New Heights for a New Lion
- Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Standing at 197 cm and 105 kgs, it’s not often Frank Stockley gets made to look small on the football field.
But on Good Friday Subiaco’s new recruit was forced to battle above his weight and height for four quarters against an East Perth trio of AFL experienced ruckmen.
Stockley served it up to the Royal ruck combination of Paul Johnson ,Callum Sinclair and Scott Lycett in a gutsy effort that saw him awarded the Andrew Christie Cup as the Lion that best showcased the characteristics of the ANZACS.
The 24-year-old’s name is now engraved alongside the likes of Chris Phelan, Mark Haynes and Brad Smith as a winner of the cup which is named after the club’s former captain and an original ANZAC.
“It's a big honor to take this one home, it’s held in such high regard by the boys and you can see why with some of these names that have won it, it’s humbling.” Stockley said.
Stockley shouldered the bulk of Subiaco’s ruck work and tallied 17 possessions and kicked a goal.
He said at no point was he intimidated by East Perth’s big men.
“They have some great players, especially the big blokes.”
“Guys like Sinclair, Johnson and Lycett, who I have a lot of respect for, they are AFL footballers.
“It was one of the best challenges so far in my career and I’m pretty happy with how the boys all lifted.” He said.
Stockley made his WAFL debut in 2010 and managed 26 games for West Perth before deciding it was time for a change.
“I’m loving it here, the professionalism and culture really stands out which is making it so easy to settle in.
“Schoey and the leadership group have helped me settle in and im really grateful for the opportunity that they've given me plus the boys have welcomed me with both arms.” Stockley said.