You might be forgiven for thinking Subiaco captain Kyal Horsley did everything right in the WAFL grand final.
His team won, he won the Simpson Medal – he even kicked two spectacular goals and the showy stuff isn’t normally his go. Then he delivered an excellent post match acceptance speech that showed respect for his opponents.
In the final minutes of the game I found myself among the Auskickers in Lions jumpers who were to present the premiership medals. Their organiser got them to listen for a moment: “Remember two things when your player bends down to get his medal,” he said to the quietened crew, “say congratulations and shake his hand.”
Later I was near the celebrating Subiaco players and a someone, probably the team manager, had some words for them: “There are two things to remember,” he said, “put the cap on the kid’s head and hand over the ball. Remember – the hat and the ball.”
Everything went pretty much to plan, however one player forgot to hand over his cap. Horsley realised his mistake while he stood on the podium waiting for the presentation to coach Jarrad Schofield. He found the girl wearing number one, handed over the cap and was back to being just about prefect again.