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WAFL: Round Nine Match Preview vs West Coast

Friday, June 17, 2022 - 1:27 PM by Matt Paddick

Subiaco will be returning to the ground where they lifted the 2021 WAFL Premiership Cup, when they take on West Coast at Optus Stadium on Saturday June 18.

It's an exciting opportunity for the Lions, who can channel familiar memories at the venue for inspiration as the side looks to get the win.


Subiaco has returned to the winners' list after defeating Perth in round eight.

It was a much needed result for the side, who were coming off back-to-back losses against East Fremantle and Peel Thunder.

Last Saturday's result meant the Lions kept their spot on the ladder, and are only two wins outside the top five as the season nears the mid way point.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have struggled in 2022.

The side is yet to record a win this season, as their AFL-affiliate continues to have their depth tested due to COVID-19 and injuries.

However, West Coast were able to field 13 AFL-listed players in their match last week, so the Lions will need to be prepared if they are to go home with the four points.


Subiaco were 20-point winners when the two sides went head to head in round 15 last season.

The Lions dominated the second and fourth quarters to seal the victory at Leederville Oval.

Subiaco's backline had an impact on the day, stopping the Eagles in their tracks when they tried to go inside 50.

Leigh Kitchin had 32 disposals to show his influence, while Chad Harris impressed with 24 touches.


The last time Wil Hickmott played at Optus Stadium, he became a League Premiership player.

His performance on the wing was influential, particularly in the first half when Subiaco's midfield was being matched by South Fremantle.

Hickmott stepped up in a big way, gathering 23 disposals and kicking two goals.

His efforts earned him five votes in the Simpson Medal count, finishing second to Greg Clark.

The wingman will look to use the wide dimensions of Optus Stadium to his advantage, as the side aims to climb the WAFL ladder.