The 21 best WAFL players of the 21st century

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 10:25 AM

John Townsend, The West Australian

Sunday 1 November 2020

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Subiaco has six players in the top 10, including Kyal Horsley, Allistair Pickett and Matt Priddis who have won 11 premierships, and three Sandover medals between them.

Unlucky Subiaco players to miss the top 21 in 21 years include; Lachlan Delahunty, Caine Hayes, Mark Haynes, Leigh Kitchin and Luke Newick.


1. Kyal Horsely

Kyal is undoubtedly the greatest Subiaco and WAFL player of the century, winning five premierships (2008, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019) and four Outridge Medals.

Playing 207 games so far in his Subiaco career. His impact and leadership on and off the field is second-to-none.

2. Allistair Pickett

Allistair played 180 games with Subiaco, winning two Sandover Medals in 2002 and 2004, whilst also winning four Premierships (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008) with Subiaco in a dominant few years for the Lions.

3. Brad Smith

Four Bernie Naylor Medals, Three Premierships (2004, 2007, 2008) and a Simpson Medal in 2007 were achieved in Brad's 123 game career where he booted a massive 522 goals, including grand final tallies of five, seven and six goals in 2004, 2007 and 2008.

5. Matt Priddis

Matt only played 63 matches in three years, but achieved so much in his short career at the Lions before starting his career with the West Coast Eagles, winning a Sandover Medal in 2006, was part of the winning premiership team in 2004 and 2006.

6. Darren Rumble

The key-back is the only WAFL player to win six premierships (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015) since the 1950's. Rumble was rarely-beaten in his 12 seasons and 229 games with Subiaco.

8. Aiden Parker

Playing most of his games at centre half-back, Parker played 197 consecutive matches over a decade at one stage and was instrumental in a premiership hat-trick (2006, 2007, 2008).

Aiden played 233 games, seeing him play the fourth-most games in the WAFL as a Subiaco player, behind N. Taylor, C. Williams and A. Robertson.