Subi stun in 12th Premiership
- Sunday, 21 September 2014
The Subiaco Lions have achieved their 12th club premiership with a 16 point victory over East Perth at Paterson’s Stadium.
The Lions proved to be the more decisive side with the 9.12 66 to 11.16 82 win leaving the East Perth Royals with two consecutive grand final losses.
The veterans of Subiaco stood out in the encounter and perhaps learnt their lessons from the 2011 grand final white wash at the hands of Claremont.
Midfielders Chris Phelan (25 disposals & two goals), Jason Bristow (23 disposals and a goal) and Captain Kyal Horsley (26 disposals and a goal) were all incredible on the biggest day of the year for Subiaco.
The return of enigmatic forward George Hampson also proved to be pivotal with the crafty goal-sneak booting three and setting up numerous other scoring chances on a wet and slippery Paterson Stadium.
18 year old Josh Deluca celebrates a goal after an outstanding first quarter Photo: Michael Flood
This time last year Subiaco were on an early holiday after finishing eighth on the WAFL ladder only winning six games on the season. With a bucketload of emerging talent and the fantastic work of Luke Sanders and the football operations department Subiaco were able to go from second last to premiers in 12 months.
The perfect word to describe Subiaco’s defence against the Royals would be dominant. The Lions back six were incredible all day and managed ten defensive turn-overs from contested entries. Rumble becomes the third player in WAFL history to win five WAFL flags and Wayde Twomey oozed class in his second WAFL premiership off half-back. Scott Worthington and Brad Stevenson were both brilliant in the air whilst Daniel Leishman proved himself as an elite WAFL defender with a cool head and accurate foot.
OLD FACES, NEW PLACES:
There unfortunately has to be a loser on Grand Final day and the Royals had to endure the heart-break of a consecutive loss. East Perth had two ex-Subiaco players with Dominic Sheed and Callum Sinclair representing the Royals after being re-allocated under the AFL’s new affiliation last year. Sinclair did the Lions a couple of favours early missing two shots on goal whilst Sheed was quiet after receiving a fair amount of attention on the wings.
EAST PERTH 2.2 4.5 6.8 7.16 (58)
SUBIACO 1.7 4.9 10.12 11.16 (90)
Goals; 3 G.Hampson, 2 C.Deluca, C.Phelan, 1 J.Bristow, R.Waters, K.Horsley, J.Deluca
Best; J.Bristow, K.Horsley, C.Phelan, G.Hampson
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