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Outridge Medal Preview - who will win?

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 2:58 PM

Tomorrow night Subiaco will celebrate the Seniors season with the annual Outridge Medal Presentation Dinner.

Players along with their extended teammates, family and friends will be at the Leederville Sports Bar & Functions Centre to recognise a successful season.

Favourites to take out the Outridge Medal on the night include;





Greg Clark
22 Sandover Medal Votes: Joint 3rd Place 2021
19 games in 2021.
515 disposals. 301 kicks, 214 handballs, averaging 27.1 disposals.
95 marks, 129 tackles, 10 goals.

Clark’s ability to hunt the ball around the stoppages was a major highlight of his season, after moving more on-ball with Newton and Horsley leaving at the end of the 2020 season. Clark averaged just under seven tackles per game, registering six tackles or more in 11 games throughout the season, highlighted by his career best of 14 in the 2021 WAFL Grand Final. Clark’s standout game came in the Round 9 victory over Perth, where he collected 42 disposals, eight inside-50’s, and a goal. Clark polled 22 Sandover Medal votes in 2021, to be joint third, despite missing games through injury.

Lachlan Delahunty
8 Sandover Medal Votes
17 games in 2021.
401 disposals. 241 kicks, 160 handballs, averaging 23.6 disposals.
97 marks, 62 tackles, 312 hit-outs.

The 2019 Sandover Medallist saw him hold his place as one of the league’s best and most impactful players. Delahunty did his usual work around the ground, willing himself from contest to contest to average over 23 disposals and nearly 18 hit-outs per game. Delahunty recorded at least 17 disposals in every match during the home-and-away season, accumulating over 20 hit-outs in nine matches despite the additions of Lewis Putt and Oskar Matthews to the Subiaco league team during the year. Delahunty finished the season in vintage form, gathering 28 disposals and 21 hit-outs against East Perth in Round 21 and Round 19 against East Fremantle with an 32 disposal performance. Delahunty should poll highly as he looks to claim his maiden Outridge Medal, however missing a few games this season could be costly in a predicted tight medal count. 

Leigh Kitchin
21 Sandover Medal Votes: 6th Place* 2021
19 games in 2021.
473 disposals. 226 kicks, 247 handballs, averaging 24.9 disposals.
69 marks, 110 tackles, 7 goals.

Captain Kitchin enjoyed one of his most consistent seasons in 2021. Despite missing one game through suspension, Kitchin averaged more than 24 disposals and nearly six tackles a game as he asserted himself on every game with and without the ball. Kitchen hit the ground running, averaging just under 30 disposals in his first three games of the season, Kitchin finished the season averaging nearly 25 disposals and six tackles that will no doubt see him poll strongly throughout that period. Kitchin recorded at least 20 disposals in all but one game during the home-and-away season, including 98 disposals across three games from round 14-16. Can Kitchin claim his second Outridge Medal since winning the Medal in 2017.

Harry Marsh
11 Sandover Medal Votes: Joint 9th Place 2021
19 games in 2021.
439 disposals. 257 kicks, 182 handballs, averaging 23.1 disposals.
101 marks, 67 tackles, 17 goals.

After a 2020 season, Marsh would prefer to forget, after missing all but two games of the 2020 Premiership Season, Harry Marsh played all but one game this season, which will no doubt see him amongst the votes. Marsh consistently found the ball, averaging nearly over 23 disposals per game, with his standout performance coming in the Round 7 victory over Swan Districts at Steele Blue Oval. In wet conditions, Marsh found the ball 32 times and recorded seven inside 50’s to help his side win by eight points.

Ben Sokol
5 Sandover Medal Votes
18 games in 2021.
223 disposals. 157 kicks, 66 handballs, averaging 12.4 disposals.
108 marks, 37 tackles, 45 goals

The key forward was once again another consistent performer for a Lions in the new-look Subiaco forward line. Sokol was a reliable performer, commanding the forward line and playing his role for the Lions every week. Sokol kicked a goal in every game, averaging 2.5 goals a game by season end, with Sokol kicking three six-goal hauls against Perth, West Coast and Claremont.