With season 2016 coming to a close we decided to look back on some of our favourite moments.
Some dazzling individual performances, milestones and continued team success helped to make 2016 a memorable year for everyone involved.
Take a look at our TOP 10 in chronological order.
1. WHEELER 100
Two time premiership player and fan favourite Clancy Wheeler lined up for his 100th game against West Perth in Round Three at HBF Arena. Wheeler has been a crucial part of the Lions 2014-16 success and the club celebrated his contributions with a massive win over the Falcons. The kid from Newtown-Condignup was originally going to play cricket but was convinced to play for Subi in 2011. Since then he has accrued over 1700 disposals, 460 marks, 744 hit-outs and two premierships.
2. SUBI SURGE AHEAD
The Lions were hunting a lossless record heading into the first bye-week and they achieved that goal with a 39-point win over Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval in Round 5. Captain Kyal Horsley, Lachlan Delahunty and Clancy Wheeler helped the Lions to a big win after a slow start. The Swans led by two points at half time before reigning premiers Subi amounted a convincing 39-point win to remain unbeaten.
3. SOKOL KICKS SEVEN
Ben Sokol found a new home in 2016 after moving to Subiaco from his original club South Fremantle. Sokol was disappointed with the lack of opportunity at the Bulldogs and found himself shifting to Subi for a chance to play league football. Sokol fought his way into the side and when South Fremantle popped up in Round Seven; the reunion couldn't have gone any better. The young forward rose to the occasion and kicked seven goals against his old side in a breakout performance. Sokol finished with 22 goals on the season.
4. LIAM RYAN EMERGES
Subi won another recruiting battle in the off-season when they were able to secure the services of GNFL prospect Liam Ryan. Word had spread of Ryan’s giant leap and ability around goals and he was considered a hot WAFL prospect. Both East Perth and Subiaco approached Ryan but the small forward chose to be a Lion after meeting head coach Jarrad Schofield. The mercurial goal-kicker was injured in pre-season and missed a month or so but made a resounding impact after debut in Round 8 against the Sharks. Ryan finished with 40 goals from 16 games, 19 Sandover Medal Votes and is a good chance to win both AHG Mark Of The Year & REIWA Goal Of The Year.
5. KITCHIN-HEAL REP WA
Subiaco vice-captain and young defender Aaron Heal rose to the challenge and represented West Australia against Tasmania in the Carlton Draught State Game. Kitchin was instrumental in a midfield alongside Clinton Jones, Jye Bolton and Shane Nelson whilst Heal and the WA back-line kept TAS to 4.6 30 in a massive 134-point victory.
6. THE REUNIONS
The 1986 and 2006 Premiership sides gathered for their reunions in Round 14 against Claremont. Past stars of the club such as Neil Taylor, Todd Breman, Ian Dargie, Matt Priddis, Marc Webb and Chad Cossom visited Medibank Stadium to commemorate their successes as players. Attendees were treated to the quick-witted Tim Gossage and a comprehensive 26-point win by the Lions.
7. QBE DAY
The annual tradition of celebrating Subiaco’s principle sponsor QBE resulted in a nail-biting, top of the table clash. Subiaco kicked ahead of South Fremantle but the Bulldogs pulled within a goal in the last quarter. Some brilliant play from Chris Phelan and three goals from Liam Ryan lifted the Lions to a famous 11-point win at Medibank Stadium. It also produced this Ryan screamer.
8. DISTRICT DREAMING
Subiaco joined their District in Round 20 with West Perth visiting Kingsway Reserve. A bumper crowd of 5000+ showed up as the in-form Falcons set their sights on Subi. The Lions were a class above on the day winning every quarter on their way to a 52-point win. The event proved a massive success and the club was delighted to receive overwhelming support and assistance from the Kingsway Junior and Amateur Football Clubs.
9. SUBI SHINE AT SANDOVER
Midfielder Chris Phelan was a dark horse chance for the Sandover and polled 27 votes from 20 games. Livewire Liam Ryan was also in the votes with 19 from 14 games. Vice-captain Leigh Kitchin and key forward Hamish Shepheard had 17 and big ace Clancy Wheeler collected 15. Subiaco polled the most votes out of any club with 188 and continue to share the spoils at the Sandover Medal.
10. THE BIG DANCE
Subiaco battled to their 7th Grand Final in a decade and found a very worthy opponent in Peel. The Thunder had been bolstered with the use of 17 Fremantle players during the WAFL finals and the Mandurah based club presented the biggest challenge Subi have faced in years. The Lions battled hard in WAFL Grand Final 132 to pull within 10-points in the third quarter but couldn’t get over the line. The Lions fell to a 23-point defeat but the heart and character of the team reverberated amongst the WA Football community.