R-Train comes to halt

The Subiaco reserves will review their 2014 season as a missed opportunity after falling to West Perth by 16 points in the WAFL Grand Final.

After undoubtedly being the most dominant team in the reserves competition finishing on top with only two losses, the Lions struggled to generate scoring chances on a wet day.

The Falcons kicked the only three goals of the last quarter to eclipse and outlast Subiaco who will now look towards the off-season.

Justin Joyce was unlucky to be dropped from the league side that claimed the clubs 12th premiership and was the most prolific midfielder for the reserves. The young midfielder finish with 19 touches and four inside 50’s.

Another midfielder contending for a league spot was Ryan Wade who gathered 17 disposals and garnered the most attention from West Perth’s defensive midfielders.

Atrocious conditions made it hard for talls and forwards with contested marks and set shots a rarity. Subiaco had to change their game style and fight West Perth in numerous physical encounters on the deck including a skirmish in the third quarter.

Big man Sean Bradley kicked one, Bill Fetherstonhaugh kicked one and small forward Dylan Clarke was lively with a goal.  

Defender Declan Jackson worked hard in the wet conditions   Photo: Michael Flood


Subiaco’s reserves had a brilliant turn-around after finishing eight last year and the Lions senior ranks are loaded with talent. This was good news for reserves coach Mark Enders as he regained the experience of players such as Justin Joyce, Abe Davey, Kyal Halligan, Ryan Wade and young gun defender Dylan Elliott. Unfortunately the influx of talent couldn’t life the reserves to glory.

In an unusual display of Western Australia’s eclectic weather the reserves were forced to endure some of the worst weather of the day. With constant rain and a swirling breeze covering Patersons Stadium, the two sides were forced to change their style. West Perth faired slightly better off in the conditions with a smaller side that closed hard in the fourth.

The Subiaco had some outstanding leaders in the back end of the season with Rob Forrest and Reece Blechynden possessing the experience to lead a young talented side. Unfortunately for the Lions they never got their momentum going in their lowest scoring tally of the year. Forrest and Blechynden were both prominent game and used their bigger bodies well against an older Falcons outfit.

Despite falling short at the final hurdle the reserves system played an extremely important part in Subiaco achieving their 12th league premiership. A large contingent of the reserves side have played important auxiliary roles this season and they were heavily mentioned in the post-game speeches of the Subiaco league winners. Players like Justin Joyce, Bill Fetherstonhaugh, Kyle Halligan, Rhys Blechynden, Aaron Heal and Simon Moore were all featured in the league side this season and embodied Jarrad Schofield’s desire for a competitive culture.


SUBIACO                                     1.3      1.4     3.6      3.7    (25)

EAST PERTH                                1.4      2.4     2.7     5.9    (39)


Goals; 1 S.Bradley, W.Fetherstonhaugh, D.Clarke

Best; J.Joyce, D. Elliott, C. Hoskins & W. Fetherstonhaugh

Injuries: Nil

Reports; Nil


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