Winning feeling by half-time
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