Win­ning feel­ing by half-time

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport - Denise S. Cahill

IT was the half-way mark of the league game when Su­bi­aco Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent Mark Lawrence knew the Lions had made his­tory by se­cur­ing colts, re­serves and a league premier­ship in one day.

“We started so well and knew by half-time we were go­ing to win it,” Lawrence said.

On Septem­ber 23, Su­bi­aco be­came the first WAFL club to win all three flags in one sea­son.

The Su­bi­aco pres­i­dent of six years watched the grand fi­nal with a cou­ple of hun­dred Lions sup­port­ers at a club lunch at Op­tus Sta­dium, just me­tres away from the stand where colts play­ers were also start­ing cel­e­brat­ing the club’s his­toric mile­stone at half-time.

“The rest of our mem­bers were in the locker room, which was great be­cause they got to see the warm-up and our play­ers come through the race,” Lawrence said.

“The new sta­dium was a high­light of the day… some peo­ple who fol­low us can’t af­ford to go to an AFL game but this gave them an op­por­tu­nity to get to the sta­dium.”

An­other high­light for the Lions board mem­ber of 21 years was Jor­dan Lock­yer in the back line.

“He was un­beat­able all day, mainly in the first half,” Lawrence said.

“Leigh Kitchin had 10 tack­les in the first quar­ter – that’s un­heard of – and 18 for the match.”

Lawrence said the colts win was a real achieve­ment for the club that had spent six years build­ing the team.

“A cou­ple of years ago we only won two games in two years. We’ve done a lot of work with our colts and put peo­ple in place be­hind the scenes like coaches to drive that,” he said.

“It’s been a six-year plan; we’ve worked on things like player wel­fare.”

League coach Jar­rad Schofield has ac­cepted a coach­ing job with Port Ade­laide and Lawrence said Su­bi­aco would an­nounce its new se­nior coach af­ter the club’s fairest and best awards.

The win­ning league team.

Jar­rad Schofield on the win­ners podium. Pic­tures: Dan White

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