Lions in the AFL
- Thursday, 24 April 2014
Subiaco currently has eight players plying their trade in the AFL; including two drafted last year..
There's always a sense of pride when an ex-Lion touches the football on the big stage, so here's an update on our Subi boys.
Priddis is one of the Subiaco Lions most decorated AFL representatives in the midst of a nine-year career with the West Coast Eagles. The ball-magnet worked his way into the team after winning the Sandover medal for best WAFL player in Subiaco’s 2006 Premiership year. The midfield master hasn’t looked back since, playing 156 games for the Eagles as a integral part of various midfield groups. Priddis has played every game so far in 2014 averaging 27 disposals for the seventh placed West Coast.
The West Coast Eagles selected Callum Sinclair as a mature age rookie in 2012 after a superb season for the Subiaco Lions. The 200 cm ruck-man moved over from Victoria to play for the Lions where he thrived as an athletic tall. Sinclair played the first three rounds for the Eagles in 2014, averaging 11 disposals and 12 hit-outs a game
Sheed was selected with pick 11 in the 2013 AFL Draft after bursting onto the scene as a national prospect. The silky midfield captained the West Australian side in the 18’s State Championships where he won the Larke medal for best player at the meet. Sheed has already had an impact for the Eagles in 2014 coming in as a sub in four games. Made noteable impacts in the last three rounds against Geelong, Port Adelaide and Carlton where he averaged 14.5 disposals and four tackles a game.
Wood is an exciting key-position prospect for the Dockers with great athleticism and scoring ability. Fremantle acquired Wood from Subiaco with pick 17 in the AFL Rookie Draft last year and are currently developing him into their system. The young goal-kicker has had a stagnant start to the year only managing three games for Dockers WAFL affiliate Peel due to injury.
Broughton found his way to the AFL in 2009 after the Fremantle Dockers drafted him as a mature age recruit from Subiaco. Broughton found his form in the back-line for the Dockers, finishing third in their best and fairest in 2011 before being traded to new franchise Gold Coast. The 28 year old has become a regular for the emerging AFL power-house averaging 19 disposals in 2014 off the back-line. Broughton also possesses the ability to go forward and take big marks which has been utilised by coach Guy McKenna in the last two rounds with Broughton kicking a goal in each victory.
White was selected in the rookie draft of 2010 by the Carlton Blues. The defender played in nine of the first 13 games in 2013 before fractured vertebrae in his back ruled him out for the rest of the season. White has returned for Carlton in 2014 to play four games out of the first six as a key defender. The 26 year old had his best game of the season in a thrilling three point win over West Coast in Round Six where he gathered 15 disposals and five marks.
Rich was one of the most coveted young players after starring in two WAFL premierships for Subiaco before being drafted to the Brisbane Lions with pick seven in the 2009 National Draft. The powerful midfielder is a formidable player with a ferocious attack on the ball and the ability break lines. Rich played 101 games for Brisbane in an injury-riddled career which was unfortunately added to in 2014 with the key midfielder suffering an ACL rupture in round three against Gold Coast. Rich has undergone surgery and is on the path to recovery for 2015.
Dennis-Lane was drafted with the 55th pick in the 2009 AFL draft by the Sydney Swans. Possesses freakish speed and great ability as a forward player where he’s kicked 36 goals in 28 AFL games. Was traded to the St Kilda Saints in 2012 where he played nine games in 2013. The goal-sneak hasn’t played yet in 2014 as he works his way back into form.