Back To Back
- Tuesday, 20 January 2015
The Subiaco Lions and captain Kyal Horsley have a rare opportunity emerging in 2015 with the chance to win back-to-back premierships.
It would be the fourth time in club history and the first time since Marc Webb led the Lions to the three-peat from 2006 to 2008.
Only two WAFL clubs have managed the feat since expanding to a nine-team format with Claremont joining Subi after their 2011 and 2012 break through's
There are a lot of common denominators present in the sides that went back-to-back for the Lions in the Glory Years and they will need to replicate parts of the winning formula to achieve one of football’s hardest tasks.
BACK TO BACK 2015
COLD BLOODED GOAL KICKERS
Subiaco had calm and collected goal-kickers in the years they managed win consecutive premierships.
The Lions enjoyed the services of club great Brad Smith for two of the Grand Finals between 2006 and 2008 kicking 236 goals. Smith was one of the most accurate and dominant forwards the club has ever had and the assistance of the little master Alistair Pickett made the Lions attack incredibly efficient.
Although the modern game seems to be drifting from the reliance of power forwards; Subiaco’s Matt Boland (53 goals) proved last year how crucial a reliable kick is. With energetic forwards Chris Deluca, Shane Yarran and Rhys Waters offering a supporting cast for the Victorian sharpshooter the Lions should be hard to stop on the attack in 2015.
An experienced captain is important in leading a side through the expectations and standards required to win consecutive premierships.
The Lions had a fantastic leadership group during their glory years and the consistency of Marc Webb set the standard for the rest of the side. Webb was a smart footballer who knew when to control the ball and when to go for the throat. His ability to inspire the playing group often came from on-field actions with the 195 game player refusing to step down from a challenge.
The captaincy for the Lions in 2015 is in very capable hands. After returning from the Gold Coast Suns, Kyal Horsley hit the ground running to establish himself as an elite WAFL midfielder again last year. Horsley finished 3rd in the Sandover Medal despite missing five games and unified a talented group of footballers on the way to an un-predicted premiership.
Another key factor is extracting the best out of the up and coming youngsters on the playing list.
Subiaco elevated the likes of Matthew Priddis, Daniel Rich, Greg Broughton and Darren Rumble into key roles during the premiership years of 2006-2008, asking the talented youngsters to achieve their potential. With a solid infrastructure around them the young players flourished and provided important performances to create a well-balanced team.
An encouraging feature of Subiaco’s game last year was the rookie’s abilities to step into key roles. Charlie Le Fanu became a go-to half back for Jarrad Schofield and off-season acquisition Joel Latham showed he has what it takes to succeed at league level. Joshua Deluca’s went from a Colts midfielder to a key provider for the Lions forward line in a matter of months and ended up at the Fremantle Dockers with Pick #43.
With a host of Subi players leaving in the off-season expect Schofield to look towards the likes of Kyle Halligan, James Garcia, Declan Jackson, Hayden Kennedy, Sean Bradley and Joseph Scafidi to provide roles this year
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