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Lions selected in Team of Round 22

Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 1:20 PM

WHAT a finish it was to the 2021 Optus WAFL Premiership Season with it going right down to the wire to determine positions inside the top five while there were no shortage of standout performers.

Saturday's four matches presented the last opportunity for the top five teams to gear up for the upcoming finals series and to try and attempt to finish as high on the ladder as they could.

It would also a chance for the teams out of contention to finish on a high and the individuals to put together impressive showings to earn a spot in the Team of the Week, and strengthen their cases for a spot in the Team of the Year.

Subiaco might have led by 52 points during the third quarter but only held off Peel Thunder by four points in a remarkable finish to see the Lions secure the minor premiership with the 14.9 (93) to 13.11 (89) victory at Mandurah's David Grays Arena.

Greg Clark finished with 27 possessions and two goals for Subiaco with captain Leigh Kitchin adding 25 disposals and two goals.

WAFL TEAM OF THE ROUND
BACK: 
Angus Dewar (S), Noah Strom (SF), Brandon Erceg (SD)
HALF-BACK: Ben Hancock (PT), Chad Pearson (SF), Jason Carter (C)
CENTRE: Trent Manzone (WP), Leigh Kitchin (S), Bailey Rogers (C)
HALF-FORWARD: Tyrone Thorne (PT), Alex Manuel (C), Greg Clark (S)
FORWARD: Cody Ninyette (SF), Jack Buller (C), Sasha Kernutt (WP) 
RUCK: Lachlan Delahunty (S), Jye Bolton (C), Jake Florenca (SF)
INTERCHANGE: Jesse Turner (SD), Brady Hough (PT), Max Walters (S), Aaron Black (WP)

BACK POCKET – ANGUS DEWAR (Subiaco)
One of the league's premier defenders got a run under his belt for Subiaco ahead of the week off to start the finals and then the second semi-final, and he was his usual rock solid self down back for the Lions in the narrow win over Peel Thunder. He finished the afternoon in Mandurah with 18 possessions, three marks and three tackles.
Times named in 2021: 6

CENTRE – LEIGH KITCHIN (Subiaco)
The Subiaco captain was right back to his best in Saturday's tight win over Peel and not only did he find plenty of the ball in the middle, but he got dangerous and became a goalkicker for the Lions too. He can no longer win the Sandover Medal after being suspended but he will be right up there on the leaderboard after amassing another 25 possessions, six tackles and two goals.
Times named in 2021: 9

HALF-FORWARD FLANK – GREG CLARK (Subiaco)
He returned from a hamstring injury and picked up right where he left off to likely add some more Sandover Medal votes to his collection that could very well see him announced the winner on the night after the best season of his career. He produced 27 touches, eight inside 50s, five marks, five tackles and two goals against the Peel Thunder.
Times named in 2021: 10

RUCK – LACHLAN DELAHUNTY (Subiaco)
The four-time premiership ruckman is back to his best form in the middle for Subiaco just at the right time heading into the finals where he will lead their charge for another flag. He got the better of his match up with Fremantle and Peel big man Lloyd Meek to finish the afternoon with 21 possessions, 23 hit outs, six marks, six tackles and four inside 50s.
Times named in 2021: 7

INTERCHANGE – MAX WALTERS (Subiaco)
The dual premiership winning talent who regularly splits his time between half-forward and the midfield continues to show his value to the Lions when he's healthy. It's only his body that has meant he's played just 78 games so far, but when healthy he's one of the most productive and efficient players in the WAFL. Produced another 19 touches, six touches, three inside 50s and a goal on Saturday against Peel.
Times named in 2021: 1

There were plenty of players who delivered tremendous performances across Round 22 but couldn’t quite fit into the Team of the Week, including Subiaco's Wil Hickmott, Liam Hickmott and Harry Marsh.