SUBIACO have won their 12th WAFL premiership.
The Lions went into the game as the outsiders against the West Coast Eagles alignment team East Perth. Rain fell all day and, after a tight first half, the Lions kicked six goals to two in the third quarter to establish a lead that proved too much.
The conditions suited Subiaco’s Jason Bristow, who won Simpson Medal, while fellow midfielders Kyal Horsley and Chris Phelan displayed class. Defenders Darrien Rumble, who has now played in five Subiaco premiership teams, Daniel Leishman and Scott Worthington were outstanding. George Hampson seemed to hurt his hamstring just before half time but somehow played on and finished with three goals, Frank Stockley played an important part in nullifying East Perth’s strong ruck division and Joel Latham kept Craig Wulff quiet.
Dean Cadwallader was the most dangerous and effective of the Royals and provided hope with a brilliant running goal in the last quarter. Defenders Kyle Anderson and Jacob Brennan did their jobs and Fraser McInnes kicked three goals.
The Lions were coached by Port Adeialde and Subiaco premiership player Jarrad Schofield.