons in the third quarter, but the result leaves them with their ninth loss in a row and battling it out with Peel for the wooden spoon.
Perth gave themselves the perfect start with a goal to Gerald Ugle within 30 seconds, but their excitement was short lived.
Horsley kicked the answering goal less than a minute later, and with McDougall becoming a force in the forward line it wasn't long before they had established a 20-point lead.
Yarran was the early spark for the Lions with his three first-quarter goals, while George Hampson was teaching a lesson to draft hopeful Clem Smith by breaking a hard tag to win 10 touches for the term.
The strong push from the home side continued almost immediately after the break, with Yarran kicking his fourth and McDougall, Rhys Waters, Kyle Halligan and Chris Deluca joining him to stretch the lead beyond 50 points.
But there was more fight from the Demons, who tightened up around the stoppages and courtesy of some classy work from Bevan and Chance Bateman, managed to finish with the final two goals of the half, keeping the margin to 37 at the long break.
The Lions stretched the lead again with the opening goal of the third quarter but began to fall victim to a Demons side with absolutely nothing to lose.
Perth began to get angry, rattling their classier opponents and outmuscling them at ground level.
The two sides traded blows in front of goals until a frantic burst from the Demons in time on gave them the final four goals of the quarter and put them within 25 points going into the final break.
However any hopes of an upset were quickly extinguished, with Subi lifting to kick 10 of the last 12 goals and seal the win.
|GOALS – SUBIACO: Yarran 6; Waters 5, Boland 4; McDougall 3; Wheeler 2; Horsley, Mahoney, Halligan, Deluca, Hampson, Phelan, Moore.|
PERTH: Manuel, Moody 3; Ugle, Sinclair, Stack 2; Florio, O’Sullivan, White.