WAFL GF 2016: HI/LO

 
 
Subiaco fell to Peel by 23-points in the 2016 WAFL Grand Final but displayed the character which has made them the best side for most of the decade.

Despite facing an extremely talented side and five goal lashing from past hero Shane Yarran the Lions never relinquished. We take a look at some of the pros and cons in WAFL GF 132.


THE HIGH 
 
Subiaco made their third consecutive Grand Final and 7th in the last decade. Although their hopes of recording an illusive three-peat fell short, the Lions have undoubtedly been the most dominant team in WAFL football over the last three years.

Five Subiaco players played in their first ever WAFL Grand Final. Declan Jackson, Chris Bryan, Simon Moore, Hamish Shepheard and Liam Ryan rounded out big years on the biggest stage.

Peel threatened to blow Subi out in the first and last quarters but the Lions never gave in. The pure heart and attack on the contest was admirable.

Kyal Horsley proved he can still match it at the AFL standard. Horsley gathered 39 disposals, seven tackles and two goals opposed to some of Fremantle’s most seasoned on-ballers.

15,000 showed up at Domain Stadium to watch the Subiaco v Peel Grand Final. Alignment or not, the future of the league relies on spectators and the increase in attendance this year was fantastic to see. 

Subi youngster Declan Jackson did an A-grade job on Fremantle’s next big thing Michael Apeness. Apeness had at least 10 centimetres on Jackson but the Collie kid hounded him all day and limited the “Ape” to a single goal.

Wayde Twomey produced moments of brilliance in his sixth WAFL Grand Final. Twomey was crafty on the ball and kicked a fantastic goal in the third.

Adam Cockie is a war-machine. Despite suffering a leg injury in the first quarter Cockie drove the Lions from the middle with 25 touches and five inside 50’s.
 
Subi got to finish their season with the strongest challenge available as Peel presented a side with 802 games of AFL experience. The Grand Final was a hard hitting contest and one of the best spectacles in recent years. 
 
 

 

THE LOW
 
Ex-Subi gun Shane Yarran played for Peel after being drafted to Fremantle last year and to the Lions dismay, Yarran torched them with the same skill that he was initially recruited for. Yarran had a paddock in the first half and was treated to class delivery from the Peel midfield.

A Subiaco coach is yet to win three consecutive flags despite coming close three times in the last decade. Jarrad Schofield joins Peter German and Scott Watters as two-time premiership coaches.

A jittery start left Subiaco behind. The Lions had displayed a trend of starting slow in the back half of the season and warning signs went off when Peel had repeat forward entries from the first bounce. Subiaco stemmed Peel’s momentum but heavy damage was done early.

Subiaco were on the raw end of another lopsided free-kick count. Although it didn’t determine the result, a 19-6 tally didn’t help the Lions cause in WAFL GF 132. Some of the inconsistencies with the holding-the-ball and deliberate rules will have undoubtedly made the fans blood boil. 
 
Leading goal-kicker Hamish Shepheard struggled to get into the game but it wasn’t due to lack of trying. The Thunder’s intense pressure forced a lot of rushed entries for the Lions and the likes of Sam Collins and Ethan Hughes had no hesitation in picking them off as the third man up. Some tight body work by Alex Silvagni also kept him under wraps but there’s no doubt Shepheard can learn from the experience and bounce back even stronger in 2017. 
 
 
 
 

 

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