- Sunday, 14 September 2014
The Subiaco Lions have powered into the 2014 WAFL grand final with a nail biting five-point win over East Fremantle at Medibank Stadium.
The Lions were without the services of captain Kyal Horsley, Matt Boland and George Hampson who were late withdrawals but managed to beat the in-accurate Sharks 10.3 (73) to 7.26 (68)
Wayde Twomey continues to show up big in finals amassing 36 touches and generating multiple counter-attacks from half-back.
Chris Phelan was the Lions most prolific midfielder with 27 touches whilst Lachlan Delahunty, Brett Mahoney and Justin Joyce were busy with 20 touches each.
Darren Rumble was also dominant as the Lions stand-alone full-back with the veteran now looking forward to his sixth WAFL Grand Final appearance.
“It’s a fantastic feeling; it’s great to be in this situation. We knew we could get to this level if we put our minds to it but now we have to reset ourselves and go again.” Said Rumble
Rumble has been a core part of Subiaco’s most successful period as a club, and although he admits the Lions have an inexperienced side; anything can happen on game-day.
"We probably had older groups in the previous grand final sides I’ve played in that were more experienced. This one’s a lot younger and similar to the grand final side in 2011 but you never know how the results will pan out till you get there. We’ve stood up so far this year so hopefully we can do one more.”
Amidst his 12th season for the Lions, Rumble was happy with the amount of pressure put on the Sharks in the preliminary final win.
“I think our pressure was really good today. They got a lot of ball through the corridor and they ran it well to get us a few times going forward but we held strong as a unit and the back six were really good. The midfield were great as well, the forward progressions were working and it was a big team effort.” Said Rumble
Head coach Jarrad Schofield was adamant about treating grand-final week with respect post-game as the Lions look towards East Perth in their 24th WAFL grand-final appearance.
“We need to rest up, get the bodies right and do everything to be in the best position to win next week. Anything can happen on grand final day so hopefully we can play our football and get the result.” Added Rumble
The Lions belt the song out after securing their 24th grand final appearance Photo: Michael Flood
Details for the 2014 WAFL Grand Final function will be released Monday.
BIG BODIES COMBINE:
Subiaco had the luxury of playing Frank Stockley and Andrew Mcdougall together for only the fourth time this season and the big duo got the job done over East Fremantle. Mcdougall was pivotal early to kick two goals whilst Stockley lifted his tap and track game in the centre. Mcdougall finished with 18 touches and 2 goals whist Stockley lead hit-outs with 22 and gathered 12 possessions.
ROCK AND RUMBLE
Darren Rumble stood up and took the role of captain against East Fremantle after Kyal Horsley was ruled out late. Rumble led by example against the Sharks providing a blanket down back for the Lions. Rumble had six effective spoils in the first quarter alone to compound pressure on the misfiring visitors.
“The first quarter might have cooked me I think. Personally i'm feeling pretty good and the way I’m going at the moment I could look at going again in 2015. But we’ll see what happens, I’m focused on next week and getting the job done.” Darren Rumble
A TALE OF TWO SCHOFIELDS:
East Fremantle midfielder Jayden Schofield was brilliant for East Fremantle to gather 22 touches along with the first and last goals for the Sharks. Jayden did his best job to de-rail Subiaco head coach Jarrad Schofields first finals win but the Lions powered through the second half to claim their 15th finals win in just ten years. Subiaco now look towards East Perth next week in an attempt to claim the clubs 12th flag.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
Wayde Twomey claims this week’s QBE Man Of The Match after a barnstorming 36-possession game.The Lions halfback was all class in the five-point win. Congratulations to Phillip Bonser for correctly guessing the winner. The Subiaco Football Club will be in contact shortly
SUBIACO 3.2 7.5 8.8 10.13 (73)
EAST PERTH 1.8 2.15 6.22 7.26 (68)
Goals; 4 S.Yarran, 2 A.Mcdougall, K.Halligan, C.Deluca
Best; W. Twomey, B.Stevenson, J.Bristow S.Yarran & D.Rumble
Injuries: C. Deluca (leg)
Reports; S. Hildebrant (front on contact)