Top 10 of 2014
- Tuesday, 07 October 2014
We've had a glorious year at Subiaco and there's no better time to reflect than after a premiership.
The 2014 WAFL premiership season delivered a roller-coaster ride for the Lions who rose to second on the ladder after being ruled out of finals contention by most media pundits before the season started.
With a chip on their shoulder the Lions stormed into the grand final to record an incredible 16 point victory over East Perth.
There were hundreds of moments to pick from, but here's our top 10 of the 2014 season.
1. QBE CONNECTION
Subiaco and QBE celebrated their 30-year partnership with a Round 17 spectacle against the Demons. The Lions donned a special guernsey incorporating the 1984 design on a glorious day for Subiaco. The Lions recorded a 73-point demolition of Perth to make sure the milestone was celebrated with a bang.
2. KALGOORLIE CLASH
The Lions were establishing themselves as a finals threat mid-season but faced a critical clash against Perth in Kalgoorlie. Subi wanted to put a show on in their hometown zone and they didn’t fail to deliver. Hometown hero Kyal Horsley turned it up with 29 touches, six tackles and six inside 50’s. The Lions ran out 32-point winners in the Country Sports Enrichment Scheme game to solidify themselves in the top four.
3. OH, BROTHER
Jarrad Schofield made a surprise selection when 17-year-old Joshua Deluca was selected in the league side for round one against South Fremantle. It was the first time that brothers Joshua and Chris had played together at Subiaco and their chemistry was instantly visible. The Deluca’s combined brilliantly in the clash and would grow into one of the most dangerous forward duos in the game. Both became WAFL premiership players in 2014.
4. FROM THE LIPS OF LANGER
Before the season Subiaco’s number one ticket holder and former Australian cricketing legend Justin Langer was a keen spectator at the Lions training camp. The current Western Australia coach shared a wealth of experience with the playing group pre-season and urged the players to take the time to enjoy their achievements. It’s fair to say there will be a grin on a few Lions this off-season with Langer's words hitting home.
5. GOOD FRIDAY SHOWDOWN
Good Friday Football set up another blockbuster clash with the two in-form teams battling it out at the top of the ladder. East Perth had fallen to West Perth the previous round and were desperate to close on the un-beaten Lions and challenge for top spot. Subiaco started fast but found themselves 15 points behind at the three quarter break. An inspired last quarter lifted the Lions above the highly favoured East Perth sending an emphatic message to the WAFL.
6. 2004 PREMIERSHIP REUNION
Subiaco celebrated the dawn of their most successful period as the 2004 champions returned to Leederville Oval for Round 23. The likes of Brad Smith, Ali Pickett, Marc Webb, David Mundy and Peter German were present as the Lions eclipsed East Fremantle by 26 points. 2004 was a special year for Subiaco; breaking a 16-year premiership drought and ushering in a new era of Lions football.
7. RUMBLE ROLLS ON
There aren’t many that have achieved what Darren Rumble has in Western Australian football. In 2014 Rumble eclipsed 200 games and lead a brave Lions defence to his fifth premiership. The Lions great has been at the heart of Subiaco’s success in the last decade and was honoured by the WAFL by joining the 200 club alongside Ian Dargie.
8. MAGIC MICK
Long serving club volunteer Michael Bailey was un-characteristically missing from the sidelines for the first four rounds. Bailey suffered torn ligaments in his shoulder from an incident that left him home stricken for a month. Trailing by three goals in the third quarter time huddle coach Schofield made mention of the club favourite stating “We need to show Magic (Michael Bailey) the kind of football he’s been missing.” Subi burst out of the blocks to record a famous victory against East Perth, which duly celebrated by Magic with the singing of “Glory,Glory Subiaco.”
9. HORSLEY RETURNS
There was a buzz at Subiaco at the return of club favourite Kyal Horsley in 2014. The Lions premiership player had been providing his services at AFL youngling Gold Coast before an untimely ACL injury ended his brief AFL career. Horsley worked hard over the off-season to be in prime condition before returning in Round Four against Peel. Our captain had a dream start to his WAFL return kicking the first goal in a 17-point win over the Thunder. Horsley would go on to win his second Outridge medal and poll third in the Sandover.
10. PREMIERSHIP #12
Subiaco entered it’s sixth grand final in ten years as overwhelming under-dogs against a East Perth team stacked with talent from their West Coast Eagles affiliate. The Lions reigned supreme on a wet and muddy Patersons Stadium deck to claim the club’s 12th flag. Jason Bristow was named the Simpson medallist for best on ground after gathering 23 touches and kicking a crucial goal.
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