Lions Legends: Ben Keevers
- Friday, 22 May 2015
As we move a decade beyond the Glory Years we figure it’s the perfect time to look back on the legends of yesterday.
Ben Keevers was a hard working defender who contributed to three Subiaco premierships during the Glory Years.
Keevers was known for his gut-running and un-relenting work ethic during his 163 game career which concluded at the 2011 preliminary final against South Fremantle.
Keevers and the Subiaco Lions achieved the most successful period in the club’s history from 2004-2009 and the veteran did it along his best mates.
The pacey defender played junior football with Sorrento Duncraig and grew up with Glory Year figureheads Aidan Parker and Chad Cossom.
"'Shuff' (Aidan Parker) and I have been mates since we were about 13 and getting lifts to training together, I played colts with Coss (Chad Cossom) and to go the whole journey with guys like that and achieve these milestones makes it all the more special," Keevers said.
Ben Keevers struggled with injury and consistency towards the end of his career but hit a rich vein of form in 2009. It resulted in the Lions pocket rocket playing in his fourth WAFL Grand Final and achieving his second West Australian selection.
Subiaco entered a post Glory-Year development phase with the arrival of Chris Waterman in 2010 and Keevers worked hard at mentoring the younger players coming into the side.
After missing the first half of the 2011 season and mounting work commitments Keevers decided to hang up the boots and leave his legacy with the club.
Keevers is now a gun real-estate agent for Peard specialising in the northern coastal suburbs of Perth.
KEEVERS CAREER FACTS
* Kicked three goals in the 2006 Grand Final win
* Represented Western Australia twice in 2006 and 2009
* Came third in Subiaco’s Outridge Medal 2009
* Played in 10 finals and six Grand Finals
"Peter German was the best thing to happen to the footy club at the time. Kevan Sparks did a great job, but what Peter brought was a real sense of commitment, discipline and of being there as one team," Keevers said.
"We were all built around the same values and the main thing was that he made a few hard decisions with certain players and people around the place, and then he had a group that we built on.
"The fact was that it was hard work and discipline that got us there because we always had the talent. He brought that little bit of a hard edge and shaped us to become a tougher and harder team so we could overcome the bogeys of missing out in the finals."
-Ben Keevers on the Glory Years
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