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The Final Siren Hailed a Success

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 9:10 AM
The Final Siren was held yesterday, marking an emotional farewell to past supporters and past players to the Subiaco Football Club’s involvement at its spiritual home of football.
Over 400 past players and supporters came through across the day and evening with the event proving to be a great opportunity for former players to catch up, and livelong Subiaco supporters mingle with their football idols one more time.
The Subi Sports Bar was decked out in a Subiaco Lions flavour one last time with premiership cups, premiership jumpers and a host of club memorabilia on display in the main corporate lounge of the club.
Earlier in the day Subiaco held their 2017 Annual General Meeting, with close to 75 in attendance as President Mark Lawrence and Chief Executive Officer Peter Capes updated members on the performance of the club in 2017.
Continuing with the trend of the past 12 months, the President and CEO were adamant that it is vital that past players and supporters actively try to both engage and get involved with the club.
A sausage sizzle was provided across the day with special thanks going to Mick and Troy for running the sausage sizzle on the day.
The Final Siren kicked off with director Bret Hutchinson officially opening the event and welcoming all those in attendance. Hutchinson along with former teammates Rod Willet and Kevan Sparks had been instrumental in organising the day and was a deserving host to start the day.
Hutchinson also had the pleasure of interviewing the first set of guest speakers with a focus on pre 1990s, as club greats Kevin Merrifield, Robbie Young and Neil Taylor gave some insights into the club and told some of their famous stories.
Following the first wave of speakers, Subiaco was given access to Subiaco Oval one more time as over 100 attendees took the opportunity to have a kick on Subiaco and walk the ground one final time.
Past players got into the act, trying to recreate some of their famous memories on the ground while for some of the younger attendees it was a first chance to walk the hallowed turf of Subiaco Oval.
A second wave of guest speakers focusing on post 1990s joined the stage as Jarrad Schofield, Aidan Parker, Darren Rumble, Kyal Horsley and Chris Phelan debated just which of Subiaco’s modern great teams were the best.
Across the day the 1973, 2006 and 2014 Grand Finals were replayed with a host of past players from each premiership decade in attendance. Special note must go to the 1980’s era, with past players travelling far and wide to be a part of this special day for the Subiaco Football Club.
As Subiaco says a sad and fond farewell to Subiaco Oval, focus now turns to keeping the club as the premier WAFL club. As football transitions to Perth Stadium and Subiaco continues its modern day tradition at Leederville Oval, the call to arms is real for all supporters and past players.
The Subiaco Football Club is dependent on it.