WAFL Round 3: Undermanned West Perth no match for Subiaco


Nick Rodda leaps for a contested mark. Picture: Matt Beilken
Nick Rodda leaps for a contested mark. Picture: Matt Beilken

The Falcons were behind by just 13 points early in the last quarter before the Lions pulled away to a 17.15 (117) to 11.7 (73) victory in the grand final rematch.

Fine conditions met the Falcons’ International Football Festival, which attracted 6090 spectators; down from last year’s mammoth 7849 fans, but an impressive turnout nonetheless.

The hosts were missing important players Chris Keunen, Kody Manning Shane Nelson and Laine Rasmussen, making a win against the best team in the competition tougher than it otherwise might have been.

Keunen’s replacement Seva Mozhaev performed admirably in the No. 1 ruck role, dominating at the stoppages with 57 hitouts.

Trent Manzone (25 disposals, eight 50s), Jay van Berlo (25 disposals, two goals), Aidan Lynch (27 disposals) and Michael Lourey (four goals) led for West Perth.

Subiaco’s Brett Robinson had a game to remember, taking a match-high 28 disposals and kicking three goals.

Former Warwick Senior High School student Shaquille Mackenzie performed well in his league debut for the Lions, kicking three goals.

West Perth faces East Fremantle away on Saturday.