The Lions haven’t had too many scares this year – one in the home and away season maybe. But when South Fremantle led by 23 points at quarter time of the second semi final some in the Subiaco camp may have had a few shivers. The Lions are good and they slowly then swiftly got back into the game, gained control and by three quarter time were in front by 23 points. A couple of Marlion Pickett goals got the Bulldogs within two goals in the last quarter but Subiaco prevailed. Zac Clarke kicked a couple of goals and was influential in the ruck for the Lions, Josh Deluca, Leigh Kitchen, Ben Newton and Kyal Horsley drove the fightback and Braden Fimmano had his best game for Subiaco. Haiden Schloithe was effective for South Fremantle, Dylan Main maintained his good form along with Shane Hockey and Blair Della Franca battled hard in the absence of ruckman Brock Higgins. If the Bulldogs make the grand final they’ll feel they have a chance.
Subiaco 12.12 (84) South Fremantle 10.6 (66)
Claremont, the team deemed most likely by some (me) to challenge the Lions, are out of the finals. West Perth jumped the Tigers and never looked back at Joondalup. Midfield dynamos Shane Nelson, Luke Meadows and Aaron Black (three goals) were at it again for the Falcons, Keegan Knott had another good final with three goals, Tyler Keitel kicked four. Tom Lee scored four goals for Claremont and Kane Mitchel and Jye Bolton did their bit but it wasn’t enough.
West Perth 19.9 (123) Claremont 10.10 (70)
So West Perth return to Fremantle Oval for the preliminary final on Sunday to meet South Fremantle who thrashed them there a week or so ago.