The Moments So Far
- Thursday, 24 April 2014
Subiaco have gotten off to one of their best starts in recent years with five convincing wins on the trot.
The Lions sit on top of the ladder heading into the bye week after the new look side demolished sides across the WAFL including finals contenders East Fremantle, Claremont and East Perth.
This is the first time the Lions have won five games in a row since their surprising run at the grand-final in 2011 and the first time they've won their first five since the 2008 premiership season.
So to celebrate Subiaco's jaw dropping start to the 2014 season we have a look at the five biggest moments so far.
Jarrad Schofield surprised everyone by naming 17-year-old Joshua Deluca in the league side for Round One against South Fremantle. It set up the delectable situation where brothers Josh and Chris were on the football field together for the first time in their lives. It didn’t take them long to combine for a magical moment with older brother Chris setting up Josh’s first league goal in a crucial part of Subiaco’s 40 point victory.
The long awaited return of Subiaco star Kyal Horsley came in Round Four against Peel after the ex-Gold Coast Sun returned from a long term knee injury. Named captain in the pre-season, Horsley led by example by kicking the Lions first goal in the Peel clash to set the pace. The classy midfielder went on to gather 24 disposals in a successful return to the maroon and gold.
Claremont had won nine of the last ten encounters against Subiaco; but they weren’t prepared for the new look Lions to come out in Round Three like they did. Nor were they expecting young gun George Hampson to torch their defenders with 28 disposals and four goals in an unstoppable display. The 80-point destruction of Claremont may well mark the turning point between the two big cats.
Trailing by three goals against East Perth in the last quarter of a Good Friday blockbuster the Lions had all the work to do. Big man Frank Stockley took matters into his own hands finding the ball in the forward 50 and swinging home a momentum changing snap early in the last. The Lions went on to kick six unanswered goals, running out 24-point winners with Frank Stockley claiming the Andrew Christie ANZAC cup for best player.
Long serving club volunteer Michael Bailey was un-characteristically missing from the sidelines for the first four rounds of the WAFL season. Bailey suffered torn ligaments in his shoulder from an incident that left him home stricken for a month. Trailing by three goals in the three quarter time huddle against East Perth head coach Jarrad Schofield made mention of the club favourite stating, “we need to show Magic (Michael Bailey) the kind of football he’s been missing.” Subiaco burst out of the blocks to record a famous victory against East Perth, which was duly celebrated by Magic with the singing of “Glory, Glory Subiaco.”