SFC 2016: TOP 10 (SO FAR)
- Friday, 15 July 2016
Where has the season gone? It's already Round 17 and WAFL Finals are just around the corner
We decided the Round 17 bye week is the perfect opportunity to look back on the moments and highlights that have defined the Lions in 2016.
1. COCKIE & BROUGHTON RETURN TO SUBI
Subiaco lost a wealth of players in the 2015 off-season due to retirements and the AFL Draft. The club were lucky enough to get back two of their favourite sons in Adam Cockie and Greg Broughton who both decided to return West. The added experience has undoubtedly kept Subiaco formidable in 2016. Cockie has played 14 games averaging 18 disposals a game and Broughton’s played 11 games averaging 19 touches a game.
2. SHEPHEARD SIGNS WITH SUBI
The Lions were left searching after Essendon swooped on their key-forward Sam Grimley a week before the season. The Dons late recruiting forced Subi to search elsewhere and they found Hamish Shepheard. Shepheard played for Augusta-Margaret River in 2015 and indicated a desire to return to the WAFL. Shepheard snubbed West Perth and Peel to join Subiaco; the club his uncle won a premiership with in the 70’s. Since then Shepheard has become one of the most dominant forwards in the competition and currently leads the Bernie Naylor Medal with 35 goals from 15 games.
3. SUBI SINK STRONG PEEL
The AFL season starts a week later than the WAFL Season so when Subiaco drew Fremantle affiliate Peel in the first Round it was always going to be a battle. The Thunder fielded 19 Fremantle players and looked too strong for the reigning premiers early. Despite trailing for three quarters the Lions fought back into the game and claimed an important eight point win at Bendigo Bank Stadium. Six goals from Kyle Halligan helped the Lions over the line.
4. CLANCY PLAYS 100 vs WEST PERTH
Two time premiership player and fan favourite Clancy Wheeler lined up for his 100th game against West Perth in Round Three at HBF Arena. Wheeler was a crucial part of the Lions 2014-15 successes and the club celebrated his contributions with a massive win over the Falcons. The kid from Newtown-Condignup was originally going to play cricket but was convinced to play for Subi in 2011. Since then he has accrued over 1600 disposals, 430 marks and 744 hit-outs.
5. SOKOL KICKS SEVEN
Ben Sokol found a new home in 2016 after moving to Subiaco from his original club South Fremantle. Sokol was disappointed with the lack of opportunity at the Bulldogs and found himself starting shifting to Subi for a chance to play league football. Sokol fought his way into the side and when South Fremantle popped up in Round Seven; the reunion couldn't have gone better. The young forward rose to the occasion and kicked seven goals in a breakout performance. Sokol has kicked 22 goals on the season.
6. LIAM RYAN EMERGES
Subi won another recruiting battle in the off-season when they were able to secure the services of GNFL prospect Liam Ryan. Word had spread of Ryan’s giant leap and ability around goals and he was considered a hot WAFL prospect. Both East Perth and Subiaco approached Ryan by the small forward chose to be a Lion after a tour of the facilities. The mercurial forward was injured in pre-season and missed a month or so but made a resounding impact after debut. Ryan has kicked 21 goals from nine games including a handful of incredible marks.
7. EAST FREO REDEMPTION
The Lions looked unstoppable in the first Seven rounds of the season but that all came to a grinding halt against East Fremantle in Round 8. The Sharks jumped Subiaco at Medibank Stadium by 80 points to shake the Lions confidence. When the two sides’ met again in Round 13 the reigning premiers had a point to prove. Adam Cockie and Hamish Shepheard kicked three goals and Chris Phelan gathered 31 disposals in a 78-point redemption.
8. KITCHIN/HEAL REPRESENT WA
Subiaco vice-captain and young defender Aaron Heal rose to the challenge and represented West Australia against Tasmania in the Carlton Draught State Game. Kitchin was instrumental in a midfield alongside Clinton Jones, Jye Bolton and Shane Nelson whilst Heal helped WA keep TAS to 4.6 30 in a massive 134-point victory.
9. THE REUNIONS
The 1986 and 2006 Premiership sides gathered for their reunions in Round 14 against Claremont. Past stars of the club such as Neil Taylor, Todd Breman, Ian Dargie, Matt Priddis, Marc Webb and Chad Cossom visited Medibank Stadium to commemorate their successes as players. Attendees were treated to the quick-witted Tim Gossage and a comprehensive 26 point win.
10. LADIES DAY
The Subiaco Football Club hosted their second ever “Ladies Day” and were ecstatic to have a full house in the Lions Members Bar. The Coastal Titans and WAWFL were also involved as the impact of women on the game continues to increase. Titans coach and Reserves Assistant Martine Pearman and WAWFL President Carolyn Hills were noted speakers on the day.