Horsley Gives Short Corners The Flick
Kyal Horsley - A Late Bloomer In Footy Terms - Growing up in Kalgoorlie Kyal Horsley was your typical sport mad country boy. Kyal played all sports but excelled in hockey and cricket. At age 15 years Horsley was one of the youngest players to play A1 Grade hockey in the Goldfields for the Pegasus Hockey Club. Horsley represented the Goldfields at both junior and senior level in numerous country week carnivals. He also represented Western Australia twice, in the 15s and 16s State Hockey teams. Like many country boys he continued to play both hockey and football throughout the winter right up until the age of 19 in 2006. During his hockey days Kyal played in numerous premierships with Pegasus.
Horsley also played A Grade cricket with Great Boulder in the Goldfields at 16 years of age. He was part of their premiership team in 2006.
Horsley played junior football but was it wasn’t his highest priority at the time. He showed some talent as a junior and was part of the Goldfields development programs. However, he never played with Subiaco’s development squads or a WAFL Colts game. Horsley made his senior debut with Kalgoorlie City Football Club as a 16 year old.
Back in 2004 Football Manager at the time, Jeff Lind, recalls interviewing a 16 year old Horsley and asking if he was interested in trying his luck in with the Lions. Lind said “Kyal told me quite emphatically that he wanted to continue playing all sports with his mates in Kalgoorlie and he had a particular interest in hockey”. After that the Club maintained a watch on Horsley’s progress.
2006 was a big year for Horsley. He won the coveted Mitchell Medal, awarded to the fairest and best player in the Goldfields Football League. At the Mitchell Medal count night SFC Director Basil Fuller spoke to Horsley about his future and it was at this point that Horsley started to believe that he was probably good enough to have a crack at WAFL football.
In his first season with the Lions in 2007 he played 10 Reserves games 7 League games. He suffered the disappointment of missing selection in the 2007 League premiership team. Interestingly both Horsley and Blake Broadhurst missed selection that year and it was probably due to the availability AFL players Shane Parker and Mark Nicoski that they were left out. Both Kyal and Blake were however members of the victorious 2007 Reserves premiership team, a game that was won in extra time. This was the first time in the Club’s history that Subiaco had won the Reserves and League double.
From 2008 onwards Horsley has been a regular member of the league team and has hardly missed a game in the last four years. Horsley was a member of the 2008 premiership team under coach Scott Watters. Horsley has now played 90 league games for Subiaco.
His recent football accolades have included:
2008 - tied with Adam Cockie for SFC’s Rising Star Award
2008 - Football Budget Best First Year Player
2009 - 7th in SFC’s fairest and best
2010 - 5th in SFC’s fairest and best
2011 - Runner Up in Sandover Medal
2008 & 2010 - WA State team selection
Even after a successful season Horsley’s focus is firmly on contributing to the Lions assault on the 2011 premiership. Horsley said, “The entire group has gelled well together over the last 10 weeks and we are now close to playing our best football. Ensuring that we are all fit and know our role in the team is all we are concentrating on.”