Lion Litherland in tilt for WAFL flag
Ongerup-bred defender Angus Litherland will be chasing his first WAFL premiership when he lines up for Subiaco in Sunday’s league grand final against West Perth at Optus Stadium.
Litherland was raised in Ongerup and played for Royals and Albany before being drafted to Hawthorn, where he played 25 games across six AFL seasons.
Since being delisted by the Hawks, the reliable defender has been superb for the Lions at WAFL level, averaging more than 12 disposals a game in 2017 and is averaging 14.1 disposals a game this season.
Litherland is a vital cog in the Lions’ back six and will play a crucial role against the Falcons, who have a forward line that contains joint Bernie Naylor medallists Tyler Keitel (50 goals) and Andrew Strijk (50) along with experienced goal kicker Jay van Berlo (24).
In the Lions’ second semifinal win over South Fremantle on September 9, Litherland was terrific with 19 possessions and six marks.
Litherland was part of the Lions’ grand final side that lost to Peel Thunder last year but his side are red-hot favourites to win their first premiership since 2015, having beaten the Falcons in their three previous encounters this season.
The league grand final is set down for 2.40pm on Sunday. The Falcons booked their place in the decider after a 26-point win over the Bulldogs in last Sunday’s preliminary final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
Former Royals midfielder Steven Edwards was superb in a losing affair, named in his side’s best players after 19 touches, four tackles and three inside 50s.
Albany junior Dylan Smallwood was named in Claremont’s best players in their reserves preliminary final loss to the Lions.
Playing in defence, Smallwood had 12 disposals while Royals junior Morgan Davies collected 14 possessions and laid 13 tackles in the defeat.
Ongerup-raised defender and former Hawthorn player Angus Litherland in action for Subiaco, who will vie for the 2018 WAFL flag against West Perth at Optus Stadium on Sunday.