WAFL Grand Final – Glory glory Subiaco

SUBIACO have won their 12th WAFL premiership.

The Lions went into the game as the outsiders against the West Coast Eagles alignment team East Perth. Rain fell all day and, after a tight first half, the Lions kicked six goals to two in the third quarter to establish a lead that proved too much.

The conditions suited Subiaco’s Jason Bristow, who won Simpson Medal, while fellow midfielders Kyal Horsley and Chris Phelan displayed class. Defenders Darrien Rumble, who has now played in five Subiaco premiership teams, Daniel Leishman and Scott Worthington were outstanding. George Hampson seemed to hurt his hamstring just before half time but somehow played on and finished with three goals, Frank Stockley played an important part in nullifying East Perth’s strong ruck division and Joel Latham kept Craig Wulff quiet.

Dean Cadwallader was the most dangerous and effective of the Royals and provided hope with a brilliant running goal in the last quarter. Defenders Kyle Anderson and Jacob Brennan did their jobs and Fraser McInnes kicked three goals.

The Lions were coached by Port Adelaide and Subiaco premiership player Jarrad Schofield.

Subiaco 11.16 (82) defeated East Perth 9.12 (66)

About Les Everett

A Footy Almanac veteran, Les Everett is the author of Gravel Rash: 100 Years of Goldfields Football and Fremantle Dockers: An Illustrated History. He is the footyalmanac.com WAFL correspondent and uses the money he makes from that role to pay for his expensive websites australianrules.com.au and talkingfrankie.com and fund the extravagant Vin Maskell at scoreboardpressure.com


  1. Les – finally something that unites you and I other than Emmy Lou Harris and Bruce (Springsteen not Macaveney).
    As a Swan Districts supporter I was going to barrack for Subi all week, and then in the leadup I started to soften when I heard a lot of Eagles names I supported all year. But when East Perth ran out it just offended my sense of justice and decency.
    East Perth played like over coached automatons who could not fart without consulting the game plan. Subi just went in hard and kicked long with perfect wet weather common sense.
    One for the good guys. Thanks for the reports all season. Would be interested in your thoughts on how to better balance the interests of the AFL clubs with the local comp. I think that the one team club (should that be one club team?) is just a breeding ground for bad habits amongst the fringe players. Effort and attitude are as important as skills and game plan at any level of competition.

  2. Go Subi!

  3. Dennis Gedling says

    Great to see a team playing for the shirt win over a team where half the players were playing for an AFL contract extension. Subi more than deserved winners on the day and did everything right by playing it so simple. A great story among the complete dross that is the WAFC.

    West Perth won the magoos premiership too. A competition we’ve always struggled with.

  4. Boo.

  5. Caarn the Monts

  6. Wonderful day. One for the Subi faithful. Subi were relentless. fantastic pressure and endeavour. Never let East Perth get their game going. Thought Hampson showed some real class. A step ahead of everyone else in reading the play.

    Bristow’s Simpson medal a testament to dogged courage and making the most of your talent. Reminiscent of Neil Taylor.

    And to top it off, Priddis wins the Brownlow.

    The Subi cup runneth over.

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