We take a look at Subiaco players from numbers 12-1 from the 2016 season.
Subiaco welcomed the return of two favourite sons with Adam Cockie #7 and Greg Broughton #8 coming back for the Lions. Captain Kyal Horsley played in his 8th WAFL season and Wayde Twomey crossed 150 WAFL games.
12. GREG CLARK
2015 WA 18’s captain Greg Clark showed a lot of progress in 2016 and demonstrated he could compete at league level with 13 games. Injury de-railed Clark’s momentum in Round 12 but he made a return for Schofield in Round 18 and 22. Clark has elite athleticism and could be a breakout player in 2017.
11. BRETT ROBINSON
The little speedster proved age is no limit after playing his wing role to the letter in 2016. The fan favourite used his speed and smarts over 17 games including the Semi Final and Grand Final. Robinson accumulated 331 disposals, 74 marks and 15 goals in one of his best campaigns as a WAFL footballer.
10. KYLE HALLIGAN
It was a very bittersweet year for 2015 premiership forward Kyle Halligan. The young goal-shark started on fire with a six-goal performance at Peel and looked ready to take his game to the next level. Unfortunately a leg injury against West Perth would sideline Halligan for the remaining season. Halligan is an important player for the Lions and Jarrad Schofield will be eagerly anticipating his return in 2017.
9. WAYDE TWOMEY
Lions veteran Wayde Twomey played his 8th season of WAFL football and transcended the 150 WAFL game barrier against South Fremantle in the Semi Final. Twomey’s role varied in 2016 and he was often used as a half forward. The 30 year old displayed his usual clever disposal and courageous play in another big season.
8. GREG BROUGHTON
Broughton returned to the Lions from the Gold Coast Suns and had a massive impact after over-coming a pre-season shoulder injury in Round 5. Broughton finished with 18 games, 367 disposals and 68 tackles in his 2016 season and was a big player in the Semi Final and Grand Final. Broughton was a fantastic re-addition to the maroon and gold.
7. ADAM COCKIE
Another old face returned in Adam Cockie who moved home after several years playing for Sandringham in the VFL. Cockie’s physical presence and driving work on the inside added to Subiaco’s grunt and character. The ex-West Coast Eagle gathered 381 disposals, 111 tackles and 13 goals from 20 games. He also finished 10th in the Outridge Medal count with 448 votes.
6. SIMON MOORE
Simon Moore was finally able to string some consistency together playing 16 games of league football in 2016. Moore became a solid option as a small forward in the back half of the season and managed to kick handy goals in big games. His four-goal performance against East Perth in Round 11 was a highlight.
5. LEIGH KITCHIN
The vice-captain was a pillar of consistency in 2016 playing 21 games to collect 488 disposals. Kitchin also represented West Australia for the second time and finished 4th in the Outridge medal with 502 votes. The ex-Victorian’s bodywork in tight contests continues to improve the Lions ability around stoppages.
4. RHYS WATERS
The club was excited to re-gain the services of 2014 Premiership forward Rhys Waters who had to overcome a frustrating spell of injury. Waters worked his way back into the side with five league games but never really had time to hit his straps. The Lions will hope Waters can re-capture some of his 2014 form where played 21 games and kicked 34 goals.
1. KYAL HORSLEY
The skipper was incredible for the Lions in 2016. Horsley is undoubtedly the heart and soul of this team and if you had any doubts; his 39 disposal, seven tackle & two goal game against Peel in the Grand Final should settle any concern. Playing in his 8th season; Horsley gathered 472 disposals and nine goals over 19 games. A well-earned rest should see Horsley fired up for 2017.