There was a time not that long ago when WA footy fans pitied Subiaco. Poor buggers could barely win a game let alone a premiership. Times have changed – the Lions have appeared in nine of the past 13 WAFL grand finals and won six premierships in that time. No one has Subiaco as their second team anymore, they’re about as cuddly as Hawthorn.
On a beautiful day in the biggest weekend of footy ever in WA just 13 094 turned up to watch Subiaco trade punches and then record an early knockout against a West Perth team that didn’t give up but just weren’t good enough.
The fact that Matthew Boland, who won the Simpson Medal, kicked seven goals and Shane Yarran got five was a major problem for the Falcons who managed just 10 for the game.
However there has more to it than dominant key forwards – Subiaco’s defenders were courageous, daring and tight with Scott Worthington and Jordan Lockyer outstanding and Darren Rumble, who has now played in an incredible six Subiaco premiership teams, again did his job. Sam Menegola was suberb in the midfield and will get another go at the AFL, Clancy Wheeler enjoyed his under-sized ruck role, Leigh Kitchen was at his best when the game was tight and captain Kyal Horsley used the ball expertly.
The Falcons battled the game out with Andrew Strijk using the ball well, Drew Rohdes doing some good things, Steven Potente displaying some class and Kris Shannon providing some exciting run.
That makes it two in a row for Subiaco but this was different – the Lions needed to replace eight of last year’s premiership team and that suggests Jarrad Schofield knows how to coach.
Subiaco 21.10 (136) West Perth 10.10 (70)