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FALCONS MAKE IT TWO FROM TWO TO START 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 1:14 PM
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WEST Perth made it two from two to start to the 2013 WAFL season with a 24-point win over Subiaco at Medibank Stadium on Friday night.

The Falcons set up the win largely in the first and last quarters when they kicked a combined 11.3 to Subiaco's 3.4 to run out 11.12 (78) to 8.6 (54) winners at the Leederville ground.

The 24-point win backs up West Perth's dominant 75-point derby win over East Perth in Round 1 at Arena Joondalup with the Falcons now having the Round 3 bye before taking on South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval under lights on Friday April 5.

Subiaco was coming into the game fresh having had the bye in Round 1 but it was West Perth who came flying out of the blocks on Friday night booting six goals to two in the opening quarter to hold a handy 23-point quarter-time advantage.

The Falcons then struggled in front of goal of the second and third quarters kicking a combined 1.8 to Subiaco's 5.2 but still led by five points at three quarter-time, and then booted four goals to one in the last term to run out relatively comfortable 24-point victors.

West Perth dominated the match for the most part and could have won more comfortably had it taken more of its chances in the second and third quarters.

By the end of the match, West Perth had racked up 41 more possessions than Subiaco, had a massive 21 more inside-50 entries and nine more scoring shots in the finish.

Shane Nelson picked up another 30 possessions in the midfield for West Perth to go with seven marks, six entries inside-50 and a goal.

Rohan Kerr was also outstanding in just his second game for West Perth since crossing from Carlton over the summer, and he finished with 29 disposals.

Aaron Black also gathered 25 possessions and Mark Hutchings returned after missing Round 1 to pick up 25 disposals.

As it was last week against East Perth, West Perth's defence was outstanding with Dan Hunt and Laine Rasmussen particularly impressive.

Hunt kept Subiaco recruit Ryan Herring to just three kicks and a goal while Rasmussen ensured that Alliston 'Buddy' Pickett did not touch the ball at all while picking up 18 possessions himself running out of defence.

While there was no second-game heroics from Matthew Johnson after he kicked six goals last week on debut, Josh Mellington, Matt Fowler, Anthony Tsalikis and Kody Manning all kicked two goals apiece.

However, the colts went down to start the night at Leederville Oval with a 77-point loss to Subiaco. Nick Robertson and Tyson Moulton kicked two goals each with Blake Acres picking up 23 possessions and Joel Brown 18.

The reserves then played on Saturday at Arena Joondalup with Subiaco winning by 29 points.

Despite the loss, Corey Chalmers, Drew Rohde and Alex Elisseou kicked two goals each for the Falcons with Marc Crisp picking up 24 possessions, Trent Manzone 22, Joe Morrow 18, Aidan Lynch 18 and James Embley 17.

WEST PERTH                                      6.1          6.4          7.9          11.12     (78)

SUBIACO                                             2.2          5.3          7.4          8.6          (54)

WEST PERTH – Goals: Tsalikis, Fowler, Mellington, Manning 2; Nelson, Guadagnin, Salecic.

Best: Kerr, Nelson, Rasmussen, Black, Hunt, Hutchings, Tsalikis.

SUBIACO – Goals: Sinclair, Deluca 2; Kerr, Wheeler, Herring, Smythe.

Best: Sinclair, Parker, Kayler-Thomson, Mahoney, Rumble, Sheed.

 

BY CHRIS PIKE