Subi raises Rodriguez

 

The Subiaco Football Club has claimed the Rodriguez Shield for the most successful on-field WAFL club in 2014.

It’s the first time the Lions have won the award since their premiership year in 2008 shocking the pundits with a 2014 turn-around.

The Lions finished seventh in 2013 under the management of new coach Jarrad Schofield. But after a dissapointing season the match committee used the off-season to build their list. 

With a combination of extended recruiting on top of an already exciting young list the Subiaco Lions burst out of the blocks to finish second in league and first in the reserves competition.

Subiaco Football Club’s CEO Peter Capes was delighted with the clubs ability to turn around performances to claim the Rodriguez shield for the eighth time.

“The shield rewards a club for results across colts, reserves and league and this year we really found consistency. Our league team has been very good, reserves finished on top by five games and the colts were competitive all year so that’s shown we are able to challenge the league across all grades,

“The most important thing in achieving consistency is getting good people and this year we had a really good group of coaches. If you look at the coaches through our colts program to Ryan Redfern and Mark Enders taking care of the reserves all the way to league where Jarrad Schofield has put together a very good team,

“The fact we have been so consistent has been no surprise, yes we do have some very good players, but most of it is about who is involved with the club. It’s a club award and everyone shares the success.” Added Capes

The Lions surprised the footballing world to win the points based award after only winning 24 games across their grades in 2013 to winning 43 games in 2014.

“It’s been a terrific year. Our talent pathways a few years ago lacked continuity but we’ve stepped up a lot in the last few years to be as good as any program. The atmosphere around the club is attracting and retaining good people and the players seem to be enjoying their football and we’ve been able to demonstrate the ability to help everyone improve.” Said Capes

With the Subiaco facing their seventh finals series in ten years; the Lions CEO had high hopes for the Lions in 2014 but acknowledges there’s always room to grow.

“I think the realistic goal for both seniors’ teams is to be in a grand final and to play a part of it. From there; sporting contests are unpredictable but our expectations are that both could be in there.

“In regards to next year there is always things you can improve on; you don’t always do everything perfectly. As far as a WAFL club goes we’re an ever-changing entity so we’ll probably lose some of our staff and coaches so the aim is to not only maintain this level but also improve. We can’t look backwards and we are confident we can attract great people around the club.”

Subiaco will play East Perth in a semi-final at Medibank Stadium on Sunday the 7th of September.

The Lions are the only team to beat the West Coast Eagles affiliated side both times in 2014. 

 

THE RODRIGUEZ SHIELD

The Rodriguez Shield was developed by the WAFC to reward clubs for all round consistency on the field. It's a points based system where a win at colts and reserves is awarded with four points and a win in league results in ten points. The award was named after Subiaco goal-sneak Pat Rodriguez who was the club's leading goal kicker for six straight years in the 20's. Rodriguez played 105 games from 1918 to 1927. 

PAST WINNERS 

1957

East Fremantle

1976

East Perth

1995

Subiaco

1958

East Perth

1977

East Fremantle

1996

East Fremantle

1959

East Perth

1978

Perth

1997

East Fremantle

1960

West Perth

1979

Claremont

1998

East Fremantle

1961

East Perth

1980

Swan Districts

1999

West Perth

1962

Swan Districts

1981

Claremont

2000

East Perth

1963

Perth

1982

Claremont

2001

South Fremantle

1964

Perth

1983

South Fremantle

2002

West Perth

1965

Swan Districts

1984

South Fremantle

2003

Subiaco

1966

East Perth

1985

East Fremantle

2004

South Fremantle

1967

East Perth

1986

Subiaco

2005

Subiaco

1968

Perth

1987

Claremont

2006

Subiaco

1969

East Perth

1988

Claremont

2007

Claremont

1970

Subiaco

1989

Claremont

2008

Subiaco

1971

East Perth

1990

Claremont

2009

South Fremantle

1972

Claremont

1991

Claremont

2010

Claremont

1973

Subiaco

1992

South Fremantle

2011

Claremont

1974

Swan Districts

1993

Claremont

2012

Claremont

1975

Swan Districts

1994

Claremont

2013

Claremont

 

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