Farewell, Greg Broughton
Thursday, 09 February 2017
Subiaco say farewell to three-time premiership player Greg Broughton who has retired from WAFL football.
Broughton returned to the Lions after an extended stint in the AFL for Fremantle and Gold Coast and was a highlight in the backline for Subi in 2016.
The Kingsley JFC product finished with 94 league games for Subiaco, one state game and 109 AFL games. Broughton also won the Outridge Medal for Subiaco’s best and fairest in 2008.
Former team-mate and coach Todd Holmes spoke highly of the athletic defender and praised him for his character and ability.
“The first time I came across Greg he was playing colts in about 2004-2005. We were watching the colts and GB literally sat on someone’s head in the goal-square. It was an amazing hang.” Said Holmes
After a strong colts career Broughton was an immediate elevation into one of the strongest league sides’ in Subiaco history.
“He was always a pretty quiet player so when he came into the league side in 2006 he went about his business. He would have been one of the youngest players during the Glory Years and he was a hardworking, un-assuming character,
"The boys were a little upset that the AFL system were constantly over-looking him. It took his third WAFL flag and a Subiaco fairest and best to get a chance and we weren’t really sure why,
"He was one of the most naturally gifted footballers I have come across, he always read the ball with precision and rarely lost a one on one,
“When he finally got his chance in the Rookie draft we were all relieved. It was no surprise that his competitiveness worked at the AFL level. He was also one of the greatest marks I’ve ever seen.” Added Holmes
Greg Broughton takes a signature hang at Leederville Oval in 2006
Holmes went on to detail that one of his favourite football memories with GB actually took place in another country; but in stereotypical Broughton fashion it involved a bit of air.
“One of my best memories of GB during the playing days came when we were on a trip to South Africa. We were on a footy trip so we had drunk accordingly the night before and had a scratch match against some locals the next day,
“Despite being worse for wear, Greg took one of the biggest hangs I’ve ever seen. Although that’s not really an on field story, it’s still un-believable.” Said Holmes
Broughton’s return to Subi in 2016 was met with delight from the Lions faithful. One of their favourite sons had returned during a dominant period and it appears everyone grew from the experience.
“When Greggy came back to Subi in 2016 there was a lot of adjusting to do. He still wanted to prove he could play at a high level but simultaneously had to re-adjust to regular life, working by the day and training by the night.”
“Although it was a big transition he went about it in the right way and learnt a lot about himself in the process.” Said Holmes
Broughton is expected to play with his brother Chad for Toodyay in the upcoming season, another tick off the football bucket list.
Thanks for the memories Greg Broughton, you were one of the finest the maroon & gold has seen.