WAFL: Lions thunder over Peel in grand final rematch

High-flying action in the WAFL grand final rematch at the weekend.
High-flying action in the WAFL grand final rematch at the weekend.

SUBIACO and Peel Thunder did battle on Saturday for the first time since last year’s WAFL grand final and it was the Lions earning a measure of revenge, winning by 15 points at Leederville Oval.

Subiaco has played in the past three WAFL grand finals and booked in a spot in last year’s decider after being minor premiers and advancing by winning its second semi-final.

But come grand final day, Peel was an unstoppable force to create history with the club’s first premiership in its first grand final and just second ever finals appearance.

Saturday’s clash at Leederville Oval was the first time the two teams have met since that fateful day.

While both teams were vastly different from those that ran out on grand final day last September, Subiaco still had some making up to do.

The Lions were able to hold the Thunder goalless in the first quarter and went on to record the 11.16 (82) to 10.7 (67) victory.

Subiaco has now won three straight matches over Perth, West Perth and Peel following an opening round loss to South Fremantle.

Peel has lost two straight to South Fremantle and Subiaco after beginning the season with wins over East Perth and East Fremantle.

It was a scrappy and high pressure opening to the contest, with Subiaco managing the only two goals of the first quarter to lead by 13 points at the first change.

Peel did get on the board in the second term and managed to kick three goals, but up the other end Subiaco kicked five more goals to take a comfortable 27-point advantage into half-time.

Peel will host West Perth at Rushton Park on Good Friday, with Subiaco taking on East Perth at Leederville Oval also on Friday.