WAFL finals: West Perth focus on preliminary against East Perth

Michael Lourey kicked three.
Michael Lourey kicked three.

WEST Perth have some work to do if they are to topple Subiaco for the WAFL title after losing to the Lions by 55 points in the second semi final on Sunday.

Just 12 points separated the teams at half-time but the hosts kicked 10 goals to three in the second half to claim a 17.13 (115) to 9.6 (60) victory at Leederville Oval.

The result sent Subiaco into the September 27 grand final and left West Perth needing to beat arch-rival East Perth in the preliminary final at Arena Joondalup this Sunday.

The Falcons could face the Royals without spearhead Michael Lourey, who kicked three goals against the Lions but suffered a leg injury.

Subiaco dominated possession with 416 disposals to the visitors’ 310.

The minor premiers had five players around the 30-possession mark, with Lachlan Delahunty leading the count on 30 touches ahead of Leigh Kitchin (29, one goal), Sam Menegola (28, two goals), Brett Robinson (28) and Craig Hoskins (28).

In contrast, no one from the Falcons had more than 25 disposals, with Aaron Black (25, one goal) and Shane Nelson (25) leading the stats.

Subiaco’s Shane Yarran and Clancy Wheeler kicked three goals each.

Premiership backman Jordan Jones made an unlikely return from a hamstring injury in West Perth’s 32-point reserves loss to Swan Districts on Sunday.

Jones had been ruled out for the season, but took 18 possessions for the second-tier side in his first game since round one.

The first semi final loss ended the Falcons’ season.

The West Perth colts were also eliminated, losing to Peel by 43 points.