When Ben Sokol moved to Subiaco he had only managed 11 league games and was consistently snubbed by the selection panel at South Fremantle
A search for greener pastures led Sokol to Subi and the forward got the sweetest revenge against his old side with a career best performance against the Bulldogs.
Sokol kicked 7.2 in a blistering game with the strong-marking forward finding great positions over his ex-teammates. The 20-year-old’s accuracy proved the difference between the two teams helping the Lions stay undefeated.
“It was a great game by the boys against Souths’. Personally; It was good to find some consistency, it’s been a bit up and down this year so it was nice to put in a four quarter effort and do my part to help get the win." said Sokol
The win helped Subi to the top of the table and Sokol believes the mentality at the Subiaco Football Club is what sets them apart from the rest of the competition.
“I’ve found there’s a big difference in the mentality of the football club. There’s a clear direction in how everyone goes about their business. It’s been great to be backed and given a chance by Subi and it’s helped with my confidence as a forward.” said Sokol
A couple of team-mates have also helped the young forwards’ confidence with veteran big man Hamish Shepheard and live-wires Shaquille Mckenzie/Kyle Halligan often providing reinforcements.
“It’s great having those guys around you, they offer a lot of support on and off the field. Hamish Shepheard always keeps the talk up and he’s been a great leader for the forwards this year,
“You know when the ball comes in you’ve got Shep over the top and guys like Shaquille Mckenzie and Kyle Halligan around the drop so it adds a lot of confidence.” added Sokol
Sokol currently sits fifth in the WAFL goal-kicking with 14 from six games and his hot start to the season has been a pleasant surprise; even to him.
“If you had asked me at the start of the season I would have just been happy to be playing and contributing so the results on-field have been a pleasant surprise.
It’s a bonus playing decent footy and getting a gig every week but it’s also nice to see the hard work is starting to pay off.” said Sokol
The football season is a long one and Sokol has humble goals for 2016 with Subiaco.
“I’m hoping to play every game for the Lions this year and to keep producing consistent performances. I’d like to add one or two goals a game and keep providing the team things to help us get wins.
“The obvious team goal would be to win another flag for the club and it would be a fairytale for me to be a part of that.” added Sokol