SFC 2016: WAFL GF 132

Subiaco have fallen gallantly to Peel 8.8 (56) to 11.13 (79) in WAFL Grand Final 132 at Domain Stadium.

Five goals from ex-Subi star Shane Yarran helped Peel over the line as Subi fell 23 points short of a three-peat. 
A slow start had Subi chasing the entire game but the fight and spirit never dwindled from the Maroons. The Lions pulled within 11 points in the third quarter before a Fremantle bolstered Thunder side pulled away the club’s first Grand Final win.

The efforts of captain Kyal Horsley were tremendous. The skipper was an inspiration with 39 touches, seven tackles, six inside 50’s and two goals but was understandably disappointed in the result.

“To our fans, club and board. We’re gutted, it’s obviously a super disappointing result. But we love you guys and the support you give us. We’ll be back next year.” - SFC captain Kyal Horsley

Subiaco’s forward line had a hard day against Peel who restricted the quality of entries. Liam Ryan and Brad Stevenson had singles for the Lions and leading goal-kicker Hamish Shepheard was well held by Alex Silvagni.

Midfielder Adam Cockie produced a brave performance despite carrying an injury from the first quarter. Cockie gathered 25 touches and five inside 50’s and Chris Phelan gathered 21 touches and six inside 50’s.

Greg Broughton did a fantastic job opposed to Tendai Mzungu and gathered 26 touches, eight tackles and five inside 50’s. Fellow veteran Wayde Twomey also had a good outing with 16 touches and a crafty goal in the third.
Lachlan Delahunty and Clancy Wheeler were shifted through the ruck and were both influential despite giving up the hit-out count 31-90 to Zac Clarke and Jon Griffin. Delahunty also finished with 26 touches and six marks whilst Wheeler collected 15 disposals and a goal. Subiaco were evenly poised in the clearance game all day.
Subiaco’s young defence were under considerable pressure from the get-go but showed true grit. Declan Jackson held Dockers youngster Michael Apeness to a single goal and Chris Bryan displayed several moments of pure speed.

Aaron Heal had a hard day opposed to ex-Subi premiership player Shane Yarran but managed to get on top once the quality of forward entries cooled down from the Thunder. Yarran was unfortunately concussed in a contest against Jackson early in the fourth quarter.
Kyal Horsley produced an incredible perfomance in defeat. 
Peel started the game on fire and recorded six repeat entries against the Lions. The Thunder could only convert points though and Subi managed to burn them on a fast break. The ball got over the back to Brad Stevenson and he converted the first goal of WAFL Grand Final 132. The goal against the flow didn’t stop the Thunder however as they started to convert their dominance into points. Tendai Mzungu broke free and slotted a big goal from beyond 50. Then the Thunder found ex-Subi man Shane Yarran out the back for a break-away goal. Peel’s Michael Apeness reeled in a lofty bomb and slotted the set shot. When Shane Yarran converted his second from a set shot the warning signals were going off for Subi. Peel by 24 at quarter time. 
The Lions needed to generate momentum and got the perfect answer with a big Clancy Wheeler goal. Unfortunately for Subiaco the sharpshooting Shane Yarran had a quick response for his third. The game hit a physical passage where goals were hard to come by. Young defender Chris Bryan impressed with his speed and burn and the Lions looked to be turning the game around. Peel got the next goal through captain Gerald Ugle but Subi responded through their own live wire Liam Ryan. Kyal Horsley got a massive goal and when Wayde Twomey struck the Lions looked bound for a comeback. The gap was 15 at half-time 
Subi had been the best third-quarter team in the competition in 2016 but felt themselves under the pressure of the Thunder immediately. Peel recored the first five scores of the quarter but only managed 1.4. The Lions got a boost moments later when Twomey lazered a handball to Daniel Leishman who fed Brett Robinson into space. Robinson composed himself and slotted an important goal for Subi. Subiaco started to get repeat entries and a massive second goal from Kyal Horsley had the reigning premiers rolling. As on cue; Shane Yarran popped up again to kick a crucial late goal. Tempers flared at three quarter time as the Thunder led by 16.

In the last quarter the free ball movement completely slowed down. Both sides found it hard to work in their forward line but the Thunder managed to get there first. Ugle caught Leishman and kicked the resulting free kick. Man of the moment Shane Yarran was knocked unconscious from a big incidental hit with Declan Jackson moments later. The game parried on to a sluggish, defensive path until Ed Langdon iced the game with a miracle snap. Chris Phelan added a last hooray but it was all too late.

The season found a disappointing end but the fight and spirit of the Subiaco Lions was evident until the final siren. Despite the result in WAFL GF 132 the efforts of the Lions in 2016 is admirable.
Freo youngster Ed Langdon hit a very good snap late in the fourth quarter. The Lions were within reach until Langdon hit home. 
You can’t ask anymore from your captain than Lions skipper Kyal Horsley produced. The ferocity and desire of Horsley around the contest almost lifted Subi above the Thunder. 39 disposals, seven tackles, six inside 50’s and two goals don’t even translate how much of an impact the Horse had for Subiaco in WAFL Grand Final 132. 
Whether you’re superstitious or not; a Subiaco coach has never won three consecutive premierships. Jarrad Schofield was looking to become the first but found himself four-goals short of the Thunder. Peter German only won two straight in the Glory Years. Scott Watters only won two straight in the Glory Years. 
Even though the loss looks like a disappointing result for Subiaco, the character of a young, gritty team was forced into the limelight. Simon Moore, Declan Jackson, Chris Bryan, Hamish Shepheard and Liam Ryan all played in their first WAFL Grand Finals and will better from the experience. Subiaco’s best 22 went up against a 17/22 that make a profession from playing football and the Lions all but matched them on the biggest stage in WA Football. Three-peat or not, this season has been a successful and memorable. 
SUBIACO                                      1.0        5.3        7.7         8.8         (56)
PEEL                                             4.6        7.6       9.11      11.13       (79)
Goals; 2 K.Horsley, 1 L.Ryan, B.Stevenson, C.Wheeler, W.Twomey, B.Robinson, C.Phelan
Best; K.Horsley, D.Jackson, A.Cockie, L.Delahunty, W.Twomey

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