WAFL GF 2016: HI/LO
- Tuesday, 27 September 2016
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.
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.
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.